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Acts@22A - 28 Feb 2019

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    Around the world, the Christian church is getting ready for a season of reflection and preparation before Easter. The forty days, which commence Ash Wednesday (March 6th), represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of the evil one and preparing to begin his ministry.
     
    Lent is a time of reflection and examination, a time to open our hearts to God’s grace through prayer, surrender, confession, fasting and giving. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to re-align ourselves with God, His Church and with one another. 
     
     “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and he relents from sending calamity.  Joel 2:12-13
     
    As we journey toward Easter, consider doing something new to refresh your spiritual life. Take an intentional time out with God, commit to a time of regular prayer and fasting, listen to daily accounts of the Gospel of Luke through the One Campaign, study the final words of Jesus in the book the Crucified Life. We invite you to consider joining us next Wednesday for our Ash Wednesday service, and prepare your heart for the greatest love story ever told. 
     
    Blessings,
    Pastor Michele
     

    Annual General Meeting

    Notice of AGM
    Union’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, 23 March 2019 at 6:00PM. Please come join us as we celebrate together, and give glory to God. Non-members are welcome to attend. 
     
    Nominations Announcement
    Nominations for 2019 Committee of Management (CoM) are now open to the church. Members of 6 months and longer, over 18 years of age and in good standing, who wish to nominate a candidate for the 2019 CoM, please fill in a nominations form available on the Welcome Table or from the church office and submit to the office, attention the Honorary Secretary. Nominations must be seconded by another voting member and have the agreement of the nominee. The candidate will also need to be over 18 years old, a member for more than 6 months and in good standing.
    Nomination for CoM members will be closed on Friday 8th of March 2019.

    Minutes Available

    If you would like to read the minutes from the Special General Meeting they are available at the Welcome Table.
     

    Lent

    Taizé Service
    Please join us Sunday, 10 March at 5:15PM for a meditative service of prayer and singing in the style of Taizé.  The service will include songs, scripture, prayer, a short message, and time for silence and reflection.  
     
    Ash Wednesday Service
    Wednesday, 6 March, 2019: dinner at 7:00PM, worship at 7:45PM
    Join us for an Ash Wednesday Service. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and marks the 40 days before Easter. It is a period of fasting and renewal.
     
    The Crucified Life: a study of Jesus' last seven words. Offered at ReCharge, beginning 13 March, and Sundays after the 11:15AM service, beginning 10 March.
     
    "One" Hong Kong 2019 Hearing the Word Campaign, 6 March onwards
    Join churches around Hong Kong and listen to the Gospel of Luke and Acts during Lent.
    Kick off with Randy Frazee, co author (with Max Lucado) of The Story.
    When: 2 March 2019, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Where: International Christian Assembly, North Point.
    Registration: http://onehongkong2019.eventbrite.hk
     
     
     

    Opportunities

    2019 Spring Family Retreat: Rooted and Nourished in Christ
    Date: Friday 29 - Saturday 30 March 2019.
    Overnight camp: $450 pp.
    Children under 12 years old: $350 pp.
    Day cost: $125 pp.
    Join us at the Methodist Retreat Centre on Lantau. Speakers, intergenerational activities, small groups, dynamic worship and lots of fun. Sign up and pay at the Welcome Table.
     
    Union Family News
    Union celebrates 175 years this year. If you would like to be a part of the planning team we would love to hear from you. Please see Pastor Michele.
     
    Welcome Lunch
    New? Been attending for a while but looking to meet more people? Join us for lunch on Sunday, 3 March, at La Cucina Italiana, 29/F, QRE Plaza. 12:30PM. Contact Anto or Monte for more information.
     
    "CHILD, DISRUPTED” - Movie Screening and Talk
    When: Sunday 24 March 12:30PM to 2:15PM
    Join us for a documentary film about how technology impacts children’s behaviors and which offers insight into how parents/guardians can curb its influence while equipping children to develop healthy relationships with technology. Followed by a short talk on Biblical Perspective on Technology and Q&A with Antonin Ficatier. 
    * Suitable for children aged 8 years old and above, parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers.
    * Suggested donation of HK$50 per adult, light lunch and child care for children below 8 years old will be provided.
    * Register at  or Sign Up at the Welcome Table. 
     
    PEACE BOX 2019 CAMPAIGN
    Join us as we bless the children from the under-privileged families and the elderly living alone by contributing a box filled with necessities. 
    Please drop off the boxes during office hours on weekdays or on Sundays until 17 March. For more info, please click HERE or visit the Welcome Table. 

    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
     
    March 6: Ash Wednesday service 
     
    March 13: New studies begin:-
    The Crucified Life (sign-up and get your book at the Welcome Table)
    Network (for Young Adults) 
    Luke/Acts "One" Campaign listening group (sign-up at the Welcome Table)

    Baptism and Membership

    Baptism classes will be offered on Sundays, 3 and 10 March from 12:45PM-2:00PM. If you are interested in baptism or membership please sign up in the foyer, collect a form and submit it or see Pastor Michele.

    Adult Education

    Sunday Lunch Study
    There is no study on Sunday, 3 March, but please join us 10 March as we begin The Crucified Life. Books available at the Welcome Table. 

    Small Group

    Join a group. New groups are forming now - in Kowloon, in North Point, and on the South side! Contact Monte Peterson.
     

    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!


    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.
     
     

    Youth

    Friday Youth Group – 1 March
    Juniors (11-13) are asked to arrive from 6-7:30PM
    Seniors (14-18) are to arrive from 7-9PM with ‘hangout’ in the Youth Room from 9-10PM.
    This Friday will be a Fellowship Night, and there will be plenty of activities, games and more. In addition, we’d love to have a ‘potluck’ dinner - if you are interested in bringing a dish that would be awesome!
     
    Sunday Youth Group – Sunday, 3 March
    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.

    Kingdom Kids

    Sunday School Teachers 
    Kingdom Kids is seeking additional lead teachers for our 8 to 10 years old group at the 11:15AM service. Join us for raising our children for God's Kingdom. Contact Jacklien at  . Training provided. 
     
    Sunday School 2018/2019 Registration
    Register HERERegistration 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
     

    Missions

    Local Mission - Sons and Daughters (S&D) is a ministry that seeks to reach out to the men and women in the red-light districts of Hong Kong. There are many opportunities for volunteer support, including the following: lunchtime intercessory prayer, male and female volunteers for outreach ministry, house parents for their shelter, education providers for job skills/training as part of their exit program, administrative support, musicians and worship leaders, social work interns, cookie baking, card writing, and assistance with fundraisers. There are several upcoming information sessions on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00PM (20 March, 17 April, and 22 May). If you want to get involved or learn more, please contact Janice Chan or Brittney Tsang.

    HK Taxpayer

    For HK Taxpayers wishing to make tax-deductible donations for the tax year of April 2018 to March 2019, please ensure that cheques are made payable to “Union Church” and are dated before 31 March 2019. 
    Please send your cheques to our Church Accounts Department latest by 31 March 2019, otherwise your donation will not be recognised in the 2018/2019 tax year. Thank you for your continuous support to Union Church.
     

    Last Week's Sermon

    "God Transforms" by Monte Peterson