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Weekly Worship - February 09, 2019

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.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 10, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a sermon “Fishing,” based on Luke 5:1-11.

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 Tony’s Restaurant, 1 p.m., located next to SuperLake. Telephone: (376) 766-4614.

Information: christchurchlakeside.org.

Abundant Life Church

Reaping and sowing is both a natural and a supernatural reality. There are many who live without thinking about the future that they are going to reap while the wise consider their steps carefully. 

Sunday, February 10, Pastor Gary challenges us to live in such a way that we can look forward to the harvest we will reap. Everyone can live this way if they have been transformed into the image of Christ. Let´s walk in wisdom…together.

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

Today we live in a world of stress and strife. We seem to be running impossibly hard just to remain in place. While our lives may have issues or our relationships may be fractured, there is hope and love through Jesus.

In John 14:27 Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” 

Sunday, February 10, Rev. John Whitener will be serving in the pulpit. There will be a pot luck meal following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

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.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, February 10, The Very 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.

St. Andrew’s Book Club will meet Monday, February 11, 10:30 a.m. to discuss “In The Midst of Winter” by Isabel Allende.

The Company of Gentlemen breakfast is Wednesday, February 13, 8:30 a.m in the parish kitchen.

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.

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 needs volunteers to serve as sales clerks. Shifts are 10 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 12:30-3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Contact Patti Gonzales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to volunteer.

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.

Unitarian Universalists

“Our Mexican Neighbors 101” is the topic at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, February 10.

Our Mexican neighbors at Lakeside are not a homogenous group with one identity, but a layering of cultures and socio-economic groups. Janice Kimball, a 23-year resident of Mexico, will help us see life from our neighbors’ perspective, give us  glimpses into their daily lives and struggles, explain the importance and real reasons behind our neighbors’ multitude of festivals and celebrations … and their seeming fascination for fireworks. Meredith Miller will demonstrate Mexican sign language. Susan Miller 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.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, February 3, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC), congregants enjoyed a spectacular video retrospective of this remarkable story.  To see it, search for “Lakeside Presbyterian 10th Anniversary” on YouTube. Of particular interest is the delineation of  LPC’s adherence to guidelines laid out in Matthew 25: 34-36: “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in …”  Well worth our review.

Reminders: The LPC nurse is on site Mondays, 1-3 p.m., and Tuesday mornings. Blood glucose checks Sunday, February 17, after service. This service is offered every third Sunday.

February 10 is Second Sunday, when LPC offers a full buffet lunch. Please bring a dish to pass, salad or bread. All are welcome.

Seniors’ Social Drop-In is Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and includes a light lunch, games and fun, make new friends!  No need to be lonely when you have family at Lakeside!

Lakesiders, are you ready to step up to volunteer? Do want to be involved?  Call (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 are utterly unworthy to be the apostles of Christ and yet he sends us out to be fishers of men and women. He cleanses us from our sins and gives us the strength to say, “Here I am Lord, send me.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily, “Christ Makes Us His Apostles,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, February 10, 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

Paul Allen will be returning to the pulpit this Sunday to preach on “Wanting Forever.” 

“The problem is that forever is just too easy to pass off as a mere phrase,” he says.

Join the congregation after the 11 a.m. service for a friendly family-style comida. 

Like to sing? Join “Fun with Music” on Wednesday, February 13, 4-5 p.m. at Casa Anastasia (next to Maskaras Clinic). Carpool from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m. 

Little Chapel will show the movie “Father of Lights,” a documentary from film maker Darren Wilson.

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

Kirtan Gathering

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.

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Home Church Int’l

“I don’t want to talk about it.” That’s a common phrase, especially among seniors. Or we hear, “I don’t want to think about it.” Or, “Not now; maybe later.” This is usually about some fairly serious inquiry. Serious confrontations might involve facing hospitalization or surgery, either for self or the spouse. Avoidance  could be very costly, especially when it seems to face an inevitability.

It is no different when facing something found in the spiritual realm. Remember when God said in Genesis 1, “Let us make man in our image?” He is spirit, so this affirms we are too.  The complete picture also says we have a soul, and we live in a body. Thus, we are eternal, saved or unsaved. What is our response when someone asks, “What happens to you when your body dies?” The cop-outs in paragraph one won’t cut it. God in His love has and is the answer. Entering an eternal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ is the only solution. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen encourage you to accept His John 3:16 love.

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Riberas Meditation

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.

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.

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