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Weekly Worship - September 28, 2019

Jewish Congregation

The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation will celebrate High Holy Day services in the next few weeks at the synagogue at Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar. All are welcome.

Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated Sunday, September 29, 6 p.m.; Monday, September 30, 10 a.m. and Tuesday, October 1, 10 a.m.

Tashlikh will be celebrated Monday, September 30, 1:30 p.m. on the Ajijic Malecon Pier

Kol Nidre is celebrated Tuesday, October 8, 6 p.m.

Yom Kippur is celebrated Wednesday, October 9, 10 a.m. and an afternoon service on the same day is at 4 p.m.

Neilah and Break the Fast are celebrated Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.

There are no fees for attending High Holy Day services.

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.

Information: lakechapalajewishcongregation.com. or email: 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..

Christ Church

Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 29, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Father Danny will celebrate and give a message with the theme, “The Power to Purchase,” based on Luke 16: 19-31.

Coffee is available before the service and coffee and refreshments are served after the service.

Sunday School (in Spanish) convenes during the service at the Gospel Reading. Young people are welcome to share in this time of lessons and discovery.

Lunch Buddies meet 1 p.m. at Pranzo’s Bistro in La Floresta, 376-766-1668.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, October 3, 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.

Saturday, October 5, 1:30 p.m., there will be a Blessing of the Animals at Yves’ Restaurant. Yves requests you make a reservation if you want to dine at the restaurant either before or after the blessing.

Unitarian Universalists

Unitarian Universalists know that we need not think alike to love alike. We are from many beliefs and backgrounds: people with religious backgrounds, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who choose to let the mystery be.

Sunday, September 29, at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Roy Haynes will lead a program – “‘UU and You’ … Reflections of Diverse Paths to being a UU” – featuring various members of the Fellowship on how they have chosen to be Unitarian Universalists after coming from other faiths. They will help explain how such a seemingly diverse group of people are able to share their search for truth with each other in the same fellowship.

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.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, September 29, Dr. Wayne Cook continues the Spiritual Gifts series, addressing Evangelism. Not everyone can share their faith in that way, but can share Christ using their own gifts. Dr. Cook examines two: testimonial and relational evangelism.

Becky and Bob Plinke share their testimony of being called to establish La Ola, a children’s home in Chapala.

This is a Communion Sunday.

LPC volunteers distributed 100 bags of clothing to psychiatric patients in Guadalajara, many abandoned by their families.  They are also establishing sources of clean water in communities where dozens of youths have died from heavy metals contamination. Children who cannot read or write continue to join LPC’s Literacy Program. What better gift for a child than becoming literate?

Want to help leave things better than you found them?  Call 376-106-0853.

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

Volunteers always welcome. Call 376-106-0853; you’ll make a difference!

Computer, sewing and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for any Spanish speakers are offered Saturday 10 a.m.

Need a ride to and from church? LPC has arranged with professional driver and concierge Yoli Reyna to bring you to church and return you safely back home. Call 331-604-1006 no later than Saturday evening to arrange free transportation.

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

Sunday September 29, Little Chapel will be celebrating our missions ... both Lakeside and farther abroad.  How has reaching out to others helped you?  Pastor Lahry will be speaking from his own experiences, and asking for testimony from those willing to share how God has been working. Stay after the service for a family style comida.

Tuesday, October 1, 10 a.m., Bible studies are focused on the book of Romans.

Little Chapel will carpool to San Juan Tecomantlan to distribute food, Tuesday, October 1, 3 p.m.

Fun with Music will sing at Mi Casita assisted living care center, located on Calle Gonzalez Gallo in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Wednesday, October 2, 4 to 5 p.m. Meet at the Chapel to carpool, 3:30 p.m.

The film “Soldier Love Story” will be shown Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel.

Conversational Spanish classes are temporarily suspended.

Saturday, 4 p.m., all are welcome to an hour of prayer.

Information: 332-818-9986.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

The Very Reverend Liza Spangler will preside and preach Sunday, September 29.

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

The vestry has alerted the congregation that counterfeit 500-peso notes – the new blue ones – are showing up all over lakeside. Please be alert.

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 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

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you have made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12).

The gift of salvation is free, but after that, there needs to be some effort on our part. Faith is a living breathing thing. We have to put our trust in God and keep trusting Him through everything. God doesn’t want us to give in because we are discouraged. He wants us to press on and take hold of the eternal life He has waiting for us. First, we need to commit to serving the Lord. To be a servant means we put ourselves under the master and work to do His will. As a Christian, we need to take the servant posture. We need to stop looking for God to serve us and start doing what He needs us to do. Second, we need to trust His sovereignty. His direction for us is better than our plans. When we learn to trust God, our faith grows. Keep serving even when it isn’t fun anymore. Walk through the doors God opens for you and stop trying to open the ones He has closed. Most of all, don’t give up when you are discouraged. There is so much waiting for you on the other side.

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.

Abundant Life Church

How big is God?  That may seem like a silly question but the way you perceive God affects how you respond and obey Him. God is worthy of everything but for some He only deserves part time loyalty or a small portion of life … perhaps a Sunday.  Sunday, September 29, Pastor Gary shows us through the scriptures that those who see God as bigger than anything are the ones who have been impacted most by His greatness. God wants to be bigger than anything in your heart good or bad and therefore wants to visit with you and have a great impact on your life. God wants that impact to start today!

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.

Home Church Int’l

In a general sense, people who are faithful in attending church are often referred to as “people of faith.” As complimentary as this sounds, it may or may not be true. Authentic Christian faith is when that faith bears fruit. If not, one might hear “Put up or shut up” or “Put your money where your mouth is” or “Talk is cheap.” These are caustic challenges to demonstrating the genuineness of our faith.

Most of us have heard, “By grace have you been saved through faith, not of works lest anyone should boast.” Grace is God’s unearned favor. Works (efforts) without faith is mere self-effort. However, we also find that, “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).”  (James 2:17 AMPC). “Works” here simply means commitment and involvement, faithfulness in the mission of God’s church, gathered or alone. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen challenge us all to be people of faith by heeding His call upon us.

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..

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.

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.

Lakeside CommunityFellowship

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.

St. Mark’s Anglican, Guadalajara

English Mass is at 10:30 a.m. with Luke 17: 5-10 as gospel, Rev. Manuel Sonora officiating, Tom VandenBosch preaching, Ana Silvia Guerrero on organ and Debbie Matthew directing the choir. Mass in Spanish is at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Manuel Sonora. All are welcome.

Chichimecas 836 at Aztecas, Col. Monraz, end of route Bus 33-A. See stmarksanglican.org

Chavurah Chapala holds High Holiday Service

On Wednesday, October 2, Chavurah Chapala will reprise last year’s “Hits of the High Holidays” service with a service during which participants will journey together to the heart of the High Holidays, and prepare to write the next chapter of their lives in the new year 5780.

The sights, sounds, emotions and meaning of all ten days will be explored in one and a half hours.  There will be prayer, music, Shofar-blowing, an emotional Yizkor service, poetry and commentary.  We will end with the traditional Challah, apples and honey.

The service will start at 2 p.m. in a private home in West Ajijic.  Call 333-487-1818 for further information.

There will be no admission charge, but donations are welcome to cover expenses.

Chavurah Chapala is a community of Jews who get together for a variety of activities, including learning, services, camaraderie and fun.

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