CONNECTION – 17 SEPTEMBER 2017 : PENTECOST 15


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Living the Question discussion group

Last Tuesday evening was the first gathering of the “Living the Question” discussion group at Bev Cox’s home.  People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer humanity.  At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone in being a ‘thinking’ Christian and that ‘salvaging’ Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic.  If you are interested in joining the group, it’s not too late – see Mike!

EVENTS AND NOTICES

Planning for the fête—meeting today!

After church today there will be a meeting to plan the details of the fête.  Recycled plastic bags are needed for the plants stall—please bring them to the office during the week or next Sunday – Carmel Woodward is managing the stall.  If you haven’t marked the fête in your calendar, do so, please!  It’s on Saturday October 21.

Pastoral Contact

If you or someone you know might value some pastoral support, please contact Robyn Tomkins or Mike Lewis.

Prayer Calendar

This week’s prayers are for the Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale Congregation and their ministers, Charles Gallacher and Kerrie Lingham.

Uniting Church Adult Fellowship – UCAF

At our meeting last Wednesday, Bev Cox was invited to speak and demonstrate the many crafts she is interested in.  Bev told us she learnt a lot from her grandmother and had many happy memories making things with her—and now she does the making with her own grandchildren.  She showed us a wide range of quilts, jewellery, rugs and things she had made with felt.  Bev collects things from opportunity shops and is always on the look-out for materials she can use.
Bev was Highly Commended for a beautiful felt scarf which was on display in the Wool Museum in Geelong.


Here she is wearing one of her favourite felt hats—and loves to make people laugh.
There were 14 ladies present, and the afternoon was much enjoyed.  (From Caz Lewis)

Beach Patrol

A good crowd of people turned up for last Sunday’s beach patrol—it’s great to see people of all ages and backgrounds turn up to clean up the environment.  The beach patrol is an initiative of the Werribee River Association and Crossroads Uniting Church people were very active in the formation.  The Australia-India Foundation supports the program and provides a barbeque at the end of a number of the clean-ups.  Werribee Rotary is also associated with the program which has now been running for two years.  Next clean-up is on Sunday 8 October at 11.30 am.

Today's Worship

9.30 am Family worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.

Baptism of Abigail, daughter of Liesel and Wayne Verity.  Special welcome to Abigail and her family and friends!

Following worship today

Please stay for tea/coffee and chat!

Activities this week

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup 9.30 am; Card-making 7 pm (Geilen's)

Wednesday: Bible Study 9.30 am (Joy Clancy’s)

Saturday: STAN 6.30 pm (Geilen's)

Next Sunday — 24 September

9.30 am Family worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.

OSLO:  12 pm, at Kooringal Golf Club (Peckish @ Kooringal), Wilga Avenue, Altona where a full menu is available or a senior’s main course for $14.90 or $16.90.  All welcome!  If you haven’t joined us previously, give us a try.  It’s a fun time and an opportunity to get to know others.  Contact Lorna or Elaine if you wish to come.

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon

Morning Tea: Dorothy Rookes & Mary Dixon

Flowers: Luciana Aragon

Reader: Sandra Savory

Greeting: Mary Dixon

AV Desk: Roland Geilen

Prayers: Blair Dixon

Piano: Jeremy Withers

Bible Readings next week: Exodus 16:2–15; Philippians 1:21–30; Matthew 20:1–16; Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45b.

Housekeeping & Help

Operation Christmas Child

Some people have already returned their boxes for 2017, and I have transported 125 to Mitcham for processing, so we are off to a good start!

The final day for boxes will be Sunday 15 October at the 9.30 am service, where the boxes will be displayed and blessed before they are sent overseas.  Boxes can be returned earlier if it suits, and I will bring them to the service on October 15.  (From Margaret Gook)

Haider Tiling Services

Haider, who is a member of our congregation, is offering to take on tiling or paving work—kitchen, bathroom, walls or floors.  He also offers to clean up gardens and mow lawns in the Wyndham local area.

Volunteers for the rosters

New rosters need to be prepared for the Prayers of the People and for Morning Tea helpers.  If you can offer to help, please contact Rose Geilen or the office as soon as possible.

Jubilee Cross service

Crossroads is participating in an ecumenical Jubilee Cross service to celebrate with our Catholic brothers and sisters the anniversary of their charismatic movement.  The cross has been travelling all round Victoria.  It would be great if you could come to St Thomas’ Anglican Church on Wednesday 20 September at 1.30pm—refreshments to follow.  Let Mike Lewis know if you’re interested.

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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