Crossroads Connection


Today’s Worship Leader

Rev. Angela Tampiyappa

The Rev. Angela Tampiyappa is a member of our Congregation who has worked with the International Women’s Peace Mission, the Uniting Nations, as a chaplain and as a parish minister with the Uniting Church.




OSLO milestone

I expect everyone will be surprised to learn that O.S.L.O. is now in its twentieth year! Yes, we will clock up 200 lunches this year so we hope you will all help us make it a great celebration!

It all started when we—Richard and Gwen Arnold, Stan and Elaine Belcher, Roland and myself—invited six guests to the Hynes Tile Company garden cafe on Sunday after church on 16 July 2000 for lunch. This proved to be very successful so Elaine and I decided to put an invitation for lunch at a different venue once a month after church in the news-sheet.

As you can imagine over the years some of the places no longer exist and new venues have to be checked out.  In the early days we had to travel to Geelong, Queenscliff, Caroline Springs, Torquay, Clifton Springs, Little River, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Bannockburn. Fortunately new venues have sprung up around Werribee and Point Cook which makes travelling easier although we do try and  arrange lifts as a few of us are getting a little older and no longer drive. It is also important that there is easy access to the venue and the prices are reasonable. Many places now have senior menus although of course not everyone is a senior!

Elaine and I are kept busy after services taking down names as it is important to book in advance and three days beforehand we contact the venue to give as accurate a number as possible for catering.

We are very grateful to all those who have made O.S.L.O. so successful by coming to the lunches and also for recommending new venues. Everyone is welcome the old and the not-so-old and the young, so come and help Elaine and I celebrate the 200th anniversary!  (From Lorna Hodge)


Plant Stall—time to get ready now!

It's that time of year again when we ask people to start potting up cuttings and other plants that they intend to donate to the Stall for sale at the fête.  To assist the many green thumbs in our congregation, we are also asking for immediate donations of potting mix, plastic pots (please first wash them in a soapy solution containing bleach – to kill any bacteria that can infect the new plants) and hanging baskets.  The more potting mix, plastic pots and hanging baskets the better!

This year, we are also asking for volunteers to care for some of the plants (in the hanging baskets in particular) once they have been potted.  This will help ‘spread the load’ in the care and attention that the plants need, especially over the cold winter months.  Please start bringing in the potting mix, clean plastic pots and hanging baskets as soon as possible.  Would those who are willing to baby-sit some of the potted plants please let Carmel Woodward or Mary Dixon know.  If anyone needs any further information please call Carmel.  Many thanks.

Relay for Life: Calling all bakers!

To support our Crossroads Relay for Life team's fundraising efforts, after the conclusion of the church service on 3 March 2019, a table selling cakes and other delicious goodies will be set up in the foyer.  We're asking for everyone's help—as contributors and customers!

For bakers, the contributions can be cakes, slices or biscuits and can be loose items for eating with a cuppa after church or wrapped in plastic so they can be taken home and enjoyed later (please label any contributions that might contain nuts).

For customers, a donation will be the price for everything. It's for a good cause so please be generous and make this a successful fundraising event!  If you require any further information please contact Rose Geilen or Carmel Woodward.

Interchurch Bible Study

Members of Crossroads UC are invited on to join with Werribee St Andrew’s Catholic people on Thursdays at 12 noon, in the Penola Hub, Mortimer Street, Werribee, for Gospel Reflection on the lectionary reading for the following Sunday, Contact Neil Tolliday.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Angela Tampiyappa)

The Annual Congregational Meeting will occur during the service of worship today.  Thanks to Bev Lambie for producing an excellent annual report this year.

Activities this week

Today: 12 pm OSLO at Phoenix Hotel, Pt Cook

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup.

Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors’ Afternoon Tea

Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys’.

Next Sunday – 3 March: Transfiguration

9.30 am Communion Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest)

Bible Readings – 3 March 2019

Exodus 34:29–35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2; Luke 9:28–36.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 3 March 2019

Duty Elder: Margaret Gook

Greeting: Luciana Aragon

Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Stacey Williams

Flowers: Jenny Kirkham

Reader: Betty Parker

AV Desk: Rob Bradley

Prayers of the People: Vivien Bleakley

Piano: Jeremy Withers


Betty Parker

We talked at the kitchen table while the family cat slept on the window sill in the afternoon sun. Betty was born in October 1941 in the hospital on the McDonald’s site in Synnot street, and has lived all her life in Werribee.  She was baptized in the Presbyterian Church, now Crossroads Uniting, in 1942.

She says “My Dad, Eric Thompson, was session clerk for 30 years, and I have been going to church all my life, not just for the minister, but to worship God.”

Ian and Betty were married at Werribee Presbyterian church in 1965 by the Rev. L.H. Rye.  They built their home on Princes Highway in 1967. Ian worked at the Williamstown dockyard, and Betty qualified as a hairdresser, working in the city.

In 1980 Betty was a foundation volunteer with Meals on Wheels, located at Manor Court; she has continued as a volunteer to the present day. She proudly shows me her “Wyndham Citizen of the Year Award” received on Australia Day 2010.

When the Care and Concern Op Shop began in 1977 with the introduction of the Uniting Church, Chris Clough, Una Owens, Dawn Hosking, Beryl Fisher, Ann Matthews, Judy Incoll, Jenny Goodwin, Ann Lowe and others were the first volunteers. “It started in the Kindergarten Room, which was at the back of the stage and foyer areas.  It was a big help to young mothers with babies who wanted a chat and a cup of tea”.  The volunteers had to pack everything up when they finished the day’s activities so that the room could be used for other activities including the Sunday School kindergarten.  Betty started her involvement in 1996 to help in the Op Shop where Zelda Cations and Elaine Bailey were working, and she and Ann Matthews remain assisting in the Op Shop today.

Betty has now been an Op Shop volunteer for 23 years.  She says  “We always are glad to have new volunteers.  Talk to Shelley Johnston at Uniting Wyndham.”  She says “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my Op Shop volunteering, with life-time companions.” (NT)

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten.  If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.


Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email