CONNECTION – 26 DECEMBER


CHRISTMAS 1

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

Return to Worship – COVID Restrictions

There will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.

  1. There is no need to book.
  2. You will need to sign in using the QR Code every time you come to the Church.

Christmas Bowl

Thank you to all of you who have so generously given to the Christmas Bowl appeal. If you have been meaning to donate and haven’t yet got to it, please do so now, as our appeal will finish on 10th January.


HOW TO GIVE:
There are several ways you can donate:

  • Put cash in our special Christmas bowl located in the chapel
  • Use a Christmas Bowl envelope (cash, cheque, or credit card) and either place in our Christmas bowl or post. (Please write Werribee Crossroads Uniting Church as your church.)
  • Donate online at https://christmasbowl.actforpeace.org.au/ (Please write Werribee Crossroads Uniting Church as your church.)
  • Go straight to our church’s online donation page with this link: mycb.link/45154
  • Scan the QR code on the blue Christmas Bowl poster in the foyer to go to our church’s online donation page.

Each week in church during Advent we will be learning about projects that your money will support.

In our congregation: Helmut B

As soon as lockdown ended and face-to-face worship began again at Crossroads, I noticed that Helmut Bohnke is a regular attender on Sunday mornings.
Helmut’s a person of my generation; born 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War in Germany, in Braunschweig. “My father was a machine gunner in the army of the Reich, conscripted for Hitler’s war in Russia. Captured by the Russians, my father survived five years of prison camps in Siberia, and returned a very malnourished and sick man”.

“My mother along with all the women of Germany was put to work making bullets and guns. My three older sisters cared for me on the fourth floor play area of our government housing apartment. Like many children deprived of school during the war, I started school afterwards at age 8 in a class of 4-year-olds, and I hated it.”
On leaving school, Helmut completed apprenticeship as a cabinet maker and French polisher.
Migrating to Australia, Helmut got work as a sprinkler fitter with Wormalds. He married Margaret Loretta in 1962; they had three sons and their one daughter Barbara is now living in Wyndham Vale. Margaret died of heart condition in the year 2000. They lived for many years in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Here in Wyndham Vale, Helmut makes model sailing ships. He showed me a photo of his model flagship of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
“In Wagga Wagga I went to church every Sunday, but I didn’t like the preaching,“ says Helmut. “I am pleased to make friends at the Uniting Church in Werribee.”
Our Uniting Church community is enriched by persons from many nations of the earth. Welcome, Helmut! (NT)

The wedding last Saturday of Mr and Mrs L

Tongan wedding blessing

The day after the wedding of Mr and Mrs Loseli, the Tongan community sang in blessing of them and the congregation.


A prayer during this continuing pandemic

Oh dear God,
This keeps going. It ends, it spirals, it ends, something new is revealed.
People are welcomed, people are refused. We travel, we cancel.
We hope, hope is dashed, we hope, we dig for will-power.
How can we find you in the midst of all of this?
Oh dear God, we don’t have to search.
In the midst is where you always have been and are still.
We summon our stretched energy to praise you.
Give us grace beyond our experience and belief to experience energy and new hope.
In this Christmas time, we pray for ourselves and each other to live these days as well as we can, no matter their shape.
We praise you and commit to Hope. Amen
(Written by the Rev. Elizabeth Gray-King)

January Worship Services 2022

  • 26/12/21: Audrey Kateena
  • 2/1/22: Audrey Kateena
  • 9/1/22: Rev. Angela Tapinyappa
  • 16/1/22: Rev. Jeanne Beale (Communion)
  • 23/1/22: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith
  • 30/1/22: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith

Worship Plan for this coming week

26 December 2021

Bible Readings

I Samuel 2:18–20, 26; Colossians 3:12–17; Luke 2:41–52; Psalm 96.

Rosters for 26 Dec

  • Greetings:  Margaret B
  • Cleaning:  Rose and Frances
  • AV: Paul C
  • QR: Rose and Frances
  • Morning Tea: Margaret F and Julie H
  • Flowers: Jennie K
  • Music: Wendy B
  • Prayers: Neil T
  • Reader:  Paul C

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:

Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

During the Holidays the church office is open Thursdays between 9:30am and 12pm.

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