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Weekly Worship - September 09, 2023

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Sunday, September 10, Bethany Anne Putnam will present “9/11 Story” at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

pg18Twenty-two years ago, Bethany was the foremost expert on domestic disaster relief and volunteer coordination within the Episcopal Church. Her experience and training led to being hired immediately following 9/11, as the Disaster Director of St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero in New York City. Bethany will provide a first-hand account of the days immediately following the attacks. Her stories will paint a picture of a city that came together and took care of each other in the most basic of ways.

Next Sunday, Rev. Matt Alspaugh will speak on “Minimalism” with Rena Swan as service associate.

Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship services are Sundays, 10:30 a.m. at Hidalgo 261, Riberas del Pilar, next to Doppio Café, across the road from the Catholic Church.

Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation

Join us the first and third Saturday at 10 a.m., live and zoom for services.
Join us live the second and fourth Friday for service and potluck at 6 p.m.
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Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, September 10, Pastor Thomas Walker will speak at the 11 a.m. service. Little Chapel is located on the Ajijic-Chapala highway 10 in Chula Vista. A Grace meal is held after the service, with the main dish provided, accompanying dishes of whatever you bring.

Donations for our mission in San Juan Tecomatlan are always gladly accepted via the big purple box in front of the Chapel. Thank you for continuing to contribute via your donations. A big thank you to the people who went out with us this past Tuesday and helped.

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., a small group will meet  for a Bible study in the book by Paul written to the Thessalonians.  

Little Chapel telephone: 376-766-2538.

New beginners Spanish class beginning 1 p.m., Friday; call Beatriz 376-108-9755 or 331-912-6430 for more information or simply show up on Friday.

Car Wash by Mama Cleo’s Boys home Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (fundraiser for their needs). Thank you everyone who contributed last week.

Collecting water containers (garrafones) for the village of Mezcala. Contact Don Spangler, +1-970-219-5983 for more information.

Seventh-Day Adventist


The Lakeside Chapala Seventh-day Adventist Church invites you to share a good time together.

The appointment is every Saturday, 10 a.m. for fellowship and singing. 10:30 a.m. for a shared biblical study and at 11:30 a.m. the main worship service.

We believe that God is the creator (Genesis 1:1), Jesus is our savior (Acts 16:31), the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-11) the eternal Father (1 John 2:13) and that the Bible is the only source for truth and comfort for broken hearts ( Romans 15:4 cf John 17:17).

If you need help with transportation, you can get in touch through whatsapp 642-161-4143 or e-mail 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.. Information: www.LakesideChapalaSDA.org.

Carretera Chapala-Ajijic No. 10, Fracc. Chula Vista, Chapala.

Heart of Awareness

Buddhist Community

The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community offers opportunities to meditate at the Practice Center (Guadalupe Victoria 101, Ajijic) on Sundays and Wednesdays. Chairs and cushions are provided and there are written instructions for sitting and walking meditation for beginners. All are welcome regardless of experience or affiliation.  Donations are accepted with gratitude.

Sunday, September 10, the Center is open from 9 to 10 a.m. for sitting and walking meditation. The format for the hour is 30 minutes of sitting, 15 minutes of walking and 15 minutes of sitting.

Wednesday, September 13, there will be a practice period from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the first of two videos by Soto Zen teacher Susan Moon. Throughout this series Susan will look at our vows to practice the Buddhist precepts and teach us to view ourselves with compassion and humor when we make mistakes.

Thursday, September 14, a Practice/Book Study group, open to all, meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  

The Wednesday practice and program is also offered on Zoom, for those who cannot attend in person. The Zoom link can be found at heartofawareness.org. 

St. Andrew’s Anglican Episcopal Church

Reverend James Twyman will preach and celebrate Sunday, September 10 at the 10 a.m. service.

Listen for the next iteration of our continuing Lectionary Study to be held both in-person and on-line. In addition, Pastor Michelle can also lead themed video studies on a variety of religious/spiritual topics for modern-day applications. Please let her know your interests.

St. Andrew’s live streams Sunday services and sermon highlights and also publishes daily inspiration, parish news and events on its Facebook page: St Andrews Anglican Lake Chapala.

To become part of the parish, contact Rev. Michelle at: standrewsparishlakeside @gmail.com. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church

Sunday, September 10, Pastor Wayne’s sermon will be about “The Wedding at Cana - Transforming the Ordinary into Extraordinary.”

Have you ever experienced one of those days when everything seemed to go wrong? Imagine it being your wedding day, a day meant to be perfect, but turns into a disaster. A Christian magazine had a story about a wedding disaster. One guy had trouble during the candle lighting part of the service. Somehow he mistakenly set his mother’s hair on fire. That would be a very bad day. 

Our scripture this week is about a different kind of disaster. In the midst of a story about wedding mishaps, there’s a remarkable biblical account of a wedding in Cana found in John 2:1-11. This story, initially about wine running out at a party, holds profound lessons about how God can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

English-language service begins Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and also streams each live at facebook.com/LPCChapala. Spanish service starts at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to Wednesday drop-in Bible study at 10 a.m.

If you need a ride, or more information, call 376-106-0853 before 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Coffee and refreshments after the service in the Narthex.

Calle San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar.

Lake Chapala Baptist Church

Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible. (Ephesians 6:23-24)

Jesus told us that there are two laws, and all things move from there. We are to love the Lord our god with everything within us and our neighbors as ourselves. We have talked about who our neighbor was and how we are to treat them. Paul tells us how we are to treat our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are to love Him with a love that is incorruptible. Nothing is to come between him and us. He is not of the world and worldly things should not come between Him and us. What will be our reward? Grace. That is something we cannot earn. It is a free gift from God to us. We can question God, We can become angry with Him when our lives are difficult. What we must not do is stop loving Him completely.

Worship service and teaching Sundays, 10:45 a.m.; Spanish language worship at 12:30 p.m.

Sta. Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. Contact: 331-608-0856.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico will observe the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 10, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist in person, and via Zoom, 10:30 a.m., in our normal location with the red door and windows next to the Smokehouse Restaurant. Restaurant.  Rev. Christine Wysock will be the celebrant and give the message. Those wishing to gather for brunch after the service will meet at 12:15 p.m. in the El Sombrero Restaurant, Carretera Ote. 48, Col. Centro, in Ajijic, 376-688-2662.

The Loaves and Fishes food distribution will  be held Tuesday, September 12, 11:30 a.m. at Calle Jesus Garica, 11, San Antonio Tlayacapan. Please attend this very worthwhile event to help out in filling the buckets with food to be distributed to needy families. If you wish to help our food program by giving a much-needed monetary donation, or need more information, contact Al Ramos, 332-3134-1282, 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..

A Bible Study, hosted by Rev. Danny Borkowski, will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 13, 1:30 p.m. All are invited to attend, learn about the inspired contents of the Bible, and share their insights with each other. If you haven’t attended a Bible Study with Rev. Danny you should, as you will find it extremely interesting and educational.

Lakeside Singers will not meet at the church Thursday, September 14, at 1 p.m.

Zoom sign-in information for joining the Holy Eucharist Service and/or the Bible Studies: contact Rev. Danny Borkowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and 376-766-2495.

Heritage Baptist Church

Sunday’s message from Nehemiah 4 was an inspiring one, all about the restoration of souls.

Today’s Church is becoming more and more divided, and it is biblical: God has begun to purify and purge His Church. And God knows His enemies. He can, in fact, pluck one of those destructive souls right out of the midst of the iniquity they themselves devised.

Conspiracy, disrespect, criticism, scorn, outright lies, and false rumors, these are today’s ubiquitous weapons of division. But God is not mocked and to Him belongs all final vengeance. Beloveds, take the time to build your defenses and check that your motives are ultimately and only to bring glory to God.

Do we, like Nehemiah, truly understand the importance of worship? Do we even recognize the presence of God in our lives? Let us return to the book of the Lord, return to the gospel, return to Christ!

Heritage is a fledgling Baptist Church seeking out our eternal family, one precious soul at a time. Join us  in the “Upper Room” at the Presbyterian Church in Riberas. Sundays at 11:15 a.m.: Open prayer, then wisdom direct from the Word. Wednesdays: Bible study at 4:30 p.m. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit our Facebook page!

Abundant Life Church

Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico.

Services are on the Facebook page as well as the YouTube channel. The 10:30 a.m. English services schedule is at abuntandtlifechapala.com. Bible study in English is held at 11 a.m. each Wednesday.

Located at Carretera 140 in San Antonio Tlayacapan, just a block from SuperLake.

San Andres Catholic Church 

Marcos Castellanos 14, Centro, Ajijic. English Mass Sundays 9 a.m. Information: Raya, 331-068-1809.

Grace Church Chapala

Grace Church Chapala is a Christian Church located in the Bravo Theatre building at 441 Hidalgo in Riberas. We welcome you to worship Jesus Christ with us on Sunday’s at 10 a.m. Our praise music is a contemporary style. We host an open Bible study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.  

Led by the teaching of Pastor Alan Pohl we strive to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Grace supports an outreach ministry to the children of Mezcala. You will find a friendly welcome here with opportunities to connect with other believers and to serve God. Information: GraceChapalamx.church.  

Mezcala Christian Church

Pastor Lionel Sanchez and other area Christian pastors share and teach the love of Jesus every Saturday, 10 a.m. A delicious Grace meal is provided after every service. Mezcala Christian Church provides approximately 250 early breakfast meals weekly to Mezcala children and 50 to 100 large bottles (garafones) of clean water weekly to Mezcala area families. Food and financial donations are always needed and accepted. Transportation or carpooling at 9:15 a.m. from Walmart, Little Chapel by the Lake or Soriano parking lots available. Contact 970 219-5983 in advance via Whatsapp FaceTime or messenger.

Calle Hidalgo 251-B Mezcala (green building with burgundy cross).

Unity Namaste of Ajijic 

Through Unity’s positive, practical and inspirational approach to Christianity we serve those on all kinds of spiritual paths, or those seeking one.  All are welcome every Sunday, noon, at Namaste Village, Angel Flores 5, Ajijic, or via Zoom through unitynamaste.org, and “meet and greet” hospitality starting at 11:30 a.m. A potluck supper is served after the service on the last Sunday of every month. 

Unity Namaste of Ajijic is an official Unity ministry chartered by Unity Worldwide Ministries and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. More information: unitynamaste. org.

San Juan BautistaCatholic Church

English Mass- Sundays 9 a.m. Del Cardenal 25 Raquet Club, San Juan Cosala.

St. Mark’s Anglican Episcopal, Guadalajara

Regular Sunday Services take place at 10:30 a.m. in English and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish. Their choir is not to be missed and there is a coffee gettogether after each service.

Chichimecas 836, corner of Aztecas, diagonally across the street from the UAG ICB Campus, Colonia Monraz, Guadalajara. Website: stmarksgdl.com/en.

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