CONNECTION – 21 APRIL – EASTER SUNDAY


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

HAPPENINGS

Resurrection (by Denham Grierson)

When does the exodus begin
From death’s nothingness
Out of that stygian darkness
Into the light, a sun shiny day
Stone no barrier
To the coming of the light
In that exodus from
Darkness into life

 

Where does the exodus begin
In death’s killing trap
When the gates burst open
Breaking free from imprisonment
Stepping into destiny
Unfettered entitlement
In that exodus moving to
A glorious freedom

How does the exodus begin
From death’s kingdom
Emerging new born into life
Exploding with astonishment and wonder
Beyond all expectation
Out of death’s dark tomb
In that exodus into
Newness of life

 

Here the rising of unleavened bread
Here the crushed grape gives up gladly
Its life blood for the wine’s blessing
Here the salmon leaping clear
Up a down flowing river
To lay its eggs against impossible odds
In that exodus
This food feeds the world’s hunger
This drink slakes the parched thirst

 

Here in the church
This sacred place
We hear the bells, the trumpets
Inexpressible beauty in the image
Rose window
Unutterable joy, breathless wonder
Hand in hand, a spoken name
In that exodus

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Easter Communion (Rev. Robert Renton)

Activities this week

Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys
Saturday: 6.30 pm Saturday Take-Away Night, at the Inglis
Sunday: 9.30 am Service to be conducted by Rev. Neil Tolliday

Bible Readings – 28 April 2019

Acts 5:27–32; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4–8; John 20:19–31

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 28 April 2019

Duty Elder: Margaret Gook
Greeting: Wendy Barnes
Morning Tea: Zelda Cations & Dorothy Rookes
Flowers: Elaine Belcher
Reader: Julie Rees
AV Desk: Paul Cochran
Prayers of the People: Vivien Bleakley
Piano: Gina Lee

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.

OUR CONGREGATION

Rowie and Eric Griffiths

Crossroads UC congregation welcomes folk who come from many countries and from interstate.

This year has brought changes in the lives of Rowie and Eric Griffiths, as they moved from the town of Young, NSW, where they lived for more than 40 years, to Tarneit.  They are coming to Crossroads Uniting Church, and they are now in the part-time grandparent-minder role for two lovely little grandkids, Eva and Curtis.

Rowie worked in municipal revenue departments, as they raised children; Eric grew up on a farm, and drove school buses during his working life around Young, which is 1.5 hours from Canberra and a similar distance from Wagga.

For many years they belonged to the Uniting Church in Young; Rowie was on Church Council, and was “treasurer in a small way”, she says. Sometimes she served on Joint Nominating Committees, helping to find a new minister for their congregation.

Eric was a helper with Young Uniting Church monthly markets and the annual fete. He’s an enthusiast for motor racing and fixing up old Peugeots; currently there are parts of a 1963 Peugeot 404 station wagon around his workshop, being re-constituted. “I’m not into the electronics”, he says “I prefer the mechanical working of the earlier cars.”

Also, Eric and other train buffs over 40 years built and maintained a circular 7.25 inch gauge train track with small carriages and engines for the delight of many children around Young.

Eric and son Evan are improving their garden, with much laying of turf lawn.

Rowie’s passion is genealogy; she completed a book on the antecedents of Eric’s Griffiths family, in time for a large family reunion at Tamworth.   Ask Rowie about tracing the DNA of your family; you may find relatives in unexpected foreign lands!  She is delighted to find the special section of the Wyndham Plaza library with good resources for research.

After many years as a NSW rugby league fan, Rowie is willing to learn the mysteries of AFL, and to be a Bulldogs supporter.

“We’ve found some nice friends at Crossroads”, says Rowie.

NEWS AND NOTES

OSLO (Occasional Sunday Lunch Out)

For Sunday 28th April we have rebooked the Kooringal Golf Club Altona, just off Queen St. Sorry about the sudden change last month which was due to overbooking. There will be senior meals, and please contact Elaine 93952045 or Lorna 97414185 before Thursday 25th April for bookings.

Tip Tickets

Geoff Gook would be pleased to receive any tip tickets that are not needed but which can save the church a lot when the volunteers will be cleaning up the manse garden.

Repairs needed!

There are some 30–40 bibles and hymn books on a table in the foyer that need to be repaired.  Please take home a couple for repairs!

Gifts for Uniting Wyndham

Church Council is giving encouragement to our congregation to bring forward with the Sunday Offering, the box of non-perishable gifts for people needing emergency relief, who come into Uniting next door, each day of the week.

Your gifts of groceries, laundry and toilet items, UHT milk, and toys, are all acceptable.

I spoke with ‘Mick’, volunteer driver with Uniting. 3 days of the week, Mick collects bread, vegetables and non-perishables from Aldi supermarket in Werribee. Together with our congregation's contribution, these gifts make a difference! (NT)

Members of Hoppers Crossing Rotary Club sizzled sausages for Uniting Wyndham's "Youth Homelessness Matters National Day, in Station Place, Werribee. Uniting Wyndham Case workers; Sam, Kayla, Kris, Cath, Tania and Natalie were there to promote awareness of the crisis enveloping young Australians, trapped in a cycle of rising rentals, housing shortage and unemployment. Write to your MP! (NT)

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

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