Weekly Worship - April 13, 2019

Christ Church Lakeside

The little church with a big heart, Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Sunday of Passsion, Palm Sunday, April 14, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Chris Wycock will preside and preach.

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 Pranzo Bistro in Las Flores, Ajijic, (376)-766-1668.

Thursday, April 18, CCL will observe Maundy Thursday, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist and the washing of the feet at 5 p.m. in the La Huerta Events Center.  Fr. Danny Borkowski will preach.

Friday, April 19, CCL will observe the Good Friday Liturgy, noon in the Events Center. Fr. Danny Borkowski and Fr. Jim Powers will co-celebrate with Fr. Jim preaching.

Sunday, April 21, CCL will observe Easter Sunday, the Sunday of the Resurrection, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist, 11 a.m. in the Events Center. Rev. Chris Wycock and Fr. Danny Borkowski will co-celebrant and Fr. Danny will preach. A potluck will follow for those in attendance.

Sunday, April 28, CCL will observe the Second Sunday of Easter by celebrating the Holy Eucharist, 11 a.m. in the Events Center. Rev. Chris Wycock will be the celebrant and preach.

The Lunch Bunch will meet at 1 p.m. in the Cocinart Restaurant, 16 de Septiembre 4D, Ajijic, 331-395-3810.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, April 18 and 25, 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.

Lake Chapala Baptist

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4).

Think before you speak. Always be sincere when giving encouraging words (your words won’t go far if your actions don’t back them up). Remember, encouragement and advice are not the same thing. Try this: be your best encourager. As the verse says, perverse (or cutting) words crush the spirit. Are you crushing yourself with self-hatred? When you feel discouraged, hand that discouragement over to God. Ask Him to help you. Stop wounding and maiming yourself and others. Words cannot be recaptured once they’ve escaped our lips. Fortunately, the same goes for kind words, too. Ask God for help and try again. By His grace, your words will become “a tree of life.”

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.

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.

Tuesdays, Bible studies are ongoing at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17, Fun with Music will sing at Casa Nostra assisted living care center, 4 to 5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, the sing-a-long is at La Valentina.

April 17, 5:30 p.m., Mel Gibson’s epic film “The Passion of Christ” will be shown in the fellowship room. The film for April 24 is “Polycarp,” where perfect love casts out fear.

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.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, April 14, The Rev. Robbin 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.

Service schedule for Holy Week: April 18, Maundy Thursday, 5 p.m., The Rev. Robbin Moore presides; April 19, Good Friday, noon, The Very Rev. Liza Spangler presides. April 21, Easter Sunday, 10 a.m., The Very Rev. Liza Spangler presides.

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.

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

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, April 14, is Palm Sunday, which begins the observance of the last week of Jesus’ life. Pastor Bill Nichols will be talking about the throngs of people assembled in that week. Then, the congregation will look through the eyes of a man named Barabbas, as he sees the last day of Jesus’ life.

Friday, April 19, Lakeside Presbyterian observes the Tenebrae service at 10 a.m.

Dr. Wayne Cook will preach Easter Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m.

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

On April 4, two dozen LPC members drove to La Zapotera, where the church supports a community center and water filtration project. LPC provides the food to make breakfast for 100 to 120 schoolchildren every weekday, and the mothers do the cooking. It was a joyful trip, full of information, happy children, and a delicious lunch. Dian created balloon animals for the kids, who were fascinated and thrilled with their gifts.

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.

Social Drop-In is Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., and includes games, companionship and meeting new friends.

There is always some new and exciting project underway at LPC, any and all talents are welcome.  If you can spare a little time, 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.

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.

Unitarian Universalists

“Who Was Jesus Anyway?” is the topic of the meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday, April 21.

It’s Easter, so let’s talk about Jesus. Who was this man? What did he actually do? Why would we even care? We’ll try to do what most modern bible scholars do, which is to peel back the many layers of embellishment to make a good guess at who the historical Jesus (if he existed) actually was. It’s worth the effort, for we’ll find some surprises in the discovery. Also, as has been our tradition for some time, there will be chocolate on this day. Trudy Crippen is the service leader.

Sunday, April 28: “Expats or Migrants: Who Are We?” Not long ago, an article by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin in the Guardian asked the question, “Why Are White People Expats When the Rest of Us Are Immigrants?”  This raised the issue of labels, and the effect they have on us, and in particular, these labels. Are we expats or migrants? How might being thoughtful about how we label ourselves make a difference in how we view others? How might we better understand each other? Susie Lindeman is the service leader.

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.

Lakeside CommunityFellowship

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.

The sermon topic for Sunday, April 14, is taken from Isaiah 52:13-15 and 53:1-9 “God’s Eternal Plan.” April 21, the sermon is “God’s Plan for Eternal Life,” taken from Isaiah 53:10-12.

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

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 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.

San Andrés Mass

Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at the 9 a.m. English-language masses, Sunday, April 14, 21 and 28.

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.

Home Church Int’l

When something gets popular, there is no end to the number of merchants who will jump right on it. What is known as Easter is no exception. Frilly dresses and new wardrobes are no exception, nor are eggs and bunnies.  Maybe it’s time for some honesty. From most sources, this term Easter seems to have been derived from a pre-Christian goddess in England whose name was Eostre. This fantasy was celebrated at the beginning of spring.  The technical pattern is that Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. So much for academics!

Honesty brings forth revelation. The Body of Christ has been willing to string along with worldly emphases. The Christian faith declares that this Easter Sunday event is focused on one triumphant event, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Again, honesty tells us that it has absolutely nothing to do with bunnies, eggs, or wardrobe. The authentic focus is on the victorious Christ who conquered death, and born-again believers reap the eternal benefits. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen strongly urge all Christians to call it what it is, Resurrection Day.

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Kirtan Gathering

A Kirtan Gathering will be held Sunday, April 21, 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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Kids day in San Pedro Itzican


“Paso a Paso” and the Marked group invite you to celebrate “Kids Day,” Friday, May 3 at the San Pedro Itzican Community Center. Over 2,000 children will be participating. Since inflattable houses have been the biggest hit with the kids every year, eight will need to be rented to accommodate this group. The cost is about 5,500 pesos. A donation of any amount will help. Volunteers are also needed for the day. A carpool will leave Ajijic about 8:30 a.m. to San Pedro and return to Ajijic around 1 p.m. 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..