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Weekly Worship - October 7, 2017

Hu Chant

Chanting HU, an ancient name for the Divine, while in a contemplative state, is a simple technique to open your heart to greater happiness, love, inner peace and understanding. 

Join in Saturday, October 7, 10:30 am., at the Center for Spiritual Living located at Nicholas Bravo 17, Ajijic, for a short group HU Chant (30 minutes) followed by refreshments and fellowship time. HU Chants are held the first Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Eckankar Mexico. For more information, email ajijiceckankar.gmail.com.

Lake Chapala Baptist

Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “I don’t know how long I was airborne. But between the time my Suzuki 1200 got hit from behind and the time I made physical contact with the asphalt, I went over a lot of information and possibilities in my mind … such as: I always wear a helmet, why don’t I have on my helmet now? / What are the chances of the front wheel of a motorcycle behind me hitting my rear wheel? / I have a mission trip coming up; this could complicate that / my wife’s reaction to my not wearing my helmet could complicate many things / this approach and landing is going to be neither smooth nor comfortable … The only thing I wished I had changed was to have kept my helmet on, even though it was a sunny and beautiful weekday and there was little traffic on the road along the beach.  It always makes perfect sense to maintain your guard of personal responsibility. We live in a broken world and the cracks show up at inopportune times. I never promote being a ‘wuss’ or believing the myth of ‘security’. However, the scripture, ‘Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall,’ is applicable in many areas of life.”

Sunday, October 8, 11 a.m., Brother Hendrick will give the sermon at the worship service of the Lake Chapala Baptist Church, located at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar.

Little Chapel by the Lake

“When we are faithful, God increases the fruits of our labors,” says Pastor Ken Armstrong. “But He is the One who gets the glory. We get the joy of working  in His vineyard.”

Sunday, October 8, Ken and Dawn Armstrong celebrate their first anniversary at Little Chapel with a conversation entitled “Panes, Peces y Vino” (Loaves, Fishes, and Wine), drawn from Matthew 14, John 2, and other passages.

Non-denominational Christian, English-language Sunday worship service is at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to stay for a friendly comida (church meal) after the service.

Little Chapel is also open Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. for silent prayer and worship in the sanctuary and memorial prayer garden. Everyone is welcome. Communion and anointing are available.

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St. Andrew’s Anglican


Sunday, October 8, at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Deacon Don Snell will talk about making excuses.  Ever since Adam fell from grace, we have been making excuses. Adam had an excuse – Eve. Eve had an excuse – the serpent. Since that time, mankind has been involved in the constant pursuit of elaborate excuses.

Worship begins at 10 a.m., and the bilingual children’s Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m.  “Coffee Hour,” a time of fellowship and welcome, follows the service.

The St. Andrew’s Book Club will meet at the church office on Monday, October 9, 10:30 a.m., to discuss “The Year of Living Danishly,” by Helen Russell.

October 26, St. Andrews will host the first of a series of Taize Services. Taize is an informal service of music and meditation. Bring candles and cushions to sit or lie on.

This Sunday St. Andrew’s will collect donations for the support of Sunday School children and their families. And every Sunday, the feeding programs supported by St. Andrew’s welcome donations of non-perishable food items. Boxed milk and empty cardboard egg cartons are especially welcome, in addition to rice, beans, pasta, oil, and salt.

Every donation or consignment you make to St. Andrew’s resale shop, Todo Bueno, benefits the churche’s outreach. St. Andrew’s supports a multitude of charities around Lakeside through the sale of second hand items from Todo Bueno. The store is located on the Carretera next to S&S Auto in Riberas del Pilar, and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day except Sunday.

St. Andrew’s is located at Calle San Lucas 19, just a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday, October 8, with Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. in the Little Chapel by the Lake. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside giving a message with the theme “The Vineyard,” based on Matt 21:33-46.

Refreshments and coffee will be available in the fellowship hall beginning 9 a.m.

The Lunch Bunch will meet at Yves Restaurant at 11:15 a.m. Christ Church will celebrate a Blessing of the Animals at 2:30 p.m. at Yves.

The Bible Study will meet Tuesday, October 10, 2 p.m. and continue studying the epistles of Paul in chronological order.

Unitarian Universalists

“Direct Experience, the Gateway into Yourself,” the Sunday, October 8 presentation at the service of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be given by Richard Clarke.  Carol Johnson will be the Service Leader.

Direct Experience is what is noticed, here and now. It is the heart of many spiritual teachings around the world. In addition to explaining Direct Experience, Clarke will give examples, including from his life-long experience of it.

The Unitarians meet 10:30 a.m. at Hidalgo 261 in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the bell tower, on the north side of the Carretera. Questions? Call Fred at 766-1458.

Abundant Life Church

Asks Pastor Gary Neighbor: “Is there such a thing as a secret disciple? As the world moves more and more hostile toward believers there may be a temptation to be a believer but to do so in secret. A secret disciple may sound possible, as all you have to do is watch what you say and where you go but the truth is that sooner or later a disciple will be found out.” Sunday, October 8, Pastor Neighbor will challenge us to think about the evidence and then decide who will find us out. “Will it be God who discovers you to be a true disciple or the world that you are in fact a fake?”

Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and has services for everyone. An English-language worship service is held each Sunday, 10 a.m. and Bible Study Wednesday, 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sunday at noon. Spanish-language Bible studies are Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. A children’s ministry is held Saturday, noon, and youth meet Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Abundant Life Church is located at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. For more information, call 331-417-7038 (cel).

Lakeside Presbyterian

Lakeside Presbyterian is located at San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar. Turn toward the lake at Mom’s Restaurant and the church is two blocks down on the right. English-language services begin each Sunday, 10 a.m. and Spanish-language services are 9 a.m. and noon. Everyone is welcome.

Jewish Congregation

Shabbat Torah services are held the first and third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., and Shabbat evening services and potluck every second and fourth Friday, 6 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation.

The synagogue is located at Sta. Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar (mountainside of the Carretera, diagonally across from Mom’s Restaurant). Call (376) 766-2668 or go to lakechapalajewishcongregation.com.

San Andres English

“The Church rejoices in being the vineyard of the Lord. At the same time, we have cause here for much heart-searching and prayer.”

So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “The Vineyard of the Lord” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service on Sunday, October 8, 9 a.m.

After Mass, the San Andres English congregation will have a “Second Sunday White Envelope Offering” for their outreach projects, which support many local charities: six student scholarships, Villa Infantil, Operation Feed, Cruz Roja, Niños Incapacitados, El Corazon del Ancianos, the Ancianos Christmas Dinner, the San Andrés fiesta, Niños y Jovenes, and scholarships for local Seminarian students.

San Andres is located at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.

Home Church Int’l

Many things recently have gotten our attention around the world, and the United States is no exception.  Massive hurricanes have caused much loss of life in the Caribbean and the U.S. and Mexico has suffered at least three devastating earthquakes in a row, in which hundreds lost their lives. Certain religious fanatics predicted the end of the world on September 23. Oops!  These charlatans try to capitalize on the fears of people. These deceivers are ignoring the words of the Bible they say they believe in.

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen recall when Jesus invited Peter to step out of the boat into stormy waters. Peter did at first, but then took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the storm around him. He began to sink. We must keep our focus on Jesus, not on the strife.

To learn more, contact the pastors at (332) 242-8648, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Mark’s AnglicanGuadalajara

Sunday, October 8, 12:30 p.m., Fr. Jim Priddy will give the sermon at St. Mark’s Anglican Church.

St. Mark’s is at Chichimecas 836 in Colonia Monraz.

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