CONNECTION – 17 DECEMBER 2017 : ADVENT 3


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Uniting Wyndham Christmas Appeal

Uniting Wyndham will be collecting and distributing toys and Christmas food hampers to families in need in December.  Please bring donations of new toys and food items and place them in the collection box in the foyer.

Christmas Hamper raffle

George and Robyn Tomkins are hoping to be able to run an ‘in-house’ raffle to raise money to assist people and families ‘out of luck’ and needing a bit of help this Christmas.  They are hoping to receive donations of appropriate Christmas gifts to include in the hamper—packaged shortbread, puddings and sweets, small gifts for children, perhaps some tinned goods (with use-by dates after March ’18).  Maybe there’ll be enough donated for two hampers!
One small item from many donors will make a wonderful hamper.  Please speak to George or Robyn about your offer.

Carol Service at Crossroads

The Crossroads carol service will be held tonight, at 7 pm, in the church.  Please ring a plate of something to share for supper.

Fairtrade Tea & Coffee

A reminder to get your Fairtrade tea and coffee on or before Sunday 24th December.  Come and see what is available. Herbal teas great to put in  your Christmas stocking.  We will be back selling tea and coffee on Sunday 28th January.

Wyndham Interfaith Network

Neil writes: An exciting and fulfilling outreach experience for me as a Christian is to make friends in the Network.  This year I met Sister Brigid Arthur, of the Brigidines Asylum Seeker Project, at the Interfaith Harmony day.  2017 places of worship tours to a Hindu temple, two Sikh temples, followed by Crossroads UC, Werribee Baptists and the Virgin Mary Mosque in Hogans Road opened new vistas for me.
The Annual Dinner at Encore Centre attended by 300 people in November, including Crossroads people.  Young people led the program of music and dance.
I have met Ba’hai, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Catholic Christians at the regular planning committee meetings.  Anyone can join the committee.  This year’s Christmas wind-up is an informal BYO dinner at 6.30 pm tomorrow night.  (See Neil if you are interested.)

EVENTS AND NOTICES

Sowing seeds is an act of anticipation which should culminate in a joyful harvest.  But years of drought have left Joyce, a farmer in Zimbabwe, reaping nothing but pain and suffering.  Now, thanks to your support, Joyce has learnt new drought-resistant farming techniques and can once again feel joy at harvest-time.

Joyce is a pioneering farmer, and along with many others in her community, she has felt the terrible effects of drought, rising food prices, and political instability.  She was one of the first people in her district to learn an innovative way of farming called Conservation Farming.

“When we were farming the usual way, we’d plant our seeds and they wouldn’t do well.  We had to repeat the process over and over, and still they wouldn’t germinate,” Joyce recalled.

Thanks to supporters like you, Act for Peace’s local partner, Christian Care, has taught Joyce a new way of growing crops, much better suited to the cycle of drought and low rainfall that Zimbabwe  is now experiencing.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,

like the watercourses in the Negeb.

May those who sow in tears

reap with shouts of joy.

Those who go out weeping,

bearing the seed for sowing,

shall come home with shouts of joy,

carrying their sheaves.                             (Psalm 126:4–6)

The joy of the harvest that the Psalmist proclaims is still every bit as real today as it was then and through your support more than 1,200 families in Zimbabwe alone are feeling that joy first hand as they learn to farm their land in a new way.

SacredEdge Festival Queenscliff

The very successful SacredEdge Festival held at the Queenscliff Uniting Church is in need of a Support Worker, to manage volunteers, logistics and promotion.

Would you like to be part of an enthusiastic team who curate a festival of story, music and spirituality?

The SacredEdge Festival seeks a person to assist with the planning of this growing festival held each year in May.  The position is the equivalent of 8 hours per week, and flexibility of working times is essential.  A full position description is available at www.unitingqueenscliff.org.au.

Email your application to Mr Peter Fayers, Chairperson of Church Council, by 12 January 2018 at unitingqueencliff@iinet.net.au.

Admin & Bookings Officer vacancy

Hoppers Crossing UC is seeking a person with enthusiasm for the ministry of administration support in the life of the local congregation.

15 hours/week over three days—Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am to 2.30 pm.  This is a casual position, with a view to becoming permanent part-time.  The position will require interaction with the church community during the week and occasionally on Sundays.

See the notice in the foyer for more details.

Application letters with resume to Chair of Church Council, by Tuesday 9 January 2018.  Email to chair.churchcouncil@hoppersuniting.church.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.
7.00 pm Carol Service.

Following worship today

Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.

Next Sunday — 24 December 2017

9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.
11.30 pm Christmas Eve service.

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Rob Bradley

Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Elizabeth Barnes

Flowers: Joy Clancy

Reader: Faye Docherty

Greeting: Margaret Gook

AV Desk: Paul Kirkman (9.30 am)

Prayers: Mike Lewis

Piano: Wendy Barnes

Bible Readings next week: 2 Samuel 7:1–11,16; Psalm 89:1–4, 19–26; Romans 16:25–27; Luke 1:26–38.

Prayer Calendar this week : Candidates for the Ministry: Kathryn Stoel-Cousineau, Carlynne Nunn, Trang Vo, You Mi Park, Sol Ko, Fiona Bottcher.

Housekeeping & Help

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

Office hours are Monday–Friday 9.30 am–12 noon. 

Telephone 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.

Email office@www.catts-it.com.au.

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