CONNECTION – 20 MAY – PENTECOST


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Church Council Report

The Church Council met last Wednesday evening in its ‘General Meeting’ format in which we deal with the more mundane matters of property, finances and other general matters.  (Mission issues are considered at the alternate Church Council meeting.)  This time we dealt with the following.

Policy regarding the distribution of funds raised for refugees and asylum seekers: Through BBQs at Bunnings and other activities, funds are raised to help refugees and asylum seekers in difficult circumstances.  The Council approved a set of principles for the distribution of this money.

Stewardship and direct giving: We are very keen to get as many members of the congregation using the direct debit method of contributing to the church.  To assist with this, there will be an envelope with an explanation and enrolment form for this purpose made available in the coming weeks for members who are not already using this system or the envelope system.

Arrangements for weddings and funerals: The costs associated with these activities have been established and will now be published for the information of all concerned.

Property developments: We were assisted by Ken Storey (Property Committee) and Rina Neustroski (Synod Property Services) to work through the three key property actions that are underway—the heritage maintenance of the church and old manse, structural repairs and maintenance of the hall, and the long term sustainability of the whole property.

Heritage: The Project Control Group has engaged Purcell Architects for the purposes of undertaking a tender and applying for a Living Heritage grant.  The latter was lodged 13 April and we are awaiting a response.  Tender comparisons have been completed, and a priority of works is being drawn up.  The costs could be up to $750,000.

Uniting Wyndham: Formerly there was a Memorandum of Understanding between the agency and the Church Council.  This has now ended, and we are exploring the possibility of leasing the two former manses they currently use and some parking spaces to the agency.
Hall repairs: There has been some structural damage due to water, and investigations are underway to fix the problem.

EVENTS AND NOTICES

OSLO (Occasional Sunday Lunch Out)

Our next outing is to the Racecourse Hotel, one of our favourite venues, on Sunday 27 May.  We gather at about 12 noon, following the morning service. Please contact Elaine Belcher and remember—everyone is really welcome.

Do you have an email address?

Crossroads Church Council would like to compile a list of email addresses to enable them to communicate more effectively with the congregation.  If we don’t already have your email, could you please send an email to the office (see below for the address) so we can update our contacts list? Your details will not be shared without your permission.

Join us for a visit to Narana

On 26 May a group will be visiting Narana, leaving Crossroads at 9.45 am.  We will have our own guide for a time in the morning, and hopefully have lunch together in their pleasant café.  Keep the date if you are interested.  Please contact Mary Dixon.

National Volunteer Week Morning Tea

The City of Wyndham is holding a special morning tea to honour those people who volunteer within the Wyndham community.  It’s to be held Tuesday 22 May at 10 am in the Civic Centre’s function areas, 45 Princes Hwy.  Registrations are essential—www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/volunteermorningtea.

Vale Edna Fisher

After 107 years of active life, our oldest member, Edna Fisher, died last week.  Her funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mike Lewis on Wednesday 16 May.  Edna was Elaine Belcher’s mother.  Her story was written up by Neil Tolliday on 8 April in Connection.  Our sympathies for their loss are expressed to Elaine and her wider family.

Thank you!

Neil Tolliday sends his thanks to all who have wished him well.  He is home now, recovering from a hip replacement.

Housekeeping & Help

Pastoral Care

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.

Worship Plan for this week

Today's worship

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

We rejoice in the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit this Pentecost Sunday by celebrating the baptism of Carol Nancarrow and Liam Adibian

Following worship today

Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.

Activities this week

Monday: 10 am Playgroup

Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home.

2 pm Seniors’ Afternoon Tea.

Thursday: 8 pm Bible Study at Sandra & Noel Savory.

Saturday: 6.30 pm for STAN at Sharron & David Inglis

Next Sunday — 27 May Trinity Sunday

9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon

Greeting: Julie Rees

Morning Tea: Jan Sillitoe & Vivien Bleakley

Flowers: Joy Clancy

Reader: Blair Dixon

AV Desk: Robert Renton

Prayers: Blair Dixon

Piano: Jeremy Withers

Bible Readings next week: Isaiah 6:1–8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12–17; John 3:1–17.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Remigia (Remy) Pauline Cerdena

Thanks to the efforts of Luciana Aragon, Rose has written the following tribute to her mother.

Happy birthday, Mama Remy!

Remy’s father was a Presbyterian minister, and she grew up with her five siblings in a church which had been founded by American missionaries in the Philippines.  She met her husband Beau in the Ellinwood-Malate church and after seven years of courtship, they married and continued active involvement in the church with their five children.  Remy became a school teacher.

Senior citizens have a lifetime of experience and handling life’s adversities.  Today, in the month of her 94th birthday, Remy shares with us some words of wisdom, gratitude and love.

“I’ve seen and experienced so much, growing through the war years, with so much devastation, destruction and violence.  I still wonder why humans are so cruel to other humans, when we are one.  When others hurt, we hurt too.”  She prays that Christians would bear God’s Spirit and likeness more, that compassion, kindness, mindfulness and gentleness would be our key characteristics.

Years later, after two of Remy’s daughters had migrated to Australia, she and Beau had wanted to come to Australia as well; however, two members of the family weren’t enough to sponsor her here, so Rose, who was already a minister, also migrated to Australia so that the three of them could sponsor their father and mother so that they could come as well.  Sadly, Beau died aged 64 before he could settle in Australia.

Remy has two sons still in the Philippines, and she misses them greatly and longs for them to come for a visit.

Remy thanked the congregation for embracing her and she wished that “as a church we continue to be blessed so abundantly as our love for God shines ever so brightly!”

Wyndham Theatre Company presents "Calendar Girls" by Tim Firth

At Crossroads UC Hall on Fridays 11, 18 and 25, and Saturdays 12, 19, and 26, all at 8 pm, and at 2 pm for a matinee performance on Saturday 19 May only.

Tickets from www.wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

 

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email office@www.catts-it.com.au.