COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
A gift for cricket
This is Geoff's fourth year taking part in the carnival and was delighted this year to be recognised for his good work and presented with an indigenous painted cricket ball and stump.
Young People’s Group Easter Night and Walk
For young people in Year 4 and onwards, we’ll be meeting T Crossroads church on Wednesday 18 March, from 6–8 pm, for fun, a quiz, and a walk on an Easter theme. Snacks are provided! For any enquiries, contact Sandra or Geoff at the church office (9741 1084). Please pass on the information to others who may be interested.
News from the Lintons in Galmi
We have survived our second week of a 6 week Hausa school. There are about 20 of us newcomers in the class. Life as a language learner is full of many different emotions. There is utter confusion and embarrassment as we become like babbling infants again. And there are isolated moments when the fog clears and we can say “ah ha”... (which I think transcends any language).
Battling these emotions on top of learning the content is quite exhausting and humbling. As we live and learn here we have experienced such patience and hospitality from our language helpers and people who work on the compound.
What a great theme for this stage of our lives in Galmi! We feel like learning is all we are doing at the moment… and we know that it will take a long time before our language enables us to truly learn with others here in Galmi.
Presbytery minister: Narelle Collas
She is a graduate in Music Education from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. “For many years I have been an elder and music leader in the Uniting Church;” says Narelle, “during that time I was teaching music in Primary and High Schools in Queensland, and as a sessional lecturer at Griffith University campus on the Gold Coast”.
Narelle is married to Craig; he’s a Uniting Church minister who has served at Ingham, Qld., and nine years as a RAAF chaplain, working in Ipswich Qld., Perth W.A. and Malaysia. He then served as the minister of Wesley UCA in Perth.
“God’s call was prompting me, and I candidated for ministry in 2007”, says Narelle. “My Theological Education was in Brisbane then Perth, and I was ordained in 2011. My first placement was Carramar UC, an outer suburb of Perth, in a team ministry, worshipping in a Uniting Church school buildings. We ran many missional activities including an English classes for folk in the multi-ethnic community near us”.
“I was an Airforce wife on Penang Island, Malaysia for two years. I volunteered in programs supporting refugees from Karen, Chin, Kachin and Rohingya communities in Myanmar My eyes were opened to the trying existence of refugee people stuck in transition”.
After Malaysia, Narelle came back to Carramar UC for 5.5 years, then worked with the Education team of the Synod. “Now I’m with the Presbytery, I hope to facilitate matching people’s gifts with their ministries, such as workshopping music in worship, with local congregations”.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family service (Rev. Annetia Goldsmith)
12 pm Lisu Service
2.30 pm Dinka Service
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 6 pm Church Council (Foyer)
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group (Savory)
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 10.30 am Lenten Study (Church); 7 pm African Youth (Hall)
Bible Readings – 15 March 2020
Exodus 17:1–7; Romans 5:1–11; John 4:5–30; Psalm 95
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 15 March 2020
Minister: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith
Duty Elder: Julie Rees
Greeting: Margaret Bull
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Prayers of the People: Mary Dixon
Reader: Salote Tupou
AV Desk: Rob Bradley
Piano: Asanka Pakura
For your prayers this week…
For refugees everywhere, unable to find a home, barely tolerated where they are, and living in poverty.
For the work of the WCC Commission of Churches on International Affairs.
For people seeking to deepen their faith in Lent.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Rev. Annetia Goldsmith’s sermons
A copy of Annetia’s sermon from the previous week is available from the Church Office (in printed format) or via email to upon request.
Lenten Discussion Group
The Rev. Annetia Goldsmith will lead a Lenten discussion group on Friday morning, 10.30 am, in the church. All are welcome!
Morning tea roster
It is almost time for a new Sunday morning after church tea roster. If you can help serve occasionally, please leave your name at the office, or talk to Judy O’Keeffe.
Stations of the Cross choir
Singers needed! A ‘pop-up’ choir consisting of members of Crossroads congregation, Lutherans and Anglicans, accompanied by Father Mark Winter (Lutheran) and the Rev. Ken Bechaz on ukuleles, will be singing as the Good Friday Stations of the Cross march passes the church. The Rev. Annetia Goldsmith will be a part of the choir, and anyone interested is asked to contact Annetia.
We’re also looking for volunteers to be safety wardens for the road crossings and actors for the Good Friday tableau. Again, please contact Annetia or via email
Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)
22 March at 12 noon at the Racecourse Hotel. We always have a good meal here. There’s no seniors menu but there is a roast of the day with dessert for $22. Please contact Elaine or Lorna for numbers before Thursday 19 March. All welcome.
Thank you from Mary Dixon
Thanks to everyone for the beautiful gift of Yellow Asian lilies you gave to me on my retirement from Church Council. It was such a surprise, and they will look great in our garden. I do appreciate our life together as Crossroads congregation and I hope to continue to do a few things around the place. Shalom to you all—from Mary Dixon.
Relay for Life starts on Saturday
Please consider supporting the volunteers who will start the relay on Saturday at 11.45 am and finish on Sunday midday. Several members of our congregation are participating (you can recognise them by their shirts!), and you can contribute online at https://secure.fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/TR/RelayforLife/CCVIC?team_id=65583&pg=team&fr_id=6086
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.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.