OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Important Future Meeting
Please put into your diary now the Presbytery-sponsored Mission Study meeting which will be held at church and over lunch on Sunday 28 October following a shorter worship service. The meeting should last by 2.30 pm.
You are also urged to fill in the online survey form which has the address of https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C7WNM5D
N.B. Copies of the questionnaire on paper can be obtained from Rose Geilen at the office. Rose has offered to transfer your answers (anonymously) to the website for you.
Our final day for collection of shoeboxes to be returned and blessed at Crossroads will be next Sunday 14 October at the morning service. (If you are running late I will continue to take them to Mitcham during October.) All our boxes this year will be directed to the Philippines. (Margaret Gook)
Justice & International Mission Conference 2018
Saturday, 27 October—open to all to attend—at Centre for Theology & Ministry, 29 College Cres, Parkville. Keynote speakers include Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, Sean Winter, Head of Pilgrim Theological College, Wendy Austin, Family Violence Prevention Advocate, and Zione Walker-Nthenda, Lawyer, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist. For more information contact Ann Byrne on 9340 8815 or to register visit: https://goregister.com.au/jimconvention.
A three wheeler racing tricycle is ready at the door of Ian Gainey’s house, as he is training for his twenty-eighth Melbourne Marathon, starting at Rod Laver Arena, through southern beach suburbs, finishing at the “G”, on Sunday 14 October.
Ian is a regular churchgoer at Crossroads UC congregation since 2000; his sporting life includes competing in 10,000 metres athletic track racing at the Paralympics with a world record in UK (1986), and in Seoul, South Korea (1988).
Ian volunteers 3 days per week, with Wyndham Seniors Register, at the Sayers Road Police station, phoning shut-ins with a friendly “RU OK?”. He also helps at Werribee Lawn Bowls on Fridays. Ian says: “God is my guiding star through all my life – that’s why I come to church.”
EVENTS AND NOTICES
The Fête — Saturday 20 October 2018
* If you any items to donate, please drop them at the church office between 9.30am and 12 noon on weekdays, or on Sundays. If you need items collected from your home, let the office know and it will be arranged.
* The cake stall at the fete is happy to receive any items : cakes, slices, jams, savoury slices, mini-quiches, etc. Please bring them on the morning of the fete with a list of ingredients.
* Rose Geilen would love to hear from anyone who can bake scones for the Devonshire Tea stall.
* Extra tables will be needed, please let the office know if you have some we can borrow.
* The book stall needs donations of books, magazines, and DVDs.
* The popular Chocolate Throw will again be operating at this year’s church fete. All donations of blocks of chocolate (approx. 200g size) will be gratefully received. Please leave in the church office by 14th October.
* The plant stall needs early morning volunteers to help set up. We also need volunteers to join the roster for the day of the fête— If anyone can spare an hour (or more) please text or call Carmel Woodward on 0401 272 898, advising what time(s) you can assist.
* Set up for the fete will be from 4pm on Friday 19th, volunteers are needed.
* We need someone to run the ‘nearly new’ stall and volunteers on the BBQ, plant pricing on Friday 19th evening, and general volunteers. There will be a sign-up sheet on the noticeboard.
Werribee Theatre Company
Cost $25/$22, tickets at wyndhamtheartrecompany.org.au.
Justice Task Group books
Our monthly book lending table in the church foyer will be expanded to include books about climate change, global warming and local environment issues and also refugee, asylum seeker, migration and people trafficking topics. We invite members of Crossroads congregation to contribute your favourite books! Contact Mary Dixon, Luciana Aragon or Neil Tolliday, or visit the church office.
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 Family Service. (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer
Activities this week
Playgroup, 9.30 am;
Card Making, 7.30 pm at the Geilen's home
Church Council, 6 pm, Church Foyer.
Home Group, 8 pm at the Savory's home
BBQ at Bunnings;
Wyndham Theatre Co play - Drop Dead Funny, 7.30 pm.
Wyndham Theatre Co play - Drop Dead Funny, 2:30 pm & 7.30 pm.
Next Sunday – 14 October: Pentecost 21
9.30 am Morning Worship will be led by the Rev. Fa’ama Leota, Minister of Hoppers Crossing UC.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Julie Rees
Greeting: Carmel Woodward
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Stacey Williams
Flowers: Luciana Aragon
Reader: Elizabeth Barnes
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers: Sandra Savory
Piano: Gina Lee
Bible Readings next week: Job 23:1–9, 16–17; Psalm 22:1–15; Hebrews 4: 12–16; Mark 10:17–31
Stacey & Johnny Williams
As I enquired about their faith journey, a colourful story unfolded. Stacey grew up in Altona, and her church experience includes Baptist and Salvation Army, before she met Johnny. Johnny’s family originally from Shepparton, introduced him to the Assemblies of God (AOG) and the Christian Revival Crusade. Together Johnny and Stacey participated in Pentecostal “Imagine” and “Rhythm” Christian communities in Fitzroy, and “Vineyard” church in Williamstown.
Johnny teaches in the Primary School at Heathdale Christian College. Stacey has studied at AOG’s Harvest Bible College, Melbourne.
As regular attenders here, I asked Johnny and Stacey about their experience of belonging to Crossroads congregation. “I feel positive about growing in faith here,” says Stacey. “I like the Uniting Church’s creative interpretation of the Bible—that makes it a living word we can relate to in an open manner. You’re not told what to believe; you can unpack and engage with the text.”
“I’m into social justice”, says Johnny. “Not just as the platform of a political party, but from reading the Scriptures. Justice is clearly something God cares about. Scripture informs me about what God desires about society and his world. I want to wrestle with the difficult things, and the Uniting Church gives me encouragement to do that.”
Both Johnny and Stacey want their Christian life to be incarnational ministry, making Jesus the incarnate Son of God their focus. And they love to express their faith in music and singing. Let’s make them welcome at Crossroads congregation! (NT)