Acts@22A - 03 Jan 2019
After almost twelve years of ministry at Union Church, last Sunday was Pastor Greg’s last Sunday at Union. On behalf of the staff and leaders, we wish him and his family all the best in the new year. Additionally, as this is the first U-Matters of 2019, we would like to wish the congregation both here and afar all the best for the New Year. We do not know what 2019 will look like or where it will take us, but we have a loving God who does.
Looking ahead, it is my hope that as individuals and as a community we will make investments in things that have eternal significance, things that last. The Greatest Commandment reminds us what is most important, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-38. Following this commandment will give us direction, purpose and an anchor.
In our attempt to fulfill the Greatest Commandment we have some plans in place. Next week, we are launching lunchtime workplace Alpha on Tuesdays at Sunlight Tower and this Sunday, we are embarking on a new study and sermon series The Good and Beautiful God. We encourage you to pick up a copy of the book, join a small group or come along to Recharge on Wednesday nights. These are great opportunities for spiritual formation and we hope that you get connected.
It has been said that approximately 95 percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken by the end of January. That’s rather discouraging. My hope is that we commit to being a community that invests in things that will last and things that have an eternal significance.
Message from the Joint Leaders
To launch the 2019 Church Theme "The Father's Heart, Our First Love", the entire Union Church family is invited to participate in a church-wide study entitled “The Good and Beautiful God”. Join the study through a small group, Wednesday Recharge, or by following along through independent study. Groups start next week: Monday nights in North Point. Wednesday nights at ReCharge, Sunday lunch after church, and more!
To participate in the study or connect to a Small Group, sign-up at the Welcome Table on Sunday or e-mail , and pick up a book! ($70 per copy).
Prayer Sunday will include a special prayer service at the 22A Kennedy Road church redevelopment site at 2:00PM. Join us to help grow spiritual roots as the big machines prepare the next stages of our church home redevelopment.
Union Church’s 175th Birthday
As we enter 2019, Union Church prepares to celebrate its 175th year! Throughout 2019 there will be special events to commemorate this important and wonderful milestone. If you would like to be part of a commemoration team please let us know.
January Service Schedule Update
6 January (Sunday) - "The Father's Heart, Our First Love: What Are You Seeking?" by Pastor Michele (Communion Sunday)
13 January (Sunday) - "The Father's Heart, Our First Love: God is Good" by Reverend Howard Mellor (Prayer Sunday)
17 - 20 January (Thursday - Sunday) - Ladies Retreat: Chiang Mai
20 January (Sunday) - "The Father's Heart, Our First Love: God is Trustworthy" by Anto Ficatier
27 January (Sunday) - "The Father's Heart, Our First Love: God is Generous" by Hunter Purvis
9, 16, 23, 30 January (Wednesdays) - ReCharge
ReCharge is a weekly night at Union Church where we fellowship, worship, and study.
Beginning 9 January: Stephen's Ministry, “Word Made Flesh” (see the Young Adults section below for details), Good and Beautiful God (our church-wide study) and Prayer: Connecting to the Father's Heart.
Join us on Wednesdays:
7:00PM - dinner (suggested donation towards the cost of food: $100)
7:30PM - worship
7:45PM-9:00PM - classes
Prayer: Connecting to the Father’s Heart
"Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty." - E.M. Bounds Sometimes we all get into a rut, and need encouragement in recovering “the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4). Join us as we start off the new year with a series on prayer, including meditative prayer, Jewish prayer and prayer journaling.
The Good and Beautiful God
We all have ideas we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true - but many are false. In this study we will put our ideas to the test and see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God, and engage in spiritual practices that can help us grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God. Books available at the Welcome Table. Weekly reading is encouraged to get the most out of this study!
Crochet Beginners Class on Wednesday, 16 January at 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Union Church is hosting a “Crochet Beginners Class” on 16 January (Wednesday) at 10:00AM-12:00PM. Join us to learn to make Granny Squares. Yarn, hook and notes included in donation fee $150 per head. All proceeds go to support the homeless at ImpactHK. Please contact Melody Landes or sign up at the welcome table.
2019 Family Retreat:
Save the Date: 29th - 30th March 2019. Union Church is inviting everyone to join us at the Methodist Retreat Centre on Lantau for a Family Retreat. There will be lots of fun, worship and connecting activities. More details will follow, but if you are interested please contact or complete the form at the Welcome table. Please note that places are limited, so they will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis.
Starting on 8 January 2019, we're launching a lunchtime Alpha, geared towards workers in Sunlight Tower and Wan Chai. Interested in attending, bringing a friend, or helping out? Get in touch with Anto or Monte. Pray that God works through this opportunity to bring Christ's light into Sunlight! Tuesdays at 12:30PM-1:30PM.
Sunday Lunch Study returns!
Beginning this Sunday, 6 January, we will be starting The Good and Beautiful God together (our church wide study). Pick up your book on Sunday (70$) and join us!
“Word Made Flesh”: The Gospel of John as a one-man show!
A new 6-weeks Bible study for Young Adults.
Actor Joe Boyd explores the mysteries of the Gospel of John in a one-man show that utilizes his unique balance of comedy, sincere drama, and historical insights crafted over decades of studying the text and performing on stages across the US.
Join Anto for this new study that will take place every Wednesday, starting in January, for 6 weeks.
Every screening will be followed by a group discussion.
Wednesday Night (as part of ReCharge), from Jan.9 to Feb.20, 2019 (with break on Feb.6 for CNY) 7:00PM dinner, 7:45-9PM study Email Anto Ficatier for more information!
New to Union?
Are you a Young Adult new to Union Church? Make sure you meet our Young Adults Director, Anto Ficatier, at the Welcome Table every Sunday. You can also email Anto for more information about Young Adults at Union!
Husbands in Prayer - Sunday, 20 January (30min)
Join Anto and the other Men of Union Church for a “Husband in Prayer” session. We will pray for our wives after the 11:15AM service. It’s the Ladies’ Retreat that weekend, so it’s perfect timing to pray for our wives! Make sure to mark down the date in your calendar and spread the word around you. All men are welcome for this time of prayer.
Date: Sunday, 20 January, 2019
When: 12:30PM to 1:00PM
Where: Main Sanctuary
Ladies Retreat: Chiang Mai, 17 - 20 January, 2019
A collection box is at the Welcome Table for payment by cheque.
Approximate costs (incl. flights, accommodation and meals) $4,900 per pax.
Membership - if you are not a member and would like to be, please download application forms here or collect a peach coloured application form at the Welcome Table and/or see Pastor Michele.
Union Church is always looking for people to serve. If you would like to be an usher, greeter or bible reader, please see Pastor Michele.
New to Union? Been here awhile but haven't connected yet? Small groups are where we dig into the nitty-gritty of following Jesus, and connect with each other. Studying the Bible, reading topical books, praying, laughing and eating together - it's good! We know there are a lot of you wanting to connect or looking for the right group, and we will be laun ching new groups in 2019! What a great way to start off the new year! If you are looking to join a group, or have felt God nudging you into leadership, please contact Monte Peterson.
Friday Youth Group - 4 January
We will be starting our first youth group of 2019 this Friday with a movie night! The movie will start at 6:30pm and will go till a break at 7:30pm for dinner. Juniors are free to leave at 8:00pm while Seniors will stay as per usual until 9:00pm, with a hangout till 10:00PM!
Senior Lock-In - 4 January
Following this Friday's Youth Group, we will be hosting a senior lock-in until the next morning (5 January, 10:00am). Please contact the youth staff at
if you are interested in joining! Bring pyjamas, a sleeping bag, toiletries.
There will be 2 Adult Leaders staying for the night: Justin Cheong and Gabrielle Keung.
Sunday Youth Group - 6 January
Sunday Youth Group will resume this coming Sunday! We will have youth group from 9:45am - 10:45am and from 11:15am - 12:15pm!
ICC Hengyang Mission Trip – 14-31 April
In partnership with ICC, Union Youth will be traveling to Hengyang in Hunan province, where we will be helping provide holistic care and nurture to abandoned and disabled children and young adults.
Sign ups are now open and we need to put our team together as soon as possible! Please sign up here.
Confirmation is a chance for youth to confirm their faith in Jesus Christ with the support of the Congregation. This year’s course will be over 4 months starting in February. All youth age 12+ are invited, and if interested please contact us at .
Creche Center & Sunday School Resumes, Sunday 6 January, 9:45AM & 11:15AM
A Blessed and Happy New Year to all of our Kingdom Kids families. This coming Sunday we resume our regular Sunday School class and we look forward to welcome back all of our children. Children aged 0 to 3 years old are invited to join our Creche Center for an exciting program designed specifically to stimulate and nurture our little ones. Children aged 3 to 10 years old are invited for Praise and Worship at the Fellowship Hall at the start of the service followed by Sunday School lesson and activities at the designated rooms.
Sunday School Teachers
Kingdom Kids is seeking additional lead teachers for our 3-5 year olds and 8-10 year olds group at the 11:15AM service. If you are F.A.T (Faithful, Available & Teachable), we want you to join our amazing team of Sunday School teacher volunteers. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to share the gospel with the young ones and it will bring so much joy to your life and the lives of the children and their families. Training is provided and you may reach us at .
Sunday School 2018/2019 Registration
In order to receive updates regarding Children Ministry program and for the safety of all children attending our Sunday School and Creche Program, we asked that parents to please register their children by filling in and signing the Registration Form available on our church website and also at the Welcome Table. Register HERE and for more information, please visit www.unionchurchhk.org or contact us at or 2101 0414. Thank you.
Family in Need (FIN)
We have been praying for Gavin Shui as he battles cancer. Please check out this link on how you can register as a donor for Gavin and others who need a bone marrow transplant.
Last Week's Sermon
"In Conclusion" by Pastor Greg Anderson