Lake Chapala Baptist
”Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)
Being thankful doesn’t come easily for some of us, but God says to cultivate thankfulness. How do you cultivate something? You work at it, you nourish it, and you do whatever it takes to make it thrive. God is good and merciful. The price that Christ paid so that you could be redeemed is given to you by grace. His grace is so amazing and because it covers us, we truly are the most blessed people on the face of the earth!
Brother John Linton from South Africa will be presenting the message. A pot-luck dinner will follow the service to allow those who wish to know John and Ingrid Linton better.
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.
Fred Harland will speak about “The Changing Face of Lakeside” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, March 31.
Lakeside is changing. What stories might we tell of how we, as members of both Lakeside and LCUUF, respond to these changes?
Care Howell will lead the service.
The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church. Information: 376-766-1119.
Sunday, March 31, Dr. Wayne Cook takes his sermon from Nehemiah 8:5-6. After Nehemiah built a wall around Jerusalem, much-needed revival broke out in the land. Revival means to give back life. Seldom in modern times have we so desperately needed new life among the people of God. Younger generations seem disinterested in the faith of their parents and grandparents. Churches are closing; prayer and Bible study are considered irrelevant. Are we watching the demise of Christianity, or could God send another Awakening among us?
Saturday morning classes continue: Computer, Sewing and English as a Second Language (ESL). 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.
Communion is offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th).
Would you like to volunteer to work with LPC, working to make Lakeside a better and more rewarding place? 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.
Abundant Life Church
Have you ever struggled to understand the Bible? When we consider that the Bible is set historically in a different culture it is no wonder. Many struggle to understand the Mexican culture that they live in today. The struggle doesn’t mean that we should give up. Sunday, March 31 Pastor Gary challenges and helps equip us to understand the Bible and what God wants to speak to us today. God not only wants us to understand his Word, he expects us to obey it.
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. 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 – the little church with a BIG heart – a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31 by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate and give a message “Lost and Found” based on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.
All are welcome to come and worship. Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service.
The Lunch Bunch will meet 1 p.m. at La Nueva Posada, Donato Guerra 9 in Ajijic, (376) 766-1444.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, April 4, 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.
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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Sunday, March 31, Pastor Lahry Sibley will continue to expose “Experiencing God,” up close and personal. He will focus on a text that most of us know about, but pay no attention to. Even fewer are committed to live it, individually, and as a congregation: Matthew 25:32, “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.”
Which side will you be on? Join us, and bring a friend.
Worship service is at 11 a.m. A family “comida” (lunch/dinner) is held after the worship service.
Tuesday, April 2, Bible studies in the books of Acts and Romans are at 10 a.m. Also on Tuesday, Little Chapel will hold a food distribution in San Juan Tecomatlan at 4 p.m., leaving from the Chapel at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3, Fun with Music will sing at Mi Casita assisted living care center in San Antonio Tlayacapan, 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m., an inspirational movie based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an 18th-century English woman of mixed race, raised by an aristocratic great-uncle, will be shown in the fellowship room.
The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista, opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.
San Andrés Mass
Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at the 9 a.m. English-language Mass, Sunday, March 31.
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.
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Sunday, 31 March, 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 Lady’s and Men’s luncheon is Tuesday, April 2, 12:30 p.m., at Arileo’s Restaurant in west Ajijic.
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.
Information: Alan Pohl, 333-399-1501; Dave Powell, 332-208-9263.
Home Church Int’l
We senior citizens quite probably remember a trading benefit called S&H Green Stamps. These were dispensed at grocery stores upon purchasing items. These little stamps came in accordance with the total figure of our purchases. We pasted these stamps in booklets. We would then take them to the S&H Redemption Center to trade them for some household items. Thus, we see the reason for the entire transaction.
When studying the Bible, we find this word redemption often. In both the Old and New Testaments the word from the original text meant “to buy back.” Thus the S&H store would buy back your stamps with merchandise they stocked. Most Christians and Jews remember from Psalms 107:2 the verse, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” Familiar also from Galatians 3:13, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.” If you have surrendered and accepted Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior, you have been bought by God through Christ Jesus on the cross. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge you to make that eternal decision for the Redeemer today!
A Kirtan Gathering will be held Sunday, April 7, 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Namaste Lake Chapala, a non-dual community at Angel Flores 5, in Ajijic. Experience the wondrous tranquility 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.
Photo call for Garden Club board
The 2019 Lake Chapala Garden Club Board assumed office in January and we finally have a photo of them. From left, Jean Marie Harmon, Sandy Feldmann, Melanie Wolski, Barbara Baker, Judie Keck, Karen Rowell, Nancy Segall, Cindy Matheson, and Erica Pierce (not shown, Karen Calderon). The Lake Chapala Garden Club meets the third Wednesday of each month for a local garden tour followed by lunch at La Nueva Posada in Ajijic. Information: lakechapalagardenclub.org.