CONNECTION – 27 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

Thank you for your contributions to the Christmas Bowl. The program remains open right through to February, and you can make your donation by enclosing it in an envelope with your name and “Christmas Bowl” on the front, and leave it in the church office (remember, it will be open only on Thursday mornings).

When can we return to worship at Church?

Church Council met 9 December and has decided, in the light of the holiday season of December/January and after a lot of discussion about the possibilities within the restrictions that still apply, as follows.
1. In-person worship services will resume from Sunday 7 February 2021, with either one or two half-hour services at 9.30 and 10.30am, depending upon the number of people who wish to attend and provided we have enough helpers who volunteer for duties. See below.
2. It will be necessary for everyone to book a seat, either by phone or email. “First in, best dressed.” Everyone will also need to register their attendance via QR electronic means, and wear a mask inside the buildings. (Help will be provided.)
3. There will be no morning tea inside; however, social gatherings might occur outside (depending upon weather) with 1.5 metre social distancing.

4. We need help! In order for everything to flow properly, we need to create a roster of four volunteers each Sunday to manage the QR login, seating arrangements and cleaning before and after the service(s). If you are prepared to help, please contact Rose G at the office. We also need help with the AV roster‚ so please contact Sandra S.

Jennie B: new city councillor

Jennie grew up in Thornbury. “My mum was a devout Anglican.  I hold Christian values received from her”. She studied for arts and education degrees at Latrobe University. Teaching English as a second language, she worked with the Migrant Resource Centre in Footscray, then later in Werribee. Jennie’s family moved to Werribee, and they bought their first house there.  Jennie has three adult children. Concerned that the City of Wyndham’s religious diversity needed a place for dialogue and sharing common values, Jennie and others made contact with leaders of faith groups;  the good response enabled Wyndham Inter Faith Network to begin in 2009. Jennie was chairperson for the first two years. “I’m delighted that WIFN is now well established, with Laurence G as co-ordinator. I’ve attended every annual dinner, an important civic occasion, and the on-line virtual event this year too,” she says. City Councillor Jennie is responsible for the Welcoming City portfolio.

Forthcoming services

The Rev. Annetia G will be on holidays at various times from the 27 December through to 17 January and then on 31 January.

The Rev. Ian P and the Rev. Val J will be assisting us with the leadership of worship (online).

Christmas Day service online, 9.30 am.

Uniting Housing & Uniting VicTas

The Victorian Government’s recent announcement of a $5.3 billion dollar investment in social and affordable housing will build at least 9,300 new social housing dwellings, increasing social housing supply by 10%

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorias-big-housing-build-0

The Victoria government is responding to the widespread recognition that secure and affordable housing underpins people’s capacity to live dignified and healthy lives and to contribute to their communities.

The Victorian government’s “Big Housing Build” commitment has come at an opportune time for Uniting Vic Tas and Uniting Housing Victoria.

The Uniting Church in Victoria had previously committed to Make Housing a Priority. In the past year the long-standing partnership between Uniting Housing Victoria and Uniting VicTas has been re-structured to increase supply of affordable housing in Victoria.

Manager of Housing Practice Robin Z says: “We aim to deliver 500 new properties in the next five years across the Western Melbourne growth corridor and regional Victoria.

Our new housing projects will be focused in areas where we already deliver supporting community services. Uniting is positioned to provide housing with wrap-around support services to address community need.

Uniting has pledged $20 million to address a shortage of affordable housing in Victoria and Tasmania, looking to state and federal governments to match funding.

We have new housing projects in Wangaratta and Ringwood on land owned by the Uniting Church, and site investigations are progressing across other Uniting-owned sites.“ The Victorian government will invite all community housing organisations to bid for funding for the Big Housing Build over the coming months. Uniting’s housing and property team is currently identifying projects that will be submitted for government funding and expects to have significant development by 2022. (NT)

Help, please! We need you to volunteer! Yes, you!

A reminder that without sufficient volunteers we won’t be able to return to worship in the church in February. We can’t leave it to the usual tiny band of volunteers!

Crossroads People: Wanda T

We found a cool place on a hot day at Heathdale Christian College,

In this large school, Wanda T is responsible for many aspects of its operations.  She manages payroll for three hundred staff, student fees, governance requirements and finance of the building master plan.

“I have found that all that happens in this college is grounded in prayer,” says Wanda.  “Every day at 8.10 am the staff are joining in devotions.  Our staff are Christian. Even in this difficult year of Covid 19, I’m blessed to be here”.

“Crossroads is my church since I was five.  My mum encouraged me to belong here,” says Wanda. ”It was Presbyterian then, and I remember the lively teenage girls club”.

After a time away from church, God called her back.  It was in the Rev. Pam Kerr’s time, and she found welcome again, at our Uniting congregation. 

She studied for the Associate Diploma in Accounting at night school, while doing office work. She qualified Bachelor of Business and Accounting at Victoria University and then as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

She worked as an accountant variously at BP Australia, Shell Australia and Orica, then aged care.

Michael T from a local market gardening family came into her life, and they married.  Michael drives a community bus for the City of Wyndham.  They have two children, daughter (13) and son  (15).

As former Treasurer and member of the Crossroads Church Council, Wanda made a significant contribution to the life of our congregation.

“I offer my work skills in God’s service.  And I look forward to our church life resuming in the New Year”, she says. (NT)

A reflection

No use knocking on

No use knocking on the window
There is nothing we can do, sir.
All the beds are booked already
There is nothing left for you, sir.
There he is again, knocking on the window Knocking on the window on a Christmas day.
No use knocking on the window
Some are lucky, some are not, sir
We are Christian men and women
But we’re keeping what we’ve got, sir.

As I reflect on the Government’s cruel treatment of Australia’s 30 thousand asylum seekers, and the massive sentimentalism of Christmas advertising, I’m thankful for Sidney Carter’s biting satire. (NT)

Worship Plan for this coming week

3 January

Bible Readings

Jeremiah 31:7–14; Ephesians 1:3–14; John 1:1–18; Psalm 147:12–20

Rosters

  • Greetings: Robert R
  • Prayers of the People: Valerie J
  • Reader: Wendy B
  • Music: Wendy B
  • Flowers: Bev 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 Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

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