CONNECTION – 18 NOVEMBER – PENTECOST 26


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Fair Trade and Horizons of Hope Ministries

Each Sunday, you can buy Fair Trade tea or coffee at the table in the foyer, as your contribution to helping producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions.

Fair trade is a world-wide movement, advocating higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards. Crossroads table sells products at wholesale prices.  Buy them and try them!

Our volunteers, Margaret Forrester, Maureen Curtis, Helen Grech and Blair Dixon are committed to supporting greater equity in international trade. Fair trade is basically a partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, seeking justice in international commerce.

Margaret says: “I remember more than 20 years ago we sold Fair Trade chocolates, and we have continued since. The producer and we the Fair Trade consumer are in a direct relationship, and a large proportion of the sale price goes to the producer.”

Helen says: “I like to promote Fair Trade because people overseas should get fair money for their work.”

 

 

 

 

Blair says: “I help because of the good that it does for the people who would otherwise be exploited. Buying products from producers in developing countries at a fair price is a more efficient way of promoting sustainable development than traditional charity and aid.”

 

 

Today, Crossroads Uniting congregation welcomes Jennifer Evans, of “Horizons of Hope Ministries”.  She will be selling village craft items from developing countries, including India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Peru.  These are suitable gifts for family and friends, assisting local crafts makers to gain independent incomes.

Jennifer established Horizons of Hope in 2005 in response to the Biblical command: “You must defend those who are helpless and have no hope. Give justice to the poor..” Proverbs 31:8,9 (CEV).  She was responding to the needs of women in the developing world.
By purchasing these products, you are helping the survival of these women and their families.

EVENTS AND NOTICES

Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)

For our Christmas celebration we will be going to “The Hoppers Club” 180–200 Pannam Drive on Sunday 25 November where we will enjoy a 3 course Carvery lunch with soup and sweet for $19.50. Last year it was a huge success so everyone is welcome to come and start off the Christmas festivities. Please contact Lorna or Elaine for bookings.

Uniting Christmas Cards

Christmas cards supporting the Uniting agencies can be ordered on forms that will be available after the service or you can contact Judy O’Keefe.  There are 10 per pack.

With Love to the World

Several complimentary copies of the daily devotional book are available on display in the book/magazine rack.  You’re welcome to ‘try before you buy’, and if you would like to receive one quarterly ($5) contact Lyn O’Meara within a few weeks of trying the book.

Sew ‘n’ Sow

Our last Sew ‘n’ Sow for the year will be held at Avon Iskov’s home on Friday 14th December from 1-3pm. Please bring a small plate of Christmassy food to share.

Mission Blue

Feature documentary about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

A compelling human-interest hook and spectacular underwater photography are the highlights of Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon's documentary.

As Sylvia says: "No Blue, no green. No Ocean, no us"

At Crossroads 23rd November at 7.30 PM

We wish to thank you our Sponsors Wyndham City Council and Big People Picture.

Booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/awake-in-nature-tickets-51647582309  or call Armando 

Help needed

Rob Bradley and Neil Tolliday assess the needs of a recently arrived refugee family ( M, Z and S). M needs a wardrobe, and a motor mower in working order.  Contact us if you can help, please!

An adult member of the congregation is learning to drive and needs the help of a licensed driver to accompany her while she’s practising.  She has her own vehicle, so a few hours each week would be needed.  If you can help, please speak to Rose Geilen at the office.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am   Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am.

Wednesday: Home Group, 8 pm, at the Savorys’ Home

Friday: STAN, 6.30 pm (TBC)

Next Sunday – 25 November: Christ the King

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins
Greeting: Luciana Aragon
Morning Tea: Jan Sillitoe & Vivian Bleakley
Flowers: Margaret Forrester
Reader: Deb Cochran
AV Desk: Mahfoud Alamir
Prayers: Ken Storey
Piano: Jeremy Withers

Bible Readings 18 November: 2 Samuel 23:1–7; Psalm 132:1–12; Revelation 1:4b–8; John 18:33–37

RECENT EVENTS

Multi-faith Dinner

How many countries are sending migrants to Australia?  How many different religious faiths are located in the City of Wyndham?  How is Australia’s undercurrent of racist prejudice to be exposed and dealt with by people of goodwill?

Citizens of this city, including Crossroads UC Werribee members at the Annual Multi-faith dinner at the Encore Centre celebrated the joy and the challenge of living in a municipality where people of many nations have made their homes in our neighbourhood.

The keynote speaker, Ms Jessie Lloyd, sang songs of the Aboriginal mission on Palm Island.  Jessie’s people and those of several tribes were incarcerated for many years under the “Aborigines Protection Act” of the racist Queensland Government.

The Wangal Aboriginal Dancers (pictured) are keeping alive the language and culture of their people. The story of survival of the Aborigines of Australia is one of resilience;  the Uniting Church in Australia in covenant with the Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress demonstrates its commitment to the claim of our Indigenous people to Constitutional recognition. Narana Creations leader Vince Ross and his wife Enid were amongst the invited guests.

To the delight of the audience of 300 Karen Refugees from Myanmar members performed traditional dances as their contribution to an evening of creative talent.

Local MP for Werribee, Hon Tim Pallas spoke of the Victorian Government’s shared role in creating a harmonious society, along with all people who have come here as migrants.  (NT)

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.

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au