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Acts@22A - 25 July 2019

25.07.19 | Acts@22A

    U Matters

    Welcome, Velkommen, Welkom, Bienvenue, Willkommen, Benvenuto. These are familiar words when we travel. There are several people that we would like to welcome to the Union Church community. First, we welcome Liza Sumagaysay who joins the Union Church staff team and works in the area of administration. Please say hello and find her at the Welcome table each Sunday morning. We also welcome Jessika Dorcas, who just married Hunter Purvis, our youth director, last weekend in the States. Jessika will be teaching at a school in Kowloon Tong.

    Union Church has always benefited from hearing speakers from various organisations and this Sunday is no exception. This Sunday we welcome our speaker Dr. David Swarr, President and CEO of the 4.2.20 Foundation. The goal of this organisation is to see the whole Word available in the 4000+ languages still requiring a translation of the Old Testament. This is an exciting work. Dr. David Swarr will be speaking at all the services and we will be taking up a special offering for this ministry.

    Finally, we welcome peace in our city. Let’s continue to pray for wisdom and clarity for our leaders

    Blessings and may we continue to be a welcoming community, reaching out with the love of Christ,

    Pastor Michele

    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Mt 25:35
     

    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. You may also check the short video of Rev. Darrell Johnson - HERE. Also, we are happy to announce that Rev. Darrell Johnson will be speaking in Union Church on 11th of August.

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

    Youth

    Youth Summer Program
    Starting in July, we will be having weekly events for Youth this summer.
    The next event is detailed below:
    What - Board Game Day
    When - Saturday 27 July, 3:00PM-5:00PM
    Where - Jolly Thinkers Wanchai
     

    Kingdom Kids

    Sunday School Lite, Sunday, 28 July at 9:45AM & 11:15AM
    For the month of July, kids will learn from the book of wisdom, Proverbs and learn how to make wise choices. Children ages 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

    "I-dols" by Antonin Ficatier