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Alpha's meal Wednesday night was a gourmet extravaganza prepared by Rebekah Nutland, fresh back from cooking school in England. Since not part of Alpha, I asked permission to join the feast. Someone said, “He is the pastor so we can trust him." Five Alpha and Union leaders, who know me very well, all started to laugh. If one or two had laughed I would have been OK. But everyone laughed when it was claimed I could be trusted.

Lessons learned?   

Lesson 1. We may not always be trustworthy but we serve a God who always keeps his word and sent his Son to die for those of us who can't keep a promise.  

Lesson 2. You better tell your friends that this is the time to join Alpha because the food as well as the fellowship and the faith-exploring is fantastic!

Lesson 3. Do not spill gourmet food on the American Consulate General. He was enjoying the meal before he was to speak to the Oasis. I made a point with my plate and now I face a dry cleaning bill or the loss of my American passport!

Pastor Greg

Building Union For the Future

Deepening Our Spiritual Roots - Prepare to Be Blessed!

To grow spiritual roots, along with physical roots, join us for a Special Evening of Prayer and Worship for Building Union For The Future. During the prayer evening, a redevelopment update will be provided along with early visuals of the aspirational design. Those attending will have a chance to pray for Union Church and the future as we deepen our spiritual roots together. Come prepared to be blessed on Tue, 14 Oct from 7:30 - 9:00PM!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Opportunities at Union

Guest Speaker at 5PM Service This Sunday  Singer and songwriter Bob Kilpatrick achieved international acclaim for composing and performing In My Life Lord Be Glorified, Here I Am, and other hymns. Lord, Be Glorified has been reproduced in millions of hymnals and albums. An ordained minister and ambassador for Compassion International, Bob will preach and lead worship at 5PM service. 

U-cafe needs your PowerPoint skills!  On the job training provided by AV professional. Weekly roster will be implemented. Please see Pastor Michele or Chris Yorks if you can help.

Alpha Course #2 will begin on Wed, 15 Oct at 7:00PM. Everyone’s welcome, especially your friends and colleagues who would benefit from asking their ‘Questions of Life’ on Alpha. A personal invitation is the most effective way of bringing a guest to Alpha. For more info and registration, please email  or click here.


The James Legge Christmas Musical - Save the date: 14 December

This year our children will be performing a very special Christmas Musical: The James Legge Christmas Musical. Who, you may ask, was James Legge? He was a famous Christian missionary-scholar in the mid-1800s and became the first professor of Chinese at Oxford University. But more importantly, Reverend James Legge was Union Church's first pastor and the founder of our church in 1844. In this year's Christmas Musical, we have the privilege of having Reverend Legge as our narrator to tell us the joyous message of the birth of Jesus and share with us some wonderful stories in the history of Union Church. We look forward to making this year's Christmas musical a truly historic and memorable performance for all families and friends of Union Church.

If you would like to get involved by sharing with us your creative talents in staging, costumes, music, graphics, choreography, marketing or just helping us inspire our performers, please contact Danielle Bradsher, Producer of the Musical, or Chris Yorks, Music Director. Thank you and may the JOY OF CHRISTMAS be with you all year round!


Wed, 15 Oct, 8:00-9:00PM (Refreshements at 7:30PM)

Session 3: Science and God—Is there a conflict between science and faith?

Join the young adults for a 24-minute DVD featuring Dr. John Polkinghorne (Physics Professor, Cambridge), Dr. Ard Louis (Physics Professor, Oxford), Dr. John Lennox (Mathematics Professor, Oxford), and Dr. Richard Swinburne (Philosophy Professor, Oxford). Following the 24-minute video, a 20-minute small group discussion will follow. 


Christmas Banquet  Mark your calendars for Fri, 5 Dec. We need your help collecting both Silent & Live Auction Items. We are looking for Gift Certificates, Services, Gifts Baskets, Vacation Homes, etc. If you have connections with local businesses or employer’s who maybe able to donate New or gently used Items to our Auction please email 

Kingdom Kids

Hallelujah Party  Kingdom Kids invites you to the Wild Wild West Hallelujah Party - bouncy castles, crafts, games, photo booths and prizes! Invite friends and bring snacks to share on Sat, 1 Nov from 3:00PM to 5:30PM at the Union Church grounds. Please see posters and website for more details. Write to   if you are attending, and if you can volunteer to help on the day of the event. We are also looking for large cardboard boxes (e.g. size of large electronic appliances) and to borrow western theme props and toys, e.g. toy teepee, rocking horse, cowboy and indian costumes, etc.

Outreach & Missions

A BIG Thank You  The congregation of Union Church generously gave HKD207,979.10 in the special offering to help FCOPI in Cambodia comply with new regulations, and subsidize rice crops, which were once again affected by inclement weather. Ted Olbrich, founder and Director of FCOPI was overjoyed with the response to the emergency, and sends heartfelt thanks to all.

Some dates for you to note:

Sat 11 Oct - ICC Walk the Wall  Come and support International China Concern who focus on providing care and love to abandoned, disabled children in China by joining this sponsored walk.  For more information, contact Danielle Bradsher.

Sun 12 Oct -10,10,10 SPECIAL OFFERING  October is the month where we remember the poor.  We will be taking up a special offering (starting at just HKD10) to help fund a specific project that tackles poverty in HK this Sunday. Susanna Ma,Church Network for the Poor will be sharing how the money will be used. 

Serving Locally in Sham Shui Po  Another day to help distribute meals to the housebound and homeless in Sham Shui Po.  We can accommodate a group of 30.
Date: Sat, 25 Oct
Time: 6:00pm -8:00pm
Please contact Lee-Ann if interested at 66299713

And finally, are your bathroom cupboards filled with Airline Travel Kits? Please bring any unused kits with their contents to the church.  We will be collecting items for the ministry of Sons and Daughters to prepare as Christmas gifts for Wanchai's night workers.  For more information, speak to Lee-Ann

Last Week's Sermon

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"Break up and Count Dust" by Pastor Matthew Fredericks


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