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Weekly Worship - January 27, 2018

St. Andrew’s Anglican

The Gospel for Sunday, January 28 describes an exorcism that occurred in the midst of Jesus teaching in the synagogue.

Some consider such a story irrelevant to us in our modern society. In our enlightened age, we don’t believe in demons. But maybe we just don’t recognize them. Maybe demons, rather than being obvious, are far more ordinary and commonplace, making us more unlikely to acknowledge them and thus hindering the grace of God which can free us from them.

St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist begins Sunday, 10 a.m. and the bilingual Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. Coffee hour, a time of fellowship and welcome, follows the service.

The parish annual meeting will be held after the service.

The monthly Company of Gentlemen luncheon will be Wednesday, January 31, noon, at Alex’s Pasta Bar in Ajijic.

Every Sunday, the feeding program supported by St. Andrew’s welcomes 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.

Decluttering? Clearing out your closet? If you are, please don’t forget resale shop Todo Bueno. Every donation or consignment you make benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s. Be it clothing, kitchenware, electronics, bric-a-brac, furniture, appliances, books, collectables, sports equipment, etc., bringing it to Todo Bueno enables our parish to financially support many Lakeside charities. Todo Bueno is located on the highway, next to S&S Auto in Riberas de Pilar, and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except Sunday.

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

Little Chapel by the Lake

“Artists express themselves through their work,” says Pastor Ken. “A creator creates for a purpose … a Creator who describes himself as the very definition of love would need to express that love through His creation.”

Little Chapel’s conversation on Sunday, January 28 is titled, “At the Right Hand,” and is drawn from Ephesians 2.

Pastor Ken says, “Our January series, ‘Thy Kingdom Come,’ will help you to find joy that isn’t dictated by your circumstances, and that can’t be stolen from you.”

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 1-3 p.m. for silent prayer and worship in the sanctuary and memorial prayer garden. Communion, prayer, and anointing are available. Everyone is welcome.

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Abundant Life Church

Why is it that some live victorious lives while others live a life of constant struggle in serving the Lord? Sunday, January 28, Pastor Gary will guide us into a deeper understanding of what it takes to serve the Lord with victory. God´s power is limitless and can do anything but we must learn how to not limit that power’s work in and through us. God´s plan is that all His glory show through you. Come this Sunday to discover how that is possible.

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.

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

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Lake Chapala Baptist

Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “When I was a much younger adult, I took some ballet lessons. I was lifting weights, I wanted to be agile as well as strong, and there were some running backs in pro football as well as body builders who were using ballet to help them with flexibility and balance. I did not stick with it for long and I have forgotten much. But one thing I learned is that a danseur does not maintain his balance by standing motionless, but rather by making many small adjustments in his stance to keep his position (whether on one leg or two). A couple of other things that help maintain balance are a strong core and eyes fixed on something that is not moving. I am certainly not, and never intended to be, a ballet dancer, but those principles of a strong core, a gaze fixed on the immovable, and minor adjustments to stay on point, are indispensable in what I have been called to – living the life of a follower of Christ.”

Sunday, January 28, 11 a.m., Brother Bob will give the sermon at the worship service of the Lake Chapala Baptist Church, located at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar.

Unitarian Universalists

Sunday January 28, Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Minister Rev. Matt Alspaugh preaches on “The Road Ahead.” Trudy Crippen is the service leader. The service will be followed by a light lunch and the Unitarian’s annual General Meeting.  All are welcome.

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 (376) 766-1458.

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 28, with the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. in the Little Chapel by the Lake.  Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message titled “Authority” based on Mark 1:21-28.

The Lunch Bunch will not meet Sunday, since the Christ Church Episcopal’s annual General Meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at the Little Chapel, followed by finger food in the Fellowship Hall.

The Bible Study will not meet during the month of January. It will resume on February 6.

The Little Chapel by the Lake is located at Carretera 10, in Chula Vista.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, January 28, Pastor Ross Arnold’s sermon title is “New Skins.” It will focus on how that, when we become followers of Jesus, we are made completely new — but we can’t go only part way.

Bible study is Friday, 9:45 a.m.; adult Sunday school is at 8:30 a.m. and Creative Forum is held immediately after the 10 a.m. English-language service.

The annual general meeting of Lakeside Presbyterian will be held Sunday, January 28, 11:15 a.m. to approve the 2018 budget and to elect new Elders and Deacons. The new organizational structure will also be introduced at that time.

All local residents are invited to an informative talk regarding Seguro Popular Tuesday, January 30, noon. Full information, conditions, coverage and how to register to obtain the benefits will be discussed. This opportunity to learn about this free insurance program will be presented by Martin Thorner, elder for the recently expanded Lakeside Presbyterian ministry outreach service group.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church is located at San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar. 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

“Today we celebrate Christ Jesus who speaks with authority and to whom we must give our undivided attention.”

So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “The Lord, Our Teacher” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, January 28, 9 a.m.

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

Home Church Int’l

Probably all of us have had the experience of curiously watching someone rummaging around for something. Often, we would inquire in the vernacular, “Whatcha lookin’ for?”  Then, we might hear, “Oh, I thought I’d find such-and-such in this area.” This is a common experience, often showing average curiosity or even a highly important need. Does this issue go beyond mere human searching?

This issue can and should latch on to everyone’s journey of faith. If a person who attends church worship regularly or occasionally, how would they respond if confronted with “Whatcha lookin’ for?” That will depend on their intent and spiritual maturity. It could be “the thing to do.” Or, they could simply say, “Well, I was raised this way.” Yet, even these responses don’t tell what they are looking for, if anything of substance. Inside the church worship what about searching for revelation along with the other seekers? What about spiritual enlightenment in God? What about making this a time of joint praise? Pastors Paul and Susana Allen suggest it should be a time to seek the fellowship of God’s family. For more information, 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..

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