Little Chapel by the Lake
“Before Jesus simplified the understanding of the Commandments for us,” says Pastor Ken, “one of the ten that He gave to Moses told us to ‘honor the Sabbath, to keep it holy.’
But what is the Sabbath? What is holiness? And how must we honor this Commandment?” he asks. Sunday, February 10, Pastor Ken will lead the conversation, “Remember the Sabbath,” drawn from Romans 14, Colossians 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.
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St. Andrew’s Anglican
The reading for this, the last Sunday of Epiphany season, is always the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain top. It’s interesting that the season of Epiphany begins with light, the light of a star, and ends with light, Christ transfigured in light. Light is important from the beginning of the Biblical story — when the first thing created is light — to the end, when astrophysicists tell us that someday, all things will exist in the form of light. All this is a reminder to us that in Christ, even in the midst of the frequent darkness in our lives and in our world, the light of Christ underlies it all, a light that is the foundation and conclusion of our world and our lives.”
St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist begins Sunday, February 11, 10 a.m. and bilingual Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. Coffee hour, a time of fellowship and welcome, follows the service.
St. Andrew’s holds its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 13, with a social hour, 4 p.m. and the supper at 5 p.m.
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 St. Andrew’s 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.
Lake Chapala Baptist
Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “I owned a couple of well-used Chevrolet diesel pickups back in the ‘80s. I bought one from a bank and the other from a junkyard. As welding trucks, they got fair fuel mileage. And I learned to rebuild a Chevy diesel starter on the side of a road in less than 30 minutes. Glow plugs to help start a cold engine …? I didn’t need no stinking glow plugs. I had a plastic tube from the cab of the truck to the intake on the engine through which I spayed WD40 or starter fluid. Last week, a man who had been a teen when I had those trucks messaged me to tell me he had just purchased a used diesel pickup. He lived with us for a while after his mother died. He said he told the salesman how I had sworn by diesels. Isn’t the influence that we have (sometimes unbeknownst to us) a little shocking, a bit daunting? The Bible says, ‘no one lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.’ Just know that you are being observed.”
Sunday, February 11, 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.
Sunday, February 11, Rev. Matt Alspaugh discusses “What Are We? LCUUF & the Fellowship Movement.” Helen White is the service leader.
Our congregation was founded in 2006 as Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LCUUF). What exactly is a fellowship? How is it different from a church? How are “fellowship people” different from “church people”? We’ll explore the history of the Unitarian Fellowship movement, which started in 1945, and consider how that movement has affected the culture and nature of this congregation, even to today.
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 last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 11, with the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. in the Little Chapel by the Lake. Vicar Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message titled “Metamorphosis” based on Mark 9:2-9.
The Lunch Bunch will meet at 11 a.m. in Roberto’s Restaurant, (376) 766-1616, located on the Carretera (Calle Poniente 35), Ajijic, just across the street from Strom White Moving and Storage.
The Bible Study will meet Tuesday, February 13, 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to learn about the book of James.
The Little Chapel by the Lake is located at Carretera 10, in Chula Vista.
As we continue our sermon series on the parables of Jesus, Pastor Ross Arnold’s sermon title Sunday, February 11, is “Foundations.” The scripture will be from Luke 6:46-49.
We are challenged to consider what foundation we’re building our life on – and whether that foundation will stand when needed. Each of us as followers of Jesus need to decide – “Have I built my life on Jesus, or have I chosen something else – something that will not last?”
Adult Sunday school at is at 8:30 a.m., A special second Sunday 0f the month celebration will be an authentic meal celebrating Chinese New Year immediately following the 10 a.m. service.
A women’s prayer circle will be held Thursday, 10 a.m. and Bible study is at Friday, 9:45 a.m. The community is invited to participate in all these events.
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.
San Andres English
“To bring help to outcasts, Jesus himself had to become an outcast and ‘stay outside in places where nobody lived.’”
So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “Jesus, Friend of Outcasts” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, February 4, 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.
Ash Wednesday, February 14, the faithful are invited to receive the sign of the Cross on the forehead traced with ashes made from the palm branches blessed during the Passion Sunday 2014. Penitence is an essential part of the Christian life, for none of us can measure up to the tremendous vocation that is ours as Christians. We are in constant need of the mercy and forgiveness of God. We express this by taking part in an impressive corporate act of penitence and reconciliation, beseeching God for the grace to use with profit the “favorable time” of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Passover feast.
San Andres is located at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.
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.
Home Church Int’l
Anyone who has had virtually any Christian church experience has heard Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, particularly the section in Matthew where He teaches the Beatitudes. Amongst them is the one talking about hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Most are familiar with the older King James Version. Yet to really grasp its impact, we suggest turning to the Amplified Classic Version (AMPC) which anoints its intent with power and clarity. It surpasses the old versions to bring scripture to life, and jumps beyond those “nice-sounding” theological terms.
Observe how Matthew 5:6 is expressed in the AMPC, “Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (upright and standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied.” This should be the motivation for every born-again person, and hopefully those who are honestly seeking its reality. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen are praying that this your true pursuit.