CONNECTION – 28 FEBRUARY


Lent 2

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

Sacred People Sacred Earth Day – March 11

Melting polar ice and rising, warming oceans are submerging Pacific islands. Kiribati has lost two islands, and New Zealand is accepting Kiribatians as climate change refugees.
Christians are co-workers with God in care for his Creation (see Genesis 3:23).
Our Crossroads Uniting Church will join places of worship in many countries confronting global warming at 11 am on Thursday March 11, co-ordinated by GreenFaith in North America, and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.  (https://www.arrcc.org.au/global
The church bell will be rung, banners displayed, and people of the Wyndham community are asked to join us in solidarity.
We will call on all levels of government to produce plans for emissions reduction and support for renewable energy. 
You are invited to join our gathering in the church garden, starting at 10.55. We will observe Covid19 safe regulations; bring your own bottle of water, home-made placards, and noise-making utensils such as a saucepan lid and metal spoon.  Contact your friends, use social media; come and be in it! Enquiries:  Robert R or Neil T

Church Services in-person at Crossroads

We will worship in-person again on Sunday 28 February at 9.30am, with Government restrictions still applying (face masks, no morning tea, social distancing). Remember that bookings are required prior to Friday 5pm each week.

90 not out!

Friends and family of May B recently celebrated a great 90th birthday occasion with her at the Views Restaurant, Werribee. May’s offspring include 14 great grandchildren; some of her grandchildren spoke warmly about their gran: “Your life is rich and your legacy is long lasting.”

May’s son Graeme told how during the Second World War, “May went to school one day, and it wasn’t there”. (German bombs had destroyed it overnight).  She spent many nights in air raid shelters in her home city of Hull.

May was married in 1949 and enjoyed her first ride in a motor car.  She and her husband migrated to Australia in 1965, and since then she found surfing and sky diving!  Currently she lifts weights with her personal trainer! Members of Crossroads wish May a happy decade ahead.

With Love to the World

Three spare copies will be available in the foyer display cabinet for anyone who is interested in subscribing at $6 per quarter. Contact Lyn O’M.

Church Council conference

We are planning to hold a church council conference on Saturday 6 March, starting at 10.30 am. It will be on Zoom and should last until about 3 pm. The program includes an opportunity to ‘dream’ about the next 12 months at Crossroads. Maybe you might have a dream for Crossroads for the next 12 months? Please feel free to talk to any of the church councillors about your thoughts and hopes. If anyone is interested to participate, please contact Robert R

Photos please!

This year for our Annual Report we want to focus on things that we can thank God for. Instead of written reports we will have photographic memories of the good things that happened in 2020. If you have any photos of events you are thankful for please send them to me by email in large size.  Or, if you have suitable photos but no email please lend me a hard copy and I can scan it. Email to  Bev L or contact me by phone.  If I get too many photo’s we can put them into a PowerPoint for the Annual Meeting.

Sunday morning notices

As those standing up in the congregation to deliver notices are hard to be heard on the video, if you have a notice which isn’t already included in Connections please write it out and give it to Annetia prior to the service so that she can read it.

UC Adult Fellowship to meet

We will hold our meeting next Wednesday 3 March at 1.00pm at Crossroads.    Members are reminded to bring their own lunch which we will have at the start of the meeting.   (No shared food)  As last meeting there will be no afternoon tea.  If you want a drink please bring your own cup.    If anything should alter I will let you know. (Lorraine)

Home Group meetings

We will continue to meet in the church foyer for term 1 this year. Next meetings: Thursdays 11 & 25 March at 8 pm. BYO drinks and food if you wish. Please wear a mask. There will be a Lenten study program, and books are available from Mary D. Newcomers are welcome, but please contact Sandra S.

Condolences to Valerie J

The condolences of the congregation were expressed to the Rev. Valerie J, whose husband, Denis B, died 17 February after a brief illness. Please remember her in your prayers.

OSLO lunch this Sunday

12 noon—if you are interested in going please contact Elaine B or Lorna H. (Phoenix Hotel, 22–30 Wallace Ave, Point Cook.)

The Meaning of Inner Peace

(source unknown)

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!

Worship Plan for this coming week

7th March

Bible Readings

Genesis 17:1–16; Romans 4:13–25; Mark 8:31–38; Psalm 22:23–31.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Frances G
  • Sign-In Assisting: Frances G & Luciana A
  • Flowers: Salote T
  • Prayers of the People: Annetia G
  • Reader: Val T
  • Music: Asanka P
  • AV operator: TBA
  • DV operator: Paul K
  • Cleaning: Margaret B & Dorothy R

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

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au