CONNECTION – 3 FEBRUARY – EPIPHANY 4


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Today’s Worship Leader

Rev. David Walker

David is a retired Minister, currently living in Grovedale. Ordained in 1977 as one of the first group of people to be ordained in the UCA. he ministered in Melbourne, Victorian rural and regional congregations.

Interests include daily morning walks as the first activity of the day, reading and movie watching, collecting stamps, family gatherings, holidays and “catching up with people”. He enjoys the challenges of preparing and leading worship. He says his faith thinking has brought him into conversations with people who are on the progressive Christian understanding of God and how God impacts in our lives.

Invasion Day rally views

I am an Australian patriot.  After teaching in China for two years I have appreciated anew how much my native land protects its people with democracy and the rule of law.  But there is still a long way to go, for Constitutional recognition, a Treaty, and a voice in Parliament for Australia’s First Peoples.  That’s why I attended the Invasion Day Rally; I wanted to share in the peaceful street protest of ten thousand people who want justice for our Indigenous citizens.  What impressed me most was the youthfulness of the majority who were there. I have hope for Australia’s future. (Neil Tolliday)

We felt privileged to be part of this march and join in the growing community support for Australia's First Peoples in their particular grief at this time. The sheer size of the march was impressive; about 40,000 people walked from Parliament House down to Flinders Street Station in understanding, harmony and determination to bring about change in the lingering racism in our country. The expressions of the many onlookers were very encouraging too.  (Mary Dixon)

EVENTS AND NOTICES

Some interesting history

In 1884 St Thomas’ Presbyterian Church (now Crossroads) was financed and built by the generosity of Thomas Chirnside of Werribee Park.  The foundation stone was laid 135 years ago on 5 February 1884.  The day was fine, and there was present a large gathering of people representing all religious denominations to witness the interesting and imposing ceremony.

The following is a copy of the document that was placed in the cavity under the foundation stone in an hermetically sealed bottle.

The Presbyterians of this township and surrounding neighbourhood beg hereby to record their deep gratitude to Thomas Chirnside Esq. of Werribee Park, for his great , generosity in erecting, at his sole expense, this handsome Presbyterian Church for their and their children’s spiritual welfare, and pray God that His richest blessing may rest upon the generous donor, and that he may be long spared to witness the good results of his liberality.

The sealed bottle also contained copies of the Melbourne Argus and Age of that date, one each of the following coins of the realm, half-sovereign, half-crown, shilling, sixpence, threepenny-piece, and a penny.  The church was officially opened by the Rev. J.R. Wardrop on Sunday 28 September 1884.  (Elaine Bailey)

An Interesting fact: No one today knows where the foundation stone actually is!  No stone has been marked, or if it was it is facing inwards.  (Ed.)

Recycling Genius!

Quantin Binnah Community Centre is seeking your help—hard plastic tops can be turned into children’s prosthetics and plastic bread tags can be turned into a child’s wheel-chair!  Please bring your tops and tags to church where they will be collected and taken to the Quantin Binnah Centre.

Uniting Church Adult Fellowship

The 2019 program commences this Wednesday at 12.30 pm in the foyer here at Crossroads.  The UCF was created in the early days of the UCA’S life to bring together the women’s groups that had existed in the three former churches, and later ‘Adult’ was added as it was hoped that men’s organisations would also become part of the renamed UCAF.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Holy Communion Service (Rev. David Walker)

Activities this week

Monday 4: 9.30 am Playgroup

Wednesday 6: 12.30 pm UCAF

Saturday 9: 10am–4pm Church Council Planning

Sunday 10: 11.30 am Beach Patrol

Next Sunday – 10 February: Epiphany

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Eileen Ray)

Bible Readings – 10 February 2019

Isaiah 6:1–8; Psalm 138; I Corinthians 15:1–11; Luke 5:1–11.

Interfaith celebrations

Tuesday 5 February: Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year, Spring Festival), celebrated in Buddhist,  Confucian and Taoist traditions.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 3 February 2019

Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward

Greeting: Julie Rees

Morning Tea: Judy Frankcom & Jan Bradley

Flowers: Luciana Aragon

Reader: Neil Tolliday

AV Desk: Noel Savory

Prayers of the People: Ken Storey

Piano: Gina Lee

NEW AND NOTICES

Thank you!

Vicki, Zelda Cations’ daughter, sends her best wishes to the Congregation with the words, “I would like to send my thanks to members of the Congregation both for their prayers and support provided to Mum during my lengthy illness, and to the Outreach program for their kind thoughts and cards.  Thanks to Robyn Tomkins for her hospital visits and prayers.  Each of you have assisted in my ongoing recovery.  Kindest regards, Vicki.”

Shopping Tour

Crossroads UC Relay for Life Team are organising their fundraising program for the year and are considering offering a shopping tour in November, if there is enough interest.  Dates suggested are 9, 16 and 23 November, and whether you would prefer a BYO lunch or a catered (extra cost) lunch.  If you are interested, would you please put your name, preferred date, lunch preference, and whether you could bring others along, on the list on the noticeboard in the foyer.

Certificate of Appreciation

All of us at Uniting Wyndham sincerely thank you for your generous donations to our Christmas appeal in 2018.  We greatly appreciate your time and efforts in supporting the work of Uniting Wyndham.  It is through generous donations such as yours that we are able to continue supporting local residents and the Wyndham community.

Justice Task Group (JTG) invites new members

Crossroads JTG invites you to its first meeting of the year 2019, on Monday February 4 at 7.30–9.30 pm, at Heathglen Village community centre, 2 Glendale Court, Werribee.  We will plan for activities and informative learning; focusing on racism, global environment, ecumenical and local social concerns, and we’ll share a convivial supper.

New members are welcome, and are urged to contribute fresh ideas for Crossroads to consider. “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:4).

We can offer transport: call Neil or Rob Bradley

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

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au