OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Hope is scarce for mothers like Nyevero, who couldn’t feed her family after losing her crops to Zimbabwe’s merciless drought. Most days, she and her husband, teenage son and two young daughters had just one thin bowl of porridge to survive on. Nyevero felt desperate as she watched her children get sicker and weaker. She wanted to give them a good education, but they were too hungry to go to school.
Through your support of the Christmas Bowl, Nyevero found hope at the most desolate time. She became a conservation farmer, learning to raise healthy crops, gain new sources of income, and transform her family’s life.
Your kindness helps women like Nyevero to farm through the leanest seasons, so they can lift their children out of hunger and poverty and give them hope for the future.
Hope is a powerful thing. A dangerous thing. It is the imperative for change and a catalyst for the coming Kingdom of God. Our gospel reading for Advent One tells us that hope is also a warning. The hope for some will come at a cost to others. And for those of us who find our hope in Christ, the gospels remind us that this came at a terrible cost. This is the way of the Kingdom. This is the way of grace.
Wassailing around Werribee
You are invited to join Crossroads singers wassailing (street carol singing) at Uniting Age Well Manor Lakes Aged Care, 15 Buffalo Crescent Wyndham Vale, on Saturday 7th December from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Please meet at Manor Lakes Aged Care by 10.15 am. Led by Frances Geilen, bring your voice, some percussion instruments, and we will make a cheery sound. Please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard or contact Frances.
Uniting Christmas Appeal
Target & Uniting have run a Christmas Appeal since 1992, and once again they are calling on people everywhere to help with the purchase of Christmas gifts for young and older children. This year they are ‘targeting’ gifts for teenage girls and boys (13 year upwards) and boys and girls (8–12 years).
All presents need to be brand new and not gift-wrapped. Brand new clothing is also acceptable. The gifts are being distributed throughout December, and they will assist families in Wyndham. Gift cards are also helpful, and it is suggested that these gift cards come from Pacific Werribee, JB HiFi, Coles-Myer Kmart, EB Games, or Typos.
Drop off your gifts in the box in the Church foyer. Every bit helps!
Introducing Mike You
Mike You is currently leading a young adults bible study group at Crossroads. He’s a candidate for the Uniting Church ministry, graduating this year. Born on Christmas Day in South Korea, Mike is the son and grandson of Korean Methodist Church ministers. He’s an Australian citizen, husband, and father of a 6 y.o. daughter.
Mike’s views on bible study: he says, “Bible study is really important to me because it can make good basement to develop Christian identity of how to react, communicate and live as a Christian in the world, outside the Church. So I personally believe that Bible teaching is significant role of church minister because Bible study can be a way to make good disciples and witnesses of Jesus Christ. And also, the Bible study can be a way to directly communicate and discuss with church members to make solidarity and integration in the messages of the Bible”.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Ian Pearse) 11.30 am Dedication of the Roofs
12.30 pm Congregational Lunch
7 pm Choir practice
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup (Foyer)
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup (Foyer); 5 pm
African Youth (Foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (Foyer)
Sunday 8 Dec: 11 am Fête meeting (Church)
Bible Readings – 1 December 2019
Isaiah 2:1–5; Romans 13:11–14; Matthew 24:36– 44; Psalm 122
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 8 December 2019
Minister: Rev. David Walker
Duty Elder: Wendy Barnes
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Elaine Belcher
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Bev Cox
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory
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.
OUR CONGREGATION: Judith Frankcom
Back to her beginnings: Judith grew up in church family attending the Burwood Presbyterian Church, and she taught Sunday school.
Judith met Leon at Burwood Teachers’ College, and after they married, they went to Barongarook, south of Colac. Leon was head teacher, and Judith was sewing mistress. Children came along, and with a growing family, they returned to Melbourne.
Leon taught at Camberwell PS; they lived in East Burwood, where Judith attended the Bennetswood Presbyterian Church.
About 1974, the Frankcoms toured around Australia, then decided to move to Portland. Judith worked as a Kindergarten teacher and support worker with Uniting Church’s Glenelg Family Services.
On Leon’s retirement 1990 they ran a berry farm with fruit trees; Judith made many pots of berry jam for local markets. She was a member of Portland Uniting Church Parish Council at the time that Rev Al Macrae was minister there.
In the year 2000, the Frankcoms moved to Williamstown. Judith recalls 16 happy years living near the beach, child-minding grandchildren. She attended Electra St UC, and was president of the UCAF there. They came to Werribee a few years ago, and Judith transferred her membership to our Crossroads UC congregation.
Judith says: “We take challenges as they come, and we do what we can. Working as a teacher teaches you to get on with all sorts of people (including parents!) The church has shaped my life; it’s very important to me, as I’ve met people who have inspired me.” (NT)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.