OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Relay for Life BBQ
The Crossroads Relay for Life team had a marvellous result from the Bunnings BBQ—$715.40! Thanks to Lauren Duckworth for organising another successful fund-raiser.
Church Council News
The Church Council has confirmed the following members of the congregation as our representatives on the forthcoming Joint Nominating Committee:
Salote Tupou, Lorraine Sewell, Sandra Savory, Rose Geilen, Wendy Barnes, Ken Story, Geoff Gook, Neil Tolliday, Robert Renton.
The Presbytery will appoint two ‘Presbytery Liaison Persons’ who will have the responsibility of chairing the meetings of the JNC and managing the process through the Presbytery and the Synod Placements Committee.
The first task of the congregation’s representatives will be to undertake a ‘mission study’, again assisted by the Presbytery’s representatives, which will lead to the development of a ‘congregational profile’ that will be used to inform any potential ministers about our life and witness. This process will involve the congregation as well.
The JNC will join in one to three ‘conversations’ with a potential minister or leader, and the JNC will be able to read the minister’s or leader’s, personal profile. When the JNC believes it has met the right candidate (and the minister or leader has also chosen us), the name of the candidate is considered by the Church Council, and then presented to the congregation at a full congregational meeting for approval.
World Council of Churches 70th
On August 23 in 1948 the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches was held in the Netherlands, and it was preceded by a women’s pre-Assembly gathering to prepare for the Assembly.
The moderator of WCC’s central committee, Dr Agnes Abuom, reminds us that “the journey of 70 years should be one of commemoration, celebration and building on the milestones and lessons for the future.”
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Advance Planning & Palliative Care
You are welcome at Uniting AgeWell’s Planning Ahead session to be held on Monday 6 August, 2–4pm. The topic is “Advanced Care Planning & Palliative Care” Advanced Care Planning involves writing down your wishes about your care and treatment options. Palliative Care covers the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of someone who has a serious illness that cannot be cured.
For catering please contact Robyn Tomkins.
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF)
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 August at Crossroads. This will be our soup and sandwich lunch and members are reminded that we will aim to start at 12.30pm. A church member, Henry, will come along and show us the silk scarves that he is making. All welcome, remember the earlier start.
Blanket Wyndham this winter
Support people experiencing homelessness in our community by donating new blankets at the Homelessness Week 2018 community event. It will be held at Station Place, Werribee, from 3–5 pm on Thursday 9 August. All sorts of activities will be happening at Station Place that day—a BBQ, fairy floss, popcorn, ice-cream, animal nursery, face painting, balloons and a raffle. Take along your children or grandchildren, and join in the fun (but don’t forget your blanket!).
Uniting Wyndham Share Appeal
The Appeal is on now! Send your donation to Uniting Winter Share Appeal, Reply Paid 85995, A’Beckett St Vic 8006, or call 1800 668 426. (Contact Judy O’Keefe)
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.
Worship Plan for this week
10 am Special Intercultural Service with the Sudanese and Lisu Congregations, followed by a shared meal.
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer & shared meal
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s.
Church Council Executive, 10.30 am in the Church Foyer
UCAF 12.30 pm in the Church Foyer
Next Sunday – 5 August, Pentecost 11
9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Dorothy Rookes & Judy O’Keefe
Flowers: Elaine Belcher
Reader: Margaret Forrester
Prayers: Blair Dixon
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: 2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a; Psalm 51:1–12; Ephesians 4:1–16; John 6:24–35.
Search in google at “Uniting Age Well at Manor Lakes Community” and you’ll find there is a “Dedicated chaplain on site to provide pastoral and spiritual care”. That’s Robyn Tomkins, well known at Crossroads Uniting congregation, as our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator.
Robyn made this writer comfortable in her office at Manor Lakes (15 Buffalo Crescent, Wyndham Vale) and she also showed me around the building which accommodates 88 residents, with dining rooms, lounges and a chapel.
Weekly worship in the chapel is led by Robyn with visiting ministers, and she offers bereavement counselling to family members at time of crisis.
Each month in 2018, Robyn organizes an education program at Manor Lakes Uniting AgeWell, Next session is on Monday 6 August, at 2-4 pm “Advanced Care Planning and Palliative Care”, with specialist persons explaining the process.
Most Sunday mornings, Robyn and her husband George worship with our Uniting Crossroads congregation at Werribee. Robyn assists our minister Rev. Mike Lewis, one day per week, which includes funerals, and visits with the growing number of patients, staff and families at Mercy Hospital, Werribee.
“Much informal pastoral care happens amongst members of the groups connected with our Crossroads congregation,” says Robyn. “However, there is room for intentional improvement in the network of caring friendships that marks our Christian community.”
“The need is great. My dream is that there would be enough people, that everyone would be doing pastoral care for everyone; not just those folk that I know,” suggests Robyn.
Pray for Robyn, and feel free to phone her on 0428 760 668, for pastoral concerns. (NT)