I am spending the day with my dad after a board meeting in Dallas,TX. My dad is holding his own and is grateful for your prayers!
Speaking of prayer, please pray for the delegation from the Philippines who will join us on Sunday to talk about church planting. Please ask the Lord for guidance on what you should contribute to the 10/10/10 offering Sunday.
And pray for Monte Peterson as she preaches at the 8:45AM service and Hunter Purvis as he speaks at 5:15PM!
I can’t wait to worship with you on Sunday!
Sunday, 14 October, Union will take the annual 10/10/10 offering at all services. Working with the Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor, we encourage each person to give generously to fund creative programs to reach the surprisingly large percentage of Hong Kong people in poverty.
The Beatitudes: A Sunday lunch study, 8-week
Please join Monte Peterson today at 12:35PM in Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 for a small group study on the fall sermon series: the Beatitudes, lasting for eight weeks. A light lunch will be provided. Please sign up in the foyer or contact Monte.
Parents in Prayer, SAVE THE DATE: 28 October, 12:30PM to 1:00PM, at the Sanctuary
On Sunday, 18 November, we will combine the congregation for a joint worship service at SKH Tang Siu Kin Secondary School, 9 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai. This will be a wonderful opportunity to gather under one roof to worship and we hope it will allow everyone at Union to meet those who attend a different service. This is also a great opportunity to bring a friend. There will be a Thanksgiving lunch immediately following the service. If you are interested in helping out, cooking a turkey, bringing a dessert, ushering either on the street or in the sanctuary please contact Pastor Michele or David Ashton-Howorth our new Operations Director.
Book your cruise!
Union Fellowship Cruise - 2 Nights on "Dream World", 23-25 November 2018 (Fri-Sun)
For registration, prices, details and bookings, please click here to visit the web page. Our guaranteed discounted rate is good through to 10 October. After that date, it is based on availability and prices are subject to change.
Bless the City, Saturday, 10 November
Union Church will be blessing the city of Hong Kong in so many ways, including Habitat for Humanity, a Kindness Walk, a visit to Crossroads, and more! Sign-ups are now live, so check the website, or see the Welcome Table on Sunday. These are great opportunities to bring along friends, or sign up as a family or small group.
The Marriage Course, Tuesdays, 23 October – 4 December (7 weeks)
The course offers a lifetime of practical ideas and tools to help keep your relationship strong. The course is based on Christian principles but is designed for ALL couples with or without a church background. Time: 7:00PM – 9:30PM. Cost HK$1,800/couple, fee includes dinners & course material; bursary available. Click HERE for registration and course details, please contact Ms Joanna Yau for more information.
Looking for a guided opportunity for growing in your walk with God?
Contact BASILEIA or see Pastor Michele for registration. Great structured, community building opportunity.
ReCharge is a weekly night at Union Church where we fellowship, worship, and study.
Join us on Wednesdays:
7:00PM – dinner (there is a donation box to cover the cost of the food)
7:30PM – worship
7:45-9:00PM – classes
4 different classes are offered this Fall:
- Beatitudes by Monte Peterson
- Stephen's Ministry Training by Pastor Michele
- Adulting by Anto Ficatier
- Cost of Discipleship by Pastor Greg
NEW classes coming:
Overflow: A Life Refreshed by Generosity in November, with Monte Peterson
Boundaries with Anto Ficatier in late October
You can register at the Welcome Table every Sunday, or by filling out the online form HERE.
Overflow: A Life Refreshed by Generosity
A NEW course starting in November. Jesus says that he has come to bring us "life abundant," but often it feels more like "life-barely-making-it." Join us as we explore life to the full--receiving the blessings and gifts of God and pouring them into others. Two options:
Wednesday Nights ReCharge (7:00PM meal, 7:45PM study)
Sunday Lunch (12:40PM - 2:00PM)
For registration, please email Monte Peterson.
ALPHA COURSE! Next Alpha course begins in the Fall will run on Wednesdays starting 26 September to 5 December, 2018, 7:00PM – 9:15PM (NB Change of Dates). For registration and information, please click here or email to ALPHA.
We look forward to seeing you!
Ladies Dinner - God Put Me in a Time Out Chair
7:00PM – 9:15PM, 29 October, Union Church
Join us for a wonderful evening of dinner, worship, and speaker - an evening with friends and an opportunity to meet new friends. Please sign up in the foyer.
Ladies Retreat: Chiang Mai, 17 - 20 January, 2019
Join us for the 4th annual ladies retreat. This year we are going to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Please sign up at the foyer, more details coming.
The Walk to Emmaus Weekend retreat for Men (Walk #77) will be held from 18-21 October, at Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre in Shatin. The Walk is based on the New Testament scripture of Luke 24: 13-35, where the Risen Christ appears to two layman walking from Jesusalem to Emmaus. A brief overview will be provided by Eugene Chung (9:45AM service) and Lay Director, Brad Landes (11:15AM service).
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.
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.
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!
Small groups are where we dig into the nitty-gritty of following Jesus. Studying the Bible, reading topical books, praying, laughing and eating together--small groups are where we connect with each other. Groups meet all over Hong Kong on different days of the week. Interested? Contact Monte Peterson or sign up here. New fall series is the Beatitudes.
Opportunity to serve:
A small group is going to serve at St. Barnabas on Thursday evening, October 18, and there is room for a few more participants. If you'd like to join in this chance to serve God's children, contact Mariam Wong.
Friday Youth Group Fellowship Night – 12 October
Youth will meet at Union Church this Friday for a night of fun and fellowship. There will be games and time to get to know each other, as well as some special activities for the Youth.
Juniors will meet from 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Seniors will meet from 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Dinner will be served at 7:00PM
Sunday Youth Group – Sunday October 14
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.
Hallelujah Party, SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, 27 October, 2:30PM to 5:30PM
Kingdom Kids invite Union Church families and friends with children aged 1 to 11 years old to join us for our annual family event "Hallelujah Party”. There will be a live performance by Dove Tales Theatre Co titled David & Goliath, lots of games and prizes, face painting, cotton candy and snacks. Please sign up at CHILDREN MINISTRY or at the Welcome Table - with the number of people coming we would appreciate it if you could bring baked goods and/or savouries to share (NUT Free).
Children’s Christmas Musical, SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, 9 December, 9:45AM and 11:15AM services
We are excited to inform you that this year Children’s Christmas Musical will take place on Sunday, 9 December 2018 at both the 9:45AM service and the 11:15AM service.
Important dates for this year Christmas Musical Rehearsals:
Sunday Rehearsals - 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec
First Dress Rehearsal - Sunday, 2 Dec, 12:30PM to 2:30PM
Second Dress Rehearsal- Saturday, 8 Dec, 8:30AM to 11:30AM
More detailed info on our Children’s Christmas Musical will be emailed to all the parents with registered kids in our Sunday School. If you have not yet registered your children with us, kindly do so at your earliest convenience.
Sunday School 2018/2019 Registration
Sunday School Registration for academic year 2018/2019 is now open. In order to help us plan our program well and serve your family better, we would appreciate it if you could kindly 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 or 21010414. Thank you for your kind attention and cooperation.
Church Planting Opportunities with Christian & Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines (CAMACOP)
You can help plant a new church in the Philippines! There are a number of ways you can do this!
1) For $2500, you can fully support a church planter in being trained & earn a Diploma in Church Planting Ministries
2) For $5000, you can put a 50% down payment on a motorcycle to enable the church planter to reach out to the wider community and more effectively evangelize
3) For $15,000 for a single person, or $20,000 for a married couple, you can fully fund a new church plant for one year!
You can play a major role in expanding the kingdom and help achieve the goal of 750 new churches by the year 2022! Please visit us near the welcome table in the lobby.
ICC Walk the Wall
Help raise funds and bring awareness to abandoned and disabled children in China. They are holding their annual Walk the Wall fundraiser on 3 November 2018. Registration is from 8:30AM-9:30AM, opening ceremony is at 9:30AM, and the walk begins at 10:00AM. The meeting point is Quarry Bay Market & Cooked Food Centre. The route is the Mount Parker Road Green Trail to Tai Tam Country Park. Please consider joining this event or sponsoring a Union team or walker. The UC Filipino Fellowship is forming a team. To register for the walk, please visit www.walkthewall.org/hongkong. For more information, please e-mail Marga.
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.
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.
Last Week's Sermon"Happy Are the Hungry" by Pastor Greg Anderson