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Weekly Worship - November 17, 2018

San Andrés Mass

“We celebrate today the final consummation at the end of time.

Each Mass continues Christ’s redemptive work in the world and brings us nearer to the final Mass when that work of sanctification will be complete.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily, “The Eternal Perfection of all whom Christ is sanctifying,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, November 18, 9 a.m.

San Andrés is at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, November 18, with the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Danny will preside and give a message “The Day” based on Mark 13:1-8. All are welcome.

The Lunch Bunch will meet at 1 p.m. at Min Wah Restaurant, Tepalo 96, Ajijic, (376) 766-0686, following the refreshments and coffee after the service. (Bring your own coffee cup.)

The Bible Study, which Christ Church sponsors, will soon announce a new date and time.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Unconditional love. God has it. He invented it. He defines it. That doesn’t mean He doesn’t require right living from us. But whatever requirements He makes are motivated by His intense, joyous devotion to us. He wants the best for you and me. And when we fail (and we will) to live up to those ideals, nothing changes in His commitment to us. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us less. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more. “God … is love”, says one of His disciples that knew Him best.

Pastor Jim Andrew helps us experience God’s unconditional love Sunday, 11 a.m., at the Little Chapel by the Lake.

Join us directly after the service for “comida” and a chance to have a dinner together with friends.

The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.

Lake Chapala Baptist

I’m sure you’ve felt pressure at times in your life. It can be stressful. A deadline has to be met, a decision has to be made or a task needs to be completed. We often run full tilt until we get those few precious weeks of vacation and then try to pack as much living as possible into them, often returning more exhausted than when we began.

The Bible counsels believers to “wait on the Lord.” Step back from the situation and quietly consider your options. Take time to pray asking the Lord what you should do. A mature friend once told me that if anyone asked him for a decision and said, “I need an answer right now,” his answer was always, “No.” He wanted time to “wait on the Lord” and often the situation would be resolved during that time of contemplation. That advice has been helpful when I’ve been faced with difficult decisions. I want to be diligent but find it’s important to take time to “wait on the Lord.”

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

Unitarian Universalists

Bob Koches will speak on “The Path to Wisdom – Acquiring Wisdom as We Grow Older on our Journeys from Ageing to Sageing” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday, November 18. 

The congregation will explore the paths taken to reach elderhood and how to acquire wisdom along the way. This will also be an introduction to the class “Elderhood and Spirituality” that will be offered by Rev. Matt Alspaugh from November 19. Kathy Koches is the service leader.

The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church.

Abundant Life Church

Why does it seem like we have constant conflict? Do you ever wonder why God allows us to live life from one test to the other when he has the power to do something about it? Sunday, November 18, Pastor Gary gives us biblical reasons why the church lives in constant conflict and shows what our response should be. God wants to teach you something and He thinks the lesson is worth the price, just as you will once you see it through His eyes.

Abundant Life Church’s worship service in English is held Sundays, 10 a.m., and Bible Study, Wednesday, 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sundays at noon. Spanish Bible studies are on 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.

Lakeside Presbyterian

In times of need, Christians turn to God and ask for His miraculous intervention – especially for physical healing. Sometimes the results are positive, while other times there seems to be no sign of God’s intervention, leading to questions and even challenges to our faith. Sunday, November 18, Pastor Ross Arnold addresses these questions in his sermon, “God Always Heals.”

The Joy of Giving: Loving hands continue to reach out to those who need help. Weekly despensas, clothing and shoes still in good condition, and appropriate responses to whatever need may arise are needed. If you can help with any of the above, or contribute surplus produce from your garden or fruit trees, just drop off whatever you can at the church, and we’ll look after the rest. God Bless You!

Free English, computer and sewing classes (for Spanish speakers) are held Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at the church. We need more English instructors. Could you help? Contact LPC’s office at (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.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, November 18, Rev. Winston Welty 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 and a time of fellowship and welcome follows the service.

St. Andrew’s annual Carol Sing at the church will be Friday, December 7, time to be determined.

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.

Decluttering? Clearing out your closet? If you are, don’t forget St. Andrew’s resale shop, Todo Bueno. Every donation or consignment made benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s. Clothing, kitchenware, electronics, books, bric-a-brac, furniture, appliances, collectables, sports equipment, etc., brought to Todo Bueno enables the parish to financially support a number of charities around Lakeside.

Todo Bueno is located on the Carretera, just west of S&S Auto in Riberas del Pilar. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

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 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.

The Lord’s Church

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.

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Home Church Int’l

Pursuing the worth of something determines a person’s next move. It may be simple curiosity, or it may be a determining step to proceed to a serious decision. One of Paul’s grandfathers would look at an item of interest and ask, “What’s it worth?” What we know is that an item may be worth a lot to one person, and not to another. Ignorance, historical experience, or prejudice might reveal a person’s true interest.

Worth is a very prominent expression in the Bible and in the total spiritual realm. By itself, worth denotes value. Our worth to the Lord is expressed in John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave ….” This doesn’t mean that He loved those who were worthy of it. The prodigal son wrongly assumed he was not worthy to return home with honor and love. Shouldn’t that say something to us about attitudes towards others? Our worth to God is incalculable! Dare we run from or ignore our Creator God who gave His only Son for us? 

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen challenge us to accept our eternal worth to God, and even towards others. Information: 332-242-8648, 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 holds 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.

Information about the meditation service: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 333-598-7577. The website for Self Realization Fellowship is yogananda-srf.org.

Namaste Lake Chapala

This is an interfaith community focusing on the non-dual teachings found at the center of all spiritual paths. Sunday service is 11 a.m. and the goal is to enter into the direct experience of the peace that surpasses understanding. Drawing on the sacred writings of many religious traditions, including A Course on Miracles, Namaste seeks to fully embody the spiritual oneness and message at the heart of them all. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m., join author James Twyman and other teachers as Namaste awakens through music, song, laughter and heart-centered sharing.

Namaste Lake Chapala is at Angel Flores 5, in Ajijic.

Riberas Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation: Two periods of quiet meditation and a guided Mindfulness Meditation video are offered Tuesdays, 3 to 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 to 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.

Bridge for everyone

Catherine Gonzalez brings back her popular supervised bridge games at the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club every Wednesday, 1:30 to 4 p.m., beginning November 28. Whether you want to learn how to play, improve your game or learn new bidding systems, this group makes it fun.  A lesson is given on a single topic, followed by discussion and then a casual, non-competitive supervised game with advice from an instructor on the hand you’re playing. You can come alone or bring a partner. Drop-ins are welcome. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (376) 766-0781.

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