CONNECTION – 17 FEBRUARY – EPIPHANY 6


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Today’s Worship Leader

Rev. Dr D’Arcy Wood

The Rev. Dr D’Arcy Wood, now retired and living in Riddells Creek, is a former President of the Uniting Church in Australia,  Minister of Canberra City Church, and a Lecturer in Theology and Liturgy in Adelaide.

He was born in the Kingdom of Tonga, and in 2015 it was he who crowned King Tupou VI of Tonga!

 

Church Council news

The Church Council commenced 2019 with a conference held at DiCaprio’s Restaurant on Derrimut Road on Saturday 9 February.  Our next meeting is 13 March.

The conference spent the morning working through the mission plan that has guided us through 2018 and will continue throughout 2019.  It is seen as a vehicle for the Council and Congregation to provide us with a focus for the expression of our faith as a community.  Some new directions and ideas were raised, and we will provide an update of the plan after the March meeting.

The afternoon’s program, led by Ken Storey, representing the Property Control Group, and Rina Neustroski, representing the Synod Property office, was spent on an overview of the property and financial situation of the Congregation over the next few years.  It is clear that the Council and Congregation face some large issues and important decisions to be made in this area in the near future.

The work on the roof of the church has commenced (as anyone can see) and once that is completed, the work on the roof of the heritage bluestone manse will commence.

Thanks again to Heritage Victoria and the Synod for the funding for this major work.

EVENTS AND NOTICES

Annual Congregational Meeting

Next Sunday, 24 February, we will hold our Annual Congregational Meeting after the worship service.  Congregational Secretary, Bev Lambie, has prepared the papers for the meeting and these are available to be picked up today.

At the beginning of the meeting we will hold elections for the positions of Congregational Chairperson and Congregational Secretary.  We have received the nominations of Ken Storey for Chairperson and Bev Lambie for Secretary.

We will also hold elections for the two persons who have been nominated as Church Councillors for the next five years.  This election will be a secret paper ballot.  The nominees are Mrs Wendy Barnes and Mr Kur Mag.

 

Mrs Wendy Barnes is the coordinator of our church music and one of our team of pianists.

She and her husband Phil have been members of the Congregation for some 10 years.

 

 

Kur Mag also has been a member at Crossroads since 2008.

He arrived in Australia from South Sudan as a refugee in 2003, settling originally at Springvale.

Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)

We will be starting the year next Sunday, 24 February, as we did last year at the Phoenix Hotel 22-30 Wallace Avenue Point Cook.  Everyone is very welcome but we would appreciate it if you contacted  Elaine or Lorna on the Thursday prior to the lunch if you needed to cancel . Looking forward to another year of monthly lunches.

Contact Elaine Belcher or Lorna Hodge for bookings.

Interchurch Bible Study

Members of Crossroads UC are invited on to join with Werribee St Andrew’s Catholic people on Thursdays at 12 noon, in the Penola Hub, Mortimer Street, Werribee, for Gospel Reflection on the lectionary reading for the following Sunday, Contact Neil Tolliday.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Dr D’Arcy Wood)

Activities this week

Monday 11: 9.30 am Playgroup.

Saturday 23: 6.30 pm STAN (Saturday Take Away Night) at the Geilen's.

Next Sunday – 24 February: Epiphany

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Angela Tampiyappa)

Annual Congregational Meeting and Election of Church Councillors will follow the service.

Bible Readings – 24 February 2019

Genesis 45:3–11, 15; Psalm 37:1–11, 39–40; I Corinthians 15:35–38, 42–50; Luke 6:27–38.

Interfaith celebrations

19 February or March 21: Majha Puja Day, which are Buddhist celebrations of the presentation of teachings by the Buddha to a spontaneous gathering of 1,250 arahants (holy men). It is also known as Sangha Day (or Great Assembly Day).

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 24 February 2019

Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Judy O’Keefe
Flowers: Lorna Hodge
Reader: Elizabeth Barnes
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers of the People: Robyn Tomkins
Piano: Asanka Pakura

OUR CONGREGATION

Farhan Sari

On Christmas Day, December 25 2018, members of Crossroads Uniting Church, Werribee, were delighted to welcome into membership by baptism Farhan Sari.

An asylum seeker on the Temporary Protection Visa Bridging E, and single father of two children, Aref and Asma, Farhan finds that life can be tough at times!

Farhan’s journey from Iran to new life in Australia, and from Islam to Christian faith is remarkable.  His life began in a small village close to the border of Iran and Iraq, in a family with six brothers and six sisters.    When Farhan was four years old, the Shah’s regime was toppled and the Islamic revolution led by the Ayatollah Khomeini took control of Iran.

For people living in near the border, their lives were disrupted by the outbreak of war between those two countries; when their village was hit by bombs and missiles, they escaped to safety, in the city of Ahvaz.

When Farhan completed high school, he helped his father, Officer of Marriage Records, carefully transcribing details into Farsi language. Then he was drafted into the Iranian army as a soldier for 3 years.

Farhan worked as a taxi driver for six years in Ahvaz city. But his taxi work and his income drastically reduced, until they were living in poverty.  They decided to escape to Australia, regarded as a land of opportunity.

Travelling to Malaysia and then Jakarta, they were smuggled onto a small fishing boat which took them on a perilous journey across the Indian Ocean, until they reached the coast of Australia.

After five months in detention on Christmas Island and one year in MITA camp, Broadmeadows, they like other asylum seekers were released, and initially assisted to find accommodation in Werribee.

(The picture is of a Steppe Eagle, one of Iran’s migratory birds.)

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