Weekly Worship - March 16, 2019

San Andrés Mass

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., has announced his retirement. He will continue to live at Lakeside and plans to write a couple of books.

In his place, Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at the 10:30 a.m. English-language Mass.

Sunday Masses in Spanish are scheduled at 7, 8 and 10 a.m., noon, 5, 7 and 8 p.m. San Andrés is at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.

Lake Chapala Baptist

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God In Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

There are moments in our lives that we can act like Christ.  One of those moments is when we forgive others. When you think about it, the meaning of being a Christian is to be like Christ. To be like Christ means to take upon yourself the virtues and values that Christ displayed. When the thief on the cross asked for forgiveness from Jesus, he was told that they would meet in Paradise. All we need to do to have God’s forgiveness is to repent of our wrongdoings and ask for that forgiveness. We don’t deserve it, but God’s mercy provides it. Likewise, we need to love and forgive each other as God loves and forgives us.

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.

Jewish Congregation

Everyone is welcome to join the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation for a hilarious enactment of the Purim story and a delicious vegetarian dinner on Wednesday, March 20, 4 p.m.  Cost is 200 for members, 300 for non-member guests. There are prizes for all who attend in costume. Advance tickets required. Purchase tickets at Diane Pearl in Ajijic.  For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766-1432.

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.

Unitarian Universalists

What the What? Reflections on Love and Death – Who knew time was going to move quite this fast? And what is one supposed to do with the time have left? At the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, March 17, Susan Miller will reflect on these questions using  writings from the late Rev. Forrest Church, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, and Dr. Oliver Sacks, famed neurologist and author. 

Helen White 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

Many of us who moved to Mexico may have left our tools behind, and must buy new ones when we want to do a project.  God is the Master Craftsman, and we are His tools; some sing, some play music, some administer, some teach, some cook, each offering talents freely.  Nehemiah was a tool, and was called to restore Jerusalem from its ruins. There are important lessons here for us.

Communion is offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th).

Saturday morning classes continue: Computer, Sewing and English as Second Language (ESL). Class numbers continue to increase, and volunteers to help instruct these eager and enthusiastic students would be most helpful. Could you help teach a beginning level class? Call 763-5020 for details.

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

Lakesiders readily step up to volunteer; do you want to be involved? Sharing and giving bring joy to all; call (376) 106-0853.

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 17, Rev. Robbin Moore 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.

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.

Todo Bueno needs volunteers to serve as sales clerks. Shifts are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Contact Patti Gonzales, 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..

St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

Lakeside Community


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 17 is taken from James 1: 19-27 “Without action words are useless.”  Information: Alan Pohl, 333-399-1501; Dave Powell, 332-208-9263.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the second Sunday in Lent, March 17, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will preside and Lay Reader Tyler Webb will give a message “Let Jesus Show.”

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

A potluck will be held in the La Huerta Events Center following the service. Please bring a dish to share.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, March 21, 3 p.m. in the home of Elizabeth Carroll, Galeana 35 in Ajijic. All are welcome to learn about the inspired contents of the Bible and share their insights with each other.

Information: christchurchlakeside.org.

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 Saturday, 6 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

Most folks ask God for favors from time to time. Some on a regular basis. But how many of us ask Him on His terms instead of our own?

Sunday, March 17, Pastor Lahry Sibley leads us deeper in our experience with God, doing the things that Jesus did, and even greater things than these.   All are welcome to the 11 a.m. service and immediately after for a friendly comida.

Monday, March 18, Fun with Music will sing at OHana’s Care facility in San Juan Cosala, 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19, Bible studies in the books of Acts and Romans are at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 20, Fun with Music will sing at Casa Nostra care facility in Riberas del Pilar, 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.

Also Wednesday, the movie “Little Boy,”about a young child during World War II who loses his father, 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.

Home Church Int’l

To retire is an event most people look forward to. Plans and ideas have been made early. Some people when retiring before “old age” get bored and pick up a job to entertain themselves and add to the nest egg. A great number feel they have accomplished much in their many years of labor. What doesn’t cease is a constant realization of the purpose of life. In retirement communities such as this lakeside area some think that once they have retired and left the former world behind they can also leave behind all previous involvements. This too often includes corporate worship.

This says something about the depth of their faith, or lack thereof. Retiring is basically physical, material, and mental. Yet, much more important than this is the eternal, because we are eternal.  God’s presence, love, guidance, wisdom, hope, total care, etc., never retire. This is why it is never a good conclusion to think we can retire from this aspect of life. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen say that we must “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.”

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Kirtan Gathering

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.

Contact: Doug Reid, doug4yoga@gmail, or Rocky Lipkowitz, 333-461-6017, Rock 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..

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.

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.