Weekly Newsletter July 15, 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

This coming Sunday, July 17th, in the Spanish service we will have a dicussion group  lead by  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 2 soloist performance by Elizabeth Bice with
HALICHA L’KESARIA, by Zehavi/Senesh and Tom Watkins will be singing “How Great Thou Art“.

Eli, Eli shelo yigamer l’olam
hachol v’hayam rishrush shel hamayim b’rak hashamayim t’filat ha adam hachol v’hayam, rishrush shel hamayim b’rak hashamayim t’filat ha adam

My God….never end the sand and the sea, the ocean’s roar, the sparkling skies, the prayer of man.

Hannah Szenes was a poet and playwright, writing both in Hungarian and Hebrew. The better known of her  poems,  is Halikha LeKesariya (“A Walk to Caesarea”), commonly known as Eli, Eli (“My God, My God”). The well-known melody was composed by David Zahavi. Many singers have sung it, It was used to close some versions of the film Schindler’s List. This is one of the main Jewish songs relating to Holocaust Memorial Day

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.

Prayers & Concerns

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations for July – Personas por quienes orar en Julio
Undergoing treatment for cancer – Combatiendo cáncer
Nilka Rivera; Diana de Aguilar.

Celebration for those in remission:  Arminda Feraud, Carmen Betts, Reynaldo Taylor,
Rev. Clarence Payne, Pastor Robert Gunn, Lastenia de Escudero, David Goldfield, Juana Clark.

Other health concerns among members, loved ones and friends of BUC:
Please pray for Mary Jo FoxHelaine Fox, Kathryn and Nan Mellette.  They all have disabling physical conditions; We pray for pastor Bill Wilbur recover soon; We Pray for Martha`s friend Sarah Moh she needs to be put on the national registry for a double lung Transplant; we pray for Gerry & Grace’s friends, Larry Rhone, a young father, is being treated for cancer and, Betty Ward, took a bad fall and is hospitalized.  She is in her 80’s, She’ll appreciate our prayers.

Please Pray for Our Brothers and Sisters from Syria and Iraq and all the refugees.

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.
Protect us from all evil and guide us on the right way.

God understands our prayers even when we can’t find the words to say them.
Thank you, Lord, for all our dear friends and family here at the Balboa Union Church

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, July 24th:  10.00 AM


Our  speaker for the English service next Sunday, will be Pastor Douglas Sheppler

Sunday, July 24th:  11:30 AM









Our  speaker for the Spanish service next Sunday, will be Maria Lourdes Guevara



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


From Our Fiends of Fundación Opera Panamá



Community Events:

In celebration of International Children’s Day, there will be various events around the city – Saturday at Amador in the Convention Center and Sunday in Parque Omar.