St. Andrew’s Anglican
Sunday, October 28, the Rev. Liza Spangler will preside and preach.
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.
Following services on October 28 and November 4, Rev. Spangler will hold short presentations on the history and importance of the Anglican “Book of Common Prayer.” October 28 she will discuss the role of the Book of Common Prayer in The Eucharist and in Anglican theology. Her concluding talk November 4 will cover the Church Year and Calendar in the Anglican Rite.
The men’s luncheon will be at Café Linda in Ajijic, Wednesday, October 31, noon. The sign-up sheet will be in the church garden Sunday.
The Harvest Comida will be Monday, November 5, with social hour at 1 p.m. and comida at 2 p.m. The cost is 200 pesos per person. This annual event will be catered by Go Bistro, so it’s important that we know the exact number of attendees. Social & Hospitality invites anyone coming to bring a pie for dessert. Sign up in the garden and please write if you plan to bring a pie.
The St. Andrew’s Book Club will meet Monday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room to discuss “Aztec: The Story of Cortez and La Malinche,” by Colin Falconer.
Every Sunday, Operation Feed, the 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 the donations to Lakeside’s neediest families.
St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.
Sunday, October 28, Pastor Ross Arnold finishes his series on “Love” with a sermon entitled “This is Hard.” After considering in recent weeks that Jesus loves us, that we should love (rather than judge) one another above all and how love covers over our sins, we consider that Jesus commanded us to love even the unlovely, who seem unlovable. While this is clearly what Jesus calls us to do, it is hard to love everyone! How to do this, and what will it mean when we succeed?
Outreach Notes: Juliana, a 93-year-old who was widowed 15 years ago, is childless and lives alone. She survives on welfare, but it doesn’t cover basic needs. She cooks in a wood stove outside. Juliana is part of LPC’s Despensa/Clothing program. In spite of circumstances, Juliana retains her smile!
A joint Canadian/U.S. Thanksgiving dinner will be held Wednesday, November 7, 4 p.m. Please sign up in the narthex, indicating what side dish you can bring.
If you know anyone needing food, other household basics, or basic medical equipment, call Lynn Turnbull, (376) 765-4368.
Free English, computer and sewing classes are held Saturday mornings, 10:30 a.m., at the church (for Spanish speakers). We need more English instructors; could you help?
Interested in volunteering? Contact LPC’s office, (376) 106-0853.
Lakeside Presbyterian Church, San Jorge 250, Riberas del Pilar. English services, Sunday, 10 a.m., Spanish services, 9 a.m. Sunday School for Adults, 8:30 a.m. in the Library, Pastor’s Forum, 11:15 a.m. following worship. Fridays, Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. in the Library.
San Andrés Mass
“We worship Christ who opens our eyes to see the marvels that he has done for us as our high priest and mediator with the Father.”
Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily, “The Lord who works marvels,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, October 28, 9 a.m.
On All Saints Day (November 1) the Church offers the Lamb and celebrates the victory of our God in the company of all the redeemed in the heavenly kingdom.
San Andrés is at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.
Little Chapel by the Lake
It’s such a discouraging thing to be in debt. And it’s soul-crushing to be so upside down that repayment is impossible. Jesus identified with people in that situation. He seized upon it to illustrate a different kind of debt – what we owe God and others relationally. He told a little story, a parable, about God’s Debt Relief Plan for each of us. Then He had the audacity to say that we who have signed up for that should then extend it to those who owe us things they can never fully repay (broken promises, betrayal, offenses, hurtful behaviors; the list can be long). Join the wonderful folks at the Little Chapel by the Lake, Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m., as Pastor Jim Andrew revisits Jesus’ powerful words about forgiveness.
Stay after the service for lunch (comida) served in the fellowship hall, as it’s a great time to meet new friends over a delicious lunch!
The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.
Abundant Life Church
Do you suffer from comparison syndrome? Some are so busy comparing themselves to others that they never accomplish what they are called to do. It does not matter if you always feel as though you are better than everyone else or you are at the bottom of the pile. Comparing accomplishes nothing. Jesus is not concerned with the greatness of your project, how much money you give or even if you are the smartest one around. Jesus looks at your heart. Sunday, October 28, Pastor Gary uses scripture to explain what Jesus sees … you will be encouraged.
Abundant Life Church’s worship service in English is held Sundays, 10 a.m., and Bible Study, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sunday at noon. Spanish Bible studies are Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. A children’s ministry is held Saturday, noon, and bilingual youth meet Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month.
The church is at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. Information: 331-417-7038.
Lake Chapala Baptist
“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5). God is building His universal church with living stones, human beings. He selects stones of different shapes, sizes, materials and colors for His beautiful house so He calls people of different personality types, backgrounds, races, and strengths. He has a plan for each one. Selecting these stones from the quarry of humanity, He cuts them, shapes them, and polishes them, preparing them to fit into His planned masterpiece. Suffering is often a part of the process so the preparation can be painful. Cooperation is vital. We allow Him to chisel away what He doesn’t want and shape and polish what remains. He knows what’s best for each one of us. The finished product will only be fully revealed in heaven but when we see His plan for us, we’ll be amazed at how perfectly we fit into our place in that spiritual house.
Lake Chapala Baptist Church is at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m.
Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, October 28, with the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Eventos Center. Rev. Jim Powers will preside and give a message “He Is Calling You” based on Mark 10:46-52.
The Lunch Bunch will meet at 12:45 p.m. to dine at Cocinart Restaurant, 16 de Septembre 4D, Ajijic, 331-395-3810, following the refreshments and coffee after the service.
The Bible Study, which Christ Church sponsors, is suspended until November 6.
In Praise of Afterlife: Día de los Muertos is the theme of the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday, October 28.
Suppose that you learn that all human life will come to an end shortly after your own death. Even if that ending were peaceful (humanity dying in its sleep), the thought is profoundly disturbing and dismaying for most of us. Why is this so? What do our feelings tell us about our sense of purpose and our connection with other people, including future people?
This is our “Día de los Muertos” service, remembering those we’ve lost. You are encouraged to bring a photo or other memento of a person you’ve lost for the ofrenda, or altar, during the service. Rev. Matt Alspaugh is the speaker and Liz Moulder 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.
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 at Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar (mountain side of the carretera, diagonally across from Mom’s Restaurant). Contact (376) 766-2668 or lakechapalajewishcongregation.com.
Home Church Int’l
Did you ever wonder why certain people have titles? The way I was raised, we didn’t call an adult by his or her first name. Respect always came first and foremost. It was always to be Mr. Jones or Mrs. Taylor. This issue reaches its zenith as we address the country’s president by saying, Mr. President, or a judge as “your honor.” This all speaks of relationship and respect.
The Lord’s Church
The Men of the Lakeside Prayer Breakfast will hold a Christian Celebration of Life for their friend Roy Thielking, Friday, November 2, 1 p.m. at The Lord’s Church. Thielking died of injuries sustained when he was struck by a car near his San Antonio Tlayacapan home on October 17. The celebration is open to the public.
The Lord’s Church meets at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 131 in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Sundays, 10 a.m. Enjoy live praise music brought to you by Redeemed, followed at 11 a.m. by TLC’s Extraordinary Service, including worship, praise, communion and more.
The Lord’s Church is a non-denominational Christian congregation following a biblical model of church leadership.
Mindfulness Meditation: Two periods of quiet meditation and a guided Mindfulness Meditation video are offered Tuesdays, 3-4:15 p.m. This is for anyone who wants to practice Mindfulness Meditation, beginner to advanced.
Ramana Maharshi Satsang: Listen to current-day teachers of non-duality, then a period to practice self-inquiry, Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
No cost. Free books provided for both groups.
Hosted by Richard Clarke and Carol Johnson. San Luis 73, Riberas del Pilar. Call (376) 765-6976.
The Chapala Meditation Circle of Self Realization Fellowship holds meditation services Thursdays, 7-9 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.