Last Sunday Monte Peterson preached at 8:45 and Hunter Purvis preached at 5:45. I was thrilled listening to these talented communicators.
Monte preached on “Blessed Are the Merciful” and based her definition of mercy on giving and forgiving. This Sunday I will preach on the same Beatitude. Tempted as I am to repeat her sermon, I won’t. But her message gave me an idea for a congregational question. Yes, I will take a poll but this time you have an advanced warning. Here is the question: “Are you better at giving or forgiving?”
We serve a God who gives and forgives. God blesses us and we have a chance to give and forgive. But if you were to make a forced choice, which one most characterises you? Ask a friend or a spouse to get a second opinion. And then let’s get together on Sunday and learn how to be better givers and forgivers.
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, Sunday 28 October, 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 on Sunday as we lift up our children and families in prayers. All are welcome for this time of prayer.
Bless the City, Saturday, 10 November
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
- Boundaries by Anto Ficatier (please see Young Adults below for more info)
- Cost of Discipleship by Pastor Greg
NEW class coming in November:
Overflow: A Life Refreshed by Generosity, with Monte Peterson
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 Night ReCharge (7:00PM meal, 7:45PM study)
Sunday Lunch (12:40PM - 2:00PM)
The class will begin Nov 7 (Recharge) and Nov 11 (for the Sunday series) and will last 6 weeks. For registration, please email Monte Peterson.
ALPHA COURSE! The next Alpha course has begun. It runs on Wednesdays until 5 December, 2018, 7:00PM – 9:15PM. For registration and information, please click here or email to ALPHA.
We look forward to seeing you!
Boundaries: a new study for Young Adults
Boundaries is an exciting new course for Young Adults. The study is designed to help us develop healthy habits and maintain personal boundaries in all areas of our lives. Join Anto to practice how to say yes and how to say no!
Every Wednesday Night, as part of ReCharge
7:00PM dinner, 7:45-9PM study
Email Anto Ficatier for more information!
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 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.
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.
Friday Youth Group Mission Night – 19 October
Youth will meet at Union Church this Friday to learn how they can get involved in Hong Kong and the world as part of Youth Missions, being the hands and feet of God.
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 21 October
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, 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.
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.
Last Week's Sermon"Giving and Forgiving: The Way of Mercy" by Monte Peterson
"God's Business: Building and Multiplying Churches" by Bishop Reniel Joel A. Nebab
"Hidden Righteousness" by Hunter Purvis