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
Mixed good and bad news
Good news for asylum seekers accepted by New Zealand, not for others. About 30,000 asylum seekers in Australia are not allowed to live permanently in this country.
Some of these folk are related to Crossroads UC congregation. Leading up the coming Federal Election, the Morrison government has announced that 450 of Australia’s asylum seekers, mainly coming from the 230 persons on Nauru and PNG will be re-settled in New Zealand over three years. (Neil T)
World Vision sponsorships
Did you know that Crossroads sponsors three children through World Vision? Keitumetsi and Nokuthaba are 17 year old girls from the same village in Zimbabwe.
We have recently been assigned a new boy, Phanna, who is 8 years old from Cambodia. Phanna lives with his parents and brother in a rural village in the north-western province of Battambang and he enjoys school and football.
Our sponsorship is making real and lasting change to these children and their families. Please place your donations in the house-shaped box in the foyer. (Rose G)
Members of the Justice Task Group are combined with the Victoria Kiribati Association to provide support for a woman guest worker on a Werribee South market garden who has given birth to a child recently. Mark Z of Victoria and Tasmania UC Synod is co-ordinating accommodation, baby needs, transport to hospital appointments and community care in the interim until flights into Kiribati are resumed. Donations and offers of help can be made through our minister, Annetia. (Neil T)
Maryann W – Werribee River Ass.
Exciting things are happening on the Werribee River, on Riverview Drive, where platypus sightings have been confirmed by DNA readings. I talked with Maryann W, Regeneration Officer for the Werribee River Association, who is leading the group called “Friends of Werribee Riverine,” planting habitat for platypus.
You can join in on the second Tuesday of the month, when weeds are removed and overhanging and diverse indigenous plants will complement the ground cover.
Maryann grew up in Longwood, near Euroa and the Strathbogie Ranges. “As a young person I was always outdoors, exploring my environment. I attended Notre Dame College, Shepparton and went on to Diploma of Conservation and Land Management at RMIT TAFE. In conservation roles, I was with the Merri Creek Management Committee, and with the City of Darebin for 12 years. Now I’m completing the degree in Environmental Science at Charles Sturt University, on-line at Albury campus. I started working with Werribee River Association about 6 months ago,” she says.
“There’ll be lots of plantings this year; people can also get involved locally with Friends of Presidents Park and Friends of Cobbledicks Ford,” says Maryann. Today with Charlotte W, education manager for the Werribee River Association we led a school group at Bungey’s Hole, learning about the bugs in the river.”
“Our precious, fragile planet needs all the help it can get. I’m delighted that people of Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee are playing a part in this, thinking globally and acting locally,” says Maryann.
(Interviewed by Neil T)
Apologies — Bunurong Traditional Owner at Graham’s Reserve mentioned by Mary D last Sunday has been fully booked out.
Way of the Cross
The Way of the Cross, an ecumenical event held on Good Friday which provides an opportunity for a meditative reflection on Jesus’ journey to the Cross. The Anglican, Catholic, and Uniting Churches in Werribee area, work together to remind participants of the events of the first Good Friday. For each station a biblical text is offered as a point of meditation. The walk starts at Werribee Piazza at 11 am and finishes at St Andrew’s Parish Werribee at 12:30pm.
Palm Sunday Rally
On Palm Sunday April 10, 2022 at 2 pm the Rally “Justice for Refugees – End the Cruelty” will begin at the State Library of Victoria, with speakers including the Rev. Tim Costello AO. A Walk will then proceed to the Park Hotel, Swanston Street, where medevac asylum seekers are held in detention, and tennis champion Novac Djokovic was in temporary residence. Arnold Z, writer and advocate will speak.
Organized by the Refugee Advocacy Network, (Tel 0409 252 673) supported by twenty community organizations including the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. (NT)
Messy Church coming next week
Imagine a Sunday afternoon where you don’t have to get dinner ready! Instead, everyone gets to enjoy making craft, learning about God who loves us and enjoying a meal together! And what’s more… ITS FREE!!!!! Come and join us at Crossroads Uniting Church on Sunday 10 April from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Future dates: 22nd May, 19th June, 17th July. It’s open to all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult that remains with them. Let the office know if you are coming.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 1pm UCAF; 7.30pm Church Council
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group; 2pm Lenten Study (Crossroads); 7.30pm Lenten Study (Zoom 871 3910 9130)
- Friday: 6.30pm African Youth
Bible Readings – 3 April 2022
Isaiah 43:16–21; Philippians 3:4b–14; John 12:1–8; Psalm 126.
Rev Annetia G
Elaine B & Asanka P
Rev Annetia G
Judie O & Dorothy R
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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
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.