Crossroads Connection



Iftar Dinner

At precisely 5.25 pm sundown, the Imam at Virgin Mary Mosque, Hoppers Crossing, ordered dinner be served. Guests included members of the gurudwara Sikh temple and two Christians, Laurence Gray and myself.

Imam Abdulla Hawari (centre) with Sardar Singh and Harban Singh.

We partook of delicious Middle Eastern foods. Iftar means "break-feast" at the end of each day of Ramadan, 30 days of fasting decreed by the Prophet Mohammed.  (NT)




Uniting Collection Box

Needed items include tins of soup, cereals (esp. Weetbix), pasta, tins of tuna, baked beans and spaghetti, 2-minute noodles, tinned tomatoes, jars of pasta sauce, vegemite, jams and honey, UHT milk, muesli snack bars.  Thanks for all the help each week!

Join us in prayer for…

·       Prime Minister Morrison and the Liberal-National Coalition as they seek to govern Australia for all Australians.

·       The Australian Labor Party as it seeks to elect a new leader.

·       Elderly people living in nursing homes and other aged care facilities, and the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

·       The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup; 5 pm African Youth
Saturday: 10 am African Youth

Bible Readings – 2 June 2019

Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21; Psalm 97; Acts 16:16–34; John 17:20–26.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 2 June 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Rose Geilen
Greeting: Carmel Woodward
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Mary Dixon
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Carol Nancarrow
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers of the People: Ken Storey
Piano: Asanka Pakura

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.


Remy Cerdeña: 95 years on 29 May 2019

One of five children, Remy grew up in the Philippines with her mother Esperanza Panganiban, who was a school teacher (quite an achievement for someone born in the late 19th century), and her father, the Rev. Catalino Ramos Paulino, who ministered at the Ellinwood-Malate church.  Remy learned to play the piano, and played for church services and when she was teaching herself at Rizal Elementary School after 1948.

Her studies for becoming a teacher were delayed because of World War II and the Japanese occupation, so she took on work as a typist in a private investigator’s office.  Life under the occupation could be harsh. One day she and her father were walking from their home to the church (at 80 minute walk) and crossing a bridge when they heard an air-raid siren.  They dashed around looking for cover but all the houses were locked, so in the end her father covered her with his own body as the Japanese planes descended with their machine-guns—bullets and shrapnel everywhere—and they survived.

In 1956 she married Beau Harris Cerdeña after seven years of courtship, and they had five children as well.  Beau worked in a cigarette factory, smoked four packets a day, and sadly died quite early in life.

Remy migrated to Australia helped by her daughters Gaye, Jill and Rose.  She had been suffering from worsening health problems, and gradually made some progress and was able to recover her abilities to do the things she loved—knitting, crosswords, and playing the piano.  In Australia she enjoyed looking after her grandchildren and, when she moved into her own home, gardening roses and orchids.  She enjoyed having her own space, her music, the friends she made at Crossroads, solving crosswords and knitting projects.

She says the best moments for her are time spent with family, friends and worshipping God.  She is grateful for the opportunity to be a blessing, to help where it is needed, and her continuing hope is that in this increasingly busy, frenetic world that everyone will find serenity, calm, peace, gratitude and joy.  There is time enough to pause, to reflect on the abundance that we already have, and to enjoy each other—and love, always love.  (With thanks to Rose Wild)


Wyndham Interfaith Network: The Staging Post

Australia accepts 20 thousand refugees annually as part of its international commitment. Each year refugee week gives a focus on the complexity that leads to people being displaces and  where they will go. The Wyndham Interfaith Network seeks to build understanding of challenges arising from complexity and possible actions  this may prompt. Please see this link for  further information:

Australia has over 53 thousand people in Australia  who identify with Afghan heritage with more than 18 thousand living in Victoria.  Since 1979 this number has included those fleeing the outcomes of invasion and conflict.

This movie is a  story of  the recent Afghan diaspora. It shows creative  resilience  under stress, the compassion of  others in the face of need and honouring the gift of children where ever we are.  Afghan refugees stuck in Indonesia after Australia stopped the boats started a school and an educational revolution.

Saturday 15 June, 2–4.30 pm, at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church. Cost of $5 includes afternoon tea and a speaker.  Please register with Laurence Gray at

The story helps us all to journey in someone else’s shoes as this trailer shows:

Uniting Church National History Society

The UNHS is holding a conference at the Centre for Theology and Ministry over the Queen’s Birthday weekend (7–10 June) and you are invited to attend the whole event or just part of the program.

On the Friday at 7.45 pm the speaker will be Meredith Lake, who presents Soul Search on ABC Radio National.  Her topic is “Why religious history belongs in secular society”.

On Saturday morning, 9.15–11 am, Dr Joanna Cruickshank, who is Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin University, will speak on “Intimate Enemies? Missions, Government and Aboriginal People in Australia, 1850–1970”.

There is a full program on Saturday of speakers in short 20 minute presentations.  To book, speak to Robert Renton or go to


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.