COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Invasion Day or Australia Day?
Debate continues in the community about the celebrations today. For many people, both in the church and outside it, it is a travesty to celebrate the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 as it marks the beginning of an invasion, the destruction of a people’s culture, and in many, many cases the murder of the local people, whose land the English had invaded.
“We will march together as our elders have for 82 years, to protest the ongoing colonial violence on our people”, say organisers of the annual Invasion Day march in Melbourne, The march starts at the Parliament of Victoria building, Spring Street at 11 am. Last year members of Crossroads Werribee congregation took part.
Last Sunday Uniting Churches around Australia observed a Day of Mourning, with prayers and stories. The truth of our nation’s treatment of the First Peoples must be told. We can’t be held responsible for the sins of our ancestors, but we have benefited from their crimes, and at the very least we can acknowledge the truth about our history and seek to find ways of creating a better future and a just relationship with the First Peoples of this land.
As patriotic Australians, there are many things about Australia we can celebrate, and as Uniting Church members, we share in covenant with the UAICC, walking together and following Christ together. Learning the truth about our frontier history informs our identity as citizens of this land.
Since coming to Crossroads in 2017, Carol’s lively and warm friendship is appreciated by members of our congregation.
We met in her retirement village apartment, and talked about some highlights of her life and her faith journey.
Carol attended the local Salvation Army Sunday School in South Kingsville, and later, “York Street Gospel Church” Yarraville. Carol accepted Christ as her Saviour at 12 years old. She went to Altona North High School. After Year 11 her first job was a “mail girl” at JG Gadsden P/L, then she became proficient at data entry, an important new computer skill in the 1980s.
Carol and her husband together ran a successful Pizza takeaway and lunch trade in Wood Street Laverton for 5 years. Carol then took over her dad’s driving school business; and became a RACV and DECA contractor; encompassing nearly twenty years. Followed by a career change to Nursing and the health care industry in 2006.
Carol says “When mum died in 2014, I felt very alone, and I was searching for help. At that time, two dear Christian Filipino Aged Care Workers’ helped me in prayer and her funeral.”
“I knew that Bible reading was not enough, so I was searching for a church. I came to Crossroads Uniting, was baptised on 20 May 2018, and experienced an openness here that enables me to share in the faith community’s life,” she says.
Carol says: “God is opening doors for me. As a volunteer pastoral carer at Baptcare in Werribee, I was encouraged by the Chaplain, Debbie, to enrol for the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Peter McCallum Cancer Centre. Completing a unit of CPE has taken me to another level of commitment to God, using my gifts. I feel that a new door is opening.” (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
12 pm Lisu Service
2.30 pm Dinka Service
Activities this week
Friday: 5 pm African Youth (Hall)
Bible Readings – 2 February 2020
Micah 6:1–8; I Corinthians 1:18–31; Matthew 5:1–12; Psalm 15
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 2 February 2020
Minister: Rev. Ian Pearse
Duty Elder: Margaret Gook
Greeting: Robert Renton
Morning Tea: Zelda Cations & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Jennie Kirkman
Prayers of the People: Vivian Bleakley
Reader: Margaret Forrester
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Piano: Wendy Barnes
For your prayers this week…
- For the indigenous people of Australia, for their welfare and for their attempts to retain or revive their cultures, and for their elders.
- For historians and teachers, that they will be willing and ready for truth-telling about the history of dispossession, abusive treatment and the murder of indigenous people.
- Give thanks for those people who over the past 200 years have sought to redress the wrongs done to the indigenous peoples, and who tried to create just relationships and conditions.
A personal note from the Editor…
I grew up, the son of a Scottish migrant father and a fourth generation Australian mother, knowing virtually nothing about Aboriginal Australian history. None of my family’s ancestors had any land or wealth in Britain, and so, in coming to Australia, the families benefited greatly and were enabled to make considerable improvements to their standard of living. My ancestors did not harm the Aboriginal people or dispossess them from their land—but they benefited mightily from their dispossession. I need to know that truth and the truth of what that harm meant and means today. (Robert Renton)
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Lorna Hodge’s UCAF Coach Tour (continued)
Second day U.C.A.F Coach Tour
Narana was our first stop for morning tea of lemon wattle scones and cream. Everyone enjoyed looking at the art gallery, gardens and the shop.
St Andrew’s Geelong we were greeted warmly by the Rev. Ann Key. Services are held one month here and the following month at St Albans built in 1858 which is 4km away. St Andrew’s celebrated their 180th anniversary last August. In 2006 the two churches agreed to share a minister across the two congregations. By 2014 the Church Councils had become one and agreed it was the right time to become one congregation. This has been a good and happy outcome.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch of sandwiches, fruit and cake. Stuart Pett employed by Diversitat for the city of Geelong told us stories of taking a Syrian group of men fishing on the Barwon and one man was sitting on his own. In broken English he said “No noise of bombs, guns and people crying I feel at peace God must be here” Stuart was saying the families have to adapt to another culture, their children come home from school and visit friends and quickly pick up ideas that are totally foreign to their parents. We also met a lass who has kennels and brings her puppies for the children to cuddle and takes a dog around a nursing home. Members are highly involved in the local community working with refugees and asylum seekers, meals on wheels, sporting groups and op shop volunteering.
Newtown [Noble Street] We were greeted by members of the congregation and the Rev.Tevita Holani. Over a lovely afternoon tea we heard about the church activities. Many Samoan and Tongan families have joined as many members are in nursing homes, hostels or in their own homes and the minister is a good visitor to these folk. They hold a men’s fellowship, there is an active outreach committee, a Frontier Service Outback B.B.Q is held, and support is given to the Geelong homeless.
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton. We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office will close on Friday 20th December and will be open only on Thursday mornings during January while our staff have a well-earned break.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.