OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Soup and Sandwich Brunch next week
Church council would like to invite the congregation to join in a Soup and Sandwich Brunch on Sunday 23rd June after worship, to mark another year of church union and the end of Refugee Week.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet one of our refugee families, now’s the time. Why not approach them, introduce yourself, and invite them to join in next week’s brunch.
World Refugee Day—Thursday 20 June
You can join the circle of silence, outside the State Library of Victoria, 2 pm to 3 pm. Or wherever you are, remember the thousands of asylum seekers in Australia on temporary visas who long for family reunion. Remember the 350 people left on Nauru and 540 persons left on Manus Island. Remember the thousands of persons on Temporary Visas, facing an uncertain life time as second class citizens in Australia. There are those whose income support (SRSS) has been cancelled, and those on Bridging visas who do not have work rights. Remember the legal centres advocating and supporting people who apply for refugee status.
Taking the ration challenge
Starting today, Luciana Aragon will eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during the Refugee Week, until next Sunday. With this, she is hoping to raise vital funds to provide emergency support to our local refugees and friends seeking asylum when they need it the most. Please sponsor this cause if possible with a cash donations directly to Luciana or they can be left at the office.
The rations that Syrian refugees are eating are just small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans and oil. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Visit from Bendigo
On Saturday mid-morning 29 June, we will have visitors from Bendigo’s Interfaith Network. All welcome to come along and meet them at morning tea. (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
Today’s worship service
9.30 am Trinity Sunday (Rev. Robert Renton)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup;
1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow at the Geilens’
5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer);
Bible Readings – 23 June 2019
I Kings 19:1–4, 8–15a; Galatians 3:23–29; Psalms 42 & 43; Luke 8:26–39
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 23 June 2019
Minister: Rev. Robert Renton
Duty Elder: Mary Dixon
Greeting: Julie Rees
Morning Tea: Jan Sillitoe & Vivien Bleakley
Flowers: Luciana Aragon
Reader: Elaine Belcher
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
Piano: Asanka Pakura
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
Werribee River Association
Our indefatigable environmentalist Armando Aragon is currently working on contract with Sydney Water, so we appreciate his visits to Werribee.
Recently, in his role as President of Werribee River Association, he presented certificates of achievement to "Champions" - persons who are contributing to the conservation of the precious river and its catchment. - Lisa Field, Andrew Grapentin, SueLin Haynes and Jess Thomas. (NT)
From World Vision
“Thank you for 17 years of partnership, support and creating life-changing impact. On behalf of World Vision Australia and the children, families and communities that Crossroads Uniting Church has impacted, we want to say thank you.
… Crossroads has sponsored two children, Sehabaka Ramolahlehi and Matseliso Rabiri from Lesotho in Southern Africa for over nine years to help their communities reach self-sufficiency in 2017. … Since 2017 Crossroads UC have started sponsoring three children, Keitumetsi Dube and Nokuthaba Diamini from Zimbabwe and Koemyoun Soeurn in Cambodia. By supporting these three children, you are providing them with hope and showing them that there is a future which is accessible and that you believe in them”.
For more information, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A0XMNG8Hek
Indigenous Hospitality House
During this month the Justice Task Group is seeking cash donations from the congregation for the Indigenous Hospitality House in Carlton. This House provides warm, welcoming accommodation for Aboriginal people from all over Australia who have a relative in a Melbourne hospital. Since its beginning in 2001 the number of guests has averaged three per week. Crossroads has supported the House every second year. This year the support of a large donor has ceased and the need is great. Donations may be put in a marked envelope in the offering plate or given directly to Mary Dixon.
OSLO: Note change of date
Sunday June 30 at Hotel 520 Sayers Road at 12pm. Senior meals 2 courses for $17, three courses for $20. All welcome. Please contact Elaine 0435998013 or Lorna 97414185 for booking numbers before Thursday 20 June.
Truth Telling and the Makarrata
Truth telling about this continent’s colonisation is part of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the Makarrata.
The documentary "Warrigal Creek Massacre" will be shown on Thursday 27th June at the Clocktower Centre 750 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds. 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
In addition to the screening, there will be cultural elements and a panel discussion on the night. Bookings 9243 9191 or www.clocktowercentre.com.au. Cost $14.50 Adult $12.50 Concession. See Mary Dixon for more information.
Operation Christmas Child
The Werribee launch will be on Sunday 14 July of our ‘shoeboxes’ for 2019.
There will be a trading table to buy suitable items at bargain prices and empty shoeboxes will be available.
Well not quite empty!
Thanks to a local lady each shoebox will contain a knitted teddy to get you started.
See us anytime if you need boxes earlier. (Margaret Gook, Rose Geilen)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.