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Weekly Worship - September 22, 2018

San Andrés Mass

“We worship the Son of God, the wisdom that came down from above and became the servant of all.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., will offer the homily “Christ, the Son of God” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, September 23, 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 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday, September 23, with the Holy Eucharist at the new time of 11 a.m. in La Huerta Eventos Center. Rev. Chris Wysock will preside and give a message “Right Side Up or Upside Down?” based on Mark 9:30-37.

The Lunch Bunch meet at 12:45 p.m. and dine in Sunrise Restaurant Carretera Ote. 119C in San Antonio Tlayacapan, (376) 766-6123, following the refreshments and coffee after the service.

The Bible Study meets Tuesday, September 25, 1 p.m., in the home of Elizabeth Carroll, at Galeana 35 in Ajijic. All are welcome to learn about and discuss the inspired contents of the Bible.

Christ Church Lakeside will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 6, at Yves’ Restaurant starting at 2:30 p.m. All animals and their owners are welcome.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, September 23, Rev. Bill Nichols takes his sermon from Paul’s liturgy for Communion, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. After taking the bread and the cup, Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” The first Sunday of next month, Lakeside Presbyterian (LPC) will do just that. We remember the life and teachings of Jesus. focusing on how His life affects us today.

Outreach News: LPC volunteers keep outreach initiatives humming. Distribution of the necessities of life continue, staple food items, clothing, classes in crafts and English, to assist those needing to advance their life prospects. At this moment, LPC needs clothing and shoes in good condition, particularly for children. Some children cannot attend school because they have no shoes. Just drop off what you can at the church. If your lime, orange, avocado or other fruit trees produce more than you can consume, perhaps you might share with the folks receiving food packages. It’s God’s bounty, put to good use; just drop it off, we’ll look after the rest.

Interested in volunteering? Contact LPC’s office/administrator at (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.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Pastor Jim Andrew says: “It started when Irene bought me ‘The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds’ with the snappy red vinyl weatherproof cover. Soon to follow was the guide on butterflies, and then the one on wildflowers. Over the years I’ve racked up a box full of the series. Actually, I think the only one I don’t have is the ‘Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Slugs.’”

He continues: “A really cool idea though, would be a Field Guide for Life. Something practical. Instructional. Inspirational. Weatherproof, it would be helpful in those times in life when the winds are contrary. Actually something like that was authored by the Lord when He modeled for us a life of purpose. The gospels record His extraordinary love in action to even the unlikeliest of people. The list is notorious for its shysters, crooks, hookers and lowlifes. And those became some of his best disciples! The religious types hated him for that but he would not be stopped. God knows they tried. But even nailed to a cross, his arms were stretched out as if to tell the world. “I love you THIS much.” Oh, and the thief crucified next to him? He was invited heavenward for dinner.”

Would you like to live life on purpose? Join the friendly folks at the Little Chapel by the Lake, Sunday, September 23, 11 a.m. as Pastor Jim Andrew shares helpful tools from “A Field Guide for Life.”

Join us for a friendly family comida directly following the morning service.

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

Abundant Life Church

We are more than conquerors in Jesus. What does this mean? Is it that our battles are short because we always have the immediate victory? The answer to this is an obvious no, since, from personal experience, we know that sometimes the battle wages on and on in our lives. Why is this the case though? Sunday, September 23, Pastor Gary explains the spiritual benefits to the prolonged war that we as believers face.

Abundant Life Church’s worship service in English is held Sundays, 10 a.m., and Bible Study Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sunday at 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.

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

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Pastor Rodger Ericson will preside and preach on Sunday, September 23.

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

The 2019 Episcopal Calendar will be ready soon.  If you wish to order one, please let the office know before Sunday, September 30.

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.

Decluttering? Clearing out your closet? Don’t forget our own resale shop, Todo Bueno. Every donation or consignment you make benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s and enables the parish to financially support a number of charities around Lakeside.

Todo Bueno is located on the highway, just west of S&S Auto in Riberas de Pilar, and is open from 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

At the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, September 23, the topic is “Life in the Balance: Reflections on the Fall Equinox.”

The celebration of the Autumn Equinox, when light and darkness find their balance, is an ancient celebration of the harvest. It is a time of rejoicing, but also preparation for the dark, spare times ahead. We reflect on finding our balance in life, and on maintaining equilibrium even as we live in a world that seems to have wobbled wildly out of balance. Rev. Matt will give the presentation and Susan Miller will be the service leader. 

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

Lake Chapala Baptist

The gospel message focuses on the cross of Christ. That doesn’t seem very attractive to the natural mind. That’s because the wisdom of God is in direct opposition to the wisdom of the world. The world values power, wealth, noble birth and beautiful outward appearances. What appears to the world to be the foolishness of God (which is actually His wisdom) is wiser than the wisdom of the world and what appears to be God’s weakness (Christ dying on the cross) is stronger than the power of man.

The Jews wanted a powerful Messiah king who would physically defeat the Romans. The Gentiles were seeking philosophical wisdom. God gave them both: a Messiah who defeated all the forces of evil and His infinite wisdom encased in flesh. All the questions of life and eternity were answered at the cross. Spiritual salvation is provided by the Lord so that no one can boast about what they’ve done to earn eternal life and favor with God. He’s provided it as a free gift for all who believe.

Lake Chapala Baptist Church is at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m.

Riberas Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation: Two periods of quiet meditation and a guided Mindfulness Meditation video are offered Tuesdays, 3-4:15 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 a period to practice self-inquiry, Wednesdays, 3-4:30 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.

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 (mountain side of the carretera, diagonally across from Mom’s Restaurant). Contact (376) 766-2668 or lakechapalajewishcongregation.com.

The Lord’s Church

Pastor Ken asks, “How do we build a first-century church in the 21st century?”

As Dana Hagstrom recently wrote, “We are part of an organic group of spirit filled individuals who all bring gifts and abilities to share.” But how do those words translate to practice? Sunday, September 23, Pastor Ken will lead an important discussion about one of the most challenging biblical principles of The Lord’s Church: that we live up to our name. 

The Lord’s Church meets at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 131 in San Antonio Tlayacapan. Sundays, 10 a.m. Enjoy praise music by Redeemed, followed at 11 a.m. by TLC’s “Extraordinary Service,” including worship, praise, communion and this week’s conversation.

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Meditation Circle

The Chapala Meditation Circle of Self Realization Fellowship holds meditation services Thursdays, 7-9 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. These teachings embody a complete philosophy and way of life for achieving all-round success and wellbeing, as well as methods of meditation for achieving life’s ultimate goal – union of the soul with God.

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

Home Church Int’l

 A very popular term and subject of frequent conversations is the word “politics.” With the U.S. mid-term elections on the near horizon, politics is unavoidable. Normally it centers around governmental competition. A dictionary rendering of this word says that it is “the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group, achieving and exercising positions of governance.”

We understand that these matters of governmental choice can become quite testy, usually being identified as liberal or conservative. But, it goes deeper because it involves the soul, which is a combination of mind, will and emotion. When the Bible speaks of “heart,” it means the unity of the soul and spirit. The problem we see is a clash of the heart of persons who are pushing their political agendas. Even in the realm of Christian believers, spiritual unity may be forgotten.  These believers create divisions to arise which is displeasing to God. It is where politics and party have become more important than unity of faith in our Lord. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge all to prioritize their spiritual calling to please God first and foremost.

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