Chanting HU, an ancient name for the Divine while in a contemplative state, is a simple technique to open your heart to greater happiness, love, inner peace and understanding.
Lake Chapala Baptist
The world we live in today allows people to put their lives on display. Social media gives you the opportunity to “share” the details of your everyday life – and many do just that. And one of the most common words they use is “blessed.” Telling others you are blessed with earthly possessions can be a subtle way of boasting while trying to sound humble. But all of those things are temporary. In the Bible Job was a wealthy man but he lost everything in one day. And as God dragged Job through the knothole of suffering, Job learned to trust Him completely and obey whatever He told him to do. He ended up praying for his enemies and in the end God gave him back twice the earthly possessions he had before. From that point, on he walked closely with the Lord because he had learned this valuable lesson – an intimate relationship with God means more than anything you can accumulate or accomplish here on earth.
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
Compassion was Jesus’ motive power. Over and over the story says “Moved with compassion, He healed …” Seems that for the disciples, not so much. Honest writers that they were of their callousness in the face of human suffering (see the gospels), their usual response was to ignore, scold, prohibit access, or hurry past hurting people. Are we modern disciples any more compassionate than they were?
At 11 a.m. at the Little Chapel Sunday, Pastor Jim Andrew speaks on “Blueprint for a Miracle.” After the service, guests are invited to join the congregation for a comida.
Wednesday, July 11, meet 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, from 4 to 5 p.m. Whether you sing or not, this is just a fun time to share music together.
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.
In his July 8 sermon, Pastor Ross Arnold will speak on the subject of “Be Happy,” certainly a concept dear to all our hearts.
Outreach News: LPC’s Outreach blueprint is laid out in Matthew 25:35-40: what we must do for “the least of these.” According to Christ’s commands, LPC volunteers work tirelessly to better the lives of Lakeside’s good but truly needy people: 5,000 meals monthly for the hungry, clothing, medical attention, education, free food staples, and prison visits as well. Another initiative is La Zapotera Village Project, now nearing completion. This will provide access to clean water, plus healthy breakfasts for nearly 80 children. Truly, there is no joy greater than helping those in need!
Interested in volunteering? Contact LPC’s office/administrator at (376) 106-0853.
July 8 is Second Sunday, when LPC offers a free buffet lunch after the worship service. All are welcome!
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
“You probably remember the preacher a few years ago who had many tens of thousands of people convinced the world would end on October 21, 2011,” says Pastor Ken. “Well, it didn’t. There are two things we can say for sure about the return of Jesus: First, if He told us he was coming back, He will. And second, it’s one day closer than it was yesterday. But, though the Bible tells us to be aware of the signs, Jesus and the apostle Paul both warned against getting too caught up in end times mania. We’ll talk about why, and maybe examine a few of the breadcrumbs found in Bible prophecy.”
Sundays, 10 a.m., enjoy praise music brought to you by Redeemed, followed at 11 a.m. by TLC’s “Extraordinary Service,” including worship, praise, communion, and this week’s message titled, “The End is Nearer Every Day.”
The Lord’s Church is a non-denominational Christian congregation, following a biblical model of church leadership.
Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe seventh Sunday After Pentecost, Sunday, July 8, with the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the La Huerta Eventos Center. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and Fr. Jim Powers will give a message “Rejection” based on Mark 6:1-13.
The Lunch Bunch will enjoy a potluck following the service.
The Bible Study, which Christ Church Lakeside sponsors, will meet Tuesday, July 10, 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.
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.
How do you see yourself? This seems like a peculiar question but a very relevant one. Some think very highly of themselves while others, despite great victories, still think very low of themselves. The truth is that your answer to this question speaks volumes about you to both your friends and family as well as to God. Sunday, July 8, Pastor Gary ministers on the relevance of your answer to this question and how God would like you to answer.
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
“Is not this the carpenter?” With this dismissive question in Sunday’s Gospel lesson, Jesus was rebuffed by his own townspeople. Familiarity did breed contempt. What does this story of rejection say about Jesus – and about us?” asks the Rev. Glenn Chalmers, rector of St. Andrew’s Anglican 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.
Decluttering? Clearing out your closet? If you are, please don’t forget our resale shop, Todo Bueno. Every donation or consignment you make benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s, enabling the parish to financially support a number of charities around Lakeside. Todo Bueno is located on the highway, just west of S&S Auto in Riberas de Pilar, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
St. Andrew’s is located at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.
At the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, July 8, Trudy Crippen will deliver the Rev. Matt Alspaugh’s sermon: “If There is to be Peace.” This sermon is one of several this summer that will use the words of Unitarian Universalist leaders to help us understand how UUs can respond to the ethical challenges facing the world in general, and, specifically, the United States. Bob Koches is service leader.
The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church.
San Andres English
“The Church rejoices in the spirit of prophecy, even though the exercise of that charism does not bring her any honor from the world. It is exercised in weakness.”
Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily “The Church as Prophet of God” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday, July 8, 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.
San Andres is located at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.
Home Church Int’l
We imagine that a large number of our readers are U.S. citizens and can appreciate our affirming the July 4th celebration. We sense the incredible sacrifice suffered by the colonialists. Their conviction drove them to give their all to accomplish independence. Yes, we call this a cause. But, there is a problem with this kind of mindset. It is more than merely involving oneself in just any old cause. Many causes have little to do with restoration.
The Chapala Meditation Circle of Self Realization Fellowship is holding meditation services Thursdays, 7 to 9 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.