Weekly Newsletter September 4th 2015

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Verse & thought for today:

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We can find more than 50 verses in the Bible that deal with worrying or anxiety, and all of them point us back to casting our cares upon Him, and His great love for us.

This past week the world has been swept with the images of Aylan Kurdi, 3 years of age, who drowned while trying to get to safety away from Syria with his family.  The heartbreak that has been shown, the risks that these refugees are willing to take, and we ask ourselves – «what can I do?».  No matter how far away we are, we can pray and we can provide financial support through donations.  We can pray that hearts that are hardened against accepting these refugees will be softened.  We can pray that they be provided safe harbour and refuge.  We can pray for their safety and rescue.  And we can provide support to them.  Most importantly, we can look at those who ask us directly for refuge and support, in our neighbourhood – the neighbour that we can see.  And ask God to soften our hearts towards them.

Let us all strengthen our hearts in prayer and in trusting God that He has control over all these events, and praising him for those that have made it safely and found refuge.

THIS SUNDAY AT BALBOA UNION CHURCH

Worship Service at 10 a.m. – ALL ARE WELCOME!

SPEAKER: Rev Roland Schnell

Sunday School Teachers:  We will have activities for the children, but not Sunday school over the holiday period

First Testament Readings and Psalm  Proverb 22:1-2,8-9,22-23; Psalm 125
Epistle Reading James 2:1-10,(11-13),14-17
Gospel Reading Mark 7:24-3

Remembering Pablo Kirvin

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pablo Kirvin’s family and friends as they mourn his loss.  We were blessed to have taken part in his farewell service, and having played a part in his life.  He will be fondly remembered always by our congregation and friends of the Church.

Up-coming BUC Activities

Council meeting – Sunday September 6th after service.  This will be a meeting of Missions, Property Management, Christian Education, Worship & Ministry, Membership committee chairs and other council members.  But all members of the congregation may sit in on the meetings and deliberations.  If you have any issues you would like the council to consider, these should be present to the Council Secretary before the meeting, so that they can be included in the agenda.

Visit to Fundacion Nueva Vida in Howard-September 20th (3rd Sunday of the month) we will be vising the Fundación Nueva Vida home in Howard – please join us immediately after the service to go on this visit.

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Missions AAAm Program-All BUC Membrs and Friends are invited to Participate in our next month AAAM Program on Tuesday  September 22nd.

In  BUC Missions we are Collaborating with «Good Deeds » Program:

Here is more information regarding the Good Deeds Program.

And here is some information regarding their activities, if you want to participate and volunteer more actively.