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Acts@22A - 6 Dec 2018

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    U Matters

    The Children's Christmas Musical is this Sunday: "Bethlehem Newsflash!". Let me give you a Hong Kong newsflash, you are in for a delightful and worshipful time. 

    Thanks to Jacklien, parents and teachers who every year bring us such joy through allowing our children to lead us in worship. 

    Last week the Union Church Choir gave us a great gift in their cantata. Thank you Forrest and choir for focusing our attention on Jesus as we begin this wonderful season of Advent. 

    Speaking of music that touches our lives, the Christmas carol "Silent Night" is two-hundred years old this Christmas. This beloved song will feature prominently in our Christmas Eve services. My favourite is the la st verse, with which I shall close:

    "Son of God, love's pure light;
    Radiant beams from thy holy face
    With the dawn of redeeming grace
    Jesus, Lord at thy birth..."

    Gratefully,
    Greg

    Message from the Joint Leaders

    2019 Church Theme: The Father's Heart, Our First Love
    To kick off our 2019 Church Theme "The Father's Heart, Our First Love", we are delighted to announce a church-wide study entitled “The Good and Beautiful God”. 

    “We all have ideas we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true and some are not. In The Good and Beautiful God, we test our ideas to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals a bout God. Together we will discover the narratives that Jesus lived by – to know the Lord He knew and the kingdom He proclaimed – and to practice spiritual exercises that will help us grow in the knowledge of Our Good and Beautiful God.” 

    We invite the entire Union Church family to participate in this study through small groups, Wednesday Recharge, or by following along through independent study. Sunday sermons will reflect each week’s message. To participate in the study or connect to a Small Group, sign-up at the Welcome Table on Sunday or e-mail monte.peterson@unionchurchhk.org. While the preaching schedule is full to the end of February, we jump into January with the following preachers:
     
    Sunday 6 January - Communion Sunday - Pastor Michele Bland
    The Father's Heart, Our First Love 1: What Are You Seeking?
     
    Sunday 13 January - Prayer Sunday - Reverend Howard Mellor
    The Father's Heart, Our First Love 2: God is Good
    Prayer Sunday will include a special prayer service at the 22A Kennedy Road church redevelopment site at 2 PM. 
    Join us to help grow spiritual roots as the big machines prepare the next stages of our church home redevelopment.
     
    Union Church’s 175th Birthday
    As we enter 2019, Union Church prepares to celebrate its 175th year! Throughout 2019 there will be special events to commemorate this important and wonderful milestone. If you would like to be apart of a commemoration team please let us know.
     
    Senior Pastor Search and Acting Senior Pastor
    This month the Joint Leaders begin the search process for a new senior pastor. In the interim, the Joint Leaders have agreed that Pastor Michele Bl and will take on the role of acting Senior Pastor until such time that a new senior pastor is appointed. Pastor Michele has stepped into this role twice before and we have every confidence in her leadership.

    This Week

    Children's Christmas Musical, "Bethlehem Newsflash!", this Sunday, at 9:45AM and 11:15AM services
    This year our Sunday School children will be performing the Nativity with the theme "BETHLEHEM NEWSFLASH”. Our children will be sharing this wonderful news of the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ for all to hear. We invite all children from ages 3 to 10 years old to join us and be a part of this wonderful time of the year. 

    Advent Calendar

    It's not too late to pick u p an Adven t calendar! Advent helps to form in us the habit of faithful waiting, reminding us that we serve a God who comes. Advent calendars with a daily Scripture are available at the Welcome Table. Pick yours up this Sunday!

    December Service Schedule Update

    9 December (Sunday) Advent II : PEACE 
    8:45AM - Communion Service
    9:45AM & 11:15AM - Children's Christmas Musical: "Bethlehem Newsflash" 
    11:15AM - U-Cafe Live Worship 
    5:15PM - Evening Worship 

    16 December (Sunday) Advent III : JOY - Normal Service Schedule 
    23 December (Sunday) Advent IV : LOVE - Normal Service Schedule 

    24 December (Monday) Christmas Eve Services 
    5: 00PM - Jaz zy Family Service and Candlelight 
    7:00PM - Traditional Carols and Candlelight 

    25 December (Tuesday) Christmas Day Service 
    10:00AM - Carol and Choir 

    *Please note: There will be no U-Cafe on 23 and 30 December.
     

    ReCharge

    ReCharge is a weekly night at Union Church where we fellowship, worship, and study. This week is the final ReCharge for 2018. Watch for a new lineup of offerings in 2019, beginning 9 January!

    Join u s on Wedne sdays:
    7:00PM - dinner (suggested donation towards the cost of food: $100)
    7:30PM - worship
    7:45PM-9:00PM - classes

    3 different classes are offered this Fall.
     

    Opportunities

    Community Outreach 
    * HOLF Mini Christmas Musical, Saturday 15 Dec, 9:30 AM to 1:30PM. Join us as we bring the joy of our Children’s Christmas Musical to the residents and staff at Home of Loving Faithfulness (HOLF). We will meet at Sunlight Tower at 9:00 AM and a bus will take us to the HOLF Center at 9:30 AM. We should arrive back at Union Church around 1:30PM. 
    * St. Barnabas Home & Society Christmas Program, Saturday 22 Dec, 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Join us as we celebrate Christmas with the wonderful people un der the ca re of St. Barnabas Home & Society. St. Barnabas Home & Society cares for the underprivileged families and homeless people in Hong Kong. We will meet directly at St. Barnabas Center at 2:30PM. 
    * To sign up for above outreach, please email us at CHILDREN or contact us at 2101 0414.

    2019 Family Retreat:
     
    Save the Date: 29th - 30th March 2019. Union Church is inviting everyone to join us at the Methodist Retreat Centre on Lantau for a Family Retreat. There will be lots of fun, worship and connecting activities. More details will follow, but if you are interested please contact   or complete the form at the Welcome table. Please note that places are limited, so they will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis.

    Adult Education

    Lunchtime Alpha
    Starting in January 2019, we're launching a lunchtime Alpha, geared towards workers in Sunlight Tower and Wan Chai. Interested in attending, bringing a friend, or helping out? Get in touch with Anto or Monte. Pray that God works through this opportunity to bring Christ's light into Sunlight! Tuesdays at 12:30PM-1:30PM, beginning 8 January.
     

    Men

    A Walk on Bowen Road with Pastor Greg – Thursday, 6 December
    You know how Pastor Greg always mentions Bowen Road in his sermons? Well, here is a chance to do the actual walk with him!
    We’ll meet at 8:00PM at Bowen Road Park (junction between Bowen Road and Bowen Drive), and walk the road down and back. There’s parking available. The walk will take about 90 minutes. A great opportunity to exercise and spend some time with Pastor Greg!
    Date: Thursday, 6 December - 8:00PM
    Place: Bowen Road Park (junction between Bowen Rd and Bowen Drive)
    Contact: Anto Ficatier 

    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! 
     

    Ladies

    Ladies Retreat: Chiang Mai, 17 - 20 January, 2019
    Only a few seats left for the ladies retreat. Don’t be left behind. Join us Thursday 17-20 Jan in Chiang Mai - worship, fun, speakers, new friends, prayer, and more fun. Great opportunity to get connected! More details and formal sign up can be found at the link using the below QR Code. Signup sheets are also available at the Welcome Table, and a collection box is there for payment by cheque. 
    Approximate costs (incl. flights, accommodation and meals) $4900 per pax. 
    *Final deadline for sign-up and payment is 25 November. 

     
     

    Membership

    Membership - if you are not a member and would like to be, please download application forms here or collect a peach coloured application form at the Welcome Table and/or see Pastor Michele

    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.
     

    Small Groups

    New to Union? Been here awhile but haven't connected yet? Small groups are where we dig into the nitty-gritty of following Jesus, and connect with each other. Studying the Bible, reading topical books, praying, laughing and eating together - it's good! We know there are a lot of you wanting to connect or looking for the right group, and we will be laun ching new groups in 2019! What a great way to start off the new year! If you are looking to join a group, or have felt God nudging you into leadership, please contact Monte Peterson
     

    Youth

    RESOUND – Friday, 7 December
    RESOUND is a fantastic night where Youth Groups from around Hong Kong c ome togeth er for a night of worship and fellowship together in Jesus Christ! 
    Union Youth is excited to be a part of this year’s RESOUND meeting, which will take place at the Vine Church nearby. Juniors and Seniors will meet first at Union at 6:00PM and then return at 9:00PM. 

    Sunday Youth Group – Sunday, 9 December
    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. 
    If you have any questions please email us at   or whatsapp Hunter at 6466 5080

    Youth Christmas Party! – Friday, 14 December & Sunday, 16 December
    On Friday and Sunday we will celebrate the end of the term with a Christmas Party for the Youth. We’ll have food, games, secret Santa and more. This will be the last Youth Activity until we co me back in January. 
    There will be food provided, but if you would like to bring a ‘pot-luck’ dish for the Youth you are welcome!

    Kingdom Kids

    CHRISTMAS MUSICAL IMPORTANT DATES: 
    * Final Dress Rehearsal (with costumes): Saturday, 8 December from 8:30AM to 11:30AM 
    * Performance Date: Sunday, 9 December at 9:45AM & 11:15AM services. 

    Christmas Musical Costumes Pick Up Arrangement: 
    Please pick up your child’s Christmas Musical costume this coming Saturday, 8 December before the Final Dress Rehearsal from Room 4. 

    Sunday School 2018/2019 Registration
    In order to help us plan our program well and serve your family better, please reg ister your children HERE. All children enrolling in our Sunday School and Creche Center MUST BE REGISTERED by filling in and signing the Registration Form. For more information, please visit Union Church's website or contact us at CHILDREN or 21010414.
     
    Sunday School 2018/2019 Registration
    In order to help us plan our program well and serve your family better, please register your children HERE. All children enrolling in our Sunday School and Creche Center MUST BE REGISTERED by filling in and signing the Registration Form. For more information, please visit Union Church's website or contact us at CHILDREN or 21010414.
     

    Mission

    Local mission in Tung Chung
    We are partnering with a local church in Tung Chung to run a weekly English program on Saturday mornings in Nov & Dec. The students will be Primary 2-3 children from Ying Tung Estate - a new public estate in Tung Chung. We will be teaching the children English through songs, Bible stories and fun activities. Please contact Crystal Lo.

    Family in Need (FIN)

    We have been praying for Gavin Shui as he battles cancer. Please check out this link on how you can register as a donor for Gavin and others who need a bone marrow transplant. 
     

    Stewardship

     
    U.S. Taxpayers

    For US Taxpayers wishing to make tax-deductible donations for the 2018 tax year, please ensure that cheques are made payable to "Friends of Hong Kong Charities, Inc." and are dated before 31 December 2018. 

    Please send your cheques to our Church Admin Office latest by 31 December 2018, otherwise your donation will not be recognized in the 2018 tax year. Thank you for your continuous support to Union Church.  
     

    Last Week's Sermon

     
    "Hope without Optimism" by Pastor Greg Anderson