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Acts@22A - 10 Jan 2019

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    This was the first full week of 2019, and Sunlight Tower was abuzz as many of our ministries relaunched. Lunch time Tuesday we hosted the first worked place Alpha at Union and Wednesday night Recharge offered four different classes. Young Adults are studying the book of John, there's a new four-week session on Prayer, Terri Appeal started a new class on the Good and Beautiful God (our sermon series) and our pastoral care training for Stephen’s Ministers resumed. Additionally, there are some new small groups starting and one immediately after church on Sunday at 12:30 with lunch. If you would like to connect or collect a book to read along with the congregation, please see Monte Peterson.

    This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Dr. Canon Howard Mellor to the pulpit in all of our services. Dr. Mellor was the minister at the Methodist Church for a number of years, and currently lives in Winchester. Over his years of ministry, he has pastored churches and has worked as a Director of Evangelism and a Principle at Cliff College. This Sunday is also prayer Sunday and there will be opportunities to meet with someone for prayer. We hope to see you.

    "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7


    Blessings,
    Pastor Michele

    Church Family Meeting

    Church Family Meeting: please note that there will be a church Special General Meeting on Sunday 27 January from 1:00-2:15PM. Formal details of that meeting will follow in the next several days.
     

    This Week

     Prayer Sunday: “Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
    This Sunday is Prayer Sunday. After each service, intercessors will be available to pray for people. Regardless of what is on your heart - burdens to hand over to the Lord or moments of praise - we encourage everyone to come forward and pray or receive prayer. Look for individuals wearing a Prayer Badge and ask them to pray with you. There will also be a Prayer Event at the Union Church site, 22A Kennedy Road, at 2:00PM on Sunday, 13 January. Please join us for Prayer Sunday!

    January Service Schedule Update

    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

    ReCharge is a weekly night at Union Church where we fellowship, worship, and study. 

    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
    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. 

    Jan 16: Judy Lam, missionary with OMF International and spiritual director

    Jan 23: Catriona Woodrow, Union Church member, speaking on Jewish Prayer

    Jan 30: Juliana Rotmeyer, Union Church member: Let Go + Let God through prayer colouring. 

    The Good and Beautiful God
    In this study we will put our ideas about God 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. Books available at the Welcome Table. Weekly reading is encouraged to get the most out of this study, and it's not too late to join!

    Opportunities

    The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January
    The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between 18 January and 25 January. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. The following services are organized for this event:

    - Ecumenical Prayer Evening, Saturday 19 January, starting at 8:00pm, in St. Teresa's Church, with Rev. Dr. Lam Sung Che as the speaker. 
    - English Service for Unity, Tuesday 22 January, starting at 7:30pm, in Rosary Church, with Pastor Tony Read as the speaker. 
    - The Joint Ecumenical Communion Service, Thursday 24 January, starting at 9:30am, in St. John's Cathedral, with Rev. Dr. Chu Wing Sang Calvin as the speaker. 

    For more information please click here
     
    Community Outreach, St. James Settlement Pre-CNY Feast with Elderlies, Saturday 19 January, 11:00AM to 4:00PM
    St. James' Settlement "Village Casserole Feast", Saturday, 19 January, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. Join us as we help spread God's love and bless the elderly living alone during Chinese New Year. We will meet directly at 14/F, St. James' Settlement Jockey Club Social Services Building, 100 Kennedy Road, Wanchai. To sign up, please email us at or contact us at 2523 7247 with the number of adults and children joining and email address.
     
    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.

    Adult Education

    Lunchtime Alpha
    It's not too late to join the lunchtime Alpha course, geared towards workers in Sunlight Tower and Wan Chai. There will be discussion groups in both Cantonese and English. 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!
    It's not too late to join the Sunday lunch study of The Good and Beautiful God together (our church wide study). Pick up your book on Sunday (70$) and join us! 12:30-2:00PM.

    Young Adults

    “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!  

    Men

    Husbands in Prayer - Sunday, 20 January (12:30PM - 1:00PM in the Sanctuary)
    Join and 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.
     
     

    Membership

    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

    Serve

    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.
     

    Small Groups

    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
     

    Youth

    Friday Youth Group - 11 January
    Juniors (11-13) are asked to arrive from 6:00PM-7:30PM
    Seniors (14-18) are to arrive from 7:00PM-9:00PM with "hangout" in the Youth Room from 9:00PM-10:00PM. 

    We will be beginning our Scripture Series on Friendship. Youth will discuss Friendship in their lives and Biblical examples in small groups. 
     
    Sunday Youth Group - Sunday, 13 January
    Youth can attend at either 9:45AM or 11:15AM
    Juniors (11-13) and Seniors (14-18) will meet in Indigo Hotel 29/F, and seniors will head out after prayer to have a biblical discussion. 

     
    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 2019
    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 .
     

    Kingdom Kids

    UC Moms & Toddlers Group - Starting 21 January
    First and Third Monday of the Month, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
    Venue: Union Church
    Fees: up to $100 (cover the cost of instructor, if and as applicable)
    Coffee, tea and fruits will be provided (bring your own breakfast or snacks if you have special dietary requirements)

    Activities:

    1st Monday: Group exercise session, snacks, sharing and prayers. 

    3rd Monday: Group dancing session, snacks, sharing and prayers. 

    Activities may vary according to instructor availability and may include outdoor activities (visit to park, hiking, movie, etc)

    If you are interested in joining, please sign up at or at the Welcome Table. Group will proceed only if 5 sign ups are secured. Fees only applicable to sessions requiring instructor or activities requiring tickets. Group is formed specially for Union Mothers with babies and/or toddlers (up to 36 months).
     
    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.
     

    Filipino Ministry Corner

    12:00 – 1:00PM Intercessory Prayer
    1:00 – 1:50PM Corporate Prayer
    2:15 - 3:15PM Group Bible Study
    3:30 – 4:30PM Worship
     
    Coming Event:
    Chinese New Year Filipino Conference 5 - 6 February, 2019 College of Prayer Seminar. This is for everyone who has desire for greater intimacy with God.
    Venue: Fairview Park Alliance Church, Fairview Park, Yuen Long
     

    Family in Need (FIN)

    Sometimes life throws us challenges and we need to reach out for help. If you need spiritual, emotional, physical, and/or financial help, please contact Pastor Michele and/or members of the FIN Team: Charles Schmitt and Isabel Morrison. To maintain accountability, we ask that requests come through this group. If someone in need approaches you for financial assistance, please refer them to the Pastors or the FIN Team.

    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

    "What Are You Seeking?" by Pastor Michele Bland