CONNECTION – 29 NOVEMBER


ADVENT 1

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

CHRISTMAS BOWL

This year the Christmas Bowl people have created a unique online giving page for our church so we can also give safely online. It is a place where we can make a gift to the Christmas Bowl directly through our church and for us to see the collective contribution made by our congregation. Our unique giving page is: mycb.link/45154

Narana for Christmas Gifts

Melesa O, manager of Narana Creations welcomes old and new customers to the shop and café, open for business seven days a week at, 410 Surf Coast Highway, Grovedale.

Narana was begun nearly 30 years ago by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, (UAICC) led by Uncle Vince Ross. Since Covid restrictions are now eased, normal trading and an indigenous welcome is assured.

Visit the café for a cup of tea made from Australian plants, and cakes and slices, dips and damper made from indigenous ingredients. Take a walk in the bush garden, and meet the wallabies and emus.

Narana employs a team of young indigenous persons, giving them valuable experience in retailing and hospitality work. (NT)

Help requested

Sundes K (ex-wife of Haider) has asked if there is anyone who can help her to become a more confident driver on the freeway, so she can attend medical appointments in the city for her children. If you are able to help, please contact Sundes.

Plant sale

On Saturday 5 December, from 10am to 12noon, there will be a potted plant sale at the front of the church. A number of people prepared these potted plants for sale at the usual church fête—which didn’t happen because of the pandemic lockdown. So, come along and tell your neighbours!

“Hospitality”

Blessed are those who can open their doors, tables and hearts, letting the known and unknown come in.

Blessed are those who absorb others’ quirks, hurts, and foibles, with good humour and calm; gracefully.

Blessed are those hosts who know that they are in turn welcome and needed, as they welcome and
feed others.

Blessed are those hosted who know
and appreciate the vulnerability that such welcome might bring. Respect goes
both ways.

Blessed are we when we open,
absorb, welcome, need, feed, appreciate, and allow others to gently return
the same.

Poem by Rev. Glynn Cardy, Minister at The Community of St Luke Remeura Newmarket (Auckland, New Zealand. Printed with permission.)

Living the Change

Living the Change is an online program aimed at creating a flourishing world for all. We gather as members of diverse faith communities and those who care for our planet to share our stories of change, transformation, and regeneration. We tap into our deepest values to find the inspiration to address climate change and support each other in the journey.

A forthcoming Living the Change event will offer a chance to talk about our individual lifestyle changes in the areas of transport, diet and/or energy use, and to share what inspires us, our triumphs and struggles. Religious leaders will speak about their efforts to reduce their own carbon footprint.

You can join this event on Zoom on Sunday 6 December, 3– 5.30pm, by booking your place through trybooking.

Church Council and in-person worship

In the light of the lessening of restrictions due to the pandemic, the Church Council is working through the issues regarding ways to re-commence the in-person worship services whilst retaining the online aspect of the services. The social distancing rules (of 4 sq.mts or seated 1.5 mts apart except for families) per person inside a building restricts the number of people who can be accommodated at one time in our church. There are other restrictions that remain in force, and we hope to be able to provide more information next week.

Crossroads People – Margaret W

I learned that Margaret is a person of many activities and interests, so we focused on her faith journey. She grew up in Coburg; was christened C. of E. but attended the local Baptist church then transferred her allegiance to Preston Methodists when she met Roland.

On leaving High School, Margaret worked at SKF Bearings for five years, then married had three children, Graeme, Steve and Judy, all of them now in their 50s.

They have seven grandchildren, and two lovely great grandchildren Billy and Grace.

When the Wades moved to Werribee, Margaret attended the Methodist Church, in the time of the Rev. Athol McGregor, and then Rev. Ray Sholl. “I became secretary of the Ladies Guild, and I’ve held office ever since! I played badminton with the Presbyterians before we became Uniting, too”, She says.

Along with the Uniting Church came the UCAF, where she is currently treasurer. UCAF members are hoping to be able to have a lunch on 2 December; they’ve booked a restaurant!

“I’ve made lifetime friends in the church, and Roland and I have a wide circle of friends in the Werribee community”, she says.

Every year for 45 years, Margaret and Roland have caravanned around Australia, into the back blocks of Western Australia and Queensland.

“A special journey was to Brookton WA, where my paternal grandfather William Tait Strahan, was Anglican vicar and I was welcomed at the church. Later in his life, he served in the First World War, then became a soldier settler on a fruit block at Monash SA. We have a special affinity for the towns along the Murray, and we enjoyed our recent nine weeks stay in a caravan on the banks the Murray at Merbein, during lockdown when the border was shut”, says Margaret. (NT)

Worship Plan for this coming week

6th December

Bible Readings

Isaiah 40:1–11; Mark 1:1–8; 2 Peter 38–15a; Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13. (Second Sunday in Advent)

Rosters

  • Greetings: Simon R
  • Prayers of the People: Jan B
  • Reader: Elaine B
  • Flowers: Mary D

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 Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

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