OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Faith and doubt in the Christian faith
Traditionally, Christians have placed faith and doubt on opposite ends of the spectrum, and over the centuries the church or its leaders have attempted to define faith as what Christians believe, from Paul’s writings to the various churches, through the Apostle’s and Nicene creeds, to the Uniting Church’s Basis of Union.
In reality, though, faith and doubt are on the same end of the spectrum. They are integrally and inextricably interwoven. At the other end of the spectrum, then, is blind conviction, overweening confidence in one’s own understanding, and, in the end, an unawareness of one’s own limitations in knowledge, understanding and openness.
It’s not possible to have a realistic faith without the constant presence of doubt. Thomas has been unfairly singled out as the doubter. He certainly did doubt, but no more than the rest of the disciples. What he did was to question—to allow his doubt to surface and challenge. And in so doing he deepened his faith in Jesus. For Thomas his faith could not grow until he had wrestled with the question of what the claim of the resurrection meant for him. So it is with us.
Whatever happened in that post-Easter encounter, Thomas had many long years to travel without seeing or touching Christ again. Yet he remained committed as an apostle, bearing the good news of Jesus to places far away, to the very end of the known world. So, don’t be afraid of honest doubt. Faithful doubt can be blessed, and redounds to the glory of God.
Edna Fisher is the oldest member of Crossroads Uniting congregation. She turned 107 last year!
I met Edna at Uniting Age Well Manor Lakes, with her daughter Elaine Belcher. This photo was taken on her 100th birthday.
Manor Lakes has been home for Edna for nearly 2 years; it’s not often that she can come to church worship these days.
Edna (nee Hanson) lived on the MMBW Metropolitan Farm township of 40 houses at Cocoroc, with her family until she finished primary school in 1923. She attended the Cocoroc church and Sunday school, when she began playing the organ. The township also had a Mechanics Hall and Library, tennis court and swimming pool.
The baker, the butcher, the grocer and greengrocer called during the week, and as a special treat, for a penny or three, the children could buy sweets.
Edna attended Teachers College then taught in primary schools along the Murray River until she married Ernie in 1934.
She and her husband bought their home in Gibbons Street, Werribee. Ernie ran a garage with his father and his brothers, on Watton Street until his early death in 1964, age 55. They had the Holden dealership.
In 1938 Edna joined the Presbyterian Church in Werribee; she played the organ until the early 1990s, and was active in the tennis club, the PWMU and the Ladies Guild. “Everything revolved around our life in the church”, she said.
In Gibbons Street, her home for 80 years, Edna loved gardening and keeping chooks. She enjoyed cross stitch and tapestry – some is displayed in Elaine’s home. Each day, Edna takes a walk in the corridors of Uniting Age Well.
(Story by Neil Tolliday)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Wyndham Interfaith Network Church Tour
The Interfaith Network has arranged a tour of two interesting places of worship on Tuesday 17 April. The tour will leave the Crossroads Uniting Church at 9.15 am by bus and arrive at the Church of Scientology centre on Mt Alexander Road Ascot Vale at 10 am for a 90 minute visit, then depart for the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple, 18 Burke St, Braybrook, arriving at 11.45 am. Following the visit to the temple, a light vegetarian lunch will be provided. There is no cost. The bus returns to Crossroads by 2 pm. Please note that at the temple shoes need to be removed.
Bookings must be made, either online to trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/UUP or by contacting the organiser, Laurence Gray, on 0401 337 696, by 12 April.
Garden stall for the fete
We are in need of hanging baskets (either plastic or metal framed [with lining]) for said trailing plants that need to be planted now, in readiness for the fete. If anyone has any spare baskets that they can donate, would you please give them to Mary Dixon or Carmel Woodward over the next couple of weeks. We will then arrange for them to be distributed to the people who have the trailing plants.
Palm Sunday march for refugees
Seven Crossroads members were at Palm Sunday’s rally and march.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
11.30 am Beach Patrol
Activities this week
Wednesday: 6–9 pm Church Council.
Next Sunday — 15 April Easter 3
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkin
Greeting: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Reader: Elizabeth Barnes
AV Desk: Lian Todd
Prayers: Vivien Bleakley
Piano: Jeremy Withers
Bible Readings next week: Acts 3:12–19; Psalm 4; I John 3:1–7; Luke 24:36b–48.
Asylum Seeker Event 2018
On Sunday 22 April at St Andrew’s Uniting Church Portarlington—special focus on refugees and asylum seeker issues. All welcome!
9 am: Church service, focused on refugee and asylum seeker issues.
12.30 pm: Authentic Iraqi buffet style two course meal in the church hall. Prepared and served by two Geelong residents, Siham and Abdul.
After lunch: guest speakers Alison Corke and Para Paheer, authors of The Power of Good: Surviving Sri Lanka’s Civil War.
Cost: $25—proceeds go to various Asylum Seeker projects.
Prior booking is essential—call Merilyn Bertram 5251 1102 or Joy Porter 5291 8177.
OSLO: 22 April from 12 noon
At a favourite restaurants “ChinaT” in the small shopping plaza at Sanctuary Lakes. Special menu for $27 — 2 entrees, spring roll and dim sims, 4 main courses. Please contact Elaine or Lorna for bookings
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.