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.
& THE COMING WEEK
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.
Returning to in-person worship
In the light of the improving vaccination levels and the consequent lifting of restrictions, we are planning to return to in-person worship services on Sunday 14 November at 9.30 am. In order for that to happen, there will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.
- Attendance at worship will only be possible by booking a place with the office in the week preceding the service. Initially, there will be a maximum of 50 people in attendance, and this number includes the 10 people who will fill the rosters for the day.
- Only double vaccinated people (with the exception of children under 12) can attend at this stage and you will need to provide proof of vaccination when booking a place.
- There will need to be a sufficient number of volunteers for each service who will manage the QR logging in and proof of vaccination (2 people at the door – as people arrive) and the cleaning after the service (2 people). Additionally, if we are to have morning tea, we will need 2 extra people. We need you to volunteer for these 6 duties. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you can offer to be a volunteer to join the roster to manage the service requirements.
A children’s story: the fountain of milk
Once upon a time there was a tiny village in the country, and the people were very poor and generally older. The young people had moved to the city when they grew up, so everything about the village had to be managed by the old folk. One day they decided that they needed something to cheer everyone up, so they decided they would hold a festival. However, there was little money in the village committee’s funds and certainly none to spare on extravagances such as a festival. So the decision was made to encourage everyone to contribute something to make the festival as joyous as possible.
Several families who had a cow got together and decided they would provide milk drinks for the kids, so they built a little fountain with a small reservoir into which they would each contribute some milk during the night before the festival.
Well, come the glorious day of the festival, and the first child came up to get her drink of milk, and lo and behold, when they turned on the fountain all that came out was water. Not a drop of milk. Terrible embarrassment all round. What had happened, of course, was that each one who was supposed to contribute some milk had poured in water only, thinking that their water contribution wouldn’t be noticed amidst all the milk from everyone else.
The problem was, of course, that everyone had the same bright idea. They had forgotten that everyone, every contribution, is needed to make things work as they should.
Greetings to friends at Crossroads
When I phoned Vivien B she was on ‘a high.’ “I’ve been to my quilting lesson today, for the first time in months,” she said. “I take my own machine – we are allowed ten people in the house, but not all come. It’s lovely to be social and get out again, just talking to others and sharing tips. My motivation was lacking; I hate sitting around. However my quilting teacher has been working wonderfully, making beanies, so I can feel inspired.” Vivien says: “For the first time in a long time I’ve had my son and daughter-in-law visit. We had lunch together and it was lovely.”
“I send a greeting to friends at Crossroads. Elizabeth B and Bev L keep in touch. I hope that we will all meet together face to face on Sunday mornings soon,” says Vivien. (NT)
Note from Scott C
I entered the NT, and was taken straight to Howard Springs for two weeks of quarantine. We are confined to our single-bed rooms with small bathroom, TV, bar fridge, and unlimited internet. At around 8.00 am every morning, there are temperature checks. At the end of quarantine the Northern Synod will then provide me with accommodation.
Along with the residents of Heathglen Village, Judith F has been disappointed at the restrictions placed on social activity during the lockdown. “We’ve had a quiet life,” she says. “walking Mick the dog, and planting out our vegetable garden.”
Judith and Leon F have put in potatoes, climbing beans, and tomatoes. “We’ve replanted raspberry roots from our former raspberry farm at Portland. They are now about 30 cm high,” says Judith. “I send a greeting to the readers of Connection. I hope everyone has come through the Covid lockdown. I say a great thank you to all who have made our Sunday worship services possible, especially our minister Annetia.”
The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 7 November at 4 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert R to get the login.
2021 Justice and International Mission Convention – online and free!
Everyone is invited to this year’s convention, on Saturday 6 November from 9.30 am to 4.15 pm. Focus of the day is “How to make government work better in a time of mistrust and cynicism.” Keynote address at 9.30 am is by the Rev. Assoc Prof. Sean Winter, Pilgrim Theological College. There will be sharing presentations about congregations and social justice involvement. Workshops – choose your topic. Enquiries JIM@victas.uca.org.au Register with Eventbrite, or ask Neil T or Rob B for help.
Operation Christmas Child … Rose G
Do you usually pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to send overseas to needy children to help share God’s love? The good news is, despite Covid-19 restrictions, you still can!
If you HAVE been able to fill your shoeboxes with something to wear, for hygiene, for school, to love, to play with, and a personal message from you to the child, I am ready and willing to collect them from you NOW!
- If you HAVEN’T been able to shop, but you would still like to support the OCC Ministry, we have an exciting and simple way that you can send a box overseas, and it’s all on the Samaritan’s Purse website: ‘PACK A BOX ONLINE’.
- For $30 you can choose to pack a box for a boy or girl aged 2–4, 5–9 or 10–14. A selection of gifts will be added to your box and you can even include a personal message so that the child knows that you love and care for them. Your payment covers all the items in the box, transport and distribution.
This year the boxes from Australia/New Zealand will be sent to Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Madagascar and Malawi. This year more than ever we need to support our less fortunate neighbours here and overseas. If you would like more information please call me or go to the website:
What’s On This Week
- In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed
Worship Plan for this coming week
31 October 2021
Ruth 1:1–18; Hebrews 9:11–14; Mark 12:28–34; Psalm 146
Rosters for 31 Oct & (7 Nov)
- Greetings: Rose G (volunteer needed)
- Flowers: Mary D (Elaine B)
- Music: Wendy B (Asanka P)
- Prayers: Jan B (Carol N)
- Reader: Rose G (Lyn O)
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 office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.