CONNECTION – 25 OCTOBER


PENTECOST 21

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

Members of Crossroads Justice Task Group

participate in ongoing support for asylum seekers in the Wyndham community, alongside the Hobsons Bay Refugee Network. A letter has been received from The Refugee Council of Australia, stating that the RCOA has recently warned the five State Premiers of the Federal Government’s latest move to strip financial assistance from more than 500 people seeking asylum previously transferred from Papua New Guinea and Nauru. These people are in community detention after transfer to address acute health needs which could not be met offshore. RCOA CEO Paul Power said the Federal Minister for Home Affairs had recently begun moving 515   people from community detention onto Final Departure Bridging Visas, leaving them with no access to any Federal financial assistance. “The impacts will be felt by State Government services and volunteer groups left to deal with the impacts of the Minister’s decision, including destitution and homelessness. It will be difficult for these people, some with limited English, to find income at short notice”. An additional 180 asylum seekers are locked in the Mantra Hotel in Preston, Melbourne and Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane. Since the Medivac legislation was repealed in December 2019, these men remain confined, with no justification of why this is necessary. (Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project, October 2020) Concerned citizens may write to Federal members of parliament, to ask ‘why is this happening?’  Joanne Ryan is ALP member for Lalor Joanne.Ryan.MP@aph.gov.au Peter Dutton is Minister for Home Affairs Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au Suggested prayers for: 1 Crossroads asylum seeker families 2 Helping agencies, including Uniting Wyndham, 3 Federal government ministers and members of parliament.
(Neil T, Secretary, Justice Task Group.)

Christmas is coming!

Our minister, Annetia, has already started planning Christmas at Crossroads 2020! Although we can’t make any concrete plans for a return to the church buildings as yet, we can still look forward to some exciting activities ahead.

‘Advent at home’ packs which would contain weekly devotions and activities for all ages, suitable for families, couples and singles to complete, are being planned. They would be delivered by volunteers before Advent begins on Sunday 29th November to all members of the congregation; however, if you do not want to receive one, please contact Rose G at the office.

A verse for our times

The great commandments in Matthew 22 “You shall love the Lord your God…and your neighbour…”  

I (Neil) take seriously the words that Sydney Carter, agnostic song writer/poet, wrote in 1970:

“The present tense”

Your holy hearsay is not evidence

Give me the Good News in the present tense.

What happened nineteen hundred years ago

 may not have happened.

How am I to know?

The living truth is what I want to see

I cannot live upon what used to be.

So shut your Bible up and show me how

The Christ you talk about is living now.

“Blessed are they who hear the Word of God, and do it!

CROSSROADS PEOPLE

by Neil T

Lauren D grew up in the Christian faith, and went to primary and secondary schools in Endeavour Hills—her dad’s first ministry settlement.  When the family moved to Werribee Crossroads in 2006, Lauren started a B.Ed. degree at Victoria University. It was there she met Geoff, and they married in 2013. Geoff is now teaching chemistry at Suzanne Cory Secondary College.

“Geoff and I both feel that we can grow, having strong connections in community; it’s a tangible thing that we can do; I love being part of a local congregation, and now helping our kids to find their own identity in a Christian experience”, says Lauren.

Lauren has been teaching at Williamstown High School for ten years now, including two maternity leaves.  A highlight is leading the aerobics club.

 Lauren says “This fun experience has given me confidence to lead the dance group at Crossroads—an expression of worship, coming together in any way you want to, and staying connected in these strange times. This is part of being something bigger than just everyone by themselves”.

Members of Crossroads are invited to join in the practice on Sunday 25 October at 12 noon.  “Viewing the after-worship dance group on previous mornings, you will have seen how enjoyable it is. You can move to the music in any way you want to.  No experience is necessary.  Contact me so I can expect you.  If you like bopping to music, it’s OK. You will see the dance #4 invitation in your email inbox”, says Lauren. “We will be preparing a combined video for the worship service on November 1, All Saints Day; we ask you send a clip of a few seconds, so you will need to contribute your video by Monday 26 October.”

I caught up with Paul T in Sunday’s zoom morning tea group. Paul has recently settled in to his new home in Melton, after living in Werribee for 30 years, and during that time being a member of Crossroads congregation.

Paul lived in Greaves Street North, close by the Werribee River; for two years this writer also enjoyed the same beautiful surrounds of our river valley, where the cockatoos perch in the tops of the eucalypts at sunset.  A member of the Werribee River Association, Paul says “I still like to return to my roots.”

Now in Melton, Paul says the nearby Botanical Gardens alongside Toolern Creek are an oasis of delightful Australian native flora and bird life.

Asked about his growing up years:  Paul was born in St Albans, he went to primary and secondary School there, and then started a career in the military for 20 years, mainly in training and admin with the Medical Corps, and was stationed in various parts of Australia.

He moved on to security work for 15 years.  Now Paul works as a Facility /Security Manager for a property in Melbourne CBD, two days in the office, and the rest working from home.

Paul’s faith journey began when his partner introduced him to Crossroads@5, in the time when David Withers was minister here.  “In Crossroads@5 I found community, and meaning. I enjoyed the camps too; an opportunity to cement friendships,” he says. “Like everyone else, I miss the companionship of Sunday worship.  Nothing beats face to face meeting.  I say ‘hello’ to friends at Crossroads.  It will be nice to get back together again, after COVID19 is over,” says Paul.

Worship Plan for this coming week

1st November

Bible Readings

Psalm 107:1–7, 33–37; Joshua 3:7–17; Matthew 23:1–12; I Thessalonians 2:9–13.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Wendy B
  • Prayers of the People: Carol N
  • Reader: Bev L
  • Flowers: Lorna H

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

Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended.  Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084

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