Weekly Newsletter May 15th, 2016

This Sunday at Balboa Union Church

lulu10.00 a.m. English Worship Service 
Lead by Lay Person Maria Lourdes Guevara”Does Pentecost has any significance for today?”Sunday School starts at 10:20 a.m.
EasterSpanish Worship Service Sunday at 11:30 AM

You are all welcome to join our new service at 11:30 a.m., after the 10:00 a.m. service.  We look forward to building this bridge between our communities.


  • Acts 2:1-21
  • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b‎
  • Romans 8:14-17
  • John 14:8-17, ‎‎(25-2

 May – The Month of Pentecost – Celebration of the Holy Spirit

In May we will be celebrating Pentecost, and so will be focusing our worship on the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In our worship, we will be using:
Hymn 334 – Sweet, Sweet Spirit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QZZtmhu3kc
Hymn 347 – Spirit Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWEDBaFy0SI
Hymn 475 – Come Down, O Love Divine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLQu6_Tjk9M
Hymn 465 – Holy Spirit, Truth Divine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-l3crMBYP8
Hymn 543 – O Breath of LIfe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TxIhTJ3VDA
Hymn 393 – Spirit of the Living God – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK-O5nfL1Mo

We will also be using some worship songs that are not in the hymnal:
Glorify Thy Name – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo
Create in me a Clean Heart – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fVliokreqE

Fundraising for the purchase of the Land – Building 773

2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

We continue our recent fundraising effort to purchase the land under Building 773, across the street from the Church & parsonage.  As many of you know, BUC applied in 2000 for the purchase of the land, according to the terms of the Panama Canal treaty, of all three of our buildings: the church, the parsonage and building 773.  In 2012, thanks to the efforts of past and current members, the purchase of the land under the church and parsonage was finalised, and we were given title to not only our buildings, but also the land. At this time, we have title to building 773 itself, but we do not own the land under and around it.

We are asking all friends and members to collaborate and assist in any and all ways possible, financially, with their skills and time, so that we can make this purchase also a reality.  We ask you to give generously, as you are willing and able.

Please contact Leslie, our church secretary, for details on how you can make donations to this fundraising, or contact one of the Council members for more details if you have any questions.

Prayer Comunity Meeting last Sunday,  May 8th

Last Sunday we enjoyed a few hours in the afternoon of community spirit. Joint reading and prayer with Saint Marys and members of the community.

And then afternoon tea in the church.

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Next Week at Balboa Union Church:

 Sunday May 22nd:  10.00 AM

Priest Hector Quiroz, from Darien, will be our speaker.  He will be speaking about his special mission in the Darien.

Hector Quiroz is part of the Consejo Ecumènico (Ecumenical Council of Panama).  For more information about his background and mission in Panama, you can watch this short interview: TVN Darien Children – need for prayer


Upcoming Events in Balboa Union Church


We will be selling lunch, as a fundraiser for our AAAM program.  Please contact Leslie or Maria Luisa for the Menu and to make any orders.

FOOD SALE 16.05.16


Venue: Church Office.
All members of the congregation are welcome to sit in on council meetings, where they may ask to have a voice to participate in any discussions.
If there is anything special that you consider should be on the agenda, please send an email to councilsec@balboaunionchurch.org in advance, so that the meeting agenda can be sent out in advance to all council members.


Come & join us on Saturday, as we deliver a short message, prayer and food to our “oldies”, in the AAAM program.


MAY 29 potluckIn celebration of the end of the Northern Hemisphere school year, we will be holding a potluck lunch to say “see you back soon” to those families who will be going away “for the holidays”.  We invite all members to bring a plate and come join the fellowship & family time.

Special Notice


We are really pleased to let everyone know that Pastor Douglas Shepler has been granted a 3-month Sabbatical from his present position, and will be joining our community the first week of July until the end of September.

We are preparing the pastoral apartment in building 773 for Douglas & Aleta’s arrival, and ask that anyone that can assist with donating furniture or helping with the work that needs to be done in getting apartment C ready for the 1st of July, please contact Leslie in the office to offer your assistance.


LuisPastor Luis Veagra is quite delicate, everything is as the same health status that our last update ,  this week he went to his regular medical date , there is no chage .

Last May 1, made three years since his beloved wife, Saray, died.

The family thanks all those who have been visiting. To name a few, Gerry and Grace, Martha Maduro, Walter Borer, Colombino, Betty, Reynaldo Taylor, Nadine, Luis, Roland and others….thank you…thank you.

We need to continue to keep him in our prayers for comfort, support and encouragement as he faces these difficult days during his illness.




I had a two week report yesterday morning with the Dr.  This was the two weeks after being released from the hospital.

– He was very pleased to see how I looked and able to do some of the physical motions

– His biggest concern was myprotein levels.  I first entered the hospital  on March 10 with a level of 6,800 which should have been about 100 normally.  When I did leave the hospital two weeks ago it was lowered to a little over 1000 as a result of heavy and special medication.  Last Tues it tested at 1019.  The Dr. asked me to take a test yesterday and if the numbers started to rise, I would need more special medication, including a sample of the muscle tissue in my leg. Last night the results came from the lab for 423!!!  This is the lowest since I was sick.  The Dr. said that there is no other special treatment that is needed at this point, but to continue the present medication…and then to slowly lower some every two weeks and to continue others in two months.

– I am feeling stronger and the physical therapy is helping greatly.

Thank you for praying!

Bless you!