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Weekly Worship - June 16, 2018

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.

Abundant Life

Happy Father´s Day! This year why not consider that God wants to be your Father? In our current culture there are many who did not have a great experience with a father. Single parent homes are as common as the traditional family but that does not change how God wants to show his love to you. Come Sunday, June 17, as Pastor Gary ministers on the Father´s heart that God has toward everyone. God wants you to know what it is to be part of a real family!”

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

“’What is the Kingdom of God like?” asks the Rev. Glenn Chalmers, Rector of St. Andrew’s.  “Jesus describes it in ways not associated with greatness and strength.  Instead he uses unlikely images of a sower sowing seed and a mustard seed.  Come join us as we explore what this means for our lives and the world.”

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.

After church, the annual Father’s Day potluck brunch will be served. Guests are asked to bring a main dish, side dish or salad. The brunch, served by St. Andrew’s Social and Hospitality committee, is free.

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

Richard Clarke will speak on “A South Indian Boy’s First Haircut” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.

We all are from families, and families all over the world celebrate rites of passages where a family member moves from one stage of life to the next. This presentation shows such a rite, one that is ancient in origin. The culture is so foreign to us, but as members of families we easily understand it. This First Haircut is much like a Child Dedication ceremony done at some Unitarian Universalist locations. But it is oh-so-different.

Lorna Dean is the service leader.

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

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, June 17, Pastor Ross Arnold will begin a new series of sermons entitled “Strangers, Aliens & Reformers.”

“Throughout the history of Christianity, the Church has often drifted away from the orthodox principles of the true faith,” he says. “Today, the Church in the West again appears to have confused self-centered cultural values with the teachings of Jesus. In this sermon series, we’ll consider how we need to push back against false modern values, and return to true Christianity.”

Outreach News: The Water Project for La Zapotera community continues. The quality of the drinking water has been very poor in the past, even dangerous to health, particularly for youngsters. The building housing the facility is near completion, and clean drinking water will be distributed here. The building will also function as a community center where breakfast will be provided to approximately 70 children three times a week. No need to be a member to volunteer; you can call the church office/administrator at (376) 106-0853.

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 Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Sunday, June 17, with the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the La Huerta Eventos Center, Carretera West 522, West Ajijic. Rev. Danny Borkowski will preside and Deacon Jim Powers will give a message “From A Tiny Seed” based on Mark 4:26-34.

Coffee and refreshments will be available following the service.

The Lunch Bunch will celebrate Fathers’ Day at the Real de Chapala Hotel at noon.

The Bible Study, which Christ Church Lakeside sponsors, will meet Tuesday, June 19, 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.

Lake Chapala Baptist

Fellowship. Most church fellowship is over coffee and doughnuts or potlucks. What is Biblical fellowship? We will find fellowship is serious business, not the typical light-hearted frivolity we are used to.

1. Fellowship of the ministering to the saints (2 Corinthians 8:4). This is sacrificial service and giving financially.

2. Fellowship in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). This is the hard work of presenting the gospel in tandem with others in some way, possibly to the extent of imprisonment and death.

3. Fellowship of Christ’s sufferings (Philippians 3:10). This is taking on additional suffering so we can be made more like Christ.

4. Fellowship of the Spirit (Philippians 2:1). This comes as a comfort because of suffering and conflict.

Warning: We are not to have fellowship with evil (2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11).

Our modern church fellowship seems pretty trivial and childish in comparison.

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

Little Chapel by the Lake

The Spanish Treasure Galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha tragically ended her voyage on a reef off the Florida Keys some 400 years ago, taking with her 264 souls, many of whom were of royal blood. She scattered over 47 troy tons of treasure over 50 miles of ocean bottom, worth hundreds of millions of dollars. A man named Mel Fisher found that treasure after a 20-year obsession that cost him everything he had, including the tragic death of his son and his son’s wife in a failed dive over the wreck.

Jesus told a story like that, and it’s our theme for this Sunday: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in joy went and sold all he had and bought the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Matt. 13:44-46

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.

Monday, June 18, meet at the Little Chapel at 3:30 p.m. to go and sing “Fun With Music” at the Lake Chapala Nursing Home, located at Paseo del Lago 282 in lower Riberas del Pilar, at 4 p.m.

The Little Chapel by the Lake is located at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista, directly opposite Mirasol.  Contact (376) 766-2538 for more information.

San Andres English

“The Church of Christ is like a tree that God planted in the world.  From the smallest of seeds it became the noblest of trees and filled the earth.  We are like the birds of the air who make their homes in him.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily “The Cedar of Lebanon” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, June 17, 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

We are blessed to have hills and mountains in our lakeside area. While thinking about this, we recalled an old saying that talked about “making mountains out of mole hills.” Of course this is referring to when a person greatly exaggerates an issue. When hearing this elaboration, what does one do or say in response? Probably it depends on the issue.

Jesus was keenly aware of His surroundings and audiences. He was cognizant of needful issues facing people in their daily life. In Mark 11:23 He was teaching all to put their faith in God. He used a mountain in His illustration, exhorting us to command it to leave. A mountain here is anything, usually threatening, in your life which looms huge in your eyes. He emphasized really believing. This means to put your complete trust in God, especially concerning your spiritual well-being. An old adage explains it, “If you talk about the mountain, it will grow. If you talk to the mountain, it will go!” The challenge here from Pastors Paul and Susana Allen is to declare what or who your faith is in. 

For more information, contact them at (332) 242-8648, or 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..

Meditation Circle

The Chapala Meditation Circle of Self Realization Fellowship is holding meditation services Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, “Autobiography of a Yogi,” founded Self Realization Fellowship in 1920 to make available the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga, a sacred spiritual science originating millennia ago in India.  These teachings embody a complete philosophy and way of life for achieving all-round success and well-being, as well as methods of meditation for achieving life’s ultimate goal – union of the soul with God.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 333-598-7577 for more information  about the meditation service. The website for Self Realization Fellowship is yogananda-srf.org.

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