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, December 7, 10:30 a.m., at the Center for Spiritual Living located at Nicholas Bravo 17, Ajijic, for a 30-minute group HU Chant followed by refreshments and fellowship time.
Matthew 1:22-23 King James Version. “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
This Sunday, Dr. Wayne Cook will speak of prophesy; there are over 300 Old Testament prophecies, many about Jesus’ birth. Matthew uses the phrase repeatedly about Christ, “that it might be fulfilled.”
Communion will be offered after the service.
The Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC) nurse is on site Mondays 1-3 p.m.
All are welcome to the LPC traditional Holiday Posada Thursday, December 12, 5 p.m.
An extensive Nativity scene collection from around the world will be on display at LPC Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, December 20, 5 p.m. a Freedom Chorale Christmas Concert will include traditional and fun holiday songs This entertaining concert. There will be a free-will offering.
Computer, sewing and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for any Spanish speakers are offered Saturday 10 a.m. Can you help with ESL classes? Contact Pastor Guillermo at 331-247-0003.
Come and sing with the Freedom Chorale 60s singalong with live guitar and snacks, Tuesday, December 10, 1 p.m.
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
Sunday, December 8, the Reverend Dr. Jim Priddy will preside and preach at St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m. Coffee hour, a time of fellowship and welcome, follows the service.
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 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
The worship service is at 11 a.m. Stay after the service for a family-style comida.
Bible studies in the book of Romans are held Tuesday, December 10, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, December 11, Fun with Music will sing at Casa Anastasia in Riberas del Pilar from 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Conversational Spanish classes open to the public are held Friday, 1 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m., all are welcome to a “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”
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.
Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Second Sunday of Advent (Advent Sunday) December 8, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Linda Ramos will preside and give the sermon “Repentance,” based on Matthew 3: 1-12.
Coffee and refreshments are available before and after the service.
Sunday School (in Spanish) convenes during the service at the Gospel Reading. Young people are welcome to share this time of lessons and discovery.
Those of the congregation and friends are invited to meet at 1 p.m. at Min Wah restaurant, Tepalo 96 in Ajijic. 376-766-0686.
The Bible Study meets Thursday, December 12, at Elizabeth Carroll’s home, Galeana 35 in Ajijic.
Lake Chapala Baptist
“’Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:14)
The Bible takes great pains to remind us how small we are. There’s a reason God’s Word makes so much of our smallness. He wants us to remember and consider how big He is. And not only is He great and mighty; He is also willing to help us with every issue we face. After all, if God has done the greater — the bigger — things, then won’t He attend to the smaller things as well? If He has saved you from hell and gifted you with eternal life, won’t He also help and sustain you in the tiniest details of your daily struggles? Gather up all your wants and needs; collect your emptiness and your worries (great and small). The Lord of the universe, who bought you with His blood, stands ready to help you.
Pastor John Linton will be bringing the message Sunday, December 8.
The church will hold its annual Christmas program with a soup dinner and fellowship following on Sunday, December 15, 6 p.m.
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.
Lew Crippen will give the sermon, “Judaism and Unitarian Universalism: Is There a Way Forward?” Sunday, December 8 at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Since the time of the rise of Reform Judaism in America, there has been speculation and even attempts to merge Reform Judaism and Unitarianism to some degree or another. In large part this idea has not gained currency and does not appear to be being seriously considered by any parties. The talk will examine the many points the two faiths have in common and the areas where there are sharp divisions.
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.
Over the years, societal standards have changed. What was once seen as wrong is now right and the other way around. So, in today’s world, how do you know what’s right and what’s wrong? Or, is there such a thing? Jesus was standing before Pontius Pilate, facing the possibility of death, when he said to him, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate’s answer was a question, “What is truth?” A lot of people ask that question, not just today but, in every age. Is there such a thing as “truth”?
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, because it’s all about the Word of God. In verse 160 it says, “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” The Bible makes that claim for itself, “all its words are true.” Maybe you believe that, and maybe you don’t but there’s a way to check it out. Examine the evidence by carefully reading the text, consider the claim, and decide for yourself.
Lakeside Community Fellowship meets 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.
Abundant Life Church
“When pigs fly!” “The roof would cave in!” These are the things that we have heard from people who could not believe that they would ever go to church because of their past. They could not believe that God would still want them or that the church would even welcome them. They discovered the truth — that God does want them and so do we. The fact is that God loves you and there is nothing that you can do to stop that. God, in his love, wants a relationship with you.
Sunday, December 8, discover just how much God loves you. You too may be one that states … “Pigs fly around here!”
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.
The church is at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. Information: 331-417-7038.
This week’s Satsang will be on Ramana Maharshi’s “Who am I,” Verse 2: “Who am I? Not the body, senses, or even the thinking mind.”
Ramana Maharshi taught Advaita Vedanta and Self-inquiry as the most direct way for Self-realization. This is looking within yourself to see what is always present, and never comes and goes.
We listen to videos of contemporary teachers. Then we meditate as a group – Self-inquiry.
Home Church Int’l
There is an old saying that “going into a churchhouse no more makes you a Christian than walking into a garage makes you a car.” No one need be offended by this, assuming they understand its truth and abide in the saved oneness with Jesus Christ. This saying could also be labeled “churchianity.” It only has the value of religion, of which Christianity is not. Christianity must only be referred to as a person, Jesus Christ, and His way of life.
Jesus said of false prophets, “By their fruits you shall know them.” He talks of what their lives are displaying and producing. Amazingly, it has virtually nothing to do with “being nice.” It has everything to do with living out your faith and walking with Jesus Christ. In the book of James 1:22 ampc we find, “Be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].”
San Andrés Mass
Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the English-speaking congregation, each Sunday, 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, each Sunday, 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.
St. Mark’s Anglican-Episcopal, Guadalajara
All are welcome to English Mass at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Michael Schirmacher officiates, with Ana Silvia Guerrero on organ and Debbie Matthew directing the choir. Spanish Mass is at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Manuel Sonora officiating.
St. Mark’s annual Lessons and Carols musical service is set for Sunday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. with Debbie Matthew directing an 8 to 10-member choir. Refreshments follow.
The Christmas Eve solemn, musical Mass is December 24, 6:30 p.m. Refreshments follow.
Chichimecas 836 at Aztecas, Col. Monraz, end of route Bus 33-A. Also see stmarksanglican.org.