OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Wyndham Interfaith Network Tour
Our next Places of Worship tour, where we learn more of each other’s beliefs, cultures and traditions, will be held on Thursday 13 September, from 9 am to 2.30 pm.
We board the bus at the Wyndham Community Education Centre, cnr Duncans Rd and Synnot St, Werribee (diagonally opposite our church) at 9.15 am.
The bus will return to the Wyndham CEC by 2.30 pm. The tour is free apart from the $10 needed for the museum entry. A vegetarian lunch is free.
Please note that there are only 50 places on the bus, so an RSVP is essential—book by Monday 10 September at https://www.trybooking.com/415009 or ring Laurence Gray on 0401 337 696 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an ideal opportunity to learn the real story about Islam and Sikhism and understand our Australian multicultural society better, and so contribute to our society in positive and creative ways, in contrast with some who would promote division and hatred. (RR)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Our minister, Mike Lewis, would like to hold a service some time in Spring to welcome any people worshipping with us who would like to be formally recognised as members.
Please talk to Mike or one of the Church Councillors if you are interested.
Uniting Wyndham provides groceries to families in need every day. These items are needed – pasta and pasta sauce, UHT milk, tinned soups, tinned meals, baked beans and spaghetti, packets of rice, breakfast cereal, AND personal toiletries (e.g. toilet soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant). Green shopping bags are also welcome. Please place your items in the collection box in the church foyer.
World Vision sponsored children
Crossroads supports two girls in Zimbabwe and a boy in Cambodia. Please put your small change into the house shaped collection box in the church foyer and help make a difference in the lives of these children and their community.
The next planning ahead information session to be held at Uniting AgeWell, 15 Buffalo Crescent, Wyndham Vale, will be held next Monday (3 September), 2–4 pm. The subject is Grief & Loss, recognising that everyone experiences grief differently and it is something that takes time to work through. Learn how to access support groups or professional help to look after yourself, or to help a person who is experiencing grief and loss.
Please contact Robyn Tomkins for catering purposes.
Awaken Spoken Word event
The April Interfaith Youth leadership camp featured a talent night which was a really highlight on the last night . As well as songs and performances, the power of poetry to communicate was a stand out. As part of the follow up young leaders from the camp, with support from Wyndham CEC, were encouraged to organise an event to address a need in the their community and contributing to community development. In the long term they hope to expand and develop into creative workshops with involvement from creative people of other faiths and build connections within the community and at large.
It will be held at the Manhatten Ballroom Plaza Tavern, 250 Heaths Rd, Hoppers Crossing on Thursday 13 September, commencing at 7 pm. Book with trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=408140&
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
9.30 am Intergenerational Worship (Robert Renton, Jeremy Withers, Frances Geilen, Phil Barnes)
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s.
Next Sunday – 2 September, P’cost 15
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Margaret Dent & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Jenny Kirkham
Reader: Nola Edgar
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers: Vivien Bleakley
Piano: Asanka Pakura
Bible Readings next week: Song of Solomon 2:8–13; Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9; James 1:17–27; Mark 7:1–8, 4–15, 21–23.
WYNDHAM INTERFAITH NETWORK
This writer and Robert Renton go to meetings of the Network; and there we meet people quite unlike us. Monica is Hindu, Kyaw Htoo is Buddhist, Bhakta is Hare Krishna, Sunil is Sikh, Aziz is Muslim; Noran is Baha’i and all of them offer friendship as we overcome barriers of prejudice.
Network co-ordinator is Laurence Gray. Laurence is an Anglican who spent 20 years working in South-East Asia with World Vision; including work amongst street children and victims of human trafficking.
Now Laurence’s family priorities have brought him to live in the western suburbs, in a task that is in continuity with his view “Where there is injustice, we Christians have a role that challenges that”.
I agree with Laurence that we are blessed to share in a multicultural experience here in the events offered by the Inter-Faith Network in Werribee. Laurence says: “I’m hopeful that as people of different beliefs come together, we can overcome the climate of fear engendered by sensationalist news media crime reports.”
In the Network, we arrange visits to places of worship, we share stories of hope, and we tackle issues which cross cultural and ethnic boundaries; for example, domestic and street violence. The Annual Multifaith Dinner, at Encore Centre, Derrimut Road, will be on Wednesday 7 November this year. Put it in your diary!
“Who is the stranger in our midst?” asks Laurence. “Through small actions, friendships and links are built, enabling people to feel secure in this new country. The Network works to engender a spirit of enquiry rather than debate.”
Laurence says of his work: “Inter-Faith has broadened my ideas of how God works; it provides opportunities to learn, to be informed and to question injustice. In this shared journey with folk of other faiths, I find Godly surprises!” (NT)