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Weekly Worship - February 16, 2019

Unitarian Universalists

Paul Bennett and Fred Koesling will give the presentation “Humans and the Rest of Life on our Planet” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, February 17.

Human beings have emerged as the dominant life form on our planet. People seem to have an ambivalent attitude to many species, loving some, competing for habitat and resources with most. How can humans, with the most developed brains, be ethical in their relationship to other species?

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

Lakeside Presbyterian

Sunday, February 17, Dr. Wayne Cook’s sermon is entitled  “Getting Ready for a Trip,”  with lessons drawn from Joshua 1:10-2:1 at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC). People prepare for travel differently, some carefully schedule and plan, others proceed without restraints. In the book of Joshua, the Hebrews  are preparing to enter the land God has promised. Their leader, Joshua, tells them to get ready for the trip, and then sends out spies into Jericho. Not everything goes as expected – providing valuable lessons for us as we plan our life’s journey.

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

ESL program continues Saturday mornings, and we are 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, 1-3 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; Pastor’s Forum, 11:15 a.m. following worship. Fridays, Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. in the Library.

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 2019 Episcopal Calendar is here. If you placed your order, drop by the office to pick up your copy. A few extra copies are available at 100 pesos.

Your 2019 Offering Envelopes are available in the parish office.

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? If you are, don’t forget St. Andrew’s resale shop, Todo Bueno. Every donation or consignment made benefits the Outreach Ministry of St. Andrew’s. Clothing, kitchenware, electronics, books, bric-a-brac, furniture, appliances, collectables, sports equipment, etc., brought to Todo Bueno enables the parish to financially support a number of charities around Lakeside.

Todo Bueno needs volunteers to serve as sales clerks. Shifts are 10 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 12:30-3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Contact Patti Gonzales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to volunteer.

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.

San Andrés Mass

“Nothing in this world can rob us of our peace of mind and interior joy, because our trust is not in man, but in the crucified and risen Christ.”

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min. will offer the homily, “Our Trust in the Lord,” at San Andrés Catholic Church’s service in English, Sunday, February 17, 9 a.m.

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

Little Chapel by the Lake

The Little Chapel by the Lake in San Antonio Tlayacapan welcomes Brother Lahry Sibley of Baton Rouge, Louisiana as their new Pastor. Bro Sibley is an ordained minister, and previously was a pastor and missionary in Mexico, Belize, Jamaica, the U.K., Nigeria, and India. He is a 45-plus-year Bible student, teacher, preacher and minister (servant). A man of vision, he is the father of eight children and numerous grandchildren. 

The inaugural service will welcome Brother Sibley to the Lakeside Christian Community. Service begins at 11 a.m. with a light lunch to follow. All are welcome.

A Women’s Bible Study takes place Tuesday, February 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship room.

Like to sing? Join “Fun with Music” on Wednesday, February 20, 4-5 p.m. at Casa Nostra. Carpool from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m. 

Little Chapel will show the movie “Experiencing God Testimonials,” Wednesday, February 20, 5:30 p.m.

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

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside, a mission of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 17, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Chris Wysock will preside and give a message with the theme “Pack Up All Your Cares and Woes” based on Luke 6:17-26.

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

You are invited to a parish potluck to be held after the service and the short refreshment time.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, February 21, 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.

Abundant Life Church

pg19Preparing in advance is a hallmark of a mature person. We prepare for the weekend, we prepare for next year and we even prepare for our death with the purchase of a burial plot. As mature people in Christ we also need to prepare for the future and make decisions today that will last forever. Sunday, February 17, Pastor Gary offers some specific guidelines to follow so that believers can be prepared for the days, weeks and years we have left here on earth serving the Lord. Being prepared can make all the difference in our lives so that we end this time on earth well.

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.

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

Lake Chapala Baptist

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10.)

“Accepting is not the same as approving, condoning, or even tolerating bad behavior. Acceptance is an act of the heart in which we recognize that, despite someone’s behavior, he or she has value in God’s sight, and we honor that. But this can be a hard thing to do! There are many ways to communicate acceptance to people. One of them is to listen to them with patience and compassion and receive them with love in the name of Jesus. Another is to refrain from mental condemnation and judgments, from constantly evaluating and analyzing (those things keep us from loving). We must take captive those thoughts of condemnation toward others, and submit to God. As we draw near to Him, we ask Him to love through us.”  

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.

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.

Kirtan Gathering

A Kirtan Gathering will be held Sunday, February 17, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Namaste Lake Chapala, a non-dual community at Angel Flores 5, in Ajijic. Experience the joy and serenity of Live Kirtan music followed by a silent meditation. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the Kirtan starts at 2:45 p.m.  Just bring yourself and an item for sitting comfort. There is no charge for this event.

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Home Church Int’l

Sometimes people will go see a movie just to see what it’s like. Maybe they have heard the opinions of others. This might even make them curious, or maybe even tempt them to venture out. The bottom line is their opinion and impression gained from going. Was it mere entertainment and nothing deeper? Was it a waste of time? Knowing that anyone can walk out at any time, there is no need to be nervous or afraid of the journey.  

In the spiritual realm, one might experience similar experiences. A worshiper who is new to a given church or fellowship should not experience fear or reticence. They may ask themselves, “Will I like it? Will I find it relevant to my life? Will I be encouraged in the understanding of my faith? Do I expect blessing or disappointment as I enter?” No one has anything to fear from a Spirit-led Christian worship service. It should be caring and loving. Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge all to join a “family” of God and be encouraged in faith.

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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.

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