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Acts@22A - 4 April 2019

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    The Apostle Paul described Church as being similar to a body, "there is one body, but it has many parts. But all its parts make up one body." 1 Corinthians 12:12. The Apostle Paul talks about the importance of each member of the body playing their part, for example, "the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" Each person in our church is so important and each person plays a significant role.
     
    Later in this text, the Apostle Paul goes on to say, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honoured, every part shares in its joy." verse 27. When I think about our church at Union, I am so encouraged to see members of our community "rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn." Romans 12:15. It is such a blessing to see brothers and sisters reaching out, praying, supporting, aching with and encouraging those in need. When we come along side of our brothers and sisters in good times and in bad, we are being the Church that is close to God's heart. If you have been attending Union and would like someone to reach out to you in prayer or for a coffee, we would love to hear from you.
     
    Blessings and peace,
    Pastor Michele
     
    This Sunday we will continue in the 7 words on the cross and Antonin Ficatier will speak on Words from the Cross: Abandonment.

    Information Available

    Please help yourself to a copy of our Annual Report from the Welcome Table.
     

    Lent & Easter

    April 14th, Palm Sunday Services - 8:45AM, 9:45AM, 11:15AM, 5:15PM 
     
    April 19th, Good Friday Service - 3:00PM
     
    April 21st, Easter Sunrise Service at 22A Kennedy road - 7:00AM
    April 21st, Easter Services at Sunlight Tower
    - 9:45AM & 11:15AM : Easter Brass and Choir
    - 5:15PM : Easter Praise
     
    Lent invites us to make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ passion and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.
     
    The Crucified Life: a study of Jesus' last seven words. Offered at ReCharge on Wednesdays, and Lunch Studies on Sundays after the 11:15AM service. It's not too late to join!
     
    "One" Hong Kong 2019 Hearing the Word Campaign
    It is not too late to join the other 24,000 + people around HK listening to God’s Word over Lent. Start by downloading the APP with this link:  http://www.onehtw.com.
    No time? God says in 2 Peter 1 that His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life. God promised he would give you that 25th hour in the day to listen to His word.
    For App users, watch out for updates in the News Section of One App.
    We challenge you to do more than just listen:
    • Be united with other Union listeners and share your prayers or testimonies on our One Listening Community at our Union Church App platform.

    Opportunities

    Parents in Prayer, Sunday 14 April, 12:30PM to 1:00PM, in the Sanctuary
    We would like to invite all Union Church parents to join us for an opportunity to pray for our children immediately after the 11:15AM service. Please join us as we lift up our children (adult children too) and families in prayer. All are welcome for this time of prayer.
     
    Union Church 'Deja New' Clothes Sale! (5 May, 1:00PM)
    Combine fellowship and fashion while helping the environment!  Drop off gently used ladies clothes to Union Church from 28 April. Email   for more information or to get involved. Profits go towards Union Church Women's Retreat.
     
    Union Book Group is making a return!
    Tuesday, April 30, we'll gather at 7:30PM at church. Our first book: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. Bring your friends, bring your favorite snacks, and bring your suggestions for future books! Sign up online or at the Welcome Table, or talk to Monte Peterson. 
     
    Bless the City - Save the Date! On Saturday, 4 May, we will gather to bless the city of Hong Kong in tangible, practical ways, partnering with Sons and Daughters, Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor, and more. 
    Collecting: Airline Toiletry kits and Hotel toiletries - note that kits can be brand new OR partially used! As part of Bless the City, we will be working with the Amber Foundation to assemble toiletry kits for Sons and Daughters and other ministries. Whether you are spring cleaning or spring traveling, bring these items to church during the month of April and we'll put them to good use! 
     
    Elderly Visit to China Coast Community English speaking home on Easter Monday, 22 April 2:00PM-3:00PM, in Kowloon Tong.
    We build friendships and touch residents' lives with the love of Christ through connecting with singing and activities and chat.
    Limited sign ups - we welcome 3 more with hearts to bless the elderlies!
    Contact: Theresa Cheung 9380 4037
     
    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.

    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
     
    Studies for this season:-
    The Crucified Life (sign-up and get your book at the Welcome Table)
    Network (for Young Adults) 
    Youth Bible Study
    Prayer for Discernment for Union Church
     
    A Discernment Prayer Group is meeting on Wednesday evenings as part of Recharge. 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-centred and truly understand what God is calling Union Church to do, and who to lead us. Anyone feeling called to participate can join these prayer and discernment sessions.
     
    This season of ReCharge goes until 10 April, and after an Easter break, will resume 8 May. Watch for announcements regarding the next group of studies! 

    Ladies

    Semi-Annual Ladies Dinner: Sowing Seeds
    Join us for dinner on Tuesday 14 May, followed by worship and some talks. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet other Union Church ladies - it's a great night! Bring a friend - sign up in the foyer.
     
    Fertility & Pregnancy/Infant Loss Support Group - Struggling and could use some fellowship, friendship and support? Contact Sonia Lee.

    Baptism and Membership

    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
    The Crucified Life: Seven Words From the Cross is a video-based class, with study guide available at the Welcome Table. Join us in Rooms 2 and 3 after the 11:15AM service. On 7 April, we are talking about Jesus' cry of pain and abandonment: "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" Who among us has not uttered such a cry at some point? 

    Small Group

    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.
     

    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 Trivia Night – 5 April
    Juniors & Seniors are both asked to arrive at 6:00PM.
    Quiz will begin at 6:30PM with a break for dinner.
    We will end by 8:30PM for dismissal.
     
    Sunday Youth Group – 7 April 
    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.
     
    Wednesday Youth Bible Study
    7:00PM Dinner and Worship
    7:45PM – 9:00PM Bible Study
    The subject of our Bible study will be the Parables of Jesus.

    Kingdom Kids

    EASTER Sunday Children’s Program, Sunday 21 April, 9:45AM & 11:15AM services
    Kingdom Kids invites children aged 3-11 years old to our Easter Sunday Children’s Program, followed by an Egg hunt. Friends are welcome to join and no registration is needed. 
     
    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
     

    Missions

    Upcoming trip to Myanmar - 6-9 June 2019
    We are planning a trip to visit Light of the World (LOTW) Church and Preschool in Yangon, Myanmar. LOTW spreads the Gospel in a heavily Buddhist area. Union has been supporting LOTW since 2015, and some of our members have previously visited. Last year we raised a special offering to help with the construction of a new church building, and we would like to visit and worship with the pastors and congregation in their new church. Plans are to depart on the night of 6 June and return the night of 9 June (7 June is a public holiday in HK). We anticipate flight plus hotel costs to be - $4200 HKD. Visas are required for Myanmar. We recommend this trip for adults and possibly teenagers accompanied by parents, but suggest the trip is not appropriate for young children. If you're interested in joining, please contact Ray Warhola and Kathy Foley.
     
    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 two upcoming information sessions on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00PM (17 April, and 22 May). If you want to get involved or learn more, please contact Janice Chan or Brittney Tsang.  

    Last Week's Sermon

    "Words from the Cross: 'I thirst'" by Pastor Michele Bland