Lake Chapala Baptist
John 8:12 states, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life.”
Do you ever get lost when you wake up in the dark? Navigating that pathway from the bed to the door in the dark can be more than a little tricky, bumping into walls or tripping over hidden obstacles along the way. Yet when you turn on the lights, suddenly everything becomes clear.
Wandering blindly through the dark is how many people approach life. They’re trying to navigate their way through spiritual darkness. Unsurprisingly, they often stumble, trip and fall, subjecting themselves to self-inflicted and unnecessary pain along the way. Why? Because they think they can just maneuver themselves around in the dark.
Jesus tells us that He is the Light of the world. Without Him, we try to figure out life on our own. We wander around in spiritual darkness. As long as we continue to do things our own way, we will continue to stumble and fall.
Isn’t it time for us to turn on the Light and really see God? If you’re looking for some clarity and direction navigating this life, turn to Jesus. Let Him be the light in your life. You’ll find a lot more clarity in where you’re headed. He guarantees it.
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
Sunday, June 23, Pastor Lahry Sisley will be preaching on “Experiencing God,” focusing on the difference between knowing God and experiencing God.
Non-denominational worship service is at 11 a.m. A family “comida” is held after the service. All are welcome.
Saturday, June 22, enjoy a free Gospel concert by Lahry Sibley, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25, Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 26, 4 to 5 p.m., Fun with Music heads to La Valentina assisted living care center for a sing-along. Meet at the Chapel to carpool at 3:30 p.m.
Also, Wednesday, “Dragons or Dinosaurs” will be shown, 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel.
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, June 23, the Rev. Winston Welty 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.
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.
Decluttering? Clearing out your closet? If you are, please don’t forget St. Andrew’s own resale shop, Todo Bueno. Donations or consignments benefit St. Andrew’s Outreach Ministry. Everything from clothing, kitchenware, electronics, books, furniture, appliances, collectibles to sports equipment is welcomed.
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.
Sunday, June 23, John DeWaal speaks on “Time is up” at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Lew Crippen will lead the service.
Relationships to the natural world, based on domination and the logic of never-ending growth, is like cancer which, on a finite planet, can only lead to death – the death of other people, death of other species, and death of self. John will talk about the crisis we all face, and how we might approach it.
The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church. Information: 376-766-2299.
This Sunday, Pastor Bill Nichols talks about Jesus walking on water and asking the question, “Why do you doubt?”
This is “Milk Sunday,” the fourth Sunday of each month. Please bring a carton of milk for distribution to needy families in San Antonio, Riberas and nearby communities. A carton, case or truck load of whole milk in shelf stable cartons are needed on an ongoing basis. You can bring milk anytime, and also donate excess fruit and veggies from your gardens. Receptacles are in the foyer every Sunday.
Note: 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), 10 a.m.
The LPC nurse is on-site Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., and Tuesday mornings.
Social Drop-In and Sixties Singalongs are Tuesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Light snacks are served, 2 p.m. All are welcome.
Want to help spread the joy? It doesn’t take much time or effort. Just 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; Bible Study, Fridays, 9:45 a.m. in the library.
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 after Pentecost (Trinity Sunday), June 23, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Linda Ramos will preside and give a message, “Deliver Us From Evil.”
Following worship coffee hour, the Lunch Bunch will meet at 1 p.m. at Nusa’s, Carretera 976, in the Anca Restaurant complex.
Tuesday, June 25 at 1 p.m. at the last soccer field on Calle Revolucion to re-package food for our Loaves and Fishes Food Program. From there, a small group will deliver provisions to sponsored families.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, June 27, 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.
Abundant Life Church
How do you and God align when it comes to timing? If there is one thing that causes more distress in the lives of believers, it is not being able to figure out God’s timing. There are times when we feel that an answer is urgently needed while God takes His time. When we think that something is not urgent, we are often surprised to find that God has already accomplished the work.
Come this Sunday, June 23, as we search through the Word of God for answers to this issue. We may not have all our questions answered but we will leave with confidence that God is working hard and that His timing will prove to be just what is needed to reveal His glory.
Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and welcomes everyone. Our weekly Sunday worship services start at 10 a.m. Bible study, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. in English. Spanish language services, Sunday, 12 p.m. Bible studies, Friday, 6:45 p.m. Children’s ministry, Saturday, 12 p.m. 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).
The church is at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. Information: 331-417-7038.
San Antonio de Padua
An English-language Mass is held at this Catholic parish each Sunday, 10 a.m. Address: Ramon Corona 123, San Antonio Tlayacapan.
San Andrés Mass
Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at English-language Mass, Sunday, June 23, 9 a.m.
Sunday Masses in Spanish are scheduled at 7, 8 and 10 a.m., noon, 5, 7 and 8 p.m.
San Andrés Catholic Church is at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.
San Juan Bautista
Father Jose Louis Gonsalves will preside at English-language Mass held at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in San Juan Cosala, Sunday, June 23, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.
Home Church Int’l
Struggling is usually not a pleasant experience for most people, whether it be physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual. It usually means something is out of order and we feel challenged to do something about it. That’s when the struggle hits its peak. We want this to be solved. Sometimes we run to some trusted acquaintance for help. Sometimes it’s successful, sometimes not.
In the deeper realm of the spirit, there seem to be no easy answers because it deals with our inner being. There may be struggles concerning where a person truly stands with God. Insecurity seems to abound when God is the answer through His Son Jesus Christ. Salvation puts us in the right relationship with our Creator God. It comes only through Christ’s atoning work on the cross. His Word says, “By grace have you been saved through faith. It is not of yourself. It is the gift of God.” This is His grace, His undeserved favor. It comes through repentance and surrender to Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen declare this is your answer. No more struggling.
Pastors Paul and Susana Allen point us to a saving relationship through Jesus Christ.
Lakeside Community Fellowship is a new and vibrant evangelical Christian fellowship, meeting every Sunday, 10 a.m. at Hidalgo 441, in the new Bravo Theatre directly adjacent to the Carretera.
All are welcome to attend. Youth and children’s Sunday school classes are available during the service. Information: Alan Pohl, 333-399-1501; Dave Powell, 332-208-9263.
Spiritual liberation – self-realization and enlightenment – come from knowledge, not from any action or activity, not from mental know-how, but rather from deep internal knowledge. Self-realization is not transformation, but a revelation of who you are and always have been.
Ramana Maharshi was the leading Indian spiritual teacher of the 20th century. He taught the practice of self-inquiry as the most direct way to self-knowledge. This is looking within yourself to see what is true – and what is not true – about your own sense of identity, your ego.
Weekly spiritual gatherings – satsangs – a time to come together and listen to contemporary teachers’ instruction on Ramana’s teachings and then meditation as a group – self-inquiry – are hosted Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the house of Richard and Carol, San Luis 73, Riberas del Pilar. There is no cost for satsang, and books and meditation materials will be provided. Space is limited. Register at 376-765-6976.
Lake chapala’sdivine patroness to receive keys to city
New honors will be bestowed upon La Virgen de Zapopan when she returns to Chapala next month for her annual summer visit. The beloved icon, who received a golden crown and the title Queen of the Lake back in 2010, will be presented with keys to the municipality during this year’s sojourn, set for July 14 to 16. The Chapala City Council will hold a special session Monday, July 15, 10 a.m., at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia, for the symbolic gesture opening the community’s doors to Lake Chapala’s divine patroness.