OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Sunshine Youth Space
“Sunshine Youth Space”, a new initiative of the Sunshine Uniting congregation is aimed to encourage the young people of Sunshine.
At the Launch Party on Saturday May 26, Youth Worker Cassie Galliott (pictured) was introduced, and activities – basketball, table tennis and volley ball swung into action.
Funding for Cassie’s job comes from within Uniting Church resources, namely Kilmany Trust; (Kilmany Park was a Presbyterian Church boys’ training centre in Gippsland, in the 1950s and 60s.)
Youth Space is situated on the former Op Shop, next door to the Sunshine/Lentara Mission and worship centre. It’s interesting that the Op Shop site is returning to its original purpose in the 1980s, when it was constructed as a place for young people to gather.
Revd Ray Gormann, Minister, explains “Two years ago, leaders of the Sunshine Uniting Church council, together with the Samoan Uniting community, and Presbytery outreach worker Revd Rose Broadstock, identified the need for a space for the multi-cultural youth of Sunshine to gather informally.” Ray says: “This initiative is part of Presbytery’s mission strategy, to encourage fresh expressions of the love of God in Christ, for people of all cultures and ethnicities, in our region – Port Phillip West.”
Pray for the Sunshine congregation, the Presbytery and the young people of Sunshine, that this venture may be effective in reflecting God’s love.
Luciana Aragon and Christine Morris (Hoppers Crossing) will be taking the Ration Challenge from today to next Sunday, surviving on refugee rations, similar to those in camps in Jordan. The aim is to raise awareness of injustice against refugees and the urgently needed funds. Luciana’s Ration Challenge started four years ago when she learned about and met many local refugees and asylum seekers.
Please help to generate real change for refugees with prayer, challenging conversations with family and friends, and financial support. This is the link to Luciana's fund-raising page: https://my.rationchallenge.org.au/luciana-aragon
Congratulations — Carol Muir OAM
Carol, who was for many years the CEO of UnitingCare Werribee Support & Housing, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday lists. The citation was for “social welfare advocacy”. Carol was an outstanding leader and advocate for the rights and support of disadvantaged people in Wyndham. Thanks to Carol’s untiring work and inventive mind, very significant innovations in caring were introduced to the community. A fuller interview with Carol will be produced next week.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Planning Ahead Information Session
Monday the 2nd of July, 2pm – 4pm. The topic is “Power of Attorney and Wills”, to be held at Uniting Age Well, Manor Lakes, Howqua Way, Wyndham Vale.
There is a lot to be considered when making a Will or arranging a Power of Attorney. Join guest from State Trustee and our Chaplain to learn more about the processes involved.
For catering, please contact Robyn Tomkins.
Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)
Please be aware that on 24th June because of the Anniversary service we will not be going out for lunch at the Lara Hotel but we will still enjoy visiting the hotel for lunch on the following month on July 22nd. So please put this this in your diaries and contact Elaine or Lorna for bookings.
UCA Assembly meets in Melbourne in July 8–14
Pray for this important gathering, as we discern and decide on a number of key issues—including the issue of same-sex marriage.
Refugee Week Film Screening
Saturday, 23 June, 3–6 pm at Hoppers Crossing UC, Derrimut Road. “All Saints” Michael Spurlock decides to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He is challenged when the Church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills. Mark Htoo Saw a relative of those featured will share reflections on the refugee experience.
$5 to cover catering, children free. Register online for catering purposes https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=385102&
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.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s.
Saturday: STAN (Saturday Take-Away Night) 6.30 pm
Next Sunday — 24 June Pentecost 5
10 am Uniting Church Anniversary Service, at Hoppers Crossing UC, Derrimut Road. (Please note that there will be no service at Crossroads.)
Rosters for Next Week
Please note that there will be no roster for next week, due to the combined service at Hoppers UC...
Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Joy Clancy
Reader: Lindsay Davis
AV Desk: Lian Tood
Prayers: Mary Dixon
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: I Sam 17:32–49; Ps 9:9–20; 2 Corinthians 6:1–13; Mark 4:35–41.
I would like to take this opportunity to express our family’s sincere thanks and appreciation for the many messages of sympathy, acts of kindness, thoughtfulness and caring shown to us after mum’s death. Also a big thank you to everyone who assisted on the afternoon of the thanksgiving service - providing and serving of food and staffing the kitchen for afternoon tea - all done with quiet efficiency and generosity.
Thanks too to everyone for caring about mum during her latter months - for your visits, enquiries, cards and messages whilst she resided at Manor Lakes. (Elaine Belcher)
Phil & Wendy Barnes
The congregation at Crossroads Uniting Church is blessed with faithful and talented people, who contribute their energy and their love to create a vibrant church community.
Phil Barnes is a member of Church Council; his wife Wendy plays piano for Sunday services, a key volunteer leader of our music ministry, shared with Gina Lee, Asanka Pakura and Jeremy Withers.
The Barnes family came to Crossroads from High Street Road Uniting Church, Mount Waverley; they built their home in Hoppers Crossing, and became members here ten years ago; and it was soon after their arrival Wendy was asked to play piano for worship.
Uniting services are sometimes solemn; Christians love the traditional music of the “Ancient and Modern” church, whilst Wendy lightens the solemnity with selections from musical theatre, and soon the congregation is humming along. (This writer likes to “whistle a happy tune”.)
An aside: William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once said: “Why should the devil have the best tunes?”
Phil worked as an industrial chemist in the plastics industry for many years. The Barnes’ enjoy playing golf, and Wendy is Captain of the Kooringal Golf Club in Altona.
Music is deeply important to both the Barnes; they join in Crossroads choir singing at Christmas, and they participate in a “Sing Australia” group which meets in Altona.
The Uniting Church was born in song; we Christians best express our deepest spirituality in the lively worship music of our faith. (Interview by Neil Tolliday)