COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
The Gospel of John
We read from the gospel of John in today’s lessons. The gospel of John went through two or three ‘editions’ before it reached its current form about 90CE. We don’t know who wrote it, even though it identifies an unnamed “disciple whom Jesus loved” as the source of its traditions.
Most modern scholars think it was written by a disciple of the John who was a disciple of Jesus. It is related in style to the letters of John and the book of Revelation, and was probably developed in Ephesus at a time when persecution by Roman authorities was becoming more frequent, and conflicts between Gentile Christians and Jewish Christians as well as between Christians in general and Jews were becoming more intense.
Help received, and help still needed
Envision hands have not only reached their target of 2 million bottle caps, but they have surpassed it—by a huge margin! They have collected 5million plastic bottle tops in Victoria alone. Thank you to everyone who donated! They are pausing this program for the time being so please recycle your plastic lids in your recycle bin. But we will continue to collect bread tags for wheelchairs!
As our new Minister is on the way, it would be wonderful if everyone could wear name badges when she arrives. If you would like to order a plastic badge, please leave your name at the office. Badges cost $12 each.
Please save all used cards (Birthday, Christmas) and bring to the office for use by the cardmaking group and Operation Christmas Child.
A reminder to all to save your postage stamps and deposit them in the Sammy Stamp box in the foyer. Since 1977 Sammy Stamp has raised over a million dollars—a magnificent effort with many worthwhile causes supported. (Thanks from Joan Sturgess)
A Muslim neighbour: Rahima Ahmed
Since 2017 I have met Rahima and others of Islamic faith at the regular monthly meetings of Wyndham InterFaith Network, where we plan activities aimed at encouraging respect and understanding amongst people of world faiths here in this city. She says: ”Visiting the Islamic museum at Thornbury, I learned a lot about my religion in this country, and decided to be involved in inter faith work”.
Recently she represented the Wyndham Citizens Academy (a program introducing new migrants to the community policing and justice systems) at a presentation of the Police Community Exemplary Award from the Governor of Victoria at Government House.
She has completed certificates in child care, English as an additional language, computer skills and health administration. Last year she participated in the City of Wyndham’s 8 weeks “Building Blocks” program, which engages local people in community development and personal growth.
“Joining the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing, I find a gathering of like-minded volunteers, committed to making our community a better place,” she says.
Rahima is now organising a “Bright Young Leaders” course for children supported by the City of Wyndham—building confidence, sharing cultures, making friends and setting goals. She says “Our aims are respect, responsibility and empowerment.
(Story by Neil Tolliday, who represents Crossroads at the Wyndham Interfaith Network)
OUR NEW MINISTER
We will welcome our new minister, Annetia Goldsmith, and her family [husband Steven, Fergus (Gus) 19, Keziah (Kez) 17, and Teaghan (Tiggy) 11], from February 1; however, please note that she will be on removal leave until February 15.
As Annetia will be taking up an ‘Exit Placement’, she will spend the next three years in what’s called the ‘Third Phase of Ministerial Education’, a period of “sustained and intentional mentoring and support for newly ordained ministers, designed to assist the minister to make a smooth transition from a primarily educational context to a primarily ministry setting, and to develop lifelong habits of engagement in professional development activities such as professional supervision and continuing education”.
Annetia is highly qualified academically (B.Librarianship; Grad.Dip.Archaeology; Grad.Dip.Theology; and currently completing M.Theol.) and has had a variety of previous employment experience, including dental nurse, bank teller, librarian, and manager in small and large industries and in the Public Service.
She has had a lifelong involvement with the Uniting Church and has served in a variety of voluntary lay roles including youth group leader, Elder and congregational chairperson, in both the regional and metropolitan churches and is very excited to answer her personal call to Minister of the Word.
In her self-introduction to the Joint Nominating Committee Annetia made several comments about her current thinking about ministry and faith experience, but it will be important for the congregation to allow her to develop both in the context of the first three formative years. Some of the statements she has made indicate that she believes that faith is best upheld by individuals in the context of the gathered community, the congregation. She herself has a “strong Celtic core” to her own faith. She is keen to work with a congregation that is neither too inward nor too outward looking, but keeps a healthy balance between awareness and involvement with the wider community and the development of its own spiritual growth and life.
The congregation’s participation in worship through prayer, readings, conversation and leadership is important to Annetia, and the gathering for worship is not only as the children of God, but also as Christ’s presence in the world.
We wish Annetia and family a very warm welcome!
[Note: Formally, Annetia’s name is spelled with two ‘t’s, but she prefers the one ‘t’ spelling because it helps with the pronunciation of her name—“Aneesha”.]
For your prayers this week…
- For the Goldsmith family as they go through the challenging process of packing up and moving, and finding their feet in the Wyndham community.
- For Annetia Goldsmith in the completion of her formal studies and in her ordination as a Minister of the Word.
- For all Exit Candidates this year as they begin their ministries.
- For the members of the JNC (Ken Storey, Wendy Barnes, Sandra Savory, Rose Geilen, Salote Tupou, and Geoff Gook) in thanks for their good work.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Ian Pearse)
12 pm Lisu Service
2.30 pm Dinka Service
Bible Readings – 12 January 2020
Isaiah 42:1–9; Acts 10:34–43; Matthew 3:13–17; Psalm 29
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 12 January 2020
Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Wendy Barnes
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Jan Sillitoe & Vivien Bleakley
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Reader: Mary Dixon
AV Desk: Rob Bradley
Piano: Gina Lee
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
The Church Office will close on Friday 20th December and will be open only on Thursday mornings during January while our staff have a well-earned break.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.