Dear RiverGrace Family,
Let’s pray together that we won’t have any more Sunday typhoons for awhile! This past Sunday’s typhoon was the third in a row since July 23 that has fallen on a Sunday, meaning we had to cancel services. Though I hate to have to cancel the activities or Sunday service, the church could be liable for a lawsuit if we still went ahead to hold services or activities when the #8 or #10 signals are up.
According to HKE’s policy if the #8 signal is expected to go up within 3 hours of a service or activity it should be cancelled. If it is expected to go down within 3 hours of the start of the service it’s up to the pastor’s judgement whether or not to hold the service or activity.
We need to also remember that, depending on the direction of the typhoon and winds, it may not be bad where you are living, but it might be much worse in other locations.
That happened with us in the first two typhoons. The #8 caused more damage in Sai Kung with trees down, etc. than the stronger #10 typhoon did. If we err, we want to err on the side of safety.
As a result of the typhoon, we will change the preaching schedule, and I’ll preach the sermon I was going to preach last Sunday on God’s amazing grace. It’s based on Nehemiah chapter 9. Please read the chapter if you have time. Still will lead the worship songs, and we will have our fellowship lunch after the service.
The Wednesday morning Connect Groups will meet at 11:00am, and the Wednesday PM Connect Groups, as well as the Spanish Fellowship, will meet at 7:00pm in the UCC geography room..
On November 12 we’re planning a special thanksgiving service. We will invite those who have had involvement in RiverGrace from the past, and are still living in Hong Kong, to attend. Also we are sending posters and inviting anyone from the HKEC churches to join us for that service at 2:30pm. We will not have our normal service at noon. The thanksgiving service will be our worship service that day.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, October 22
- 10:00am - Worship team practice - Cindy
- 10:30am - Set up geography room
- 11:15am - Pre Service Prayer meeting
- 12:00noon - Worship service - P. Dave
- 1:30pm - Fellowship Lunch
- 3:00pm - Connect Group
Activities next week...
- Wednesday, October 25; 11:00am - Wednesday AM Connect Groups (OMS building
- Wednesday October 25 - 7:00pm - Wednesday PM Connect Groups / Spanish
Fellowship (UCC geography room)
- Sunday, October 29 - P. Cindy preaching on Ephesians
Have a nice rest of the week and enjoy the cooler temperatures. I know I am!
Love and blessings,