OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Trinity Sunday, officially called "The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity", is one of the few celebrations of the Christian Year that commemorates a Christian doctrine rather than a person or event. On Trinity Sunday, Christians traditionally remember and honour God “in three persons”—as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is symbolic of the unity of the Trinity.
Eastern Churches have no tradition of Trinity Sunday, arguing that they celebrate the Trinity every Sunday. Westerners also commemorate the Trinity at every Eucharist, although they set aside a special feast day for the purpose as well.
The Trinity is one of the most fascinating—and controversial—Christian teachings. The Trinity is described as a ‘mystery’. By mystery the Church does not mean a riddle, but rather the Trinity is a reality above our human comprehension that we may begin to grasp, but ultimately must know through worship, symbol, and faith. The Trinity is best described in the Nicene Creed.
Essentially the Trinity is the belief that God is one in essence (Greek ousia), but distinct in person (Greek hypostasis). The Greek word for person means "that which stands on its own," or "individual reality," and does not mean the persons of the Trinity are three individuals. Therefore Christians believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are somehow distinct from one another (not divided though), yet completely united in will and essence.
(The icon above is by Andrei Rublev, 15th Century. The information comes from http://www.churchyear.net/trinitysunday.html)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
OSLO (Occasional Sunday Lunch Out)
Our next outing is to the Racecourse Hotel, one of our favourite venues, today. We gather at about 12 noon, following the morning service.
Please see Elaine Belcher this morning if you cannot now come or would like to come, and remember—everyone is really welcome.
Planning Ahead Information Sessions continue to be held at Uniting Age Well Manor Lakes, Howqua Way, Wyndham Vale. The topic is “Understanding Dementia”, and will be held on Tuesday 29 May, 2pm – 4pm, with afternoon tea provided.
Dementia Australia and our Palliative Care Specialist aim to assist people to better understand dementia. Learn how to recognise the signs, what support is available to help manage the condition, and how to make a positive difference to the life of a person with dementia.
This session was rescheduled from last month. Please contact Robyn Tomkins on 9742 7201 to book into this free session.
Wyndham Interfaith Network
There will be a special screening of a movie of an inspiring and true story of displacement, discomfort, yet faith and discovery, of Karen refugees in America. The story gives focus to the experience of refugees (the Karen) in a new country and the challenge a faith community has in deciding which need takes priority. We will hear from a local speaker whose whose extended Karen family in America featured in the film, to relate themes of the story to experience in Australia.
You can see part of the story on YouTube—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdCDoEowA6k
This was originally advertised for Tuesday 19 June at the Werribee Baptist Church; however, it is now to be shown on Saturday afternoon on 23 June from 3–6pm. Refreshments will be provided and adults are asked to contribute $5 towards these costs and children will be free.
This is one opportunity for faith communities to come together in support of refugees at a time of need. We show through our actions that our varied traditions all accept and support the stranger in our midst.
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.
We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: 10 am Playgroup
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home.
Next Sunday — 3 June Pentecost 2
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
Greeting: Phil Barnes
Morning Tea: Dorothy Rookes & Judy Frankcom
Flowers: Margaret Forrester
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers: Mike Lewis
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: I Samuel 3:1–10; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18; 2 Corinthians 4:5–12; Mark 2:23–3:6.
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Heather Loader: Presbytery Secretary
Congregations of the Presbytery of Port Phillip are welcoming the new Secretary and Manager of Presbytery, Heather Loader.
Heather comes to her new job with years of experience in managing private and public health fund offices in Bairnsdale, training facilitator state-wide, and in more recent years, leading the Communal Justice program for rehabilitating ex-prisoners, at Sunshine Mission which became part of UnitingCare Lentara.
Heather wants to be available to congregations; she is ready to learn about our hopes for mission and outreach in the communities where we live. Presbytery is able to support new initiatives by ordinary members of local churches, such as Fiona Adams’ Coffee Club at Hoppers Crossing UC on two days of the week.
“I’ve worked in government bureaucracy for a long time”, says Heather, “so the Uniting Church culture and ethos is a challenge I can take on”.
Heather grew up a Methodist in Bairnsdale, in a family who had a strict kind of religion, but they loved the church, and that’s where she was baptised and confirmed. Her membership now is with Melton UC, and she lives in Deer Park—“A really pleasant environment, typical of the western suburbs, “ she says.
As I write Heather’s story, I pick up her enthusiasm and passion for Jesus’s gospel call to “get out there and be a Christian!”
Heather is excited that Presbytery is bringing in to its leadership team, ministers with a broad general people skills of caring and management; adding to the thrust of ‘New Expressions’ which is the mark of Port Phillip West’s story in recent years.
She says: “Look out for new happenings, get on board. Let’ support the Intercultural Youth Centre, opening next Saturday at Sunshine Mission, in the old Op Shop premises.”
(Heather was interviewed by Neil Tolliday)
Wyndham Theatre Company presents "Calendar Girls" by Tim Firth
At Crossroads UC Hall on Fridays 11, 18 and 25, and Saturdays 12, 19, and 26, all at 8 pm, and at 2 pm for a matinee performance on Saturday 19 May only.
Tickets from www.wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030. Email email@example.com.