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Acts@22A - 1 August 2019

01.08.19 | Acts@22A

    U Matters

    “Awake my soul! Be ready for the Lords return!” is the theme of this years Hong Kong Bible Conference. This annual conference originated in China and is in its 91st year! What a legacy. As part of our anniversary celebration Union Church is a host site and we invite you to join us every morning from August 2-10 (excluding Sunday) from 9:00am-10:45am for a live feed of Dr. Darrell Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a theologian, writer, pastor and speaker and currently is a teaching fellow at Regent College. He will be speaking on “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! The Shocking Extravagance of Jesus’ Gospel Opened Up in His Parables.”

    Please note that the conference is live at Kowloon Baptist Church and is in both English and Cantonese. For more information of additional services and speakers collect a brochure at the welcome table or visit www.hkbibleconference.org.

    Blessings and may our soul be truly awakened,

    Pastor Michele
     

    175th Anniversary

    Hong Kong Bible Conference:  For more information please check the short video of Rev. Darrell Johnson - HERE. We are happy to announce that Rev. Darrell Johnson will be speaking in Union Church on the 11th of August.

    175th Anniversary Trip: DATE CHANGE. We will now be going to Xishuang Banna, Yunnan province, China from 20th - 23rd of September. 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.

    Important Information

    In the light of the recent protests and their impact on Hong Kong, we need to ensure the safety of our congregation and staff. We will always try to hold our services as normal, but we will implement the following procedures for our Sunday services when needed:

    • All services will proceed as normal as long as there is no protest planned for the area directly around Sunlight Tower.

    • In case of spontaneous events that might impact our congregation coming to Church, then our staff will make a decision on whether to suspend services. An email will be sent to all of our members to inform them of which services will be suspended.

    We will try wherever possible to give as much notice as possible should we feel the need to suspend any service. Please make sure that you check your email before setting off for Church. You can help us by ensuring that we have your most up to date contact information. If you think your information may be incorrect, please contact  .

    At this time, we would also like to remind you of our Typhoon/Severe Weather policy:

    All Church activities remain unchanged when tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 or 3 is hoisted. They will also be unaffected by the amber or red rainstorm warning signals.
    When the Hong Kong Observatory issues a ‘Pre No.8 Typhoon Warning Signal’ on a Sunday, we will complete any service taking place and ask people to leave the Church and make their way home. Services planned for after this will be suspended

    When the black rainstorm warning signal or tropical cyclone warning signal number 8 or above is hoisted on a Sunday before 07:30am, all Church activities (Worship services, Classes, Youth and Children’s programs etc.) scheduled at 9:45am or before will be cancelled. If the signal is subsequently lowered 2 hours before the 11:15AM service, the 11:15AM service will be held as scheduled. If the signal is lowered after 1pm, the Church will remain closed for the rest of the day. 

    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 
    Alpha.
     
    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.
     
    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)
     
    Faith Comes By Hearing Ministry Training
    If you are interested in using the Audio Bible proclaimer and setting up a Bible listening group locally or overseas, you are invited to attend training on the 5th of August
    Session 1: 9:30am to 12:30pm (for first time participants)
    Session 2: 2:00pm to 5:00pm (for those interested in becoming trainers).
    Please sign up with Aaron Tan at AaronTan@faithcomesbyhearing.asia and copy 
     
    Join the Union Team:
    We are looking for a Young Adults Director, Assistant Youth Director and a Crèche Coordinator. 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 for the first two Sundays of August. We will restart on 18 August.

    ReCharge will resume on 11 September. 

    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.
     

    Youth

    Youth Summer Program
    Starting in July, we will be having weekly events for Youth this summer.
    The next event is detailed below:
    What - Games/Activities Night
    When - Friday August 2, 6-9PM
    Where - Union Church @ Sunlight Tower

    KIM Manila Mission Trip 2019
    You are invited to join this year's mission trip to KIM in Manila, Philippines. We will be working in conjunctions  with Kids International Ministries to continue an ambitious school building project in the local area.
    Cost: $5000, includes flights, food/accommodation and donation to KIM for building supplies etc.
    Details: October 4-7, open to all members of the congregation. Please email us at   if you have any questions.
     

    Kingdom Kids 

    ‘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 (stephensministry@unionchurchhk.org).
     

    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

    "The Old Testament and Completion of the Great Commission" by Rev. David Swarr, PhD