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Weekly Worship - August 31, 2019

Unitarian Universalists 

In this service called “The Transient and Permanent in Unitarian Universalism” we reconsider that topic for modern Unitarian Universalism as a whole. What is at its core? What is ephemeral? What’s in the periphery? 

In 1841, Rev. Theodore Parker gave a much acclaimed sermon called “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity,” in which he explored what was worth keeping versus letting go of in Christianity, at least for Unitarians.

Sunday, September 1, Rev. Matt Alspaugh gives the sermon and Lew Crippen 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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, September 1, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate and deliver the message titled “Humility.”

We gather on Tuesday, September 3, 1 p.m. at the last soccer field on Revolucion (the street where Ajijic’s Wednesday Market is held) to re-package food for our Loaves and Fishes Food Program. Immediately following, a small group will deliver the food to our sponsored families.

Following worship and coffee hour, there will be a Lunch Bunch at Janelle’s Garden, 1 p.m. 

The Bible Study meets Thursday, September 5, 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.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Covenants, commitments, vows and promises. What do they have in common, and how are they applicable in our lives today? Pastor Lahry will be speaking on this topic at our Sunday worship, 11 a.m. 

Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 3.

Also Tuesday, food distribution in San Juan Tecomatlan. Carpool leaves at 3 p.m. from the church.

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

Also Wednesday, “Woodlawn” will be shown in the fellowship hall. This is the true story of high school football players in newly desegregated Birmingham, Alabama, in 1973.

Friday, September 6, 1 p.m., conversational Spanish class. 

Information: Belva, 376-766-2538.

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.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Dr. Wayne Cook begins a new sermon series this Sunday, “Spiritual Gifts.” Are you charismatic? Christians are. The Greek word “charisma” means to be gifted. Every believer has at least one spiritual gift to be used in building up the body of Christ, the church. Over the next month, we will be looking at spiritual gifts and trying to identify which ones each of us may have.

This is a Communion Sunday.  

Tuesday, September 3, 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.

Lake Chapala Baptist

Matthew 2:2a states, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”

Truth-seeking requires persistence and humility. Today there are many different seekers for truth and life’s answers. Many years ago, three men from the East were searching for truth and were spoken to by God. He gave them a sign in the form of a new star to follow. They stepped out in faith seeking the prophesied Messiah who was foretold by Scripture. They followed their star to Bethlehem, seeking. There, they found the child, Jesus. They believed that he was God who had become man … and our savior. You may think this should be a Christmas story but it is not. Seeking our Savior is valid 365 days a year. These wise men found what every seeker needs today – Jesus, the answer to life.

Brother John Whitener will be preaching this Sunday. 

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, September 1. 

St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., and bilingual Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. 

St. Andrew’s annual Mexican Fiesta will be on Thursday, September 12, catered by Viva Mexico. 200 pesos. Sign up in the garden over the next two Sundays.

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.

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

Home Church Int’l

Some of us will remember a phrase from around the mid-1950s: “Here come da judge!” Then again, most of us have had judgmental acquaintances. We would brace ourselves when this person was around. Though it was advisable to quickly change the subject away from such criticism, it was tempting to counter them. Usually nobody came out a real winner.

This merits the conclusion that being judgmental is anything but a positive attitude. A sadder revelation is that this happens within the people who should be loving example-setters, namely, Christians. Being negative is one of the easiest things that a person can do. It is so easy to judge other people, especially other Christians and even the pastor. We must remember Jesus’ exhortation in Matthew 7:1-2:, “Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned ...” Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge you to read and meditate on this.

Find the pastors on their website at homechurchintl.com and reach them at 332-242-8648, or by email at 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..

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.  

The church is at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. Information: 331-417-7038.

San Andrés Mass

Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the English-speaking congregation, Sunday, September 1, 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, September 1, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.

Lakeside Community


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.

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 Wednesday, 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, September 7, 10:30 a.m., at the Center for Spiritual Living located at Nicholas Bravo 17, Ajijic, for a short (30 minutes) group HU Chant followed by refreshments and fellowship time. For more information, 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.

Goodbye guadalajara, hello ajijic


At a despedida party at St. Mark’s Anglican church in Guadalajara for pastor Jim Priddy (right), he chats with parishioners. After seven years with the relatively tiny congregation at St. Mark’s, Priddy has been asked by the Anglican bishop to lead the much larger St. Andrew’s congregation in Ajijic.

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