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.
Sunday, February 3, Dr. Wayne Cook will preach about “Remembering What God has Done,” from Joshua 4:1-7.
Forgetting is easy, says Cook. “Even as youngsters, we forgot important things. One year my now deceased wife and I both forgot our anniversary. We laughed about it the next day.”
As we age, we have more memories, and forgetfulness is compounded by a unique brain shrinkage not found in other animals. By age 70, the frontal lobe has shrunk about six percent, and by 80, it is 24 percent.
One of the most important things for a Christian to remember is what God has done for us. So in the Bible, lest we forget, there are many reminders of God’s goodness.
Sunday, Lakeside Presbyterian will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its founding. The first service was held on February 2, 2009 in the home of Ralph and Pat Courtney in lower La Floresta. The original thirteen founders and fifty-plus others attended this first service. As the church grew, a storefront property now housing Have Hammers and Todo Bueno was rented and rehabilitated. The celebration will be held during the 10 a.m. service this Sunday, February 3, in the current church building that was dedicated January 31, 2016. A cake and coffee reception combining both English and Spanish language congregations follows. The community is invited to attend and learn more about Lakeside Presbyterian Church on this joyous occasion.
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 are privileged to be called by God to be God’s prophets: to take his words on our lips and proclaim them to the world. But the gift of prophecy is of no avail without the gift of love: a Christ-like love of the world which is proof even against the world’s rejection of us”
Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily, “The Church As The Prophet of God,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, February 3, 9 a.m.
The San Andrés English congregation holds a “First Sunday of the Month Food Drive” to help support the children at Villa Infantil orphanage in Jocotepec and the sisters who care for them. Consider bringing a non-perishable food item, toilet tissue, cleaning products, and the like to Sunday’s Liturgy.
San Andrés is at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Guest speaker Paul Allen from Home Church International will present “Victory Through Surrender,” which follows the theme of when Jesus prayed, “Not my will but Thine be done,” at the Little Chapel by the Lake Sunday, 11 a.m. After the service join in for a hot dog and chili “comida”
A women’s Bible study on the book of Acts is Tuesday, February 5, 10 a.m. A meeting to distribute food parcels for San Juan Tecomatlan will be held in the Fellowship room, Tuesday, 3 p.m.
Fun with Music sings at Mi Casita assisted living care center (next to Lety’s Restaurant in San Antonio Tlayacapan) Wednesday, February 6, 4-5 p.m.; carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Little Chapel will show the movie “Something the Lord Made” Wednesday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. The film is based on the real life story of Dr. Blalock, of “Blue Baby” fame, and Viven Thomas, his able assistant.
The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista, opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.
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, February 3, 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.
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.
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.
Your 2019 Offering Envelopes are available in the parish office.
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
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
Are you looking for a Bible-based church home? You are invited to worship at Lake Chapala Baptist Church. Whether you’ve been at Lakeside for many years, or are visiting for the first time, the congregation are so glad that you’re here and want to serve you in any way that they can. The style is informal and friendly – you never need to dress up here.
Lake Chapala Baptist Church is at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. English-language Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m.; English-language worship service is at 11 a.m. and Spanish-language worship service is 12:30 p.m.
Words Matter (More Than You Think): “Whenever two or more are gathered … there will be conflict.” This is a truism that applies to all organizations, including (perhaps especially) congregations.
Rev. Matt Alspach’s presentation at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, February 3 will explore healthy ways to surface and deal with conflict, in particular considering the techniques of Compassionate Communication. Cate Howell is the service leader. This service is followed by a Annual General Meeting.
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 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 3, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Chris Wycock will preside and give a message “And the rest of the story …” based on Luke 4:21-30.
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 Janell’s Garden, 1 p.m., Calle Poniente 35. Telephone: (376) 766-1616.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, February 7, 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.
Kirtan Gatherings will be held Sundays, February 10 and 17, 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.
Home Church Int’l
Growing time in many instances is unique and delightful. There are exceptions, like most cactus which grows in harsh surroundings. Other things grow in unusual arenas and seasons. But, as long as there is growth, multiplication is anticipated. Not everything that grows is beneficial, like crabgrass, poison ivy, and mold. Many things delight the senses, while others don’t merit that response. As with flowers, they seem to attract audiences either from beauty, fragrance or both. But, grow they must in order to express their value.
If the beauty and fragrance is not there, who wants it? Amazing how this reflects on those who call themselves Christians. If a person’s countenance is gruff, cold, or impersonal, they are less than desirable. As plants, they are not growing, not displaying their reason for being. They are not displaying Jesus, and then displaying only what CINOs (Christian In Name Only) do. Who was it that said, “By their fruits you shall know them?” Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge you to be in Christ, and grow in Him.
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.