COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
Against the backdrop of colonisation, Jesus ministered to people who were disadvantaged and excluded from dominant religious practices. As Jesus proclaims the bread of life, he provides physical bread: a manifestation of inclusion and freedom.
The bread of life goes beyond a spiritual ideal: it filled hungry tummies, sated physical beings. Jesus’ invitation extends to us today: come and be satisfied, come and take part in bringing liberation to the here and now.
During this coronavirus pandemic there are many, many people whose lives have been disrupted and thrown into difficulty—particularly those people whose loved ones have died, who are temporary residents and not eligible to receive government benefits, who have lost their jobs and cannot keep up rental or mortgage payments.
For you to reflect on…
“There’s a real temptation to reduce the language of Jesus’ statement to solely spiritual connotations, when in fact, the chapter [John 6] is entirely about materiality, our fleshly bodies, and the earth beneath our feet”.
- What is it like for you to consider Jesus’ statement as a physical reference, as opposed to solely spiritual?
This reflection touches on the idea of liberation for people who are excluded or disadvantaged because they don’t fit into the mainstream in some way.
- Have you ever experienced feeling disadvantaged or excluded from religious practice?
- As you consider your community, who are the people you think are disadvantaged or excluded?
- How might you go about inviting them to “eat the bread of life” with you as equals?
(From “A Lent teaching series from Common Grace”)
Our congregation: Margaret Bull
In this time of “lockdown” I asked Margaret how things are going. “I don’t feel isolated, while I can step outside my front door here at the Village, and say hello to other residents.”
Margaret has recently been elected to Church Council at Crossroads; she comes from many years of similar experience in Newport and Williamstown Uniting churches.
She says: “I lived all of my life in Newport, until four years ago, when I moved here to Truganina. After finishing at Altona North High School, I started work at the ANZ Bank in 1972, and continued there for 40 years.” Some of Margaret’s roles at the ANZ Bank included data processing of daily branch transactions, technical support and project management, and setting up new branches.
Margaret’s faith journey began with Kindergarten and Sunday School at Newport Presbyterian Church in Challis Street. Her parents started to attend church at that time.
Margaret says: “I was influenced by significant adults, persons I met along the way that shaped my faith, such as Lyn Thomas, a leader in the congregation (now in Baptcare at Werribee)”.
At Electra Street Uniting Church Williamstown, Margaret was a Church Council member and was involved in pastoral care and children’s ministry.
When Margaret and Bev Lambie moved to Truganina they spent 12 months visiting different congregations in this area. Margaret says, “Bev and I felt God was leading us to Crossroads.” We transferred our memberships; we received a warm welcome in this congregation, and we want to contribute as best we can.”
Worship Plan for this week
Online worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of public worship are being held online until further notice. See the Facebook address below.
Bible Readings – 3 May 2020
Acts 2:42–47; I Peter 2:19–25; John 10:1–10; Psalm 23.
Rosters for 3 May 2020
Greetings: Robyn Tomkins
Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
Reader: Deb Cochran
Flowers: Salote Tupou
For your prayers this week…
For our brothers and sisters in the Pacific as they face the devastating effects of Cyclone Harold and respond to the coronavirus pandemic at the same time.
For health workers and other essential community service providers who continue to provide vital care and support to the most vulnerable.
Giving thanks for the acts of kindness, big and small, that we continue to witness every day.
For our minister Annetia and the Church Councillors as they seek to provide ministry and leadership.
For the members of our congregation who are struggling financially.
NEWS AND NOTES
Welcome to a great-grandchild
Best wishes to Margaret and Roland Wade, on the birth of their first great-grandchild, Billy, son of Emily and Matt. Emily is Steven Wade’s daughter.
Bunnings gift vouchers for sale
Bunnings has recently given $500 in lieu of allowing the Young People’s Group to hold a barbeque to raise funds. There are four $50 vouchers left for sale—please contact Geoff Gook (0407 342 607) if you are able to help out.
Great work—thanks Alan!
Alan Thompson has been very busy lately working through a long list of jobs around the church property that need doing. He’s working from the hall. A new hall storeroom, sorting out and restructuring the meeting room, the foyer storage, covering holes in the floor, painting, and more!
A new home
Cyril Ridsdale has now moved to Glendale Aged Care 235 Heaths Rd Werribee 8742 8888.
A source of Australian Christian (but non-denominational) inspirational readings and videos is available from this site. I can recommend it: https://www.commongrace.org.au (RR)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.