Crossroads Connection


Reformation Sunday

Martin Luther

This year Reformed churches celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. The theses, which criticized the sale of indulgences by church officials, are considered the opening salvo in the Protestant Reformation—a movement that emphasized individual relationships with God and salvation through faith alone.  They were posted on the door of the Wittenberg church on October 29 (500 years precisely next Tuesday).
Luther is also celebrated for a second piece of writing: his translation of the Bible into German. First printed in September 1522, the “September Testament” does not include Luther’s name on the title page, an elision meant to limit church reprisals.
It took Luther and a team of fellow scholars twelve years to translate the Old Testament, which was printed in 1534 together with Luther’s New Testament. Despite criticism for the way he valued certain books of the Bible over others and for editing passages to fit his own theology, Luther’s Bible was an immediate and lasting success; one Wittenberg publisher alone printed 100,000 copies between 1534 and 1574. Many Germans regarded it as a work of literary genius, the way English readers would revere the King James Bible in the century to come.
Luther was also musical.  He composed and wrote the words for about 30 hymns, including “A mighty fortress is our God” in 1529 (No. 103 in Together in Song).


UCAF Annual Meeting                        

The UCAF annual general meeting will be held this Wednesday 1 November at 1 pm.  All are welcome. 

Reconciliation Action Plan

Wyndham City Council has approved its first draft Reconciliation Action Plan to go on exhibition until 31st October. Feedback from the community is invited.  Copies of the Draft RAP and Feedback forms are in Council libraries and community centres. I have been part of the committee that has produced the plan. You can also see the Plan on the website:

You may provide feedback by filling out the form online, or contacting  Kerrie Godbold, Wyndham City. 9742 8136 ext. 1136, email   Kerrie.Godbold@wyndham.vic

Please return your feedback any time up to 31st October. The sooner, the better! (From Mary Dixon)

Fair Trade Craft Stall    12th November
Jennifer Evans of Horizons of Hope will again bring her Fair Trade Craft Stall to Crossroads, this year on 12th November. An exciting range of handcrafts will be on sale in the foyer after worship.
We are hoping early birds among the Lisu congregation will be able come in time to join us at the stall, particularly as Jennifer sells Lisu handcrafts from Thailand. (M. Dixon)

Wyndham Interfaith Dinner

Wednesday 15 November, 6.15 pm, at the Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing.  Cost is $20 per person, and ticket quantity is limited.  Alcohol-free.  Vegetarian options available.

Keynote address by Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa—a first generation Australian Sikh, spoken word artist, educator, performer and human rights reformer, based in Melbourne.  She currently works at Multicultural Arts Victoria as the Project Coor-dinator for Common Ground, a multilingual spoken word workshop series, aiming to build empathy through self-expression.  RSVP to or 9742 4013.

Results of the fête

Stan Belcher writes: “In spite of difficult weather conditions, we had a record result for our fête.  Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way.”  The results were: BBQ $386.50, Books $$746.20, Bric-a-brac $573.20, Cakes $980.40, Chocolate Throw $82, Craft $420.65, Craft Supplies $247.30, Devonshire T $529, Face Painting $100, Jewellery $613.10, Near New $411.40, Plants $1,501, Egg & Bacon/Potatoes $240, Lucky Dip $45.90, Lolly Lucky Dip $58, Donations $114.50, Unallocated $8.40: GRAND TOTAL = $7,037.55

Today's Worship

9.30 am Reformation Sunday Worship, led by Rev. Robert Renton.

Following worship today

Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.

Activities this week

Monday, Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.

Wednesday: Bible Study (KYB) 9.30 am (Joy Clancy’s) &

Church Council 7.30 pm (Church Foyer)

Next Sunday — 5 November 2017

9.30 am All Saints Day worship, led by Rev. Robert Renton.

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins

Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Margaret Forrester

Flowers: Jenny Kirkman

Reader: Noel Savory

Greeting: Kevin Edgar

AV Desk:

Prayers: Sandra Savory

Piano: Wendy Barnes

Bible Readings next week: Revelation 7:0–17; I John 3:1–3; Psalm 34:1–10, 22; Matthew 5:1–12.

Prayer Calendar this week : Western Heights (Rev. Isabel Greenall) & Williamstown Electra St (Rev. Avril Hannah-Jones).

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Housekeeping & Help

Fête updates and thanks

Dolls of the World: Lots of interest, but unfortunately no buyers!  For a small donation to the church, Margaret would like them to be passed on to someone who would like one or more.  They represent these peoples and places: Afghanistan, Alaska, Albania, American Indian, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Burma, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eskimo, Ethiopia, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lapland, Lebanon, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mali, Martinez, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Syria, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.  59 dolls all told!

A big thank you to all the generous ladies who cooked cakes and made jams for the fete. We had a wonderful array of very appetising looking cakes, lots of jam and lemon butter and the customers were very impressed. We sold everything and made a good profit!  Special thanks to Joy Clancy who made an enormous amount of jam and also donates the money from jam she sells during the year.  (Marg Wade)

Thank you to the many people whose generosity and help throughout the year and on the day of the Fete ensured the success of the Plant Stall.  The assistance came from donation of materials; growing of plants; help on the day.  People generously donated potting mix and pots.  These were put to good use by the gifted members and friends of members of our Congregation who grew and donated the beautiful plants we were able to offer for sale.  Space does not allow me to name each and every one of you who donated materials, but a particular thanks to George & Robyn Tomkins who provided the marquee and plant stands.  Thank you very much to all!  (Carmel Woodward


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Telephone 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.


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