OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
|Luciana Aragon and Christine Morris (Hoppers Crossing) have been on the Ration Challenge from last Sunday to today (with a slight amendment for Christine, who managed to forget on Day 1 that she was supposed to be on rations while she was out with some friends for lunch), surviving on refugee rations, similar to those in camps in Jordan.
The aim is to raise awareness of injustice against refugees and the urgently needed funds. Luciana’s Ration Challenge started four years ago when she learned about and met many local refugees and asylum seekers. It’s not too late to support Luciana with a donation—go to https://my.rationchallenge.org.au/luciana-aragon
Congratulations — Carol Muir OAM
|Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing Uniting congregations are proud that Ms. Carol Muir, recently retired CEO of Werribee Support and Housing (now UNITING), has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. Carol, born a Queenslander, worked in the Victorian Government, Wyndham City Council, Werribee Community Health, then WS&H at the time when Tony Duncan and Richard Arnold were the ministry team at Crossroads.|
Carol speaks of the innovative ways that the three churches, Crossroads, Hoppers Crossing and Altona Meadows-Laverton, and the agency, partnered in community building and joint partnerships. She recalls beginnings with Jenny Hayes (Rowe) of Werribee Youth Housing; good church-agency relationships were growing, and have continued to the present day.
Carol was a key player, as CEO of WS&H, when the Victorian State government, Wyndham City Council and the social work agencies came together to build community networks and neighbourhood renewal in the fast-growing “outer western suburbs” enabling those disadvantaged residents to be resourced, grow and take charge of their lives.
Carol says: “I found great satisfaction in my role as a mentor for my staff volunteers and students on placement, facilitating skill development and career pathways, working as a team and achieving positive outcomes for our local community. (NT)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Planning Ahead Information Session
Monday the 2nd of July, 2pm – 4pm. The topic is “Power of Attorney and Wills”, to be held at Uniting Age Well, Manor Lakes, Howqua Way, Wyndham Vale.
There is a lot to be considered when making a Will or arranging a Power of Attorney. Join guest from State Trustee and our Chaplain to learn more about the processes involved.
For catering, please contact Robyn Tomkins on 9742 7201, or 0428 760 668
UCA Assembly meets in Melbourne in July 8–14
Pray for this important gathering, as we discern and decide on a number of key issues—including the issue of same-sex marriage.
Jan Bradley gives much love to the children and parents of the Crossroads Playgroup; and she’s not alone. Her helpers, Myra Kempson, Maureen Curtis, Alyssa Stiglich and Julie Rees show the love of Christ in this significant outreach to the Werribee community.
Jan says “We don’t need to advertise Playgroup; over the nine years I’ve been involved, word of mouth has consistently brought more children to our waiting list.” (And it’s listed in the Wyndham Council directory).
Jan says “Over the years, we’ve got people from many parts of the world – currently Bangla Desh, Ethiopia and Burundi are represented, and they are glad to widen their friendships.”
There are two groups on a Monday; mornings are for open age children, and afternoons are for three year-olds.
Jan says “We’ve had several baptisms of children from Christian families. And our playgroup embraces cross-cultures, and folk who belong to other world faiths.”
We are invited to pray for the children, parents and leaders of Playgroup. (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.
Worship Plan for this week
10 am UCA Anniversary Service at Hoppers Crossing UC (Rev. Faama Leota, Rev. Mike Lewis, Rev. Dr Geoff Thompson)
Following worship today
Shared lunch at Hoppers Crossing.
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home
Seniors’ Afternoon Tea, 2.30 pm in the Church Foyer.
Thursday: Bible Study, 8 pm, at Sandra & Noel Savory
Saturday: STAN (Saturday Take-Away Night) 6.30 pm at Armando & Luciana Aragon.
Next Sunday — 1 July 2018 Pentecost 6
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Joy Clancy
Reader: Lindsay Davis
AV Desk: Lian Todd
Prayers: Mary Dixon
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: 2 Samuel1:1,17–27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7–15; Mark 5:21–43.
A member had a worrying time last week when he lost his keys—but the story ended happily when another member of the congregation phoned him to say that she had found his keys and she returned them to him.
If you find any lost property, please hand it in to the office so that there is somewhere we know to look!
TODAY'S SPECIAL SERVICE
On the Anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia, Crossroads Werribee and Hoppers Crossing congregations are gathering together for worship.
Minister of our host church today is the Rev. Fa’ama Leota. Born in Samoa, one of a family of ten children, Fa’ama’s family moved to Auckland, New Zealand when he was 6 years old. He attended a Samoan Methodist congregation with his family; Fa’ama as a young man travelled widely, including Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, then he studied Humanities at the University of Hawaii.
Fa’ama says: “My travel experience led me to question the impact of colonialism on Asia and the Pacific. And I asked, ‘Why is God white?’”
Coming to live in St Albans, Melbourne, Australia, Fa’ama was welcomed at the Uniting Church. He married Taega in 1990 and candidated for Ministry of the Word in 1994, in the Presbytery of Maribyrnong Valley.
Following ordination, he served as minister of Uniting congregations at Wesley, Box Hill and Deepdene, both of them multicultural contexts, before coming to Hoppers Crossing in 2016.
Fa’ama says: “This is a symbolic moment in the life of our two Uniting congregations. Each congregation is recognizing that we are not alone, and that it may be we will find concrete ways to express Jesus’ prayer ‘That they may be one.’ I hope in the future we can be sharing resources, and exploring cohesive initiatives in a collegial partnership.”
He says: “I’ve found a new challenge here at Hoppers Crossing, in a place where the community is culturally and linguistically diverse, and the church has a significant part to play.”
Pray for the ministers, Mike and Fa’ama, of our two Uniting congregations; and for the Uniting Church in Australia. (NT)