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Weekly Worship - December 08, 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 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.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, December 9, Rev. Robbin Moore 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 follow the service.

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.

Abundant Life Church

Where should a king be born? We know that kings are born in palaces and have every luxury in life. If a king should be born in a palace why would the King of kings be born in a stable? Sunday, December 9, Pastor Gary shares the reason that Jesus had to be born in the poorest of circumstances even though he would reign over the richest this world has to offer. The reason the our heavenly Father sent his son to be born in a manger is also what he is looking for in us today. Come and find out what it is!

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.

Unitarian Universalists

Rev. Matt Alspaugh will speak on “Let the Mystery Be” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday, December 9. 

Some of us were taught in our childhood that “Mystery” meant don’t ask those kinds of questions. Others discovered that mysteries were ideal topics for late night speculative chatter. We’ll explore the place of mystery in the world and what it means to us. Expect a little mathematics. Cate Howell 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.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the second Sunday of Advent, December 9, with the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message “The Way of the Lord” based on Luke 3:1-6. All are welcome.

Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service.

The Christ Church Lunch Bunch will meet 1 p.m. in Janell’s’s Restaurant (formally Roberto’s), Carretera, (Calle Poniente 35) Ajijic, (376) 766-1616.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, December 13, 3 p.m. in the home of Elizabeth Carroll, located at Galeana 35 in Ajijic. All are welcome to learn about the inspired contents of the Bible.

Lake Chapala Baptist

Christian believers are at odds with the world system because the world is hostile to Jesus Christ. There will be unjust punishment, criticism, and persecution to one degree or another. Sometimes it’s verbal, sometimes it’s physical, sometimes it’s subtle but committed people who follow Christ will be at odds with the world system because the cross is offensive. But, there’s no virtue in suffering when you do what’s wrong. That’s suffering you deserve. But Christians who do what’s right will suffer for it because the world is offended by righteousness. And when a believer suffers for doing what is right he or she is to endure it patiently because that finds favor with God. The suffering of Christ sets the standard because God the Father perfected Christ through suffering. The path to glory was the path of suffering. Not just suffering but unjust suffering. That was the path to glory for Jesus and it’s the same for His followers today.

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

San Andrés Mass

“Today we celebrate the good news of God’s incredible love for all God’s people. Every messenger of this good news says the same thing: God is coming to save you; God will make all things new; prepare a way for God; take God into your heart. ”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily, “The Good News,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, December 9, 9 a.m.

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

Little Chapel by the Lake

The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m.

Lakeside Presbyterian

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.

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Communication is that vital link of personal relationships and understanding issues. This brings up the problem of whether the proclamation is true or false, accurate or off-base, positive or negative, and complimentary or degrading. We might say, “He doesn’t know his head from a rock on the ground.” Many such common expressions used frequently fail to get the correct meaning across.

This is no less true in the spiritual realm. Yes, this is important because it has direct connection to us, who just happen to be eternal spiritual beings. One such expression is the word “religious” or “religion.”  “I don’t believe in God because that is just a bunch of religious jargon.” What is needed is accurate definition. The term “religious” is found in the dictionary to be “relating to or believing in a religion.” Thus, “religion” is defined as a “cultural system of designated behaviors, practices, and viewpoints.” Belief in God involves and demands relationship. Jesus talks of the religious ones by saying, “These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” Pastors Paul and Susana Allen remind us that religion won’t cut it. 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..

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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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.

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.

Meditation & Chanting

Chanting followed by silent meditation will regularly include live Kirtan Music at least once a month. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. The experience is every Sunday, 5 to 6 p.m. with refreshments to follow.

The first gathering and live music event begins Sunday, December 16, in a beautiful home overlooking the lake at Calle Manzanillo 4 (light yellow house), Chula Vista Norte. Doors open 4:30 p.m. with refreshments and a social gathering, chanting and meditation, 5-6 p.m. and refreshments and a social goodbye afterward. Chairs, pillows and refreshments are provided. There is no charge for this event.

Directions, inquiry, ride-shares contact: Doug Reid, 331-354-1558, doug4yoga@gmail, or Rocky Lipkowitz, 333-461-6017, 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..

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