St. Andrew’s Anglican
The Reverend Robbin Moore will preside and preach on Sunday, February 16, at St. Andrew’s service of Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.
Coffee hour, a time of fellowship and welcome, follows the service.
St. Andrew’s annual general meeting will be held after services on Sunday, February 16.
Taizé Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 19 and March 18. For more information on Taizé and its contemplative service of music, readings and prayer, see taize.fr/en. All are welcome to attend.
New date for the Bishop’s ham dinner: Friday afternoon, February 21. $300 pesos. Social hour 4:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. Funds raised will help defray some of Bishop Ricardo’s travel expenses to attend the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, Kent, England, this summer.
Every Sunday, Operation Feed, a 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 this food to the Lakeside’s neediest families.
St. Andrew’s is at Calle San Lucas 19, a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.
Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Sunday, February 16, 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate and give a message with the theme “God’s Law and Love” based on Matthew 5:21-37.
Coffee is 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.
The congregation and friends will meet will meet in the church hall to enjoy a potluck.
Tuesday February 18, 1:15 p.m., a GAM Food Distribution will be held at the last soccer field on Calle Revolucion (the street where Ajijic’s Wednesday market is held). Help is always needed to fill the buckets with food.
The Bible Study meets on Wednesday, February 19, 1 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.
Kathy Koches will explore the many aspects of love, and how it can change a person’s life, Sunday, February 16, at the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Sunday Service Planning Meeting will be held after the service at noon. All who are interested are welcome. We want to find out what subjects you would like to hear about on Sundays. We also want to talk with members interested in helping with services, as a presenter, services leader, reader or other role. Contact Richard Clarke if you have questions, at 376-765-6976.
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.
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.
LPC’s sermon series on “The Purpose-Driven Life” continues. Your purpose as a living being on Earth is not found within you or around you; it is found by looking upward to the One who created you. Hebrews 2:1: “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” This is the biblical text around which this week’s sermon is based. The second of God’s purposes for our lives is, “ You were formed for God’s Family.”
Dr. Cook recently spoke with a couple considering moving here to Paradise Chapala. For someone relocating to a place with a different culture, language and rules, the consensus is that the best place to get acclimated is in a friendly church. You are immediately accepted as family, and somebody will be able to answer questions, or steer you to someone who can. Join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
LPC’s Praise Team, now a dozen voices strong, leads our congregation in uplifting harmonies every Sunday. Lend your voices to the joy!
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, 6 a.m.
Little Chapel by the Lake
Sunday, February 16, Dwayne Hartup will speak on The Parable of the Three Servants from Mathew 25:14-30 at the Little Chapel by the Lake. What is our obligation to use the gifts that God gave us?
Stay after the service for a friendly family-style meal in the fellowship hall.
Bible studies are held Tuesday, February 18, 10 a.m.
Complimentary ESL classes with David Whatley are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Information: 332-248-7694.
Wednesday, February 19, Fun with Music will sing at Casa Nostra assisted living center at Santa Margarita 8 in Riberas del Pilar, from 4-5 p.m. Carpooling from the Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Conversational Spanish classes still open for more students Friday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m., all are welcome to a “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” Open to anyone at Lakeside who wants to pray for our nations, world, friends and family.
Lake Chapala Baptist
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God does have a plan for you. Take courage in that and seek Him for what it might be but also trust Him as He lays it out for you. He may have the same destination that is on your heart, but the route He takes you on may be completely different than what you might expect. His plan for you will always include your wellbeing, protection, and future. Be faithful in what He has given you right now and be patient as everything unfolds. Where is Your Hope? What are you putting your hope in? Is it a career? Maybe it is a relationship? Your hope needs to be in Jesus Christ and Him alone. Our ultimate future is wrapped up in Him and what He has in store. Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t working out how you would like. One day everything will turn out much better than you can imagine when Christ returns. Remember, God does have a plan for you.
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
What do you treasure more than anything? Everyone could have a different answer. One could treasure family, and another, the time they have to practice their hobby. As believers, the thing that we should treasure more than anything is the Lord. More precious than gold or silver is Jesus. If that is the case, why do so many forget and chase after things that will not count in the end? Sunday, February 16, Pastor Gary shows from scripture how forgetting weakens us and breaks God´s heart. These same scriptures give us insight into how we can remain faithful through the years. God is our treasure and we should never forget that we are his treasure as well.
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, 6:30 p.m.
The church is at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140, San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from Super Lake. Information: 331-417-7038.
You will hear people say, “We live in an imperfect world,” and that’s true. We all see and experience both good and evil so it really comes down to this, “What am I going to do with my life?” If I say that I’m a Christian believer, shouldn’t my life reflect that faith? Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the first light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full light of day.” Some mornings I sit and watch as the first gleam of dawn peeks over the horizon. I’m mesmerized by the increasing light until the brilliance and warmth of the sun welcomes me to another day. That’s how my life should affect others, warming them and giving them light for their path. But I have to be righteous in order to live that life and that requires faith in the God of righteousness. When I place my trust in Him He gives me His righteousness and the power to live that life.
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.
Home Church Int’l
Retirement, no less! Let’s be honest enough to admit what our focus is. Is it probably limited to self and our selfish pleasures? No, there’s nothing wrong with finally enjoying the fruits of our labors. Does being retired really mean ridding ourselves of all responsibility? Is there really anything to our beings besides ease and entertainment? Is our outlook on life shallow or deep? Does this one-time existence mean anything more than satisfying self? Have we sobered up enough about our existence here and beyond to see if we’ve had the right perspective and insight?
Pastors Paul and Susana Allen like to initiate their spoken messages by involving the audience in repeating, “It’s not about me; it’s all about Him”. This is our Creator’s design for us. Why? Because we are eternal creatures, our spirits winging past the grave. It’s like when Jesus addressed His Father, “But Father, not my will be done, but Thine.” God will lead if you will follow.
This week’s Satsang will be held Wednesday, February 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m. The topic will be Ramana Maharshi’s “Who am I,” Paragraph 9: “That which arises in the physical body as ‘I’ is the mind.”
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-
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.
Chichimecas 836 at Aztecas, Col. Monraz, end of route Bus 33-A. See stmarksanglican.org.
Iglesia Cristiana Agape
Bilingual Christian Church Service Sundays at 6 p.m., with music. Calle Nudo de Cempoaltepetl 842, Col. San Marcos, Guadalajara.