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.
LPC’s sermon series on “The Purpose-Driven Life” continues. Your purpose as a living being on Earth is not found within you or around you; it is found by looking upward to the One who created you. This week’s sermon deals with pleasing God with your worship, not only something we do on Sunday morning for an hour, but also as a daily, continuous process of being mindful of God.
A post-service forum will be held in the library for deeper discussion. You can buy an electronic version of “The Purpose-Driven Life” at Amazon.com. The book is free at Kindle Unlimited.
LPC’s Praise Team, now a dozen voices strong, leads our congregation in uplifting harmonies every Sunday. Lend your voices to the joy!
After the Sunday, February 9 service, join in our second Sunday celebration. A main course is provided; please bring a side dish or salad to share.
Come sing with us Tuesday, February 11, 1 p.m. at our Social Drop-In 60s Community Singalong.
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.
Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Sunday, February 9, 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Linda Ramos will celebrate and give a message with the theme “Salt and Light” based on Matthew 5:13-20.
Sunday School (in Spanish) convenes during the service at the Gospel Reading.
The congregation and friends will meet at Scallion Ajijic Bistro in Plaza Bugambilias in Ajijic at 1 p.m.
The Bible Study meets on Wednesday, February 12, 1 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.
Guest minister Rev. Joan Van Becelaere will speak on “Change Our Words, Change the World” Sunday, February 9, at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
There is power in our words and our stories. Our words can tear down and destroy, or they can impart grace and hope to support all who hear them. We have a choice of which kinds of words to use and which kinds of stories to tell as we speak with to our spouses, children, colleagues, and strangers. Destructive language can damage lives. Grace-filled language can transform lives for the good. How can we use the power of words wisely?
The Rev. Van Becelaere spent over 11 years as the district executive of the Ohio-Meadville District and then staff lead for the Central East Region. In 2018, she retired from the UUA and is the part-time executive director of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio and volunteers with the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign. She was vice-president for Student Services at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where she also taught UU polity and history.
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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Sunday, February 9, Pastor Raul Frutos will speak about “Christianity, the continuing saga” at the Little Chapel by the Lake. Stay after the service for a friendly family-style meal in the fellowship hall.
Bible studies are held Tuesday, February 11, 10 a.m.
Complimentary ESL classes with David Whatley are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Information: 332-248-7694.
Wednesday, February 12, Fun with Music will sing at Mi Anastasia assisted living center on the highway in Riberas del Pilar, from 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Conversational Spanish classes still open for more students Friday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m., all are welcome to a “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” Open to anyone at Lakeside who wants to pray for our nations, world, friends and family.
St. Andrew’s Anglican
The Reverend Robbin Moore will preside and preach on Sunday, 9 February 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 on Monday, February 10, 10:30 a.m. in the garden, to discuss “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover.
Taizé Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, 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.
Friday February, 14, St. Valentine’s Day, a ham dinner fundraiser will be held at the church to help defray some of Bishop Ricardo’s travel expenses to attend the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England this summer. A social hour is at 4:30 p.m., and dinner at 5 p.m. Cost is 300 pesos.
St. Andrew’s annual general meeting will be held after services on Sunday, February 16.
St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.
Lake Chapala Baptist
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16.)
We can be overwhelmed by many issues all at the same time. What’s hard is that these seasons seem unavoidable, and we’re left with little choice but to plow through them. In seasons of overwhelm, our sinful nature becomes evident. We get impatient and snappy. We try to cut corners and slack on our responsibilities. We often walk out of step with the Holy Spirit. We are not loving, kind, gentle, self-controlled, peaceful, joyful, patient or faithful. In times when we are broken down and tired, we need to experience God’s grace, be strengthened and motivated by His grace. Because we are forgiven in Jesus, there is grace for us! We can go to God with full confidence that He will not condemn us for all the ways we feel like we failed. There is grace upon grace waiting for us to receive it.
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.
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
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.
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
Pastors Paul and Susana Allen like to initiate their spoken messages by involving the audience to repeating, “It’s not about me; it’s all about Him.” This is our Creator’s design for us. Why? Because we are eternal creatures, our spirits winging past the grave. It’s like when Jesus addressed His Father, “But Father, not my will be done, but Thine.” God will lead if you will follow.
This week’s Satsang will be held Wednesday, February 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m. The topic will be Ramana Maharshi’s “Who am I,” Paragraph 8: “Realization is knowing identity with reality.”
Ramana Maharshi taught Advaita Vedanta and Self-inquiry as the most direct way for self-realization, to look within yourself and see what is always present, and never comes and goes.
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.