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HISTORY OF WILDANE KENNELS 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE PET TRAVEL • BOARDING & PICK UP SERVICE Esther purchased Wildane Kennels from the Wilson's in 1975. The Wilson's had bred Great Danes and also boarded cats and dogs. Esther has operated the kennels since then. She has continually remodeled and improved the facilities into today's luxury pet resort. WILDANE KENNELS has always been a family business. Created by Esther's experience and considerably knowledge about handling dogs and cats. Esther was a licensed microbiologist on the mainland before she moved to Puerto Rico with her 150 pound Irish Wolfhound, 'Charlie Morgantribble', her two cats: 25 pound 'Mixat' and little 10 pound 'Poco Suavecita'. Esther worked in a veterinary hospital in San Juan as the head veterinarian technician and hospital manager, until she acquired the kennel and started her breeding campaign with Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Her Asabi Ridgeback's won her the 'Breeder of the Year' award given by the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of America in 1984. She enjoyed showing and breeding her Ridgebacks, but the problem of overpopulation in the canine world made her rethink her breeding plans. Esther opted to quit breeding and jumped on the rescue bandwagon. Esther was the Caribbean Coordinator for the RRCUS Rescue. Wildane Kennels has worked with many of the local rescue groups, and often assists with the more difficult cases. Wildane offers help in the boarding, recuperation, readjustments and relocation of these rescues. Esther and her husband, Jimmy, have always based Wildane Kennels on the love and care for our 'best friends'. They operate the kennels in a lovely setting, just below El Yunque rainforest. They pride themselves in a unique type of caring for animals that offers a home away from home and vacation for your pets, while you vacation or travel with no worries about your beloved pets. Call us 1-787-887-2140 or E-mail: < wildanekennels@gmail.com >

Church History of Second Union Church of San Juan 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Second Union Church. We are celebrating and we would like you to join us. Click on the link for more information and a schedule of events! Second Union Church 50th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration The roots of Second Union Church can be traced to the year 1917 when Methodist, Episcopal and Presbyterian English-speaking congregations in Miramar merged to form the Union Church of San Juan. Union Church continued its services in Miramar until 1959 when they moved to their current facilities in Punta Las Marias, San Juan. Due to the rapid expansion of San Juan during the 1950s, the Evangelical council and the national Council of churches conducted a study that indicated there were about 2000 English-speaking people in the Parkville- Guaynabo area, a suburb of San Juan. Based on the study the National Council of Churches recommended that Union Church organize services for people living in that area. On February 7, 1965, the first worship service was conducted in a temporary location, and services have been celebrated continuously since that time. On June 20, 1965, Second Union Church was officially incorporated with 142 charter members, and in November 1965, the church’s first minister, the Rev. Schoonmaker arrived and on November 9, 1969 the church moved to its own building on the current site in Guaynabo. Services were conducted in what was then an all-purpose room which included the sanctuary, the fellowship hall, community activities, etc. During the next 20 years, the church was served by five pastors. In January 1986 the forward planning committee presented a study to the congregation concerning the need for additional space. On April 10, 1986 architect Tom Marvel made a presentation to the Church Council on the various alternatives for a new sanctuary. On June 7, 1987 an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new sanctuary was conducted. The new structure was dedicated on January 29, 1989. Total expense for the new facilities rose to $770,000. Funds for the sanctuary or provided by members contributions, pledges and a generous gift of $275,000 from Mr. Lewis J. Ort, a member of our church.

Welcome To Union Church of San Juan Welcome! Members of our friendly and diverse congregation come from the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico, England, Germany, Asia, Cuba and many neighboring islands of the Caribbean – just to name a few places. Although the Union Church is an English speaking church, most of the members of our congregation are bi-lingual. We pride ourselves in the way we integrate and work together for the benefit of the church and the community. Years ago, Union Church forged a partnership with the municipality of San Juan by being the sponsoring organization for six Head Start centers. Our commitment to these littlest learners was a living out of our faith. Currently, a very successful educational childcare program, Tina’s Learning Clubhouse, rents space at UC facilities, and it is always a joy to see the happy faces of the students as they go about their day. At Union Church there are a wide variety of ways to get involved, share ideas, work on committees, work with children, help maintain plant and property, plan events and activities, work on publicity, sing, and cook – to name just a few. As we enters the 21st century we cannot know where God will lead us. We do know that faithfulness to Christ and commitment to service will place us in the middle of God’s work in Puerto Rico. Our Mission The mission of the Union Church of San Juan is to unite all those who, believing in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, wish to witness to what He is doing in and for the world and to serve Him in ministry to the spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of the community and island, with worship services in English; to be an agent of reconciliation where differences in language, culture, and custom might otherwise divide; and to be a force for good in the larger world community, joining with and supporting the efforts of sister churches in Puerto Rico and abroad. Joyfully we Welcome Back Pastor Roland McGregor and his lovely wife Darla!Rev. Roland McGregor was born in Illinois but has spent most of his life in Texas and New Mexico. He is married to Darla Biggers McGregor from Clovis, New Mexico. They have a blended family with nine grandchildren. Roland served ten United Methodist churches before retirement and has served as interim pastor three times since, including Union Church in 2006. Darla is a retired early elementary teacher. For eighteen years Roland published sermon starter essays and children’s messages every week with as many as a thousand subscribers around the world. He is the founder of the McGregor-Kajoba Chair of Practical Theology at the Methodist University in the southern Congo (DRC), a permanently endowed professorship. His most recent interim assignment was First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas, a congregation of five thousand members. His hobbies are classical music, golf and gardening. He is the director of an English hand bell choir at the church where he and Darla attend. Joyfully we Welcome Back Pastor Roland McGregor and his lovely wife Darla! Rev. Roland McGregor was born in Illinois but has spent most of his life in Texas and New Mexico. He is married to Darla Biggers McGregor from Clovis, New Mexico. They have a blended family with nine grandchildren. Roland served ten United Methodist churches before retirement and has served as interim pastor three times since, including Union Church in 2006. Darla is a retired early elementary teacher. For eighteen years Roland published sermon starter essays and children’s messages every week with as many as a thousand subscribers around the world. He is the founder of the McGregor-Kajoba Chair of Practical Theology at the Methodist University in the southern Congo (DRC), a permanently endowed professorship. His most recent interim assignment was First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas, a congregation of five thousand members. His hobbies are classical music, golf and gardening. He is the director of an English hand bell choir at the church where he and Darla attend. The Union Church of San Juan 2310 Laurel Street, Punta Las Marias San Juan, Puerto Rico 00913 Office Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Telephone & Fax: Tel: (787) 726-0280 | Fax: 787-726-0378

CALVERY CHAPEL OUR VISION & MISSION VISION: Be the one-stop online-hub for all things Calvary Chapel MISSION: Serve as the primary source on the web for Calvary Chapel information, leadership training, theology, discipleship and evangelism resources Information: Provide information about events and resources that offer leadership training, discipleship, and evangelism opportunities and assistance Leadership Training: Provide leadership tips and tools that are aimed at Calvary Chapel leaders but compelling and beneficial to wider-kingdom leaders Theology: Provide materials that explain and apply biblical theological principles and concepts Provide materials that explain the official theological positions broadly held by the Calvary Chapel Movement Discipleship: Provide materials that assist Christians in applying the gospel to the key areas of life, which include their relationship to: 1. God 2. Family 3. Church 4. Neighbor Evangelism: Provide materials that effectively communicate the gospel to non-Christian individuals Provide materials that help people develop a gospel-oriented way of understanding theological, philosophical, cultural, and social issues in the global community Mailing Address: 405. Ave. Esmeralda Ste. 2 PMB #108 Guaynabo, PR 00969Physical Address: 130 Calle Marginal Los Jardines Shopping Center Guaynabo, PR 00969Telephone: (787) 720-3308 Fax: (787) 789-6157Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday 9:00am - 3:00pm (office is closed Mondays)

 San Juan Community Library  A Community Lending Library for Adults and Children Avenue Apolo, (PO Box # 3758), Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00970-3758 Phone: 787-789-4600       e-mail: info@yourlibrarysanjuan.org Website: www.yourlibrarysanjuan.org or www.tubibiteca.org Newcomer's Liaison: Connie Estades San Juan Community Library Mission Statement:  The San Juan Community Library is dedicated to promoting enthusiasm for reading, research, and cultural enrichment. We are grateful to the Newcomers Club of San Juan for their support.   From our humble beginnings in October 1987, when the entire library consisted of one room with two folding tables and a few boxes of donated books, Newcomers Club members have provided us with volunteers, promotion and funds for capital assets.  In the late 90’s, when we were given permission to expand into the larger meeting area of the library,  plans for remodeling this room were put on hold. During the years 2003 – 2005, funding from the Newcomers Club made possible the remodeling of this room into a multipurpose activity space. This remodeled room is dedicated to the Newcomers Club.   Classes and workshops held there  now provide operating revenue, as a portion of any fees charged by independent teachers and renters are donated to the Library (20%).   Club support has also made possible the complete remodeling of a small closet into a much needed and highly utilized Kitchen.  Currently, all of our public access computers have been acquired with Newcomers’ donations.  Over many years the Club’s support has also provided for the annual technical support of our circulation/catalog software program. The majority of the custom built bookcases in our library proper have been made possible by funding from the Club.  Newcomers’ generosity has helped us to purchase books, DVD’s, audiobooks, and ebooks.  Our collection currently houses over 29,000 volumes in hard copy and over 600 digital books. We have a variety of classes and special events for children and adults.  For the most current information and our operating schedule, please visit our website www.yourlibrarysanjuan.org  (English)  or www.tubiblioteca.org  (Spanish)  or call us at 787-789-4600.  Let us know if there is an activity which you would like to offer or join in at our library.  San Juan Community Library is also open 24/7 at our digital branch:  www.digitalsjcl.org. All library members receive a complimentary membership to our digital branch of over 600 ebooks and audiobooks.  Download a great read anytime from anywhere in the world from our library to your Kindle, Nook, tablet, iphone, ipad or android phone.  All Newcomers Club members receive an annual complimentary membership at our library.  Call us to activate your membership today! Library Wish-list:  Daily needs:  mosquito spray, paper towels, liquid hand soap, letter size copy paper, pens.  Current need:   a de-humidifier. Newcomers Volunteering Opportunities: * assisting with Membership Information * shelving books * catalog searches * helping at Circulation Desk ...and more!!  

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