One of the ministries at Union Church that I have enjoyed being a part of over the years is the Families in Need (FIN) team. This team consists of Charles Schmitt, Isabel Morrison, Brian Woo and myself, and we have the privilege to meet with people who are in need. These needs may be one off, they may be longer term needs, they may be financial, they may be practical, they may be spiritual. We regularly help individuals, families, children and young adults. Through your generous donations we have been and are able to help financially, as well as, meet specific needs like appliances, internships, tutoring, education, surgeries and the list goes on. This ministry is not a part of our budget and solely relies on the donations of Union Church members. If you would like to give to this ministry we welcome you.
Also, we would like to lift up a brother to you who we have been supporting financially and otherwise for a number of years. He now has an opportunity to return to his home country, Sri Lanka, because he no longer sees the political threat he was facing as a danger. Also, his mother in Sri Lanka requires cataract surgery, and he is requesting funds for this. Several churches in Hong Kong are contributing to a fund to help finance his return and his mother’s eye surgery, and Union has the opportunity to join in this. If you feel called to help, please contact a member of the FIN team—Brian Woo, Isabel Morrison, Charles Schmitt and Pastor Michele—and we can give you the details. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity.
If you would like to give to the general FIN fund or to the relocation and surgery request please indicate on an envelope accordingly. Luke wrote, "...we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35.
Thank you for your continued support - Pastor Michele and the FIN team
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS:
SUTHERLAND, Neil Graeme - Aged 81 years
Our hearts are saddened by the passing of Neil after a long illness on 5 July 2020 at the Gold Coast, Australia. Beloved husband of Mei Ling, caring father of three children Nicholas, Anjanette and Elisabeth, and grandfather of Nathan, Brandon, Benjamin and Jack.
A chart-topping businessman and industrial chemist who was a great innovator in the medical science and blood transfusion industry in Hong Kong and China. He was previously a master winemaker who took his great passion for wine into the medal-winning winery Sutherland Wines, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley.
A private funeral service will be held at 11.00am on Friday 17 July 2020 at the Arundel Presbyterian Church, 132 Allied Drive, Arundel, Gold Coast. You are warmly welcomed to join the Live Stream, available at https://zoom.us/j/8951828861.
Donations in lieu of flowers please, to Arundel Presbyterian Church bank a/c details are as follows: BSB: 124064 Acc: 12217316 or the Union Church Hong Kong at www.unionchurchhk.org/give
Congratulations to Reto, Diana and big sister Lanna on the safe arrival of Elia Lin Brönnimann. She was born on July 8th. We rejoice and give thanks for answered prayer. Mother and daughter are both well.
Love Your Neighbour: Jesus said “love your neighbour.” What if he meant to love your actual neighbours? This summer, we invite you to connect with Union folk who live in your neighbourhood. We’re asking groups to meet 3 times through the course of the summer - eating together, getting to know each other, simply developing relationships.
- Sign up HERE to join a neighbourhood-based group
- Questions? Look HERE or reach out to .
We are holding regular Kindness Walks around Wan Chai, reaching out to bless the poor in our neighbourhood. The next Union Church walk will be on July 12th after the 9:45AM service. If you would like to find out more about Union Church's Kindness Walks, please contact the Missions committee.
We are also inviting our congregation to join ImpactHK on their weekly Kindness Walks in Wan Chai on Wednesday evenings. Please contact or sign up online HERE.
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@
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/
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.
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.
Romans and Christians Night – Friday July 10
This week, Union Youth will be heading to Hong Kong Park for a massive game of Romans and Christians, a time honoured tradition of our Youth that is essentially a big game of tag. See below for more details
What: Romans and Christians
When: Meet at Sunlight Tower at 6PM. Dismiss from Hong Kong Park at 8:30.
Where: Meet at Sunlight Tower, dismiss from HK Park
Details: Youth are required to wear masks, and there will be guidelines on distance between youth when seated etc.
Youth Junk Trip – Saturday July 11
We are planning a Youth Junk for Saturday the 11th.
When: starts 10AM, dismiss 5PM
Where: pickup/drop off at Aberdeen Boat Club
Food: potluck style, anything welcome
Please sign up HERE so we can gauge how many are interested. Thank you!
Sunday Youth Group – Regular Schedule
All Youth are invited at 9:45 and 11:15 to join Hunter and leaders at 29/F Indigo Hotel as we read through the weekly scripture and discuss together!
CRECHE & SUNDAY SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS for Sunday 12 July 2020 and until further notice: The Creche Center will be open with restricted capacity. For children aged 3 years old above, Veggie Tales Movies will be shown in rooms 2&3 with strict hygiene measures and in accordance with the government guidelines. We greatly appreciate your understanding and kind cooperation as we gather and worship God responsibly.
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 service.
CHILDREN’S SUMMER PROGRAM
3-5 YEARS OLD - Every Wednesday in July, 10 -11.30 am
We invite children for a fun Bible story theme learning led by Ms Jacklien and learning about the Gospel for domestic helpers that come along with the children which will be led by our Filipino Pastor, Ruth Tablada.
6-11 years old - Every Wednesday in July, 3 - 4 pm: Children are invited to join us for a time of arts and crafts.
U-Singers, 9-13 years old - Every Wednesday in July and August, 4-5 pm: Children are welcome to join a new choir led by Forrest Morr and Chris Yorks.
For all of the Children’s Summer Programs, we require a minimum number of 12 children in order for the program to proceed. Sign up HERE
Sunday School 2020/2021 Registration & Zoom Link to Online Sunday School
All children enrolling in our Sunday School and Creche Center MUST BE REGISTERED by filling in and signing the Registration Form HERE. For safety reason, 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.
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".
"God Surprises" Monte Peterson.