Weekly Newsletter May 27, 2016

This Sunday at Balboa Union Church


10.00 a.m. English Worship Service 
Lead by Lay Person  Pastor José Ordoñez. Sunday School starts at 10:20 a.m.


Spanish Worship Service Sunday at 11:30 AM

“Economía y Cristianismo”

Special guest: Jorge Arbesu

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.






 MAY 29 potluck

Upcoming Events in Balboa Union Church



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





councilmeetingVenue: 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.


Special songs & music:

Our children are learning “Jesus Loves Me” in English & Spanish in Sunday School.  We will be singing this just before Children’s time every Sunday morning in the service.  For those of you who are interested in learning it  in Sign Language, here are the signs in American Sign Language:  Jesus Loves Me – with Signs

We will be closing our services in the coming weeks with Hymn #664 – Sent Forth by God’s Blessing

We will also be celebrating Jesus’ healing of the Centurion’s servant this week – #273 – Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands

Our Communion Hymn will be This is a Day of New Beginnings

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.

Volunteers Needed!

webdesignWe have updated our website to include the code and plugins necessary to publish our entire Church website in Spanish.  Beth & Leslie will be working arduously over the coming days & weeks to translate each of the pages into Spanish, so that it is available for our visitors in either English or Spanish, according to their browser settings.

We would appreciate greatly any volunteers that can assist with either:

  • translating or
  • proof-reading

in Spanish as we progress on this project.

We would also appreciate feedback and constructive suggestions regarding content of the website which should be updated at this time.  We appreciate any and all assistance that can be given. For volunteering or simply providing feedback about the website, please write to us at the newsletter email address.

Next Week at Balboa Union Church:

 Sunday June 5th:  10.00 AM

Beth Anne Gray

Our speaking in the English service this coming Sunday, June 5th will be Beth Gray.



Sunday June 5th:  11:30 AM

luluOur speaking in the Spanish service this coming Sunday, June 5th will be  Maria Lourdes Guevara






LuisThis week  Tracey Stempel sent us the following information about health  status of Rev. Luis Veagra

I was able to visit Pastor Luis this past Monday with Monica and Norman Robinson.  Pastor Roland also arrived too and was able to read a psalm followed by Monica’s reading of a daily meditation.  It was a nice visit under the “circumstances”.

However, his health continues to be delicate and he has lost a lot of weight as he is not always able to eat.

(only want to drink ENSURE Advance -vanilla)

Having spoken to his daughter, Abigail, I also wanted to send out a request to those who wish to help towards the costs of the 24 an hour nursing service that is required six days a week.  The daily cost is $90. ($50 for the day nurse and $45 for the night nurse)

His family wish to thank those of you who have so generously contributed towards those costs already and, in fact, do not expect or wish you to donate more.  (You know who you are!)  However, they are coming to the end of those funds and although they can meet monthly basic costs, the extra expense for the nurse is difficult.

If you would like to donate something towards those costs, here are the following transfer details:

Banco General
Name of account holder:  Luis Veagra
Type of account:  cuenta de ahorros
Account number:  04-23-99-402137-4

Any donation would be gratefully received.

If you wish to know more you can always call his daughter, Abigail on 220 0712
(or if you want to speak to me, please call 6670 1829)  Of course, Pat Thomas also knows a lot and visits more often than I do.


I wanted you to know…that just today I got the lab report of the protein blood for just 247!!!  Three weeks ago it was 423 and previously up to 6800 when I first entered hospital on March 10.  Normally it is about 100.  This is truly an answer to prayer.  Thank the Lord and thank you so much for caring and praying with me, our family and the congregation.

Thank you for praying!

Bless you!