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Weekly Worship - March 02, 2019

Ramana MaharshiSatsang

Ramana Maharshi Satsang, presented by Richard Clarke of Riberas Meditation, is Wednesday, March 6, 7 to  8:30  p.m. at Nameste Lake Chapala, Angel Flores 5 in Ajijic. 

Lakeside Community   Fellowship

Lakeside Community Fellowship is a new and vibrant evangelical Christian fellowship, meeting every Sunday, 10 a.m. at Hidalgo 441, in the new Bravo Theater directly adjacent to the Carretera.

All are welcome to attend. Youth and children’s Sunday school classes are available during the service.

Our mission is “Serving Christ ... serving the community.” In light of this, we have very practical projects for those in need within the community, combined with the biblical message of God’s love through Jesus Christ.

The sermon topic for Sunday, March 3 is taken from James 1:1-12: “Trials, perseverance and maturity – a recipe for life.”

Information: Alan Pohl, 333-399-1501; Dave Powell, 332-208-9263.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, March 3, 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.

The traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is March 5, with social hour at 4 p.m. followed by comida at 5 p.m. The cost is 50 pesos.

The Ash Wednesday service of Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes is March 6, 11 a.m.

The 2019 Episcopal Calendar, 100 pesos, is available in the parish office, as are 2019 offering envelopes.

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.

Every donation or consignment made to St. Andrew’s resale shop, Todo Bueno, benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s. 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

Richard Clarke will present “Age-ing to Sage-ing: Elder and Still Growing,” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, March 3.

We are living longer and healthier lives, but how can we learn the lessons and harvest our life? How can we keep growing personally? How can we best contribute to friends and family and serve the community? Learn what you can do today to keep yourself alive and growing each day,and hear experiences of people trying to do just that.

Carol Johnson will be 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

Nehemiah 1:1-7, 11. Comfort is a delightful habit, a luxury, like old soft leather moccasins.  We treasure Lakeside’s weather, its warm and welcoming people, culture and food … but we one day realize that nothing lasts forever.  Our personal delights and circumstances fade.  God seldom leaves us in our comfort zone, and like Nehemiah, we are put in definitely uncomfortable places and circumstances.

March 3 is a Communion Sunday. Communion is now offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th). Ash Wednesday Service is March 6, 10 a.m.

Saturday morning classes continue: Computer, Sewing and English as Second Language (ESL). These classes are enormously popular as they help our Mexican friends take giant steps to improve their lives and careers. Are you willing to help? Call 763-5020 for details.

Blood pressure tests are available immediately after service this Sunday at the name tag desk. Blood glucose checks are available after service March 17.

The LPC nurse is on-site Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., and Tuesday mornings.

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!

Find out how you can become involved in LPC’s array of joyful outreach initiatives, 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; Fridays, Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. in the library.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Come and celebrate the Life of Christ in our midst. Pastor Lahry will continue expounding on John 14:12, doing the things that Jesus did, and even greater things than these. There’s a place for you in His Body at The Little Chapel by the Lake. All are welcome to the 11 a.m. service and immediately after for a friendly “comida” (lunch/dinner).

Monday, March 4, a food distribution will take place in San Juan Tecomatlan; carpool, 3 p.m. from the Chapel.

Tuesday, March 5, Bible studies focusing on Acts, and Romans, are at 10 a.m.

Ash Wednesday, March 6, Fun with Music will sing at Mi Casita in San Antonio Tlayacapan, 4-5 p.m.

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

Abundant Life Church

Did you know that God encourages us to have goals related to our relationship and service to Him? Everyone has goals in life or things that they would like to do but, is God on your bucket list? Have you thought about the one thing that you would like to do for God before you leave this life to move into eternity? Sunday, March 3, Pastor Gary challenges us to consider some of the goals that God sets for us in his Word. You will be challenged to move His will to the top of your list.

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. Once a month, the women meet for a time of fellowship and the study of the Word of God (time and date announced each month). Come and be a part of vibrant worship and the life changing presence of God.

The church is at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. Information: 331-417-7038.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the last Sunday after the Epiphany, March 3, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Fr. Jim Powers will preside and give a message with the theme “Transfiguration” based on Luke 9:28-43a.

All are welcome to come and worship. Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service.

The CCL Lunch Bunch will meet at Spago’s Bar & Grill (the location of the previous Salvador’s Restaurant in Plaza Bouganvillas), Ajijic, (376) 766-2301. Two tables of eight (16) are reserved for 1 p.m.

Ash Wednesday service will be observed in the La Huerta Events Center, Wednesday, March 6, 5 p.m.  Rev. Chris Wycock will preside, preach and give a message “You have been #ashtagged.”  This service starts the season of Lent, which ends on April 13, the day before Palm Sunday.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, March 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.

Information: christchurchlakeside.org.

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. Information: lakechapalajewishcongregation.com.

San Andrés Mass

pg19“Today let our hearts be so filled with the joy of the Risen Christ that we can praise and thank him with sincerity and truth.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min. will offer the homily “Praise and Thanksgiving,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, March 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.

At San Andrés Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday (March 6), 9 a.m., the faithful are invited to receive the sign of the Cross on the forehead traced with ashes made from the palm branches blessed during the Passion Sunday 2018. Penitence is an essential part of the Christian life, for none of us can measure up to the tremendous vocation that is ours as Christians. We are in constant need of the mercy and forgiveness of God.  We express this by taking part in an impressive corporate act of penitence and reconciliation, beseeching God for the grace to use with profit the “favorable time” of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Passover feast. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available after Sunday Liturgy or by appointment.

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

Lake Chapala Baptist

One of the most well-known and beloved verses in the Bible is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”We cannot earn this gift and we are not worthy of it. Nothing we say or do makes it possible. Our good works are not sufficient. This is God’s gift of grace to those who believe. What a magnificent gift. But God goes further in the next verse which is less well known: John 3:17, “For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” A number of years ago, there was a group that said, “WWJD?” (What would Jesus do?) There are many people in this world that we consider “the others.” They may be a different race, religion, socioeconomic back ground or have different beliefs or opinions. If we are to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we must not condemn those who are different from us but must reach out a hand to help them.  Indeed, What would Jesus do?

pg20Lake 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.

Home Church Int’l

Since most of the New Testament is translated into and from the Greek language, the word “church” in Greek is “ekklesia,” which means “the called-out ones.” Called out to be His salt and light to our world, and called out away from the evil influences of this world. Churches are initiated with an intent to beckon people to worship and share their faith for encouragement and growth. They hope to meet at chosen times and days to encourage even reticent worshipers to participate.  

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen’s desire is that God’s loving presence is of prime importance. They long for the troubled to receive hope from sharing God’s Word and a family-type fellowship. Their central focus is on the love of the Lord and what He’s done for us through Jesus Christ. To learn more, contact the pastors at (332) 242-8648 Information: 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..

Kirtan Gathering

A Kirtan Gathering will be held Sundays, March 3 and March 17, 2:45 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. Just bring yourself and an item for sitting comfort. There is no charge for this event.

Contact: Doug Reid, 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..

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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