St. Andrew’s Anglican
“The disciples may have been tempted to take up fishing again. But Pentecost changed all that,” says the Rev. Glenn Chalmers, Rector of St. Andrew’s. “Come join us Sunday, May 20 as we celebrate this great event which some consider the birthday of the Church.”
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.
Every Sunday, Operation Feed, 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, lentils, garbanzos, oats, oil and salt. The parish distributes these foodstuffs to the Lakeside’s neediest families.
Decluttering? Clearing out your closet? Don’t forget our resale shop, Todo Bueno. Every donation or consignment 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 a number of Lakeside charities. Todo Bueno is located on the highway, just west of S&S Auto in Riberas de Pilar, and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday.
St. Andrew’s is located at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.
Lake Chapala Baptist
“Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment; but those of some men the sins follow after.” 1 Timothy 5:24.
Some people’s sins are so blatant and public they can’t be hidden. Everyone knows. Some are able to hide their sin from man multiple decades with no one knowing. Behind the scene, back-stabbing, rebellion, trysts never discovered. It’s come to be believed, out of sight out of mind and excused. Did it really happen? Yet, one day, God will wrap up his program of redemption and assign them to Hell. Even the Christian will pay the price. They’ll be saved, but everything done will be burned.
“If anyone’s work will be burned, he will suffer loss: but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:15.
They will stand naked before God with no treasure for all eternity, relegated to the ghettos of Heaven. (I know there are no ghettos, it is a metaphor – no phone calls please.) Christian sinner, repent before it is too late.
Lake Chapala Baptist Church is located at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. Sunday worship begins at 11 a.m.
Rev. Matt Alspaugh will speak on “A God for Unitarian Universalists” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday,10:30 a.m.
“Many of us came to Unitarian Universalism as refugees from other religions. Some of us sought a respite from the god of childhood Sunday-school lessons and megachurch televangelists, from a god ‘shrunk down to fit in your wallet’ as someone put it. How might we find alternatives that work for us? How might a more rational, expansive, and well, more believable god be imagined or constructed?”
Susie Lindeman is the service leader.
The Unitarians meet Sundays at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church.
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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
“Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. (Andrew is one of them). And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” John 1:35-37.
Just like that. A life turns on a chance encounter. In an instant. You get the idea that Andrew has no clue for what he’s in for. How could he? The beginning of the faith adventure is accompanied with precious few assurances. Jesus asks the first Christians, “What are you looking for?” (He’s still asking people that question today.) To their stumbling, tongue-tied response He simply says, “Come and see.”
Sunday, May 20, Little Chapel by the Lake’s new (and former) pastor Jim Andrew will share about the simplicity of faith but the immense challenge of following Jesus.
The service at 11 a.m. will be followed by comida in the fellowship hall.
A video,“Mt. St. Helens, Explosive Evidence for Catastrophe,” will be shown Monday, May 21, 4 p.m.
Meet at the Chapel Wednesday, May 23, 3:30 p.m. to carpool to “La Valentina” assisted living care center for “Fun with Music” from 4-5 p.m. Whether you sing or not, you’re welcome to join in.
The movie “The Case for Christ,” one man’s journey to solve the biggest mystery of all time, will be shown Friday, 5 p.m. Admission is free and popcorn and soda will be served.
The Little Chapel by the Lake is located on the Chapala-Ajijic highway in Chula Vista, directly opposite Mirasol. Contact (376) 766-2538 for more information.
Sunday, May 20, Dr. Wayne Cook will speak on “Walking with the Lord,” drawing his text from Genesis 3:8, 5:21-22, and 6:8-9.
“Our companions are important; for believers, a prime aspiration is to walk with God. Imagine how your life would change if the Lord walked beside you every moment of the day. We who have lived many years may remember times when we felt alone, and challenged beyond our strength. If we had walked with the Lord, undoubtedly those times would have been easier, we would act, speak and think differently. The Bible describes those who walked with God, and how their lives were impacted by the supreme Companion.”
Failing eyesight is a terrible affliction and the lack of funds to pay for an eye exam or glasses is a fact of life for many at lakeside. LPC volunteers-in-action outreach ministry are working with Dr. Salvador Borrayo Martinez to help.
One Wednesday each month, Dr. Borrayo closes his Lakeside Optometry practice in Ajijic to provide free eye examinations and free lenses at the medical office in Lakeside Presbyterian one Wednesday every month. Quality, low-priced frames are available for 200 pesos each. If this cost is beyond the patient’s reach, LPC will help cover the cost. You may recommend this opportunity to friends, acquaintances, gardeners, cleaning staff and others. Ask them to take a free eye test.
Make an appointment on the sign-up sheet at the church medical office, or call the church office any weekday morning at (376) 106-0853.
Dr. Borrayo will be at the medical office in the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, June 13 and Wednesday, July 11.
If corrective eyeglasses are required, they will be available for fitting and final adjustment on the Wednesday following the eye test.
Lakeside Presbyterian Church is at San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar.
English-language services begin each Sunday at 10 a.m., Spanish-language services at 9 a.m. Sunday School for Adults begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Library, and Fridays, Bible Study begins at 9:45 a.m., also in the Library.
The Lord’s Church
“Why would those who desire peace carry a sword?” asks Pastor Ken. “Find out the answer to this and other pressing questions as we conclude our life-changing, series that will have you looking at ‘the full armor of God’ like you never have before.”
This Sunday’s conversation at The Lord’s Church is titled “Full Armor.” It is drawn from Ephesians 6 and other passages. The pastors will take you to the historical and biblical context of the Roman armor the apostle Paul was describing in his letter to the church at Ephesus.
The Lord’s Church holds a non-denominational Christian, English-language service upstairs at the Avocado Club (formerly “Hole In One”) at Carretera 376 in San Antonio Tlayacapan (next to the construction site of the new hospital). Live praise music is brought to you by a band without a name yet (currently called Wineskins) at 10 a.m. and the service begins 11 a.m.
Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside, formally Christ Church Episcopal, an Anglican/Episcopal mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Day of Pentecost, Whit Sunday, May 20, with the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the La Huerta Eventos Center, Carretera West 522, West Ajijic. Lay Reader Conley Stamper will give the message “Speaking in Tongues or Episcopal-ese?” based on Acts 2:1-21.
Following refreshments and coffee (bring your own cup) after the service, the Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at the Hotel Real de Chapala Restaurant, Paseo de Prado 20, La Floresta, (376) 766-0028.
San Andres English
“Today we celebrate the great day of Pentecost when Christ filled the church with the power of His spirit and sent it out into the world to bring his peace, joy, and forgiveness to all.”
Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily “The Day of Pentecost” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m.
Home Church Int’l
Occasionally we are ill prepared to know or understand an issue. Many times it is best to admit that something is a little over our heads, or that we simply weren’t trained in the subject. A positive approach would be to encourage the sharer to bring you up to date. Yet, there’s the ego. How important is the subject? Possibly it’s just being under-informed.