Stewardship. When you think of the word stewardship, what comes to mind? For many of us, it may be the month of November, a month where we as a church have traditionally focused our attention on being good stewards. But when you think about it, we are to focus our attention on being a good steward ALL the time.
A steward is a person who cares for something that belongs to someone else.
The Psalmist writes, "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers." Psalm 24:1-2
"The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them." Psalm 89:11
As believers we are to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. That is, our time, our talents, our spiritual gifts, our money, our vocation and our world. God entrusts, what He owns to us. Stewardship is much more than paying the bills, rather stewardship is about a relationship with Jesus and with the resources God has entrusted each of us to manage. Stewardship is discipleship and it is one of the many ways that the people of God live out God’s mission in the world.
We will be hearing about other areas of Stewardship this fall, but this Sunday, 8:45, 9:45 and 11:15, we have the privilege to hear Dr. Jonathan Moo speak to us on an area of Stewardship, that is, Creation Care. We hope you will join us.
Please note, we are aware that this weekend may be tricky in terms of transportation and ease of access to Sunlight Tower, especially in the afternoon. Please use your discretion when traveling and check our website for any changes or updates.
Study opportunities include:
- Revelation, facilitator: Chris Fung
- The Gospel According to Jonah, facilitator: by Monte Peterson
- The Keys to a Blessed Life (Young Adults), facilitators: Timothy Ng, Joshua Ng, KK Ip and Ken Morrison
- Lord of the Rings and the Gospel (Youth), facilitator: Hunter Purvis
- Alpha, facilitator: Patrick Wilson
- Stephen’s Ministry Supervision, facilitator: Pastor Michele
Prayer. All are welcome to join us for weekly prayer.
Tuesday Morning Prayer - 7:30 AM
Wednesday Discernment Prayer - 6:15 PM - 7:00 PM or 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday prayer for the city after each of the worship services
Jonah: The Prodigal Prophet
Starting in October, Union will kick off a sermon series about Jonah. Much more than just a children's story, Jonah teaches us about running away from and answering God's call, and about just how big and unexpected God's mission is. Pick up your copy of Tim Keller's book, The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy, available at the welcome table for $100.
Invitation for Lunch:
Come and learn more about Myanmar and Laos and hear about how you can pray for the future pastors there!
You might have noticed some new faces at Union since the beginning of September. Six students from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tao Fung Shan, Shatin have been helping with our Sunday School. Their names are Mung Dang, Ling Naing, Langh Cin Kim, Mung Ngaih Lian, Maninout and Soe Saing. Five of them are from Myanmar and one from Laos. The Missions Committee would love to invite the congregation to join us for lunch on Sunday October 20th at 12:30 PM in the sanctuary and learn more about these students, their faith, their communities, and how we can pray for them. Please sign up in the foyer or email for details. RSVP for lunch.Evangelism Workshop
Scripture says, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)
Yan Yu is going to lead a group in a relaxed workshop to practice sharing our faith in everyday conversations. We will reflect on why we evangelise, before practicing in pairs. We will then discuss as a group any difficulties we have come across. Our prayer is that our Union Church congregation will indeed be prepared to witness our faith to others and will do so "with gentleness and respect".
Sunday, October 27, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM. Light lunch provided. Sign up at the Welcome Table or online.
Sunday School Teachers Needed
Kingdom Kids needs adults who would love to serve and devote their time and energy for our children. We provide Gospel-centered curriculum, training, supplies and the kids. You get the incredible blessing of investing in kids and growing closer to Jesus with them. We are still in need of 1 lead teacher for the 6-7 years old at the 9:45 AM service, and 1 lead teacher for the 10 years old class at the 11:15 AM service. Contact JACKLIEN ( )
Build a marriage that lasts. Tuesday nights from 15 October to 26 November 2019. 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Fellowship Hall of Union Church
Whether you are newly married or been married for years, this course offers a lifetime of practical ideas and tools to help keep your relationship strong. The course runs for 7 weeks + 1 further week if we have a social gathering. It is based on Christian principles but is designed for ALL couples with or without a church background. The course is structured like a date night between each couple - there is no group sharing - just a romantic 3 course dinner which is served for you, a talk with videos and private discussions between yourselves as a couple.
Cost $1,800/couple including course materials and all the dinners.
For registration, please click or contact Joanna Yau at or sign up at the Welcome Table.
Sunday Lunch Study: Continuing this week, Sept 29, we will be looking at Jonah, the Prodigal Prophet. Much more than just a cute children’s story, Jonah’s story teaches us about God’s surprising call, God’s faithfulness when we stray, and God’s extraordinary love and mercy. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Youth Room. Lunch provided, $50 suggested donation.
Midweek Lunch Studies
It's not too late to join either of our Tuesday lunch studies, on Ezekiel or Jonah! BYO Lunch.
Ezekiel led by Yan Yu, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM. Youth room.
The Gospel According to Jonah, led by Monte Peterson. 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM. Room 2.
Please note we are not meeting October 1.
Union Book Group
Mark your calendars--Union Book Group will meet again Tuesday October 15 at 7:30 PM. Our first book is The Reason, by William Sirls, a novel where the characters struggle with questions like Where is God when bad things happen? Does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? Books are available at the Welcome Table. Contact Monte Peterson.
Right Now Media
We’re excited to give you free access to RightNow Media, a wonderful library of video resources for all ages to help you develop and grow as both a disciple of Jesus and disciple-maker.
Link to join:https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/UnionChurch
Faith Comes By Hearing
Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH) Asia invites you to join them at their Vision Trip Sharing session on 29 September 2019 from 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM in the Sanctuary, to hear encounters of Father's Love for His people and of God's miracles through testimonies from their supporters who recently returned from Sapa. Please contact Carrine at or 66822346 for more information . Please RSVP.
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.
The 2019 Fall Walk to Emmaus Women and Men's walks are coming!
The Women's walk (WTE#80) will be from 26 -29 September and the Men's walk (WTE#81) will be from 4 – 7 October. The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal movement dedicated to strengthening our local Hong Kong churches and communities through the development of mature Christian disciples and leaders. If you are interested or have any questions, please ask Terri Appel or Bronwyn Alexander about the Women's walk, and Nick Appel or Charles Schmitt about the Men's walk. Please go to: https://hkwalktoemmaus.org/ for information about signing up.
SAVE THE DATE:
One Worship, 17 November 2019.
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.
Prayer and Discernment for Union Church - Wednesday, 6:15 PM to 7:00 PM or 7:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Baptism and Membership
Friday Youth Group –September 27
Juniors (11-13) are asked to arrive from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Seniors (14-18) are to arrive from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
This Friday will be a Fellowship Night where we will invite youth to join us for a night of games, activities and team-building exercises. This is a great opportunity for Youth to invite their friends as well!
Sunday Youth Group – September 29
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 following the Bible Project series on Spiritual Beings
Wednesday Recharge – October 2
We are excited to announce that we will be going through "The Lord of the Rings and the Gospel". The study will look at the movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, and learn how Tolkien, a committed Christian, wove themes and teachings from the Gospels into his work.
The class will be a part of the regular Wednesday Night Recharge, with dinner at 7:00 PM, followed by Worship and then joining together for the study that ends at 9:00 PM.
Kingdom Kids Upcoming Events - Save the Date
Hallelujah Party: Saturday, 2 November 2019, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Christmas Musical Pageant: Sunday, 8 December 2019, 9:45 AM & 11:15 AM
Children’s Christmas Outreach:
HOLF - Saturday, 14 December, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
St.Barnabas Society & Home - Sunday, 15 December, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Every 1st Sunday of the Month from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Outreach & Evangelism.
Family in Need
Last Week's Sermons
"The Power of Invitation" by Jason Young
"Confession - good for the soul" 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 7:30 AM, all Church activities (Worship services, Classes, Youth and Children’s programs etc.) scheduled at 9:45 AM or before will be cancelled. If the signal is subsequently lowered 2 hours before the 11:15 AM service, the 11:15 AM service will be held as scheduled. If the signal is lowered after 1:00 PM, the Church will remain closed for the rest of the day.