CONNECTION – 6 DECEMBER


ADVENT 2

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.

COMMUNITY NEWS

FOR TODAY

& THE COMING WEEK

CHRISTMAS BOWL

This year the Christmas Bowl people have created a unique online giving page for our church so we can also give safely online. It is a place where we can make a gift to the Christmas Bowl directly through our church and for us to see the collective contribution made by our congregation. Our unique giving page is: mycb.link/45154

When can we return to worship at Church?

This is a question that some people are keenly asking, and the church council is seeking an answer. We’re meeting on Wednesday 9 December, and we hope we will be able to provide some guidance about this thorny question. In the meantime, we need to clear up some misconceptions about what the government’s rules require of us. Although the government has stated that up to 150 people can gather inside a church for worship, in fact only 36 people can gather inside Crossroads church because there is a requirement that there must be no more than one person for every four square metres. There can only be up to 25 people in the foyer, and the hall can hold only 30 people. Secondly, there can only be one point of gathering—there can’t be one group in the church, another in the foyer, and another in the hall at the same time. Thirdly, a strict and detailed regime of cleaning must occur before and after each use of a space, so if there were to be two church services of up to 36 people on a Sunday morning, there would have to be a gap of 30 minutes between each, and cleaning before, between, and after the services. And no morning tea!

Remy C, update

Rose W says Remy her mum sends greeting to Crossroads friends.  She is now residing in #7 South Wing of Balmoral Grove Aged Care Facility in Smith Street, Grovedale, close to Torquay Road. She is feeling comfortable, and is glad to receive visitors.

OUR PRAYERS NOW AND ALWAYS

We pray for our communities of faith, that we may be beacons of hopefulness, of peace with each other, of promise, and of inclusive love of our neighbours.

Living the Change

Neil T tells the following story. “During the 1990s I was a leader in the Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group (GOFRG), working alongside the people of the Wathaurong Co-operative, Morgan Street North Geelong.  I wanted to know “What happened to the original Wathaurong first nation?”

An elderly woman, Lou Lane, member of GOFRG, amateur historian and archeologist identified the site of the last camp of the Wathaurong indigenous people, pushed out from the township of Geelong as a nuisance, to the “Duneed Aboriginal Reserve.”

This one acre site, located at the T-junction of Ghazepoore Road and Muir Road, (formerly Boundary Road) Waurn Ponds, (Melway 464H11) was gazetted in 1861.  A small family group, whose names are now listed on a plaque fixed to a large stone at the camp site, existed there until the last person’s death in 1885.  The grave of one of the family, Willem Ba Neep “King Billy” is in the West Geelong (Minerva Road) cemetery.

In 2002, together with members of the Wathaurong Co-operative, I engaged the help of Trevor Abrahams, heritage officer with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, and Alex Walker, quarry manager of Blue Circle Southern Cement, owners of the one-acre site, to create a memorial.

We drew up a plan for a 120-metre interpretive walk and planting of 130 indigenous trees, as part of a restoration project for nearby Armstrongs Creek, supervised by City of Greater Geelong Heritage Officer Kevin Krastens.

Blue Circle Southern Cement paid for fencing, placement of large granite rocks, and a commemorative plaque with a photo of the last Wathaurong full-blood people. (Pictured.)

This site, a short walk from Waurn Ponds Rail Station and 10  minutes drive from Narana Creations, is well worth a visit by anyone interested in the early history of Geelong”.

Crossroads People – Jean-Marie B

Word came from Luciana Manrique that Jean-Marie B had attended Crossroads Church early this year, so we arranged to meet. 

“My life began in the city of Uvira, on Lake Tanganyika in the Great Rift Valley, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” The DRC was a mineral rich colony of Belgium, exploited for eighty years by King Leopold’s family for its gold and diamonds while the people became impoverished.

“People die every day of malnutrition, lack of medicine and hospitals and ambulances.  They travel 20 kilometres by bicycle to reach the nearest doctor,” says Jean-Marie.

“My mother was a pastor of the Protestant Church of the Congo, first started by missionaries from Sweden. I continue to be a Christian,” he says.

Jean-Marie says: “I studied the veterinary science diploma in Bukavu city, then I studied medicine in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, and became a general practitioner. I worked with Medecin Sans Frontieres, and in a government hospital, for five years.  When the rebel army invaded, with my wife Helen and children we escaped to the large refugee camp in Kampala, Uganda for five years. During that time, my wife died in childbirth.”

“God helping me, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) selected me and my family to come to Australia in 2018, to Werribee. My four children are: Nathalie (16), Sonia (15), Igor (13) and Joseph (6).”  Jean-Marie has learned English at Wyndham Community and Learning Centre.

Obeying the Gospel teaching, he has founded an association for orphans of the Congolese civil wars, and is glad to forward support for them. Jean-Marie now runs an authorised Day Care Centre at his home for before-school and after-school  children. “I am thankful for God bringing me to Werribee, where I find peace and friendship,” he says. (NT)

Worship Plan for this coming week

6th December

Bible Readings

Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11; I Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19–28; Psalm 126 (Third Sunday in Advent)

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret B
  • Prayers of the People: Mary D
  • Reader: Ian G
  • Flowers: Elaine B

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.

Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au