CONNECTION – 5 MAY – EASTER 3


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

HAPPENINGS

Rev. Lisa Stewart

Lisa is the Mission and Ethos Partner for Western Victoria and Tasmania within Uniting, the UCA’s community services agency. As part of the ministry team that form the Mission Division within Uniting, Lisa’s role is to help facilitate and build strong and fruitful relationships between the agency and the Uniting Church at all levels, with a special focus on congregations, regional clusters and the presbyteries within the West Victorian and Tasmanian area.  She also provides a caring pastoral presence within the agency as an expression of the Uniting Church’s care and support of the staff and volunteers who carry out such vital work on behalf of the church.

Teacher

The conventional wisdom of our time
Power and control
Lie in the instruments of war
Weapons of mass destruction
Threatening to destroy the world
In order to possess it
Convinced of sovereignty
Jesus before Pilate understood
The absurdity and ultimate futility
Of worshipping Mars
Knowing where true power lies
He told the story of another kingdom
Conquering empires
With a handful of parables
(Denham Grierson, Turning in Time, p. 70)

Tickets are available at: wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au or speak to the people in the church office.

The Wyndham Theatre Company has been a big part of the cultural activities that have been ‘at home’ in Crossroads for a number of years.  Their next production, “Stepping Out”, will be held May 10th – May 25th 8pm and May 18th 2pm.

Tickets are available at: wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au.

This is a comedy about the attempts of some amateur tap dancers to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London.  A touching play that overcomes loneliness, class divides and two left feet!

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Lisa Stewart)

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 6 pm Church Council
1 pm Uniting Church Adult Fellowship
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup
Friday and Saturday: 8 pm Stepping Out” Werribee Theatre Company’s latest production to be held in their theatre (which is our hall).
Sunday: 9.30 am Service (Rev. Val Johnson)

Bible Readings – 12 May 2019

Acts 9:36–43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9–17; John 10:22–30

Rosters for Next Week

for 12 May 2019

Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon
Greeting: Robert Renton
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Reader: Blair Dixon
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers of the People: Jan 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.

UNITING WYNDHAM

Amy Cumming

I pick up Amy Cumming’s enthusiasm as she describes the housing support program that is pioneered by Uniting Wyndham and Unison.

Amy completed her degree in Social Work at Deakin University, Geelong, last year; this is her first professional position.

She has a good Uniting Church pedigree; her grandma over many years played the organ in Mooralla UC and continues now in the Cavendish UC, north of Hamilton, western district of Victoria.

Her team receives clients from Unison Housing, Werribee. Says Amy: “These folk, often coming from crisis accommodation, are offered a house lease for two years, subsidized to 60% of the rental at the start, and moving to paying 100% of the rental at the end of that period.”

The aim of the program is to avert the recurring homelessness that is the experience of many families that depend on Centrelink.

Amy and her team give regular long-term intensive support, which may involve referral to counselling or budgeting help, assistance with schooling, and the supply of furniture from charitable agencies.

“We work closely with Unison as Head Lease team; they sub-let properties to clients and organize intake and assessment, then we give the ongoing case work during the two-year rental support period,” says Amy. “What we do is part of the Wyndham agency partnership program called H3—health, housing and homelessness—which was started by (then known as) Werribee Support & Housing”.

Crossroads Uniting church folk and all citizens of Victoria who are concerned about the ongoing crisis of homelessness amongst vulnerable people, can know that agencies such as Uniting Wyndham are making a significant difference.

We need to remind our politicians that social housing support should be a top priority of government. (NT)

Uniting Wyndham’s early days

Former Mayor and current Councillor, Henry Barlow recalled his four years on Uniting Werribee Support & Housing (predecessor of Uniting Wyndham) management committee. "Carol Muir and I got the City Council to renovate an old caravan, placed in Werribee South, for single mums escaping domestic violence" said Henry.

NEWS AND NOTES

News from the Church Council

Church finances are running ahead of budget for the time being as the costs of a full-time minister were included in the budget for 2019.  There have been some costs in providing Sunday supply, but they are significantly lower than the stipend and other allowances.  However, it must be kept in mind that once a minister has been called, our expenditure on the budget will exceed the income from all offerings.  The income from the carpark and hire of the facilities is what keeps us ‘in the black’.

Accordingly, all members will receive a letter in the near future outlining the need for an increase in giving to cover normal running costs, allowing the income from the carpark and hiring to provide a small surplus.

Joint Nominating Committee continues to meet under the leadership of the Rev. Paul Stephens of Geelong.  Unfortunately we were not given a name for a conversation in March by the Synod Placements Committee, and we are hoping that a name of a potential minister will become available in the April meeting.

Pastoral Care was the subject of a general discussion of the need and responsibility for pastoral care during the vacancy at the April meeting of Church Council.  Robyn Tomkins  has met with some members to form a group who are interested to offer pastoral care to the members of the congregation. Robyn advised that she spends about four hours per week visiting at the hospital, two hours for  preparation and presentation of a church service at Baptcare (normally conducted by the minister), and another two hours  at least with home visits and phone calls.

For any enquiries about the Church Council, please contact the chairperson, Robert Renton.

With Love to the World

There is one spare copy of WLTTW available from Lyn O’Meara if you would like to see what it’s like.  You can order future copies from Lyn.

Quantin Binnah – tags and lids

A reminder—we are still collecting bread tags and plastic lids.  We have already made two deliveries to Quantin Binnah.

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

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