OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Important meeting next Sunday 16 Sept
On Sunday 16 September from 4 to 6 pm, in the church, there will be a meeting of all interested persons from the congregation to consider the recent Assembly decision to vary its policy on marriage by recognising two statements of belief. The meeting has been called to give guidance to the Church Council as it considers its response to the decisions of the Assembly.
In the August edition of Crosslight, the Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney, past President of the Uniting Church in Australia, wrote a significant commentary on the decision of the Assembly with regard to marriage. A full copy of the article can be obtained from Mike Lewis or by email from Robert Renton. A summary of key points follows.
- The Assembly decision regarding marriage recovered the UCA’s stated vocation of making visible unity in diversity.
- Without disputing the biblical and theological validity of the traditional understanding of marriage—and in fact reaffirming the policy statement originally adopted in 1997—the Assembly has approved an additional statement on marriage for the UCA, also biblically and theologically valid.
- This was something the UCA was always supposed to be able to manage: unity in diversity. The union of the three denominations in 1977 wasn’t an amalgamation or a take-over. It was three historic, proud denominations choosing to set aside the things that divided them for the sake of something bigger: the visible unity of divided people as a foretaste, sign and instrument of the reconciliation of the world to God in Christ.
- “Reconciliation… means people and groups that are different and divided from each other being brought together in Christ to respect, value, trust and serve one another—in all our annoying, embarrassing, frustrating, frightening diversity. That’s profoundly challenging. It’s sharply counter-culture. But it is the kind of church God is calling us to be.” (Andrew Dutney, 14th Assembly)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
World Vision sponsored children
Crossroads supports two girls in Zimbabwe and a boy in Cambodia. Please put your small change into the house shaped collection box in the church foyer and help make a difference in the lives of these children and their community.
The Fête — Saturday 20 October 2018
It’s time to organise the annual Church Fete! A planning meeting will be held after Church TODAY in the Upper Room. Please talk to Margaret Gook for more details.
Wyndham Interfaith Network Tour
The next Places of Worship tour will be held on Thursday 13 September, from 9 am to 2.30 pm. Board the bus at the Wyndham Community Education Centre, cnr Duncans Rd and Synnot St, at 9.15 am.
First to the Islamic Museum of Australia, 15A Anderson St, Thornbury. This includes a one hour guided tour and it costs $10. Then to Sri Guru Sing Sabha Sikh Gurudwara, 344 Hume Hwy, Craigieburn, and this includes a vegetarian lunch. (Please bring a hair covering!)
The bus will return to the Wyndham CEC by 2.30 pm. The tour is free apart from the $10 needed for the museum entry. A vegetarian lunch is free.
Uniting Wyndham provides groceries to families in need every day. These items are needed – pasta and pasta sauce, UHT milk, tinned soups, tinned meals, baked beans and spaghetti, packets of rice, breakfast cereal, AND personal toiletries (e.g. toilet soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant). Green shopping bags are also welcome. Please place your items in the collection box in the church foyer.
Plant Stall Assistance
We greatly need volunteers to help with this year's stall and want to set up a roster so we can make sure everyone gets a break. If anyone can spare an hour (or more) please text or call Carmel Woodward advising what time(s) you can assist. Thanks!
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 Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
11.30 am Beach Patrol
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Card Making, 7.30 pm at the Geilens’.
Justice Task Group, 7.30 pm Heathglen Village Community Centre.
Church Council, 6 pm, in the church foyer.
Thursday: 8 pm, bible study at the Savorys’.
Next Sunday – 16 September, P’cost 17
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
4–6 pm Discussion on Marriage (Church)
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Neil Tolliday
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Mary Dixon
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Betty Parker
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers: Mike Lewis
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: Proverbs 1:20–33; Psalm 1; James 3:1–12; Mark 8:27–38.
ASYLUM SEEKERS WELCOME
Mehrdad Adibian & Sara Bolgadr
Department of Home Affairs figures show that at the end of March 195,000 people were in Australia on Bridging Visas. (source: ABC News).
Sara and Mehrdad arrived at Christmas Island by boat after a frightening journey of six nights and five days across the Indian Ocean from Jakarta. Fortunately they were not transferred to Manus Island or Nauru.
“We had to leave Iran, because our life in the city of Tehran was dangerous”, said Mehrdad.
Just last month, Sara’s cousin Reza Otadi was participating in an anti-government demonstration in Tehran’s suburb of Karaj; he was shot and killed by a gunman of the Basiji militiamen, firing from a passing car.
For seventeen years, Mehrad worked as a jewellery maker. Sara completed an Accounting degree at the University of Tehran.
“Life under the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution became intolerable”, says Sara. “Government people pocket the income from the oil industry, and the mass of the people are starving.”
Mehrdad and Sara are thankful for the children’s playgroup at Crossroads and for Jan Bradley inviting them to the Uniting Church in Werribee.
The Department of Immigration classifies the Adibian family as entitled to Bridging Visa A, which is a temporary status with minimal CentreLink payments, below the poverty line.
Consequently, Mehrad has become a bricklayer, with a registered Australian Business Number and a Tax File number. He has some years of experience now in Australia.
Do you need bricklaying work done? Talk to Mehrdad on 0432 174 557. (NT)