Christ Church Lakeside
Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 14, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Rite Two at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate while Jerry Stiles gives the message.
Following the coffee hour, the Lunch Bunch will meet, 1 p.m. at Gosha’s Restaurant, Carretera Oriente 24, Ajijic,
The Bible Study meets Thursday, July 18, 3 p.m. at Elizabeth Carroll’s home, Galeana 35 in Ajijic. All are welcome to learn about the inspired contents of the Bible and share their insights with each other.
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.
This Sunday, Carolyn Hansen’s sermon “A Worthy Life” ponders: “We’ve all been to enough memorial services to recognize that some lives have been better lived than others. We all want to live a good and worthy life, and through the words of the apostle Paul, God tells us how we can do it.”
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.
Weekly despensas for needy Lakeside families now include cartons of milk, donated by the LPC congregation. Shelf-stable milk can be dropped by LPC any Sunday at receptacles in the foyer. Fruit and veggies also welcomed.
Social Drop-In and Sixties Singalongs, Tuesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Light snacks are served, 2 p.m. All are welcome.
Volunteers wanted for buying children’s clothing in the Chapala tianguis. Call Gary and Marcee Smith, (376) 766-5590. So many of our little folks really lack adequate clothing.
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.
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Bishop Ricardo Joel Gomez Osnaya will preside and preach, Sunday, July 14.
St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., and bilingual Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
Operation Feed welcomes donations of non-perishable food items every Sunday. 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? If so, don’t forget Todo Bueno. Donations or consignments benefit St. Andrew’s Outreach Ministry. Everything from clothing, kitchenware, electronics, books, furniture, appliances, collectibles to sports equipment are welcomed.
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.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Pastor Lahry discusses Experiencing God and “full battle armor,” Sunday, July 14, asking what they have in common.
Non-denominational worship service, 11 a.m. A family “comida” is held after the service. All are welcome.
Bible studies of Acts and Romans, 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 9,
Fun with Music heads to Casa Nostra assisted living care center for a sing-along, Wednesday, July 17. Meet at the Chapel to carpool, 3:30 p.m.
Also, Wednesday, “Against All Odds” about the inception of the Israeli state, 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel.
Information: Belva, (376) 766-2538.
Sunday, July 14, Karyn Carpenter speaks on “God Went to Beauty School” while Trudy Crippen gives the sermon at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalists Fellowship. This sermon is inspired by UU ministers Michelle Buhite and George Beach and features the poetry of Newbery Prize-winning author and poet Cynthia Rylant.
The service explores various questions: What do people mean by God? How does reading help many connect with their inner gods? Why would God choose for Carpenter to become a manicurist when she could have chosen to be a hair cutter, colorist, or masseur?
The Unitarians meet Sundays, 10:30 a.m., at Hidalgo 261, on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the Catholic Church. More information: (376) 766-2299.
Lake Chapala Baptist
Kings 19:9 states, “He entered a cave there and spent the night. Suddenly, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah has just defeated the 400 prophets of Baal. He summoned fire from Heaven, and it consumed his sacrifice. For most people, this would be a victory parade. However, Elijah’s victory infuriated Jezebel, and she wanted him dead. In fear, Elijah ran for the hills and ended up in a cave. When he got there, God asked him, “What are you doing here? I just helped you defeat the prophets of Baal and one woman threatens your life, and you run in fear?”
It is easy to get spooked from time to time. What’s interesting is that it often happens right after God has done a work in our lives. Instead of trusting the Lord to protect us, we run in fear. This causes a chain reaction of bad decisions. The next thing you know, you are in a place you didn’t expect to be. The danger here is that we can lose hope and end up staying in that place for a long time. We do that by complaining about how bad our life is.
There is a way out. Elijah listened to the Lord and went on doing the work the Lord gave him to do. He stopped throwing a pity party and got back to what he was supposed to be doing. Our attitude dictates a lot of where we find ourselves. God didn’t give Elijah a pep talk. He just told him to go and do what He asked him. Motion overcomes emotion. Get going and watch as your attitude changes. If you wait for your attitude to change before you go, you may never get going.
Lake Chapala Baptist Church is at Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. English-language Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; English-language worship service, 11 a.m., and Spanish-language worship service, 12:30 p.m.
Abundant Life Church
Do you want to be blessed by God? I think everyone would respond with an enthusiastic “yes.” The problem is that only a few understand what it means to be blessed by him. Even fewer are willing to do what it takes. Everyone who calls on the name of Jesus is blessed with an invitation to know Him. His blessings focus on the relationship that the believer has with him rather than material things. God blesses so that we can be a blessing to others but the hardest part is doing what it takes to get blessed. Come Sunday, July 14, as we discover what God wants from us. We just may find out that it is also what we want from Him.
Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and has services for everyone. Weekly Sunday worship services, 10 a.m.. and Bible study in English, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Spanish language services, Sundays, noon, and Bible studies, Fridays, 6:45 p.m. Children’s ministry, Saturday, noon, and youth, Saturdays, 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.
Spiritual liberation – self-realization and enlightenment – come from knowledge, not from any action or activity, not from mental know-how, but rather from 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) are a time to come together and listen to contemporary teachers’ instruction on Ramana’s teachings and then meditate as a group. They 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. Register at (376) 765-6976.
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
It’s amazing to see how many people occasionally attend church, or maybe even often, who are a little misguided. They could be mulling over what is important to them in this venture, depending on if the service measures up to their expectations. What about their chosen proximity to the pulpit? They may or may not want to be in any limelight. Let us question what this is about.
A place in the pews hardly measures up to what our one true God intended as worship. Jesus had an experience with this. One afternoon, He rested Himself besides Jacob’s well in Samaria. A Samaritan woman soon arrived to draw water. Jesus asked for a drink but the woman was shocked because Jews would not normally do this. Jesus talked to her about His living water yet she tried to change the subject, something about where to worship. In short, He explained that the most important thing was that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Pastors Paul and Susana Allen urge all to focus our motive on exalting the Lord.
San Andrés Mass
Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at English-language Mass, Sunday, July 14, 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, July 14, 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.