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Acts@22A - 27 Jun 2019

27.06.19 | Acts@22A

    U Matters

    This year, Union Church celebrates 175 years of ministry in Hong Kong. What a blessing to be a part of such a vibrant church! I am grateful for the Anniversary team who have been envisioning some wonderful opportunities to commemorate this milestone. Thank you Anson Wang, Ken Morrison, Michael Birley, Catronia Woodrow, Simon Ng, Linda Ngan, Chris Yorks, Charles Caldwell and David Ashton-Howorth, it has been a joy meeting with you and discovering ways in which we can celebrate.
     
    We invite the congregation, big and small, to join the festivities with a 175 Anniversary logo competition, see below for details. Other events are being organised, however, here are a few to whet your appetite. Please save the date for the following commemorative events:
     
    • Trip to Xi Shuang Banna, Yunnan, China on August 9th-12th, celebrating with churches and leaders. Union Church has participated with churches in this area and there has been tremendous fruit. Come and discover.
    • Worship and Celebration Service on Saturday Oct 19th at Methodist International Church - all welcome.
     
    We rejoice in the years of faithful ministry that Union Church has had in Hong Kong and around the world. May our vision and focus for the years to come echo the words of the Apostle Paul: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
     
    Blessings,
    Pastor Michele
     

    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 origins: we were founded in 1844 by the missionary work of Rev. James Legge, sent out by the London Missionary Society
    • Our mission: we were established as a mission church and take seriously Jesus' commission to "make disciples of all nations".
    • Celebration of 175th anniversary in Hong Kong
    The logo will be used for: Web, printed materials, slides, etc. Please submit your entry by the 31st of July, 2019.
    Please send your logo to   by the deadline. Your submission should include the name of the entrant, mobile number and email address of their parents or guardians.
    The winners will be announced on Sunday 4th August. 
     

    U-Family News!

    Farewell: If you missed the opportunity to say farewell to Anto and Jess, please sign the book in the foyer. If you would like to be a part of a love gift for them, there is a box at the table.
     
    175th Anniversary Trip
    There is a dynamic team working on some wonderful ways to honour Union Church's 175 years in Hong Kong. We will be rolling out some of these plans shortly. That being said, we would like to invite you on a trip Friday August 9th - Sunday Aug 12th to Xishuang Banna, Yunnan province, China. Why there?

    In 1998, the congregation of Union Church gave generously towards the building of a church in the rural village of Mengla, in Xishuang Banna, Yunnan province, China, where many ethnic minority groups live. Leaders from this church in Yunnan paid us a surprise visit last November, to thank us, and to share the encouraging news with us that they have now grown from 60 to 3,000 believers in size, planting eight more churches, with ministries reaching across the borders into other parts of Asia. As we celebrate our 175th anniversary at Union Church, we would like to invite 10 members of the congregation here to come on this trip with us. Our preliminary plans are: Friday - travel; Saturday - mission activities; Sunday - fellowship; Monday - travelling back. They are a state-church so our trip will have the approval from the local government. Please note that this visit is for adults only. To sign up or obtain for more information, please email
     

    Next Week

    Union Men BBQ – Saturday 6 July, 5-8:00PM
    Join the men of Union Church for an evening of fellowship and Christian brotherhood, with drinks and a good grill at the Victoria Recreational Club in Deep Water Bay.
    Suggested donations are $250, to cover food for the night (a separate donation box will be present on site to cover drinks).
    Feel free to ‘overbless’ and give a suggested donation of $400 so we can sponsor men who cannot afford to come.
    Venue: Victoria Recreation Club, R.B.L. 710, Island Rd, Deep Water Bay
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    http://victoriarecreationclub.com.hk)
    Other info: No specific dress code
    RSVP needed: 
     

    Opportunities

    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  .
     
    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)
     
    Join the Union Team:
    We are looking for a Young Adults Director, Crèche Coordinator and two Administrators (graphic design skills and experience required for one, administrative and organisational skills for the other). 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.

    Joint Leadership Message

    Prayer and Discernment for Union Church - Wednesdays, 7:00PM to 8:15PM
    The purpose of this group is to pray and discern the next season of Union Church. Our prayer resulting from these discernment evenings, is that we not only step forward in God's time with the search for a new senior pastor, but we also discern God’s will and desired shape for Union Church in anticipation of returning to 22A Kennedy Road. It is imperative that we are Christ-centered and truly understand what God is calling Union Church to do, and who to lead us.
     

    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.
     

    Young Adults

    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!
     

    Youth

    Youth Summer Program
    Starting in July, we will be having weekly events for Youth this summer.
    The next event is detailed below:
    What - Art Jam
    When - Saturday July 6 1PM-3PM
    Where - Tamar Park, Admiralty
     

    Kingdom Kids

    Sunday School Lite, Sundays, 7, 14, 21, 28 July at 9:45AM & 11:15AM
    For four Sundays in July, kids will learn from the book of wisdom, Proverbs and learn how to make wise choices. Children aged 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. 
     
    Children’s Ministry Summer Program
    For families who are around this summer, we have some exciting weekday children’s programmes. The lineup is as follows:
    Program 1 - Watercolour Painting - Sky, Galaxy, Bird (6 years and above) By Mamalaterre.
    Date/Time: Wed - Fri / 3 - 5 July, from 10:00AM to 11:30AM, cost HK$600 per child.
    Program 2 - Carving and Stamping (8 years and above) By Mamalaterre. 
    Date/Time: Wed - Fri / 10 - 12 July, from 10:00AM to 11:30AM, cost HK$690 per child.
    Space in the Summer Program will only be reserved once payment is received in full. Please sign up here or at the Welcome Table.  Please make cheque payable to "Union Church".
     
    ‘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. Our annual registration ensures that we have the latest records of all the children attending our Children’s Ministry program and helps us plan our program well and so serve your family better. All children enrolling in our Sunday School and Crèche Center MUST BE REGISTERED by filling in and signing the Registration Form. We would appreciate it if you could kindly register your children HERE. Registration Forms are also available at the Welcome Table.
    For more information, please visit Union Church's website or contact us at CHILDREN or 2101 0414.  Thank you for your kind attention and cooperation.
     

    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, and missed the chance, its not too late. Please mark your envelope "FIN".
     

    Last Week's Sermons

    "Church is... Gathering" by Pastor Michele Bland