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Weekly Worship - December 31, 2022

Little Chapel by the Lake

Sunday, Thomas Walker will be in the pulpit with another insightful sermon on the Church of Christ, with Him as our head, and we, the body.

We are located on the Ajijic Chapala highway 10 in Chula Vista. Sunday service begins at 11 a.m

Donations for our food mission in San Juan Tecomatlan are always gladly accepted via our big purple box in front of the Chapel. Thank you for continuing to contribute to this worthy cause. Our next distribution January 3, will include our Dia de los Reyes gifts for the children of the people that we support with food despensas in San Juan Tecomatlan. Meeet at the Chapel, 3 p.m. to carpool to the village.

Beginning January 2, Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., “What does the Bible say about healing for today?”

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., a small group meets for fellowship and prayer at the Chapel.

Little Chapel telephone: 376-766-2538.

Unitarian Universalists

“Gratitude” is the topic for the January 1, 2023 service. After the holidays, it is a good time to reflect on ALL we are grateful for. And we all have so much! Dee Dee Camhi is the presenter and Carol Johnson is the service leader.

Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship services are Sundays, 10:30 a.m. In-person services are now available at Hidalgo 261, Riberas del Pilar.

Lake Chapala Baptists

“What’s the difference between a commercial Christmas and the way we, as Christians, celebrate the birth of Christ?” Interim deacon Ed Garnett challenged us with this question right at the begin-ning of his sermon on Christmas morning. “We cannot allow ourselves to get mired down in a commercial Christmas,” he said. “Our Christmas isn’t over on December 25. Our Christmas will never end.

“When you surrender all you have to Jesus— all your being, your very existence to Him— you will become a joint heir with Christ. You will inherit eternal life in a new heaven on a new earth. Sin will be eliminated, and all sorrow and fear and death itself will pass away. And He will reign forever.”

May the coming year bring your heart and spirit true peace in the security of God’s gentle presence.

Share memorable weekly sermons, uplifting music, and an ongoing thirst for true wisdom Sundays, 10:45 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Baptist Church. Sta. Margarita 147, Riberas del Pilar. LCBC’s bilingual services are Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

The LCBC Choir extends thanks to those of our community who attended one of their Advent programs, sang familiar carols with them, and united in joyful celebration for the arrival of the infant king and His wondrous, continuing Love.

Christ Church Lakeside

Christ Church Lakeside will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus by celebrating the Holy Eucharist together, and via Zoom, on Sunday, January 1, 2023, 10:30 a.m.  Rev. Christine Wysock will be the celebrant and give the message. Those wishing to have brunch after the Service will meet at noon at Scallion Ajijic Bistro, Boulvard De Jin XI 117, Ajijic, 376-766-2301.

The Loaves and Fishes Food Distribution will be held Tuesday, January 3, 1 p.m. at Jesus Carcia 11 in San Antonio. If you wish to give a monetary donation, contact Al Ramos, 332-384-2343, 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 resume via Zoom January 4, 1 p.m.

To receive the Zoom sign-in information for joining the Holy Eucharist service and/or the Bible Study, contact Rev. Danny Borkowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 376-766-2495, or Rev. Jim Powers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 322-356-0382.

Christ Church Lakeside wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

Lakeside Presbyterian

This week Pastor Wayne, will talk about: “Discipleship, Being Disciple of Christ.”

Mark was probably written by John Mark, and is likely the oldest of the gospel accounts. John was his Jewish name; Mark was his Gentile name. On the first missionary journey with Paul and Barnabas, Mark abandoned the trip. Paul later refused to work with Mark on the second missionary journey, though evidently they later reconciled. All ancient traditions agree that Mark died a martyr.

Some think Mark was like a scribe for Peter and that Peter was largely the book source. As we begin, it is important to consider the context in which the Book of Mark was written. It is thought that Mark wrote the book as a way of sharing the teachings and miracles of Jesus with a wider audience, and as a way of encouraging others to follow in his footsteps as disciples.

In today’s passage from The Book of Mark, Jesus teaches us about the importance of living out our faith, being servants to others, and prioritizing following him above all else. These three points may seem simple, but they are essential to living a life that pleases God and brings about lasting change in the world. Let’s take a closer look at each of these points and see how they apply to our lives today.

English-language service begins at 9:30 a.m. Spanish service begins 11 a.m.. Everyone is welcome to the drop-in Bible study Wednesday, 10 a.m.

English service also streams on facebook.com/LPCChapala.

LPC is at Calle San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar, (turn lakeside at Mom’s Restaurant).

Heart of Awareness

Sunday, January 1, 2023 the Center is open for practice from 9-10 am. In place of the “First Sunday Extended Practice”, there will be an hour-long opportunity for reflection and dialogue from 10-11 am. The questions for discussion are 1) How has Heart of Awareness served you and your practice this past year? and 2) How can Heart of Awareness better serve you and your practice in 2023?

Wednesday, January 4, the meditation period is from 4 to 5 p.m. Following the practice period there will be a “Recognition and Celebration of Volunteers.” All are invited to participate in this event and light refreshments will be served.

An open group for practice and book study meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The current book being read and discussed is “The Places that Scare You” by Pema Chodron. Sometime during February (date TBA), the group will begin a new book, “In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying” by Tibetan master teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. It received an enthusiastic review from Pema Chodron, who stated it is “one of the most inspiring books I have ever read.” The practice/book study group is open to all.

The Heart of Awareness Buddhist Community and Practice Center is located at Guadalupe Victoria 101 in Ajijic. For more information, including a link for attending the Wednesday sessions via Zoom, visit the website heartofawareness.org.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

Reverend Michelle McKinnon-Young will preach and Deacon Susan Powell will celebrate Holy Communion from reserved Sacrament on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1. Services begin at 10 a.m.

Rev. Johannys will teach “Keys to the Kingdom,” a discipleship class that will change your life beginning Wednesday, January 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and every Wednesday through February 22 in the multi-purpose room. Operation Feed: Our feeding program buys non-perishable food to donate to Operation Feed, which supports about 150 families in and around San Juan Cosalá. Cash donations enabls us to buy at bulk for the lowest prices to help feed even more families. If you opt for a cash donation, envelopes marked “Operation Feed” are available every Sunday.  If you sign your name to the envelope, your offering will be recorded as a church donation.

Coffee and Cookies Ministry: A wonderful time for meeting friends and greeting newcomers. Please join us.

Sunday services are streamed live and sermon highlights are available on Facebook/St Andrews Anglican Lake Chapala.

Abundant Life Church

Are you ready for the new year?  Ready or not we will have to get use to writing 2023.  The coming of a new year feels a lot like a fresh start.  Some will begin an exercise program and others will start new projects.  Even if you are not planning on big changes God is.  God offers us a fresh start or a reset in life through His Son Jesus Christ.  Come this Sunday and begin a new and fresh year as a part of a wonderful family, God´s.  Note that for this Sunday (the first of January) we will be combining our 9 a.m. service with our 12 p.m. service. Also at abundantlifechapala.com and vidaabundantechapala.com. Carretera 140 in San Antonio Tlayacapan, just a block from SuperLake.

Unity Namaste

Rev James Tierney and Rev Johannys Jimenez-Hartog will offer a burning bowl ceremony Sunday, January 1 at noon. Come to separate the wheat from the chaff: we release what we no longer need from our lives while celebrating all the joyous, positive events, habits, and people in our lives. This sets us up for a truly wondrous 2023.

Monday, January 2, 10 a.m., Join us in writing a letter of gratitude for all the wonderful things that 2023 will bring into your life. This is an opportunity to explore everything you would love to have in your life and to affirm it in a supportive, spiritual setting. unitynamaste.org. Located at Namaste Village, Angel Flores Place 5, Ajijic.

Jewish Congregation

The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation holds Friday services at 6 p.m. via Zoom. See lakechapalajewishcongregation.com for the URL.

St. Mark’s Anglican Episcopal, Guadalajara

English service is at 10:30 a.m. and Spanish service at noon.

Deacon in Charge is Rev. Pamela Hosey Long. Chichimecas 836, corner of Aztecas diagonally across the street from the UAG ICB Campus, Colonia Monraz, 44670 Guadalajara.

Grace Church Chapala

Join us for worship at the Bravo Theater, 441 Hidalgo, in Riberas, every Sunday, 10 a.m.  

Grace Church is a group of believers with a more contemporary style of worship with a mix of praise songs and hymns.

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