Weekly Newsletter February 20th 2015

From the Pastor’s Desk

And God said to Noah and to his sons:
“Behold, I set my covenant with you and with your descendants. … Henceforth shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Genesis 9

Anthropologists have collected several stories of the Flood. Many ethnic groups are familiar with such stories. There are no historical data but mythologies. But by the fact that a flood was not happening, this story is not false. It is about deeper things. It touches also a typical fear of all humans. Again and again we see disasters. We don´t have an answer and see that our human forces are limited.
What is the message of the Bible on these topics? The reason for the flood according to the Bible was “the wickedness of the people”. At this point, the Bible is unique. I do not know whether other flood stories specify this reason: “the wickedness of the people”? Here, the Bible shows that we are accountable for our actions.
This expression “the wickedness of the people” seems to bother us. Today we prefer another word: corruption. This is still a very current issue. I can understand that some people recommend even violence to combat corruption.
But this is the next message of the Bible. The Flood was indeed the use of force. God destroyed the wicked mankind. Did now the world become better? No. In this sense, the story of the Flood God ended negative. Nothing has been achieved by the destruction.
It is good to know that these are not historical facts. But we are reminded that any attempt to use force to achieve the good will fail.
God took a different path to bring us salvation. Join us in this Lenten time Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. Here we find the strength to resist evil.


Reverend Roland


Monthly Council Meeting

This will be held on Saturday the 21st of February (3rd Saturday of each month). All members and friends are welcome to join us to listen in to the discussions and get involved with what we are doing in the church.

Get Involved and Participate!

We will be asking for Volunteers to help with the following two events that we have.

Feb 27,2015 3:00pm

We have a group visiting from Pennsylvania, who are interested in meeting and getting to know members of Balboa Union Church. We invite all friends and members of BUC to join us and bring a dish (finger food) to share with our guests.

Mar 14,2015 10:00 am BUC Annual Picnic

Last year we had the first Annual Picnic to celebrate our 100 year anniversary. It is our intention to redo the event and make it an annual event for the community.

We are looking for volunteers that can help with:

  1. Organising the Event
  2. Helping on the day – Saturday the 14th of March.

Please speak with Beth Gray for more information.

From Property Management

80 indestructible school chairs for sale! Only $4.00 each!



With our new black folding chairs a permanent part of our Fellowship Hall, we can now retire our old (heavy-duty) school chairs.

Please tell all your friends (particularly those who support schools and organizations in the interior) that we have 80 chairs available!

Please contact Leslie in our office to coordinate details with Kendra for the purchase.



This Sunday at Balboa Union Church

Worship Service at 10 a.m. – ALL ARE WELCOME!

SPEAKER: Joel Guerra  Sermon title : Lord, show us how to Love God

Sunday School: Beth Gray & Kendra Walker

First Testament Readings and
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
Epistle Reading
1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel Reading
Mark 1: 9-15

Other News

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From Our Friend of Theatre Guild
Hi folks: change of movie for free screening tmr Friday, 20 February @ 8 PM.  Free movie, free popcorn and membership table open on the front porch.  Come early!  Gale

Our 65th season opens on March 12 with the musical Panama Hattie written by Cole Porter. This Friday, 20th February  in homage to musicals from the era, we’ll be screening South Pacific at the Guild.

A fun evening for the whole family, come enjoy this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical on the big screen in an intimate environment. The event will start at 8pm. 
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Free to attend, free popcorn and feel free to sing along! No reservations necessary. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Questions; please write to tgapanama@anconguild.com