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Weekly Worship - September 14, 2019

Christ Church

Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, September 15, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will preside and give the sermon “All for One and One for All” based on Luke 15: 1-10.

Following worship and coffee hour, there will be a pot luck.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, September 19, 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.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Assistant Pastor Carolyn Hansen gives the sermon “Encouraging Each Other,” continuing the series on Spiritual Gifts, using the list Paul outlined in Romans 12: 6-8.  Even if we aren’t particularly gifted at encouraging others, it’s important we strive to give others hope. You can be an inspiration – and the rewards are extraordinary.

This is a Communion Sunday.

Blood Glucose Checks after service, at the Name Tag board.

Tuesday, September 17, lift your voices and spirits, singing “the oldies” at the Social Drop-In, as the Freedom Chorale invites you to a 1960’s singalong, 1 p.m.

If you would enjoy making life better for those in need, call 376-106-0853. You can make a difference!

Computer, sewing and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for any Spanish speakers are offered Saturday 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.

Unitarian Universalists

Soon, the United Nations meets in an Emergency Climate Action Summit, and to spur them on, worldwide strikes and actions are being called, organized mostly by youth and young people. The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will participate in the Climate Strike planned for Saturday, September 21, at 4 p.m., at the La Floresta sculpture.

The talk on Sunday, September 15 – “Confronting Climate Change: A Spiritual Response” – won’t be an appeal about the urgency of climate change and what we must do; after all, most of us are “woke” to this issue. However, we will explore the spiritual responses to our shortcomings and successes in stopping global warming. How can we stay resilient and strong in this long and sometimes heartbreaking battle for the planet’s health? Sermon by Rev. Matt Alspaugh.

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.

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

The Very Reverend Liza Spangler will preside and preach, Sunday, September 15.

St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist, 10 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.

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.

Lake Chapala Baptist

“It is required of stewards that a man be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2).

What does it mean to be “faithful”? The word is defined as being true or constant. It implies qualities of stability, dependability, and devotion. Right now, you may feel like a failure in what you’re doing or what you have done in the past. Just be faithful. It’s not your job to figure out if what you do (or what you did) matters. That’s the work of the Spirit. Your job is to do your part. Doing what we are called to do is the point. We are told in Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

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.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Little Chapel’s Sunday Worship service is at 11 a.m., with Pastor Lahry speaking on “Experiencing God,” personally. Stay after the service for a family style comida.

Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 17.

Fun with Music heads to Casa Nostra assisted living care center, Santa Margarita 8 in Riberas del Pilar, for a sing-along, Wednesday, September 18, 4 to 5 p.m. Meet at the Chapel to carpool, 3:30 p.m.

The film “The Cokeville Miracle” will be shown Wednesday, 5:30  p.m. at the Chapel.

Friday, September 20, 1 p.m., conversational Spanish class.

Information: 332-818-9986.

Home Church Int’l

How many times have each of us uttered “What if ...?” Sometimes these words emerge as mere simple inquiry. Then, they may appear as a challenge or in skepticism. They are a form of entertainment to the questioner, but maybe less so to the recipient.

Sadly enough, this issue springs up in the spiritual community. For instance, if someone offers some encouragement by expression of faith about praying for healing, all too often one would hear, “Yeah, but what if ...?” Intended as a display of intelligence, it nonetheless is an expression of doubt, a lack of faith. It is something based solely upon intellect, not faith in God and His Word. Jesus was in the boat with the disciples and a great storm arose. They panicked. Jesus’ reply was, “Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith?” They might say, “What if the boat sinks?” They were not operating in faith, just human knowledge. Does this say something about where our hearts and minds are as Christians? Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge us all to come alive in our faith in Him and His Word.

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

Have you received your adoption certificate yet? God wants to adopt you as a son or daughter so that you can be part of His family. Once part of His family, we no longer live for ourselves. God looks on us as his children after our adoption and protects us in his great love. Zechariah 2:8 says of us, “for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.” If you think that your problem is too big it is because it is still your problem. Sunday, September 15, Pastor Gary encourages us to live a life full of faith and to give our problems to God. After all, when we belong to Him, they are His problems not ours. Starting today, let your problems be transformed into God´s victories.

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 Juan Bautista

Father Jose Louis Gonsalves will preside at English-language Mass held at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in San Juan Cosala, each Sunday, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.

San Andrés Mass

Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the English-speaking congregation, each Sunday, 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.

Riberas Meditation

This week’s satsang will be based on Ramana Maharshi’s “Forty Verses on Reality,” Verse 30.  The Absolute Self emerges when the individual “I” falls.

Satsang is hosted at the house of Richard and Carol, San Luis 73, Riberas del Pilar, Wednesdays 3 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited, so register today at 376-765-6976.

Lakeside Community


Meets 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.

The Grito sing-along


Amateur vocalists take the stage to belt out classic Mexican tunes as part of the entertainment program that will precede Ajijic’s September 15 Grito ceremony.

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