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Acts@22A - 6 June 2019

06.06.19 | Acts@22A

    U Matters

    It is reassuring that God knows, God sees, God responds.
     
    As people were gathering for Recharge last week, a colleague mentioned that it was one of the youth’s birthdays. We chatted, “wouldn’t it be nice if we had a cake,” quickly we looked around the pantry to see if there was anything suitable. Minutes later, a woman who had just returned from a party at the Shangri La, spontaneously presented me with half a cake. What a reminder that God sees it all. He sees our worries, our fears, our grief, our pain and our suffering. We are not alone and He is with us.
     
    "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
     
    As I write this today, Kathy, Keira, Ray, Gail, Margaret, Mike, and Jonathan are enroute to Myanmar to visit a preschool and dedicate a building at the Light of the World Church. Thank you Union Church for supporting this mission through giving of funds and supplies. You are making a difference.
     
    Sunday, join us as we celebrate with youth who are being confirmed and baptized, also join us for a “Church Family Chat” which will be held at 12:30PM.
     
    Blessings,
    Pastor Michele
     

    Family News

    Farewell to Anto and Jess
    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.
     
    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 Week

    Elderly Home Visit
    Elderly Visit on Saturday 8 June, 2:00-3:00PM at Kowloon Tong, China Coast Community! Please come, connect and bless!
     
    Sunday School Senior Student’s Graduation
    This Sunday at the 11:15AM Service, 7 of our Senior Sunday School children will be graduating from Sunday School and into the Youth Group.  Join us as we celebrate this important milestone with them and please extend your best wishes and prayers for these amazing children.
    CONGRATULATIONS TO 
    Alexis Chiu, Davin Yip, Finn Peterson, Gabrielle Kim, Grace Hau, Jack Ragless, Zoe Tan 

    BAPTISM on Sunday, we baptise Isaac Lee. We celebrate and rejoice with him as he begins a new chapter in his Christian walk. Come celebrate with us!

    YOUTH CONFIRMATION We celebrate the commitments of faith shared by our youth today through Confirmation. Thank you for your prayers and care and support for the youth of our congregation. This Sunday, we rejoice and celebrate 4 confirmands (Daniel Allison, Reja Haddad, Isaac Lee and Lucien Ng).

     

    Opportunities

    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)
     
    World Refugee Day 2019 - 22 June, 6:00PM at St. Andrew's Church
    This year theme is “Standing with Refugees”. This is a particularly important topic and event especially in today’s world. Union Church participates in the Hong Kong Refugee Ministry which sponsors this event, so please join the gathering if you can.
     
    Prayer at 22A Kennedy Road,Sunday 23 June, 2:00PM-3:00PM
    Join us at the Union Church 22A Kennedy site.  Those attending the prayer session will be granted access to the area immediately behind the church where Sunday school was held.  If you would like to attend this session, please register by contacting Charles Caldwell via email: charlesbdcaldwell@gmail.com
     
    Parents in Prayer, Sunday 23 June, 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. Parents in Prayer will be on a break for the month of July and will resume on 18 August. We encourage parents to continue to lift up your children in prayer. 
     
    ALPHA RETURNS! Bring your friends, relatives and colleagues to the first session on Wednesday, ReCharge, 25 September at 7:00PM! Sign up at the Welcome Table. Reservation or info contact .
     
    Join the Union Team:
    We are looking for a Creche Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant (design experience required). 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 or the first two Sundays of August, we will restart on 18 August.

    ReCharge Wednesdays - Will take a break. We restart on 11 September.

    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. 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

    Movie Night – 7 June
    This Friday, we will be having a movie night! All youth are invited to join us at 6:15PM to watch a movie together, with popcorn included! We will break for dinner at ~ 7:15PM, before going till 8:30PM for dismissal. 
     
    NO Sunday Youth Group – 9 June
    There will be no Sunday Youth Group this week, as Youth are invited to support the Confirmation Candidates during the Ceremony at 11:15AM.
     

    Kingdom Kids

    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!
     
    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".
     
    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.
     

    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. 
     

    Family in Need (FIN)

    Sometimes life throws us challenges and we need to reach out for help. If you need spiritual, emotional, physical, and/or financial help, please contact Pastor Michele and/or members of the FIN Team, Charles Schmitt and Isabel Morrison. To maintain accountability, we ask that requests come through this group. If someone in need approaches you for financial assistance, please refer them to the Pastors or the FIN Team at  .
     

    Last Week's Sermons

    "Church is... Reconciling" by Monte Peterson