CONNECTION – 16 FEBRUARY – EPIPHANY 6


Crossroads Connection
We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.

COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK

The Ordination of the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith

On Saturday 8 February several members of our congregation flew to Tasmania to attend the ordination of our new minister, the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith, at Pilgrim Church, Launceston. Annetia will be inducted at Crossroads on Thursday evening, 7 pm. All members of the congregation are invited.

Sammy Stamp

Have you noticed the wooden box at the entrance to the church foyer, labelled Sammy Stamp? Over a cup of tea, Joan Sturgess tells me of the thirty years of donating used stamps by Crossroads members.

With the inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia, the UCAF stamp fund began. Last year, 2019, was a milestone, when the Sammy Stamp fund reached over one million dollars fund raising.

This is allocated in grants to local and overseas Christian projects, such as supplies for a school in Zambia, (organised from Highfield Road Surrey Hills UC), a Vanuatu prevention of blindness program and Frontier Services drought relief.

Just remove the used stamps from your incoming snail mail, and bring them to the collection box near the foyer entrance. I trim and sort the stamps, then forward them to the Synod collecting point, where volunteers meet every Thursday morning to sort them”, says Joan. (Tel 9741 3457).

Our congregation: the Cochrans

The Cochran family have belonged to our Crossroads congregation for some years now.  When Vicky Withers invited her old friend Deb to come and experience worship here they found a welcome; the Cochran family rejoined the church, their two daughters Jessica and Alexandra were baptized, and Paul and Deb were confirmed by the Rev. David Withers. Paul has served on the Church Council, including a period of being chairman.

Deborah was born in Edinburgh but grew up in Beaumaris and Mornington, and attended Toorak College where her musical talents were encouraged, playing tuba and singing madrigals.

Deb completed nursing training at the Alfred Hospital and currently works in a leadership role at palliative are at Werribee Mercy Hospital, “Palliative Nursing at Werribee Mercy is engaging in research. We have a grant for innovation, and will soon be breaking new ground, opening an outpatient clinic for palliative care”, says Deb.

Paul grew up in Newcomb; his family attended the local Presbyterian Church, and after school trained as a Primary School teacher at Deakin University. His teaching career has included Ardeer, Altona North, Woodville schools; and now 22 years at Seabrook PS.  Seabrook offers the International Baccalaureate program unique for primary schools in the western suburbs and 1,200 students are enrolled.

“Jessica’s serious health issues have shaped the family’s life together,” says Paul. “In time of adversity, our family has found that we can be a tightly knit supportive team.” “Our marriage has been enriched by our faith,” says Deb.

Worship Plan for this week

Today

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Ian Pearse)

12 pm Lisu Service

2.30 pm Dinka Service

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup

Thursday: 7.00 pm. Induction of the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith at Crossroads, followed by supper.

Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup;

12.30 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow at Bev Lambie’s;

5 pm African Youth (Hall)

Saturday: 6.30 pm Saturday Take Away Night at the Geilen's

Bible Readings – 23 February 2020

Exodus 24:12–18; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Matthew 17:1–9; Psalm 2 and 99.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 23 February 2020

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Kur Mag
Greeting: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Jan Bradley
Flowers: Margaret Forrester
Prayers of the People: Blair Dixon
Reader: Paul Cochran
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Piano: Jeremy Withers

For your prayers this week…

  • For the induction of the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith and her forthcoming ministry amongst the people of Crossroads and the wider Wyndham community.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Induction of the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith

Please come along to the induction of our new minister on Thursday night, starting at 7 pm,, and please bring a plate of something for supper after the service.

 

Annual Congregational Meeting

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held next Sunday, 23 February, following the service of worship. This will also be the occasion for the election of new Church Councillors (nominations close today).

Sew ‘n’ Sow

First meeting of Sew ‘n’ Sow for 2020 is on Friday 21st February at Bev Lambie’s home. Please bring a small plate of something savoury to share for lunch. RSVP to Bev. All welcome to come for a chat and craft.

World Vision

For some years, Crossroads has sponsored three children through World Vision, currently two girls in Zimbabwe and one boy in Cambodia. Through sponsorship, the lives of these children and their communities have been transformed. In a recent update received from 14 year old Keitumetsi Dube from Bolambo in Zimbabwe, she lets us know that she is currently in Grade One at Secondary school, she is in good health, and enjoys sports activities, youth camps, and having fun with her friends. She is very grateful for our sponsorship.

If you would like to help World Vision support our sponsored children Keitumetsi, Koemyoun and Nokuthaba, please place your donation in the little wooden house-shaped box in the foyer.

Relay for Life BBQ at Bunnings today

Buy a hot dog today from the Relay for Life team who are at Bunnings today until 4 pm!

OSLO: February 23

This month we are going to a favourite venue “The Phoenix Hotel” at 22–30 Wallace Avenue Point Cook. Senior meals are $14 main course, $16 for 2 courses. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 20 Feb for numbers.

Thank you!

From Bev Cox, for all the prayers and good wishes following her back surgery in January.

She is making good progress, is well and pain-free, and anticipates being back at church very soon.

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.

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au