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Can’t think of a week where I have enjoyed meeting so many new people. The Men’s Fellowship Dinner, Newcomers Lunch, Alpha Dinner, and Sunday services have provided some opportunities to meet some wonderful people. As we get to know each other, I hope we can learn from each other. There is individual spiritual growth, and there is church spiritual growth. How can we learn from each other as we seek to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? I am all ears. 

Union supports the Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor (HKCNP) by supporting their 10/10/10 initiative. The goal is to have each church, in October (10), spend ten minutes (10) talking about poverty in HK and then taking an offering where each member gives at least ten dollars (10).  Thank you for your generosity, Union is usually one of the largest donors to this offering.

But this year we want you to take it one step forward. This Sunday we will pass out the “Simple Living Handbook.” Please take it and read it. I dare you to join me in trying to join “One Week Simple Living” challenge. It will be tough but it could transform our lives.

This week we also will commission the various mission trips going out from Union in October and early November.  Let’s be praying for our church, our outreach home and abroad, as we learn to simply follow Christ together.

Pastor Greg

BUFF Special Announcement

Our development partner, Henderson Land, has been very supportive of the redevelopment of Union Church. However, market forces being what they are in HK and as a public company responsible to its shareholders, Henderson Land decided to accept a very attractive offer and has sold Golden Centre, which was where we were to have our temporary church during the redevelopment period. The new owner has an owner occupier use for the second floor and it is therefore regrettable that Golden Centre as a temporary accommodation is no longer an option.

BUFF is working closely with Henderson Land to resolve our temporary home but in the meantime we would like to outreach to all the congregation as to any ideas you may have for temporary accommodation, no matter how “out of the box” the idea is. We do have alternatives but are not sure whether any of them will translate into reality. Our requirement is simple: a space that will provide a sanctuary with minimum seating capacity for 200 (approx 5000 sq feet net) + back of house offices for the church, meeting etc about 5000 sq feet net. We are entirely flexible to location but for obvious reasons would  like to be as close to the existing church as possible. Other than that, we would consider preferably anywhere in the first instance between North Point and Sheung Wan. We have intensive ongoing request for our needs to government, landlords and agents but there may be someone out there who will provide the solution to our needs. We have a wonderful plan to create a church that will extend the word of God. We would ask that anyone who has any connection or ideas that we as BUFF can pursue, please inform us and we will follow with alacrity. The tide is with us and we should overcome this remaining hurdle.


This Sunday

Bible Series Talks — ‘Teacher Matthew and Warrior Mark’
Talk and Discussion with Pastor Matthew.
2 October, Sunday, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Matthew’s gospel best records Jesus’ teaching and best incorporates his Jewish heritage. Mark emphasizes Jesus the man of action, especially his greatest act, the redemption of sinners. Join us to discuss these contrasting narratives of the Messiah: one learned and paced, one breathless and brief; one suited for the classroom, the other for life’s battle.



Prayer Night Join us on Monday, 3 October at 7:30PM for a time of Prayer for Union Church. All are welcome and we hope to see you there. Please contact Charles Caldwell.

ALPHA starts next week! Wednesday evening course begins on 5 October or Thursday morning (ladies only) course begins on 6 October. Please sign up online or email Patrick Wilson at . See you there!

Please plan to join us for the Walk To Emmaus Men's Retreat, 20 – 23 October, at the Canossian Retreat Centre in Pokfulam. We'll spend three busy and very enjoyable days of singing, prayer, worship, and discussion. Discussion centers around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, and how that grace comes alive and expresses itself through us, as we become more Christ-centered husbands, fathers, neighbours, executives, and leaders in our church. At Emmaus, we begin to understand more fully the presence of Christ in us and his body of believers. Come join us!

For more information, please contact Ray Warhola, or 9105-8211.

Restored Lives — Recovery from Divorce and Separation Course is run over seven Thursdays, 20 October – 8 December, 7:00PM – 9:30PM at Upper Annex. The course is both practical and supportive, giving any separated or divorced person the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing and the tools to deal with these effectively. The cost is HK$400 per person including dinner. Sign up online. For more information, please contact Anne or Michael Birley at RD&S.

Ladies Masquerade Dinner Please mark your calendar for 1 November from 7:00PM – 9:00PM as our Women’s Ministry Team treats you to a fun and festive evening of fellowship. Grab a fun dress and a mask or just come as you are. All are welcome. Please RSVP to .

Saturday Eve Couples’ Bible Study (CBS) The SAT Couple Bible Study group will study the “Couples of the Old Testament” by the LifeGuide Bible studies series this Fall. We meet twice a month. Good food — young children are welcome. Please contact & Linda Tan.

Looking to Serve in Hospitality? Please contact Pastor Michele if you are able to help. We have some upcoming events that could really use your support.

Prayer for Union Come lift up the needs of Union Church. Join us every Tuesday morning at 7:30AM for a time of prayer in the Sanctuary. 

Adult Education

The 101 Series This fall Union Church will be launching the 101 Series. The 101 Series is designed to give you a basic and broad introduction to the pillars of the Christian faith. The 101 Series is for those who would like to dive deeper into what it means to be a Christian.

Theology 101, Tuesdays, 25 October, 1, 8 & 15 November, 7:30PM to 8:30PM.

Old Testament 101, Tuesdays, 22 & 29 November, 6 & 13 December, 7:30PM to 8:30PM.

Young Adult

Young Adults Worship & Fellowship Night The different groups of our Young Adults Ministry gather together for an evening of worship at 5:00PM on Sunday, 16 October, followed by a light dinner. Please RSVP.

Uni-On, the new University-Aged group at Union! Are you between 18 and 23? Studying or interning in Hong Kong? Please join us at Pier 7 Café on Thursdays at 6:00PM for a chance to relax and experience community with other University-aged young adults from Union. Great chance to decompress from the week, and to meet new people your age! Friends are more than welcome.  Contact: YOUNG ADULTS.


Friday Youth Group
Junior High (Ages 11 – 13) from 6:00PM –  8:00PM
Senior High (Ages 14 – 18) from 7:00PM – 9:00PM (+Hang out in the Youth Lounge after until 10:00PM!)

Youth Sunday Life 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Ages 11 – 13 meet in the Youth Lounge for Youth Alpha
Ages 14 – 18 meet in Pastor Greg's Office for Youth After

Philippines Mission Trip – Donations Needed
The Youth, parents and friends leave for the Philippines on Friday, 7 October. Please pray for them, and if you have any items for small children that you would like to donate please do!

Questions? Email

Kingdom Kids


Bread Run, Thursday 13 October Kingdom Kids invite children age 8 to 10 years old to join us for a Bread Run with Feeding Hong Kong to collect surplus fresh bread and sandwiches from bakeries across Hong Kong and delivers them to a designated Feeding Hong Kong drop-off point. We required every child to be accompanied by a parent. If your child is interested in joining us for this Bread Run, please sign up  or at the Kingdom Kids Table at Lower Annex on or before 6 October. For more information about Feeding Hong Kong please visit their website at

Hallelujah Party, Saturday 29 October Kingdom Kids invite Union Church families and friends with children ages 1 to 11 years old to join us for our annual family event "Hallelujah Party”. There will be games, prizes, face paint, bouncy castles, cotton candy and snacks.

Please sign up at CHILDREN MINISTRY or at the Kingdom Kids Table at the Lower Annex with the number of people coming and we would appreciate it if you could bring baked goods or savoury to share (NUT Free).

Christmas Musical, Sunday 11 December Kingdom Kids is excited to announce the date for this year's Children Christmas Musical which will take place on Sunday, 11 December at 9:30AM & 11:00 AM. All children are welcome to join us and we will start our weekly Musical rehearsals from Sunday, 30 October to Sunday, 4 December with two Dress Rehearsals on Sunday, 4 December and Saturday, 10 December. For more details, please pick up the Children Ministry Event leaflet at the Welcome Table or at Kingdom Kids Table or click here

Sunday School 2016 – 2017 Registration Children ages 0 –10 year old joining our Crèche and Sunday School classes for the year 2016 – 2017 MUST BE REGISTERED by filling in and signing our Registration Form available from the Kingdom Kids Table in front of the lower annex or you can register here or online through our church website. Registering your children will help us keep them safe, communicate well with you and plan our programs better. For more information, please contact CHILDREN MINISTRY or 2101-0414.



ICC Walk the Wall for Children in China
Saturday, 8 October 2016 – 8:30AM

Do you have a heart for abandoned and disabled children in China? On 8 October, join us in raising money and walking from Quarry Bay to Tai Tam Reservoir. Gather friends, family, colleagues, church family and anyone you'd like and register yourself or your team at, then put on your walking shoes and join the global movement to give life and end abandonment! 

Want to serve and get connected? A mission trip is a great way to do both.
4 – 6 November, a group from Union Church will be traveling to Cambodia to spend the weekend working at F.C.O.P. Christian homes. Regular registration for the trip ends 5 October, price are subject to flight cost and availability. For more information or to register for this trip, please email .

An opportunity to see what the Church is doing in the Philippines. Union and many small groups' support students from Bawing Alliance Evangelical Church and Shekinah Alliance Bible College want to invite our congregation to join from 14 – 21 October to go to General Santos/Bawing Village. For more information, please e-mail or

Last Week's Sermon


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"Is the God of the Old Testament a Genocidal Tyrant?" by Jo Vitale

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