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.
Lake Chapala Baptist
Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “’I was on a Little League baseball team for one season. I seldom played ... because I was a terrible player. I couldn’t hit, couldn’t catch. I could throw, but I couldn’t aim. But, I could show up for practice and games. And I could make a Little League Pirates uniform look good. Having had my eye blacked by a hardball and having run my heart out to base the few times I managed to hit a ball, only to be thrown out – looking good on the bench was pretty safe and satisfying to me. My parents (you know, the ones who created me, got me to practice and games and picked me up after and paid the registration fee), did not see much of a return on our investment. They must not have thought I looked as good as I thought I did. Some folks in churches are kind of like I was in Little League... not really interested in learning or improving ... satisfied with looking good on the bench, ‘playing it safe.’ I have even met folks who say they are ‘spiritual but not religious.’ I guess they are satisfied with just a generic uniform without even being on a team. I would say that the one who created them and paid for them, though He loves them, has not received much back on His investment.”
Sunday, March 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.
Abundant Life Church
How do your desires compare with those of God? Many consider themselves religious if they go to church on Sunday and pray before meals. Is that what God would consider the ideal for us? Come this Sunday, March 11, to begin the comparison of what God really wants for us. Even those who go to church every day need to hear what God has opened up for them. You were created to have communion with God! Don’t live your life disappointed and void of real purpose. Discover God´s true purpose for you.
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).
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Few passages in the Bible are as well-known and as treasured as the one we will hear this Sunday (John 3:16), says Rev. Glenn Burr Chalmers. God came among us not to condemn us, but to love us. It is a message that never wears thin. We yearn not only to hear these words but to witness God’s love and acceptance reflected in the life of the Church and the world. Come join us as we try to live into the fullness of God’s love at St. Andrew’s, he says.
Sunday, March 11, after services, a potluck will be held to welcome our new rector, Rev. Chalmers. Guests are asked to bring a main dish or salad.
The monthly “Company of Gentlemen” breakfast will be Wednesday, March 14, 8:30 a.m., in the church kitchen.
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.
Every donation or consignment you make to Todo Bueno resale shop benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s, which financially supports 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 service of Holy Eucharist begins Sunday, 10 a.m. and bilingual Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. Coffee hour, a time of fellowship and welcome, follows the service.
Sunday, March 11, after services, a potluck will be held to welcome Rev. Chalmers. Sign-up in the garden on Sunday, March 4. Guests are asked to bring a main dish or salad.
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
“Don’t call me ‘Reverend,” says Pastor Ken. “Words have meaning, and that word means, ‘One to be revered – to be held in reverence,’” he says. “God is the only One who deserves to be revered, and in case nobody has noticed recently, I’m not God!”
This Sunday’s conversation at Little Chapel is titled “Don’t Call Me Reverend.” It is drawn from Psalm 111 and other passages.
Non-denominational Christian, English language Sunday worship service is at 11 a.m. An informal hour of worship music, prayer, and open communion begins at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to stay for a friendly comida (church meal) after the service.
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Pastor Ross Arnold’s sermon this week is “Where We Go From Here,” based on Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus was being quite literal when He said His people should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, invite in the stranger, provide clothing when needed, care for the sick, and visit those in prison. Our church is doing most of these things, and those ministries are continuing to grow. We want to take a deeper look at these verses and consider where God wants Lakeside Presbyterian to go from here, in these ministries and others, as we continue to seek His will.
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.
Christ Church Episcopal
Christ Church Episcopal, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the forth Sunday of Lent, March 11, with the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the La Huerta Eventos Center (where the Tuesday Organic Market is held), Carretera West 522, West Ajijic. Vr. Danny Borkowski will preside and Lay Reader Conley Stamper will give a message “іSerpientes, Serpientes!” based on John 3:14-21.
The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at La Mision Restaurante, Rio Bravo 7 in West Ajijic. following refreshments and coffee after the service.
The Bible Study will meet Wednesday, March 14, 2 p.m. at the home of Elizabeth Carroll at Galeana 35. All are welcome to learn about the book of James.
San Andres English
“Our sins had made us exiles from God’s kingdom. But just as God sent Cyrus, the King of Persia, to bring God’s people back from Babylon, so in God’s great love God sent God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to bring us back to the new Jerusalem ‘to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.’”
So says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “Christ the Redeemer” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, March 11, 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
There is an old saying which says, “Say what you mean, and mean what you say.” This sounds very straightforward, but packs a lot of meaning. To follow this declares that others will know where you stand, what is your focus. It can be disruptive, or it can be really helpful. It can cause people to examine your intent closely. It often motivates people to start examining their own lives, to see if some changes need to occur. We might say, “I’m an American (or Canadian, etc.) by birth, but I’m also one by choice.” No one need to doubt your identification.
The same is true about our identity as believers. If we say, “We go to church on Sunday,” maybe that is merely an association with a worship center. The Greek word for church is ekklesia, solely a New Testament term. It means the “called-out ones,” those called out to worship together, or these same people called out to be salt and light in their world. Therefore, maybe we should say something like “We join others in worship on Sundays.”