Weekly Newsletter July 8th, 2016

This Sunday at Balboa Union Church


10.00 a.m. English Worship Service 
Speaker: Reverend Douglas Sheppler
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, July 10th 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!

Special songs & music:

This Sunday we will have  soloist performance by  Elizabeth Bicechildrensinging
with YIH’YU L’RATSON by Max Janowsky.

this is an Contemporary and Traditional Judaic Songs of Love and Inspiration based on Psalm 19:15
Yih’yu l’ratson imre fi v’hegyon libi, l’fanecha Adonai tsuri v’go ali
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to Thee oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer ( Pslam 19:15)

The children will continue their practice of Jesus Loves Me in English & Spanish.

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:

Saturday July 9- 8:00 am
Community Fruit & Veggie Market – Cancha Gavilán 



Sunday, July 17th:  10.00 AM


Our  speaker for the English service for Sunday, July 17th will be Pastor Douglas Sheppler

Sunday, July 17th:  11:30 AM

We will confirm our Spanish service speaker during the week in a special announcement.


 Last Saturday

  Community clean up!
We give a special thank you to the Junta Comunal, the community police who showed up on their day off, and Rosita who organised everyone!13567329_1203317589712714_6234870612627151211_n



















Gay Pride Parade BUC Participation

Last Saturday member and friends of BUC participated in12th March for Sexual Diversity




My latest report last week was that I am able to reduce a small amount of the cordisone every 2 weeks but need to remain all the other meds for a few more months.  This is for me to have medical therapy and also daily physical therapy.  I am gaining some strength but still need a good seista each day.  I am now able to speak at each service and have help for the music and special reports and testimonies and visiting teams (we have one from South Africa for July 8 – 20).  I have not been going to the prison for the past 5 months but will go next with the S. African team to visit there.  We are encouraged with people like you, who continue to pray for us and look for the updates.

Thank you again so much.
Pastor Bill