CONNECTION – 27 MARCH 2022


LENT 4

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 prayer: our world and climate change

Creator God, breath and source of life, in love you called the world into being and in grace you made us and call us your children. We stand in awe of the wonder of your creation: its beauty and wildness; complexity and power; resilience and fragility.
God of life, you call us to be participants in the web and wellspring of life: to be nurtured by the planet; to be nurturing of the planet; to cherish the world and all that lives. But we have failed and creation groans under our weight.
God of love, we pray for those people, communities and nations already suffering the devastating effects of climate change; and we pray for the diversity of life on earth, so much of it already threatened by our actions.
God of hope, we pray for the members of parliament who receive our petition. Bless them with wisdom and creativity, and a shared vision of hope for all creation. May they find the determination to take strong action to halt the destructive effects of climate change, and the political will to act together for the common good.
Creator God, we pray for us all, that we might restore our relationships with each other and work together to heal the earth. Renew us in your grace for the sake of your creation. Amen.

Lenten Studies

Lenten study discussion groups are currently being held on Thursdays until 14 April at 2pm in person at Crossroads, and at 7.30pm on Zoom.

Nungalinya College

Nungalinya College, Darwin, is “a place of learning” on Larrakia country.
The College empowers indigenous Christians, averaging 280 students each year, and impacts 100 remote and rural communities. The College is supported by the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic churches of Northern Territory. Students attend short courses, and are accommodated in residence on campus.
Scott C, formerly a member of Crossroads UC Werribee, has taken up the position of Dean of Students for Uniting Church students. Scott’s role is pastoral, caring for the spiritual and material needs of students, many who have come to Darwin from remote communities.
I asked Scott about the life on campus this term. “New groups of students came in last week,” he says. “The Federal government’s bio-security order was lifted on 3 March. This is the second week of the four-week intake. There are about 15 students in each course: Foundation Studies—English as an Additional Language (EAL), and Certificate I in General Education—as well as the Certificate II in Music and Media, and Certificate II in Art and Faith. Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology students are coming in next week.”
Scott says: “I was commissioned last week by Uniting Church Northern Synod Moderator the Rev. Tony Goodluck as a Pastor of the Uniting Church for the period of my three years appointment.”
Asked about his impressions of Nungalinya, Scott says: “The ecumenical spirit is strong. People know they are coming to a peaceful and safe place. People who have been trained here are now rising as leaders in their communities. Nungalinya equips people to be pastors, by educating them in the Bible and ministry.”
Pray for the outreach mission and teaching work of Nungalinya College, Darwin.
(Interview by Neil T)

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.

Living your best life

Get Connected * Be Informed * Take Control
You are invited to the upcoming event Living Your Best Life at Encore Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on Thursday 31 March 2022.
The event is a drop-in style event with a range of presentations and stall holders where you can hear about Safety, Energy Savings and a whole range of supports for you to live your best life.
Safety presentation running through the day:
• Safety in the Community by Victoria Police.
• Ageing Wellbeing & Safety by Council on the Ageing.
• Safety in the Home by Fire Rescue Victoria.
Stalls will run 9am–5pm to assist you to know your rights and speak face to face with providers directly and safely. In addition, enjoy Coffee with a Cop at 10:30am and 2:30pm.
For more information and session times visit: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/livingyourbestlife or call 1300 023 411.

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)

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group; 2pm Lenten Study (Crossroads); 7.30pm Lenten Study (Zoom 871 3910 9130)
  • Friday: 6.30pm African Youth

Bible Readings – 27 March 2022

Joshua 5:912; 2 Corinthians:16–21; Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32; Psalm 32.

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

27 March

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret B

Paul C

Mary D & Julie R

Mary D

Asanka P

Faye D

Neil T

3 April

Rev Annetia G 

Julie R

Paul K

Elane B & Asanka P

Elaine B

Asanka P

Julie R

Mary D

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