Crossroads Connection


NAIDOC Week 7–14 July 2019

The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. They are the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation. It’s that Indigenous voice that include know-how, practices, skills and innovations - found in a wide variety of contexts, such as agricultural, scientific, technical, ecological and medicinal fields, as well as biodiversity-related knowledge.  They are words connecting us to country, an understanding of country and of a people who are the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.

However, the Uluru Statement built on generations of consultation and discussions among Indigenous people on a range of issues and grievances. Consultations about the further reforms necessary to secure and underpin our rights and to ensure they can be exercised and enjoyed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It specifically sequenced a set of reforms: first, a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and second, a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty processes and truth-telling.  (Makarrata is a word from the language of the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land. The Yolngu concept of Makarrata captures the idea of two parties coming together after a struggle, healing the divisions of the past. It is about acknowledging that something has been done wrong, and it seeks to make things right.)
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Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Neil Tolliday)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

(School holidays)
Monday: 7.30 pm Card Making (Geilen's)
Wednesday: 6 pm Church Council
Friday: 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)

Bible Readings – 14 July 2019

Amos 7:7–17; Colossians 1:1–14; Luke 10:25–37; Psalm 82.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 14 July 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Margaret Gook
Greeting: Wendy Barnes
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: Elaine Belcher
Reader: Sandra Savory
AV Desk: Paul Kirkham
Prayers of the People: Mary Dixon
Piano: Gina Lee

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  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.


Interested in pastoral care?

Do you have some time to spare? Do you like talking to people, getting to know other members of our congregation.

Would you like to be a part of the Pastoral Care Team for our Church?

If so, could you please contact Robyn Tomkins. I will be running training sessions for those who are interested.



Operation Christmas Child

Next Sunday is the Werribee launch of our ‘shoeboxes’ for 2019.

There will be a trading table to buy suitable items at bargain prices and empty shoeboxes will be available. Well not quite empty!

Thanks to a local lady each shoebox will contain a knitted teddy to get you started. See us anytime if you need boxes earlier.

(Margaret Gook, Rose Geilen)



Occasional Sunday Lunches Out –O.S.L.O

On Sunday the 28th July we will be going to the Commercial Hotel Watton Street. Senior meals available. Everyone welcome. Please contact either Lorna on or Elaine by the 25th July for numbers.

Celebrating 20 years of O.S.L.O.

August 25 at Chirnsides by the River at 12.45 pm for 1pm. There will be a buffet lunch with the cost of $33.

Seating is limited and we would appreciate payment as soon as possible to secure a place, a receipt will be given so that nobody pays twice! Partial payment is acceptable but full payment is necessary by 18th August. It should be a fun day and we hope some past members will turn up. Contact Lorna or Elaine.

Flag-raising ceremony on Tuesday for NAIDOC

Wyndham City and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples would like to invite you to celebrate NAIDOC WEEK at our annual flag raising ceremony on Tuesday 9th July. 9.30am—Bush Tucker Morning Tea. 10am—Ceremony, 11.15am—Finish. At the Civic Centre 45 Princes Hwy Werribee. All welcome—No bookings required.

African Youth Ministry thanks

I want to begin by saying a huge thank you for your ongoing support to our group. It has been a huge blessing to us and our ministry. Our goal is to reach more young people and with your help at the church and being central and easy access to everyone to get to it has been more than a blessing. We have been able to get more young people involved in dance and fellowship on Friday evenings it’s just so refreshing. We are greatly in profound appreciation for your continuous support and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you very much and God richly bless you.

(From Prince Fabrice Rukundo Rugonumugabo)

Visit from Bendigo

Our congregation provided morning tea to 45 members of Bendigo Inter-Faith Network and 10 local visitors, on the first leg of their recent “Places of Worship” tour.

Our guests came to learn some of the story of the Uniting Church, and to share in discussion about the beliefs of the great world faiths.

Ms Erum Ali (pictured) spoke of the respect that Moslems hold for Jesus the great prophet and the Virgin Mary his mother.

Chairperson of Wyndham InterFaith Network, Bhakta Dasa, co-ordinator Laurence Gray, and Robert Renton welcomed the visiting party. Robert introduced Kur Mag of the Sudanese and Crossroads community, and Pastor Denis La Wu of the Lisu Christian congregation.

The Bendigo party’s visit was led by UC member Margaret Causon and included folk of Ba’hai and Buddhist religions.

Thanks to our Crossroads UC team in the kitchen, led by Myra Kempson and Betty Parker.

Monsignor Frank Marriott of Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo told this writer of the ongoing tension in the regional city, concerning aggressive resistance to the construction of a local mosque.

People of goodwill in Bendigo continue to give support to the local Islamic community, under severe criticism from some organised opposition.

Thank you!

Thanks to the many volunteers who turned up last Saturday for the clean-up at the manse. Thanks to Geoff Gook for organising it!


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

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