OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF)
Lorraine Sewell is secretary for Crossroads Uniting Church Adult Fellowship, a lively group of women, who meet every month; and are delighted to welcome new members.
Lorraine says “We formed out of the existing women’s groups of the Werribee Methodist and Presbyterian churches, in 1977. Since that time we have been active in helping the congregation and Church Council with many ways of outreach and church life.
We at Crossroads support the Annual Fete by organizing and helping various stalls. We cater for funerals held in the church, as a way of supporting the grieving families.
The Fellowship invites members of the congregation to bring used stamps to our collection box in the foyer called “Sammy Stamp”. This is an effective way of raising funds for the indigenous churches of Asia and the Pacific, formerly associated with the ‘foreign missions’ of the Presbyterian and Methodist churches of Australia; now with fraternal workers from the Uniting Church serving alongside the local Christians.
UCAF Crossroads meets monthly on the first Wednesday, from 1pm to 3 pm. There’s generally a guest speaker on a topic of wide interest. At the May meeting, Beverley Cox took us on a walk through the Art Deco period in the world of ceramics.
The June 6 meeting of UCAF will feature an interesting guest speaker, Cherrie Osborne, of “Days for Girls International”. Days for Girls aims to provide dignity and education for young women of third world countries whose menstrual health management is often restricted by poverty and oppressive cultures. Already, over a few years, the program has reached one million girls and women in 116 countries. 50,000 volunteers are sewing and assembling kits, and acting as advocates for “turning periods into pathways”. All are welcome. For enquiries, contact Lorraine.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Car Park Working Bee
There is now a need to further develop the car park as it is at capacity in regards to leasing spaces, and currently we have 3 customers on the waiting list. We need to lay a further 15 car spots and to re-align the southern (fence) boundary to angle parking. The Property Control Group is in need of volunteers assist in making this happen.
Following that (if time permits) we would like to have the outside boundaries cleared of weeds with whipper snippers followed then by spraying them with Round-Up.
Could you please advise me if you can assist. Contact Geoff Gook
Wyndham Interfaith Network
The Wyndham Interfaith Network is organising a public film screening during refugee week on Tuesday 19 June, 6–9 pm.
Last year we gave focus to a story from a South Sudanese perspective. This year we will learn from the experience of a groups of Karen who were resettled in America and the challenges encountered by them and a faith community.
It is story with relevance to all who have experienced displacement or who have the capacity to assist those in need. The faith community in this story is a Christian church but it may have been any other faith centre that people approach at times of need. The question of what will you do to stand with others remains the same.
The film will be shown at the Werribee Baptist Church, 255 Heaths Road. Cost is $10 but includes finger food and refreshments. More information later.
Join us for a visit to Narana
On 26 May a group will be visiting Narana, leaving Crossroads at 9.45 am. We will have our own guide for a time in the morning, and hopefully have lunch together in their pleasant café. Keep the date if you are interested. Please contact Mary Dixon after 14 May.
OSLO (Occasional Sunday Lunch Out)
Our next outing is to the Racecourse Hotel, one of our favourite venues, on Sunday 27 May. We gather at about 12 noon, following the morning service.
Please contact Elaine Belcher and remember—everyone is really welcome.
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Our Crossroads UC congregation is enriched by the presence of Christians from many countries.
Armando Aragon and Luciana Manrique have come from Salta, a city in Argentina, 1600 km north of Buenos Aires.
Luciana is a member of Church Council, and Armando is active in the Justice Task Group. They came to Australia on 457 visas; Armando works in IT systems, currently with Yarra Trams, and is completing a Masters Degree in Climate Change.
Luciana has a Social Science degree and journalism diploma; in Australia she has worked as a freelance journalist, and is now a Team Leader in Sales Development at Telstra in Hoppers Crossing.
Their two boys are Joaquin (studying media at HillSong College in Sydney) and Valentin, in year 11 at Heathdale Christian College, Werribee.
The family live in Point Cook; they love their little dogs, Robin Hood and Alice; both are friendly and lively!
Armando’s deep interest in social justice began when he coached a junior football team in a deprived suburb of Salta: he considers the issue of global warming is of major importance to the future of this planet, and he warms to the Uniting Church’s theology of God’s creation linked with care for the earth.
Luciana found that her upbringing as a Catholic left her searching for God; introduced to Swiss missionaries in Argentina, she converted to Protestant faith. Here at Crossroads congregation she is encouraged to grow and express her love for God in loving and caring relationships. As a member of Church Council, she is finding her own space, and looking for ways to share in Crossroads’ life and mission.
Armando and Luciana have applied for permanent residency in Australia, and hope to have an answer before July 2018.
(Interviewed by Neil Tolliday)
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
11.30 am Beach Patrol
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: 10 am Playgroup
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home
Friday: Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1–3 pm at Bev Lambie’s home
Next Sunday — 20 May Pentecost
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon
Greeting: Julie Rees
Morning Tea: Margaret Gook & Judy O’Keefe
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Reader: Rose Geilen
AV Desk: Paul Cochran
Prayers: Jan Bradley
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: Acts 2:1–21; Psalm 104:24–34, 35b; Romans 8: 22–27; John 15:26–27, 16:4b–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.
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.
Thank you from Lyn!
Thank you all so much for your prayers and thoughts during my recent long stay in hospital. To those who sent cards, messages, made phone calls and visited me a special thank you. All of those actions I’m sure contributed to my recovery. I’m now at home and continuing to recover. (Lyn O’Meara)
Wyndham Theatre Company presents "Calendar Girls" by Tim Firth
At Crossroads UC Hall on Fridays 11, 18 and 25, and Saturdays 12, 19, and 26, all at 8 pm, and at 2 pm for a matinee performance on Saturday 19 May only.
Tickets from www.wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.