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Weekly Worship - June 09, 2018

Lake Chapala Baptist

Do you wonder how the early church ever made it without coffee and doughnuts? Let alone the coffee bar and all its snacks, 50 different teas, ten varieties of chocolate and a gymnasium to work it all off. How did they ever stay together, united as one body?

How can we be united now when the church is little more than a place to come together, get our weekly shot of Jesus and Joe and go back to our individual homes?

One thing which kept them together was persecution. When some organization or someone is out to get you, it is comforting to come together as often as you can, with a fellow brother, holding hands, praising and learning more about your common love – Jesus Christ.

Do we need some persecution? If not, what else will bring us together other than doughnuts? Don’t say the Holy Spirit because we haven’t been coming so far unless there is coffee or a potluck.

Lake Chapala Baptist Church is located at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. Sunday worship begins at 11 a.m. 

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, June 10, Pastor Ross Arnold will continue his sermon series, “Strangers, Aliens & Reformers.”

It seems there are few issues as contentious today as how countries are to treat foreigners and immigrants. As Christians, we look to Jesus for our instruction, and it turns out Jesus had a lot to say about treatment of “strangers” – as foreigners are called in the New Testament. This week we will consider both Jesus’ comments in Matthew 25, in which he personally identified with foreign visitors, and also possibly his best known story – the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Outreach news: The energetic volunteers at Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC) continue to provide aid where it is most needed. Despensas (staple food items) are particularly welcome;  Faustino is one who receives this support.  He is a 65-year old construction worker who fell from the second floor of a building, hitting his head and causing brain damage. Since then, he suffers from involuntary movement similar to Parkinson’s disease. Lupe faces a different challenge: her husband died 18 months ago, leaving her and little Kenia without support. Kenia has been diagnosed with diabetes, and is dependent on insulin.

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.

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 Third Sunday After Pentecost, Sunday, June 10, with the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the La Huerta Eventos Center, Carretera West 522, West Ajijic. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message with the theme “Eternal Sin,” based on Mark 3:20-35.

Following the service the congregation will enjoy their first monthly pot-luck luncheon. If you would like to bring a dish, please do. The Lunch Bunch will not meet at noon this Sunday.

The Bible Study, which Christ Church Lakeside sponsors, will meet Tuesday, June 12, 2 p.m. in the home of Elizabeth Carroll, located at Galeana 35 in Ajijic. All are welcome to learn about and discuss the inspired contents of the Bible.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Luke 5:27-32. You will have trouble believing how despised a man was Levi. No, he didn’t invent blue jeans, but he was as rich as if he did. But it wasn’t his riches he was hated for, it was the traitorous way he came by them. That Jesus accepted an invite to Levi’s fiesta caused a sensation. That Jesus called him to be one of His disciples blew people’s minds. But Jesus always has looked past the surface and gone straight to the heart. He sees not just what we are but what we can be in Him.

Join us this Sunday, 11 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake as Pastor Jim tells the amazing story of love for a hated man. Please stay after for our church family comida.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at the Little Chapel at 3:30 p.m. to go and sing “Fun With Music” at Casa Anastasia Assisted Living care center next to Maskaras Clinic at 4 p.m. Whether you sing or not, this is just a fun time to share music together. Questions, 766-2538

The Little Chapel by the Lake is located at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista, directly opposite Mirasol.  Contact 766-2538 for more information.

Abundant Life

“What does God think about the current condition of the world? Some may respond that they don´t know while others think they do. Many today tell those that read the Bible and come to the conclusion that God will bring judgment on mankind that they should not judge. They quote, ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged.’ (Mt 7:1) What is a believer to do? Stand by, not speaking the truth of what is right and what is wrong. Should we just cover our eyes, ears and mouth?”

Come Sunday, June 10, as Pastor Gary gives a biblical perspective of what God thinks and expects of his church.

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

“’Who are my mother and my brothers?,’ Jesus asks. His answer may surprise us. His answer also may challenge us to extend our own sense of family and the scope of our hospitality,” says the Rev. Glenn Chalmers, Rector of St. Andrew’s.  

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.

Thursday, June 14, 11 a.m., St. Andrew’s will hold a memorial service for long-time parishioner Ruth Darling.  All are welcome.

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. 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.

Unitarian Universalists

Rev. Matt Alspaugh will speak on “Cycles and Season” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.

The Lake Chapala Fellowship, like many congregations, has a cycle following the seasons of the year, swelling in numbers and energy from the fall until early spring, and waning in the summer. As we live through this cycle, it’s good for us to take notice. This Sunday, we pause as we shift into summer. We will reflect on the year past, and begin to imagine the year to come.

This is Rev. Matt’s last service with us for several months, as he takes a summer break, before returning in late August. 

Sandy Wallin is the service leader.

The Unitarians meet Sundays at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church.

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

“In Mary, we see the fulness of redemption. Today we celebrate with her, who did the will of God throughout her life and who was the first whom God raised with Jesus and put by his side.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily “Mary, The Type Of The Church” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, June 10, 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.

The Lord’s Church

“It’s a brand new and very ancient thing,” says Pastor Ken. “We were established just one month ago, with a vision for a biblical, first-century church model where the Lord – not a tiny group of people – reigns supreme. So far, the results have been very exciting!

“We are unquestionably New Covenant believers, relying on the finished work of Jesus Christ through His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. And with all respect to my dear grandmothers,” he says, “this is definitely not your grandma’s church! Come find out how God’s love and ‘authentic Jesus’ will change you life.”

Sunday, June 10, the conversation at The Lord’s Church (TLC) is titled “Wineskins and Waterbags” at a non-denominational Christian, English-language service at the beautiful event center at La Paz 14 in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

At 10 a.m., enjoy live praise music brought to you by the band Redeemed. It is followed at 11 a.m. by TLC’s “Extraordinary Service,” including worship, praise, communion, and message.

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Home Church Int’l

Almost everyone has heard the expression, “asleep at the wheel.” Generally the words referred to someone who was exactly that while driving a vehicle. Without this act of commanding the direction, disaster of various degrees will be the result. This saying might also refer to a person who is not performing their responsibilities expediently.

Asleep, of course, is the function normally beneficial for rest or recuperation. If one shirks his duty by this neglect, he can cause harm. Also the job will not be accomplished. This is also true in the spiritual realm. Many well-known and powerful ministers and evangelists are declaring that the church – those who identify themselves as Christians – are apparently falling asleep in their call to be witnesses of Christ, salt and light to the sinful world in which they live. They seem not to be aware that it’s not “the preacher’s job.”

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge all believers to awaken to the call of God. For more information, contact them 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..">.

Virgina Balon memorial

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Dozens of friends celebrated the life of longtime lakeside resident Virginia Balon (inset) at a memorial service held in the garden of La Bodega Restaurant in Ajijic Tuesday, May 29. Balon passed away May 18 at the age of 90. La Bodega donated its space for the event and Ricardo and Blanca graciously donated their music. Lois Schroff and Ginni Garden (above) were two of the attendees at the gathering, which was organized by Lorena Barragan, Schroff and Jayme Littlejohn. Schroff said another memorial to Balon will be held in December for those who were absent on this occasion.

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