OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Jesus comes near and he beholds the city
And looks on us with tears in his eyes,
And wells of mercy, streams of love and pity
Flow from the fountain whence all things rise.
He loved us into life and longs to gather
And meet with his beloved face to face.
How often he has called, a careful mother,
And wept for our refusals of his grace,
Wept for a world that, weary with its weeping,
Benumbed and stumbling, turns the other way;
Fatigued compassion is already sleeping
Whilst her worst nightmares stalk the light of day.
But we might waken yet, and face those fears,
If we could see ourselves through Jesus’ tears.
Malcolm Guite Seventy Sonnets
Students seem to get it!
Rob Bradley attended the School Strike for Climate rally. Rob says, "It was great to be part of the event where thousands of students filled the city streets. The students spoke really well about the challenges we face and the action we need to take.
They had obviously learnt a great deal researching this issue, and it gives us hope to see our youth rising to the challenge."
An important time for different faiths
For Christians, it’s Lent, leading to Easter, and on Thursday 21 March Jews celebrated Purim, Hindus celebrated Holi, Baha’i celebrated Naw Ruz (New Year), and Sikhs celebrated Hola Mohalla. Purim is a joyous holiday celebrating Queen Esther who saved the Jewish people living in Persia. Holi is dedicated to Krishna and is celebrated with coloured powder being thrown onto the celebrants.
Synod Meeting Representation
Many thanks to Bev Lambie, who has offered to take on the responsibility of Synod representation. Her nomination has been forwarded to the Presbytery.
Worship Plan for this week
Today’s worship service
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup.
Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys
Saturday 12 noon to Sunday 12 noon: Relay for Life
Next Sunday – 31 March: Lent 4
9.30 am Family Worship Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest)
Bible Readings – 31 March 2019
Joshua 5:9–12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16–21; Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 31 March 2019
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Mary Dixon
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Reader: Vivien Bleakley
AV Desk: Rob Bradley
Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory
Piano: Asanka Pakura
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.
NEWS AND NOTES
Relay for Life donation
Joanne Williams is making a rather big donation to the Relay for Life team’s efforts next Saturday at 4 pm—her hair is to be donated to Real Hair Fringe Bands! You can support her in this by making a donation to the Crossroads Relay for Life team via Joanne’s link (see below) or by making a cash donation to Joanne or Samantha.
Justice Day 2019 at Portarlington
A warm welcome awaits you for lunch at St Andrew’s Portarlington on Sunday April 28th at 12.30pm.
We will again enjoy a delicious Iraqi lunch cooked by Geelong residents Siham and Abdul and their family, hear from a recently settled refugee and enjoy the challenging and moving musical offerings from Melbourne musicians Suzette Herft and Kathryn Clements.
Suzette and Kathryn are well known on the Bellarine having sung at various events over past years and we are delighted to welcome them again to St Andrew’s.
Cost is $25 pp for lunch and entertainment, places are limited, so do get in early to secure your spot.
Ring: Joy Porter 5291 8177 or Merilyn Bertram 0439 966 370.
Justice Task Group welcomes new members
Have your say! Crossroads Uniting Church Justice Task Group invites you to come to our meeting tomorrow, Monday 25 March, at 7.30 pm, at the Community Centre, Heathglen Village, Glendale Court, Werribee.
We will discuss some of these issues: asylum seekers, global warming and our local environment, indigenous Australians, Uniting Wyndham outreach. Enquiries and transport: Rob or Neil.
Welcome Place at Wesley Geelong
Cathie Bond and Linda Cusworth began the Welcome Place three years ago, aware of asylum seekers who kept coming back after the Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) art exhibition in Wesley Uniting Church Geelong.
Linda: “We realised that a drop-in centre was needed. Michael Nolan, former director of the Wesley Centre, and the then minister of Wesley Uniting Church, Rev. Peter Gador-Whyte, helped find two rooms and a kitchen for us. Our participants are on Temporary Protection Visas, Safe Haven Enterprise Visas or Bridging Visas.
Cathie: “The current Federal Government regards asylum seekers as unwelcome. Here we treat people with dignity and respect. We enjoy friendship and laughter, we gather for activities, and offer information and links to relevant support services. Here everyone is valued.”
Welcome Place is seeing now distress and increasing poverty as the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program has been cut off, leaving asylum seekers with no income and the risk of homelessness. We’ve opened an emergency food bank of non-perishable groceries for those with no safety net. Donations come from generous people of Geelong.”
Cathie: “We are all volunteers. We are auspiced by Wesley Church as an outreach program. Attendance averages twenty persons, including single people and families from many different cultures. A participant recently said, ‘This is like our family now’.
The Geelong Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) is our partner.”
Revd Tupe Ioelu, minister at Wesley Uniting Church, says: “I believe without a doubt that Wesley is in full support of this outreach.”
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030. Email firstname.lastname@example.org