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
Welcome: Doug M
We welcome Doug M at Crossroads Werribee today. He brings a lifetime of experience at leading worship. And that’s not all. His work as a teacher in High Schools in Victoria extended for many years.
Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing Uniting congregations are learning to come closer at the end of 2022. Doug’s lay preaching is part of our shared journey.
Doug’s first years were at RAAF Pearce in Western Australia, then his dad transferred to RAAF Laverton. Doug attended Werribee High School and Footscray High School for his matriculation year.
He began a science degree at Melbourne University in 1967, then soon moved into teaching, at Altona North and Sunshine West. By 1975 he had completed study at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education, and he was teaching at Werribee High School.
Doug’s talent for school musical theatre found him producing “Godspell” and “Wizard of Oz” at Werribee Park Mansion for Werribee High School.
He taught at Wycheproof and Warracknabeal High Schools, then he was Leading Teacher at Derinallum P-12. In 2001 he began teaching at Niddrie High School, for 6 years (including year 12 Maths), and retired from there at age 57.
After retiring, Doug has made two round-the-world trips.
Doug’s church involvement at St Andrew’s RAAF Laverton was over the years from age 2 to 49. He led the youth group and conducted worship. Now 72, he is an active member of Hoppers Crossing Uniting congregation, including lay preaching.
Doug says: “I was riding my motorbike in the Peterman Ranges, when I had a bad accident. I believe that it was divine intervention when two off-duty pharmacists found me badly injured and arranged for an ambulance to take me to Yulara. The Royal Flying Doctor Service took me to Alice Springs Hospital.”
You may like to ask Doug about his passions: writing fiction novels, travel and photography. (NT)
Presbyterian history in Werribee
The Wyndham Presbyterian Church on Blackforest Road, Wyndham Vale has continued the tradition of those faithful Christians who established the Presbyterian Church (first minister Rev Andrew Hanna) in Werribee, formally commencing in February 1866.
Heather N researched and wrote a “Brief History of the Presbyterian Church in the Wyndham Area” published for the 150th Anniversary Service in October 2016. This is an important account of our shared history of service and witness to Christ up to the 1977 formation of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Heather’s “Brief History” lists ministers up to 2016 including the Revs Les Rye 1952–69 and Peter Aumann 1970–75. She writes:
“The bluestone church building known as St Thomas Presbyterian Church and the adjoining bluestone manse were erected in 1884 on land donated by Thomas Chirnside of Werribee Park.”
Some extracts from Brief History continue…“from 1975..a remnant Werribee Presbyterian Church began meeting. An outreach was established at Hoppers Crossing, meeting in the Orange Court Hall, with Sunday School, Elders and Board of Management…moving to Manorvale Primary School 1989-1995.
“Land on Blackforest Road, Wyndham Vale was donated by members of the congregation. The current building was opened officially on 21 April 1996…a comfortable venue for worship, Sunday School, playgroup and youth activities…. The Rev. Peter Greiner began his ministry in January 2013.”
Note: The Crossroads congregation also celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 as we also are made up of ex-Presbyterians. The Methodists started in Werribee in 1895 – more on the Methodists from The Banner of 19 May 1949 in next week’s Connection.
Church council have agreed to have a Church Fete on 15 October 2022, 9am until 2pm.
We will set up as many stalls as possible—depending on our volunteers. In the past we have had Devonshire teas in the foyer, A barbeque outside, Books, Cakes, Jams, Craft, Nearly New and Secondhand Jewellery inside and, of course, Plants and Trash and Treasure outside.
Please put this date in your diary now and let Alan T or any of our Church councillors know if you would like to help on the day. (Margaret G)
Visit to Narana Creations October 8
The Uniting Church in Australia General Assembly this year affirmed the Covenant with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) – walking together for truth and justice.
Members and friends of Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing UC congregations are invited to join a visit to Narana Creations, the cultural and interpretive centre of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Torquay Road, Grovedale on Saturday 8 October, arriving at 10 am.
Justice Task Group members are arranging the visit. Armando and Luciana will be co-ordinating transport. Car pooling will leave our church car park at 9 am, and for those travelling by train from Wyndham Vale to Marshall rail station—talk to Armando and Luciana. Morning teas and lunches with delicious indigenous foods will be available. The Narana shop and art gallery offer a range of products made by indigenous people. (NT)
Multi-faith vigil and service for the environment
Concerned about political inaction on global warming, on Thursday 13 October, faith communities around Australia will meet for vigil (8 am Christ Church Anglican, Moorabool St Geelong, 5.10pm St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne).
People will sign an Open Letter to PM Albanese, calling on the Australian Government to
- (1) stop approving new coal and gas projects;
- (2) end public subsidies for fossil fuel projects; and
- (3) create a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to support a just transition to renewable energy sources.
Crossroads members will travel by train. All are welcome to attend the vigils and the multi-faith service at 5.20pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melb. (NT)
Our deepest sympathies to Rose G and Joy C and their family in the accidental death of brother and son, David, on 20 September 2022.
What’s On This Week
- 25 September: Lay Preacher Doug M
- 2 October: Rev. Sandy B: World Communion Sunday & Blessing of the Animals
- Today: OSLO at 12 noon.
- Wednesday: 2pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
Bible Readings – 25 September 2022
Jeremiah 32:1–3a, 6–15; I Timothy 6:6–19; Luke 16:19–31; Psalm 91:1–6, 14–16
Judy O & Dorothy R
Rev. Sandy B
Margaret F & Julie 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.
- 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 Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.