Crossroads Connection


A creative Sunday morning

Mission Study: Sunday 28 October: 11 am–2 pm

As you know, your congregation will soon have a ministry vacancy. In the Uniting Church, this signals the beginning of a time of discernment. It is a time to ask the question about where God is leading us and what ministry is needed for the next phase of our journey as a congregation.

Where are we going as a congregation?

As part of this discernment process, the Presbytery will lead a Mission Study. The purpose of this is to help us think and pray together about what God might be calling us to in mission and ministry in our life together over the next phase of our journey. This then will help us understand more about what kind of ministry we will need to help us achieve this.

What ministry do we need?

Part of this Mission Study day will involve thinking about the particular gifts and skills of ministry needed. But beyond this, the Port Phillip West Presbytery also asks congregations to consider the options of ‘Regeneration’ or ‘Traditional’ ministry. This will be explained on the day. However, to put it simply, a congregation may choose to call a ‘Regeneration Minister’ if their key focus is about exploring mission, growth and different ways of being church that may connect in a stronger way with the community it is called to serve. Whilst of course most ministries and congregations have this focus, a regeneration ministry will state that intentionally from the start, and time will be specifically dedicated to this as a priority, along with worship and pastoral care.

Mission Study questions

An integral part of the Mission Study is the Werribee congregation’s Strategic Plan. So our day together will begin by reviewing this to see if there are any modifications or additions needed. We will then look at what ministry skills and gifts are needed to achieve the vision and objectives of the plan, and what category of ministry is also needed.

There will also be a survey circulated. Please fill this in, as this will also provide important information as to what ministry skills and priorities are needed.

The link to the survey is
Rev Rose Broadstock, Mission Development, Port Phillip West Presbytery.


The Fête — Saturday 20 October 2018

Preparations are underway for the annual fete to be held on 20th October.  Thanks from Alan Thompson for a response to the following.

*  If you any items to donate, please drop them at the church office between 9.30am and 12 noon on weekdays, or on Sundays.  If you need items collected from your home, let the office know and it will be arranged.

*  The cake stall at the fete is happy to receive any items : cakes,  slices, jams, savoury slices,  mini quiches, etc  Please bring them on the morning of the fete with a list of ingredients.

*  Rose Geilen would love to hear from anyone who can bake scones for the Devonshire Tea stall.

*  Extra tables will be needed, please let the office know if you have some we can borrow.

*  The book stall needs donations of books, magazines, and DVDs.

* The popular Chocolate Throw will again be operating at this year’s church fete. All donations of blocks of chocolate (approx. 200g size) will be gratefully received. Please leave in the church office by 14th October.

*  The plant stall needs early morning volunteers to help set up.  We also need volunteers to join the roster for the day of the fête— If anyone can spare an hour (or more) please text or call Carmel Woodward advising what time(s) you can assist.

*  Set up for the fete will be from 4pm on Friday 19th, volunteers are needed.

*  Next fete meeting will be after church on Sunday 30 September.

Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)

We will be unable to have our usual lunch for the month of October as Presbytery is running a special program connected with the Joint Nominating Committee’s work in selecting a new minister. We will next enjoy our Christmas lunch on 23rd of November. Details Later!

Presbytery Representative

Help!  We need someone to represent our Crossroads Congregation at the four Saturday mornings a year Presbytery meetings.  Please do consider making this contribution—let Rose Geilen or Robert Renton know!

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  Today, 23 September, we’ll be enjoying the creative abilities of the members of our congregation in a celebration of the gift of creation. (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Following worship today

Tea/coffee in the Foyer

Activities this week

Wednesday: Seniors Afternoon Tea, 2.30 pm in the Church Foyer.

Next Sunday – 23 September, P’cost 18

9.30 am Morning Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Robert Renton

Greeting: Salote Tupou

Morning Tea: Dorothy Rookes & Jan Bradley

Flowers: Margaret Forrester

Reader: Wendy Barnes

AV Desk: Lian Todd

Prayers: Rose Geilen

Piano: Wendy Barnes

Bible Readings next week Esther7:1–6, 9–10, 9:20–22; Psalm 124; James 5:13–20; Mark 9:38–50.

Important Future Meeting

Please put into your diary now the Presbytery-sponsored Mission Study meeting which will be held at church and over lunch on Sunday 28 October following a shorter worship service.

You are also urged to fill in the online survey form which has the address of


Haider Al-Manhal

When US President George W Bush and the “coalition of the willing” invaded Iraq in 2003, no-one imagined the vast scale of destruction and human misery and death that would be visited on that unfortunate country.

In response to the September 11 2002 toppling of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, George W Bush Jnr ordered an attack on Baghdad to eradicate Saddam Hussein’s imagined “weapons of mass destruction”. The people of the ancient city were terrorized by 10 years of US army fighting against Islamic jihadist militia.

Along with thousands of other asylum seekers and refugees,  Haider Al Manhal, a stonemason, his wife Sundes and their children Moqtada (age 5) and Zainab (age 3) escaped Baghdad in 2012, looking for a safe country to live.

The family of Haider and Sundes travelled to Malaysia, then Jakarta and boat across the Indian Ocean to Christmas Island; they were held in detention there and in Darwin for 15 months, then came to Werribee, auspiced by the Red Cross.

Crossroads congregation has welcomed Sundes and Haider;  Hobsons Bay Refugee Network assisted with furniture, a motorized wheelchair and driving lessons.

Baptized into Christian faith in 2017, Haider is now an active member of our church family.  Starting behind scratch with no English language, Haider attends English classes two days each week, and his conversation is improving rapidly.  The children get special support at Werribee Primary School.

“I strongly wish to be independent of immigration department funding, and I seek work”, says Haider.

Haider offers gardening and home maintenance to customers in the western suburbs.  “My skills include tree trimming, lawn mowing and green rubbish removal as well as tiling and paving. I can quote you for small or large jobs, with prompt service. Call me on 0481 048 670.” (NT)



Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email