St. Andrew’s Anglican
Former Rector of St. Andrew’s Rev. Winston Welty will preside and preach, Sunday, July 28. Winston’s sermon, “Hang in There,” will reflect on how Jesus insisted on persistence in prayer.
St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., and bilingual Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
Operation Feed welcomes donations of non-perishable food items every Sunday. 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? If so, don’t forget Todo Bueno. Donations or consignments benefit St. Andrew’s Outreach Ministry. Everything from clothing, kitchenware, electronics, books, furniture, appliances, collectibles to sports equipment are 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.
Carolyn Hansen has delivered the last two sermons, “A Worthy Life” and “The Mystery Revealed,” both from Colossians. This Sunday, Dr. Wayne Cook returns to the pulpit.
This is Milk Sunday. Please bring a container of three-percent milk to be included with despensas distributed to families in need. A timely and reliable helping hand assists parents to nurture and educate their children and propels families toward a brighter and more productive future.
Communion is offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th).
Social Drop-In and Sixties Singalongs, Tuesday, July 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Light snacks are served, 2 p.m. All are welcome.
Saturday morning classes for Spanish speakers continue – computer, sewing, and English as a Second Language (ESL), 10 a.m.
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.
Lake Chapala Baptist
Corinthians 2 9:6 states, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
Paul taught us about generosity using the example of farming: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly …” This made a lot of sense to the agricultural community of his day, but farming isn’t as big an industry in North America as it once was. I have a feeling that if Paul were talking to the church today, he might also be using the stock market to make his point.
Think about it this way; if you had bought ten shares of Apple stock at US$3.56 a share in 1997, those shares would be worth over US$12,600 today. That’s a pretty good return for ten shares of stock. Now, say you had decided to take a huge leap of faith and invested in 100 shares of this young, technology company. Today, that stock would be worth almost $127,000! This is the stock market version of Paul’s “law of the harvest” principle.
Farmers know there’s no guarantee that a seed planted will produce a great harvest. The same is true with stocks. You can invest in a certain stock and have great hope for the “harvest” or return later on. Yet it doesn’t always work out. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. But what Paul is teaching in the “law of the harvest” is that when it comes to giving generously to God, we will see a great return.
What does that “return” or “harvest” look like? It is people getting to know Christ and growing their faith with Jesus. The more generously we give to Christ-centered, great commission churches and organizations, the more lives that’ll change. This is the law of the harvest.
Lake Chapala Baptist Church is at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. English-language Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; English-language worship service, 11 a.m., and Spanish-language worship service, 12:30 p.m.
Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 28, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Linda Ramos will celebrate and give the message “Teach Us to Pray.”
Following worship and coffee hour, the Lunch Brunch will meet at Janelle’s Garden, 1 p.m., Poniente 35, Ajijic.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, August 1, 3 p.m. at Elizabeth Carroll’s home, 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.
The UU Writers’ Group will present our annual Writers’ Sunday. Kathy Koches will be the service leader. Presenters will be Jan Manning, Sue Kelley, Liz Moulder and Janice Kimball. Come and hear from a diverse group of UU’s as we celebrate creativity and the arts.
The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church. More information: 376-766-2299.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Pastor Lahry discusses “Experiencing God” Sunday, July 28, focusing on the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Non-denominational worship service, 11 a.m. A family “comida” is held after the service. All are welcome.
Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 30,
Fun with Music heads to Ohana assisted living care center for a sing-along, Wednesday, July 31. Meet at the Chapel to carpool, 3:30 p.m.
Also, Wednesday, “Unlocking the Mystery of Life” by Illustra Media, 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel.
Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.
Abundant Life Church
Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and has services for everyone. Weekly Sunday worship services, 10 a.m. and Bible study in English, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Spanish language services, Sundays, noon, and Bible studies, Fridays, 6:45 p.m. Children’s ministry, Saturday, noon, and youth, Saturdays, 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
Many senior expats may remember old songs such as “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.” Maybe they’re thinking something like, “I’d be eternally grateful if somebody plays that song for me.” If we’re being honest, being “eternally grateful” is just an expression, not a literal declaration of timeless gratitude. It is a saying merely to add emphasis. Seldom do we contemplate the magnitude of how it comes across.
This can even occur when we are praying, studying the Bible, or visiting a place of worship. In these places, we may hear these momentous sayings to complete a “religious” thought. When expressed or heard, they should be considered serious because of the intent behind a person’s life. Linguistically, the word “eternal” comes from Greek, meaning ever-enduring, forever, world without end, and everlasting. If we consider that we are first souls within a living body, it is important to consider our eternal destiny. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge all to not pass this off as mere “religious” expression.
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.
San Andrés Mass
Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for English-speaking congregation, Sunday, July 28, 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 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 Juan Bautista
Father Jose Louis Gonsalves will preside at English-language Mass held at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in San Juan Cosala, Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.
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.
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