COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Is healing possible in the midst of crisis?
And the people stayed home. And they read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live, and they healed the earth fully, as they had been healed.
Keeping in touch…
Please consider calling one another, your friends of course, but also others that you don’t know so well, to talk about how things are going in the midst of this crisis and what you find you are doing. If you haven’t got a copy of our congregational directory, please let the office know (9741 1084).
We have had enquiries about how our offerings to the church will be managed during the time public worship has been suspended. We understand that this may be a time of real financial stress for some families; however, if you do wish to continue your donations, we would prefer you to make a direct deposit at the NAB. Our BSB is 083-909 and the account is 516109795. Please put your name as the reference. Alternatively, you can leave your donation at the church office, and you’ll be issued with a receipt there.
Our congregation: Jean Bohmer
Jean’s childhood years in wartime were at Mornington, where she lived an idyllic life playing on the beach. At CSSM holiday beach mission she made a decision to belong to God and to join Scripture Union. When her dad found work in the western suburbs, her family moved to Footscray; and she attended Williamstown High School. Her life was centred around the Ballarat Road Methodist church youth group, Sunday School and playing organ for worship, choir and funerals.
After leaving school, Jean worked for the Reserve Bank Note Issue Branch (burning banknotes!) until in 1957 she married her competition Ballroom dancing partner John; they had four children, and were married 49 years until his death. Jean has six much loved grandchildren.
At age 40, Jean took up her nursing career at Western General Hospital; she soon joined the staff at Gwennap, the Uniting Church’s hostel for frail aged people in Footscray
Jean trained in Clinical Pastoral Care; she worked at Freemasons Hospital and Westhaven Baptist homes.
Through all her adult life, Jean has given herself to voluntary work: dance teaching, St John Ambulance, Life Line telephone counselling, and 20 years with Melbourne City Mission (MCM) Palliative Care – giving family respite, massage and bereavement support.
In 2005 Jean moved to Tarneit Skies Retirement Village. Jean says: “I still enjoy a challenge, and try to take up opportunities presented to me.” (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
No public worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no services of public worship are being held at Crossroads until further notice.
Bible Readings – 5 April 2020
Isaiah 50:4–9a; Philippians 2:5–11; Matthew 27:11–54; Psalm 31:9–16.
Rosters for Next Week (Online)
Rosters for 5 April 2020
Prayers of the People: Ken Storey
Reader: Noel Savory
For your prayers this week…
For the many people who have lost their jobs due to the closure of shops, restaurants, cafes and other ‘non-essential’ services.
For the politicians who are having to manage the crisis, our Prime Minister, the premiers of each state, and the Chief Medical Officers of the Commonwealth and the states.
For doctors, hospital and medical staff as they battle to heal people who have been infected with the Coronavirus.
For those people who suffer from genetic disorders and diseases, including Epidermolysis Bullosa.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Lent Event for Peace
Many Uniting Church congregations around Australia are supporting the Lent Event Appeal organised by Uniting World. This year we are supporting the Christian church in Ambon, Indonesia, as it seeks to build and strengthen peace between Christians and Muslims there. After the terrible violence there some years ago when many thousands of people died, real progress is being made through leadership workshops in high schools and other community projects. See www.unitingworld.org.au.
Holy Week preparation
We’re planning to distribute on or near Palm Sunday to all members a “Holy Week kit” containing an A4 sheet for every day, with readings, prayers and physical activity to act upon, a tea candle for Tenebrae on Tuesday evening, a small container of anointing oil for Maundy Thursday, a ribbon on which to write a prayer for Good Friday (and bring to the church to tie to the handrails should you wish, or if not to tie to a door handle in your home) and a consecrated wafer and cordial for Easter Sunday.
Should you not wish to receive this kit, please phone the office or email the office or our minister, Annetia Goldsmith.
Unfortunately, due to the current crisis, we’ve had to cancel a number of meetings and activities, but we’re not alone! All Uniting churches now have had to cancel public worship services. The Palm Sunday march for refugees has been cancelled, Beach Patrol is not happening now, Afternoon Tea for Seniors, the Home Group at the Savorys, the Young People’s Bible Study, the Justice Task Group, and the Friday African youth activity group are all in recess.
We’re very grateful to the team of volunteers who have taken on the challenge of distributing copies of Connection and other information to all members of the congregation each week. If you can help with this, please contact Rose Geilen at the office on 9741 1084 or email the office.
Maureen and Allan Curtis say thank you for the many good wishes they’ve received on the occasion of the birth of their grandson Chase Otis.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.