OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Christmas Music at Crossroads
Advent is the time of preparing the Way of the Lord! Crossroads Uniting congregation will celebrate the Saviour’s birth in songs of joy with an Australian flavour at the Christmas Carol Service at 7 pm on Sunday December 16.
Our choir of enthusiastic singers will be led this year by Wendy Barnes, who brings love and musicality to her task. Wendy says: “We have started practices, but you are not too late! All are welcome to join in the practices, at 7pm on Sunday evenings: December 2 and 9”.
Wassailing around Werribee
In addition, you are invited to join Crossroads singers wassailing (street carol singing) at some nursing homes and aged care facilities in Werribee, on Saturday 22 December in the afternoon. Led by Frances Geilen and Sharron Inglis, bring your voice, some percussion instruments, and we will make a cheery sound. “The Virgin Mary had a baby boy…”
Plants for Sale
We still have some lovely plants available for sale. They have been gift-wrapped and tagged - all the work has been done! The plants would make wonderful "living" gifts for family or friends. The plants will be available for sale on 16th December - after the Sunday service and also before the Christmas Carol service.
Rosters for 2019
You are invited to contribute to our worship services as the leader of the prayer of intercession, assisting with the children’s ‘CRUNCH’ program (during the worship service), and in decorating the church by arranging flowers. If you are prepared to join the roster for these activities, please let the volunteers in the office know.
Donations to Mike and Caz Lewis’ farewell gift can be either left with the office volunteers or put in a marked envelope in the offering plate. These will be gratefully received!
Join us in prayer for…
Survivors of modern slavery in Australia and around the world. (Read about it on page 2.)
Asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru who need urgent medical assistance.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
The Australian Modern Slavery Act
Under the new Modern Slavery Act, businesses and not-for-profits operating in Australia with a global revenue of more than $100 million must report what they are doing to stamp out slavery in their supply chains, both domestically and overseas.
It’s hoped the reporting requirement will bring greater scrutiny and accountability around the human cost of our consumption.
Survivor advocate Mr Moe Turaga has spoken at a number of Uniting Church events of his experience of being trafficked from Fiji to work in the Australian horticulture industry.
“Last year I was invited into a space, and I’ve talked about things I’ve never opened up in 29 years. The scars and memories will never leave my psyche.”
The term “modern slavery” covers a range of situations, such as human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and early and/or forced marriage. Victims are often described as being “hidden in plain sight” – working in agriculture or food processing, hospitality, construction or cleaning.
According to the estimates of the Global Slavery Index around 15,000 individuals are held in modern slavery in Australia. Recent examples of migrant worker exploitation including debt bondage and deprivation of liberty that fall within the definition of modern slavery suggest the actual figure could be higher.
One area of modern slavery where the Uniting Church has expressed great concern is the exploitation of seasonal workers.
In April, Pacific Island members of the UCA held a Service of Lament at Sydney’s Strathfield-Homebush Uniting Church, for workers who’d been killed or injured picking fruit and vegetables in the Australian horticulture sector.
Christmas Bowl: 2nd Sunday in Advent
This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent and the theme for this week is Peace. In war-torn Pakistan, building a just, peaceful society starts with breaking down the barriers to education. Through your Christmas Bowl gifts, you can give children the chance to go to school, escape poverty and create peaceful, productive lives, especially for girls.
“Schooling helps to develop our knowledge which will benefit our country. We have to study to make our country a better and happy place to live”.
You can make a donation by putting a marked envelope in the offering bowl.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Worship Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am.
Wednesday: Church Council, 6 pm, Church.
Thursday: Home Group, 8 pm, Savory's Home
Friday: Advent Study, 10 am, at the manse
Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1 pm, Avon Iskov’s Home
Next Sunday – 16 December: Advent 3
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Angela Tampiyappa)
7 pm Carol Service.
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Mary Dixon
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Judy O'Keefe
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Reader: Ian Gainey
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers: Mary Dixon
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings 16 December: Zephaniah 3:14–20; Isaiah 12:2–6; Philippians 4:4–7; Luke 3:7–18.
Joan and Derrick Humphrey
In their early stint at Crossroads, from 1964 to 1997, Derrick and Joan were leaders in the musical life of the congregation, producing music theatre shows and dramatised biblical cantatas.
An outstanding memory was the warm welcome the two English migrants with three young children received when they unobtrusively slipped into the back seat at then Werribee Methodist church; and they never looked back.
Always passionate about encouraging young people in making band music, during many years of school music teaching at Braybrook High School and Westbourne Grammar, Derrick helped form the Westgate Concert Band and organized the western suburbs Schools Music Festival. The band continues to entertain at various venues, and Derrick continues to arrange tunes for all the instruments. Hit their web site for coming events!
Settling down in retirement at Ocean Grove for 22 years, Joan and Derrick were active in theUniting Church congregation.
In 2012 their adopted country recognized Derrick Humphrey with the award of Order of Australia Medal, The citation reads: “For your valuable contribution to music in your community”. (NT)
Preachers in the New Year
Following Mike Lewis’ retirement after his last service on the 30th of December, visiting preachers have been arranged for the first two months of January and February. These include both members of our congregation, the Rev. Neil Tolliday and the Rev. Angela Tampiyappa, and some members of our Presbytery, the Revs Eileen Ray, Bill Lidgett, David Walker and Dr D’Arcy Wood. The Congregation’s profile has been completed and has been submitted to Presbytery.
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.