We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.
& THE COMING WEEK
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.
Letters to Joanne Ryan MHR
Members of Crossroads Werribee Justice Task Group Mary D and Rob B recently wrote to our local Federal Member, Joanne Ryan. Here are extracts from what they wrote.
Mary said “Crossroads is part of an inter-faith group, Green Faith, which has members in many parts of the world, and is active here in Wyndham.… The great world faiths—such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism—are together … seeking to alert the wider community to the great dangers that climate change brings”.
Mary continues: “Joanne, you are a channel of our concerns. Please do what you can within Caucus to get the ALP moving on a strong plan, action not words, so that Australia can play our part in the world’s concern and responsible action. According to science, action must be taken now, in this decade. The scientists of the Australian Climate Council say our carbon emissions must be slashed by 75% by 2030. Please help us in our dismay at the inertia of our government”.
Rob wrote: “I am calling on you as my MP to represent my views and those of our community in Canberra. I call for a full debate and vote on Zali Steggall MP’s Climate Change Bill …. which reflects the fact that only with urgent reductions in emissions before 2030 can we hope to deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement”.
“It’s vital that we have a national framework that ensures Australia has: a detailed risk assessment to the challenges of a warming climate across all sectors; national plans for adapting to those challenges; national-long term plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and transparent monitoring, reporting and accountability.
In the lead up to the COP26 Climate Summit Crossroads Uniting Church has erected two banners calling for bold climate action starting now. As you can see, many of us feel strongly about this”. (NT)
Our Congregation: Angela M
Angela is new at Crossroads this year; she started coming on those Sunday mornings in May when we had in-person church worship.
I asked about her faith journey. “I was baptised at Holy Name Catholic church in East Preston. My mother played the organ there, and I returned there once, to also play that organ”.
She went to school at St Aloysius at North Melbourne. On leaving school, she worked in hospitality and the public service. A turning point in her life was a year-long world trip, in Asia and Europe. “I gained a deep respect for nature, and the cultures of the people I met,” she says. “I found that Catholic faith is one among many faiths. I wanted to understand the world and people”.
“Thank God for Gough, who enabled me to enrol in the BA in earth sciences, literature and politics at Melbourne University, while I worked part-time,” says Angela.
“My love of music led me to piano teaching and choral singing. I enjoyed studying part of a BMus at Australian Catholic University (ACU). This introduced me to the Melbourne Chorale and Melbourne Chamber Choir. In St Francis’ Catholic church Elizabeth Street, conducted by Roger Heagney, we sang a phenomenal repertoire of the great sacred and liturgical music every Sunday. I found in the Climate Choir, conducted by Jeannie Marsh, affirmation of the work of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.”
“I value the Uniting Church’s engagement with Australia’s indigenous people’s struggle for justice.” Angela recommends to readers of CONNECTION Crossroads online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart on Sunday 24 October at 5.15 pm. [See overleaf for details]
Angela, you are most welcome. (NT)
The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 24 October at 5.15 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert R to get the login.
Operation Christmas Child … Rose G
Do you usually pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to send overseas to needy children to help share God’s love? The good news is, despite Covid-19 restrictions, you still can!
If you HAVE been able to fill your shoeboxes with something to wear, for hygiene, for school, to love, to play with, and a personal message from you to the child, I am ready and willing to collect them from you NOW!
- If you HAVEN’T been able to shop, but you would still like to support the OCC Ministry, we have an exciting and simple way that you can send a box overseas, and it’s all on the Samaritan’s Purse website: ‘PACK A BOX ONLINE’.
- For $30 you can choose to pack a box for a boy or girl aged 2–4, 5–9 or 10–14. A selection of gifts will be added to your box and you can even include a personal message so that the child knows that you love and care for them. Your payment covers all the items in the box, transport and distribution.
This year the boxes from Australia/New Zealand will be sent to Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Madagascar and Malawi. This year more than ever we need to support our less fortunate neighbours here and overseas. If you would like more information please call me or go to the website:
Sunday morning worship services
Please note that the services until 5 November will be online only, and available on the private Facebook page (see below) by the Sunday morning
What’s On This Week
- In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed
Worship Plan for this coming week
24 October 2021
Job 38:1–7, 34–41; Hebrews 5: 1–10; Mark 10:35–45; Psalm 104:1–9, 24, 35c.
Rosters for 24 Oct & (31 Oct)
- Greetings: Robert R (Rose G)
- Flowers: Salote T (Mary D)
- Music: Asanka P (Wendy B)
- Prayers of the People: Margaret B (Jan B)
- Reader: Blair D (Carol N)
Housekeeping & Help
Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.