OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
There is only one road; it is like a great river: its springs are at every doorstep, and every path is its tributary. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door”… “You step into the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
(From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings)
Operation Christmas Child
Well not quite empty! Thanks to a local lady each shoebox will contain a knitted teddy to get you started. See us anytime if you need boxes earlier.
(Margaret Gook, Rose Geilen)
Justice Task Group
Justice Task Group at Crossroads meets on Monday 1 July, please note the time 6.30 pm. Members of the congregation are invited to attend, at the Community Centre, Heathglen Retirement Village, 2 Glendale Court, Werribee. The agenda includes discussion about inter-faith relationships, NAIDOC week in Wyndham, asylum seekers and the Federal government, Crossroads church carbon footprint and global warming. Bring snacks! Enquiries Rob Bradley.
Interested in pastoral care?
Do you like talking to people, getting to know other members of our congregation.
Would you like to be a part of the Pastoral Care Team for our Church?
If so, could you please contact Robyn Tomkins.
I will be running training sessions for those who are interested.
Worship Plan for this week
Today’s worship service
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship
Activities this week
Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive at Robert Renton’s home;
1 pm UC Adult Fellowship (UCAF, Church Foyer).
Friday: 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)
Bible Readings – 7 July 2019
2 Kings 5:1–14; Galatians 6:7–16; Psalm 30; Luke 10: 1–11, 16–20.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 7 July 2019
Minister: Rev. Neil Tolliday (Holy Communion)
Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Zelda Cations & Judy O’Keefe
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Reader: Mary Dixon
AV Desk: Paul Kirkham
Prayers of the People: Blair Dixon
Piano: Asanka Pakura
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
Indigenous Hospitality House
During this month the Justice Task Group is seeking cash donations from the congregation for the Indigenous Hospitality House in Carlton. This House provides warm, welcoming accommodation for Aboriginal people from all over Australia who have a relative in a Melbourne hospital. Since its beginning in 2001 the number of guests has averaged three per week. Crossroads has supported the House every second year. This year the support of a large donor has ceased and the need is great. Donations may be put in a marked envelope in the offering plate or given directly to Mary Dixon.
Synod meets this week
The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania meets at Box Hill Town Hall, Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, from Friday 5 July to Tuesday 9 July. Our representative is Bev Lambie. Our Presbytery of Port Phillip West is sending nearly 20 members. The new Moderator, Rev. Denise Liersch will be inducted. Synod of Vic and Tas includes 600 congregations and 60,000 members, with 12 schools.
Bev says, “As your Rep to Synod I am hoping you will pray for the Synod as we make important decisions for the church”.
These are just snippets of three topics of interest ….
Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation. Synod needs to make a clear statement on the UCA policy about the way this is handled in our Aged Care Facilities and Hospitals. As you can imagine there are many different points of view among church members. Please pray the God will guide us to a statement that will respect the views of all involved.
The 2017 Statement from the Heart made at Uluru is a consensus position of 250 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders. There is a proposal to urge the Commonwealth Government to support this as the preferred pathway to reconciliation.
To increase the involvement of people under 50 years old in the service, leadership and shaping of the Church—by [amongst other things] prayerfully identifying, understanding and responding to reasons why 30–50 year old people are less involved in the processes and leadership of the Church.
Jewish Christian Muslim Association
JCMA is a membership based organisation for Jewish, Christian and Muslim people of faith. If you would like to find out about joining JCMA as a member you can go to our website at http://jcma.org.au/jcma-membership or call Ginette Everest on (03) 9287 5590 or email to: email@example.com.
Presbytery Chairperson: Bruce Watson
People at Crossroads congregation will recall that our Presbytery Chairperson, Rev. Bruce Watson, was placed here for 6 months, in 2013, as an intern. Bruce recalls this time with Korean and Sudanese congregations as a valuable multicultural experience.
After brief exit appointments, Bruce was called in 2014 to Trinity Altona, in Seves Street.
Bruce was elected chairperson of Port Phillip West Presbytery in November 2016. Recently his appointment was confirmed as a half-time placement position for up to five years.
As a representative elder for Yarraville, before candidating for ministry, Bruce learned about the councils of the Uniting Church. He says, “As chairperson, I like the variety of challenges in ministry; looking at the whole Presbytery and agencies. I’m keen this year to focus on Presbytery’s main priorities: “Following Christ, and collaborating in diversity”.
“I enjoy my role, conducting inductions of new ministers into their congregations. These have recently included Revs Suzie Castles, Surf Coast; Will Nicholas at St David’s Newtown and Amanda Nicholas at Boundary Road, Geelong East; Tupe Ioelu at Wesley, central Geelong; David Withers, Bacchus Marsh; and Kathryn Stoel-Cousineau at Leopold.”
Bruce chairs Standing Committee, and attends Pastoral Relations Committee, team meetings and Synod forums. His tasks include dealing with property concerns, as well as strategic and missional work.
Asked about the ways that Presbytery can support congregations, Bruce says, “We provide training for facilitation skills for people in the congregations. We want to help people be skilled up for leadership and enhance the local church councils’ decision-making role. So that local congregation members can be better informed, we will coordinate another Synod Services day this year, to inform and enable people to meet and talk with Synod officers here in the Presbytery”. (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.