Weekly Newsletter, May 20, 2016

This Sunday at Balboa Union Church

Betsy Farah Moran en Casco Viejo.

10.00 a.m. English Worship Service 
Lead by Lay Person  Betsy Moran Sunday School starts at 10:20 a.m.

EasterSpanish Worship Service Sunday at 11:30 AM

You are all welcome to join our new service at 11:30 a.m., after the 10:00 a.m. service.  We look forward to building this bridge between our communities.


 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.

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.

Next Week at Balboa Union Church:

 Sunday May 29nd:  10.00 AM

Pastor José Ordoñez will be Our Guest Speaker










Upcoming Events in Balboa Union Church


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



MAY 29 potluck

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.

Special Notice


We are really pleased to let everyone know that Pastor Douglas Shepler has been granted a 3-month Sabbatical from his present position, and will be joining our community the first week of July until the end of September.

We are preparing the pastoral apartment in building 773 for Douglas & Aleta’s arrival, and ask that anyone that can assist with donating furniture or helping with the work that needs to be done in getting apartment C ready for the 1st of July, please contact Leslie in the office to offer your assistance.


LuisThis week Reverend Luis Veagra  has not been very well.

He has a lot of nausea and has been asking to go to the doctor.  As can be expected he has some good days, and others are not so great.

We will see how he’s feeling  through the weekend, and we are waiting to hear what the doctor says.


Thanks to God we have good news from pastor Bill Wilbur , he is much better. Gaining strength and he preached in Gamboa Union Church last Sunday.

Please let´s continue to pray for his health condition  is restored soon.

Thank you for praying!

Bless you!