CONNECTION – 28 AUGUST 2022


PENTECOST 12

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

Volunteers make our church work!

Crossroads Gardening Group

In the heart of Werribee’s shopping and business district, members of the Crossroads Gardening Group meet on Thursday mornings every week, bringing tender care to the growing plants in the green space surrounding the church buildings. Geoff G, leader, says “Our group has been going since June 2020, contributing to a beautiful environment. We encourage people to join us; we start at 9.30 am. Wear suitable clothing, bring an implement and have a cuppa with us afterwards.”

Photo includes Margaret B, Elaine B, Anthony D, Margaret D, Margaret G, Mary D, Geoff G and Christine C. Other regulars are Eric and Rowie G.

Church Office team of volunteers

Each morning of the working week, Mondays to Fridays 9.30 to 12 noon, a team of dedicated members are answering the Crossroads Werribee Uniting Church phone and helping people with enquiries. Rose G, Office Manager says: “We are always glad to have suitable volunteers, perhaps you can join us.”
Photo includes Rose G, Margaret G and Elizabeth B. Other regulars are Helen G and Julie H. (NT)

Thank you so much for your support for our congregation’s life. You make a very valuable contribution!.

WCC Assembly Care for Creation

In the lead up to World Council of Churches Eleventh Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, Dr Louk Andrianos (pictured) WCC consultant on Care for Creation and Climate Justice reflects on his hopes for the coming gathering (August 31 -September 10).

He says: “The Season of Creation opening on 1 September while we are gathered for Assembly is a true blessing, but could also be a divine last call to all churches for repentance.
We are living in the Anthropocene era, where all voices of creatures are ‘muted’ or neglected except those of privileged powerful people. We hear testimony every day – catastrophic wildfires and other calamities that are the screaming voices of the creation for immediate behavioural change of human beings – as a call to the ‘boiling frog syndrome’.
I hope this Assembly may convince many souls to reconcile with the Triune God and the whole creation by paving new ways of living in metanoia (=conversion) and eco-justice for all in the immediate years to come.” (Ecumenical News Service, via Neil T)

Church Fête

Church council have agreed to have a Church Fete on 15 October 2022, 9am until 2pm.
We will set up as many stalls as possible—depending on our volunteers.
In the past we have had Devonshire teas in the foyer, A barbeque outside, Books, Cakes, Jams, Craft, Nearly New and Secondhand Jewellery inside and, of course, Plants and Trash and Treasure outside.
Please put this date in your diary now and let Alan T or any of our Church councillors know if you would like to help on the day. (Margaret G)

Uniting will be on the move

Geoff G, chairperson of the Crossroads Werribee Uniting Church congregation reports that he has recently received a message from Jerry H, (pictured) regional manager of Uniting: “Uniting Wyndham will move out of the two old manses on Duncans Road by Friday 14 October, subject to fit out. Uniting Wyndham will move to its new site, Ballan House, on the corner of Watton Street and Duncans Road.” (NT)

Presbytery chairperson: John Evans

The Rev. Dr John Evans has recently become chairperson of the Presbytery of Port Phillip West, bringing experience from his ministry in four Synods of the Uniting Church in Australia. “I greet the Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing congregations as they enter a new relationship,” he says.
“My father was a Congregational Church minister. We moved every five years,” says John. After High School in Maitland, John studied Arts/Law at Australian National University, (ANU) Canberra.

John met his wife Jean in Canberra: they had two children, now adults. Daughter Emily works with the World Council of Churches, preparing for the Assembly in Karlsruhe.
John candidated for ministry with the Uniting Church and began study at Theological Hall Melbourne in 1983. Ministerial placements included Albury, Dunedin NZ (John completed his Ph D in church and state relations at Otago University), Maryborough Queensland, Principal Wesley College University of Sydney, General Secretary of Synod of Western Australia and lastly Church of All Nations Carlton, Vic.

A new version of the Lord’s Prayer

God, lover of us all, most holy one, help us to respond to you, to create what you desire here on earth. Give us today enough for our needs; forgive our weak and deliberate offences, just as we must forgive others when they hurt us. Help us to resist evil and to do what is good; for we are yours, endowed with your power to make our world whole. Amen.

Volunteers are always needed to keep our congregation going!

FIRST AID OFFICER
Crossroads needs a volunteer First Aid Officer who:

  • has a current first aid and CPR certificate (or is willing to obtain them).
  • be able to access and manage first aid processes and techniques in a calm manner
  • be physically able to perform techniques such as CPR resuscitation
  • be aware of both your own and others well-being
  • can ensure the first aid kit is fully stocked at all times
  • be able to fill out incident reports and liase with the congregation and Synod to eliminate risks.

FOOD SAFETY SUPERVISOR
Crossroads will need a volunteer Food Safety Supervisor from November 2022 who will:

  • hold a current Food Safety Supervisor certificate (or be willing to obtain one)
  • ensure the kitchen complies with all relevant food safety standards
  • perform checks on the kitchen for any breaches of food safety
  • act as a point of contact for all food handlers in the church as well as food safety authorities
  • ensure all volunteers in the kitchen maintain a high standard of hygiene
  • consult on the preparation of meals at self-catered camps.

WORKPLACE SAFETY OFFICER OH&S
Church facilities and worship centres are workplaces and we are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all occupants, such as employees, clients, congregation members, visitors, contractors and volunteers.
Crossroads needs a volunteer Safety Officer who:

  • will coordinate health and safety systems.
  • will identify hazards, assess risks to health and safety, put appropriate safety controls in place and provide advice about accident prevention and occupational health to Church council and the congregation.

If you can help, please contact the Church office ASAP
Help is needed now for our congregation to keep all our activities going!

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)

Bible Readings – 28 AUGUST 2022

Jeremiah 2:4–13; Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16; Luke 14:1, 7–14; Psalm 81:1, 10–16

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

28 August

Church Council

Paul C

Paul C

Sandra S & Margaret G

Margaret F

Asanka P

Deb C

Margaret B

4 September

TBA 

Margaret D

Roland G

Nancy Mc & Margaret D

Volunteer Required

Angela M

Faye D

Sandra S

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