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Weekly Worship - February 23, 2019

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., at the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation.

The synagogue is at Santa Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar. Information: lakechapalajewishcongregation.com.

San Andrés Mass

“God’s love is so overwhelming, he loves us totally, however hateful, sinful and unworthy we are. There is no way to express this love in our own lives except by modelling ourselves on Christ, the heavenly man, and loving our enemies as he loves them. It is then that we are most like our Father in heaven.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min. will offer the homily “The Love of Our Father,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, February 24, 9 a.m.

San Andrés is at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 24, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message with the theme “Rewards” based on Luke 6:27-38.

All are welcome to come and worship. Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service.

The CCL Lunch Bunch will meet at Lake Taco Restaurant, Libramiento 132, Local 23, in Plaza Interlago, Ajijic, 766-2945. Two tables of 8 (16) are reserved for 1 p.m.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, February 28, 3 p.m. in the home of Elizabeth Carroll, located at Galeana 35 in Ajijic. All are welcome to learn about the inspired contents of the Bible.

Information: christchurchlakeside.org.

Lake Chapala Baptist

“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin” (Proverbs 13:3).

Instead of complaining, you need to think differently. The Bible says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). It also says,”Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, or admirable, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). God would not tell us to do something that is impossible. You can choose what you let your mind dwell on. Battle the thoughts that don’t line up with Scripture through prayer and Bible study. Try it and don’t let your life “come to ruin.”

Lake Chapala Baptist Church is at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. English-language Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m.; English-language worship service is at 11 a.m. and Spanish-language worship service is 12:30 p.m.

Abundant Life Church

What can be said of people who start off well in their walk with God but then take a sudden detour? The apostle Paul was equally mystified by the actions of some believers. In his letter to the Galatians he asks the penetrating question, ¨Who has bewitched you?¨  As believers we can avoid being fooled by all the things that could lead us astray.  Sunday, February 24, Pastor Gary gives some insight into how you can live the life that Jesus purposed for you to live…As a faithful believer.

Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and has services for everyone. Worship service in English is held Sundays, 10 a.m., and Bible Study, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sundays, noon. Spanish Bible studies are Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. A children’s ministry is held Saturday, noon, and bilingual youth meet Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month. Once a month, the women meet for a time of fellowship and the study of the Word of God. Come and be a part of vibrant worship and the life changing presence of God.

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

Little Chapel by the Lake

Pastor Lahry Sibley will share from his life experiences with God at the worship service February 24, 11 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake. A comida immediately follows in the fellowship room. All are welcome. 

A Women’s Bible Study takes place Tuesday, February 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship room.

Like to sing? Join “Fun with Music” on Wednesday, February 27, 4-5 p.m. at La Valentina assisted living facility. Carpool from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m. 

Join the congregation for a music worship service ,” Wednesday, February 27, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Little Chapel by the Lake is at Chapala-Ajijic Highway 10 in Chula Vista, opposite Mirasol. Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Sunday, February 17, The Rev. Robbin Moore will preside and preach.

St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist begins Sunday, 10 a.m., and bilingual Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. Coffee hour and a time of fellowship and welcome follow the service.

The ladies and men’s combined lunch will be held Tuesday, February 26, 12:30 p.m.at Viva Mexico restaurant in San Juan Cosala.

The Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be Tuesday, February 5. Sign up Sunday in the garden.

Every Sunday, Operation Feed, the 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 the donations to Lakeside’s neediest families.

Every donation or consignment made to St. Andrew’s resale shop, Todo Bueno, benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s. Todo Bueno is located 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.

Unitarian Universalists

What the What? Reflections on Love and Death.

Who knew time was going to move quite this fast? And what are people supposed to do with the time have left in their lives? Susan Miller will reflect on these questions using  writings from the late Rev. Forrest Church, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, and Dr. Oliver Sacks, famed neurologist and author at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, February 24.

Helen White will be service leader.

The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Possibly, not all of us would welcome God’s directive to a specific task, at His discretion.  Drawing from Exodus 3:1-6, Pastor Bill Nichols will preach on God’s call to Moses from the burning bush, Sunday, February 24. Moses had plenty of excuses why he was the wrong person for the job; nevertheless, he obeyed, and went to deliver the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt.

Communion is now offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th of the month).

ESL program continues Saturday mornings, and the program is overwhelmed with individuals wishing to learn English. Anyone willing to help does not need to be a member of LPC to teach a beginning level class. Contact Johan VanderPloeg at 763-5020 for details.

The LPC nurse is on-site Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., and Tuesday mornings. Blood glucose checks Sunday, February 17, after service. This service is offered every third Sunday.

Seniors’ Social Drop-In is Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and includes a light lunch, games and fun. Make new friends!  No need to be lonely when you have family at Lakeside!

Lakesiders, are you ready to step up to volunteer? Do you want to be involved?  Call (376) 106-0853.

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; Fridays, Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. in the library.

Home Church Int’l

In this part of the world, it is unlikely that we would hear the term “underground” used very often. In history, we are told of underground railroads. Underground malls are not uncommon. However, the term is not uncommon among those who must protect themselves if trying to worship without alerting the opposition. In a country as large as China, with a population of approximately 1.4 billion, there may be as many 50 million underground churches, which face a lot of persecution.  There are a few state regulated churches, but underground groups are not under any regulation because they are secret.

Christians and Christianity are being persecuted around the world, even in the United States. House churches are not that visible and can continue with worship and study unnoticed - not visible. Our dependence is upon the Lord. 

Contact Pastors Paul and Susana Allen at (332) 242-8648. Information: 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..

Riberas Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation: Two periods of quiet meditation and a guided Mindfulness Meditation video are offered Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is for anyone who wants to practice Mindfulness Meditation, beginner to advanced.

Ramana Maharshi Satsang: Listen to current day teachers of non-duality, then try a period to practice self-inquiry, Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

No cost. Free books provided for both groups.

Hosted by Richard Clarke and Carol Johnson. San Luis 73, Riberas del Pilar. Call (376) 765-6976.

Meditation Circle

The Chapala Meditation Circle of Self Realization Fellowship holds meditation services Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” founded Self Realization Fellowship in 1920 to make available the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga, a sacred spiritual science originating millennia ago in India.

Information about the meditation service: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 333-598-7577. The website for Self Realization Fellowship is yogananda-srf.org.




Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega, the archbishop of Guadalajara (top), officiated at a Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Centro Educativo Jaltepec, Sunday, February 10. Jaltepec is a technical university in hotel and hospitality management in Jocotepec that currently hosts 39 students. Of the six hotel and hospitality management schools in Mexico, Jaltepec is the only one qualified as a technical university and offering a degree.  More than 400 people were invited for the special visit by the Virgen de Zapopan (above). The Jaltepec students performed choral duties during the Mass, backed up musicians from Lakeside’s CREM music school and a few solo hymns performed by CREM director Emmanuel Medeles. A formal dinner was held after the mass for the 400 guests, many of whom were members of Beca CDMX and Beca GDL, two organizations that help fund scholarships for the female students of Jaltepec, as well as many Jaltepec past directors, instructors and alumni. Linda Buckthorp (above) was feted at the event for her 20 years of service as managing facilitator for Jaltepec.

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