OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
A visit to Narana Creations
On Saturday May 26 (anniversary of the 1967 referendum recognising Aboriginal people as Australian citizens and giving them the right to vote) a party of 17 persons from Crossroads visited Narana Creations, the Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Congress (UAICC) indigenous cultural centre on the Torquay Road in Grovedale.
Retired former founder and director of Narana, Vince Ross, in the 1990s explored with the Victorian Synod his vision of a place where international tourists (heading down the Great Ocean Road) and people of goodwill could come, share stories, and listen and learn of indigenous heritage and history. Narana Creations opened in 1998 on former farm land which now is covered with native bush, wallabies and emus.
Narana Creations implements the outreach and mission of the UAICC, which “seeks to unite in one fellowship all Aboriginal and Islander Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, and desire to follow and serve Christ as his disciples.”
Vince Ross spoke of his own experience of deprivation, growing up on the river bank outside the town of Deniliquin, with an aboriginal (Wemba Wemba) mother and a white father. He told of learning the love of Jesus, exemplified in the Salvation Army people who visited the Aboriginal camp and offered compassionate friendship. Vince is a leader in the Salvation Army in Geelong.
Vince said “We need to understand our history before we can move forward. We are now journeying together. Here at Narana, people can see and share in the work of Congress”.
The Narana Café served a delicious lunch, and our group wandered in the art gallery, shop and bushland.
Visit Narana, and tell your friends it’s located at 410 Surf Coast Highway, Grovedale, Geelong. Open Mondays to Saturdays. (Story by Neil Tolliday)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Wyndham Interfaith Network
There will be a special screening of a movie of an inspiring and true story of displacement, discomfort, yet faith and discovery, of Karen refugees in America. The story gives focus to the experience of refugees (the Karen) in a new country and the challenge a faith community has in deciding which need takes priority. We will hear from a local speaker whose whose extended Karen family in America featured in the film, to relate themes of the story to experience in Australia.
You can see part of the story on YouTube—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdCDoEowA6k
This was originally advertised for Tuesday 19 June at the Werribee Baptist Church; however, it is now to be shown on Saturday afternoon on 23 June from 3–6pm. Refreshments will be provided and adults are asked to contribute $5 towards these costs and children will be free.
This is one opportunity for faith communities to come together in support of refugees at a time of need. We show through our actions that our varied traditions all accept and support the stranger in our midst.
The movie "Gurrumul", which is showing at the Nova theatre in Carlton was thoroughly enjoyed by Mary and Blair Dixon. This movie has great music, and of course Gurrumul's amazing voice. The bond between Gurrumul and Michael Hohnen, his producer, is quite inspiring, spilling over into deep contact between the Gumatz people of Arnhem Land and ‘whitefella Aussie’ culture. All very appropriate with the emphasis on Reconciliation this past week!
If you have an email address and haven’t let Rose Geilen or the office person on duty know what it is, please do so, as it will help improve our communications, especially if you’re unable to be at church every Sunday.
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship this week
The June meeting of the UCAF will be held at Crossroads on Wednesday 6th June at 1.00pm.
It is planned that we have a speaker from the Days For Girls programme. All welcome.
A big thank you goes to all who helped with the afternoon tea at Edna’s funeral. (Lorraine Sewell)
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 and Holy Communion (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home.
UCAF, 1 pm Church Foyer.
Next Sunday — 10 June Pentecost 3
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
11.30 am Beach Patrol
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
Greeting: Phil Barnes
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Zelda Cations
Flowers: Elaine Belcher
Reader: Faye Docherty
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers: Robyn Tomkins
Piano: Gina Lee
Bible Readings next week: I Samuel 8:4–11, 16–20; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1; Mark 3:20–35.
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Crossroads Uniting Werribee congregation is blessed, that Salote Tupou is our Congregation’s treasurer.
Many of our members are responding to Salote’s request at the AGM that we increase our personal giving, in order to meet Crossroads’ budgeted expenditure for this financial year.
Salote’s story begins as a young person born into a Christian family of the Free Wesleyan Church on the South Pacific island of Tonga.
Her family like most others on Tonga observed the Sabbath, attending two worship services and Sunday School. Salote loved the Christian community gatherings, which deeply influenced her discipleship today.
She attended Tonga High School. After some years she came to Australia to experience the life opportunities our country offers. Her uncle was already living in Werribee, so at first she stayed with his family.
In 1993 Salote became an Australian citizen; she married David, and they have one adult son, Joseph.
Whilst managing motherhood and work, she completed the Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Accounting at Victoria University. She is now working towards the Certified Public Accountant qualification, part time.
Salote joined Crossroads congregation in 1994; she knew that the Uniting Church is closely related with the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, so it was a natural step to become a member with us.
Salote says: “I believe that God fulfils our prayer requests according to his own will. Speaking as Treasurer of Crossroads, I can say that your offering is your decision. The Church’s life and mission is enabled by our giving. I feel hope and encouragement that our people want to generously support this congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia”.