CONNECTION – 10 MARCH – LENT 1


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Today’s Worship Leader

Welcome again to the Rev. Heather Vander Reest to lead our worship service today.

Temptations

All the kingdoms of the world
“So, here’s the deal and this is what you get:
the penthouse suite with the world-commanding views,
the banker’s bonus and the private jet,
control and ownership of all the news,
an ‘in’ to that exclusive percent,
who knows the score, who really run the show,
with interest on every penny lent
and sweeteners for cronies in the know.
A straight arrangement between me and you,
no hell below or heaven high above,
you must admit it, and give me my due
and wake up from this foolish dream of love….”
But Jesus laughed, “You are not what you seem.
Love is the waking life, you are the dream.’
(Malcolm Guite, Sounding of the Seasons)

Lent Appeal

Uniting World's Lent Event Appeal this year will focus on Timor Leste (East Timor), one of Australia's near neighbours. Previously the Appeal has enabled our partner, the Protestant Church of Timor Leste, to serve poor, remote communities by providing primary health care through clinics focussing on sanitation and preventing TB. 42% of the population currently lives below the national poverty line though the country is rich in oil.

This year's Lent Event challenges us to live more simply, giving up something from daily life, and so freeing up funds for health care, leadership and vulnerable children. Stories of courage from our partners in Timor Leste will inspire us!  Please see Mary Dixon for information about supporting this Appeal if you would like to.

Many thanks to all who helped with the Relay for Life bake-day! $352 raised!

Places of Worship tour: 13 March

Wednesday 13 March, 9am–2pm.  We will visit the Bahai community meeting place, Pt Cook, the Hindu community meeting place, Tarneit, and St Peter Apostle Mission Church, Guinane Ave, Hoppers Crossing.  Cost: Free, and vegetarian lunch will be provided.  RSVP essential by today: Laurence Gray 0401 337 696 laurenceg@wyndhamced.org.au. LIMIT 30!

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest); 11.30 am Beach Patrol

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup.  7.30 pm Card-making at the Geilens’.

Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys’.

Friday: 1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow at Bev Lambie’s.

Next Sunday – 17 March: Lent 2

9.30 am Family Worship Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest)

Bible Readings – 17 March 2019

Genesis 15:1–12, 17–18; Psalm 127; Philippians 3:17–4:1; Luke 13:31–35.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 17 March 2019
Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon
Greeting: Mary Dixon
Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: (Wedding)
Reader: Salote Tupou
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers of the People: Jan Bradley
Piano: Wendy Barnes

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.

NEWS AND NOTES

Lenten Studies

In the absence of our own minister, the Hoppers Crossing UC Congregation has invited Crossroads members to join in a six week Lenten study entitled “Compassion-Reflecting, Sharing, Living The Good News”.  The study provides a process for reflection and discussion on the Sunday Scriptures during Lent. Ten copies of the books are available from Rev. Faama Leota to purchase at $8.80.The study will be offered twice, at 10.30 am and 7.30 pm on Thursdays 7, 14, 21, 28 March and 4, 11 April. Contact Rev. Faama 0401 592 359 if you would like to attend.

Plant Stall—time to get ready now!

It's that time of year again when we ask people to start potting cuttings and other plants that they intend to donate to the stall for sale at the fête.  To assist the many green thumbs in our congregation, we are also asking for immediate donations of potting mix, plastic pots (please first wash them in a soapy solution containing bleach – to kill any bacteria that can infect the new plants) and hanging baskets.  The more potting mix, plastic pots and hanging baskets the better!

This year, we are also asking for volunteers to care for some of the plants (in the hanging baskets in particular) once they have been potted.  This will help ‘spread the load’ in the care and attention that the plants need, especially over the cold winter months.  Please start bringing in the potting mix, clean plastic pots and hanging baskets as soon as possible.  Would those who are willing to baby-sit some of the potted plants please let Carmel Woodward or Mary Dixon know.  If anyone needs any further information please call Carmel on.  Many thanks!

A hot day’s picnic!

Saturday 2 March, 38°C, and Crossroads UC folk together with Hobsons Bay Refugee Network hosted a picnic for our asylum seeker friends and families. We shared a meal under the trees in the Riverbend Historic Park, beside the Werribee River.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this day.  It

was hot, but we enjoyed each other’s company. With lots of smiling faces, we all had a special time. Many of our friends asked us to repeat this activity.”  “What struck me was the generosity of the refugees – they’ve got nothing, and they bring lovely food to share.”

Members of Crossroads Justice Task Group organized the picnic, and we hope to do so again. (Luciana & Neil)

Synod and Presbytery representation

Crossroads Werribee is one of our Presbytery’s strongest congregations, but we are not represented on Presbytery.  This is a matter of some concern.  The Presbytery meets only four times a year and has already met once.  The meetings are held on a Saturday morning, usually at the Hoppers Crossing church  Please consider this as a possible calling for you, and speak to Robert Renton about this.

It would also be great if we could be represented at the Synod meeting 5–9 July at the Box Hill Town Hall this year.  Nomination forms are obtainable from the Office or by emailing Robert Renton.  They close on the 18th of March.

Sacred Edge festival at Queenscliff

Sacred Edge, the little festival with a big heart, in May each year: Queenscliff Uniting (in Hesse Street) invites you to take advantage of this great opportunity to expand your mind and enlarge your heart!

The Rev. Charles Gallacher invites you to join in arts activities and find community over the weekend of music, poetry, ideas, friendship and spirituality, May 3-5. You will experience church regeneration in a new and exciting way.

This year’s Sacred Edge is titled “Opening Doors to Diversity”. There will be over 30 keynote speakers, musicians, and storytellers. Featured artists include Mojo Juju, indigenous Filipino musician; Chris Csabs, survivor of gay conversion therapy; Fadak Alfayadh, Iraqi refugee and lawyer; Lior, treasured icon of Australian music scene; and Padraig O’Tuama, beloved Irish poet and theologian. Enquiries: 52582854.
Register online at www.unitingqueenscliff.org.au

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

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