OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Palm Sunday Walk
The case of Behrouz Boochani, writer and asylum seeker on Manus Island highlights the injustice of five years of indefinite detention.
Boochani's recent prize-winning book "No Friend but the Mountains" describes the hopelessness and despair experienced by 300 men, unjustly selected for punishment by successive Australian governments.
Christians on Palm Sunday remember Jesus' walk in Jerusalem, demonstrating his divinely-inspired commitment to engage the forces of injustice. (Luke 19:28-40)
Comment on the Federal Budget
The President of the UCA, Dr Deidre Palmer, has encouraged Australians to put the urgent needs of others ahead of short-term self-interest.
Despite the positive projections [of a surplus and tax cuts] though, the foreign aid budget has again been cut, and there is no improvement for Australians relying on welfare payments, particularly the Newstart allowance.
“The bottom line in this Budget is there is less support for the most vulnerable people in the most vulnerable nations, and less support for the most vulnerable at home.”
“I applaud the boost for mental health and suicide prevention. This is important and timely. As is the confirmation of $328 million in funding to reduce violence against women and children,” said Dr Palmer.
“I also welcome the funding set aside for a Royal Commission into the abuse and neglect of people with disability."
Good Friday Ecumenical Walk
The Ecumenical Way of the Cross walk will be held on Good Friday, commencing at 11 am at The Piazza, Watton & Wedge Street corner, Werribee. All are welcome to join in. (Notice from Rev. Ken Bechaz, St Thomas’ Anglican Church)
Worship Plan for this week
Today’s worship service
9.30 am Palm Sunday (Rev. Neil Tolliday)
Holy Week services
The following services will be held at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church, Derrimut Road.
Monday 15 April at 7:30pm
Tuesday 16 April at 7:30pm
Wednesday 17 April at 7:30pm
Maundy Thursday 18 April at 7:30pm
Good Friday and Easter Day service will be held at Crossroads UC.
Good Friday 19 April at 9.30 am (Rev. Angela Tampiyappa)
Easter Day 21 April at 9.30 am
Holy Communion (Rev. Robert Renton)
Bible Readings – 21 April 2019
Isaiah 65:17–25; Mark 16:1–8.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 21 April 2019
Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
Greeting: Luciana Aragon
Morning Tea: Judy Frankcom & Jan Bradley
Flowers: Jennie Kirkham
Reader: Rose Geilen
AV Desk: Paul Cochran
Prayers of the People: Robyn Tomkins
Piano: Wendy Barnes
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.
NEWS AND NOTES
Hobsons Bay Refugee Network
The first film fundraiser for 2019 will be “Top End Wedding”, an Australian film directed by Wayne Blair who directed the smash hit “The Sapphires”.
We need your support to continue our work with asylum seekers and refugees needing a helping hand with daily living, education and legal expenses.
“Top End Wedding” is a romantic comedy based around the matrimonial chaos of an inter-racial wedding. It features spectacular Northern Territory landscapes, from the shores of the Tiwi Islands to the majesty of Katherine Gorge and an indigenous music soundtrack.
At the Sun Theatre, Yarraville on Friday 3 May, 6.30 pm arrival for 7 pm screening. Tickets $25 from www.trybooking.com/BBRFV. Donations can be made on the booking site if you are unable to attend. Enquiries to Sue Cram, 0408 578 359.
Lent Event retiring offering: another opportunity
Today there is another opportunity to support the Lent Event Appeal for the work of Uniting World in Timor Leste in a retiring offering. This way of supporting the Appeal has been suggested by our UCAF members for which we thank them.
Beach Patrol today
You are invited to the April beach clean today! It’s happening from 11.30am to 12.30pm, at Werribee South Beach, east end. Meet many other committed volunteers, at the car park in Beach Road at the end of O’Connors Road, opposite the Coast Guard. Rob Bradley, convenor, says: “For three years now Beach Patrol 3030 is building a community of people concerned about the ubiquitous plastic in the world’s oceans, and making a difference. We are strongly supported by Wyndham City Council, which provides a pick-up truck to collect our rubbish – 10,075 kilograms since we began, including 12,969 bottles and cans.
Beach Patrol groups are lobbying the Government of Victoria, demanding a container deposit scheme; in the face of heavy pressure from the soft drinks and packaging industry. We need public support. Microplastics in the world oceans enter the food chain of marine and bird life. We can work to make a difference.”
We respect God’s creation, and co-operate with concerned environmental activists world-wide. (NT)
OSLO (Occasional Sunday Lunch Out)
For Sunday 28th April we have rebooked the Kooringal Golf Club Altona, just off Queen St. Sorry about the sudden change last month which was due to overbooking. There will be senior meals, and please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 25th April for bookings.
Homeless in Wyndham
Kris and Jodye are Youth Housing case managers at Uniting Wyndham. Housing unaffordability drives many young persons to despair.
“I like working with young families,” says Jodie. “Watching those young parents and children achieve even small goals, in the hard slog of finding a home and managing limited income, gives me joy.”
Kris says “Werribee is not affordable; it takes on average three months to find a house for rent. Many people turn up at an “open house”, and agents generally prefer double income couples. Some housing is available in Geelong, but that means for a young Werribee parent, moving away from existing networks and family.”
“I want to work with young people,” he says.
“As well as offering material support, such as school clothing, a large part of our work is advocacy,” says Jodye. “For example, a person in private rental may be getting an incorrect payment from Centrelink, and we can help her or him gain confidence in asserting their rights.”
“We can also put a person in touch with the charitable groups such as “Geelong Mums” which supply donated cots, car seats, winter clothing and toys,” says Kris.
Kris and Jodye agree “Our role is offering people hope in difficult situations; “light at the end of the tunnel.”
You can meet Uniting Wyndham’s social workers on Youth Homelessness Day, Tuesday April 16, for a free sausage sizzle, at Station Place Werribee, between 12 – 2 pm. (NT)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030. Email firstname.lastname@example.org