U Matters

Today, July 30th is “World Day Against Trafficking in Persons”, a day that has been set apart to educate and focus on the first responders of human trafficking. It has been reported that this industry is worth $150 billion dollars per year and includes sexual exploitation, illegal organ donation and forced labour - working in local restaurants, nail salons, garment factories, farms, hotels, slaughterhouses, packing factories, and private homes. It has been reported that human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.

In Hong Kong, we give thanks for the organizations who are working in this area. Let’s continue to pray for and support the ministries of Sons and Daughters and STOP - Stop Trafficking of People - a Branches of Hope ministry - as the present pandemic creates additional challenges.

Oh Lord, you are a just and mighty God. We ask that you open our hearts and minds to the plight of those who are trapped in human trafficking - we lift before you the men, women and children and ask for your healing and protection. Lord, give us the strength, the power and the wisdom to do what we can. We pray for justice for the victims and wisdom for those who counsel and support. We pray for protection and provision for all the NGO’s working in this area. We pray for the oppressed and the oppressors - in Jesus name Amen.

“Again, I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed—with no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power—with no one to comfort them.” Ecclesiastes 4:1

Blessings, Pastor Michele 

FAMILY NEWS:

A member of our congregation attended the 8:45 service (and some of the 9:45) on July 12th. However, he was only diagnosed with Covid on July 23rd and is recovering in the hospital. Let’s continue to remember before the Lord those who are struggling with Covid.

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THIS WEEK:

Please join us this Sunday, ONLINE ONLY, at 9:45AM for our traditional service and 11:15AM for our contemporary service. Please join us via our website, mobile app or Facebook page.

If you are unable to be online at the time of our worship services, you can watch them later in the day, again via our website, app or Facebook page.  Don't forget that you can still give your offering online via the giving page of our website, or by using the QR code below. You can also send us a cheque, made payable to "Union Church" or "Friends of Hong Kong Charities, Inc" if you are a US taxpayer. Please send them to: 18F, Sunlight Tower, 248 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Online Giving

Upcoming:

New Sunday Morning Class: Faith In Trying Times
Join us from 10-11am on zoom as we discuss how times of uncertainty (like now!) are really opportunities to grow in faith. Using Laurie Short's video series "Fear, Waiting, Hope" we'll look at situations in the Bible where people had to overcome fear, lean into God’s timing and see dark times as an opportunity to increase hope. Register here to get the zoom link. Led by Dan Tupps, Monte Peterson and Pastor Michele. August 9, 17, 23, 30

ReCharge:
- Please note that Wednesday, August 5, we will gather ONLINE for prayer. We will meet from 8:00-8:30 pm, and there will be time for praise and thanksgiving, for silent confession, and for hearing and meditating on God's Word, as well as lifting our concerns before the Lord. A wonderful, peaceful way to end the day.  Email Monte Peterson for the zoom link to join.
- Young Adults: Please join us online every Wednesday from 8:00-9:00pm for a brief study, prayer and encouragement. Contact Dan Tupps for the zoom link and more information.

Missions:

Inner City Ministries focuses on helping the ethnic minorities and their families in Hong Kong. One special group of people that Inner City Ministries help are recovering drug addicts. After a year of rehab, many of these individuals cannot find employment, and they quickly slip back into drug abuse. If you know of any job opportunities that are open to hiring rehabilitated individuals, please contact emmanuel@innercityministries.org.

Another exciting opportunity is to volunteer and help in their children’s program. Learn more about how to keep kids safe or to mentor them at innercityministries.org/children

Sons & Daughters, our neighbours in Wan Chai, share God's love with the women and men of the red light districts throughout Hong Kong.  Calling all bakers! Your baking skills can help open doors and transform lives in the red light districts. Email info@sonsanddaughters.org.hk to help! They are also in need of food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, electronics, and board games. If you're able to make a donation, please see the items needed at: https://forms.gle/ZDzeekPP2Nhdpekg6

Pour out your love 傾福行動 - https://fundrazr.com/pouroutyourlove: We invite you to share the blessings and contribute one-tenth of your $10,000 government subsidy for the ICC children.

Connecting:

The Marriage Course: please contact Joanna Yau for more details.

Pastoral Care Support, if you are looking for some support and prayer please let our staff know. Contact Ministry leaders directly or admin at:   or call 6225 5042.

Small Groups

Meeting as a small group in this time is challenging, but the support from each other is more important than ever. There ARE online options - please reach out if you need help figuring this out! If you aren't currently in a group, we encourage you to try it out. There are groups for women, men, couples, day-time, night-time, etc. Interested? Contact Monte Peterson

Men's Lunch Study: Will continue in August!
+ 30 minute daily study including Bible reading, questions and study notes.
+ Friday group discussion via Zoom, from 1-2 pm. 
+ Anyone interested please WhatsApp Andrew Lo @ 9864-5999
 

Youth

Friday Youth Group – July 31. Youth are invited to join us via zoom for prayer and scripture study. We will also be taking the opportunity to discuss the next several weeks and what we’ll be doing as a Youth Group.

When: Online Meeting at 6:00PM

Details: Zoom Link will be provided.

Sunday Discussion – August 2. Youth are invited to join a small group discussion on the Sunday sermon at 12:30 on Sunday. Zoom link will be provided.

Kingdom Kids

Sunday School 2020/2021 Registration IS NOW OPEN: All children enrolling in our Sunday School and Creche Centre MUST BE REGISTERED by filling in and signing the Registration Form HERE. For safety reasons, only children officially registered in our Sunday School program will receive the Zoom link to our Online Bible Study. For more information, please visit Union Church's website or contact us at CHILDREN or 21010414. 

Creche, Sunday School and Kids Summer Programs are SUSPENDED until further notice. In order to safeguard the health and safety of all of our families and staff and to help curb the spread of the Covid-19, we have SUSPENDED all of our Children’s Ministry Programs such as Creche, Veggie Tales Movies showing, Kids and Aunties (3-5 years old), Arts & Crafts (6 years old above) and U-Singers (9-13 years old) until further notice. We encourage the children to join our Online Sunday School Lessons. Thank you for your patience and kind understanding, we look forward to sending you all an update once we are able to meet in person again.

ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL:

-  3-5 years old students: Fruit of the Spirit Bible study, starting this Sunday via Zoom, from 10.45 am - 11.15 am.  

-  6 years old and above students: Books of the Bible study, every Sunday via Zoom, from 10.45 am - 11.30 am. 

Kingdom Kids Sunday edition, through Union Church website, app and Facebook, at the end of the 9.45 am and 11.15 am services.

Stephen's Ministry

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 (

Fertility & Pregnancy/Infant Loss Support Group - Struggling and could use some fellowship, friendship and support? Contact Sonia Lee.

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 Sermon

"Disruption In Philippi" Hunter Purvis