Lake Chapala Baptist
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 states, “Be joyful always. Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Anybody can be joyful when things go well. Are others able to know you are a Christian by your actions? What happens to you when the day (or week or month) goes badly? Then it is not so easy to remain joyful. Actually, we may become quite unpleasant. We may forget to pray and give thanks for all the good in our lives. We all have so much to be thankful for and must not forget that during times that are difficult. When the going gets rough, that is the time we most need to sing praises because we do not know what God will use those stresses to teach us. He uses all things for our good. Sometimes God “stirs things up” so that, through our responses, we can showcase His transforming grace and joy.
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
Reverend Robbin Moore will preside and preach, Sunday, August 25.
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, Carolyn Hansen is in the pulpit, drawing her message from Philippians 3:20-21: “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.”
Many English-speakers in Mexico understand how it feels to live in a place that isn’t quite “home.” This is an experience comparable to our lives as believers in Jesus. How do we live in a world that isn’t truly our home?
This is a Communion and Milk Sunday. Please bring cardboard containers of shelf-stable milk for distribution with despensas.
LPC’s Community Nurse will not be onsite at LPC on Mondays, and there will be no blood pressure or glucose checks this month.
Tuesday, August 27, Freedom Chorale 60’s Singalong is at 1 p.m., with live guitar. Lift your voices, spirits, and enjoy the harmonies.
If you have only a little time to share, it can still make a significant difference to those who need a “hand-up.” Call 376-106-0853. We’ll help you decide where your talents fit.
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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Who has not wanted to experience God? If God is for real, then why wouldn’t we want to know him? Is it because we have invented a God that is not real, a counterfeit God that suits us? How does a God who IS love, and therefore loves justice, deal with mankind? Will a single sermon supply all the answers? Doubtful. But it will give you food to nourish your soul and spirit.
Sunday worship, 11 a.m.
Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 27.
Fun with Music heads to La Valentina assisted living care center for a sing-along, Wednesday, August 28. Meet at the Chapel to carpool, 3:30 p.m.
Also Wednesday, “Joan of Arc” will be shown in the fellowship hall.
Friday, August 30, 1 p.m., conversational Spanish class.
Information: Belva, 376-766-2538.
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.
In this service called “Making Our Way in the Universe: The Path of Religious Naturalism,” we will examine religious naturalism and how it combines a naturalistic worldview using science as a basis for understanding what is real. It combines with a religious orientation, including spiritual feelings like wonder and gratitude, and values rooted in nature, such as cooperation within groups and balance in ecosystems. This combination appeals to those of us who approach the world both empirically and emotionally. We’ll explore some ideas of Religious Naturalism, among them, its central creation myth, which describes our origin and place in the universe.
Sunday, August 25, Rev. Matt Alspaugh gives the sermon and Bob Koches leads 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.
Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 25, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Our diocesan bishop, the Rev. Linda Ramos will celebrate and deliver the message titled “How to Honor God.”
Following worship and coffee hour, there will be a Lunch Brunch at Yves Restaurant, 1 p.m.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, August 29, 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.
Abundant Life Church
The Bible clearly teaches that there is a distinct difference between believers and the world. Just because the world says that they believe doesn’t mean they actually do. Sometimes there needs to be a transformation in the life of the individual in relation to God. God knows who belongs to him and they are sealed with his name through that transformation process.
Sunday, August 25, Pastor Gary challenges us to get the image of God stamped clearly upon us. The world marks what belongs to them. It should come as no surprise that God marks those who belong to Him. Join us as a community of the “Marked” ones.
Abundant Life Church is affiliated with 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.
The church is at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. Information: 331-417-7038.
Home Church Int’l
The word “idea” always seems to spark some immediate attention when revealed. It is usually when one person or a group is searching for a revelation or solution. Often it deviates from information which is already at hand. An idea may fulfill a need, visually or intellectually. The one dispensing the idea has no small amount of hope that it will be accepted or make an impact.
It is curious to find that ideas are not prominent in the Bible. God’s actions are simply Him acting out what’s already integral to His Being. He releases them at His appointed time. Amazing that the word “idea” is not even found in the Bible. God’s constant interaction seems to nullify the need for human ingenuity. And, it will be understood that He is sovereign and seeking our worship, faithfulness and obedience. He is not looking for our cleverness to “help Him out.”
San Andrés Mass
Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the English-speaking congregation, Sunday, August 25, 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, August 25, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.
Lakeside Community Fellowship
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.