Weekly Newsletter: November 13, 2015

Today’s verse & prayer

2 Kings 17: 38-39

38 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. 39 Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”

When we think of “fear of the Lord”, what kind of fear do we have or should we have?  The Bible speaks of a reverential fear, a respect for God that allows us to serve God faithfully at all times.  – The ‘FEAR OF THE LORD” is not the kind that never thinks of God WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL. – It is not thinking about God only when they are ill or in calamities, rather than in the good times.   Fear of the Lord is reverence at all times in our life, and leaving aside the other “gods” to whom we are drawn and give “true service”.

It’s impossible to serve God and also serve the world, because there will always be a pressing emergency from the world that requires your constant attention.  Rather, it is in each moment of each day, choosing to serve God through every thought, every word and every action.  That each interaction we have with another person, the light and love of Christ can shine through our lives into the world.

We are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth!  So let us rejoice in our duty to bring the light to those in darkness.


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

SPEAKER: Joel Guerra

Sunday School Teachers:  Rev. Roland & helpers

First Testament Readings and Psalm  1 Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 16
Epistle Reading Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25
Gospel Reading Mark 13:1-8

Prayers Concerns

Please Pray for Our Brothers and Sisters from Siria and Iraq

Lord, please remind the world that we are all brothers and sisters and there should be no violence among us, only love and attempts to understand one another.

Up-coming BUC Activities

From Missions Committee:

Dear Members & Friends:
Christmas is around the corner, and as every year we will receive in our church 50 underprivileged children. We need volunteers and donations of toys, clothes, piñatas and food for the Christmas party. Sharing is caring…  for more information please contact to Betsy Moran to missionsbuc@gmail.com, misiones@balboaunionchurch.org or call to BUC Office  314-1004

Council meeting- Saturday-November 14th 1:00 pm BUC Office. This will be a meeting of Missions, Property &Management, Christian Education, Worship & Ministry, Membership committee chairs and other council members.  But all members of the congregation may sit in on the meetings and deliberations. If you have any issues you would like the council to consider, these should be present to the Council Secretary before the meeting, so that they can be included in the agenda.

ELDERLY HOME VISIT -NOVVisit to Fundación Nueva Vida – We have programmed our next visit for the 3rd Sunday of November, which is the 15th of November.  We would love for you to join us!

 Special request:

We had a request from Fundación Nueva Vida for music and Christmas Carols at the home, any time during the month of December.  If anyone is interested in organising one or more events there, please contact Leslie in the office, so that we can coordinate this.  Thank you!IMG-20150822-WA0004

Missions AAAm Program – All BUC Membrs and Friends are invited to Participate in our next month AAAM Program on Tuesday  November 17th , 1:00 pm

BUC-THANKSGIVING INVITATIONThanksgiving Service and  Pot-Luck Lunch – Sunday November 22nd, please come and join us. Bring your favorite thanksgiving plate!

We are currently working on sprucing up Building 773 – the basement, apartment C and other common areas.  We would be happy to have any volunteers that can assist with this, and any donations towards this work would always be appreciated.

In  BUC Missions we are Collaborating with “Good Deeds ” Program: Here is more information regarding the Good Deeds Program. And here is some information regarding their activities, if you want to participate and volunteer more actively.

Other community invitations:

From Our Friends “GHarmony Group”gharmony


Sunday, November 15, at 6.00 p.m. in the “Nuevo Auditorio del Instituto Episcopal” in Parque Lefebre, the group GHarmony, who have performed a number of times at Balba Union Church are giving a concert to raise frunds for “Centro Femenino de Rehabilitaciòn”.  A donation of $20.00 per person is requested, which includes a copy of their CD.

Thanksgiving Invitation from Our Friends of AVACA


AVACA, the Asociation of friends and neighbours in Casco Viejo invites us to join them for their Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday, the 26th of November (Thanksgiving day).  They are holding a potluck, and ask everyone to bring starters, salads, side dishes and desert – or make a donation (if you don’t have time to cook).

They have organised a Kid’s Corner, so it is meant to be a family evening.

For more information regarding AVACA.

Concert Invitation From Our Friend of Cantus Panama

Dear Friends,

Please join us for “Carols of the Birds”, a musical potpourri for the holidays.  The concert will be presented on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the BioMuseo on the Amador Causeway.  Carols of the birdsTickets will be available at the door and all proceeds will go to benefit Spay Panama.  Suggested donation: $15 Please mark your calendars and tell all of your friends about this exciting event!
Together we can help Spay Panama continue their important work helping animals across Panama.  To learn more about Spay Panama, please go to http://www.spaypanama.org.  We are excited and are looking forward to helping in our small way.