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Acts@22A - 23 Jan 2014

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    "Making mature followers in all nations for Jesus Christ"

     

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    U Matters

    The following letter is of momentous importance. We are poised to begin an adventure that
    could lead Union to a new level of ministry and impact. Please read it carefully and
    prayerfully.

    Pastor Greg

    Building Union for the Future

    For almost two decades Union Church has considered the long term redevelopment of the current, aging church building. Now the time for decision is pressing upon us. God has blessed Union with growth. The number attending worship, Sunday School and Youth, and the number of ministry activities have all expanded greatly compared to 5-6 years ago. We are reaching the capacity of our current facilities (check out the Sanctuary and U-Cafe on Sunday at 11 am!) Repair and renovation of our aging facilities would be expensive, and would not solve the long term space problem.

    Fortunately, God has opened a door by providing a long term building plan that the church leadership (Deacons, Trustees, and Committee of Management) have unanimously endorsed. This endorsement came after prayer, deliberation, and consideration and re-consideration of multiple alternatives.

    Starting this Sunday, for the next several weeks the leadership and Pastors will be communicating Union's long term plan for building for the future. We will be listening to concerns, answering questions, calling on the congregation to join in prayer and fellowship, and asking all of us to consider not just what church we want for ourselves, but also what church we will leave for the next generation. Just as congregations of the past have given us the current church, no less should be expected of us to pass on a church, and not a financial burden, to our children and their children.

    We believe that what God is providing with this plan is not just a new and exciting place of worship, but also a strong foundation for the warm, vibrant, compassionate community that Union aspires to be, leading fruitful lives in Christ, and doing Kingdom works in the community and beyond.

    Starting this Sunday, please seek opportunities to engage a leadership member at the information table, attend a Town Hall session, join in prayer vigils as we approach a vote on the plan at the Annual General Meeting on March 16.

    We are only today's stewards of the spiritual home we have inherited and the decision we make at the AGM will impact not so much on us but on the life, outreach and family of Union Church for many decades to come. Your leadership is united in its desire to pass on an even better spiritual home to those who follow us and we look to you for support in achieving this.

    Humbly in Him, 
    Geoff Lovegrove, Trustees 
    Don Kanak, Deacons Court 
    Steven Kim, Committee of Management

    Annual General Meeting

    The congregation is encouraged to attend Union’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 11AM on Sunday, March 16 in lieu of the 11AM service. Voting members will vote for church officers and the plan for Building Union for the Future will be presented for approval.

    Opportunities at Union

    Welcome Lunch: February 16, Sunday 12noon - 1:30PM

    We would love to have you join us as our guest. Each month the staff and ministry leaders invite those who are new or feel new to Union Church for a casual lunch in the court yard. These are family friendly and casual events, so don’t be shy. RSVP to Pastor Michele

    Oasis

    January 29, Wednesday at 8pm: Science and Faith in Dialogue

    How does science relate to faith?  Join Oasis for a physics talk followed by a Q&A with a panel of esteemed scientists.  Bring your questions regarding science and faith.

    Dr. Sun Kwok has served as the Chair Professor of Physics and Dean of Science at the University of Hong Kong from 2006 to the present.  His primary research is in interstellar chemistry and stellar evolution.  Dr. Kwok has published 300 articles and several major textbooks with Cambridge University Press.  He will speak on his most recent work Stardust: The Cosmic Seeds of Life

    Professor John Nicholls teaches in the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Pathology.  In 2003, Dr. Nicholls and his colleagues earned international acclaim by isolating the SARS coronavirus.  His research seeks to understand why SARS, H5N1, and H7N9 are so lethal in humans.

    Dr. Janice Johnston is the Head of the Division of Health Economics, Policy, and Management in Hong Kong.   Dr. Johnston’s twenty-three years of extensive health policy research have significantly improved the quality of health care in Hong Kong.

    Youth

    Youth Confirmation Class: All youth 13 years and older who have not been confirmed are welcome to join this year confirmation class. This is an 11 week course that looks at what is our Christian faith and how do we live it out! For more information or to register please e-mail Brenna at brenna.dykman@unionchurchhk.org by February 2.

    Youth Mission Trip to Cambodia: Youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to come serve with us on this year mission trip. On April 19-26 the youth will be working at Four Square Children of Promise homes. Students who would like to go need to fill out registration packets and turn it into the youth office no later than January 31. Email Ryan or Brenna for more information or to receive a registration packet.

    Weekly Ministries

    Membership Are you a Union Church member? You may think you are but actually are not officially listed. Join us for a class on Monday January 27, 7:00-8:30PM. Contact Pastor Michele for details.

    Baptism Have you been baptized? You may want to consider it. Two classes: Mondays February 17 & 247:00-8:30PM. Baptism date TBC. Contact Pastor Michele for details.

    Christianity Explored Come study the Gospel of Mark. Tuesdays starting February 11, 7:30-9:00PM at Lower Annex. Contact: Alexander Mak   or Pastor Michele for details.

    Experiencing God Biblical principles of this course will help you to know when God is speaking to you, recognize His activity around you, adjust your life to Him and His ways and learn how to respond to His activity in your life. Thursdays starting February 13, 7:30-9:00PM at Lower Annex. Contact: Alexander Mak   or Pastor Michele for details.

    Tuesday Lunch Study 12:00-1:00PM in Central. Reading Tim Keller’s book "Every Good Endeavor". There is still room for you to join our faith and work study. Contact Pastor Michele for details.

    Missions

    Emergency support

    Through your tithing and giving, Union Missions was able to respond to an emergency financial appeal to help Central African Republic refugees arriving in Hong Kong. Thank you for faithful giving to Union Church.

    Crossing Boundaries

    Want to try something different this year? Plan your Calendar to include a Mission Trip!

    April 11-15       
    ICM Family Trip to the Philippines

    June 20-22     
    Family Trip to Cambodia

    July:                  
    Mongolia – Flourishing Future with vulnerable city children

    November:          
    International China Concern, Hunan province
    Myanmar – What is God continuing to do in this transitioning country?

     

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