OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Congratulations to Joanne Williams
Wyndham City has just announced that Joanne, daughter of Samantha Gourley, has been named as Young Volunteer of the Year. Aged 14, she has been involved in charitable works since 2010. In 2016 she worked with the West Vic Homeless Support Group at the Blanket Wyndham day, hosting the Bag2maT demonstration (using recycled plastic bags to make mats for homeless people’s ‘beds’). She continued supporting West Vic Homeless Support Group, and joined Beach Patrol 3030 after attending a Justice Task Group meeting. She has been a supporter of Relay for Life, celebrating the life of her grandfather. This year she is assisting Quantin Binnah Community Centre’s Bags2Barriers project, and joined in Love our Streets 3030 work. She has also supported Boomerang Alliance for Cash for Containers, signed up with the Werribee River Association, and is interested in attending the Kookaburra Girls at the Werribee Men’s Shed.
Congratulations, Joanne, on some fine achievements but most of all for demonstrating such active community spirit and love for those in need of help. In 2017 she was baptised at Crossroads, and has one very happy and proud mum!
Members of our UCAF had a special afternoon on Wednesday 1st August. After a lovely lunch of soup and sandwiches, Henry Gooding from our Crossroads congregation spoke about and demonstrated his love of silk painting. It was appreciated by all who were there.
Henry Gooding will run a silk painting workshop for those who are interested. Contact Caz Lewis. He will also be selling his silk scarves at our Fete in October.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Mike Lewis on leave
Please note that our minister will be on leave from 13 August to 1 September.
Beach Patrol and Grill’d
Beach Patrol 3030 has been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Werribee this August. Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 into community programs every month. The donation is split between three local community groups—one at $300 and two at $100 each.
You can help! We’d love your support to win the $300 donation. Simply head to the Grill’d Werribee restaurant at the Pacific Shopping Centre, corner of Heaths and Derrimut Roads. It’s shop RE04, in the food court area at the front. Put your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation. It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support for Beach Patrol, something Crossroads people have beens supported for some years now.
Roland Geilen has been our congregation’s representative at Presbytery meetings for some time and has recently retired from the position. The congregation is very grateful for this contribution to the life of our congregation, among the many other contributions in which he’s active.
The congregation is entitled to one lay person as representative, and so we are now looking for someone who would be interested to take part in Presbytery activities.
Presbytery meets formally four or five times a year on a Saturday morning at the Hoppers Crossing UC. If a representative is keen, she or he could offer to become a member of one of the Presbytery committees (Standing, Pastoral Relations, Property & Finance, Mission Strategy & Education) which usually meet monthly.
If you are interested, please contact Margaret Gook or Robert Renton for more details.
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.
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.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Justice Task Group)
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Card-making, 7.30 pm at the Geilen's.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s.
Friday: Sew ‘n’ Sow, at Eugenie Katihabwa’s.
Next Sunday – 19 August, Pentecost 13
9.30 am Family Worship (Justice Task Group)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Zelda Cations
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Reader: Caz Lewis
AV Desk: Lian Todd
Prayers: Robyn Tomkins
Piano: Asanka Pakura
Bible Readings next week: I Kings 2:10–12, 3:3–14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15–20; John 6:51–58.
Samantha Gourley, and her daughters Joanne, Debbie and Jaimee, are regular members at Crossroads Sunday worship. Our congregation can be proud that Joanne is newly announced as Young Volunteer of the Year in the City of Wyndham.
Sam’s story is remarkable. She grew up unaware of the church. In 1998, her house was over the back fence from Western Heights Uniting Church, Geelong; she heard “boppy music” on Sunday mornings, found a youth band was leading worship, and they invited her to join as a singer with the group. As she grew in Christian faith, she was baptised.
Years later, in August 2016, on Blanket Wyndham day, Sam met with Rose Geilen, who invited her to Crossroads church. She finds here a community of welcome, and practical help for transport to church.
Sam brings experience and passion to our congregation’s Justice Task Group. Her own journey of the crisis of homelessness enables her to speak truthfully about the project for making mats out of plastic bags, so that persons trying to sleep on concrete have an insulating warmth against bitter cold.
Many members of this congregation have responded to Sam’s appeal for plastic shopping bags, which have been made into mats by her, with Joanne and members of the West Victoria Homeless Support Group.
Despite Coles and Woolworths ending their usage of bags, there will still be an ongoing supply from other retailers such as butchers and $2 shops. Bags can be donated to the Quantin Binnah Community Centre, 61 Thames Boulevard, Werribee, where mats continue to be made, and given to homeless persons.
Sam says: “I’ve learned over time, it’s never too late to find God. God is always by your side, no matter how far you push Him away, He’s always there for when you turn back to Him.” (NT)