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
Congregational meeting today
As previously advised on Sunday the 15th there will be a Congregational meeting today, immediately following worship. This has come about due to meetings that have and are currently being held within the presbytery which could have an impact on our Congregation. The meeting will give us an opportunity to be updated on any decisions that might be made. (Geoff G, Congregational Chairperson)
Visit of Vince and Enid R today
We are privileged to have Vince R and his wife Enid coming to worship with us this Sunday, and also to speak us. They are relaxed about there being a congregational meeting after church, and look forward to getting to know us, some of us for the first time, after the meeting.
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship
The next meeting of UCAF is on Wednesday June 1 at 1.00pm. We are having a speaker from Mercy Place Aged Care. If anyone from the congregation would like to come and hear her, please feel free to attend also.
Person One’s story
This is about an asylum seeker. I’ll call him Person One. On election day last Saturday he stood all day at the Wyndham Park Primary School entrance gate, handing out how to vote cards.
I remarked to him, “Why do you do this, when you are not allowed to become a citizen of Australia?”
He said, “I am one of the 19,000 persons on Temporary Protection Visas and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas who live from day to day not knowing when our stay here will be revoked.”
He said “I became a Christian when I lived in detention in Darwin, soon after arriving here on a people smuggler’s boat. A fellow detainee introduced me to the New Testament and told me about the love of Jesus for all persons. My wife and I were baptised, and we rejoice in the friendship we find in the Church.” Since the election result became clear, Person One said to me: “I am hopeful that the new Labor government will fulfil its pledge to offer permanent protection to refugees who came to Australia by boat. I contribute to the economy by working as a tradesman. My wife is studying to become a beautician. Our daughter is on a scholarship at University. Please write to your local member of parliament as a reminder of the ALP’s promise.” (NT)
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is a national annual celebration that is held from 27 May to 3 June each year and encourages us to continue to build relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples of all cultures in these lands now called Australia. This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme is “Be Brave. Make Change” and Common Grace is leading us as Christians in these lands now called Australia with the theme “Reconciliation as Love in Action”.
We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Nations of the lands now known as Australia. We acknowledge the people of the Wadawurrung, Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung languages in the Kulin Nation as the First Custodians of these grasslands, waterways and basalt plains.
For tens of thousands of years, the Werribee River has been a significant meeting place for a diversity of Aboriginal people to build community, exchange resources, and share responsibility for its lands. We pay respect to the wisdom of Ancestors and resilience of Elders, past and present.
We recognise the ongoing impacts of colonisation for generations of Aboriginal people and this land. We commit ourselves to learning and working together to determine a better future, grounded in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of caring for the whole earth community.
Thursdays in black—stop violence against women
Thursdays in Black grew out of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998), in which the stories of rape as a weapon of war, gender injustice, abuse, violence, and many tragedies that grow outward from such violence became all the more visible. But what also became visible was women’s resilience, agency and personal efforts to resist such violations. The campaign was inspired by:
- The Mothers of the Disappeared in Buenos Aires, Argentina who on Thursdays protested at the Plaza de Mayo, against the disappearance of their children during the violent dictatorship.
- The Women in Black in Israel and Palestine, who up to now protest against war and violence.
- Women in Rwanda and Bosnia who were protesting against the use of rape as a weapon of war during the genocide.
- Black Sash movement in South Africa protesting against apartheid and its use of violence against black people.
Joining this movement of people and organizations can make a difference to individuals, communities, and national and international policy forums.
In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.
We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.
The campaign is simple but profound. Wear black on Thursdays. Wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Show your respect for women who are resilient in the face of injustice and violence. Encourage others to join you.
There’s a video on Facebook of last Sunday’s Messy Church — have a look!
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup (Crossroads)
- Wednesday: 1pm UCAF (Crossroads)
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
Bible Readings – 29 May 2022
Acts 16:16–34; John 17:20–26; Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 12–21; Psalm 97
Rev Annetia G
Elaine B & Asanka P
Rev Annetia G
Judy O & 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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.