CONNECTION – 26 SEPTEMBER


PENTECOST 18

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Pacifika helps out

Salote and Margaret

Margaret G says: “I received a call from Salote T, that she had received parcels of food from Pacifika, the Islander organization which supports people from many Pacific Islands.”
“We delivered 6 parcels a fortnight ago, and 10 this weekend, to people amongst our newer arrivals who were very appreciative. Ingredients include rice, lentils, chili powder, noodles and kidney beans”.
Margaret is Secretary of the Church Council. She says: “If there is anyone who needs transport for vaccination, please contact Rose G at the church office on Monday and Thursday mornings, or talk to a Church Council member.”
The United Pasifika Council of Victoria brings together and advocates for people of the Pacific islands who are resident in this state.

Ian’s 30th marathon

Crossroads’ Ian G is practising for his 30th Melbourne Marathon, now scheduled for 12 December. There’s a great story about Ian in the local Star Weekly (16 September, page 2) by journo Alesha Capone. Ian has given permission for the newspaper story to be repeated in CONNECTION.

“…He completed his first Melbourne Marathon in a personally-built road-racing wheelchair during 1979. He has been training every two to three days in the lead up (to this one). … [Ian] contracted polio when he was just 18 months old, before the vaccine for the illness was developed in the 1950s. … As a result of polio’s impact on his lower limbs [Ian] has used forearm crutches and calipers strapped to his legs to walk short distances since he was two.”
“He played wheelchair basketball during the 1970s, … took up swimming and the marathon, winning medals at … international events. … [He] represented Australia at the 1984 and 1988 Paralympic games. … [Ian] said: ‘You can do anything if you prepare for it and prepare mentally. Don’t believe people if they say you can’t do anything.’”
Ian says to CONNECTION: “I felt emotional when I saw the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this year. It brings back vivid memories of the 1984 and 1988 games. There was no TV and radio coverage then, so it’s great that they get a high media profile now.”
Ian continues to set an example of courage in the face of adversity. Crossroads people are aware of Ian’s deep faith, and his regular presence at worship when we are not in lockdown. (NT)

Online Discussions

The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 10 October at 4 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert R to get the login.
There is also an online bible discussion group that meets at 4 pm on the alternate Sunday. The next meeting is on 3 October, and anyone is welcome to join. Contact Robert R to get access to the Zoom log-in details.

From the recent congregational survey

The Church Council is currently working through the results of the recent congregational survey. There were 59 responses, with most coming from older long-term members—47 of whom had been members for 6 years or more. In the light of the current Covid restrictions, we have focused our attention on the positive comments and all the comments regarding worship.
Frequent comments were made thanking our minister Annetia for her efforts during the last two difficult years, and these were echoed in praise and thanks for the office staff, the pastoral carers, the birthday card-makers, the newsletter deliverers, the dancers, and the many members who have made it their business to help out in other ways, especially those of us who have been more isolated than others.
In the area of worship and Sunday morning services (when they can be held again), while we do welcome people from many nations, there is a desire to introduce opportunities for a ‘stronger’ welcome and introduction to the congregation’s life, including tailoring the worship services to be more inclusive of different communities.
Several comments were made about the need for more microphone use training for bible readers, prayer leaders and the making of announcements at ‘notices time’.
There is a hope that when services return to the church we can continue to enjoy a broad range of songs with varied musical accompaniment. Having a practice of new songs before the service was thought to be worthwhile, and this was supported by several comments about the need for less ‘chatter’ in the few moments before worship begins.
It was felt that we could be making better use of social media and that we should evaluate our online services on a regular basis to look for improvements. Comments about the prevalence of younger people’s use of social media suggested that a review of this could broaden our contact with younger people.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G and you can contact Rose to organise for your packed shoeboxes to be collected or dropped off at the Church on Monday or Thursday morning’s.

Volunteers are always needed

Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

26 September 2021

Bible Readings

Esther 7:1–6, 9–10; 9:20–22; James 5:13–20; Mark 9:38–50; Psalm 124.

Rosters for 26th Sep & (3 Oct)

  • Greetings: Carol N (Margaret B)
  • Flowers: Rose G (Lorna H)
  • Music: Asanka P (Asanka P)
  • Prayers of the People: Ken S(Liz B)
  • Reader: Deb C (Rose G)
  • CRUNCH: School Holidays

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

The office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.

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