Weekly Newsletter: June 17, 2016

This Sunday at Balboa Union Church


10.00 a.m. English Worship Service 
Lay leader: Beth Gray
Speaker: Pastor José Ordoñez from La Boca Baptist Church.
Sunday School starts at 10:20 a.m.


 Spanish Worship Service Sunday at 11:30 AM

Our speaker in the Spanish service this coming Sunday, June 19th will be Joel Guerra




We would love to have you sing in our Pick Up Choir.
Practice is at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will be lead by Irena Sylya.
Come & join the fun!

Funeral and Repass



The service is Saturday, June 18th, at 10.00 AM at the Wesley Methodist Church, in Santa Ana (behind the old City Council buildings, corner of 15 E and 16 E Streets).
After the funeral Service all are invited to the repass at Balboa Union Church
 Please bring desserts to share 

Servicio de Accion de Gracias

Sábado – 18 de Junio 10:00 am –  Iglesia Metodista Wesley, Calle 15 este y calle 16 este, Santa Ana detras del antiguo municipio.

How to reach Wesley Methodist Church:  Here is a map.

Songs & music:

childrensingingOur 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 have also asked the children to learn “Welcome to the Family“, as over the next few weeks we will have a number of baptisms of our young congregational members, and will finish the baptism service with this special song.

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.

 Furniture Donation Needed  For Pastor’s Home


Please note that we already have the following items:
  1. Refrigerator
  2. Stove
  3. Base for a king-sized bed (we need the mattress)
  4. Cutlery, plates and some cookery

Next Week at Balboa Union Church:

Sunday June 26th:  10.00 AM

Our  Guest speaker for the English service for Sunday, June 26th will be Pastor Eduardo Smith

Sunday June 26th:  11:30 AM

We will advise the speaker for the June 26th service this coming week, as we are waiting for confirmation.

Upcoming Events in Balboa Union Church

Council Meeting – to be rescheduled

We will reschedule the council meeting, so that Council and Church members are able to attend the funeral and repass of Rev. Luis Veagra.



Special Arrival: July 2


Douglas and Aleta Shepler arrive for their 3 month Sabbatical, joining Balboa Union Church as missionary pastors.

They will be with us until the end of September.





SUNDAY, JULY 3 – 10:00 AM service – Emily’s Baptism




11:30 AM – JULY 3

The Spanish service will start a little later on Sunday the 3rd of July, as we jointly celebrate all the goings on and happenings in Balboa Union Church!



Thank you all for continuing to pray for me.  I am doing so much better with my physical therapy three times a week.  The muscles had wasted away significantly, and it will take several more months to restore them so I can walk well and have strength in my arms, back and stomach area.  Many say that it is really only the reason I am doing so well is because of prayer.
So thank you again.  The Lord bless and direct you all,
Pastor Bill



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