Crossroads Connection


Report from the Annual Congregational Meeting

Ken Storey was re-elected as the Congregation Chairperson, and he reports that the meeting was well attended and that the ‘new’ consensus decision-making process seemed to work well.

Church Council  All those whose names were put forward for election and re-election to the Church Council were confirmed as such.  Thanks were expressed to them for their willingness to serve on the Council and we look forward to their input to the activities at Crossroads.  Ken also expressed the thanks of the meeting to the retiring Church Councillors.

Congregation Secretary  Unfortunately, there were no nominations for the position of Congregation Secretary, but this may have been due to a misunderstanding about how much work is required—there is very little!  The role has only one function—to take the minutes at a congregational meeting.  Given that there are few congregational meetings, the amount of work required is minimal.  If you are prepared to offer to take on this role, please speak to Ken Storey.  Thanks also to Margaret Gook for her willingness to act as secretary for this meeting.

The reports of congregational activities were received and thanks expressed to the organisers and contributors for their work in maintaining the life of the congregation.

An apology  Ken expresses his sincere regret about saying that the congregational directory was two years out of date—he has been corrected!  Every September Rose Geilen updates the directory, and she has done so for the past four years!  Off-the-cuff remarks, especially those that are not fact-based, can be hurtful and misleading, and Ken is keen to make his apology known now, because due to a prior commitment, Ken can’t be at church this Sunday.

UCAF meeting this week

Please note that there will be a UCAF meeting this Wednesday, 7 March, at 1 pm in the church foyer.  All are welcome (both men and women!).


Mission learning day

There are lots of opportunities we’ve created in our Presbytery for connecting with people in our communities, like knitting groups and seniors afternoon tea… how do we make spiritual practice a part of these times?  Clare Boyd-Macrae will speak about the way that Christian meditation can be missional—a gift from the local church to a stressed community.

Thursday, 15 March: 9.30 am to 1 pm (including a big morning tea at the Playdate Café) at Hoppers Crossing UC.  Register with Rose Broadstock.

Lindsay and Shirley Davis have been members of Crossroads congregation since they came to Werribee from Sydney in 2005; they are regular Sunday attenders at worship.

Lindsay was born in 1927 at Gore, South Island of New Zealand, near Invercargill, son of a railwayman and had secondary education at Cathedral Grammar School, Christchurch.

His vivid memories of the music of the Cathedral still influence his appreciation of worship in the Uniting Church. As one chorister put it: “If music be for the glory of God, it should be the best that man can create.”

Lindsay wanted to go to sea; in 1944 he began as a new deck boy, on the famous sailing ship “Pamir”.  He experienced three voyages across the Pacific, to Vancouver and San Francisco.

The ‘Pamir’ was hit by a tropical cyclone of hurricane strength, south of Tonga.  The sails were ripped to shreds, a terrifying experience.

Next, as an Able Seaman, Lindsay worked on a tramp steamer ‘Kairanga’, carrying steel & hardwood from Adelaide to Port Kembla, “We nearly lost her, fully loaded, to three big ‘uns (swells)”. Then he joined an island-hopping motor vessel, from Auckland to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.

On a motor ship ‘Cyrena’ he carried petroleum in drums from Abadan to Madagascar, where French police found smuggled opium!  Now with his Chief Mate’s ticket, his ship ‘Matai’ serviced lighthouses and cable repairs at Norfolk Island and Chatham Islands.

With the Union Steamship Company, Lindsay made inter-colonial trips from New Zealand to Singapore, Colombo, Calcutta and Surabaya. He gained his master’s ticket, and met Shirley, all in 1954.

Lindsay and Shirley married in 1955; they brought up three children, and Lindsay began 18 years’ work first as a pilot, then as deputy Harbour Master 1967 guiding ships in and out of Lyttleton, the port of Christchurch.  Often climbing a ship’s rope ladder in a stormy sou’wester tested his agility.

Then came 12 years with the Australian National Line, rising to Chief Mate, on ‘the Japan run’ to Osaka and Yokohama, with bulk coal, gypsum and wheat.  On the ‘round Australia’ run, he carried iron ore Port Hedland-Newcastle, and sugar from Queensland to Yarraville.

Lindsay’s heart condition led to redundancy in 1986. With Shirley, they settled at Thornleigh, near Sydney until their move to Werribee.  Since 2015, Heathglen Retirement Village is their home.

Lindsay’s passion for ships and the sea continues, as he makes beautiful model sailing vessels and warships.   Shirley participates in Know Your Bible (KYB) at Joy Clancy’s home.  “Come, join us,” she says.                    (from Neil Tolliday)

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Following worship today

Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.

Tuesday: Lenten Study, 7.30 pm at Bev Cox’s home

Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home

UCAF at 1 pm in the church foyer.

Thursday: Lenten Study, 8 pm at Sandra & Noel Savory’s home

Friday: Lenten Study, 10 am, at Mike & Caz Lewis’

Next Sunday — 11 March 2018: Lent 4

9.30 am Family Worship (Justice Task Group)

11.30 am Beach Patrol

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for next week:

  • Duty Elder: Margaret Gook
  • Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Mary Dixon
  • Flowers: Jennie Kirkman
  • Reader: Nola Edgar
  • Greeting: Rose Geilen
  • AV Desk: Lian Todd
  • Prayers: Jan Bradley
  • Piano: Wendy Barnes

Bible Readings next week: Numbers 21:4–9; Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22; Ephesians 2:1–10; John 3:14–21.

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.




Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email