OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Lenten Studies begin this week
You are welcome to join one of our Lenten Study groups, and there are three to choose from:
Fridays, 10 am, at the Manse from this coming Friday 16th.
Tuesdays, 7.30 pm, at Bev Cox’s home, from Tuesday 20th February.
Thursdays, 8 pm, at Sandra & Noel Savory’s home, from Thursday, 22nd February.
Annual Congregational Meeting
Today you will be able to receive a copy of the agenda and reports from the various activities of the congregation for the annual congregational meeting that will be held following the service of worship on Sunday 25th February.
At Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church…
Ash Wednesday Service - 14th February, 2018 at 7:30pm at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church. All are welcome. Come and worship, pray, and prepare towards Easter.
Lent Study at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church. A six week study will be held during Lent. Two sessions at 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM, beginning Monday 12th February and then the following Mondays except for the Monday 12th March being the Labour Day holiday. We use the resource material, 'Blessed and Broken - Pray, Share and Live the Gospel' a publication of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Cost is $5.00 for your study booklet. Contact Rev. Faama Leota.
The big question facing the Church Council, given the lack of success in attracting Synod funding for an Intergenerational & Intercultural Worker, is whether we can seek the support of the Congregation to fund a part-time position using our own resources. Should we use some of our reserves?
Together in joyful song
Worship is universal, but song writing isn’t – each gathered community needs songs that derive from, and speak to, its context. And we need to learn to sing hope amid the hard stuff of life.
With those words, Dr Tanya Riches – composer, justice advocate, cross-cultural missiologist, researcher and Hillsong scholar – urged Uniting Church songwriters to give an authentic voice to the laments and hopes of people and places across Australia.
The 25 composers from four states attending SongWrite 2018 over the Australia Day weekend in Queensland heard Tanya’s challenge, and so unfolded another weekend of creativity, collaboration, and encouragement – the third national SongWrite conference sponsored by the Assembly’s Worship Working Group since 2013.
A focus for musical inspiration was the theme for the 15th Assembly meeting this July in Melbourne: Abundant Grace, Liberating Hope.
UCA President-elect Dr Deidre Palmer had outlined that theme in a letter to participants a few weeks prior to SongWrite, and she attended the conference to speak further about the theme and share the experience of music taking shape around that focus.
“The journey of the songwriter is to steward the songs within you and within others. To give voice to your pain and passion, to connect that with the pain and passion of others, and find a language and a music that creates a community of worship of God who breaks into our lives and our world.”
Feel inspired to express your faith in song? Choose a tune that you really like, and have a go at new words!
Relay for Life BBQ
A great day for fundraising at Bunnings—$2,609.85 was raised, after paying $700 or so for the sausages and other supplies!
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship, led by Mr Blair Dixon.
11.30 am Beach Patrol
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Card-Making, 7.30 pm at Rose and Roland Geilen’s home.
Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s 7 pm
Ash Wednesday Service in the Church. 7.45 pm
Church Council meeting in the foyer.
Lenten Study, 10 am, at Mike & Caz Lewis’.
Next Sunday — 18 February 2018
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
5.30 pm Soul Food (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Phil Barnes
Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Reader: Sandra Savory
Greeting: Mary Dixon
AV Desk: Rob Bradley
Prayers: Rose Geilen
Piano: Asanka Ariyapperuma
Bible Readings next week: Genesis 9:8–17; Psalm 25:1–10; I Peter 3:18–22; Mark 1:9–15.
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.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Ash Wednesday Service
All are welcome to the Ash Wednesday service, 7 pm on February 14, here at Crossroads.
The first Church Council meeting for 2018 will be held on Wednesday 14 February, commencing at 7.45 pm, following the Ash Wednesday service.
Saturday Take-Away Night (STAN)
First gathering will be on February 24, 6.30 pm, at Werribee Town Centre ‘Pop-Up’ Park (TBC). Contact Lynette Boyd
Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday 25 February, after the worship service. Copies of the annual reports will be available from 11 February.
Sunday 25th February at 12 noon. We are booked to go to The Phoenix Hotel , 22-30 Wallace Avenue. Point Cook. We enjoyed the meal we had there last year although they do not serve senior meals on a Sunday. But the prices we found were reasonable. So we look forward to meeting each other over a meal . Everyone is welcome. Pooling of transport works well so don’t hesitate to contact Elaine on 93952045 or Lorna on 97414185 as we need numbers for booking the tables.
News from Church Council
The last meeting of the Church Council was held at Paul and Deb Cochran’s home in mid-December. It was a quick meeting because we then enjoyed a Christmas BYO BBQ dinner.
The topics we discussed included the implementation of the new Crossroads Strategic Mission plan, some property matters (notice boards, the repair of a fence, the storage of church banners, and the use of the church for violin lessons). Of more significance were the news that the Wyndham Theatre Company would move in 2018 to the Werribee Secondary College, and the planning for a Church Council retreat, possibly in March.