OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Can you carry a tune? Do you enjoy singing? Crossroads Choir needs you!
Wendy Barnes is leading a Choir, practising on four Sunday evenings 7–8 pm, getting ready for our Christmas Carols Service on 15 December in the church; the Rev. Val Johnson will be guest preacher. Wendy provides you with a folder of music and words of old and new carols; she gently encourages many voices to sing as one.
Gina Lee is kindly volunteering as our pianist; and our choir is augmented by some experienced singers from the local community choir “Sing Australia”.
Also, on the second Sunday of the month, we form a choir to lead the singing in worship, and new members are encouraged to join. Worship at Crossroads is enlivened and emboldened, so that everyone can sing “lustily and with good courage!” (NT)
Help received, and help still needed
Envision hands have not only reached their target of 2,000,000 caps, but they have surpassed it—by a huge margin! They have collected 5,000,000 in Victoria alone. Thank you to everyone who donated! They are pausing this program for the time being. But we will continue to collect bread tags for wheelchairs!
Carols at the Mansion
Run by the Wyndham Minister’s Network and supported by the Wyndham City Council, the Wyndham Carols by Candlelight aims to bring the whole community together to celebrate the joy of Christmas. An entirely non-profit event, it is the largest Christmas Carols celebration held in Victoria outside Melbourne’s Christmas Eve Concert. If you can volunteer to help this event run smoothly, please talk to Paul Cochran.
Wassailing around Werribee
You are invited to join Crossroads singers wassailing (street carol singing) at Uniting Age Well Manor Lakes Aged care facility in Wyndham Vale on Saturday 7th December in the afternoon. Led by Frances Geilen, bring your voice, some percussion instruments, and we will make a cheery sound. Please put your name on the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard or contact Frances.
STAN (Saturday Take Away Night)
Lynette Boyd has been convening this group of Crossroads people for about 20 years, and has recently handed over to Rose Geilen.
Lyn says: “We started it off for young families to share a meal once a month – it’s a relaxed social thing, whoever would like to come can bring children. It just needs someone to put up their hands as a host family, and everyone turns up either with food, or we order take away.
Over the years we find that it’s good for kids to get together with church friends.
Sometimes in the summer, we go for a picnic at Werribee South Beach; and we generally go together in December to the Carols at the Mansion”, says Lyn.
New members are welcome. Ask Rose to put your name on the reminder list, and you’ll be invited. Next STAN is on Saturday evening 23 November 6.30 pm at the Geilen's house. (NT)
Our Christian neighbours
The Wyndham City Salvation Army leaders are Captains Catherine and Phillip Abram, and they see a strong connection with the UCA through a shared concern and strong social services. They are also active in the combined churches’ annual Carols at the Mansion.
Bible study is an important part of the SA life, and Wyndham City SA has four groups operating during the week). The SA was founded in 1878 in England by (General) William Booth, a former Methodist lay preacher, who commenced a ministry to the poor of London that soon spread throughout the UK and then to countries like Australia.
Worship Plan for this week
Today’s worship services
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Ian Pearse)
11.45 am Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup (Foyer)
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup (Foye); 5 pm African Youth (Foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (Foyer); 6.30 pm STAN (at the Geilen's)
Bible Readings – 24 November 2019
Jeremiah 23:1–6; Luke 1:68–70; Colossians 1:11–20; Luke 23:33–45
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 24 November 2019
Minister: Rev. Angela Tampiyappa
Duty Elder: Mary Dixon
Greeting: Julie Rees
Morning Tea: Zelda Cations & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Lorna Hodge
Reader: Blair Dixon
AV Desk: Paul Kirkman
Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
Piano: Jeremy Withers
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.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
O.S.L.O. Christmas Sunday Lunch
24 November at 12 noon we will be celebrating Christmas at our usual venue at the Hoppers Club, Pannam Drive, Hoppers Crossing. There will a carvery, soup and dessert for $20. Everyone welcome so come and join us at our last O.S.L.O. for the year. Contact Elaine and Lorna by Thursday 21 Nov. for numbers.
Special service of dedication and lunch
On Sunday 1 December we will be celebrating the completion of the new roof work on the church and the old manse. We start with a communion service at 9.30 am, joined by the Lisu and Sudanese congregations, and following a short break, the service of dedication and thanksgiving will take place at 11.30 am in the church.
This will be followed by a catered roast lunch (free of charge for all). It is essential that you let the office or Margaret Gook know if you will come to the lunch (for catering purposes) by 24 November.
Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service
Our annual Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service will be held at the church on the Wednesday 27 November at 7 pm. If you can help with the supper on the night, please let Robyn Tomkins know. If you know of people who may like to come, please bring them with you. All are welcome.
Justice Task Group
Crossroads UC Justice Task Group will meet on Monday 18 November, at 7.30 pm, at the Community Centre, Heathglen Village, 2 Glendale Court Werribee. All welcome. Agenda will include "the church's response to global warming." Enquiries to Rob Bradley
Uniting Christmas Appeal
Target & Uniting have run a Christmas Appeal since 1992, and once again they are calling on people everywhere to help with the purchase of Christmas gifts for young and older children. This year they are ‘targeting’ gifts for teenage girls and boys (13 year upwards) and boys and girls (8–12 years).
All presents need to be brand new and not gift-wrapped. Brand new clothing is also acceptable. The gifts are being distributed throughout December, and they will assist families in Wyndham. Gift cards are also helpful, and it is suggested that these gift cards come from Pacific Werribee, JB HiFi, Coles-Myer Kmart, EB Games, or Typos.
Drop off your gifts in the box in the Church foyer. Every bit helps!
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.