OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Over 65 years of the Christmas Bowl
It began on Christmas Day 1949, when a minister named the Rev. Frank Byatt in Victoria placed a simple empty bowl on the table before him. He humbly asked his friends and family to contribute what they felt the cost of the meal had been. Frank Byatt asked that they consider their own good fortune in being able to share a Christmas meal together in comfort and safety. And he invited them to share God’s blessings of love and friendship in the form of a gift to people who had fled the horrors of World War Two and were suffering as refugees. - See more at:
This invitation to Australian Christians to stand by men, women and children living through conflict and displacement is, sadly, more important than ever. For the first time in history, there are nearly 60 million displaced people in the world who need our help.
The Christmas Bowl appeal is our way of forging a loving connection between our Christian community here in Australia and people around the world who are experiencing dreadful hardship and suffering.
Crossroads people raised $2,310 for the Christmas Bowl this year. A thank-you letter has been received from Act For Peace for everyone who contributed.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship
On Wednesday 2 May UCAF will meet at 1 pm at the home of Bev Cox. All welcome.
Mission Songs Project
A soulful and thought provoking musical journey into the songs that were sung and shared on the missions where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated in the early 20th century is to be held on Sunday 13 May at 2 pm at the Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton St, Werribee. It is a beautiful revival of the almost forgotten stories that depict day to day life on the mission, exploring cultural identity, love and loss.
Adult: $25, Concession $20. Box office 8734 6000 or book online at email@example.com.
For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal people have celebrated rich, diverse and dynamic ceremonies that connected communities to life around the Werribee River. Wyndham City acknowledges the Wathaurong, Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation as the First Custodians of the lands we now occupy. Let us pay respect to all Elders, custodians of culture and country, past, present and future.
REPORT FROM CHURCH COUNCIL
The Church Council met in its first mission meeting on Wednesday 11 April. Here are some of the key items we discussed and with which we continue to work.
Mike Lewis presented his minister’s report and began by informing the Council (and last week, the congregation) that he has decided to retire at the end of this year. Council thanked Mike for letting us know of his plans early so that we can include the forthcoming change in our planning for the year.
Mike’s report also covered the ‘4th Sunday’ where intergenerational services are now being held with the developing idea of the ‘creative corner’ for the children, thanks to Frances Geilen and Jeremy Withers and the puppets!
Some concern was expressed about the apparent lack of interest from congregational members in the various study programs that are offered and the need to ‘retire’ the Soulfood program as it has struggled to find a clear sense of focus. Tackling this issue of uninvolvement is seen as a major priority for the Church Council, and each Church Councillor has been asked to interview two or three members of the congregation about their attitude to the various study programs and what might be done to build involvement and commitment.
Discussion about the implementation of the Mission Strategic Plan that was developed in the second half of 2017 and which was approved by the congregation in December. Initial conversations have been held with a view to develop a young adults bible study program. Phil Barnes, with Mike Lewis, is seeking to establish a Worship Team that will work with the minister in preparation for worship. Mary Dixon, Margaret Gook and Mike Lewis are working together to see how we might create some activities and events that bring together the children and the adults of the three congregations who worship at Crossroads.
Rose Geilen and Julie Rees are working to develop an email list of all congregational members. This is seen as an important step in improving communications.
More news next week.
Robert Renton, Chairperson
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.
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship, The May meeting will be held on May 2nd at 1.00pm. This month we will meet at the home of Bev Cox. All welcome.
Next Sunday — 6 May Easter 6
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for next week:
Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon
Greeting: Julie Rees
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Elaine Belcher
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Julie Rees
AV Desk: TBC
Prayers: Ken Storey
Piano: Asanka Ariyapperuma
Bible Readings next week: Acts 10:44–48; Psalm 98; I John 5:1–6; John 15:9–17.
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.
We are very keen to get as many members of the congregation as possible on the ‘direct debit’ method of giving. This is critical for the continuing financial health of the congregation, as it ensures that offerings are regularly made, and we can plan effectively. A letter for all members of the congregation will be produced explaining the process soon. Look for it!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.