OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Dedication of the Christmas Bowl
Australian Churches, through the Christmas Bowl, have acted together to bring peace and hope into the world.
Help us continue to act for peace.
As children of God we will share this year’s bowl, with people who are displaced, oppressed or living in poverty.
May their lives be filled with hope and peace.
Gracious and ever-loving God,
Open our hearts so we may courageously act for peace in the world. Open our hands to share what we have with those who have little.
As we dedicate this bowl may it be filled with the fruits of hope, peace, joy and love. So all people may know your goodness and receive your grace. Amen.
Carols at the Mansion
This event will be held on Saturday 14 December. If you can volunteer to help this event run smoothly, please talk to Paul Cochran.
Wassailing around Werribee
You are invited to join Crossroads singers wassailing (street carol singing) at Uniting Age Well Manor Lakes Aged Care, 15 Buffalo Crescent Wyndham Vale, on Saturday 7th December from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Please meet at Manor Lakes Aged Care by 10.15 am. Led by Frances Geilen, bring your voice, some percussion instruments, and we will make a cheery sound. Please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard or contact Frances.
Christmas Bowl and a pizza
6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Saturday November 30. Bring $5 for pizza. Join with our brothers and sisters at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church to hear stories of how the Christmas Bowl has empowered Australian Christians to build peace and spread the love of Christ to our global neighbours for 70 years.
Our Congregation: The Belchers
I invited myself to the home of Elaine and her husband Stan, overlooking Sanctuary Lakes, where pelicans, black swans, terns and coots fly and swim by.
Elaine and Stan were married in 1967 in this Presbyterian Church building (present Crossroads) by the Rev. Les Rye and Stan’s father the Rev. Fred Belcher. Since then, they moved house twice in Werribee before coming to this, their present address.
A large part of their life is sharing in the companionship of their church family; Stan served on the management committee of Werribee Support and Housing (now Uniting Wyndham). Elaine’s love of music is shown in her membership of church choir, and she joined in music theatre productions produced by Joan Humphrey in the 80s and 90s.
I asked them about highlights in their life together; “Having children! Our two sons Martin and Anthony are now parents, with between them 4 grand-daughters, ages 12 to 7 years, living in Geelong. When the boys were 5 and 3, we made a trip in 1975 around Australia’s wide brown land in a Combi van, on some unsealed roads and primitive camp sites”.
Australians generally yearn to travel overseas to see the world; Stan and Elaine recall journeys in UK (especially tracking Elaine’s forebears in Nottingham) and Europe, including the majestic Swiss Alps.
Stan the athlete looks back on his running in fifteen marathons (best time about three hours) including a memorable event at Gateshead, Newcastle, UK; and walking the rugged Milford Track on the South Island of New Zealand.
These days, Elaine hits a golf ball with great accuracy, including two holes in one! (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Advent 1 (Rev. Angela Tampiyappa)
11.45 am Lisu Service
12 pm OSLO (Hoppers Club, Pannam Drive HX)
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup (Foyer)
Wednesday: 12 pm Seniors Lunch (Racecourse Hotel); 7 pm Remembrance Service (Church)
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group (Savorys)
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup (Foyer); 5 pm African Youth (Foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (Foyer)
Bible Readings – 1 December 2019
Isaiah 2:1–5; Romans 13:11–14; Matthew 24:36–44; Psalm 122
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 1 December 2019
Minister: Rev. Ian Pearse (Holy Communion)
Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Reader: Lyn O’Meara
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers of the People: Vivien Bleakley
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.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Special service of dedication and lunch
On Sunday 1 December we will be celebrating the completion of the new roof work on the church and the old manse. We start with a communion service at 9.30 am, joined by the Lisu and Sudanese congregations, and following a short break, the service of dedication and thanksgiving will take place at 11.30 am in the church.
This will be followed by a catered roast lunch (free of charge for all). It is essential that you let the office or Margaret Gook know if you will come to the lunch (for catering purposes) by 24 November.
Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service
If you can help with the supper on the night, please let Robyn Tomkins know.
If you know of people who may like to come, please bring them with you. All are welcome.
Uniting Christmas Appeal
Target & Uniting have run a Christmas Appeal since 1992, and once again they are calling on people everywhere to help with the purchase of Christmas gifts for young and older children. This year they are ‘targeting’ gifts for teenage girls and boys (13 year upwards) and boys and girls (8–12 years).
All presents need to be brand new and not gift-wrapped. Brand new clothing is also acceptable. The gifts are being distributed throughout December, and they will assist families in Wyndham. Gift cards are also helpful, and it is suggested that these gift cards come from Pacific Werribee, JB HiFi, Coles-Myer Kmart, EB Games, or Typos.
Drop off your gifts in the box in the Church foyer. Every bit helps!
Church Council’s members are Margaret Gook (Secretary), Salote Tupou (Treasurer), Luciana Aragon, Mary Dixon, Robyn Tomkins, Julie Rees, Kur Mag, Wendy Barnes, Rose Geilen and Robert Renton (Chairperson). We are keen to find new members, as two and possibly three current members may be retiring in the new year.
We meet on the third Wednesday from 6 pm to about 8 pm, and this time includes a light meal.
Church Council is the body charged with the responsibility of managing the congregation’s affairs generally, including property and financial responsibilities.
Speak to any current Councillor about the role!
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.