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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Pastor Lahry continues his sermon series “Experiencing God” Sunday, August 4, 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, August 6.
Tuesday afternoon will also be the monthly food distribution event in San Juan Tecomatlan. Meet at the Chapel to carpool, 3 p.m.
Fun with Music heads to Mi Casita assisted living care center for a sing-along, Wednesday, August 7. Meet at the Chapel to carpool, 3:30 p.m.
Also Wednesday, “War Room” will be shown in the fellowship hall.
Information: Belva, 376-766-2538.
Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, August 4, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate and give the message “All Kinds of Greed.”
Following worship and coffee hour, the Lunch Brunch will meet at Min Wah, 1 p.m., Tepalo 96, Ajijic.
We gather on Tuesday, August 6, 1 p.m. at the last soccer field on Revolucion to re-package food for our Loaves and Fishes Food Program. Immediately following, a small group will deliver the food to sponsored families.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, August 8, 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.
Sunday, August 4, Karyn Carpenter speaks on “Blessing of the Animals — a Reflection on the Endangered Species Around Us” at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. This week we honor animals and take a closer look at native animals on the endangered species list. How can we impact the lives of these special creatures? Kathy Koches 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. More information: 376-766-2299.
Lake Chapala Baptist
Galatians 5:23 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is self-control.”
How many times have you said or done something and immediately wished you could take it back? How many times have you seen the look of hurt on someone’s face and knew you were the cause of it? Face it. You lost your cool. Or maybe you fell off the diet, hopped on the alcohol wagon or indulged too much with that chocolate dessert that’s making you feel like a failure. Your self-control button got turned off. It happens to the best of us.
But you see, one of the keys to successful living is self-control. That means controlling our emotions, desires, passions, and yes, even our tongues. Self-control is about self-discipline. The Bible compares it to sports. It says, “Run your race to win. Everyone who competes in the game exercises self-control in all things.” Not only is self-control essential to sports but also living.
Let’s look at a few tips to help when our self-control is lacking:
Identify: Be honest with yourself about where you lack self-control. If you can’t stop yourself from saying ugly things, walk away. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to say or do things that you know will hurt others.
Admit: If you have an addiction, admit it. That’s always the first step to recovery.
Ask: Then ask God for self-discipline.
Act: Finally, take action on that discipline, one day at a time.
Self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit. It’s one of the ways for others to know that you are a child of God.
Brother John Whitener will be preaching all of August.
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.
St. Andrew’s Anglican
The Very Reverend Liza Spangler will preside and preach, Sunday, August 4. 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.
This Sunday, Dr. Wayne Cook’s sermon speaks of a 13th-century man, Richard of Chichester, with whom we may be unfamiliar. Dr. Cook reminds us we that we have likely heard of a prayer that he wrote, “Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.” The musical, Godspell, turned these words into a song called “Day by Day.” These three simple phrases summarize the Christian way of life.
Communion is offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th).
LPC’s Community Nurse will not be onsite at LPC on Mondays, and there will be no blood pressure or glucose checks this month.
Social Drop-In and Sixties Singalongs, Tuesday, August 6, 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.
San Andrés Mass
Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the English-speaking congregation, Sunday, August 4, 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.
Home Church Int’l
An old song from the 50s talked about a man traveling through the desert. Eventually, he got surrounded by renegade Indians and said, “What am I doing here?” A challenging question. Most people would say that their purpose in life is to try hard and make the most of it. Makes sense but it’s also rather short and shallow.
There may be dozens of answers to life’s daunting question — what is the purpose of one’s life? This confronts us with ultimate conclusions in life, both here and beyond. Truly, we have only one day to live at a time but even that one day should be valuable enough to realize our purpose in existing. Just to please oneself really misses the mark. Matthew 5:16 hits the nail on the head: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” For now and all eternity. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen pray that you seek His purpose as your own.
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 Juan Bautista
Father Jose Louis Gonsalves will preside at English-language Mass held at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in San Juan Cosala, Sunday, August 4, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.
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.
Abundant Life Church
How do you respond to things when they don’t go as planned? I’ve met many who turn very bitter in the wake of disaster or tragedy but I’ve also met people who seem to get even sweeter. Naturally, I want to be around those people as I try to figure out their secret. The Bible also has examples of these type of people. Come this Sunday, August 4, as we discover how tragedy can help make our lives sweeter.
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.