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Weekly Worship - November 11, 2017

Lakeside Presbyterian

Elder Marvin Golden will give the sermon at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Sunday November 12.

The church is located at San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar. Turn toward the lake at Mom’s Restaurant and it 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.

Abundant Life Church

Says Pastor Gary Neighbor: “Have we ever stopped to verify that the type of repentance we are offering is what God is looking for? The book of Acts speaks repeatedly about some who had repented but were still without the life of the Holy Spirit.”

Sunday, November 12, Pastor Neighbor will help us find out how we can be baptized for more than repentance and live with the power of God in our lives. “Then we can be all that God wants you to be,” he says.

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).

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, November 12, Mother Liza Spangler will look at the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids. This is a difficult parable about those who refuse to share, those who aren’t prepared, those who are shut out. But perhaps, in the end, it’s about being alert and awake to the Kingdom of God in our midst – easily missed but constantly surrounding us.

The service of Holy Eucharist 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.

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.

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

Todo Bueno


The Outreach Committee of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church made grant distributions to eight Lakeside charitable organizations Sunday, October 22. This is the second time this year that grants have been distributed, totalling 450,000 pesos. The funding comes from Todo Bueno, a joint-effort consignment shop of St. Andrew’s and Have Hammer, located at Hidalgo 231 in Riberas Del Pilar. Todo Bueno accepts consignments and donations Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the distribution event were (back row left to right) Jim Shelton and Gary Silberberg from Poco a Poco; Tom Music from Operation Compassion; Sheilah Dwyer, Co-chair St. Andrew’s Outreach; Sue Torres from the UVA Scholarship Fund. Front row, left to right, are St. Andrew’s Outreach Chair Jane Wileman; Myrian Mendez from Poco a Poco; Jan Riley from the School for Special Children; “Paquito,”a resident of Casa de Ancianos; Annel  Valdovinos from Hope House; Ana Luisa Maldonado from Casa Ancianos; and Sylvia Flores from Centro de Desarrollo de Jocotepec. Not present was Moonyan King from Tepehua.

Little Chapel by the Lake

“The news can really get you down, if you let it,” says Pastor Ken Armstrong. “Politicians who would rather grandstand and bicker than govern; mass shooting; threats of nuclear annihilation,” he says. “But just as much as there are horrific and depressing stories, there are also incredible stories of great heroism. You have to look for them because they’re not as profitable for media, but they are out there.”

Sunday, November 12, the conversation at Little Chapel is entitled, “Fields of Poppies,” and is drawn from John 15 and Romans 5.

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.

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Lake Chapala Baptist

Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “Jesus said, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). Last Sunday the gates of hell showed up at a small church in south Texas. Every person attending the worship was shot and at least 27 were killed by one who planned to prevail by killing everyone he could. The little church, the town, the state, and the nation are traumatized. However, if you listen to those closest to the tragedy, including the pastor’s wife whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, you will know that hell did not prevail. Life in Christ provides a victory beyond explanation, such that a mother of a murdered 14-year-old can find solace in the fact that her daughter is living with Jesus rather than having to deal with life in this world after having seen such evil up close. Those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ through faith know that ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain’ (Philippians 1:21).”

Sunday, November 12, 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.

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe All Saints’ Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday, November 12, with Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. in the Little Chapel by the Lake. Vicar Danny Borkowski will preside and give the message, “Buying Without Money” based on Matthew 25:1-13.

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

The Lunch Bunch will meet at Cocinart Restaurant at 11:15 a.m.  The Bible Study will meet Tuesday, November 14, 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Little Chapel.

Unitarian Universalists

Rev. Matt Alspaugh will give the sermon “The Cathedral of the World” at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service on Sunday, November 12. Sandy Wallin is the service leader.

The Cathedral of the World is a metaphor for the religions of the world, a great hall with numerous rooms and chapels, created by the various religions and faiths of the world. How might we wander through such an edifice, and engage with what we find within?

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.

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

“Christ’s family, the Church, today holds festival in honor of its Head, and brings to him the talents of a good wife, devoted sons, and faithful servants.”

So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “The Bridegroom is Here!” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service on Sunday, November 12, 9 a.m.

After Mass, the San Andres English congregation will have a “Second Sunday White Envelope Offering” for the Outreach Projects of their congregation.  This offering supports 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

One of the more impacting and undesirable experiences in life is what one feels when threatened for facing an unpleasant event ahead. It’s called fear. It says something bad or scary has or may happen in the future. Maybe it’s the very moment something threatening jumps at us. One asset is that it challenges us to confront the issue to halt or minimize the possible outcome. Other than this, it isn’t any fun.

How we deal with it is the real issue. Having one of those immediate experiences which demands instant action, praying ahead puts you spiritually and mentally prepared. The same blessing fortifies you for experiences in the future. Why? Because we are spirits first, having a soul, and living in a body. Our Creator and Sustainer is way ahead of us and ready to intervene.  Most Christians and Jews will recall the passage from Isaiah 41:10 which says, “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God I will strengthen you, and I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen emphasize the fact that He is with us. Being His, we are never alone. The pastors may be reached 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..

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