COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Valerie Martin has been residing in the Active Lifestyle Village in Lara for four years now. She keeps up her involvement with Crossroads, especially the Justice Task Group; and she is attending at the Lara Uniting Church. “The Lara shopping centre has all the things I need, and as Lara is part of the City of Geelong, it’s on Level 3 restrictions”, says Valerie.
“During the Covid pandemic, I miss Sunday church, so I view Songs of Praise on the TV” says Valerie. “My dog Sandy is 14 years old, adopted from Geelong Animal Welfare, and he loves going for walks”.
“I want to say hello and God be with you to my friends at Crossroads”, says Valerie.
As one of our most senior members, Dawn Hosking has a special place in the hearts of many at Crossroads.
“At this time, I miss everybody. Who doesn’t? Reflecting on past events, my life has been blessed, to be a member at Crossroads”, says Dawn. “Now, I’m a bit lazy; I use a walker, and my son Alan does the housework. I use crosswords a lot, to keep my brain active, and I’m usually doing some sewing, ever since I began dressmaking at McCabe Academy. I don’t have internet, and I don’t care for the TV; I’ve always been a reader, of my favourite novels”. “During this ‘lockdown’, we have to bide our time,” says Dawn. “I’m thankful to be living at home. I send a greeting to all my good friends at Crossroads, till we meet again!”
Helen Grech says “I’m a bit over the Covid19 restrictions like everyone else. I miss my volunteering, and the church office roster. How do I occupy my time? I’m doing jig-saws, watching occasional mid-day movies, and sorting out old family photos. Now that I’m living in Manor Lakes, I walk to the lake, and I hear the frogs croaking.” “I send a greeting to all my friends at Crossroads. I miss seeing you,” Helen says.
It’s now 7 years since Abbas and Sakineh Moghimies came from Tehran to Australia as asylum seekers. They were on a crowded fishing boat across the Indian Ocean to Christmas Island. Fortunately they escaped corrupt police in Indonesia and Australian government’s cruel deportations to Manus Island and Nauru.
Their children—Leila, Mahdi, Mostafa and Emily—receive some support from Hobsons Bay Refugee Network and their schools. Abbas has a SHEV 5 year visa. According to the Commonwealth of Australia website, SHEV means Safe Haven Enterprise Visa subclass 79, “for people who arrived in Australia illegally”.
“Since my job (at Optus) finished, I’m still at home,” says Abbas. “We are all missing the church. Our children are involved in on-line learning, with computer equipment supplied by the school.”
“We keep in touch with our families in Iran, where the coronavirus is very bad and unemployment is severe, using What’s App,“ says Abbas.
Sakineh and Abbas send a blessing to all friends at Crossroads Uniting Church.
Robyn Tomkin completed her term as Pastoral Support at Crossroads congregation on 1 July, when she and her husband George moved to their home in Cranbourne. We miss her and George very much. The good news is that Robyn is continuing her work as Chaplain at Uniting Age Well, Manor Lakes, 4 days of the week.
Robyn says “I greet my friends at Crossroads and say ‘God be with you.’ I join in the Crossroads Sunday morning service whenever I can.”
Worship Plan for this week
Bible Readings – 6 September 2020
Exodus 12:2–14; Romans 13:8–14; Matthew 18:15–20; Psalm 149.
Rosters for 6 September 2020
Greetings: Margaret Bull
Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory
Reader: Salote Tupou
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Prayers at this time
Eternal God, help me to entrust
the past to your mercy,
the present to your love,
and the future to your wisdom.
(Submitted by Dorothy Rookes)
From Stan Cations: “Not being a church goer, I can’t thank people in person so will do it via ink and thank all the church people for their kind thoughts during my stay in hospital and throughout the virus. It is much appreciated”.
NEWS AND NOTES
Roy Sturgess died on Saturday 15 August, aged 93. Roy grew up in Barellan NSW and Stawell where his prowess and interest in sport began and which remained important to him throughout his life. Aged 17, he began a teaching career that took him through life to his last appointment as Principal of Woodville Primary School in Hoppers Crossing. He retired in 1985. Joan and he were married in January 1951 (69 years!), and they had two sons, Col(in) and Ian. He was very active in community groups and associations. Joan and Roy moved to Werribee in 1970 and they have been active at Crossroads ever since. Our condolences to Joan, Col, Ian and families.
Len Clancy died on Thursday 20 August, aged 83. Everyone who knew Len knew that he loved to sing, often accompanied by a little jig! He had a song for every occasion, and in later years he often broke into song when he couldn’t find the words. Len had a strong Christian faith and came to Crossroads when he and Joy moved to Werribee in 1999. He spent some time as an Elder and was always willing to volunteer for working bees and the church fete. He was a great encourager and always had a kind word for others, especially young folk. He loved to eat and he loved to talk! Our condolences to Joy, Rose and Roland, Frances, and Brendan, and the wider family.
Mavis Bain, mother of Helen Grech, died on Monday 24 August, aged 95. Our condolences to Helen and her family.
Update on a Mt Cottrell memorial
Members of the Wyndham InterFaith Network have taken up the story of the killing at Mount Cottrell in July 1836 of ten Wathawurrung people, the first recorded clash between the invading white settlers and the Indigenous custodians of this region, and the possibility of creating a memorial to recognise that event.
Advice from Kerrie Godbold, community development officer at Wyndham City Council, is that the Melton City Council’s Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer has initiated consultation with traditional owner organizations that have a stake in the story of Mt Cottrell.
Kerrie wrote to Neil Tolliday: “The Wyndham City Council Reconciliation Action Plan mentions the significance of Mt Cottrell in the history of the region. Our Wyndham History book gives considerable attention to the violence at Mt Cottrell and its impacts on Aboriginal relations … Agreement has been reached and progress to design a memorial is underway. We await [Melton’s] direction as to how we can be involved and support this project”.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended. Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.