Weekly Newsletter June 5, 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.




Spanish Worship Service Sunday at 11:30 AM

Our speaker in the Spanish service this coming Sunday, June 5th will be Maria Lourdes Guevara.

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



Upcoming Events in Balboa Union Church


councilmeetingVenue: 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 “ Golden oldies”, in the AAAM program.


Special songs & music:

childrensingingOur children are learning “Jesus Loves Me” in English & Spanish in Sunday School.  We will be singing this just before Children’s time every Sunday morning in the service.  For those of you who are interested in learning it  in Sign Language, here are the signs in American Sign Language:  Jesus Loves Me – with Signs

We will be closing our services in the coming weeks with Hymn #664 – Sent Forth by God’s Blessing

We have also asked the children to learn “Welcome to the Family“, as over the next few months we will have a number of baptisms of our young congregational members, and will finish the baptism service with this special song.

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 June 5th:  10.00 AM

We are waiting for confirmation on our speaker for this coming week, and will send out a special notice with the details.

Sunday June 5th:  11:30 AM

JoelguerraOur speaker in the Spanish service this coming Sunday, June 12th will be Joel Guerra.


LuisThis week  Patricia Thomas sent us the following information about Reverend Veagra

Rev. Veagra remains hospitalized. He may be discharged on Saturday, but not certain at this time. He is at the Hospital Oncologico, former Gorgas Hospital. His family continues with the expense of having someone with him all the time, although hospitalized. There is not enough hospital staff to assist him as needed.

UPDATE ON PASTOR BILL WILBUR (Thursday, June 2)billwilbur

Pastor Bill continues his medical treatment and therapy three times a week. It is gradually regaining his body strength

Thank you for praying!

In Mourning

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ralph Reichert, who lost their loved one last weekend.  May God give them His peace and security through these difficult times.