OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
For more than two years Naomi juggled caring for her husband and her children, making it impossible for her to do any paid work to cover their debts or build for the future. In 2013, Naomi’s husband died. Suddenly Naomi was alone with three young children under 8—including a baby—and no family nearby to support her.
Increasing numbers of families in our community are doing it tough like Naomi. The cost of living is going up. Many people cannot afford to buy food or pay their bills. “I’m just thankful that Uniting looks after people in crisis and the homeless”, said Naomi. Help people like Naomi move from crisis to stability this winter—donate today!
Pick up an appeal brochure, or send your donation to Uniting Winter Share Appeal, Reply Paid 85995, A’Beckett St Vic 8006, or call 1800 668 426. (Contact Judy O’Keefe)
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Event
On Thursday, 28 June, Julie Hamilton, Neil Tolliday, Blair and Mary Dixon went to the 17th Human Rights Oration at the Museum theatre. The speaker this year was Professor Megan Davis, one of Australia's most highly regarded lawyers and Professor of Law at the University of NSW. Megan is an Aboriginal woman and her topic was "Towards a Treaty". She took us through events leading up to both the movements for the recognition of Australia's First Peoples and to a Treaty itself. The need for genuine consultation was loud and clear. The theatre was full to overflowing, mainly with keen young student/executive types, and the whole event was a sign of hope for a better Australia. (Mary Dixon)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out
Sunday 22 July: We have booked the Lara hotel where we always get a good lunch for seniors but non-seniors are always welcome but they pay a little more, and get a little more! Please contact Elaine or Lorna by Thursday 19th for numbers.
UCA Assembly and Marriage Equality decision
The new President, Deirdre Palmer, has been introduced in the current edition of Crosslight, and she will be inducted as President tonight at 7. 30 pm in St Michael’s Uniting Church, corner of Collins St and Russell St, Melbourne. Pray for this important gathering, as we discern and decide on a number of key issues—including the issue of same-sex marriage. Visitors to the Assembly are welcome.
Operation Christmas Child
On Sunday 15 July we will launch Operation Christmas Child for 2018. Rose Geilen will show some photos of her most recent trip to Fiji to distribute shoeboxes and I will have a trading table after church selling a selection of suitable gifts to go in the boxes. Shoeboxes will be free—for a boy or a girl—and each shoebox will contain a beanie to ‘kick start your box’. Looking forward to your participation.
(Margaret Gook, Area representative for Samaritan's Purse Vic.)
The cardmaking group will be meeting on Saturday 21 July at 1.00 pm at Crossroads Church. All ages are welcome to come and make cards and share afternoon tea. Please bring your craft supplies if you have them, and a plate to share over a cuppa. For more information talk to Robyn Tomkins or Rose Geilen.
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 Family Worship (Rev. M. Lewis)
Following worship today
Tea/Coffee in the Foyer.
Activities this week
Wednesday 11 July:
Church Council, 6 pm in the Foyer.
Next Sunday — 15 July 2018 Pentecost 8
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis) and Launch of Operation Christmas Child.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for Next Week (15 July)
Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Elaine Belcher
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Reader: Asanka Pakura
AV Desk: Chris Bradley
Prayers: Ken Storey
Piano: Asanka Pakura
Bible Readings next week: 2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3–14; Mark 6:14–29.
Wyndham Interfaith Network
The Wyndham Interfaith Network was established in 2010 for the purpose of promoting respect and acceptance for the integrity of each other’s beliefs, cultures and traditions, a desire arising from both a shared and common humanity and from being people of faith and spirituality.
The principles underlying this network are:
An opportunity for dialogue and understanding; a way of living with mutual respect and dignity; a positive recognition of different faiths and spiritual beliefs; a celebration of individuality and identity of each tradition; held together by human values and goodwill; and a partnership of many faith communities and the civic authority. (More information from Neil Tolliday, Mike Lewis or Robert Renton.)
Sandra and Noel Savory
Are you looking to be involved in the life of Crossroads Uniting congregation? Here’s your opportunity; come to the regular Thursday fortnightly Bible Studies hosted by Sandra and Noel Savory, at their home close by the church.
Resuming after school holidays, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, the current studies (led by our minister, Revd. Mike Lewis) are “Exploring the Vision” of the Uniting Church in Australia – following Christ, walking together as First and Second Peoples, Seeking Community, Compassion and Justice for All Creation.
Sandra and Noel welcomed this writer, and told me something of their lives. Noel is manager of an interstate trucking company in North Laverton, which moves large consignments of fruit and vegetables around Australia. The apples you eat today may have come with Noel’s transportation from Tasmania!
Noel is a past member of Church Council, currently volunteering his support at Crossroads in various ways. Their children, are Ben, Jacinta, Aaron and Madelyn, ages 24 to 10.
Sandra co-ordinates the roster for CRUNCH, our congregation’s kids’ program on Sundays during school term. In two groups; 3-10 year olds, and 10 yrs upwards, with a leader, exploring the faith. Sandra says: “We need helpers, maybe you can assist?”
In partnership with Werribee Primary School, representing Crossroads congregation, Sandra co-ordinates “Kid’s Hope”, the program which provides mentors for kids with social needs. “We need prayer partners,” says Sandra. “New mentors are welcome. They need compassion, enthusiasm, and resilience, and are required to undergo screening and training.”
Sandra is employed at Werribee Primary School as Education Support Staff (the former integration aides).
Noel and Sandra’s discipleship is evidence of service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (NT)