CONNECTION – 30 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS 1


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

FAREWELL TO MIKE AND CAZ LEWIS

Over a coffee at Wyndham Cache, “Connection” invited Rev. Mike and Caz Lewis to reflect on their time here.

“The Crossroads manse and its spaciousness has been all we could need, yet both of us are happy that we will move to our own home, after some years in church houses,” says Caz Lewis with heartfelt feeling.

“The diversity of this congregation is a joy,” says Mike. “I have delighted in serving Christ among people of different cultures, and the mix of older and younger people.  A highlight for me has been working with the members of the Justice Task Group, sharing in their passion for God’s call to live justly and mercifully.”

Caz remarks “As this is our first metropolitan gig after some years in regional settings, and having come originally from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, we love the West, and its definite feel.”

“It’s been good to meet the old Werribee,” says Mike. “Learning from seniors in the congregation memories of what the village and surrounding farms used to be like.”

Good friendships made with folk of the Korean, Lisu and Sudanese communities are recalled with pleasure by Mike: “I’m pleased too, that the Wyndham Interfaith group has gained momentum, and I hope for Crossroads relationship with Hoppers Crossing UC to grow stronger.”

Highlights for Caz were the Advent and Lent workshops with children of the neighbourhood. “And, for me and my granddaughter Evie, sharing in church playgroup was delightful. Jan, our playgroup leader does valuable pastoral care with parents.”

Mike is concerned that in the synod-wide re-structuring of Uniting, that some of the togetherness of Crossroads and the former Werribee Support and Housing has been lost. “I hope that our good relationships can be restored; connection between the church and its outreach agency is most important.”

Asked about the next phase in their lives; Mike says that in retirement he wants to continue his interests in music, writing,  local environment and indigenous concerns. Caz says “We are blessed with good health; a new grandchild next year will focus our lives somewhat!”

The members of Crossroads congregation wish God’s blessing on our dear friends Mike and Caz.
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EVENTS AND NOTICES

Christmas Bowl

Donations to the Christmas Bowl are tax deductible.  Envelopes  are available on the foyer table or you could use your own envelope with name inside if you would like a receipt. Donations may be placed in the offering plate up to the end of January.

Rosters for 2019

You are invited to contribute to our worship services as the leader of the prayer of intercession, assisting with the children’s ‘CRUNCH’ program (during the worship service), and in decorating the church by arranging flowers.  If you are prepared to join the roster for these activities, please let the volunteers in the office know.

Wear a name badge!

Now is the time for you to wear a name tag at church!

Consider how you can help (1) those people with a short memory, (2) visiting supply preachers, and (3) newcomers and visitors to our congregation.

It’s also good to get into the habit so our new minister will be helped by having name badges prominently displayed!

Request a personal Uniting Church name tag from Rose Geilen in the church office (open on Thursday mornings in January).  Leave your name with Rose, and pay her $12 in advance, and she will order a new tag for you.

Church Office and Connection

Church Office hours until week beginning Monday 29 January: the office will be open 9.30 am–12 noon on Thursdays only.  Phone 9741 1084.  Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au.

Connection will continue during January.  Please contact me by Tuesday

Pastoral Care and Contacts in January

Please contact Robyn Tomkins for any general pastoral care matters after December 30.  Contact the Church Council Chairperson, Robert Renton, for other matters as required.

Join us in prayer for…

  • New-born babies and their parents.
  • Parents who are struggling with meeting the cost of living, rent, low wages and debts.

Families where disability and illness has meant extra effort is required from all in the family and tension is ever present.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am   Final Worship Service led by the Rev. Mike Lewis.  Morning tea to follow to farewell Mike and Caz.

Activities this week

Most activities will resume at the beginning of February.

Next Sunday – 6 January: Epiphany

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Neil Tolliday)

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Robert Renton

Greeting: Robyn Tomkins

Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Elizabeth Barnes

Flowers: Lorna Hodge

Reader: Asanka Pakura

AV Desk: Rob Bradley

Piano: Asanka Pakura

Bible Readings 6 January 2019: Isaiah 60:1–6; Psalm 72:1–7, 10–14; Ephesians 3:1–12; Matthew 2:1–12.

THAT BABY

There were thousands of babies
born that day
all helpless
dependent
needful of love
warmth
and sustenance
some no doubt did not survive
to see another dawn
their tiny light extinguished
through lack of appropriate care
some would grow up to be kings
queens
leaders of men
others slaves
prostitutes
beggars
murderers and thieves
most however
would live ordinary lives
among ordinary people
and live and die
whilst the world scarce noticed
their existence
But not you
Who rose from the ordinary
to the extraordinary
from stable to cross
and beyond
whilst the world tried its best
to ignore you
and failed

(Reproduced under Creative Commons License: see Attribution

http://www.faithandandworship.com/prayers­_Christmas.htm#ixzz5a14q3kmi.)

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.

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

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