CONNECTION – 27 FEBRUARY 2022


TRANSFIGURATION

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

A true reflection

If true reflection is only to see a mirror image of what I do,
or if it must distort and swell to out of character facets of my view
what good is it to reflect?
And what in reflection makes true?
If reflection be but a facile mirage,
and is a lonely enterprise of one,
how can it be of any use to see;
what the world’s undone?
Reflection’s uses are as a pensive,
useful only when,
shared with another unalike no other,
a Spirit, a Son and a Father, all friends.

But then what of reflection may inspire,
a heart, a flame, a burning desire;
a flicker, a glimmer, a change of mind,
an action, a kindness, a knowledge, a time?
Reflection is dangerous you see,
it can distort an eye, for a we.
Reflection can change the world and then…
we must reflect on reflection and think again.

(Poem by Annetia G, 16 February 2022)

Church Council report

The Church Council has met twice since the beginning of 2022, on February 5th in an all-day conference, and in the evening of the 9th. We were pleased to elect Wendy Barnes as our new chairperson, initially for six months, and expressed our appreciation to Robert Renton for his chairpersonship for the past four years.

In the conference we met with representatives of the ministry activities of the congregation:
Pastoral Care (Audrey K), A.V. including online screening (Roland G), Ministry (Annetia G), Crunch (Sandra S), Office/Administration (Rose G), Finance (Salote T), Secretary of Congregation (Bev L), Playgroup (Jan B), Property (PCG) (Ken S), UCAF/OSLO/Seniors Afternoon Tea (Bev C & Lorna H), Justice Task Group (Rob B & Luciana A), Card making, (Rose G), Connection (Robert R).

The afternoon session, following a short time of worship and a walk around the labyrinth which had been set up in the church hall, was led by Annetia for discussions on various topics including the possibility of ‘Messy Church’, outreach into the community; ‘having a closer connection with Uniting; and our Youth 12–19 years.

At the meeting on the 9th the decision was taken to commence “Messy Church” at Crossroads in April after a group from Werribee visit a Geelong Church to get a ‘feel of Messy Church’. It should run as an additional service to our traditional morning worship, commencing at 4.30pm and including a meal and activities to attract our younger families and children. Jan B offered to help organise our first Messy Church.

Worship/planning—Annetia is looking for one person per week to help with the organising of Sunday worship. Ken S offered to be the first helper to Annetia and we will need other volunteers to make this work.

Further consideration is to be given to Roland G recommendations for improvements to the production of online services upon the receipt of a grant (Luciana to investigate).

After much discussion at the request of Sandra S, it was decided that Kids Hope has run its course at Crossroads. We give praise and thanks to Sandra for such an amazing ministry that this has been and look forward to another program—perhaps Messy Church would be it.

Wendy B, Chairperson

Confirmation classes

Annetia will be commencing Confirmation classes after Easter. Anyone who is interested please contact Annetia or the office with your contact details.
Confirmation is the reaffirmation of baptism. The classes are an excellent opportunity to explore one’s faith in greater depth leading to a public affirmation of faith.

Presbytery report from Neil T

The Presbytery in Council meets in “hybrid” style – face to face and Zoom – four times a year. I urge members of Crossroads Werribee to consider becoming the representative for our congregation.
At the last meeting in February, reports struck a common theme – our church is experiencing the winds of social change. Old ways may no longer serve us. How do we respond creatively? In small ‘break-out’ groups we shared experiences as we discussed ‘missionary mapping’ and considered how regional groupings of congregations may strengthen each other. Collaborating ministries may be a way of the future.
In my group I met Jan Van D (Electra Street Williamstown) and Raymond S (Hoppers Crossing) together with Revs Alister P (Preston-Northcote), Geoff T (Pilgrim Theological College), Nigel H (Synod ElM), Tupe I (Wesley Central Geelong).
Secretary Heather L and Presbytery ministers Revs Narelle C, Linley L and Jeanne B led reports on pastoral, management, ministry formation and mission.
New office bearers of the presbytery committees were commissioned in prayer by presbytery Acting Chairperson Rev John B.
The retirement of Doug W OAM Presbytery Treasurer leaves a critical vacancy. Is there a qualified accountant who will step up?
The Climate Action Working Group report was presented by Sue S. Christine M of Crossroads Justice Task Group is a member. Sue spoke of ways in which congregations of the presbytery are tackling global warming locally.
Rev David J of the Armstrong Creek Reference Group invited people in the Presbytery to support the ministry led by Chris Machar in this new area where up to 50 young families are connecting with the church. David said: ”Consider becoming an ‘Armstrong Creek mission mate!”

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
  • Wednesday: 1 pm UCAF (Crossroads Foyer), 7 pm Ash Wednesday Service (livestreamed to Crossroads Private Facebook page)
  • Thursday: 9.30 am Gardening Group

Bible Readings – 27 February 2022

Exodus 34:29–35; 2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2; Luke 9:28–43; Psalm 99.

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

27 February

Rev Annetia G 

Liz B

Roland

Liz B & Jan S

Lorna H

Asanka P

Jan B

Salote T

6 March

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret B

Noel S

Jan B & Zelda C

Bev C

Asanka P

Ken S

Kevin E

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 Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

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