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.
Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the first Sunday in Lent, March 10, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Chris Wysock will preside and Jerry Stiles will give a message “The Importance of Being Small.”
All are welcome to come and worship. Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service.
The CCL Lunch Bunch will meet in the upper room (by the bar) of Min Wah Restaurant, 1 p.m., Tepalo 96, Ajijic, 376-766-0686.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, March 14, 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.
Abundant Life Church
What does your image of a perfect church look like? It has been said that if you ever find the perfect church, don´t go to it because you will ruin it. Although thinking about it seems funny, you will never find the perfect church because imperfect yet redeemed people are in it. That said, we must strive to be the Church that God wants us to be. We are only perfect in as much as we follow Jesus and live for Him.
Sunday, March 10, Pastor Gary takes us to the example of the first church which God used, problems and all. Seeking God through our problems brings great joy. It did for the first church in Jerusalem and it still works in Chapala.
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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Sunday, March 10, Pastor Lahry will continue his series on Experiencing God with 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Matthew 6:33. All are welcome to the 11 a.m. service and immediately after for a friendly “comida” (lunch/dinner).
Tuesday, March 12, Bible studies are at 10 a.m. Women are focusing on the book of Acts, and men are studying in the book of Romans.
Wednesday, March 13, Fun with Music will sing at Casa Anastasia Care Facility located next to Maskaras Clinic, 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Also Wednesday, the movie “Same Kind of Different as Me” will be shown in the Fellowship room at 5:30 p.m.
The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista, opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.
Rev. Matt Alspaugh will present “Spaciousness of Belief” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, March 10.
What attracts so many people to Unitarian Universalism in the first place, and why we stay, is that the UU traditions allow a wide latitude for spiritual belief and practice, and the tradition encourages wide and deep spiritual exploration. The fellowship also acknowledge that people’s beliefs can evolve, and that that’s a good thing. How did people come to value freedom of belief so dearly? What are the limits to belief?
Karawynn Long 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.
Sunday, March 10 is the first Sunday in Lent. This is a time many Christians commit to a time to draw close to God. It is a time of examination of our lives. We will focus on John 3:30, where John the Baptist speaks of Jesus, “He must become greater; I must become less.”
Sunday is also second Sunday when a complimentary meal and time of fellowship occurs immediately after the 11 a.m. service. Plan to join us.
English language Institute classes resume Wednesday March 13, 2019 and continue for ten weeks. This Lakeside Institute of Theology course, New Testament Survey, is a broad overview of the New Testament. We’ll learn from reading the New Testament, reflecting on our readings, watching video clips, reading supplemental material, sharing with each other, and enjoying great discussion. Join us for an enjoyable and life-changing experience. You need not be a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church as all are welcome.
Saturday morning classes continue: Computer, Sewing and English as Second Language (ESL). Are you willing to help? Call 763-5020 for details.
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!
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Sunday, March 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.
The Spring Outreach Bazaar is Sunday, March, 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet the people you help through St. Andrew’s Outreach program and see and buy the handmade products they’ll have on display.
The parish book club meets Monday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. to discuss “The Five Invitations: What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully,” by Frank Ostaseski.
St. Andrew’s Champagne Garden Party is Friday, March 15, with a social hour at noon and comida at 1 p.m. The cost of 250 pesos includes a free drink and luncheon.
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.
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 10 is taken from James 1:13-18 “The Father of Lights.” Information: Alan Pohl, 333-399-1501; Dave Powell, 332-208-9263.
Lake Chapala Baptist
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.
Home Church Int’l
The United States and a few other countries are blessed to have an abundance of goods which makes choosing a fairly easy task. Choosing involves colors, styles, price, quality, etc. Yet, there are hordes of people who are trying to survive, devoid of multiple choices. They face life hoping to survive another day. What can they cling to? Relief comes from sources who really care, or from greedy regimes who reluctantly measure out bits and pieces here and there.
It is amazing how some of the same confrontations are experienced in the spiritual realm. Indeed, affluent societies may have numerous choices in which to indulge. Some are anchored in the one, true living God, Jehovah. What is also amazing is that destitute societies are choosing to cling to what gives them hope. Today many are choosing to turn from religions to this all-encompassing God for hope now and eternally. They are learning the problems of these counterfeits. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen pray that your choices line up with God’s plan and desire. Counterfeits miss the mark and cause one to miss His blessing.
A Kirtan Gathering will be held Sunday, 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.
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.
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.