OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
A Poetical Start
Salote Tupou led devotions at Church Council’s meeting last week and she read two poems.
The first, called “Childhood faith” she wrote herself.
Every morning as the cock crows,
It’s worship time for us.
Everyone is shaken and woken,
Yawned, with sleepy eyes,
But a task that must be done.
Giving GOD thanks and praises!!!
Sunday, a One day dedicated
To the One Living God,
Work places and all services
Are not operated,
Except for doctors and nurses,
To honour Christ the Prince of Peace.
Every Sunday morning,
Bells chime and rhyme,
In many choruses,
Like music to our ears,
Calling everyone in the island,
It is time to sing and pray.
Christmas music at Crossroads
Advent is the time of preparing the Way of the Lord! Crossroads Uniting congregation will celebrate the Saviour’s birth in songs of joy with an Australian flavour at the Christmas Carol Service at 7 pm on Sunday December 16.
Our choir of enthusiastic singers will be led this year by Wendy Barnes, who brings love and musicality to her task. Wendy says: “We have started practices, but you are not too late! All are welcome to join in the practices, at 7pm on Sunday evenings: November 25, December 2 and 9”.
Wassailing around Werribee
In addition, you are invited to join Crossroads singers wassailing (street carol singing) at some nursing homes and aged care facilities in Werribee, on Saturday 22 December in the afternoon. Led by Frances Geilen and Sharron Inglis, bring your voice, some percussion instruments, and we will make a cheery sound.
“The Virgin Mary had a baby boy…”
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Uniting Christmas Cards
Christmas cards supporting the Uniting agencies can be ordered on forms that will be available after the service or you can contact Judy O’Keefe on 9741 2887. There are 10 per pack.
Sew ‘n’ Sow
Our last Sew ‘n’ Sow for the year will be held at Avon Iskov’s home on Friday 14th December from 1-3pm. Please bring a small plate of Christmassy food to share.
An adult member of the congregation is learning to drive and needs the help of a licensed driver to accompany her while she’s practising. She has her own vehicle, so a few hours each week would be needed. If you can help, please speak to Rose Geilen at the office.
The net proceeds totalling $1,104.25 from the 5 stalls were as follows: BBQ $181.45, Books $134.20, Bric-a-brac $320.90, Craft $125.20, Plants $$342.50. Thanks to Geoff Gook for his organisation and to all who helped.
Rental home needed
A refugee family of six requires a house to rent in the Wyndham area. If you know of one available, please let Sandra Savory know.
Justice Task Group
Justice Task Group meets on Monday 26 November at the Community Centre, Heathglen Retirement Village, 2 Glendale Court, Werribee, at 7.30 pm. All interested persons are invited to attend and bring your ideas about the Gospel call to justice in our community.
Also, postcards for pollies "Kids off Nauru" and "Stop Adani" are available from Task Group members: Rob Bradley, Luciana and Armando Aragon, Blair and Mary Dixon, Christine Morris, Val Martin.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am. Justice Task Group,
7.30 pm, Heathglen Retirement Village Community Centre.
Wednesday: Seniors Afternoon Tea, 2.30 pm, Church Foyer
Friday: Advent Study, 10 am, at the manse.
Next Sunday – 2 December: Advent 1
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
BBQ Lunch as part of farewell to Mike & Caz. BYO meat and salads, please.
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Mary Dixon
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Judy Francom & Jan Bradley
Flowers: Elaine Belcher
AV Desk: Mahfoud Alamir
Prayers: Blair Dixon
Piano: Asanka Pakura
Bible Readings 25 November: 2 Samuel 23:1–7; Psalm 132:1–12; Revelation 1:4b–8; John 18:33–37
NEWS FROM PRESBYTERY
The Presbytery is fortunate to have Doug Whan as honorary treasurer. Doug is a retired Chartered Accountant, now living in the seaside town of Barwon Heads, and is active in the Barwon Heads congregation.
For many years Doug lived in Rowville; he was a member of the Rowville UC congregation, and was fully involved in the church’s mission outreach activities. He practised as a Chartered Accountant in the city, and in his home locality.
Presbytery’s November meeting approved the current Profit and Loss Statement, Balance Sheet, the Budget analysis and expected Budget for the next financial year., covering the many aspects of the Presbytery’s life and mission, presented by Doug Whan as Treasurer.
The Uniting Church is responsible for a truthful account of the stewardship of resources, and we are thankful for the dedicated service of its treasurers, including our own Treasurer, Salote Tupou.
New Presbytery minister inducted in Port Phillip West Presbytery.
Jeanne comes to her new role from some years as Chaplain at Aitken College, Greenvale. The occasional sermon was given by Pastor Annette Buckley of the Macedon Ranges Cluster.
Jeanne expressed delight at stepping into Presbytery’s leadership team. She spoke of this time of challenge to the cohesion of Australian society, when many people are marginalized. Jeanne affirmed her view of the Uniting Church’s important role in making practical the Christian vision of an inclusive community, where the dignity of all who live in this land is respected.
Jeanne said she looks forward to working with leaders and members of congregations in the service of Christ in this region of Melbourne’s west. (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.