Abundant Life Church
Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations. This command has been heard by His Church and now literally thousands are ministering on foreign fields.
Sunday, January 27 we welcome one of our long-term missionaries back. You will be challenged and motivated to participate in what God is doing. Abdiel Morales and his family work in the Arabic world presenting the love of Christ to the descedents of Ishmael.
Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and has services for everyone. Worship service in English is held Sundays, 10 a.m., and Bible Study, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sundays, 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
Lake Chapala Baptist Church is at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m.
Where to Begin? Transformation is difficult work. How do we begin it? And where do we begin it? In the home? In the workplace? In our religious communities? In this service on transformation we’ll consider these questions and others as we approach the intertwined tasks of personal and collective transformation.
Rev. Colin Bossen from the Houston UU will be the visiting minister at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LCUUF) Sunday, January 27. Rev. Matt Alspaugh will be the service leader.
The LCUUF annual general meeting will be held Sunday, February 3, following the service, at the Fellowship. The purpose is to elect members to the board of directors and to vote on the annual budget.
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 Third Sunday after the Epiphany, January 27, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will preside and give a message “The Anointed One” based on Luke 4:14-21.
All are welcome to come and worship. Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service.
The Christ Church Lunch Bunch will meet at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 1 p.m., Independencia 63. (From La Huerta, head toward Ajijic and just past Janelle’s Garden turn right and right again on Independencia.) Telephone: (376) 766-0907.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, January 31, 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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Misogynistic. Patriarchal. Male biased. The Scriptures are often portrayed as all of these and worse. But what if that’s a misrepresentation? In a message dedicated to the magnificent women in his life, Jim Andrew will be sharing the remarkable decoded truth about God’s masterpiece: women. Come to the Little Chapel by the Lake this Sunday, 11 a.m., and be encouraged, inspired, and maybe even a little surprised.
Fun with Music sings at Singing at La Paloma care facility (1/2 block below Plaza Bugambilias) Wednesday, January 30, 4-5 p.m.; carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Little Chapel will show the movie “Gifted Hands, the Ben Carson story” Wednesday, January 30, 5:30 p.m.with popcorn and refreshments in the fellowship room.
The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista, opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2535.
Pastor Ross Arnold went home to be with Jesus Monday, January 14. “Home” has always been a word full of meaning for Ross. He would often say that, if he ever wrote a book, it would be on the theology of home. It was also the word he repeated most during his last day. He was ready.
A Celebration of Life service will be held for Ross at the Church Saturday, January 26, 1 p.m. A time of fellowship and refreshments will be held in the courtyard after the service, to share memories of Ross.
The Celebration will be live-streamed to Facebook at facebook.com/groups/363815131022985. You must have a Facebook account to view live. After the service, it will be posted under news at lpcchapala.org.
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
“Today is a day of rejoicing in the New Law which Christ has given us and which unites us with him, binds us together as his people, and enables us to work together for his Kingdom. We listen to the words of the Law and ponder them in our hearts.”
Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily, “The Law of the Lord,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, January 27, 9 a.m.
San Andrés is at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.
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, January 27, 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 and a time of fellowship and welcome follow the service.
The parish annual meeting will be held after services on Sunday, January 27.
The parish’s annual Italian Dinner will be Friday, February 1, with a social hour starting at 3 p.m. and dinner at 4 p.m.
The 2019 Episcopal Calendar is here. If you placed your order, drop by the office to pick up your copy. A few extra copies are available at 100 pesos.
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.
A Kirtan Gathering will be held Sunday, January 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Namaste Lake Chapala, a non-dual community at Angel Flores 5, in Ajijic. Experience the joy and serenity of Live Kirtan music followed by a silent meditation. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the Kirtan starts at 2:45 p.m. Just bring yourself and an item for sitting comfort. There is no charge for this event. Includes refreshments
Mindfulness Meditation: Two periods of quiet meditation and a guided Mindfulness Meditation video are offered Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 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 try 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.
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.
Home Church Int’l
Too much of the public, even some Christians, have assumed that being “spiritual” can mean almost anything. A person can be in a posture of meditation, eyes closed, face up, which could pass as being spiritual. As we follow a definitive path, the word “spirit” does display itself as an entity beyond mere physical existence. Our true definition is that we are a spirit, we have a soul, and live in a body. We exist in an atmosphere where any spirit can and does exist. Yet, unless it is the Godly Spirit, it can be artificial and evil. It’s what we call spiritism or even spiritualism.
Can we see where this leads a person to satisfy themselves by assuming they are “religious?” This is shallow and incorrect. This is unsatisfactory to the one, true living God, Jehovah. To be His kind of spiritual person means to honor and worship Him as everything to your being. Mere church attendance could well be something less than authentic worship and Godly spirituality. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge your oneness with the One, True Living God, Jehovah.