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Acts@22A - 04 July 2019

04.07.19 | Acts@22A

    U Matters

    Author Philip Yancey, who spoke at Union Church a number of years ago, stated that when he goes to church, he has learned to look up, look around, look outward, and look inward.

    We need to look up, mindful that God is the audience of our worship and that everything else serves as prompters for us to engage in the living God. The goal of worship is to meet God, that is our only focus. 

    We need to look around. It is important that we are mindful of who is worshipping with us. Christ transcends culture, age, socio-economic status, gender and differences. It is His reconciling love that is the basis for our community. This Saturday join Anto and other Union men for a BBQ, and get to know the Union community better. 

    We need to look outward and actively serve others. Church is a verb, an action word and as followers of Christ we are called to action. We need to be intentional in fulfilling the Great Commission and stand in the gap for those in need. We need to be salt and light in our communities, in our homes and in the workplace. 

    We need to look inward.That is, we need to be mindful of the needs of the people in our congregation. Being the church is ‘rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn.’ Being the church means we are engaged in all the ‘one anothering’ passages. 

    When I think of needs, I am mindful that Jacklien Lee, our Children’s Ministry Director, is in need of some Vacation Bible School teachers and helpers for the month of August. She is also in need of some Sunday School teachers in the fall. 

    There is a lot going on in our city and in the lives of people within our faith community. As we learn to ‘do church’ together may, “the word of Christ[a] dwell in you richly…(may you) teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. Colossians 3:16

    Blessings,

    Pastor Michele
     

    175th Anniversary

    Logo Design Competition: We invite all the children and youth of Union Church to participate in Union Church's 175th anniversary logo design competition. The logo should reflect our origin and mission. Please submit your entry by the 31st of July, 2019 to The winners will be announced on Sunday 4th August.
     
    Hong Kong Bible Conference: Join us in the Sanctuary as we host a series of live-screenings from the 91st Hong Kong Bible Conference, every morning between 9.30am and 10.45am (excluding Sunday) from the 1st to the 10th of August. Guest speakers include Rev. Darrell Johnson. For more information visit www.hkbibleconference.org 

    175th Anniversary Trip: We would like to invite you on a trip Friday August 9th - Sunday Aug 12th to Xishuang Banna, Yunnan province, China. Our preliminary plans are: Friday - travel; Saturday - mission activities; Sunday - fellowship; Monday - travelling back. Please note that this visit is for adults only. To sign up or obtain for more information, please email

    Worship and Celebration Service: Saturday, 19th Oct at Methodist International Church - all welcome.

     

    U-Family News!

    Anto and Jess's last Sunday is on 21 July
    If you missed the opportunity to say farewell to Anto and Jess, please sign the book in the foyer.
     

    Worship Ministry

    "Devotion by Art" Workshop, Wednesday, 24 July, 7:00PM-9:00PM, in the Sanctuary
    Join us for a night to encounter God through painting. No experience of art is needed. Light dinner will be provided. There are limited places left, so please register by contacting Joyce Wu.
     

    Opportunities

    Prayer and Discernment for Union Church - Wednesdays, 7:00PM to 8:15PM

    Alpha Returns!
    Bring your friends, relatives and colleagues to the first session on Wednesday, 25 September at 7:00PM! Sign up at the Welcome Table. Reservation or info contact 
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    Marriage Course is back after summer!!
    Build a marriage that lasts. Tuesday nights from 10 September to 5 November 2019. 7:00PM to 9:30PM. Fellowship Hall of Union Church
    Whether you are newly married or been married for years, this course offers a lifetime of practical ideas and tools to help keep your relationship strong. The course runs for 7 weeks + 1 further week if we have a social gathering (1 Oct will be a week off). It is based on Christian principles but is designed for ALL couples with or without a church background. The course is structured like a date night between each couple - there is no group sharing - just a romantic 3 course dinner which is served for you, a talk with videos and private discussions between yourselves as a couple.
    Cost $1,800/couple including course materials and all the dinners.
    For registration, please click or contact Joanna Yau at .
     
    Right Now Media
    We’re excited to give you free access to RightNow Media, a wonderful library of video resources for all ages to help you develop and grow as both a disciple of Jesus and disciple-maker. Streaming directly to your computer, tablet, or mobile device, you’ll find the online Bible Study Library includes relevant content for every age group or spiritual season. You can search by category, topic, or speaker. Additionally, many of the series have direct links to workbooks and leader guides. Parents, you’ll find that RightNow has a multitude of videos and resources for your kids. Utilise the link below to start using this resource today. (Introduction video HERE)
     
    Join the Union Team:
    We are looking for a Young Adults Director, Assistant Youth Director, Crèche Coordinator and two Administrators (graphic design skills and experience required for one, administrative and organisational skills for the other). Please contact stating which role you are interested in. We will contact you with more information about the role.
     

    Please note that there will be no U-CAFE during July and the first two Sundays of August. We will restart on 18 August.

    ReCharge will resume on 11 September.

     

    Adult Education

    Summer Lunch-time study of Revelation
    Join Yan Yu for an in-depth study of Revelation this summer, looking at Revelation's historical context, focusing on heavenly worship and trusting in God's control even in our darkest times. Participants should read in advance of each session, around half a chapter per day. Contact with any questions and go to Union website for the schedule. 
     

    Small Groups

    Small groups are one of the main ways we connect with each other and connect with God, learning what the Kingdom of God is all about. Interested in joining or starting a group? 
    Contact Monte Peterson
     

    Ladies

    Fertility & Pregnancy/Infant Loss Support Group - Struggling and could use some fellowship, friendship and support? Contact Sonia Lee.
     

    Baptism and Membership

    If you have been attending Union Church for a while and have never gone through the official process to become a member, now is your chance! Please collect a green form and make it official!
    If you have never been baptized and are interested, please see Pastor Michele.
     

    Young Adults

    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!
     

    Youth

    Youth Summer Program
    Starting in July, we will be having weekly events for Youth this summer.
    The next event is detailed below:
    What - Art Jam
    When - Saturday, 6 July, 1:00PM-3:00PM
    Where - Sun Yat Sen park, Sai Ying Pun
     

    Kingdom Kids

    Sunday School Lite, Sundays, 7, 14, 21, 28 July at 9:45AM & 11:15AM
    For four Sundays in July, kids will learn from the book of wisdom, Proverbs and learn how to make wise choices. Children aged 3-11 years old will meet at Room 2&3 for both the 9:45AM and 11:15AM services. Youth aged children are welcome to join us.
     
    ‘ROAR’ VBS SUNDAY SCHOOL, 4, 11, 18, 25 August & 1 September, 9:45AM and 11:15AM
    At ROAR VBS Sunday School, kids will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. For registration, please print/complete the Registration Form, and send us by email (CHILDREN) or submit in person at the Welcome Table on Sunday. Children are welcome to bring friends along too, VBS Sunday School is free for all.
     
    Sunday School 2019/2020 Registration 
    Sunday School Registration for academic year 2019/2020 is now open. We would appreciate it if you could kindly register your children HERE. Registration Forms are also available at the Welcome Table.
     

    Filipino Ministry

    1:00PM - 1:50PM     Congregational Prayer
    2:00PM - 2:50PM     Bible Study Groups
    3:00PM - 4:00PM     Worship Service
    Every 1st Sunday of the Month from 9:00AM to 12:00PM Outreach & Evangelism.
     

    Stephen's Ministry

    Are you Going Through a Difficult Time?
    A Stephen Minister can help. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people going through a crisis or a difficult time. Please contact Pastor Michele if we can help ( ).
     

    Family in Need (FIN)

    If you would like to help support our family in need ministry, which helps people monthly with basic needs, please mark your envelope "FIN".
     

    Last Week's Sermons

    "Church is... Alive" by Antonin Ficatier