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Weekly Worship - April 08, 2019

HU Chant

Chanting HU, an ancient name for the Divine, while in a contemplative state, is a simple technique to open your heart to greater happiness, love, inner peace and understanding. 

Join in Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m., at the Center for Spiritual Living located at 17 Nicholas Bravo, Ajijic, for a short (30-minute) group HU Chant followed by refreshments and fellowship time. For more information contact Hallie Shepherd, 766-1047 or 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 Anglican

Sunday, April 7, 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 Book Club meets Monday, April 8, to discuss Nelson DeMille’s Plum Island.

The Company of Gentlemen breakfast will be held at Wednesday, April 10, 8:30 a.m. in the parish kitchen.

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. 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 Presbyterian

Sunday, April 7, Dr. Wayne Cook’s sermon is entitled “Waiting on the Lord,” from Isaiah 40:28-31. Modern business practices keep costs as low as possible; one strategy is “Just in time inventory.” The item is available at the right time, and not before. Dr. Cook remarks, “God also seems to operate that way. When I am faced with an important need or decision, God often provides at the last minute.”

This is a Communion Sunday. Note that Communion is offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th).

Saturday morning classes for Spanish speakers 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, 2 to 4 p.m., and includes games, companionship and meeting new friends.

LPC’s vibrant volunteer teams work tirelessly to improve the lot of those less fortunate in Lakeside. Your participation would be more than welcome: 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.

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 fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7 by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Danny Borkowski will celebrate and give a message “Mary’s Love” based on John 12:1-8.

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 Yves Restaurant, Carretera West, Ajijic, (376) 766-3565.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, April 11, 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.

Little Chapel by the Lake

“Pastor Lahry Sibley will be preaching on the PASSOVER.” Regular service times will apply through the upcoming special days.

Worship service is at 11 a.m. A family “comida” (lunch/dinner) is held after the worship service.

Tuesday, April 9, Bible studies are ongoing at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 10, Fun with Music will sing at Casa Anastasia assisted living care center, 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m., “The Case for Christ,” one man’s journey to solve the biggest mystery of all time, will be shown in the fellowship room.

A big thank you to all the people who contribute to our “Purple Box.”  Distribution in San Juan Tecomatan continues on a monthly basis.

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

How do you imagine God? Some have a God that has a grey beard sitting on a big chair but that is not the God of the Bible. Jesus is awe striking and wonderful. The apostle John, who perhaps knew Jesus the best, passed out after seeing him in his glory. If you have not yet met this wonderful Jesus and your life has not yet been completely changed by that encounter and subsequent relationship you are invited to visit us Sunday, April 7. Jesus wants to reveal himself as he is.  Come and meet Him!

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). 

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

Unitarian Universalists

“The Three Dimensional Church” is the topic of the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, April 7.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would often preach on a text from the Book of Revelation, which describes a vision of the “New Jerusalem” as a place equal in height and width and length. Sunday, we will look at King’s interpretation and how we might draw meaning from this text in our Unitarian Universalists congregations and in our personal lives.  

Worship will be led by The Rev. Tom Rosiello, affiliate minister of The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende and minister emeritus of The First Parish of Stow and Acton in Massachusetts. Music will be provided by Malcolm Halliday, who is a well known and highly acclaimed pianist, organist and conductor.

Rev. Matt Alspaugh 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.

Jewish Congregation

The Jewish community at lakeside will observe a Passover Seder Friday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. at Manix restaurant, Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.  Reservations for the Seder must be made at Diane Pearl in Ajijic no later than April 12.  For further information, contact Maureen Davis at 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..

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.

Lake Chapala Baptist

”I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cenchrea. Receive her in the Lord as saints ought to receive one another. And help her in whatever matter she may require assistance from you, for she has been a helper of many, including myself [shielding us from suffering.” (Romans 16:1-2)

As Christians, both men and women need to open their eyes, hearts and help people who may need a little time, friendship, hope or faith — someone to whom you can be a mentor or supportive friend.  Jesus enjoined us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide a roof over the homeless, etc. In this scripture, the Apostle Paul commends someone who helped others and gave them hope. Is there a person in your life who would be encouraged if you let them know that you believe in them? It’s easy to get self-consumed and over come by our to-do lists. It’s is also easy to make excuses if we feel we aren’t well-versed enough in spiritual matters to mentor others. But isn’t it important for each of us to reach out to others in need? All of us are capable of doing this.

Brother John Linton will be presenting the message on “The Lord Has Helped” Sunday, April 7. This will be his last sermon before returning to South Africa, as he, Ingrid, and the congregation pray over his becoming the permanent pastor.   

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.

San Andrés Mass

Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at the 9 a.m. English-language Mass, Sunday, April 7.

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.

Kirtan Gathering

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.

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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, April 7 is taken from 1 Timothy 3:1-7 “Biblical Leadership part 2.”

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

Home Church Int’l

When we talk about knowing someone, it can mean a variety of things. Often it is to see if we are knowledgeable of or about a certain person. It might be an inquiry to discover if this certain person could be a well-known acquaintance. It could be a challenge to see if one really knows the personality, habits or reputation of a mutual acquaintance. Other inquiring motives  could apply.

In the faith world, the word “know” travels different avenues. In at least one case, this word “know” in the original language here meant the carnal connection between male and female. But the life application of this word faces us bluntly. Jesus taught of many who will avow they had done many wonderful things in His Name. His reply was, “I never knew you. Depart from me ...”,  talking about personal, active relationship with Him. How about people today, particularly those calling themselves Christian? Self-effort doesn’t cut it. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge your eternal decision to enter into oneness with Christ now for His salvation and leading. Call 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..

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