Crossroads Connection


Church Council Update

Assembly decision about marriage

A useful open meeting of members of the Congregation was held last Sunday afternoon for the Church Council to explore the proposed affirmation by the Church Council of the decision of the Assembly in July to recognise two distinct but different statements about marriage, one of which affirms the possibility of same-sex marriage.  The Church Council members present listened carefully to the views given by several members of the Congregation, and they will make a decision whether or not to affirm the Assembly’s decisions at our meeting on October 10.  You are welcome to speak to any Church Councillor about your thoughts on the issue.

September’s general meeting
The first part was taken up with an introduction to the JNC processes given by two representatives of the Presbytery, the Rev. Rose Broadstock and the Rev. Peter Batten.  The JNC met on Friday 28 Sept to further their discussions and to hear more about the Presbytery’s ‘Regeneration Ministry’ option.

The second part of our September meeting was joined by the members of our Property Control Group and Ms Rina Neustroski from the Synod’s Property Division to discuss the projected financial situation of the Congregation after about 2023/4, and how this might be addressed.  Decisions were made to arrange for some reports about possibilities open to the Church Council.  (Robert Renton)

Christmas Boxes

Our final day for collection of shoeboxes to be returned and blessed at Crossroads will be Sunday 14 October at the morning service.  (If you are running late I will continue to take them to Mitcham during October.)  All our boxes this year will be directed to the Philippines.  (Margaret Gook)

Justice Task Group books

Our monthly book lending table in the church foyer will be expanded to include books about climate change, global warming and local environment issues and also refugee, asylum seeker, migration and people trafficking topics.  We invite members of Crossroads congregation to contribute your favourite books!  Contact Mary Dixon, Luciana Aragon or Neil Tolliday, or visit the church office.

Important Future Meeting

Please put into your diary now the Presbytery-sponsored Mission Study meeting which will be held at church and over lunch on Sunday 28 October following a shorter worship service.  The meeting should last by 2.30 pm.

You are also urged to fill in the online survey form which has the address of


The Fête — Saturday 20 October 2018

Preparations are underway for the annual fete to be held on 20th October.  Thanks from Alan Thompson for a response to the following.

*  If you any items to donate, please drop them at the church office between 9.30am and 12 noon on weekdays, or on Sundays.  If you need items collected from your home, let the office know and it will be arranged.

*  The cake stall at the fete is happy to receive any items : cakes,  slices, jams, savoury slices,  mini-quiches, etc.  Please bring them on the morning of the fete with a list of ingredients.

*  Rose Geilen would love to hear from anyone who can bake scones for the Devonshire Tea stall.

*  Extra tables will be needed, please let the office know if you have some we can borrow.

*  The book stall needs donations of books, magazines, and DVDs.

* The popular Chocolate Throw will again be operating at this year’s church fete. All donations of blocks of chocolate (approx. 200g size) will be gratefully received. Please leave in the church office by 14th October.

*  The plant stall needs early morning volunteers to help set up.  We also need volunteers to join the roster for the day of the fête— If anyone can spare an hour (or more) please text or call Carmel Woodward on 0401 272 898, advising what time(s) you can assist.

*  Set up for the fete will be from 4pm on Friday 19th, volunteers are needed.

*  Next fete meeting will be after church today.

Werribee Theatre Company

Drop Dead Funny! A trio of one act plays—7.30 pm 12 October, 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm 13 October—at the Church Hall.  Cost $25/$22, tickets at

Pastoral Care

Contact Robyn Tomkins (0428 760 668) or Mike Lewis (0418 260 693) for any pastoral care matters.

Presbytery moves

The Rev. David Withers will be inducted as Minister at Bacchus Marsh UC on Sunday 4 November at 2 pm.  At the last Presbytery meeting the Rev. Jeanne Beale was confirmed as a Presbytery Minister.

Housekeeping & Help

Pastoral Care

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.

We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten.  If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am   Today we rejoice with Henry and Rebecca Koor as we celebrate the baptism of Isaac, Martin and Mercy.  (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Following worship today

Tea/coffee in the Foyer

Activities this week

Wednesday: Church Council Executive, 10.30 am, Church Foyer.
UCAF, 1 pm, Church Foyer.  All are welcome!

Next Sunday – 7 October: Pentecost 20

9.30 am Morning Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Julie Rees

Greeting: Carmel Woodward

Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Judy O’Keefe

Flowers: Elaine Belcher

Reader: Blair Dixon

AV Desk: Roland Geilen

Prayers: Blair Dixon

Piano: Asanka Pakura

Bible Readings next week: Job 1:1, 2:1–10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1–4, 2:5–12; Mark 10:2–16


Henry Gooding

Henry Gooding and this writer met at the church recently; I wanted to find out more about the man who comes to Sunday worship regularly, and who knows his Bible in depth.

We talked about Henry’s life, growing up in his home city, Bangalore, India. (Now known as Bangluru).  His family were part of the Anglo-Indian community.  Both his grandfather and his great-grandfather served in the British Army, and the family attended the Catholic church.

After completing  a Bachelor’s degree in economics and fine arts at Bangalore, Henry developed his own screen printing concern, producing publicity materials for industry and business.  He was recruited by a large Home Centre department store in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, and worked there for 17 years, creating the showroom displays of visual merchandise.

Henry became a believer in Jesus Christ, when he found the Evangelical Christian Centre (ECC) in Abu Dhabi.  He actively participated in one of the many ECC ‘Life Groups’ which reach out to the hundreds of building workers in large dormitory camps, who come from The Philippines, India, Pakistan, and south east Asian countries.

He speaks passionately of the experience of the small group in growing Christian disciples, and his hope is that Crossroads may develop such groups in its future life and mission.

Henry, his wife and two daughters are experiencing the frustration of existing in Australia for three years on a temporary bridging visa, which excludes their right to work and public schooling.

Pray for those migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who come to this land with high hopes; and for an enlightened border control policy of the Australian Government. (NT)


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