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Weekly Worship - January 04, 2020

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 in Saturday, January 4 at 10:30 a.m., at the Center for Spiritual Living located at Nicholas Bravo 17, Ajijic, for a short (30-minute) group HU Chant followed by refreshments and fellowship time. For more information, contact 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. See eckankar.org.mx or eckankar.org.

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.

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..

Lakeside Presbyterian

A Kingdom is ruled by a King. The Lord’s Prayer calls for God’s Kingdom to come, then requests God’s will be done. The two are related in an unusual, somewhat confusing way. We are left with questions: when the Kingdom starts, where is it located, how do we participate in it? This week we seek answers in His Word.

This is a Communion Sunday.

Free Blood Pressure check following service. The LPC nurse is on site Mondays 1-3 p.m.

As a new decade is ushered in, LPC volunteers launch an expanded program of outreach, feeding the hungry, supplying necessities of life, literacy programs, classes for those wishing to improve their life situations, visiting the sick and those in prison, supporting community centers providing breakfast for dozens of hungry students five days a week ... the list goes on. Yes, you can help! Give of your time and/or resources; no joy equals that of giving. Information: Gary and Marcee Smith 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..

Tuesday Social Drop-In 60’s Singalong resumes Tuesday January 7, 1 p.m. Join us and we’ll sing up a storm together!

Computer, sewing and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for any Spanish speakers resume Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m.

Call Yoli Reyna, 331-604-1006, to arrange free transportation to and from church.

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, 6 a.m.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, January 5, the Reverend Dr. 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 Book Club will meet Monday, January 13, 10:30 a.m., to discuss the book, “Lucky Boy,” by Shanthi Sekaran.

Taizé Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 15, February 19 and March 18.  For more information on Taizé and its contemplative service of music, readings and prayer, see taize.fr/en. All are welcome to attend.

2020 Episcopal calendars are now available at the parish office for 100 pesos each. 2020 offering envelopes are  available for use as of Sunday, January 5.

Every Sunday, Operation Feed, a program supported by St. Andrew’s, welcomes donations of non-perishable food items. 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 these foodstuffs to the 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.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, January 5, Chaplain Ray Davis will preach at the 11 a.m. service. Stay after the service for a family-style comida.

Wednesday, January 8, Fun with Music will sing at Casa Anastasia in Riberas del Pilar from 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.

Bible studies are held Tuesday, January 7, 10 a.m.

Conversational Spanish classes open to the public are held Friday, 1 p.m.

Saturday, 4 p.m., all are welcome to a “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”

Information: 376-766-2538.

Lake Chapala Baptist

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

At Christmas in 1914, during World War I, soldiers on both sides put down their guns and sang carols, shook hands, and buried their dead. At Christmas in 1918, the United States tried to send food to the starving people in Germany but were prohibited by the anger and pain that the Europeans felt thus causing thousands to starve. If the 1914 Christmas story reminds us about the importance of choosing to see past our momentary hatreds, the 1918 story reminds us how hard that can be, especially when it requires forgiveness. Of all the virtues, forgiveness is one of the most beautiful to receive and the most difficult to offer. In this fractured world of ours, forgiveness is one of our most important Christ-like virtues.

Pastor John Linton will be bringing the message Sunday, January 5.

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.

Christ Church

Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the First Sunday after Christmas Day on January 5, 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Linda Ramos will celebrate and give a message with the theme “Precious Gifts,” based on Matthew 2:1-12.

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

Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service. The congregation and friends will meet at Janelle’s Garden, Carretera Poniente 35 in Ajijic, 376-766-1616.

Tuesday, January 7, about 1:15 p.m., there will be a GAM Food Distribution at the last soccer field on Calle Revolucion (the street where Ajijic’s Wednesday market is held).  Help is always needed to fill the buckets with food.

The Bible Study meets on Thursday, January 9, 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.

Unitarian Universalists

Doug Matton will speak on “Why Five Genders are Better than Two” Sunday, January 5, at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LCUUF).

Matton will take a look at several ancient multi-gender cultures to see what they can teach us about acceptance of each others’ differences. Perhaps lessons we could use to live peacefully in an increasingly mean-spirited world.

pg19After the service, we will have a discussion about LCUUF’s proposed 2020-2021 budget.

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 CommunityFellowship

If you’re reading this, it means you’ve made it into the new year. Congratulations! Now you have the task/privilege/responsibility/joy of living in 2020. What will this year be like for you? I know, I know, you don’t have your crystal ball handy, but I’m sure you have things planned and they might come to pass. Then again, they might not. James in the New Testament gave advice to his readers:

“Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.” (James 4:13-16).

The fog might blow away at any moment, life here on earth will end; then what? Are there answers to that question? I believe there are, that’s why I’m a follower of Jesus. How about you?

Lakeside Community Fellowship 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.

Home Church Int’l

The word “hope” is popularly used for many reasons. We hope the New Year will be a good one.  Even cities and capes are given this name. Often daughters are given this name, sometimes wishing this would be miraculous concerning a certain issue. It is nonetheless a pleasant name to have.

These are temporal examples for the implementation of the word. Nevertheless, it carries a much deeper connotation than mere worldly examples. What about those who are in some kind of desperation and need hope? How about those who are unsure about their future, now or eternally? In I Corinthians 15 (ampc) we find, “If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.”

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen ask if our hope is a righteous hope. The pastors can be reached at homechurchintl.com, 332-242-8648 or 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 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.

Abundant Life Church

What can you expect this year? 2019 is gone and 2020 is here. We expect 2020 to be a year of continued victories and the demonstration of the power of God.

Sunday, January 5, Pastor Gary encourages us through the scriptures so we can expect the ongoing kindness and love of God towards us. We can expect that He will deliver us and take care of us this year because our God “is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). God has great plans for us this year! Come and be a part of God´s plans with us. What he did last year, and that was incredible, is only the beginning. The life of Faith in Jesus only gets better and better.

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, 6:30 p.m.

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

Riberas Meditation

This week’s Satsang will held Wednesday, January 8, 3 to 4:40 p.m. The topic will be Ramana Maharshi’s “Who am I,” Verse 3 from his book Who am I? “I am not this, I am not this. (neti neti)”

We listen to videos of contemporary teachers. Then we meditate as a group – Self-inquiry.

There is no cost for Satsang. Books and meditation materials are provided for free. Satsang is hosted at the house of Richard Clarke, San Luis 73, Riberas del Pilar. Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call 376-765-6976 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..

St. Mark’s Anglican-Episcopal, Guadalajara

All are welcome to English Mass at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Michael Schirmacher officiates, with Ana Silvia Guerrero on organ and Debbie Matthew directing the choir. Spanish Mass is at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Manuel Sonora officiating.

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

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