CONNECTION – 29 AUGUST


PENTECOST 14

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G who will be talking briefly about Operation Christmas Child during the service this Sunday online, or you can contact Rose.

Presbytery report

The Presbytery in Council met on Zoom recently. Margaret G and Rev Annetia G represented Crossroads Uniting Werribee.
Interim Chairperson Rev Paul B welcomed members of Presbytery, who represent congregations extending from Wallan, Woodend, and Macedon Ranges to the Surf Coast.
He commented, “All of us are being stretched by the ongoing impact of Covid. I am observing the rapidly changing nature of the church…needing to adjust to being present to our people when we are unable to gather personally. I’m encouraging mapping of the Presbytery for the next 3-10 years to see if we can develop new models to enable congregations together to be viable into the future”.
Rev Ron R of Coburg UC led a Gospel reflection. He said: “We need people of Spirit who will lead us – who will move against the spirit of the times. The words of John’s community are the affirmation of Jesus: ‘You will be in me always’”.
Presbytery in Council considered a document “Regenerating the Church” for 2022-26 presented by the Revs Linley Land Will N, for the Mission, Strategy and Education Committee.
Five strategic directions are outlined: (1) new and renewing missional communities (2) intercultural, diverse groups growing together (3) intergenerational ministry and mission (4) digital church creating pathways in on-line platforms and (5) collaboration with partners. These are detailed as specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound goals.
The purpose of the Presbytery aligns with the vision of the Synod, to foster vibrant, diverse, contextual mission and disciple-making churches.
The document states: “Our hope is that this strategy will resource the congregations to continue to take risks and experiment with new ways of engaging with their community.”
Annetia, Margaret and I have copies available for members of Crossroads. (NT)

President-elect: Charissa Suli

“My passion is building bridges between generations and cross-cultural ministry in the Uniting Church” says Charissa Suli, elected at the recent meeting of the 2021–22 General Assembly.
Charissa was ordained in 2014 and served as minister at Dapto Uniting Church NSW; she is currently a National consultant with the Assembly’s resourcing unit, with responsibility for planning the thirteen national conferences of ethnic congregations of the UCA.

Born in Sydney to Tongan parents, Charissa grew up in New Zealand. She is the youngest and first person of colour to serve as President-elect. She and her husband have four children. Charissa said: “This is ground-breaking, that you call a second generation Tongan Australian in her thirties. Let us celebrate this moment, and give thanks for Christ’s radical hospitality.”
In my experience, there are challenges for the Uniting Church to confront some of the literal and pietistic nineteenth century theology which the missionaries brought to the “mission field,” and which deeply influences the people of the young churches of Asia, Africa and the Pacific.
It’s clear that the contribution of migrant Christians and congregations gives fresh energy to the ministry and mission of the Uniting Church. I’m hopeful that the election of the Rev. Charissa Suli will give fresh impetus to the church’s task of understanding itself in post-paternalistic and post-colonial Australia.
Here’s a last word from Charissa, on Episode 52 of “A changing Church”, a podcast from the Assembly Resourcing Unit. “At Dapto I worked in a congregation that didn’t realize how multi-cultural we were. I learned to make connections with people not from the dominant culture. It comes down to making genuine friendships”. (NT)

Discover Wyndham’s Places of Worship

Find out more of the rich traditions and places where people of faith gather in Wyndham. We will be hosted by members of the Wyndham interfaith Network. Traveling to four places of worship (Christian, Islam, Hindu, and Sikh) at their locations. We will learn more of their history in Wyndham and actions contributing to social cohesion.
We meet online at 9:45 am Wednesday 1 September.
After introductions we will join the ISKCON (Hindu) Meditation House, we then visit the Virgin Mary Mosque, followed by the Crossroads Uniting church, and lastly the Hoppers crossing Sikh Gurdwara. Registration is necessary at https://www.trybooking.com/BTAEO. For further information contact Laurence Gray laurenceg@wyndhamcec.org.au Ph. 97498400.

We need your letter to the Prime Minister by Monday Aug 30

As you are aware all over Australia, people of faith are writing letters to Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking for serious climate action — hundreds of us. Will you join us? We have already received some letters but would love to have more. You do not need to write a long essay. A short letter in your own words will be great. Please deliver your letter to Rob B, Sandra S or Annetia G or contact us to arrange pick up. You can also contact us if you need information or help to write your letter. For more information See this webpage: https://www.arrcc.org.au/letters?utm_campaign=day_of_action_launch_call&utm_medium=email&utm_source=arrcc
A big thankyou to everyone who has already given their letter to us.

Beyond the Burning

Climate Society and Justice Task Group invite you to join us for a night of networking, information sharing and connecting around climate change. As part of the Wyndham Learning Festival 2021, we will be screening a touching short climate change documentary produced by Environmental Victoria called “Beyond the Burning”. The idea is to bring together our community to explore the tragedy of the 2019/20 summer fires and the community resilience that has followed in their wake.
John F, River Keeper of the Werribee River Association, will present us with some positive actions that are happening in our community to protect our rivers. Connect with Wyndham people who care deeply about climate change and learn more about local groups and opportunities for climate action. ZOOM DETAILS: Meeting ID: 880 9779 6568 Passcode: 663519

Relay for Life – cancelled for 2021 but donations still possible

Just letting you know that due to Covid still hanging around and for the safety of all participants, the Wyndham Relay for Life committee has decided to cancel the Wyndham Relay for Life 2021. It was a tough decision, but we look forward to relaying it in 2022. But you can still donate and contribute to cancelling out cancer… I am donating my beard for the cause

Yes, it’s coming off on Sunday 12th September (the date for the cancelled Relay) after church and will post a video of it on Facebook. If Covid restrictions allow, we’ll have a ceremony at Crossroads for those who want to see it live. I urge you to donate to be able to see me without my wizard beard. I have had the beard since 1997 so most of you won’t know me without it. (From Roland G)
Please donate HERE – for this worthwhile cause. If you don’t want to donate online you are welcome to provide your donation to Roland or Rose directly and we will add it to the Crossroads Team.

Volunteers are always needed

Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

5 September 2021

Bible Readings

Song of Solomon 2:8–13; James 1:17–27; Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23; Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9.

Rosters for 29th (& 5th)

  • Greetings: Judith F (Margaret B)
  • Flowers: Salote Tupou (Mary Dixon)
  • Music: Wendy B (Asanka P)
  • Audio-visual: Not required (Mathew W)
  • Prayers of the People: Jan B (Carol N)
  • Reader: Val T (Salote T)
  • Sign-in: Not required (Jan B & Bev L)
  • Cleaning: Not required (Jan B & ?)
  • Morning Tea: Not required (Sandra S & Zelda C)
  • CRUNCH: Vivien Bleakley (Jan B & 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 office is currently CLOSED due to COVID Restrictions.

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