CONNECTION – 27 JANUARY – EPIPHANY 3


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

Today’s Worship Leader

Rev. Bill Lidgett

Let me share some of my deep passions:  I was brought up on a farm and I enjoyed nature and became a geologist, and as a consequence, a long term passion for the environment and creation stories.  As a geologist I enjoyed working on relationships with the people in the various exploration camps in Australia and Canada, which led me to a deeper relationship with God and into ministry.  I was challenged to see a call to ministry in Canada.  I met Claire in a church pew (literally) and were married one week before we went to my first placement.    Our two children are both teachers, Dan at Bendigo at the same school as our two grandchildren.  Pippa is at present working in Tanzania with Australian Volunteers International supporting teacher development.  My passion for people and children have led me into various roles in the church and now in retirement, in our playgroup and as an emergency relief worker, marriage counsellor and mediator.

Shopping Tour

Crossroads UC Relay for Life Team are organising their fundraising program for the year and are considering offering a shopping tour in November, if there is enough interest.  Dates suggested are 9, 16 and 23 November, and whether you would prefer a BYO lunch or a catered (extra cost) lunch.  If you are interested, would you please put your name, preferred date, lunch preference, and whether you could bring others along, on the list on the noticeboard in the foyer.

Upcoming roof work at the church

Our PCG has met with the contractor (Abode Restorations) to plan the layout of the site around the church for scaffolding and safety fencing.  The contractor will be using the lawn area alongside Duncans Road for their site shed and toilet block.  Congregation members need to be aware the site will be a construction zone and entry by unauthorized persons is not permitted.  Parking spaces for the contractors has been provided in the car park using the 3 horizontal bays near the sheds.

Ben Quick (Synod project manager) the Architects and Heritage Victoria will finalise  the production schedules and time frame of the project.  Abode at this stage does not see any reason why we cannot use the church for morning worship as they will not be working in the roof on the weekends. This may change if there has to be some internal restoration to the rafters.

The church roof will be the first stage of the project then onto the manse.  We are looking forward to some action next week.

Certificate of Appreciation

Uniting Wyndham has sent a certificate of appreciation to the Congregation (see noticeboard): “All of us at Uniting Wyndham sincerely thank you for your generous donations to our Christmas appeal in 2018.  We greatly appreciate your time and efforts in supporting the work of Uniting Wyndham.  It is through generous donations such as yours that we are able to continue local residents and the Wyndham community”.

EVENTS AND NOTICES

Three Reasons to visit the Werribee River

Christian people appreciate of God’s gift of water.  For the ancient Hebrews, the Tigris, Euphrates and Jordan Rivers marked  boundaries of the known world.  Here in the western suburbs, we live on the Werribee River, ancient boundary of Wautharung and Boonwurrung tribal country. Members of the Werribee River Association (WRivA);  Armando Aragon, John Forrester, Rob Bradley and John Marks are eager to share their passion for our natural place of beauty. Come and walk with us!

Riverbend Historic Park, on Heaths Road opposite Purchas Street (Melway 205 F 2)

Armando Aragon, President of the WRivA says: “My favourite place along the River is the Historic Park. Enter the circular car park close to the Purchas St roundabout. Notice the old farm machinery, a reminder of the Chaffey Brothers, irrigators and early settlers. From the BBQ area it’s a pretty walk along the river to the Diversion Weir, which feeds a gravitation channel to farms in South Werribee. You’ll see beautiful gum trees, some of them hundreds of years old. I like to watch the ducks, competing with canoeists on the water.”

Doolan Street Woodlands, off Tesron Court. (Melway 205 H 11)

John Forrester, Werribee Riverkeeper (member of the International Alliance of Riverkeepers) recommends this easy walk, a concrete path with easy access for wheelchairs. It’s close to Greaves Street South, one of the best residential locations in Werribee.  The trickling stream moves quietly. Walk upstream to the right, towards the T intersection of Purcell Court.  On this beautiful part of the river bushland, you will notice the ancient rocks of dried billabongs. In the green canopy are many birds;  magpies, wattlebirds and blue wrens.  Look out for fast cyclists, who don’t always ring their bells.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Bill Lidgett)

Activities this week

Most activities will resume from February 4.

Next Sunday – 3 February: Epiphany 4

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. David Walker)

Bible Readings 3 February 2019

Jeremiah 4:1–10; Psalm 71:1–6; I Corinthians 13:1–13; Luke 4:21–30.

Interfaith celebrations

Tuesday 5 February: Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year, Spring Festival), celebrated in Buddhist,  Confucian and Taoist traditions.

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Julie Rees
Greeting: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Jan Sillitoe & Vivian Bleakley
Flowers: TBA
Reader: Margaret Forrester
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
Piano: Jeremy Withers

PLACES OF INTEREST

Cobbledicks Ford. (Melway 227 A 10)

John Marks, co-ordinator of the Cobbledicks Ford Friends group says: “The Ford is my favourite spot on the river.  It’s a hidden gem; access is from either easterly (Dukelows Road) to the Wyndham Council Reserve, or westerly (Cobbledicks Ford Road) direction.

Ancient eucalypts shade the river crossing. There is evidence of permanent aboriginal settlement, thousands of years ago, when seasonal food dictated occupancy. The dramatic natural canyon afforded shelter from prevailing westerly winds in winter. Flint chips are everywhere to be found, created by the cutting of flint to make sharp tools. No natural flint occurs there, which suggests a trade in the precious stone.

Early white settlement has also left the remains of a school building. There is much introduced Prickly Pear cactus growing in and around the reserve.

Fauna consists of introduced rabbits, snakes, (the council snake catcher releases snakes in   the reserve) wallabies, and platypus. Wear long trousers and strong boots. The river lacks fish life, because of salinity, and 01 river down-stream.

Come to the Friends regular monthly activity (second Friday) at 10 am to 12 noon. Next is on 8 February, a Flora and Fauna walk and talk. Meet in the Reserve car park at 9.45 am.”

Beach Patrol at River Mouth

Rob Bradley, co-ordinator of Beach Patrol 3030 says: People of the Werribee community are coming to the support of Beach Patrol members, passionate about keeping litter off our beaches and river.  We invite you to join us at our monthly clean-up, meeting on the Second Sunday, for an hour of picking up rubbish, followed by a BBQ.  Over the past year, enthusiastic volunteers have collected over 1400 kg of plastic, dangerous for marine and bird life.

Our next date is 10 February 2019, at the river mouth at Werribee South beach (Melway 199 F 11)

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  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.

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au