Weekly Newsletter: April 29, 2016

This Sunday at Balboa Union Church

Beth Anne Gray

10.00 a.m. English Worship Service 
Lead by Lay Person – Beth Anne Gray
Sunday School starts at 10:20 a.m.


5:00 p.m. Spanish Worship Service

Lay Person – Joel Guerra – will be leading our Spanish evening service


  • Acts 16:9-15‎
  • Psalm 67‎
  • Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5‎
  • John 14:23-‎‎29

Membership Classes


This week Joel Guerra will be organising a new members class, as we have had interest from some of our regular new visitors who would like to formally join the church.

If you are interested in becoming a member – either as an Active Member or as an Associate Member (maintaining your membership in your “home church”) – please contact Joel or Leslie to organise the time and date for the classes.

We will announce next week in which service we will be formally welcoming our new members into the congregation.

May – The Month of Pentecost – Celebration of the Holy Spirit

In May we will be celebrating Pentecost, and so will be focusing our worship on the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In our worship, we will be using:
Hymn 334 – Sweet, Sweet Spirit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QZZtmhu3kc
Hymn 347 – Spirit Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWEDBaFy0SI
Hymn 475 – Come Down, O Love Divine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLQu6_Tjk9M
Hymn 465 – Holy Spirit, Truth Divine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-l3crMBYP8
Hymn 543 – O Breath of LIfe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TxIhTJ3VDA
Hymn 393 – Spirit of the Living God – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK-O5nfL1Mo

We will also be using some worship songs that are not in the hymnal:
Glorify Thy Name – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo
Create in me a Clean Heart – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fVliokreqE

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.

Next Week at Balboa Union Church:


Sunday May 8:

10.00 AM

Martha Maduro will be our speaker.


 4:00 PM


Community Service

We will be holding a community service, jointly with Saint Mary’s church, at 4.00 p.m., out in the open by Lot 773 – thanking God for another year of Community in San Pablo & Tabernilla (our 2 streets around the 2 churches), and also giving thanks for the rain that has finally arrived.

The community has requested that members of Balboa Union Church, not simply those that live in the area, attend and participate in this thanksgiving service.

Pastor Reyes will be leading for Balboa Union Church and we are waiting to coordinate all of the details with the Priest from Saint Mary’s.

More details will be sent out in next week’s newsletter.


5:00 PM – Spanish Service

Please join us with our new Spanish service.

Upcoming Events in Balboa Union Church


We will be selling lunch, as a fundraiser for our AAAM program.  Please contact Leslie or Maria Luisa for the Menu and to make any orders.


Venue: 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.


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


In celebration of the end of the Northern Hemisphere school year, we will be holding a potluck lunch to say “see you back soon” to those families who will be going away “for the holidays”.  We invite all members to bring a plate and come join the fellowship & family time.


LuisPastor Luis Veagra is quite delicate. His doctors suspended his chemotherapy treatment, as he was not responding well: the side effects were leaving him weak and he has been in considerable pain. He gets some respite, but the pain returns. At this time, he is eating only soft foods, mashed vegetables and soup. He has asked that we keep him in our prayers, that God give him the strength in this latest test.



We are grateful to all those who are praying for Pastor Bill, he is at home now.  He is still undergoing medical treatment and is receiving therapy to increase his mobility and muscle strength. Please keep pastor Bill Wilbur and his family in your prayers, that God will continue to strengthen and  improves his health.