OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Spirit of the living God
Spirit of the living God,
uphold us through this day.
As we reach out in your name
let others see your way.
Spirit of the living God,
touch minds and hearts today,
that word, image or touch
can bring one to find the way.
Spirit of the living God,
we come to seek your way.
Encourage, risk and call us
to be your people this day.
(From a Mission Prayer Handbook for 2009)
With high spirits we eagerly thank you, Easter God, that we have been raised up with Christ and look for those things that are timeless.
We eagerly thank you for bring life and the eternity of the kingdom to light in the gospel. We thank you for the witness of our living Christ to your unfailing, overriding providence. We eagerly thank you for the promise that we now share in the victory of Christ over transience, decay and death.
We eagerly thank you that grace is stronger than evil, mercy is larger than suffering, joy is greater than grief, and love is mightier than death. All our joyful thanksgiving and loving praise we bring to you, holy friend, loving saviour, and glorious God of irrepressible Easter.
Please remember in your prayers…
Our condolences and prayers are with Salote Tupou and family following the passing in hospital this week of her son, Joseph.
Worship Plan for this week
Today’s worship services
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Robert Renton)
11.45 am Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys’
Friday: 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)
Bible Readings – 25 August 2019
Jeremiah 1:4–10; Hebrews 12:18–29; Psalm 71:1–6; Luke 13:10–17.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 25 August 2019
Minister: Rev. Val Johnson
Duty Elder: Julie Rees
Greeting: Kur Mag
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Dorothy Rookes
Flowers: Luciana Aragon
Reader: Neil Tolliday
AV Desk: Paul Cochran
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.
NEWS AND NOTES
Spreading the story of Operation Christmas Child
Last Sunday Margaret Gook, Rose Geilen and Roland Geilen were invited to visit the Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church where David Withers is the minister to tell the story of Operation Christmas Child at the invitation of Vicki Withers.
Vicki and David send their best wishes to our congregation.
Getting ready for the church fête
Our annual Church fete will be held on Saturday 19th October between 9am and 2pm. Now is the time to start gathering items to donate to the book, trash and treasure, nearly new, jewellery and plant stalls.
If you can volunteer for set-up, pack-up or on a stall, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard. The first meeting of people interested in helping will be on Sunday September 1, after church. If you have items you would like collected, please leave your details at the office.
Interfaith Network Places of Worship Tour
First stop: Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs, 10.45 am–1 pm, including free vegetarian lunch.
Second stop: Buddhist Meditation Centre, Brunswick, 2–3.30 pm, includes introduction to mediation. (Note: special requirements are the removal of shoes at the entrance.)
Bus returns by 4.45 pm.
There is no cost for this tour, but you must book by 23 August to Laurence Gray (0401 337 696) or through https://www.trybooking.com/BEMYZ
Write to the Premier and your MP; point to 25,000 people homeless in Victoria every night, and demand legislation requiring a portion of every new housing development to be allocated to the 82,000 persons on public housing wait lists.
The Dixons: A continuing story
The wattles were blossoming near Blair and Mary’s front door when I visited, to find out their story, and some of the story of Crossroads Uniting and its antecedent Presbyterian and Methodist congregations in Werribee.
Over the kitchen table, Mary began: “I grew up in an Anglican family, attending All Saints Anglican Church, Kooyong. I taught Sunday School there. When I went to Melbourne University to study Agricultural Science, I joined the Evangelical Union and was much encouraged by a visiting evangelist. I undertook Biblical studies at Ridley College”.
“After Blair returned from four years scholarship study in New Zealand, we were married in 1955. We rented a Department of Agriculture Research Farm house (on the site of Werribee Police Station) of 12 squares, and squeezed in our four children; Joy, Ruth, Linda and Carol, and a boarder! We supported the Werribee group of Community Aid Abroad (subsequently Oxfam) for many years including several Walks Against Want, and 34 plant stalls!”
“In the early 60s, an exciting time for ecumenical relationships, local Anglican priest Rev Doug Dargaville inspired the formation of Werribee Inter-Church Council, with Blair as secretary, and subsequently superintendent of the “ecumenical” Glen Devon Sunday School. This formed after a door-knock survey of local residents found a high level of interest and commitment of parents as teachers. When Carol was old enough, I taught there too, mainly the young Secondary age group. The Sunday School reached 200 children at its peak. I also helped with Religious Instruction in schools – Werribee PS and Glen Devon PS for 20 years”.
“We borrowed money from the bank and built in Slattery Street, Werribee in 1970; and lived there till 1992. Over several years we were connected with the Church Missionary Society and their summer camps. Blair found himself serving on the camps’ organising committee. We also enjoyed being part of the Victorian Council of Churches summer schools, and Scripture Union beach mission teams”. (To be continued in next week’s Connection. NT)
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.