COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Thanks for your support and love
A very big thank you to everyone for all the phone calls, flowers, cards, thoughts and prayers on the passing of my Mum. Most gratefully appreciated: from Helen Grech.
And a very big thank you to everyone for the phone calls, cards, flowers, thoughts and prayers following the death of my sister, Valerie, in England: from Vivien Bleakley.
Worship Plan for this week
Bible Readings – 13 September 2020
Exodus 14:19–31; Romans 14:1–12; Matthew 18:21–35; Exodus 15:1b–11, 20–21.
Rosters for 13 September 2020
Greetings: Rose Geilen
Prayers of the People: Jan Bradley
Reader: Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Bev Cox
Piano: Gina Lee
Prayers at this time
Pray for ourselves as the people of Australia, that the Covid-19 pandemic will spur us to work together for a society in which we all can flourish.
Pray for asylum seekers and their families in this harsh economic climate...
Pastor Dennis La Wu and the members of the Lisu Congregation have worshipped in our church building on Sunday afternoons for several years, and a highlight of Crossroads Sunday mornings have been the occasional sharing of worship together, with scripture readings, prayers and songs in two languages.
The Lisu are an ethnic minority located on the border of Yunnan Province, China and the Salween Valley, Myanmar. James Outram Fraser, missionary of the China Inland Mission brought the blessings of the Bible and Christian faith to the Lisu people in the early twentieth century.
This writer asked Pastor Denis about the Lisu folk during the time of Coronavirus; he says “Everyone is keeping in touch with on-line meetings and zoom. Every week we pray for the people of Crossroads, whom we are missing very much”.
The song which ended our Crossroads on-line worship (from Psalm 133:1) on Sunday 16 August sums up the Christian companionship with our Lisu friends. “Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together, in unity”.
Faye Docherty is laboratory manager at UVET, The University of Melbourne Veterinary School’s clinic on Princes Highway. “I’m in the pathology lab, both hands on and admin”, says Faye.
In Faye’s childhood years she was brought up as a Catholic, in Pascoe Vale, Melbourne. “For a time I was disillusioned with organized religion”, she says, “However my husband Gordon found Crossroads, and I gradually realized through reading church newsletters this looked a community to belong to”.
Faye responded to the warm welcome at Crossroads. “David Withers helped me find my faith again; he helped me to see that the Uniting Church is part of the one holy, catholic apostolic church. It’s for over fifteen years now that Crossroads is for me the way in to community”.
As an elder and member of Church Council, Faye formed a realistic view of how the church works, and she has enjoyed home group and Bible studies.
“I miss the Sunday morning church life; I appreciate the work of Roland and Annetia to bring worship on line. The Facebook group is helpful. I can see challenges ahead, as Operation Christmas Child will be different this year”.
Faye wants to let her friends at Crossroads know that she’s OK; and “I send a blessing to my church family”.
Susan McKee grew up in a RAAF family; she was born in South Australia and went to school in Darwin and Queensland.
Her mum was Catholic, and her dad Uniting Church, so when he was posted to Point Cook, Susan came with her dad to the Crossroads Church. Susan married to John, a Werribee boy. Then there was a gap, and after her dad died 12 years ago, Susan renewed her connection with this congregation.
“I was made welcome by Rose and Robyn; they gave me space in Crossroads church to re-connect with faith in God,” says Susan.
She and John have two sons, Jackson (18) and Thomas (13). “It’s hard going for students especially in year 12, learning remotely”, she says.
Susan works in retail, at Peter Alexander in the Werribee Plaza. “Now that’s all in lockdown, it makes me nervous, there’s no end in sight”, she says.
“I’m lucky that our family is placid; as I see many families experiencing tension and conflict. I appreciate everyone’s friendship, firstly through KYB (Know Your Bible) with Joy Clancy and now with the Home Group at the Savorys’ home”.
Mhfoud Alamir, Zeina Shousa, and Selena and Jason are coping with the difficulties of the Stage 4 lockdown, even if Mhfoud is currently unemployed. They send their greetings to everyone.
Farhan Hooseinpour, similarly, is coping with the difficulties of lockdown and also has become unemployed. He sends greetings to his friends at Crossroads. His children are engaged in online learning.
Metua Abera was born in New Zealand from a Cook Island family, and her husband Mata Abera was born in the Cook Islands, and both attend Crossroads congregation. Metua is proud that she introduced her father-in-law, the Rev. Abera Abera, a Cook Islander and minister of the Uniting Church from Griffith NSW, when he visited Crossroads congregation last year. The family’s main bread-winner at present is their son who is working as a caterer at KFC, Werribee.
In 1821, Congregational missionary John Williams sent two converted Polynesians to Aitutaki Island, beginning the conversion of the Cook Islanders to Christian faith. Williams visited Raratonga 1823. In 1888, the Cook Islands became a British protectorate, and in 1901 they were included in the Colony of New Zealand. Cook Islanders have New Zealand citizenship; however, this is not accepted in Australia.
Metua says “We have lived in Australia 20 years now, in Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast, before coming to Victoria. We lived in Altona Meadows before coming to Werribee”.
Metua appreciates the delivery of CONNECTION, “With news of our church family, to our home in Parakeet Road, Werribee. We get family assistance, and we pray to our Father in Heaven for the government of Australia in this time of Covid-19 pandemic. We have Sunday School in our home for our daughter. Our kids understand the teaching of God’s good news”.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended. Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.