CONNECTION – 25 APRIL


EASTER 4

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.

COMMUNITY NEWS

FOR TODAY

& THE COMING WEEK

A prayer for Anzac Day

Peacemaker, Peacekeeper, Defender,
help us know your mind
with memories submerged, contained, suppressed.
Peacemaker, Peacekeeper, Defender,
help us know your flesh
pierced as it is, and marked by conflict’s searing brand.
Peacemaker, Peacekeeper, Defender,
help us know your heart and soul
so needful of a healing word.
Peacemaker, Peacekeeper, Defender.
We should travel now as mates
on this our homeland’s riven field.
We’ll make and keep a peace
that’s worthy of its Prince,
who taught that we should march
to different beats
for saving ends.
Peacemaker, Peacekeeper, Defender,
let us walk a healing road with you
and let the Prince of Peace
make all things new.
(Karel Reus, Conversations with God. A 64-page copy of Karel Reus’ poetry can be obtained via Robert Renton. Reproduced with permission.)

Gina L’s story and music

Our Uniting congregation is blessed with pianists who lead the singing, a most important part of worship. When I talked with Gina about her love of church music, she opened hymn books in Korean and English language, and played tunes on her piano; while daughter Erica joined the conversation.“We lived in Busan, South Korea, and I went to a strict Presbyterian Church. If I had to choose one or two hymns from my childhood, I would say “How Great Thou Art” and “Blessed Assurance” were very meaningful for me,” says Gina. “Also, we loved to sing a song about the animals of the Bible, which is to a traditional Hebrew folk tune. It is based on the wonderful prophecy of Isaiah Chapter 35, the desert will rejoice.”
Gina and I looked up that text and found “Everyone will see the splendour of our God. Water will rush through the desert. Scorching sand will turn into a lake. Barren lands will blossom with flowers.”
And I found in Isaiah Chapter 11, Isaiah’s vision of the peaceable kingdom: “Wolves and sheep will live together in peace…cows and bears will eat together…”
Our sister churches in overseas countries have much to share with us in beautiful music for worship. We are one in the Spirit of God. (NT)

Changes in our Sunday gatherings

It’s no longer necessary to book seats for the Sunday worship services unless the Covid restrictions change. We can seat 75 in the chapel provided everyone is signed in electronically (QR code).

  • The requirement to maintain 1.5 metres space between individuals or household groups remains in place and when this is not possible masks are to be worn.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided on entry and the worship space and other common areas are thoroughly cleaned before and after worship by a team of volunteers.
  • Our worship services will continue to be recorded and added to the private Facebook group.

Just a reminder that even though we do not need to book in for Sunday Church Services we still need to QR Code in. If you are unable to do this yourself please ask one of the volunteers to assist you. This is most important for us to have records of who attends for Government Regulations.

Thank you everyone for your patience.

Morning Tea is back!

Morning Tea after church is back! Please contact Judy O’K if you would like to volunteer to prepare and serve morning tea after the Sunday services in the coming months (following  Covid safe rules, of course).

Pastoral Care Coordinator position

The Church Council is seeking to appoint a part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator (8 hours/week), commencing as soon as possible. Applications in writing should be addressed to the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith and left with the church office. The position falls under award conditions managed by the Synod, and includes 4 weeks annual holidays (pro-rata), 2 weeks study leave (pro-rata), and the reimbursement of approved related study costs. Applications close 23 May 2021.

A full position description may be obtained from the church office, but in summary the position will have responsibility for the coordination of a welcome ministry to new members, support for members who are not a part of an existing group within the congregation, offering support to pastoral care volunteers within the life of the congregation and seeking to enhance the congregation’s pastoral care system. The Coordinator will be part of the ministry team and will meet regularly with them.

Ideally, applicants will have some experience in congregational pastoral ministry, training in theology or counselling or CPE, and a desire to continue learning in the area of pastoral care. A current Victorian driving licence and Victorian Working with Children certificate are required, and the person will be required to be a worshipping participant in the life of the congregation.

Sacrededge mini-festival next Saturday

Sacrededge presents a day of 3 special events.. a ‘mini-festival’ at Queenscliff U.C.!

  • 11am Celebrate World Labyrinth Day, experience the Ocean Labyrinth in the Park, with Sue Beeton and Christina Rowntree
  • 1.30pm Kerryn Fields in Concert https://www.kerrynfields.com “A joyous presence”  “The captivating warmth and courage of this artist leaves the audience shining from the inside out” 
  • 3pm Damon Gameau’s renowned and inspiring documentary film “2040”

Tickets are $25 for the whole day, three eventshttps://www.trybooking.com/BQMVC

Congregational meeting today

The meeting after the church service will be asked to approve capital works to be carried out, namely: the restoration of the brick wall at the rear of the church hall, and the installation of a heating and cooling system in the church foyer and hall. This will begin the process of obtaining required approvals from the presbytery and the Synod. The anticipated costs are to be borne by the proceeds of the sale of the Little River church and land. We are also reminded that when the work starts we won’t be able to access the church from the carpark for the duration of the work (estimated to be about seven or more weeks).

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup @ Crossroads
  • Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
  • Friday: 5 pm African Youth


Worship Plan for this coming week

2 May 2021

Bible Readings

Acts 8:26–40; I John 4:7–21; John 15:1–8; Psalm 22:25–31

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret D
  • Flowers: Margaret F
  • Music: Asanka P
  • Audio-visual: Mathew W
  • Online service: Rob B
  • Prayers of the People: Mary D
  • Reader: Blair D
  • Sign-in: Elizabeth B & Luciana A
  • Cleaning: Carol N & Luciana A

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.

Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au