OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
A pleasant occasion
Thanks to Rose and Roland Geilen and to George Tomkins for the inspiration for last Saturday night’s barbecue dinner in the church hall, and to Roland and George for their cooking on such a hot night!
Thanks also to all the people who brought the salads and the deserts, and I can’t resist singling out that delicious Summer Pudding!
It was great also to welcome to the meal the Rev. Daniel Kuol Mathiang, the minister of the Sudanese congregation that worships in the church at 2 pm on Sundays. (Ed.)
Welcome back (to work!) for the office staff
Our team of volunteers who do a great deal of work ‘behind the scenes’ have started back Monday through Friday, from 9.30 am to 12 noon.
Preparation for Sunday worship, dealing with enquiries, managing the photocopying, emails, telephone calls and general office work is all done by voluntary effort at Crossroads.
Assisting community people and organisations who make use of the church’s facilities and arranging bookings are also important functions of the team.
It’s all part of the stewardship of time and talents!
A word in the church that was not looked upon so positively, especially since it was associated for a long time with organised ‘stewardship campaigns’, but it is in need for resuscitation and renewal at Crossroads. Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources, and it is a vital skill in all areas of life—economics, environment, health, property, and not least in our own lives and our lives within the church community.
70th Anniversary of the World Council of Churches
In 2018 we celebrate the 70thanniversary of the World Council of Churches and the fellowship that is its lifeblood. This is an opportunity to mark the achievements of the past 70 years in working for Christian unity and action, and to look to the challenges ahead as a fellowship of churches responding to God’s call for unity, mission, justice and peace.
When the Uniting Church was established in 1977 one of the most important aspects of the new church’s outlook was an ecumenical one. There was the hope that the present tense of the name would remind the members that we should continually seek to recognise and affirm the unity of Christ’s body, the church.
Seeking justice and peace sounds so positive, but in the mid-20th century, amidst all the scare about Communism, the WCC was accused by many conservatives of being a ‘fellow-traveller’ of Communism. So were many Christian ministers and congregational members who firmly rejected this falsely claimed association and they were also branded as being ‘fellow-travellers’, and came under considerable pressure to abandon their support for causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. In the USA it was the McCarthy era in which many people lost their jobs or reputation and were hauled up before Senator McCarthy’s ‘House Un-American Activities Committee’.
One such local minister was the Rev. Alfred Dickie, who was minister of North Essendon Presbyterian Church for 25 years. Alf and Alison Dickie were ardent supporters of the anti-war and anti-nuclear arms movements and saw, correctly, that this was a legitimate Christian response for which they need not apologise. [The story of Alf and Alison Dickie’s struggle has been told in the Proceedings of the Uniting Church Historical Society, and copies can be obtained from Robert Renton, the editor of the journal.]
Back to the WCC’s 70th anniversary—there is a call for stories, prayers, and songs to celebrate the work of the WCC, and churches throughout the world (and even in downtown Werribee and Hoppers Crossing) are called to celebrate the WCC anniversary, particularly on August 23, the anniversary of the first Assembly of the WCC in Amsterdam.
More information can be obtained from http://www.oikoumene.org/en/wcc70/
A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Relay for Life - BBQ at Bunnings this Saturday 3rd February
Uniting Church Adult Fellowship
Activities for this year resume this coming Wednesday 7 February, commencing at 1 pm in the church foyer. All welcome to attend. If you haven’t attended before and are interested, please contact Lorraine Sewell after worship today.
Ash Wednesday Service
All are welcome to the Ash Wednesday service, 7 pm on February 14, here at Crossroads.
The first Church Council meeting for 2018 will be held on Wednesday 14 February, commencing at 7.45 pm, following the Ash Wednesday service.
Saturday Take-Away Night (STAN)
First gathering will be on February 24, 6.30 pm, at Werribee Town Centre ‘Pop-Up’ Park (TBC). Contact Lynette Boyd
Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday 25 February, after the worship service. Copies of the annual reports will be available from 11 February.
Sunday 25th February at 12 noon. We are booked to go to The Phoenix Hotel , 22-30 Wallace Avenue. Point Cook. We enjoyed the meal we had there last year although they do not serve senior meals on a Sunday. But the prices we found were reasonable. So we look forward to meeting each other over a meal . Everyone is welcome. Pooling of transport works well so don’t hesitate to contact Elaine on 93952045 or Lorna on 97414185 as we need numbers for booking the tables.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea 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 and UCAF: 1 pm, in the Foyer.
Thursday: Bible Study, 8 pm, at the Savorys.
Next Sunday — 11 February 2018
9.30 am Family Worship and Song (Blair Dixon).
11.30 am Beach Patrol.
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Phil Barnes
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: Bev Cox
Reader: Caz Lewis
Greeting: Mary Dixon
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers: Robyn Tomkins
Piano: Asanka Ariyapperuma
Bible Readings next week: 2 Kings 2:1–12; Psalm 50:1–6; 2 Corinthians 4:3–6; Mark 9:2–9.
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.