Lakeside Little Chapel
Sunday, January 3, 11 a.m., Pastor Pete Campbell will be preaching on “Shutting down and starting up for the New Year” based on Genesis chapter 48 at the praise and worship service at the Little Chapel by the Lake.
Good closure, power, and a good signal are more important for our computers to start up and work well. Our lives are similar for this new year. God wants to give us a Biblical perspective of hope for 2021.
Tuesday January 5, Little chapel holds a monthly food distribution in San Juan Tecomatlan. Meet at the Chapel at 3 p.m. to carpool.
Wednesday, January 6, 5:30 p.m. a new video series to be announced will be shown.
Little Chapel is located on the Chapala-Ajijic highway in Chula Vista. 376-766-2538.
Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the second Sunday after Christmas Day, January 3, by celebrating a Holy Eucharist service, 11 a.m. in the La Huerta Eventos center. Rev. Danny Borkowski will celebrate and give the message “Experiencing God” based on Matthew 2:1-12. Covid-19 ordinances and diocesan mandates will be observed. Masks are required. There will not be a Zoom service.
Those wishing to have brunch/lunch will meet 12:15 p.m. at the Lake Taco Restaurant, located on the Libramiento, in San Antonio, behind the gas station. 376-766-2945.
The Loaves and Fishes Food Distribution will not be held the rest of December.
The Bible study group, hosted by Rev. Danny Borkowski, will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, January 6, 1:30 p.m., to learn about the inspired contents of the Bible and share their insights with each other.
The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation holds Friday services at 7 p.m. via Zoom. See www.lakechapalajewishcongregation.com for the URL link.
Sunday, January 3, at the 10 a.m. service of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC), worship services are at facebook/lpcchapala or www.lpcchapala.org. Devotionals are on the same sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pastor Carolyn will talk about “What Freedom Means.” (Galatians 5, 1-6). Before the Advent season, we were looking deeply into the book of Galatians - the letter from Paul that helped Martin Luther rediscover what really saves us.
Now we are starting up again with the powerful words: It is the freedom that Christ has set us free. What does Paul mean by “freedom”?
You can donate by check, Paypal, or cash; call Rick Cartwright 376-766-4057 or Dean Hanson 376-766-2660.
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Sunday, January 3, St. Andrew’s congregation will worship in-person at church at 10 a.m. with the allowed 25-percent capacity – 40 people. There also will be seats available outside for more worshipers. The service will also be live-streamed. The Reverend Tom Vanden Bosch will preach.
Bible Study for Epiphany: A series on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, is led by Leslie Rogers each Wednesday from January 13 to February 17 via Zoom, from 1-2:30 p.m. Space is limited; call the parish office for information.
St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee is still collecting for the “Angel Tree” Christmas gift program that will benefit two local charities: Mama Cleo’s House for teenage boys, and Casa de Ancianos, a home for the needy elderly and the mentally challenged. Angel Tree cash donations will be accepted at church, with donors receiving an “Angel Card” to sign and hang on our Christmas tree. We suggest a donation of 500 pesos, but please give whatever you’re comfortable giving.
St. Andrew’s volunteer phone/email tree stays in touch with all congregation members personally every week and brings vital information to the congregation via our monthly newsletter.
If you’re decluttering or clearing out your closet, don’t forget Todo Bueno. Every donation or consignment benefits St. Andrew’s Outreach Ministry and enables the parish to support a number of Lakeside charities.
The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will provide services via Zoom Sunday, January 3, 10:30 a.m. Instructions for accessing the online service are at lakechapalauu.org.
Rev. Matt Alspaugh will speak on “Nostalgia for a Hopeful Future.” For this first Sunday of the New Year, we reflect on the challenging dystopian year of 2020, while noting some hopeful points (democracy survives in the U.S., yes!). We also look with optimism to a new year, one that perhaps corrects the extremes of the past year. On a personal level, we recall our own hardships, and look forward to hopeful changes in the New Year. We will include a time of remembrance for those in our membership who died in 2020. Deb Gang is the service leader.
Lake Chapala Baptist
Would you go out of your way to donate your kidney to a person who hates you? Or what about donating all of your blood so your most vile enemy could live? Contemplate this; the creator of the universe, Almighty God humbled Himself to be born of a virgin taking on human flesh as a man to identify with humankind. His birthing room was an animal shelter. His crib a feeding trough. This place was filthy, foul smelling, cold, filled with the braying of donkeys, lowing of cattle, cackling of chickens, and braying of sheep. His purpose was to come to this unclean, broken sin-sick and dying world to shed His blood and die upon a cross as a sacrifice for a world that for the most part hated Him. This defies all logic. God visited us! We simply cannot wrap our heads around this truth. That night, while shepherds were keeping their flocks, an angel of the Lord appeared to them saying, “Today a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Suddenly, a great company of heavenly hosts appeared and the glory of the Lord shone all around them! Not just a star or a small flashlight beam, but blazing, eye piercing, mind blowing light, and glory all around. So, if God is this powerful, where is He now in this time of destruction, Covid, violence, hatred, and natural disasters? He is where He has always been – on His throne and the Son of God, Jesus, is living in the hearts of those who believe in Him. Could it be that this amazing, awesome God is working in these tumultuous times? He came for the unclean, the sinners and we are all under that umbrella. Could it be that the glory of the Lord came to visit you as well? Contemplate this miracle. He thinks you are worth all the blood He shed!
The Lake Chapala Baptist Church will meet for in-person services Sunday, January 3, 11 a.m. Covid protocol will be adhered to, including masks, social distancing, sanitizing, etc.
Bible Study is held in the church on Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Abundant Life Church
The Bible challenges us to make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil (Eph 5:16). Evil days certainly apply to our world today but how will you accomplish making the most of 2021? 2020 was a difficult year for the world and we could tend to enter the new year wary of what may come, thinking that it is time to protect ourselves and family, but as believers we have a wonderful message of hope in Jesus, and need to recognize the open door that is ours. Sunday, January 3, Pastor Gary challenges us to apply the biblical principle of making the most of every opportunity to an entire year.
You will also enjoy our services both on our Facebook page as well as our YouTube channel. Our Sunday service will begin at 10 a.m. for English at www.abundantlifechapala.com and at noon for Spanish at www.vidaabundantechapala.com.
Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico. English Bible study is Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sundays, noon, and Spanish-language Bible study is Friday, 6:45 p.m. Abundant Life Church, Carretera Chapala-Joco 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan.
San Juan Bautista
English Mass at 9 a.m. at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in in San Juan Cosala. All sanitary precautions and protocols are in place. Masks are mandatory. Calle Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.
Here we are, facing a new year. The year 2020 has been challenging to say the least. A lot of things have been less than ideal, yet throughout history you find examples of tragedy, disaster and devastation. No doubt many of these occurrences have created lasting scars on the souls of men and women. Many carry emotional baggage throughout their lives, some of it revealed, some of it hidden because it’s just too painful. Is there relief? Yes!. In the Bible the apostle Paul discusses the reality of sin and God’s remedy. He says, “having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” and our faith in Jesus Christ causes us to “exult in hope of the glory of God.” Is that faith and hope misplaced? No, because then Paul writes, “and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” That indeed is good news. It’s the gospel of God’s salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and it gives us hope both now and for eternity. And that hope never disappoints.
The church meets online every Sunday at 10 a.m.
Iglesia Cristiana Agape
St. Mark’s Anglican,Guadalajara
A bilingual (primarily Spanish) service is held Sundays, 12:30 p.m. On the third Sunday of each month, the 12:30 p.m. Mass will be primarily in English. All recommended health precautions are observed and this service is brief (45 min.).
Virtual Sunday services will continue to be provided online on St. Mark’s Facebook page SaintMarksAngicanGDL and on YouTube.