This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I am reminded of the patron saint of motherhood in the 1970-80’s, Erma Bombeck. She was a columnist, author and mommy blogger long before computers. In our home growing up her words were often found posted on the fridge. Her words, insights and humour were golden.
This winter has been especially challenging for mothers (and fathers), juggling between school work, work and parenting responsibilities. Parents, you may have found yourself challenged, stressed and perhaps short on patience. Take courage and find hope from the words of Erma,
"Someday, when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I’ll tell them…
- I loved you enough to bug you about where you were going, with whom and what time you would get home.
- I loved you enough to insist you buy a bike with your own money, which we could afford, and you couldn’t.
- I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover your hand-picked friend was a creep.
- I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your bedroom, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.
- I loved you enough to say, “Yes, you can go to Disney World on Mother’s Day.”
- I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, disgust, and tears in my eyes.
- I loved you enough not to make excuses for your lack of respect or your bad manners.
- I loved you enough to admit that I was wrong and ask for your forgiveness.
- I loved you enough to ignore “what every other mother” did or said.
- I loved you enough to let you stumble, fall, hurt, and fail.
- I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your own actions, at 6, 10, or 16.
- I loved you enough to figure you would lie about the party being chaperoned but forgave you for it…after discovering I was right.
- I loved you enough to shove you off my lap, let go of your hand, be mute to your pleas and insensitive to your demands…so that you had to stand alone.
- I loved you enough to accept you for what you are, and not what I wanted you to be.
But most of all, I loved you enough to say no when you hated me for it. That was the hardest part of all."
To all parents and grandparents both physical and spiritual - may you be strengthened and encouraged. May the Lord use you to build up and equip a new generation. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
We are so grateful for your continued support and offerings! Particularly we would like to thank you for your generous donations to Mu Min, Sons and Daughters, HKCNP (Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor) and ICM (International Care Ministries). Thank you for your generosity, you have made a difference!
Blessings, Pastor Michele
Reference: Erma Bombeck, “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, what am I doing in the Pits,” 1985.
We would like to ask you to pray for the family and friends of Clive Whittington as they grieve his loss. Sadly, Clive died this week in Melbourne. Clive was an active and enthusiastic member of Union Church. He served the community well and he will be greatly missed.
As you know, the Government has made some encouraging changes with social distancing, however, we are still unsure when we can meet together as a group. Please continue to join us this Sunday ONLINE at 9:45AM for our traditional worship service or at 11:15AM for our contemporary service. If you are unable to be online at the time of our worship services, you can watch our them later in the day, via our website, app or Facebook page, or tune in to RTHK. 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.
Please check our website and your email for latest news.
We have THREE options for Wednesday night ReCharge; all 8-9PM, all online:
Online Alpha: Are you asking questions about the meaning or purpose of life? Maybe you have friends who want to know more about Jesus or Christianity. Alpha is a low-pressure course where you can ask those questions and engage in conversation, and it can even be done online! Alpha Online will take place on Wednesdays from 1PM, starting May 6th, but it's not too late to join! A great opportunity to invite friends and share your faith. Contact Monte Peterson for more details or sign up here:
Union Book Group: Our next book is Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, by Bob Goff. This is a fun and inspiring collection of true stories about a man who seeks to live out Jesus' kind of love everyday. Join us! All are invited. Books available at the church, $100. We'll meet to discuss on May 26, at 7:30 pm. Contact Monte Peterson for information or to arrange picking up a book from the church office.
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.
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.
Friday Youth Group – May 8. Youth are invited to join us for a movie based discussion! We will be exploring biblical themes in movies that the Youth choose to watch during the week. Please sign up HERE
What: Online Movie Discussion Night
When: Online Meeting at 6PM
Details: Zoom Link will be provided.
Sunday Discussion – May 10. Youth are invited to join a small group discussion on the Sunday sermon at 12:30 on Sunday. Zoom link will be provided.
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".
"Resurrection Power" Dan Tupps.