Today is American Thanksgiving and many people from various churches throughout the city gathered for the annual thanksgiving service at St. John’s Cathedral. What a wonderful celebration and reminder of Christian unity!
There is abundant research which emphasises the importance of gratitude. It makes us happier, healthier, more successful and the list goes on. I am thankful for the many who made desserts, salads, cooked turkeys and hams for our thanksgiving service, for those who brought goodies to share at the Ladies Dinner and for those who are cooking for the upcoming Youth Banquet. I am thankful that in our congregation we have people who are gifted in music and that this Sunday we are celebrating the first week of Advent with the Christmas Cantata. I am thankful for answered prayer and for the many gifts God has given to His church.
If being thankful is difficult for you today may God give you strength to be thankful for who He is and for what He has done. “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
Sympathy and condolences to Pastor Greg, Holly and family, as they grieve the loss of Pastor Greg's father. Praying for peace as they grieve.
Lutheran Theological Seminary Raffle
Congratulations to the buyer of lucky ticket number 061. Please come to the Church office with your ticket to claim your beautiful picture. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket.
8:45 AM Service This Sunday
Please note that 8:45am service will be held at Indigo Hotel this Sunday, December 1st and the following week December 8th in the Function Room, 2nd floor. There will also be coffee and pastries for a time of gathering and fellowship. Do bring a breakfast item to share if you would like!
We are entering the season of Advent, a season which 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!
Other resources for Advent:
Renovare has a free weekly devotional, using Scripture and art.
RIght Now Media has several advent video devotionals. If you haven't joined yet, here is the link:https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/UnionChurch
For US Taxpayers wishing to make tax-deductible donations for the 2019 tax year, please ensure that cheques are made payable to “Friends of Hong Kong Charities, Inc.” and are dated before 31 December 2019.
Please send your cheques to our Church Accounts Department latest by 31 December 2019, otherwise your donation will not be recognized in the 2019 tax year. Thank you for your continuous support to Union Church.
CHRISTMAS BANQUET, Friday, November 29
You are invited to this year's Christmas Banquet! Join us for a night of laughter, entertainment and fundraising for Kids International Ministries and Youth Missions!
When: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Union Church Sanctuary
What: Dinner, Live Auction, Entertainment
PRAYER WALK, Sunday 1 December 12:30 PM
Please come and join our Prayer Walk from Sunlight Tower to 22A Kennedy Road.
“CHRISTMAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION” Children’s Christmas Musical - Save the Date: 8 December 2019
This year, our Sunday School children will be performing the Nativity with the theme “CHRISTMAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION”. Our children will be sharing this wonderful news of the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ for all to hear and we invite children aged 3 to 10 years old to be a part of this wonderful Christmas Musical Play. This Sunday, 1 Dec at 12.30 PM, we will have our First Dress Rehearsal (without costume) and a pizza lunch will be provided for all the children and volunteers. Children are still required to attend the regular Sunday Rehearsal during the 9.45 AM & 11.15 AM services. We would appreciate it if you could drop off your children in Room 3 for the Dress Rehearsal at 12.15 PM sharp and kindly pick them up again from the same place at 2.30 PM.
Join us for dinner, worship and study together on Wednesday nights, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
Study opportunities include:
- Celebration of Discipline: Richard Foster's classic book on Christian disciplines (see below for more details).
- Youth: Gospel of John
- Revelation with Chris Fung
- Young Adults: Jonah, the Prodigal Prophet
Celebration of Discipline: We are thrilled to share the opportunity to learn from so many of our own people on these foundational discipline of the Christian life. Books are available ($120) if you'd like to read along, but are NOT required to participate in the class. Join us for as many as you are able.
December 4: Fasting with Terri Appel
December 11: Simplicity with Monte Peterson
Elderly Home Visit
Join us in sharing God's love with the residents of China Coast Community on Saturday, November 30, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. 5 more spots available; please sign up at the Welcome Table! Contact with questions.
Join the Union Team:
We are looking for an Assistant Youth Director, and a Crèche Coordinator. Please contact stating which role you are interested in. We will contact you with more information about the role.
Save the Date
The 5th Annual Ladies Retreat will be held in Penang on Friday February 28th to Monday March 2nd. There are early and late flights available to accommodate individual preferences. Hope you can join us. Details are forming; if interested let us know by signing up at the welcome table, by using the QR code or the link - https://forms.gle/5Z9vdgVmDsMQUTiX9.
Prayer at Union
All are welcome to join us for weekly prayer.
Tuesday Morning Prayer - 7:30 AM
Wednesday Prayer and Discernment for Union Church - 6:15 PM to 7:00 PM or 7:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Discernment & Prayer Group:
Thank you for joining us in prayer and discernment for Union Church, both individually and corporately. Now that several weeks have passed and as previously mentioned, we would welcome the opportunity to hear what the Union Church community is discerning. In the coming weeks there will be opportunities to share as we would like to hear from you. If you would like to send any comments, please look for a box at the Welcome Table. Additionally, the Deacons will continue to meet with small groups and other pockets of the congregation. If you are not in a small group and would like to meet up with any of our Deacons, please look for opportunities to do so next week and in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sunday Youth Group – Sunday December 1
Youth can attend at either 9:45 AM or 11:15 AM in Indigo Hotel 29/F
Juniors (11-13) will be following the Be Bold curriculum, dealing with big questions around their faith.
Seniors (14-18) will be starting a new series in anticipation of the Advent season.
Wednesday Recharge – December 4
We are continuing with the Gospel of John series by Joe Boyd! In his one-man performance of the Gospel of John, Boyd combines theatre, comedy and sermon to explore John in a entirely new way. We will be watching 30 minute segments of the video and then discussing together.
Parents In Prayer
Parents in Prayer will be on recess and our monthly prayer meeting will resume on the third Sunday in January 2020. We encourage all our parents to continue to lift up all of our children in prayers daily and may God’s peace, love and joy be with us all as we welcome this Advent season. Deacons and ministry staff are still available for prayer support after church service, please enquire at the Welcome Table.
Children's Christmas Musical: Sunday, 8 December, 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM services
We are excited to inform you that this year's Children's Christmas Musical will take place on Sunday, 8 December 2019 at both the 9:45 AM and the 11:15 AM services.
Important dates for this year's Christmas Musical Rehearsals:
First Dress Rehearsal - Sunday, 1 Dec, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Second Dress Rehearsal - Saturday, 7 Dec, 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
More details 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.
Children’s Christmas Community Outreach
Home of Loving Faithfulness (HOLF): Saturday, 14 Dec 2019, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us as we share the joy of Jesus’s birth with the residents and workers of HOLF through our mini Christmas Musical Play. Transportation to and from the HOLF centre will be provided.
St. Barnabas Society & Home: Sunday, 15 Dec 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Kingdom Kids will be leading a Children’s Christmas Program for the children in the care of the St. Barnabas Society. Families are invited to join us and share Jesus’s love with the underprivileged families.
To join the above outreach, please REGISTER at , or at the Welcome Table.
Sunday School 2019/2020 Registration
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 or 21010414. Thank you.
In keeping with the history of our church and the Great Commission, Mt. 28:18-20, we are excited about missions.
We are excited about the many ministries we support annually, both locally and internationally, and we hope you take advantage of opportunities to get involved. Each week, there will be a missions committee member at the welcome table; please ask them how you can participate or if you have questions. Additionally, please tune in to the video in the foyer to learn more.
We hope you welcome the many Lutheran Theological Students from Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand who are attending Union.
Sons & Daughters
Sons & Daughters share God's love with men and women in the red-light districts of Hong Kong. They have asked for our assistance with providing practical items, such as food, toiletries, and household items, for use in their drop-in centre and family home. If you are willing to donate items, please see the list of items needed at the Welcome Table.
To get involved with these and other ministries, please talk to any member of the missions committee: Nick Appel (Chairman), Kathy Foley (Secretary), Dennis Hopton, John Jamison, Melody Landes, Jeff Cheung, KK Ip, Yan Yu (Deacon), Catriona Woodrow (Deacon), Michael Birley (COM). Additionally, David Ashton-Howorth and Pastor Michele attend meetings.
Christmas Celebration: 8 December
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.
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. Please contact Pastor Michele if we can help (
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.
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 baptised and are interested, please see Pastor Michele.
Family in Need (FIN)
If you would like to help support our family in need ministry, which helps people monthly with basic needs, please mark your envelope "FIN".
Last Week's Sermons
"Lessons on Stewardship from Ebenezer Scrooge and Joseph" by Pastor Michele
In the light of the recent protests and their impact on Hong Kong, we need to ensure the safety of our congregation and staff. We will always try to hold our services as normal, but we will implement the following procedures for our Sunday services when needed:
• All services will proceed as normal as long as there is no protest planned for the area directly around Sunlight Tower.
• In case of spontaneous events that might impact our congregation coming to Church, then our staff will make a decision on whether to suspend services. An email will be sent to all of our members to inform them of which services will be suspended.
We will try wherever possible to give as much notice as possible should we feel the need to suspend any service. Please make sure that you check your email before setting off for Church. You can help us by ensuring that we have your most up to date contact information. If you think your information may be incorrect, please contact
At this time, we would also like to remind you of our Typhoon/Severe Weather policy:
All Church activities remain unchanged when tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 or 3 is hoisted. They will also be unaffected by the amber or red rainstorm warning signals.
When the Hong Kong Observatory issues a ‘Pre No.8 Typhoon Warning Signal’ on a Sunday, we will complete any service taking place and ask people to leave the Church and make their way home. Services planned for after this will be suspended. When the black rainstorm warning signal or tropical cyclone warning signal number 8 or above is hoisted on a Sunday before 07:30AM, all Church activities (Worship services, Classes, Youth and Children’s programs etc.) scheduled at 9:45AM or before will be cancelled. If the signal is subsequently lowered 2 hours before the 11:15AM service, the 11:15AM service will be held as scheduled. If the signal is lowered after 1PM, the Church will remain closed for the rest of the day.