Who could not be entranced by Mexico’s flamboyant and dramatic observances on Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead?
The brightly packaged tourist versions pique our curiosity. But they tell us nothing about what goes on in the hearts and minds of the friends and family who gather around the gravesites on this, perhaps most important holiday, in Mexico. Sunday, November 3, Janice Kimball will take us behind the scenes to explore the long and meaningful healing process that takes place on Day of the Dead. She will give us a greater appreciation of this day and a greater understanding of the complexities and valences of the seemingly simple Mexican way of life. Rev. Matt Alspaugh will explore where Day of the Dead fits within celebrations of remembrance, which for many cultures happen at this time of year.
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.
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.
Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, November 3, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate and Jerry Stiles will give a message with the theme, “Saints and Souls”.
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 this time of lessons and discovery.
The Lunch Bunch will meet 1 p.m. at Bobby’s La Terraza Restaurant, tel. 376-766-2309.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, November 7, 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.
This Sunday, Dr. Wayne Cook and Pastor Carolyn Hansen again share the pulpit, to continue their sermon series on Growth of Discipleship. Discipleship is not only about what Christians believe, but also about what Jesus wants them to do: to follow His example, obey His commands, and believe in the salvation He brings, growing in grace and knowledge.
This is a Communion Sunday.
Free Blood Pressure checks this Sunday at the name tag desk. The LPC Nurse is onsite Mondays 1-3 p.m.
Donations of shelf-stable milk cartons plus garden and orchard produce are always welcome, to be distributed with despensas for needy Lakeside families. Volunteers are needed to help distribute the packages: call 376-106-0853.Everyone is invited to LPC’s Social Drop-In Tuesday, November 5, 1 p.m. Enjoy Freedom Chorale 60s singalong with live guitar.
Free movie night, Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m. Popcorn included.
Computer, sewing and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for any Spanish speakers are offered Saturday 10 a.m.
We need Spanish-speaking ESL teachers. If you or a friend can help, contact Pastor Guillermo at 331-247-0003.
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
Pastor Lahry will be speaking from the book of Romans chapter 6 Sunday, November 3. What separates us from God? Come and find out.
The Sunday worship service is at 11 a.m. Stay after the service for a family style comida.
Bible studies are held Tuesday, November 5, 10 a.m.
Food dispensaries are Tuesday, November 5, in San Juan Tecomatlan. Meet at the Chapel 3 p.m. to carpool.
Wednesday, November 6, Fun with Music will sing at Mi Casita in San Antonio Tlayacapan from 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
The film “God in Ancient China” will be shown Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel.
Conversational Spanish classes open to the public are Friday, 1 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m., all are welcome to a “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Sunday, November 3, the Reverend Jim Priddy will preside and preach at St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m. Coffee hour, a time of fellowship and welcome, follows the service.
St. Andrew’s annual Harvest Comida – a joint celebration of the Canadian and the U.S. Thanksgivings – is Monday, November 4. Social hour at 1 p.m., dinner at 2 p.m., catered by Pedro of Go Bistro. Parishioners are asked to make pies or crumble desserts. Tickets are 250 pesos. Invite your frients and neighbors to enjoy this bountiful feast.
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.
St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.
Lake Chapala Baptist
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
How comforting it is to know that wherever we go, God is there with us. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations and wonder if God is paying attention. We may feel so alone and even depressed. We can’t feel God’s presence, and we need His guidance and help. We don’t have to feel all alone. God is with us. “The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” He is working out our problems, and we don’t even realize it. We need only to have faith in His word and He is with us always.
Pastor John Linton will be bringing the message.
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.
Home Church Int’l
Sometimes we may hear, “They have no right to do that!” This statement needs a little clarification. The declaration might really mean authority instead of right. Authority gives right its power. Even law enforcement, who are an authority in themselves ,are only so because they operate by regulation of a higher authority. All humans must understand what is their authority in life to guide or even limit their decisions.
These principles are no less true in the life of every Christian. Someone may say about truth that they may believe one idea is true, but they don’t believe the totality is acceptable. The question then must arise, “Well, what is your personal authority in life?” If they say “self,” then it is limited along with the body which perishes. That is why, for the believer, God’s Word is our supreme authority. Why? Because it is eternal, revealed by our one, true living God. He hasn’t given us authority only to supersede it with anything else. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge us all to stick with Truth Himself, the One who loves us most.
Abundant Life Church
Have you seen God? Some think that seeing God is impossible arguing that He is invisible. You have a misunderstanding of who God is if you think you could never see Him. God wants us to see Him. He commands us to keep our eyes on Him and displays His glory through all of creation. God, in His love for you, wants a close relationship that is ever growing. Sunday, November 3, as Pastor Gary helps us fix our eyes on Jesus. When our eyes are on Jesus we are on the right path to constant growth in knowing Him more and being more of what He designed us to be.
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, 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 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 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.
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 Rev. Manuel Sonora officiating, and 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 33A. See stmarksanglican.org.