CONNECTION – 28 APRIL – EASTER 2


Crossroads Connection

OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK

HAPPENINGS

Christ has risen!

1 Christ has risen while earth slumbers,
Christ has risen where hope died,
As he said and as he promised
As we doubted and denied.
Let the moon embrace the blessing;
Let the sun sustain the cheer;
Let the world confirm the rumour:
Christ is risen, God is here!
4 Christ has risen and for ever
Lives to challenge and to change
All whose lives are messed or mangled,
All who find religion strange.
Christ is risen, Christ is present,
Making us what he has been—
Evidence of transformation
In which God is known and seen.
(From “The Courage to say No” Songs by John Bell, Iona Community 1988.  Tune: “Transformation”)

The Wyndham Theatre Company has been a big part of the cultural activities that have been ‘at home’ in Crossroads for a number of years.  Their next production, “Stepping Out”, will be held May 10th – May 25th 8pm and May 18th 2pm.

Tickets are available at: wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au.

This is a comedy about the attempts of some amateur tap dancers to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London.  A touching play that overcomes loneliness, class divides and two left feet!

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Easter 2 (Rev. Neil Tolliday)

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive
1 pm Uniting Church Adult Fellowship
Sunday: 9.30 am Communion service (Rev. Lisa Stewart,  Mission and Ethos Partner for Western Victoria and Tasmania within Uniting, the UCA’s community services agency)

Bible Readings – 5 May 2019

Acts 9:1–6 (7–20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11–14; John 21:1–19

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Judy O’Keefe
Flowers: Luciana Aragon
Reader: Bev Lambie
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory
Piano: Jeremy Withers

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.

OUR CONGREGATION

Helen Grech

I reckon Helen is one of our stalwarts at Crossroads; she’s a regular person in a front pew on Sunday mornings and is a practical helper in many ways.

Helen has always lived a Christian life.  She grew up in a Methodist family in Highett, going to Sunday School and Rays (girls club).

After High School year 12, she worked for Roses, wholesale jewellers, on the switchboard and invoicing.

Helen met her husband Charles ten-pin bowling, and they enjoyed ballroom dancing together.

Their two eldest boys were born at Sandringham hospital; then Helen and Charles found a house in Footscray, because Charles’ work was in Maidstone.

Their third son was born at Footscray Hospital, close to home. Charles had grown up Catholic, and he came to Sunshine Uniting Church with Helen and the boys.

Then they lived in Hoppers Crossing, and started attending at Crossroads Uniting Church.  Helen learned to drive—a big step forward.

They next moved in to a farmhouse and large buildings on Duncans Road, south of the freeway, where Charles ran his upholstery business. Surrounded by market gardens, they ate lots of broccoli, cauliflowers and cabbages!

Helen wanted to contribute at church, and she started in the office in the year 2000. Blair Dixon and Lyn O’Meara were also there at that time.

Helen has continued to help with seniors afternoon teas over 15 years.  Seniors afternoon tea was started with Zelda Cations and Dawn Hosking.  She says: “I had two terms on Church Council; I enjoyed it and learned a lot.”

“The church means a great deal to me,” says Helen. “It’s family to me, where I have real friends, and in time of illness, I don’t have to ask; the casseroles arrive”.

Since Charles died, Helen is now a volunteer two days a week at Uniting Age Well in Wyndham Vale, along with Carol Jones from Crossroads. “We help the lifestyle co-ordinators, running quizzes, hang-the-man games and trivial pursuit.  We visit with people who are disabled,” she says.

Says Helen: “I like helping at Uniting Age Well. There’s a light-hearted feel to the place, and everyone is kind.”

In your prayers, remember the volunteers in our Crossroads office, and at Uniting Age Well. (NT)

NEWS AND NOTES

Tip Tickets

Geoff Gook would be pleased to receive any tip tickets that are not needed but which can save the church a lot when the volunteers will be cleaning up the manse garden.

Repairs needed!

There are some 30–40 bibles and hymn books on a table in the foyer that need to be repaired.  Please take home a couple for repairs!

Gifts for Uniting Wyndham

Church Council is giving encouragement to our congregation to bring forward with the Sunday Offering, the box of non-perishable gifts for people needing emergency relief, who come into Uniting next door, each day of the week.

Your gifts of groceries, laundry and toilet items, UHT milk, and toys, are all acceptable.

I spoke with ‘Mick’, volunteer driver with Uniting. 3 days of the week, Mick collects bread, vegetables and non-perishables from Aldi supermarket in Werribee. Together with our congregation's contribution, these gifts make a difference! (NT)

Quantin Binnah – tags and lids

A reminder—we are still collecting bread tags and plastic lids.  We have already made two deliveries to Quantin Binnah.

Tragedy in Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches spoke for all of us following the tragedy in Sri Lanka when he said, “A fitting tribute to the memories of those who lost their lives in sacred spaces of peace and refuge is for us all to live out the difficult task of demonstrating that the power of peace and love are far greater than the power of violence.  Jesus Christ our risen Lord says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid’. (John 14:27)
May these words become all the more true to those who cope with the aftermath of these attacks. May they offer to all of us hope and healing”.

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

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