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.
Our minister, Annetia Goldsmith, will be on well-deserved holidays this Sunday (27 Sept.), and our online service producer, Roland Geilen, and his helpers will also take a well-earned break from the production of the services. Consequently, there will be no Facebook Crossroads services online for September 27.
The 10.30 am morning teas will continue, and the log-in details will be advertised in Connection each week. For this week, 27 September, the log-in details are:
https://zoom.us/j/98516094980?pwd=OXhaMnhYR1UzanE5NFVsdkNnSXdKZz09 Meeting ID: 985 1609 4980 Passcode: 404721
There are many other online services that you may like to ‘visit’, and here are the addresses of some that you may find helpful.
St Michael’s Uniting, Melbourne go to https://stmichaels.org.au and then to the “Online @ St Michael’s Videos” section on the main page. The Rev. Dr Margaret Mayman is the minister.
Brunswick Uniting: go to https://brunswick.unitingchurch.org.au and then to the “Worship with us” page. Services are streamed live at 9.30 am. The minister is the Rev. Ian Ferguson.
St David’s Newtown: go to https://www.facebook.com/NewtownUniting/ and you will find both a live service and a recorded service afterwards. The minister is the Rev. Will Nicholas.
Bacchus Marsh Uniting has a YouTube service that’s recorded—go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxmbmWZu3FB4AE7Hs_K9nbA. The minister is the Rev. David Withers.
Cranbourne Regional Uniting: go to https://www.facebook.com/CranbourneRegionalUnitingChurch and you will find on the page where you can join the service. The Rev. Tony Duncan is one of a number of ministers who help lead these services.
Operation Christmas Child (Rose Geilen)
I know that there are OCC supporters who have begun packing their shoeboxes to send overseas. I will be very pleased to collect your boxes when the Covid restrictions ease. But if you haven’t started your shopping yet, OCC have an exciting new opportunity to help you share God’s love with children around the world – Pack a Shoebox online! Simply choose a boy or girl, select an age and view a list of gift items that OCC will fill a box with. For $30, they will pack it for you and send it to a child in need. You can even include a personal message to the child. What a wonderful initiative, and this year boxes from Australia will go to Cambodia, Fiji, Madagascar and Malawi. For more information go to the OCC website:
Special Crossroads St Francis of Assisi Day service
Next week, 4 October, at our usual time of 9.30 am, there will be a special ‘blessing of the animals’ service, and you are invited to send to Roland Geilen (email@example.com) a photo of your pet(s) for inclusion in the service. Don’t forget to give your pet’s name as well as your own! (This is magpie season!)
Great news from Haider al Manhal is that he has received his 5 year visa. This gives him greater certainty in planning his ongoing life here. A separate 5 year visa has been given to Haider’s ex-wife Sundes and her children Moqtada and Zainab. May they know God’s continuing blessings in their lives here in Australia.
Many thanks from the Christmas Bowl for the donation of $2,424.70 from the people of the Crossroads congregation. Apparently the original certificate was lost in the system somehow.
Looking for a good book?
During lockdown with the library closed I have discovered the value of borrowing eBooks. Once I worked out how to adjust the type size I found that eBooks are easy to read on my phone. A friend recommended ‘The Happiest Refugee’ which is Anh Do’s life story from escaping Vietnam as a two year old on a boat (which was twice raided by pirates) to becoming the celebrity he is today. I found it as an eBook at Wyndham Libraries and was pleased to discover it was an audio copy read by Anh himself. That meant I could listen to the book and continue my jigsaw puzzle at the same time. (From Bev Lambie)
A prayer for today
Holy One, thank You for grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope I run toward in Christ.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Rob Bradley talked to me on the phone while he was in the garden collecting wild insects to feed his bearded dragons. “I find lots of insects in my hollow logs; they are not high in cholesterol like the bought crickets,” he says.
“And the green tree frogs eat similar food.” You may see some of Rob’s pets at the Blessing Service next week.
Rob has strong views about Australia’s global warming policies. He is deeply concerned that it will be hard achieving meaningful targets to reduce Australia’s emissions while the major parties in Government and Opposition are answerable to powerful pressure groups. That is why it is so important that as concerned individuals, we speak up and support organisations such as the Climate Council, GetUp & The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.
Rob is also a Board member of the Werribee River Association. He says, “there are many beautiful places on the Werribee River that are easily accessed. A lot of work has been done by the Association, with the help of community volunteers including Crossroads members to monitor water quality, remove rubbish, plant trees and more. It is a shame that tree plantings are limited by coronavirus this year, when so much of the river can be conserved and beautified.”
On a positive note, Australian Conservation Volunteers are starting now to map four Werribee River litter hotspots, including the new Wyndham Park. They will be working with Werribee River Association, Wyndham Council & Melbourne Water. Over a 3 year period, rubbish will be removed from the river and data will be collected, including the quantities types of rubbish. (You can join the Werribee River Association online – $30 or $20.)
Worship Plan for this coming week
Bible Readings – 4 October 2020
Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20; Philippians 3:4b–14; Matthew 21:33–46; Psalm 19.
Rosters for 4 October 2020
- Greetings: Luciana Aragon
- Prayers of the People: Mary Dixon
- Reader: Julie Rees
- Flowers: Mary Dixon
- Piano: TBA
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 Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended. Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.