Crossroads Connection



Daily Forgiveness

I once visited on online greeting card website to send an electronic anniversary card to some friends. As I was glancing through the website’s menu of choices, I noticed they had a separate category of cards devoted to “Forgiveness”. Most of these cards were humorous ones intended to be used for relatively minor hurts. “Forget about it”, “Don’t worry about it” were the sentiments of two cards. Another expressed forgiveness by saying, “Everybody is a work in progress”.

Curiously, forgiveness cards were categorized right along with birthday and get well cards. That is, they were what could be called ‘occasional cards’. You don’t send a “Get Well” card just any old time, but occasionally you need such a sentiment and that’s when you purchase and send just such a card. So also you may not need a forgiveness card very often, but once in a while such a thing may be handy.

Seen this way, forgiveness becomes a ‘now and then’ matter. But it is precisely such an understanding of forgiveness that the New Testament calls us to resist. Forgiveness is an ongoing necessity, and so the church will never be done with needing it. Maybe that is why in that most famous of all prayers, the Lord's Prayer, Jesus puts the need to forgive hard on the heels of the request for daily bread. Have you ever thought of that? The request for bread and the plea for forgiveness are yoked with the word “and”. “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive the sins of others”. You say these two petitions in the same breath. Why is that important? Because perhaps it is Jesus’ way of telling us that there is a connection between daily bread and forgiveness—we need both every day! (Scott Hoezee, Comments and observations).

Chocolate Throw for the fête

Sandra Savory is running the Chocolate Throw stall at the fête and would welcome donations of 200 gm chocolates. Please leave at the office or give to Sandra when you see her.

Mexican Night

The Young People’s Group (Year 4 upwards) will be holding a Mexican Night with cooking, games, and other activities at Crossroads next Saturday 12 October, from 6 to 8.30 pm.

Fête news

For the plant stall, this year, to ensure we have enough time to sort and price plants, we are asking that all stock be delivered no later than the Wednesday prior to the fête. We would also appreciate donations of any plastic bags you still have at home. We have a number of volunteers (Mary, Blair, Lorna and Erin) to help on the stall but we still need four more volunteers—please contact Carmel.

Operation Christmas Child

Please bring your filled boxes next Sunday 13 October for blessing and collection!

For your diary…

2019 Multi-Faith Dinner, at the Encore Centre, 6.30 pm on Wednesday October 23. Guest Speaker Bishop Philip Huggins. This year it will celebrate “social inclusion and harmony”. Tickets  are  $25:00, the meals are all vegetarian this year and there are 10 spots per table and 300 for the event. Please  use the  online booking  system which also ask for purchasers to name the faith they identify with. This helps to assist with planning. Please  list  Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Scientologist, Other or None.

OSLO Sunday 27 October

We will be going to the Laverton Club which is just off the Highway. Senior meals available. Everyone welcome. Please contact Elaine or Lorna for numbers before Thursday 24 October.

Messy Church celebration dinner

Messy Church Celebration Dinner: Thursday October 17, 6pm–8pm, Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church

Messy Church teams and their church leadership teams from the west of Melbourne and Geelong are invited to gather together for the free Messy Church Celebration Dinner—and you are invited as well! This will be a great opportunity to find out more about Messy Church across the region, to celebrate the many volunteers contributing to Messy Church and to enjoy a relaxing evening together. This event is made possible by the generosity of the Port Phillip West Presbytery of the Uniting Church.

For some time we at Crossroads have been concerned about ways we might improve our work with young people, and you may have been interested in helping. This is a good opportunity to look further into the Messy Church movement. — Information and registration:

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship services

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Ian Pearse)

11.45 am Lisu Service

2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup (Foyer); 7.30 pm Card Making

Wednesday: 6 pm Church Council

Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)

Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)

Bible Readings – 13 October 2019

Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7; 2 Timothy 2:8–15; Luke 17:11–19; Psalm 66:1–12.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 13 October 2019

Minister: Rev. Ian Pearse
Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon
Greeting: TBC
Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Mary Dixon
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Noel Savory
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers of the People: Mary Dixon
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.


Chat-A-Ring is alive in Wyndham

Crossroads congregation’s caring outreach in the community happens in surprising ways.Ian Gainey is a stalwart of our Crossroads UC congregation, passionate about promoting the regular phone call service operated by Uniting to local older people in need of a friendly social call.

It’s called Chat-A-Ring, and for many years it was operated by the Wyndham City Council; however, recently it became a part of Uniting, formerly Wesley “Do Care,” part of our Victorian Synod’s community services agency.

Ian is regularly supplied with a mobile phone and a room at Hoppers Crossing UC.  Since 2013 he has been calling 15 to 17 people on Monday mornings with a cheery “hello” for a 10 to 20 minute conversation.

I talked with Nikki Manolaros, team leader at Uniting.  She says “We always welcome volunteers from the local community.”  Do you have a relaxed style, and excellent listening skills? You will need a Working with Children check, and a police check, organized through Uniting.  After an initial interview, and a 3 hour training session—you are ready to go!

Enquiries to
In an article on the prevalence of loneliness in people of all ages by Lionel Parrott for his congregation at Montrose, he wrote:
“Becoming engaged in the fight against loneliness seems to offer an outstanding opportunity for the church to engage in mission. With its declared support for hospitality, inclusiveness, caring for others, supporting those who are disadvantaged, and commitment to active community engagement both internally and externally, the Uniting Church appears to be well in the frame to do something positive in tackling loneliness.”


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Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.