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Weekly Worship - December 11, 2021

Lakeside Presbyterian

Pastor Wayne, will give the sermón this Sunday.

An important word in the book of Matthew is “fulfilled.” The word can be a prophecy fulfilled, or it can be a parallel within God’s work through history. In the Old Testament Joshua is known as a “type” of Christ--that is, things in Jesus’ life parallel with Joshua. For example, both the name Joshua and the name Jesus mean “the Lord saves.” Joshua places 12 Stones by the River Jordan to represent the 12 tribes of Israel; Jesus appointed 12 disciples to also represent those 12 tribes. Today will we will look at how Jesus perfectly fulfilled the life of Joshua.

In-church services are at 9:30 a.m. for the English language service, and 11 a.m. for the Spanish language service. All masking and distancing protocols are in place as we continue with no attendance limits.

If you need someone to pick you up to come to church, contact LPC at 376-106-0853.

Unitarians

The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship offers in-person services for those who are fully vaccinated at the fellowship hall located on the Carretera at Hidalgo 261, Riberas del Pilar (and also on Zoom). Covid-19 protocols are followed and masks are required.

Rev. Matt Alspaugh will give the sermon “To Know the Dark, Go Dark,” Sunday, December 12, 10:30 a.m.

A favorite Wendell Berry poem begins: “To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark.” Our culture eschews the darkness, fears it, chases it away. And yet, the darkness has much to offer us. But going into the dark can be a fearful thing. In this time of seasonal darkness, it’s good to reflect on how we might relate with the darkness in our lives and in the world around us. If we do so, we just might, as Berry tells us, learn that “the dark, too, blooms and sings.”

Joan Ward will be service leader.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

On the third Sunday of Advent, December 12, St. Andrew’s Anglican is open for worship. All Covid protocols are followed, and masks must be worn.

The Reverend Robbin Moore will preach and celebrate Holy Communion.

A live-stream service at standrewsriberas.org begins at 10 a.m.

Sue Powell will offer weekly Zoom sessions on Wednesday during Advent, from 10-11 a.m. on December 15 and 22. These sessions will give attendees the opportunity to practice different forms of contemplative prayer and meditation, and to reflect upon images and readings for the season. To register email 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 carol sing will be Thursday, December 16, 2 to 4 pm. Sign up to bring a main dish or salad.

Christmas Eve service is at 4 p.m., with choir and instrumental accompaniment. Mulled wine and soft drinks after the service. Christmas day service is at 10 a.m., with special music.

St. Andrew’s feeding program collects non-perishable food items to donate to “Operation Feed,” which feeds about 140 families in and around San Juan Cosalá. Pledge envelopes marked “RICE” or “BEANS” are available every Sunday.

After our service, please join us for coffee and cookies in the garden.

Every donation or consignment to our Todo Bueno resale shop benefits St. Andrew’s Outreach Ministry and enables our parish to support a number of Lakeside charities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

St. Andrew’s volunteer phone/email tree stays in touch with all members personally every week.

To be part of our parish family, contact Rev. Robbin at 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.. Information: 332-267-6643, standrewsriberas.org.

Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, December 12, at the 11 a.m. praise and worship service, Pastor Pete Campbell will speak and share from the Word of God in the book of Matthew. How to be a Blessing, in the Feasting at the King’s Table series. Little Chapel by the Lake is located on the Ajijic-Chapala Highway #10 in Chula Vista.

Women’s Bible study continues in the book of Ephesians, at the Little Chapel, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

A Christmas related video will be screened Wednesday, December 15, 4 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

Conversational Spanish is Fridays at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, open to all who are interested in improving their spoken Spanish.

Anyone interested in contributing to a special need for Mama Cleo’s boys’ home to have a vehicle for transportation (to school, etc.) contact Alex Berndardo, who is heading up this fundraiser, at 331-118-8290.  To donate specifically, go to: www.paypal.com/paypalme/Alexbg912. Looking for donors for a matching fund by an anonymous donor for up to US$5,000.

A bit thank you to everyone who helped out with the food despensas in San Juan Tecomatlan December 7. We are still collecting jackets and coats to give away. Please drop them off in the big purple box in front of the Chapel.

The Christmas Eve carol sing will be held Friday, December 24, 5 p.m.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, December 12, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Service in person and via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. in our location two doors east, and on the same side, of the La Huerta Eventos Center.

Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate and give a message “What Should We Do?” based on Luke 3:7-18. Masks are required. Those wishing to have brunch/lunch will meet at noon in Yves’ Restaurant, Carretera West, Ajijic, 376-766-3565. 

The Loaves and Fishes Food Distribution will not be held Tuesday, December 14. Information/monetary donation: Al Ramos, 332-384-2343, email: 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..

The Bible study, hosted by Rev. Danny Borkowski, will be via Zoom December 15, 1:30 p.m. All are invited to learn about the inspired contents of the Bible and share their insights with each other.

To receive the Zoom sign-in information to join the Holy Eucharist service and/or the Bible study, contact Rev. Jim Powers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 322-356-0382.

Abundant Life Church

Have you ever asked yourself why you are here? As the years pass we may feel like we are just existing and that the best years have long gone. According to the Bible this is not true. As long as we have breath, we have a reason to be here on this earth. God has a special plan for us all and He is not done using us. Come Sunday, December 12, as we see just how great the plan of God is for each one of us and the incredible things that God can do through us.  

Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and has services for everyone. English Sunday service is at 10 a.m., also at abundantlifechapala.com. Bible studies are in person Wednesdays, 11 a.m., Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140 in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

Lake Chapala Baptist

“There is a vast desire in humanity for peace,” Pastor John Linton stated during last week’s inspiring sermon at LCBC, “but the world is lost in sin under the government of Satan, exalting self above everything else.

“There will be no peace in the world without God. The hope of this world is in Him and in Christ alone our peace is found.

“Believers have hope that what God has in store for us is good, and all it costs us is faithfulness. God’s purpose always succeeds, and in God, we can possess both the present and the future. Come,” he concluded, “let’s walk in the light of the Lord together!”

Share thoughtful weekly sermons, uplifting music, God-driven fellowship, and an ongoing thirst for true wisdom at Lake Chapala Baptist Church every Sunday, 10:45 a.m. Adult Sunday school 9:45 a.m., and Bible study groups Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Santa Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. Covid protocols are observed.

Information: 376-765-2925; lakechapalabaptistchurch.com or LCBC Facebook page.

Don’t miss LCBC’s Christmas program, “Advent of Hope, the Spirit of Christmas.” Music of the season, carol singalongs, and inspiring readings, with three different dates and venues to choose from: December 11 at Mama’s Musical Bar (free), December 14 at Sol y Luna (dinner show 350 pesos); and December 15 at LCBC (free). All programs start at 3:30 pm.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Guadalajara

St. Mark’s welcomes everyone to the Christmas season, beginning Sunday, December 12, 5 p.m., with the traditional Anglican mix of music and scriptural readings, Lessons and Carols. Soprano Guadalupe Blanco performs Schubert’s “Ave Maria” with an eight-member choir at that event, along with Advent music. Rev. John Burk presides. Sunday, December 19, a traditional posada will be held in the garden after a bilingual Mass at 11:30 a.m.; please bring a dish to pass. Optional pozole and fixin’s for 100 pesos.

A Christmas Eve, musical Mass will be celebrated 6 p.m. with an excellent 8-member choir, leading the congregation in carols and anthems, culminating in Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah.”

Mass in English Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Spanish Mass at 12:30 p.m. Masking and social distancing at all events. Chichimecas 836 at Aztecas, Col. Monraz, 8 blocks behind Plaza Mexico. www.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. Information: 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.. Tel. 332-590-7760.

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