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
Christmas Bowl—sharing God’s love
Operation Christmas Child update
Shoebox collection season 2022 has come to an end and your shoeboxes have begun their overseas journey to children in need.
I am very grateful to the Crossroads Folk who packed and sent over 170 beautiful gift filled shoeboxes, donated cash, knitted beanies, donated ‘filler’ items and encouraged family, friends and neighbours to join them. Your gifts will bring great joy to the children, their families and communities in the name of Jesus. God bless you!
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project — many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten. (RG)
Hoppers Crossing Congregation joins us at Crossroads for worship and witness today
We welcome the Hoppers Crossing congregation to our site today at a combined service of worship commencing at 10 am. This move could provide both congregations with new opportunities and strength to witness to the love of God in our whole community of Wyndham.
So, after 138 years of worship and witness on this site, we stand at the threshold of a new era that we pray, with God’s blessing, will give new life and strength to our witness to the way, the truth, and the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Worship services to start at 10 am
With the exception of the Christmas special services, the morning service will continue to be combined services, starting at 10 am, until and including the 29th of January.
These arrangements, as announced last week, will provide the Crossroads Church Council and the Hoppers Crossing Church Council with the opportunity to consult with the congregations and make decisions about the future arrangements in cooperation.
Robert Renton, on behalf of Church Council
Today’s preacher: the Rev. Dr John Evans
The Rev. Dr John Evans is currently the Chairperson of the Presbytery of Port Phillip West and is our preacher this morning. John says: “I greet the Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing congregations as they enter a new relationship,” he says, “my hope for the Presbytery of Port Phillip West is that sensitivity and wisdom will sustain the ministry through these times, not losing sight of the gospel of Christ.
It will look different from what was there 45 years ago. In this era of global warming, the Church has a role. All of us Christians need to have a passion for living in a sustainable way.” (NT)
Christmas carol service: 11 December @ 7pm
We are so blessed this year to have Judy Vincent lead our Crossroads Carols Practices and Service.
Carols Practices are from 5.45pm – 7pm commencing this Sunday, 6 November until 4 December. A call out to all you choristers, why not come along and join in.
Please ring Wendy if you wish to be part of this year’s Carols service – or just come along.
World Vision sponsorship update
We recently received Christmas and New Year greetings from our World Vision sponsored children in Zimbabwe, Keitumetsi and Nokuthaba. Both girls are 17 years old and live in rural villages.
They will celebrate Christmas with family and friends, eating, dancing, drinking traditional (non-alcoholic) beer made of millet or sorghum and receive new clothes from their parents as gifts.
With your generous support, Crossroads is partnering with communities in Zimbabwe and Cambodia to give children brighter futures. Please continue to donate using the house shaped donation box in the foyer. Thank you for being a change maker! (RG)
Uniting Wyndham moves to Ballan House
Many Crossroads folk who have supported Uniting Wyndham over the years will wish that the agency’s move to Ballan House at 1-3 Duncans Road will be blessed.
Transition from the familiar Uniting Wyndham workplace brings change to a relationship of close co-operation between the congregation and the agency, formerly located on a single property.
Jerry H, (pictured) regional manager for Uniting Wyndham, advised this week that the main part of the move of Uniting Wyndham operations from 17-19 Duncans Road has been accomplished.
Jerry said: “It will take a while to settle, as staff are in the process of unpacking. Some staff are still working from home, while the move is underway.”
“We will continue to use weekday car-parking spaces allocated to Uniting in the car park at the rear of Crossroads church buildings. We value the good relationship of church and agency,” he said. (NT)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord ! (Psalm 27)
What’s On This Week – 27 November
- 27 November: 10am Combined Crossroads & Hoppers Crossing worship.
- 4 December: 10 am Combined Crossroads & Hoppers Crossing worship
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
Isaiah 2:1–5; Romans 13:11–14; Matthew 24:36–44; Psalm 122.
Margaret F & Julie H
Jan S & Elizabeth B
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 – On Leave at present (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.