Crossroads Connection

We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.


Working towards a better future

Over the past two weeks, I have provided our readers with information about what the Assembly of our church is seeking to bring about in terms of a better future for our world. One of the key areas was trying to ensure that Australia replaces fossil fuel sources of energy (coal, gas) with renewable sources (solar and wind in particular). Our scientists and economists are saying loud and clear that our future and that of our children and grandchildren depends upon this move.

One of the ways we can contribute to this is to do all we can to prevent the Adani coal mine in Queensland from going ahead. And a way to do this is to encourage financial institutions to not fund Adani. All Australian-based institutions and insurance companies have withdrawn their support, but there are some overseas institutions that are considering lending money or offering insurance.

Recently, Samsung (Japan) and Hanwha Bank (South Korea), having been told about Adani’s bad record, have withdrawn their support. Concerned people around Australia and overseas had communicated their concern to these companies by emails, phone calls, and protests.

If you are interested and wish to lend your voice to these protests, there are still financial institutions in South Korea that need to be informed about the true record of Adani and the need for a renewal energy future. If so, please contact me, and I will provide you with more information about how to go about this.

Remember, it is our children’s and grandchildren’s future that’s at stake.

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Worship Plan for this week

Online worship services

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of public worship are being held online until further notice.

Bible Readings – 16 August 2020

Genesis 45:1–15; Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32; Matthew 15:10–20, 21–28; Psalm 133.

Rosters for 16 August 2020

Greetings: Robert Renton

Prayers of the People: Vivien Bleakley

Reader: Kevin Edgar

Flowers: Robert Renton

Piano: Asanka Pakura

Thank you…

… to everybody for the greeting cards and messages on my birthday. And also many thanks to the people who deliver the newsletter each week. (from Dawn Hosking)

A sky-high rescue!

Recently, Paul Cochran was trying to fix something on his roof. He had an accident and had to be rescued by a cherry-picker.

Unfortunately, he broke a leg, but he is home now and able to smile (just) about the whole episode!


More news of our congregation

Ian Gainey is home again after recent surgery (intestinal) at Footscray Private Hospital. “Now I’m able to eat and drink, and I can do shopping,” says Ian.

Chat-a-Ring is a weekly contact for shut-ins supervised by Uniting, and Ian each week phones 11 persons, to make sure they are OK.  It’s a service that’s appreciated by “regular friends,” some of whom are in aged care homes.

“How are you managing during Covid19 shut-down?” I ask Ian, and he says he continues his armchair support of the Bombers AFL team, and keeps up some gardening and weeding.

You can phone Cyril Ridsdale at Glendale Aged Care, where his activities are very limited.  Cyril says: “Before, we used to go to the dining room for meals.  Now I’m not supposed to cross a line just outside my door.“   The meals aren’t what they used to be, now served up on cardboard plates and cups. Cyril is allowed to exercise accompanied, “22 yards, same as a cricket pitch,” he says.

“As I’m not allowed visitors, time passes slowly.  I can only watch the TV for so much, then I end up with square eyes. I say thanks to the church friends who ring me.  I miss you very much, and I send my blessings,” says Cyril.

“During this time of Covid19, I miss my church family on Sunday morning”, says Vivien Bleakley. “I can watch “Songs of Praise” on the TV, but I don’t have internet or mobile phone.  On Songs of Praise, I learn what churches in England are doing for homeless people.”

Vivien uses her time productively – “I write a list of ‘to-do’ things each day; I meditate and do some physical exercise, and gardening, and I walk around my village. I’m not going anywhere unless I have to.”
For Vivien, the telephone is her life-line.  “Human contact is very important to me. I’m phoning family and friends at Crossroads; working through the directory contact list.

Latest news of Crossroaders

Now that Blair Dixon is home, he and Mary are regularly walking, as Blair makes a good recovery.  “His Olympic record stands him in good stead” say the medics. “Our family and church members have been very kind, delivering cooked food to our door,” says Mary



Rose Wild’s mum Remy Cerdena is now at home with Rose at Steiglitz.  “This arrangement is much better than being in lockdown at Baptcare,” says Rose.  “We send greetings to our friends at Crossroads. Remy eats very little, and I encourage her to exercise. Positive Covid19 cases in Baptcare Werribee climbed rapidly, from one to twenty so I took her out; and I have support from my two sisters nearby,” says Rose.


Armando Aragon is at home in Point Cook, working remotely for his consultancy with Sydney Water during the Covid-19 pandemic.  “It’s good for us as a family,” he says. “I can do all my work on line; documents, conference calls – we have good collaboration with my work colleagues.”


Luciana Manrique says “My work is reduced from 5 days to 4, which gives me a chance to do other things!  I still go to the Telstra office 90 percent, and work at home 10 percent.” This writer is aware of the way Luciana cares for her customers, as Marg will testify about her ability to provide professional help.

“We miss seeing our friends at church,” says Armando.  Luciana explains “Cyril Ridsdale used to say to me ‘You are always late’; I will never be late again!” She says.

“Our family in Argentina is safe and healthy, surviving a severe lockdown in place since positive cases climbed steeply in March”, says Luciana.

Beverley Cox, asked about how she is coping with the pandemic, says “I find things to do.  I’m hyper active!” Well known for her artistic creativity, she says she is making Covid-19 masks; gardening, grooming her dog Ollie, cooking the meals and watching the quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?

“I really miss Sunday morning worship services in the church” says Beverley. “The music in worship means a great deal to me, and I love to participate in the singing of the hymns with their profound poetry.”

To obtain a custom made mask, take your facial measurements, and give Beverley a call!

Housekeeping & Help

Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.

Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.


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.