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Weekly Worship - May 25, 2019

Jewish Congregation

Shabbat Torah services are held the first and third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.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.

Christ Church Lakeside 

Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 26, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Linda Ramos will celebrate and give the message, “My peace I leave with you.” 

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

Following worship, everyone is invited to CCL’s brunch at Yves Restaurant, Carretera Poniente 493 in West Ajijic, 1 p.m.

The Bible Study meets Thursday, May 30, 3 p.m., in the home of Elizabeth Carroll, Galeana 35 in Ajijic. All are welcome to learn about the inspired contents of the Bible and share their insights with each other.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, May 26, Pastor Lahry Sibley will be continuing his sermon series from Peter 1:2, “Cornerstones of the Christian Faith.”

Non-denominational worship service is at 11 a.m. A family “comida” is held after the service. All are welcome.

Tuesday, May 28, Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m. 

Wednesday, May 29, 4-5 p.m., Fun with Music heads to La Valentina assisted living care center for a sing-along, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at the Chapel to carpool at 3:30 p.m.

Also Wednesday, the Biblical drama “Risen” by Kevin Reynolds will be shown, 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel.

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, May 26, the Rev. Winston Welty 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.

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.

Todo Bueno needs volunteers to serve as sales clerks. Shifts are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Contact Patti Gonzales, 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..

St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

Lakeside Presbyterian

Quoting Jesus in Matthew 7:3, Pastor Bill Nichols asks, “Do you not see the beam in your eye?”

What is Jesus telling us, and what is the beam in one’s eye?

This is a  “Milk Sunday.” Please bring a cardboard container of unexpired milk for distribution to families who cannot afford the basic necessities. Also, if your garden or fruit trees are producing more than you consume, dropping off produce will be greatly appreciated. There is enough for everyone if we share.

Note: Communion is offered immediately after services on non-communion Sundays (2nd and 4th).  

Saturday morning classes for Spanish speakers continue: computer, sewing and English as a Second Language (ESL), 10 a.m. 

The LPC nurse is on-site Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., and Tuesday mornings. 

Social Drop-In is Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Light snacks are served, 1 p.m. 

LPC will introduce “Sixties Singalong” to Tuesday’s get-together beginning June 4, led by Freedom Chorale with live guitar. All are welcome.

Lakesiders with generous hearts greatly improve life for those who can barely afford food and clothing. Education, health services and many other initiatives also speed the process of giving people a “hand-up,” not just a “hand-out.” You can help: just call (376) 106-0853. It’s time joyfully spent.

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

Lake Chapala Baptist 

”All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.” (Proverbs 15:15.)

We take situations and replay them in our minds. We have conversations in our heads with people, and build a case against them, though we don’t really know what they are thinking. We tend to “nurse, curse, and rehearse” those things that happen to us. When we do this, we tend to make ourselves miserable and this reflects in our lives. It is important that we lead our lives in a positive manner and mirror God’s word. What are you meditating on? Get rid of the “oppressed and wretched” forecasts and share God’s love with others around you.

Brother John Whitener will bring the message on May 26.

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.

Unitarian Universalists

Sunday, May 26, Michael Reason speaks on “The Universal Power of Music” at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Music is the universal language that touches the soul. Reason, who is a pianist for the church and conductor at the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra, will give a talk about the way music speaks to all of us and defines who we are as spiritual beings.

Richard Clarke will lead the service.

The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church. Information: 376-766-2299.

Abundant Life Church

Is your life busy or a slow pace? Do you seem less or more stressed out than ten years ago?

The funny thing is that for many people, the changing of location or the advancement of years do very little as far as changing our lifestyle. Jesus expects the same of us. He changes us from the moment of our salvation and never expects that to slow down or be reversed. Jesus has a plan or a lifestyle that he expects all of us to emulate. 

Sunday, May 26, Pastor Gary brings to light scripture that point our lives in the direction that we need to live them.

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 Fridays, 6:45 p.m. A children’s ministry is held Saturday, noon, and bilingual youth meet Sunday, 6 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 (time and date announced each month). 

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

Lakeside Community  Fellowship

Lakeside Community Fellowship is a new and vibrant evangelical Christian fellowship, meeting every Sunday, 10 a.m. at Hidalgo 441, in the new Bravo Theatre directly adjacent to the Carretera. 

All are welcome to attend. Youth and children’s Sunday school classes are available during the service.  Information: Alan Pohl, 333-399-1501; Dave Powell, 332-208-9263.

Home Church Int’l 

Probably a majority of people think good of themselves. Not being renegades, hateful or perverts, they will say, “I think I am a pretty good person.” Often one’s basic role in life leads  one to form opinions, good or bad. A catch in this assessment is the fact that some are wearing a mask. A case in point is a city pastor who felt his role as ruler of that domain. He knew everyone expected him to be the “holy” one.  

Yet, our having known the church secretary quite well, she stated that, “He’s the meanest man I have ever known.”  

Opinions are not the real issue. Surprisingly, Jesus was approached by a man seeking eternal life who called the prophet a “good teacher.” Jesus replied to illustrate a point, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, namely, God. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He was not really pushing rules or legalism, but holiness, an authentic relationship with the Heavenly Father.  

Pastors Paul and Susana Allen point us to a saving relationship through Jesus Christ. 

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San Andrés Mass

Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at English-language Mass, Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. 

Sunday Masses in Spanish are scheduled at 7, 8 and 10 a.m., noon, 5, 7 and 8 p.m.

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

San Juan Bautista

Father Jose Louis Gonsalves will preside at English-language Mass held at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church in San Juan Cosala, Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. The church is located at Del Cardinal, across from the plaza.

San Antonio de Padua

An English-language Mass is held at this Catholic parish each Sunday, 10 a.m. Address: Ramon Corona 123, San Antonio Tlayacapan.

Riberas Meditation

Spiritual liberation – self-realization and enlightenment – come from knowledge, not from any action or activity, not from mental know-how, but rather from a deep internal knowledge. Self-realization is not transformation, but a revelation of who you are and always have been.

Ramana Maharshi was the leading Indian spiritual teacher of the 20th century. He taught the practice of self-inquiry as the most direct way to Self-knowledge. This is looking within yourself to see what is true – and what is not true – about your own sense of identity, your ego.

Weekly spiritual gatherings – satsangs – a time to come together and listen to contemporary teachers’ instruction on Ramana’s teachings and then meditation as a group – self-inquiry – are hosted Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the house of Richard and Carol, San Luis 73, Riberas del Pilar. There is no cost for satsang and books and meditation materials will be provided. Space is limited, so register today at (376) 765-6976.

HU Chant

Chanting HU, an ancient name for the Divine while in a contemplative state, is a simple technique to open your heart to greater happiness, love, inner peace and understanding. Join in Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m., at the Center for Spiritual Living, 17 Nicholas Bravo, Ajijic, for a short (30-minute) group HU Chant followed by refreshments and fellowship time. Information: Hallie Shepherd, 766-1047 or 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.. 

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