OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Kid's Hope 10th Anniversary Celebration
Last Sunday we celebrated 10 years of Crossroads running Kids Hope in Werribee Primary School. It was a very special service to recognise this great program that has reached out to 53 children over the 10 years. We appreciate all the effort put in by our 31 mentors and 27 prayer partners, and we praise God for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children. Above photo is of the prayer partners.
Pastor Dennis LaWu’s Ordination
Last Sunday several members of our congregation attended the ordination service in our church hall. Mike Lewis took part in the service which was conducted in the Lisu language (but fortunately we had English translations).
The community singing to start the service and a beautifully harmonised choir were highlights. Lunch followed the service. The MLCF Community is very appreciative of being so welcomed in their use of the Crossroads facilities for their regular services and that several members of our congregation attended the service or ordination.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Special Congregational Meeting—10 December
After worship on Sunday 10 December, a special Congregational Meeting will be held with a view to formally approving the new strategic plan for the congregation that will be discussed in detail at today’s service.
The new strategic plan to be discussed today
The Church Council has been working for several weeks on the development of a new, clear strategic plan for the congregation, in recognition that it’s important to have a plan for action that is S.M.A.R.T. That is, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-related. No good having a plan that isn’t any of these things!
Our resources are limited but we believe that God’s mission is something for which we will receive God’s blessing and support as we together work in God’s name. Everyone can participate, as apart from actively supporting one or more of the objectives, all members are asked to pray for each part of the plan specifically.
VISION: We see Crossroads Uniting Church as a relevant, growing spiritual presence in the community, nurturing and encouraging each other, and reaching out to spread the good news of Christ to all.
MISSION: The mission of the Crossroads Uniting Church is to live as an intergenerational and intercultural open community, faithful to the gospel and sent out to share the love of God in our lives within the wider community, building the kingdom of God through our ministries and activities.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES (Summary)
- Worship and preaching—a commitment to equipping the people of God to become disciples through vital, vibrant transforming worship.
- A life-giving ministry with children and families—including holding Easter and Christmas workshops in 2018, implementing the Synod’s Child Safe Policy, and running an effective CRUNCH Sunday morning program.
- Serving and stewardship—including developing stronger fund-raising and stewardship activities in order to ensure that new programs are adequately funded, and to seek greater opportunities for congregational members’ involve-ment in mission activites, making sure that the purpose is understood as ministry.
4. Communication and upreach—an effective communication pattern that allows for greater engagement with and between the members, ensuring that the purpose of communication is clearly to support the mission of God and the message that God is love.
- Inreach—to build up members of the Crossroads community where faith is developed and people are nurtured spiritually, emotionally and socially.
- Leadership needs—to seek ways of developing leaders who can take on particular responsibilities for the benefit of the members of the congregation.
- Outreach—to strengthen the Crossroads commitment to social and environmental justice as an expression of our role and responsibilities in God’s co-dependent world.
Carols, carols, carols!
The Crossroads Carol Service will be held on Sunday 17 December at 7 pm. Please bring a plate for supper!
Roaming Carols—please contact Sharron Inglis or Frances Geilen if you would like to attend our ‘roaming carols’ on Saturday 16 December. Please meet at the church at 6 pm with your singing voice and festive dress, and supper to share afterwards.
Card-making & Craft Sale
Great news! The sale netted $778.30 for the craft items, and $57 for the morning tea—a total of $835.30, with anticipated additional sales to the value of $100! Thanks to all who helped!
Uniting Wyndham Christmas Appeal
Uniting Wyndham will be collecting and distributing toys and Christmas food hampers to families in need in December. Please bring donations of new toys and food items and place them in the collection box in the foyer.
2017 Multifaith Dinner
Thanks to all who attended or contributed to the 2017 Multifaith Dinners—it was a great success!
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis, including an introduction to the new strategic plan for the congregation.
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Next Sunday — 3 December 2017
9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.
Baptism service next Sunday at 9.30 am—Asanka & Martin Pakura’s twins, Aniela and Lukyan.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for next week:
Duty Elder: Rob Bradley
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Jan Bradley
Flowers: Elaine Belcher
Greeting: Margaret Gook
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers: Mary Dixon
Piano: Gina Lee
Bible Readings next week: Isaiah 64:1–9; I Corinthians 1:3–9; Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19; Mark 13:24–37.
Prayer Calendar this week : All retired ministers and the Retired Ministry Fellowship.
Housekeeping & Help
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Office hours are Monday–Friday 9.30 am–12 noon.
Telephone 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
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