OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Today's Mission Study
As you know, your congregation will soon have a ministry vacancy. In the Uniting Church, this signals the beginning of a time of discernment. It is a time to ask the question about where God is leading us and what ministry is needed for the next phase of our journey as a congregation.
Where are we going as a congregation?
As part of this discernment process, the Presbytery will lead today’s Mission Study. The purpose of this is to help us think and pray together about what God might be calling us to in mission and ministry in our life together over the next phase of our journey. This then will help us understand more about what kind of ministry we will need to help us achieve this.
What ministry do we need?
Part of this Mission Study day will involve thinking about the particular gifts and skills of ministry needed. But beyond this, the Port Phillip West Presbytery also asks congregations to consider the options of ‘Regeneration’ or ‘Traditional’ ministry. This will be explained on the day. However, to put it simply, a congregation may choose to call a ‘Regeneration Minister’ if their key focus is about exploring mission, growth and different ways of being church that may connect in a stronger way with the community it is called to serve. Whilst of course most ministries and congregations have this focus, a regeneration ministry will state that intentionally from the start, and time will be specifically dedicated to this as a priority, along with worship and pastoral care.
An integral part of the Mission Study is the Werribee congregation’s Strategic Plan. So our day together will begin by reviewing this to see if there are any modifications or additions needed. We will then look at what ministry skills and gifts are needed to achieve the vision and objectives of the plan, and what category of ministry is also needed.
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. There are 10 per pack.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Church Council news
At the last meeting of the Church Council, we decided (by agreement, not by consensus) that we would affirm the statement regarding same-sex marriages that was circulated in advance to all congregational members. The resolution was as follows:
“Recognising this diversity and honouring ‘the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’, we acknowledge and affirm the resolution of the Fifteenth Assembly regarding marriage and same-gender relationships. We acknowledge that within the Uniting Church there is a diversity of religious beliefs and ethical understandings, developed through continuing faithful discernment and held with integrity on matters relating to sexuality and marriage; and we determine that Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee is able to accept this diversity within its life and in the practice of marriage rites by its minister within the Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee.”
A considerable amount was left over from the fête and it has been decided, thanks to Geoff Gook, to hold a Twilight Market on Friday 16 November, from 5 to 7 pm, at Crossroads. Helpers welcome from 4 pm!
Advance notice! “Chasing Corals” the first of a series of three movies about the impact of global warming, will be screened in the foyer, Crossroads Uniting Church at 7.30 pm on Friday 9 November. Booking is essential – we have limited places, so contact Luciana or Armando Aragon. Entry is free! This is a good opportunity to learn how our world’s coral reefs are being affected and what humanity must do to avoid catastrophe. (Sponsored by the Justice Task Group and the Werribee River Association)
Beach Patrol Werribee report
Working together we removed 245 plastic bottles,113 glass bottles & 161 cans plus 120 kgs of other litter including one shopping trolley, 18 balls, lots of polystyrene and eight bags general rubbish. Our member for Lalor Joanne Ryan also attended the clean which was great. We really appreciate her support and the efforts of everyone involved! After the clean we all enjoyed another great BBQ provided by the Australian Indian Foundation Incorporated.
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 service will be held around tables in the Hall today, as we will be going on (after a short break for tea/coffee) to the Congregational Mission Study. BYO Lunch! We will conclude by about 2–2.30 pm.
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am.
Next Sunday – 4 November: Pentecost 24
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins
Greeting: Luciana Aragon
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Jennie Kirkman
Reader: Julie Rees
AV Desk: TBC
Prayers: Mary Dixon
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings 4 November: Ruth 1:1–18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11–14; Mark 1:28–34
Angela & Kingsley Tampiyappa
Kingsley and (Rev.) Angela Tampiyappa both grew up in Jaffna, the ethnic Tamil region of northern Sri Lanka. They belonged to fifth generation Christian families; Kingsley’s grandfather was a Christian minister.
Kingsley worked in the Government’s Agriculture Department, training farmers’ families in cultivation of rice and other crops. From 1983 onwards, war between the Tamil Tigers of Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka became a terrifying reality. Reliable estimates are that at least 80,000 people were killed. In the midst of that conflict, people got on with their daily lives. On one occasion, Kingsley was arrested and held in prison, until Department of Agriculture people demanded his release.
In 1990 he retired, and took up volunteer leadership in the Church of South India’s Diocese of Jaffna. He managed self-employment programs for the YMCA.
Angela served the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India as a lay and ordained minister for 10 years. At one time she experienced the bombing of a girls’ orphanage and re-location of the children to a church mission school. Angela was involved with International Women’s Peace Mission and the United Nations
In 1996 Angela and Kingsley came as migrants to Melbourne under a family reunion visa as they have two daughters and six grandchildren living in Melbourne.
Welcomed by the Uniting Church as an ordained minister, Angela worked as a prison and hospital chaplain in Melbourne 1997-2004. From 2004 until retirement in 2018, Angela was at St George’s Uniting Church, East St Kilda, in a team ministry with Rev. John Bottomley, where Angela instituted a multi-faith Festival of Light, in partnership with Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India. (NT)