OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Special meeting at Crossroads
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.
The following statement will be presented to the meeting for discussion and clarification as it is intended to be used to guide the decisions of the Church Council.
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all in all. Ephesians 4:1–6
Crossroads Uniting Church is an open, diverse Christian congregation with members having different cultural backgrounds, different views on politics and society, and different theological understandings. This diversity is very important to the life of the congregation and we seek to hold this diversity within “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.
Within this diverse congregation it is acknowledged that there are members for whom marriage is better defined by the Fifteenth Assembly as “the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of a man and a woman to live together for life”. There are also members for whom marriage is better defined by the Fifteenth Assembly as “the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of two people to live together for life”.
Recognising this diversity and honouring “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”, we acknowledge and affirm the resolution of the Fifteenth Assembly regarding marriage and same-gender relationships. We acknowledge that within the Uniting Church there is a diversity of religious beliefs and ethical understandings, developed through continuing faithful discernment and held with integrity on matters relating to sexuality and marriage; and we determine that Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee is able to accept this diversity within its life and in the practice of marriage rites by its minister within the Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Able-bodied people needed Saturday 8 September between 9–11 am to clear out the rear corner of the church hall in preparation for the fête. Enquiries Geoff Gook.
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 next planning ahead information session to be held at Uniting AgeWell, 15 Buffalo Crescent, Wyndham Vale, will be held tomorrow (3 September), 2–4 pm. The subject is Grief & Loss, recognising that everyone experiences grief differently and it is something that takes time to work through. Learn how to access support groups or professional help to look after yourself, or to help a person who is experiencing grief and loss.
Please contact Robyn Tomkins for catering purposes.
The Fête — Saturday 20 October 2018
It’s time to organise the annual Church Fete! A planning meeting will be held after Church on Sunday 9thSeptember in the Upper Room. Please talk to Margaret Gook for more details.
Wyndham Interfaith Network Tour
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.
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)
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF), 1 pm in the church foyer.
Church Council Executive, 5 pm, in the church foyer.
Next Sunday – 9 September, P’cost 16
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Neil Tolliday
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Valarie Martin
Reader: Neil Tolliday
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers: Ken Storey
Piano: Gina Lee
Bible Readings next week: Proverbs 22:1–2, 8–9, 22–23; Psalm 125; James 2:1–10, 14–17; Mark 7:24–37.
Uniting Wyndham’s new volunteer program co-ordinator this year is Shelley Johnston.
Members of Crossroads congregation interested in volunteering can contact Shelley from 9am–5pm Mondays to Fridays, at 9742 6452.
Shelley is looking for new recruits; she can help you to arrange your police check and working with children check. Shelley says: “Uniting Wyndham needs drivers and jockeys, for collecting food donations from the Aldi stores in this region, from the Second Bite program in Werribee and from Food Bank in Yarraville.
In addition to driving, there is need for volunteers who can help with storing and packing goods for emergency relief.
Shelley co-ordinates the Uniting Op Shop, open from Monday to Friday 10 am -3 pm at the front of the hall next to Crossroads church building. Volunteers are welcome, for sorting saleable items and pricing them.
She says: “I’m loving the work here at Uniting Wyndham, with a team of enthusiastic workers and corporate sponsors, all of us proud to be part of our agency’s outreach into the community. I hope that Crossroads church people will continue to support us, with donations and prayers.” (NT)
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.