CONNECTION – 25 FEBRUARY 2018: LENT 2


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Beetle Games Night Fundraiser

Annual Congregational Meeting

Please stay in the church after worship for the Annual Congregational Meeting.  The role of the Congregation in the Uniting Church is regarded as one of great importance, and it’s not just a formality that we hold this meeting!

At Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church…

Lent Study at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church.  A six week study is being held during Lent. Two sessions at 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM, third session Monday 26th February and then the following Mondays except for the Monday 12th March being the Labour Day holiday.  We use the resource material, 'Blessed and Broken - Pray, Share and Live the Gospel' a publication of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Cost is $5.00 for your study booklet.  Contact Rev. Faama Leota 0401 592 359.

Volunteers needed — Emergency Relief

Uniting Wyndham has volunteers who provide assistance with range of tasks, some of these include working in the Opportunity Shop, Emergency Relief, Food Program and Drivers/Jockeys for pickups.  We are currently in need of a volunteers who can drive or jockey for the food collections.   If you would like to find out more information or are interested in volunteering at our Agency please phone 9742 6452 or come in to see our Volunteer Coordinator, Shelley Johnston.

Do you want to fast this Lent?

In the words of Pope Francis…

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

WALK IN MY SHOES

ZONTA SAYS NO!

CELEBRATING THE COURAGE OF WOMEN WHO HAVE WALKED OUT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This installation, prepared by the Zonta Club of Melbourne West Inc., is a display of women’s and children’s shoes with success stories attached, and can be viewed at the Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown until March 2.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
10.30 am Annual Congregational Meeeting

Following worship today

Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Tuesday: Lenten Study, 7.30 pm at Bev Cox’s home
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home
Thursday: Lenten Study, 8 pm at Sandra & Noel Savory’s home
Friday: Lenten Study, 10 am, at Mike & Caz Lewis’ home

Next Sunday — 4 March 2018: Lent 3

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for next week:

  • Duty Elder: Margaret Gook
  • Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Juliana Kim-Woern
  • Flowers: Valerie Martin
  • Reader: Salote Tupou
  • Greeting: Rose Geilen
  • AV Desk: Paul Kirkham
  • Prayers: Sandra Savory
  • Piano: Gina Lee

Bible Readings next week: Exodus 20:1–17; Psalm 19; I Corinthians 1:18–25; John 2:13–22

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.

 

A REFLECTION

The spirit of tolerance

In a 1953 book called “Down With Skool” by Geoffrey Willans and illustrated by Ronald Searle, this wonderfully ironic cartoon appeared in a selection entitled “Know the Enemy or Masters at a Glance”.  I have always thought that the best sign of mental health is the ability to laugh at yourself.  May the church continue to have fun poked at it—and learn from it!

In what may seem a somewhat paradoxical way, the practice of tolerance, or better—celebrating the diversity of our intercultural society— is really only possible if we are clear about our own beliefs, values and ideals.  Tolerance is not bred from indifference or ignorance.  The more indifferent or ignorant one is about one’s own religious beliefs, for example, the more likelihood there is that we will form intolerant, biased or destructive attitudes towards those we see as somehow different from ourselves.

In church communities, it should be a vital part of their life to ensure that their members develop a mature understanding of their Christian faith.  For this to occur, attendance at worship really isn’t enough.  Reading, discussion, and bible study are essential steps towards a mature faith, and it’s a mature faith that allows us to live in harmony with our neighbours who do not share our own religious beliefs.

(Robert Renton)

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

 

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