OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Communion Today - Shhhh
The worship space will be a quiet place for reflection from 9.15am to 9.25am. There will be candles to light, and soft music played. Anyone wanting to chat will be encouraged to remain in the foyer until 9.25. We hope to make this something that happens every communion Sunday. You are invited to participate in this initiative, which was suggested by Carol Nancarrow.
Christmas music at Crossroads
Advent is the time of preparing the Way of the Lord! Crossroads Uniting congregation will celebrate the Saviour’s birth in songs of joy with an Australian flavour at the Christmas Carol Service at 7 pm on Sunday December 16.
Our choir of enthusiastic singers will be led this year by Wendy Barnes, who brings love and musicality to her task. Wendy says: “We have started practices, but you are not too late! All are welcome to join in the practices, at 7pm on Sunday evenings: December 2 and 9”.
Wassailing around Werribee
In addition, you are invited to join Crossroads singers wassailing (street carol singing) at some nursing homes and aged care facilities in Werribee, on Saturday 22 December in the afternoon. Led by Frances Geilen and Sharron Inglis, bring your voice, some percussion instruments, and we will make a cheery sound.
“The Virgin Mary had a baby boy…”
Beach Patrol 3030 report
Thanks to all who joined with us to clean Point Cook Marine Park. This was our final clean for 2018 and the smallest by quantity of waste collected. Because of the restricted access to this area there was not a lot of rubbish but we still managed to remove 85 bottles and cans, 50 kg of general rubbish, 35 pieces of rope from shell fish industry, 70 kg metal, tin and wood, 100 metres irrigation piping, clothes and shoes.
This year Beach Patrol 3030 has collected 2120 kg of rubbish and 3128 bottles and cans. Since we started in July 2015 7,835 kg of rubbish and 9756 bottles and cans have been collected. Thanks for all your help and support. Next clean is on February 10 2019. (Rob Bradley)
UC Adult Fellowship
There will be no meeting at Crossroads in December. We are to meet at the Commercial Hotel on Wednesday 5th December for lunch at 12.00. If you are unable to attend could you let Lorraine or Betty know please.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Christmas Bowl: 1st Sunday in Advent
When your home and livelihood are destroyed, how do you find the strength to start over? You need hope—the ability to trust in God’s love. This is what your Christmas Bowl gift brings to women in Vanuatu, who are struggling to keep their families resilient through worsening natural disasters.
May is a mother of five who knows all too well the destruction a cyclone causes. One has torn through her village in Vanuatu almost every year of her life. Vanuatu is one of the most disaster-prone places in the world. Climate change is causing the disasters to be more devastating each year. Through your support, though, of the Christmas Bowl May is teaching others in her community how to stay safe and keep their faith through the next calamity.
She was one of the female church champions to be trained through the Disaster Risk Reduction Program launched by Act for Peace’s partner, the Vanuatu Christian Council, in 2016.
Around the world, women and girls suffer most during and after a disaster. They die in greater numbers and the daily injustices they already face worsen. By contributing to the Christmas Bowl you support women taking a lead role in disaster planning, so they can break down the traditional attitudes that rob them of the opportunity and hope for the future.
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.
Rental home needed
A refugee family of six requires a house to rent in the Wyndham area. If you know of one available, please let Sandra Savory know.
"Overwintering" is an exhibition created by artist Kate Gorringe-Smith, bringing visibility to Australia's endangered migratory shorebirds. Many shorebirds come from East Asia to Werribee and Point Cook, to the Western Treatment Plant and the RAMSAR wetlands, habitat for the summer. Wyndham Art Gallery and Cultural Centre, Watton St, till Monday 31 December, free, 9am–5pm, with over 100 printmakers are displaying their works. The photograph is of a Painted Snipe.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Communion Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
BBQ Lunch as part of farewell to Mike & Caz. BYO meat and salads, please.
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am.
Wednesday: UCAF Christmas Lunch, 12 noon, at the Commercial Hotel.
Church Council Executive, 4 pm, Church Foyer.
Friday: Advent Study, 10 am, at the manse.
Justice Task Group Movie Night, 7 pm, Church Foyer.
Next Sunday – 9 December: Advent 2
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Mary Dixon
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Zelda Cations & Dorothy Rookes
Flowers: Luciana Aragon
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers: Robyn Tomkins
Piano: Gina Lee
Bible Readings 9 December: Malachi 3:1–4; Luke 1:68–79; Luke 3:1–6; Philippians 1:3–11
“Buddy” gave a me West Highland White’s barking and tail-wagging welcome, before Lyn O’Meara opened the door to me. He also jumps on the couch, expects tit-bits and cuddles up.
We talked about Lyn’s production of the Crossroads Pew Sheet over 18 years until 2015: “I feel that members need to be well informed about church happenings, particularly Church Council decisions. I wish the new Connection God’s blessing.”
Lyn’s early life was at Falkirk, between Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, until her family moved to Australia when she was 14.
Her family started in Brooklyn migrant hostel, then settled in Laverton. “The other students laughed at my funny accent” she says, “until I adopted Australian ways of talking. Second generation kids in Australia are still subject to the ribbing we UK students experienced.”
After gaining skills in typing and shorthand, Lyn worked in the Post Master General’s department. She fell in love with her Catholic next door neighbour Ray, causing a shock to her Church of Scotland family; however Lyn and Ray married in 1965. “Nowadays, such ‘mixed marriages’ are quite normal; no-one gets upset,” says Lyn.
In 1968 they built their home in Ballan Road, Wyndham. Their three now adult children are Katherine, Greg and Jonathan, and there are 10 lovely grandchildren. Since the death of Ray, Lyn now lives in a retirement village in central Werribee.
“We belonged to the Presbyterian church in Werribee, now Crossroads Uniting, and made lifetime friends here,” says Lyn. “My church gives me strong support. My faith has got me through life-threatening illness. My hope is that younger families will continue to come to this congregation, and that we would have something to offer both children and parents.”
“I believe that God has more for me to do,” says Lyn. (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.