OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Three congregations, one God and Father of us all
Our three ministers, Mike Lewis, Daniel Kuol and Denis La Wu led the worship. Pastor Denis' sermon took up the scriptural theme of King David's people singing and dancing before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:5).
In our songs that morning, Lisu, Crossroads and Sudanese people found a deep resonance of Gospel grace as we sang hymns of faith from our three cultures.
Afterwards, over a shared meal, new friendships began, and many expressed the hope that this will be the beginning of closer companionship in Christ here.
The Werribee District Historical Society is holding an exhibition of the work of the late Esther Murray, Werribee artist and historian. The exhibition comprises of many original charcoal sketches of horses, plus pen and ink sketches of local historical interest.
Metaphor is the only possible language available to religion because it alone is honest about mystery. (Richard Rohr)
Congratulations to Anine Esterhuizen and Jeremy Withers who have announced their engagement.
Your friends at Crossroads wish you all the best for a future filled with happiness and love.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Advance Planning & Palliative Care
You are welcome at Uniting AgeWell’s Planning Ahead session to be held on Monday 6 August, 2–4pm. The topic is “Advanced Care Planning & Palliative Care” Advanced Care Planning involves writing down your wishes about your care and treatment options. Palliative Care covers the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of someone who has a serious illness that cannot be cured.
For catering please contact Robyn Tomkins.
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF)
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 August at Crossroads. This will be our soup and sandwich lunch and members are reminded that we will aim to start at 12.30pm. A church member, Henry, will come along and show us the silk scarves that he is making. All welcome, remember the earlier start.
Blanket Wyndham this winter
Support people experiencing homelessness in our community by donating new blankets at the Homelessness Week 2018 community event. It will be held at Station Place, Werribee, from 3–5 pm on Thursday 9 August. All sorts of activities will be happening at Station Place that day—a BBQ, fairy floss, popcorn, ice-cream, animal nursery, face painting, balloons and a raffle. Take along your children or grandchildren, and join in the fun (but don’t forget your blanket!).
Uniting Wyndham Share Appeal
The Appeal is on now! Send your donation to Uniting Winter Share Appeal, Reply Paid 85995, A’Beckett St Vic 8006, or call 1800 668 426. (Contact Judy O’Keefe)
Housekeeping & Help
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
9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home
Church Council, 6 pm in the Church Foyer
Thursday: Bible Study, 8 pm, at Sandra & Noel Savory’s
Next Sunday – 5 August, Pentecost 11
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
11.30 am Beach Patrol
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Judy Francom
Flowers: Luciana Aragon
Reader: Sandra Savory
Prayers: Mike Lewis
Piano: Gina Lee
Bible Readings next week: 2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25–5:2; John 6:35, 41–51.
Carmel and this writer agreed that Crossroads Werribee Uniting Church building offers a blessed space; and that’s mainly because of the remarkable Christian people who gather here on a Sunday. Our Uniting Church congregation together with the Lisu and Sudanese faith communities are the Church of Jesus Christ in varied and diverse ways.
As a new member of Church Council since March 2018, Carmel is discovering aspects of her role as an Elder that give her opportunities to contribute to the church’s life.
She says: “I have found a welcome and warm friendships here, and a church family. I’d like to give something back, and to assist the Council’s task in the nurture of younger people who represent the future of the Uniting Church in this place.”
Growing up a Catholic, and experiencing a good education in Catholic schools in Adelaide, Carmel gained a firm foundation in faith. However, her life took a new direction when living in Werribee she found a friend in Jan Bradley, who invited her school student daughter Taylor to Advent and Easter workshops at Crossroads.
In addition to her busy professional life, plants and gardening are important to Carmel; when ten years ago she discovered the plant stall at the Church’s annual fete, and met Mary Dixon, she was hooked. Carmel now has an enviable reputation as the ‘plants lady’, along with the team of folk who grow many potted garden varieties every year ready for sale.
Talk to Carmel about how you can contribute some pots and plants for this year’s fete!
And pray for the work of the Church Council, responsible for the ministry and mission of this Uniting Church congregation. (NT)