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Acts@22A - 30 May 2019

30.05.19 | Acts@Sunlight

    U Matters

    “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!” Psalm 100:1-2
     
    As I reflect on last Sunday’s One Worship service I am reminded of this passage. If you were there worshipping with us, you would know that there certainly were many joyful noises. Additionally, there were many who seemed to be serving the Lord with gladness! What a wonderful celebration where we celebrated Church is… ONE! 
     
    Thank you to the Filipina Fellowship for preparing food and helping set up; to Forrest, Chris and the combined Gospel Choir; to Patrick and Miriam Wong and the Saturday Small group for set up; to Rob, Betty, Barbara and their team of volunteers for sound and PowerPoint; to Hunter, Justin and the youth for guiding on the street and clean up; to Jacklien and her crew for Sunday School programs and to David, Jonathan, Tess and the BBQ team for feeding us and the many others who helped make the day meaningful. It was a “Happy Day!” 
     
    This Sunday, we continue with our theme Church is… and Monte will be speaking on “Church is…Reconciling.” Additionally, we would like to invite you to join us for a class on Jewish Prayer with Catriona Woodrow at 12:30, lunch will be provided. Our last Recharge before the summer break, Wednesday June 5th, will feature Josh Powell from Young Life. He will be speaking on “Parenting Teens.” Join us and bring a friend. 
     
    Anto, our Young Adults Director is also joyful:
    Union Church family, it is with great excitement that Jess and I share the news of our move to England this summer. The Lord has opened an unexpected door for me in Godalming, a town in Surrey, southwest of London. I will be serving as Youth Minister at Busbridge & Hambledon Church (Church of England). This move will allow us to be closer to families and for Jess to continue her career in London. As we begin to reflect on this season spent in Hong Kong, Jess and I are full of gratitude for all those who have walked with us, spoken into our lives and allowed us to be part of theirs. Hong Kong is a special place full of some special people who will remain close to our hearts. Thank you Union Church for these 3 years of ministry.
     
    On behalf of Union Church, we would like to say thank you to Anto and Jess. Your ministries have been a blessing to us in so many ways. We can rejoice that you are going where the Lord is leading, however, we are sad to see you go and you will be missed. A farewell will be held on Sunday June 16th and their last Sunday is July 21st.
     
    Rejoicing and thankful,
    Pastor Michele
     

    Family News

    Annual General Meeting (AGM) Minutes
    The minutes of the AGM held on 23 March 2019 are available for viewing at the Welcome Table. Please send any suggested amendments to the Honorary Secretary, Bronwyn Alexander, before 3 June 2019. The Committee of Management (COM) will finalise the minutes at their next meeting. 
     
    Church Family Meeting
    Please note that there will be a Church Family Meeting on Sunday 9 June from 12:30-1:30PM. Childcare provided. 
     

    This Sunday

    Jewish Faith: Window into the Biblical World
    This Sunday, 12:30-2:00, lunch provided - our own Catriona Woodrow, seasoned teacher and theology student, will lead us in a study of Jewish faith and practices in Biblical times, enriching how we read and understand both the Old and New Testaments.
    Sign up at the Welcome Table or here
     
     
    Light of the World Preschool in Myanmar - Donations Needed!
    A group from Union will be visiting Light of the World Church and Preschool in Myanmar in early June. We would like to take gifts for the preschool to meet their current needs for indoor craft/play items during the rainy season. 
    We are collecting the following: coloured paper, pencils, coloured pencils, glue, scissors, and Play-Doh. If you would like to donate any of these items, please drop them to Sunlight Tower by this Sunday.
     

    ReCharge Wednesdays

    We fellowship, worship, and study.
    7:00PM - dinner
    7:30PM - worship
    7:45PM-9:00PM - classes/talks
     
    Recharge your Family
    Recharge Your Parenting: Parenting Teens
    We are excited to have Josh Powell from Young Life, to speak on Parenting Teens with a purpose. We would love for you to join us, bring a friend. Wednesday, 5 June. 
    Contact: Pastor Michele
     
    Big Picture: a new study about the Bible (for Young Adults)
    We all have questions about the Bible: What is it? Who wrote it? When? Why? In this study Anto Ficatier (Young Adults Director) and Tyler Cox (Theology teacher at ICS) present a “big picture” overview of the Bible, with historical, theological, and practical insights. Each session will be highly interactive and will spark great conversations!
    Contact: Anto Ficatier 
     
    Parables of Jesus: Study for Youth
    We are looking at the context in which Jesus taught them, gaining a better understanding of their meaning and how they apply in our lives. We will read the parables together, and also have time to discuss how they speak to us personally. This class is geared towards Youth (ages 11-18).
    Contact: Hunter Purvis
     
    Faith in the Midst of Suffering: Learning with Job
    Job is a man who knows suffering - he loses everything! In Job’s story we hear questions all of us ask: Why do terrible things happen? How can we trust God when loving makes us so vulnerable? Join us - it's never too late! 
    Contact: Monte Peterson.
     

    Message from the Joint Leaders

    Prayer and Discernment for Union Church - 6:15PM to 7:00PM
    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. Next meeting is 4 June, 12:00-14:00PM, discussing chapters 4-5. Contact Yan with any questions and go to Union website for the schedule. 
     

    Opportunities 

    Elderly Home Visit
    Elderly Visit on Saturday 8 June, 2:00-3:00PM at Kowloon Tong, China Coast Community! Please come, connect and bless! Sign up at the Welcome Table. 
     

    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

    RESOUND - 31 May
    All youth are asked to arrive at Union Church at 6PM – we will then travel to ICA Chai Wan on the MTR. Resound will end at 9:15PM. We will return to Union Church at 9:45PM.
    Seniors (14-18) are invited for a Lock-in sleepover at Union Church. They will stay the night and then be dismissed at 8AM on Saturday.
     
    Sunday Youth Group
    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 Senior Student’s Graduation, 9 June at 11:15AM
    Children born in the year 2008 will be graduating from Sunday School and we will have a short graduation ceremony at the 11:15AM service.  Please join us as we bless these children on their next journey in seeking Christ through the Youth program. 
     
    Sunday School End of Year Party, Sunday, 23 June, 9:45AM & 11:15AM
    Children aged 3-10 years old are invited to join us for our End Of Year Party.  Lots of games and prizes and snacks. Bring a friend!
     
    Sunday School 2018/2019 Registration 
    Register HERE. Registration Forms are also available at the Welcome Table. Contact us at CHILDREN or at 2101 0414 for any enquiries. 
     

    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.
     

    Last Week's Sermons

    "Church is... One" by Pastor Michele