OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Easter Week Services
Monday 26th 7.30 pm Short reflection at Crossroads.
Tuesday 27th 7.30 pm Short reflection at Crossroads.
Thursday 29th 7.30 pm Maundy Thursday service at Crossroads.
Friday 30th 9.30 am Good Friday service at Crossroads; 11 am Stations of the Cross (meet opposite the Post Office in Watton Street).
Saturday 31st 7 pm Easter Vigil at Hoppers Crossing UC.
Sunday 1st 6.15 am Sunrise Service at Werribee Foreshore (opposite O’Connors Road). 9.30 am Communion Service at Crossroads.
Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
The Rally and Walk will begin at 2 pm today at the State Library of Victoria. Following music and speeches there, the Walk will do a circuit back to the Library.
Some of us at Crossroads will be going, catching the 1.05 train from Werribee station which gets to Melbourne Central station at 1.52 pm. This year we will be carrying a new Crossroads banner that Luciana Aragon has organised.
Guest speakers: Tim Costello, Aziz from Manus Island, Taqi Azra , Hazara refugee, and Interfaith Panel including Rev Sharon Hollis and Mohammed Mohideen, President, Islamic Council of Victoria. Music by the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and Strange Tenants.
Join the Walk to keep up this momentum and demonstrate the growing concern across the community about the harsh and punitive treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Lenten Offering 2018
The Lenten Offering is conducted during Lent and Easter at a time of reflection, renewal and recommitment. In response to God’s love for all people, it is an opportunity for sacrificial giving to support important mission projects.
The 2018 Lenten Offering will support the following projects:
- Prevention of Blindness, Vanuatu
- Community of Reconciliation – Covenanting
- Youth Engagement, Mt Eliza, Victoria
- Regional Youth Ministry, Launceston, Tasmania
By giving a special Lenten Offering you will be helping meet the real needs of people in our local and global communities and sharing the love of God. The Lenten brochure and envelop providing more information on each of the projects is available on the table at the front entrance.
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to the person or persons who left knitted beanies and teddies in the office for Operation Christmas Child. This is a great start for 2018—much appreciated. (Margaret Gook)
Direct Giving to Crossroads
Did you know that it is a very simple process to arrange for a direct monthly giving to Crossroads UC instead of using the open plate or envelopes?
Through an arrangement with Uniting Funds Management, you specify an amount that will come from your bank account each month on a specified date which will be paid directly into our church’s funds.
It’s a blessing for our church! If you miss attending church for one reason or another, your offering still goes in for the work of the church. It means you don’t have to think about having the right change or notes to put into the envelope, or to remember to bring the offering envelope along with you. It’s also a blessing for the church in that we then know how much offering will come in each year from those who enrol in direct giving. More information later, but you can also talk to Bev Lambie or Salote Tupou.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
2 pm Palm Sunday Walk (See notice)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup (Morning). Easter Week short reflection at Crossroads, 7.30 pm
Tuesday: Easter Week Short reflection at Crossroads 7.30 pm
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home.
Thursday: Maundy Thursday service at Crossroads 7.30 pm
Friday: Good Friday service, 9.30 am, followed by Stations of the Cross at 11 am.
Next Sunday — 1 April Easter Sunday
6.15 am Sunrise Service at Werribee Foreshore (opposite O’Connors Rd)
9.30 am Communion Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for next week:
- Duty Elder: TBA
- Morning Tea: Dorothy Rookes & Judy O'Keefe
- Reader: Wendy Barnes
- Greeting: Rose Geilen
- AV Desk: Rob Bradley
- Prayers: Mike Lewis
- Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week: Exodus 14:10–31, 15:20–21; Psalm 46; Romans 6:3–11; Mark 16:1–8.
Church Council Report
Thanks to the Church Councillors and members of the Congregation (Jan Bradley, Carmel Woodward, Frances Geilen, Jeremy Withers, Neil Tolliday, and Bev Lambie) who attended our Church Council Conference last Saturday 17 March. Some very valuable contributions were made to the overall discussion by all present.
Structure of Church Council meetings
Commencing on Wednesday 11 April at 6 pm, our first Mission meeting will be held at Crossroads. Any member of the Congregation is welcome to attend or to contribute in writing to the discussion. If you would like to attend, please let Margaret Gook know, as there is a light meal being provided. If you wish to make a contribution, please put it into writing or send to Margaret (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mission meetings will be held ever second month on the second Wednesday, from 6 to 9.30 pm, and they will focus on our mission strategic plan, pastoral care, bible studies, worship planning, CRUNCH, and other Congregational activities.
On the alternate month, a General meeting will be held from 6 to 7.30 pm to deal with finance, property, OHS, rosters, representation and general housekeeping.
The Mission Strategy Plan that was approved by the Congregation back in November was reviewed and endorsed. It was pleasing to hear how leaders had begun the implementation process. (If you don’t have a copy of the plan, please contact Margaret and we’ll send you a copy.)
We spent some time in brainstorming the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and roadblocks that we face as a Congregation in working towards our Vision and Mission statements. This brainstorm will be the focus of our meeting on the 11th of April.
Property and Finance
Ken Storey provided us with an update as to the property issues and developments. The excellent work of the Property Committee members was noted and thanks given.
Salote Tupou, our treasurer, provided a positive update regarding our finances.
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.