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Weekly Worship - June 29, 2019

Lakeside Presbyterian

This Sunday, as part of the series of addressing the questions Jesus asked, Dr. Wayne Cook tells the story of a woman with a long-time illness looking for an opportunity.

She believed that if she could touch the hem of Jesus’ clothes, she would be cured. When she succeeded, Jesus paused and asked an odd question, “Who touched me?” People pressed in on him from every side. Does this encounter have a message about Divine healing for us today?

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 truckload 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 Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 30, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will preside and give the message “Follow Me.”

Following worship coffee hour, the Lunch Bunch will meet 1 p.m. at Viva Mexico, Porfirio Díaz 92, San Juan Cosalá.

There will be no Bible Study on Thursday, July 4, in observance of U.S. Independence Day. Bible study will resume the following week.

Jewish Congregation

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.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, June 30, 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.

Volunteers are needed to serve as sales clerks at Todo Bueno. 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.

Unitarian Universalists

Sunday, June 30, Susan Miller speaks on “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Dave Miller will lead the service.

As Unitarian Universalists, we have an open, shared pulpit. That is, on any given Sunday, our speaker may be our part-time minister, a guest speaker, a member or even a friend of the fellowship. All speakers are free in that they have the right to express themselves as they see fit. This Sunday, we will explore how our individual and congregational lives are enhanced by the many different souls who share their thoughts and ideas with us.

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.

Lake Chapala Baptist

Philippians 4:11 states, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”

Contentment seems to be one of modern society’s rarest commodities. If we look at social media or switch on the TV, we are confronted with things we don’t have. Whether it’s an advertisement for material items you just have to have or photos of your co-worker’s most recent picture-perfect family vacation, it’s easy to compare your life with another’s “highlight reel.”

Isn’t it true that social media is just a polished and filtered snapshot of the “best” moments in life? It’s the highlights. Rarely does it show the bickering kids, stressed out parents, or piles of bills lying in wait behind the smiling family photo. Yet somehow, both advertisers, as well as ourselves, would have us believe that owning the latest gadget, going on that glorious vacation, or having a similarly glamorous “influencer” lifestyle is the key to finding fulfillment and happiness. It’s like this “stuff” is essential to our happiness.

What doesn’t always make the social media or advertisement fine print, however, is “happiness not guaranteed.” Even IF we were able to accumulate all the “stuff” and emulate that person’s particular lifestyle – happiness and contentment are not guaranteed by-products. In fact, seeking satisfaction in things will never bring contentment; it just leads to further dissatisfaction. So, how do we find contentment? Like so many other things, contentment is a choice.

The apostle Paul, a man who had more than his share of difficulty in life, said, “I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.” What was his secret? The key was found in his relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s the key for anyone. We all have the same opportunity to find contentment. It’s a by-product of our relationship with Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. That is the key to being content.

Sunday, June 30 will feature bluegrass music, preaching by Brother John Whitener, followed by a pot-luck lunch.

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 30, is Mission Sunday. There will be a short update on mission activities in San Juan Tecomatlan and Malaga, Spain.

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.

Tuesday, July 2, Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m.

Also Tuesday, monthly food and clothing distribution to San Juan Tecomatlan, carpool 3 p.m. from the Chapel.

Wednesday, July 3, 4 to 5 p.m., Fun with Music heads to Mi Casita assisted living care center for a sing-along. Meet at the Chapel to carpool at 3:30 p.m.

Also, Wednesday, “War Rooms” 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.

Abundant Life Church

Have you ever been concerned about the inheritance that you would leave for your kids? The more kids we have, the more stress there is in raising them well and sending them to a good school. If you have a big family, there may not be much to leave in the way of an inheritance. God´s economy is not like ours. The larger the family gets, the greater the inheritance.

Sunday, June 30, we look into the scriptures to find that God loves families, and the bigger the better. He promises to make up the difference that we may lack and we can give our children the inheritance that we have always wanted for them.

Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and welcomes everyone.  Weekly Sunday worship services start at 10 a.m. Bible study, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. in English. Spanish language services, Sunday, noon. Bible studies, Friday, 6:45 p.m. Children’s ministry, Saturday, noon. 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.

Home Church Int’l

If asked to define “family,” most would probably mention something like a married couple or the same with children. It could be even a single parent with children. Then, there could even be any of those above, yet not acting or living like something to be admired. There must be clues to a model family.

How about a commitment to pull and share together as a desirable unit? Or, those who recognize the need to grow together mentally and spiritually? We might include the commitment to assist and bear others’ burdens. We can’t leave out the asset of being a good listener because you care. Then, all for one, and one for all, certainly as a challenge arises. Unity is much deeper than merely abiding in the same dwelling.

It is no different concerning the family of God. The descriptions above fit the need of all who call themselves followers of Christ. This should be a high priority in this “family.” Otherwise, “a house divided against itself will fall.”   

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge all to focus on our oneness in Him.

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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 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.

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 30, 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 30, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.

Riberas Meditation

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) are a time to come together and listen to contemporary teachers’ instruction on Ramana’s teachings and then meditate as a group. They 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.

HU: the Sound of Soul

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 us Saturday, July 6 10:30 AM, at the Center for Spiritual Living located at 17 Nicholas Bravo, Ajijic, for a short (30 minutes) group HU Chant followed by refreshments and fellowship time. For more information contact 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.. Sponsored by Eckankar, Mexico.

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