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Acts@22A - 14 Dec 2017

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    Dear All
     
    Christmas is almost here.  The Children’s Christmas Musical was spectacular and now they are taking it to the disabled at HOLF and the elderly and homeless at St. Barnabas home.
     
    The Stewardship Drive ended with a HIGHER amount pledged than last year!  We will be able to do some things we had only hoped for, thanks to your generosity.
     
    The Christmas Eve and Christmas schedules are included in this .  May this be a wonderful season of celebration and family.  And if you are alone, please don’t have a solo Christmas.  Together we will remember the birth of our Lord!
     
    Andrew Chua, a former Union Deacon, will preach at the 5:15PM service on “Patterns, Stories and Trajectories.” The service is growing every week and this is a great time to hear some wise words that could change your life.

    Gratefully
    Pastor Greg

    This Week

    HOLF Mini Christmas Musical, Saturday, 16 December, 1:00PM - 5:00PM
    Join us as we bring the joy of our Children’s Christmas Musical to the residence and staff at Home of Loving Faithfulness (HOLF). We will meet at Sunlight Tower at 12:45PM and a bus will take us the the HOLF Center at 1:15PM and we should arrive back at Union Church around 5:00PM. Please send us an email at if you would like to join this community outreach.
     
    St. Barnabas Home & Society Kids Program, Sunday 17 December, 4:30PM-6:30PM
    Join us as we celebrate Christmas with the wonderful kids from the St. Barnabas Home & Society Kids Program. St. Barnabas Home & Society cares for the underprivileged families and homeless people in Hong Kong. We will meet at St. Barnabas Center at 4:00PM. We would also like to bless the children with Christmas gifts so if you would like to contribute toys or educational gifts for children ages 5 to 14 years old that would be so wonderful. Kindly wrapped your gifts and marked with a post-it paper of the gender, age and type of gift and pass it to Children Ministry staff starting from this Sunday. To sign up, please email us at CHILDREN or 2101 0414. 
     
    Pew Bibles & Hymnals (Rejoice and Sing printed “Union Church Hong Kong”) If you would like a copy, please pick one up at the Welcome Table today. 
     

    Stewardship

    US TAXPAYER
    For US Taxpayers wishing to make tax-deductible donations for the 2017 tax year, please ensure that cheques are made payable to “Friends of Hong Kong Charities, Inc.” and are dated before 31 December 2017.

    Please send your cheques to our Church Admin Office latest by 31 December 2017, otherwise your donation will not be recognized in the 2017 tax year. Thank you for your continuous support to Union Church.

    Online Giving
    “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.”  Malachi 3:10
     
    All of your giving, including tithes, offerings and special gifts for Missions, can be paid online via our website or mobile app.  The church has made this possible in order to make giving more convenient for our congregation.
     
    If you have any questions about online giving, feel free to write to accounts or call 21010415. Thank you for your continued faithful giving.  
     

    December Service Schedule Update

    U-Café Services will be held throughout December.
    Please Note: There will be no U-Bar Service at Hotel Indigo on December 17, 24, 31.​
     
    17 December  Advent III
      Normal Service Schedule
    Please Note: There will be no U-Bar on 17, 24, 31 December
       
    24 December  Advent IV & Christmas Eve
    8:45AM Carols & Communion
    9:45AM Carols & their story
    11:15AM Carol Praise
    11:15AM U-Café Christmas Praise 
      Please note: There will be no U-Bar today
    5:00PM  Jazzy Family Service and Candlelight
    7:00PM Traditional Carols and Candlelight
       
    25 December  Christmas Day 
    10:00AM Carols & Choir
    31 December  New Year Eve
    Normal Morning Service Schedule
    Please note: There will be no U-Bar and 5:15PM services today
      
     

    Opportunities

     
    Prayer for Union Come lift up the needs of Union Church. Join us every Tuesday morning at 7:30AMfor a time of prayer in the sanctuary.

    Family in Need

    If you have clean and gently worn winter clothing for girls 2.5 and 4, please contact a member of the Families in Need Committee: Charles Schmitt, Isabel Morrison, Brian Woo or Pastor Michele or email .  Thank you.

    Serve

    If you are looking for a place to serve at Union Church Pastor Michele would love to chat!
    With growing services, especially at 11:15AM service, we have 4 locations operational at the same time, we could really use your help in the usher greeter team.
    Options:
    Main sanctuary (4 people needed each Sunday; welcoming, actively seating; offering);
    Door (this is a meet and greet -traffic control -directing people -children, bathrooms, services etc)
    Foyer (front line of Union Church -welcoming, directing people to Hotel Indigo when the 18/F is full)
    If you can help once a month it would be greatly appreciated. 

    Membership

    There is no better time than NOW to become a member at Union Church. If interested in membership, please see or contact Pastor Michele or Pastor Greg for details.
     

    Small Group

    Looking for a small group? There are some great options available. Women, Intergenerational, Men - check out the brochure.
     

    Youth

    Friday Youth Group, 15 December – Youth Christmas Party
    This Friday, we will be holding our annual Youth Christmas Party! With great games, activities, music and food, all youth are welcome to come from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (with an optional hang out for Seniors until 10:00pm)
     
    Sunday Youth Group, 17 December – Youth Christmas Party
    Youth of all ages are welcome from 9:45AM to 10:45AM, in the Youth Room. We will be having a small Christmas party for the end of the fall semester!
     
    Youth activities
    Are you a youth and want to be involved in our youth group? There are many ways you can be involved: Youth Group (Friday, Sunday), Youth Band, Christian Clubs, Confirmation etc.
     
    Questions? Email YOUTH
     

    Kingdom Kids

    Sunday School Christmas Party, Sunday, 17 December, 9:45AM & 11:15AM
    Children age 3 to 11 years old are invited at ROOM 3 for a Mini Christmas Party. We will be showing the recording of the Follow That Star Ferry performance followed by some games and enjoy some Christmas snacks.

    Crèche Center, every Sunday from 8:30AM to 12:30PM
    Dear parents of children ages 0 up to 3 years old, please note that for the month of December the Crèche Center will be re-located to Room 1 due to Christmas Programs. We appreciate your kind understanding and cooperation. In addition, please leave the baby strollers at the designated stroller parking area which can be found at the church main entrance door in order to keep the Crèche Center clean and safe for babies to use. 
     
    Sunday School 2017/2018 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 CHILDREN or 2101 0414. Thank you. 
     

    Last Week's Sermon

    Please click on the link below to download:

    Third Commandment: "Speaking of God" by Pastor Greg Anderson