Celebration of life
An informal gathering of friends and acquaintances of Joan Aslin, who died in November, will be held on the front “Blue Umbrella” patio of the Lake Chapala Society on Wednesday, January 4 from 2-4 p.m. Anyone who wishes to do so may bring botanas to share.
Bar Tomas is located at Alvaro Obregon 1 in Chapala . The phone number is (376) 765-3897.
The English-speaking congregation of San Andres Catholic Church in Ajijic threw their annual posada for local seniors on December 14. More than 100 guests were treated to a delicious dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy and veggies, topped off with cake and Jell-O. Each guest also received a small gift. The event is one that is looked forward to each year by local senior citizens.
For the kids
Casa las Flores B&B owners Steve Cross and Fernando Gomez took all of the kids sheltered at Villa Infantil Nuestra Señora Guadalupe y San Jose to breakfast at the El Jardin Restaurant last week.
This was their “Three Kings Day” present to the 22 kids. The pair is collecting toys for the ten girls, 12 boys and one baby boy for delivery on January 6. They are also putting out the call for piñatas, party favors, cake and candies. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Casa las Flores, or call 766-5493. Casa las Flores is located at Zaragoza 38, between Calle Juarez and Calle Achilles Serdan in Ajijic.
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can participate in the seminar chaired by Bill Frayer on Tuesday, January 3, noon. The seminar will feature (via TED Internet podcast) Mark Britton, food columnist for the New York Times speaking on “What’s Wrong with What We Eat?” It’s a fiery and funny talk with Britton weighing in about how we eat too much meat, too few plants, too much fast food and too little home cooking, and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.
The LCS Singles Group will travel to a clay pot factory in Ixtlahuacan on January 13. The factory, owned by Victor Arrayga casts all sizes of pots and will paint and customize pots to order. His pots come in various shapes, including birds and animals.
The group will carpool at 11 a.m. from the sculpture at the highway entrance to La Floresta (lake side). The group will stop at Cinco Potrillos restaurant in Ixtlahuacan for lunch. Bring some cash to cover your lunch and a little gas money for your driver.
The Lake Chapala Green Group will meet on Tuesday, January 3, 3 p.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) gazebo. The speaker will be Rick Cowlishaw, a Green Group steering committee member. He will speak on the new local sustainable co-housing village to be built at Rancho Salud just west of Ajijic.
Don’t forget to sign up for Wayne Palfrey’s four history of Mexico classes entitled “Why Your Mexican Neighbor Acts the Way He Does.” The classes will be held January 9, 16, 23 and February 10 in the Sala of the Lake Chapala Society. Call Donna Mansfield at 766-2703.
Organizers of the Christmas Brunch held at Abbeyfield/Casa Carinosas want to thank all of the participants that made the fifth annual event such a success. Special thanks to Hector España and Manix Restaurant for providing a delicious meal and excellent service. Frankie Dino provided the entertainment with Frank Sinatra-type music. Again, thanks to all.
Cruz Roja bus trips for January will include one to Guadalajara’s Galerias Mall on Thursday, January 5 for 200 pesos; to Tonala and Tlaquepaque on Wednesday, January 11 for 200 pesos; to Galerias Mall again on Tuesday, January 17 for 200 pesos and to the Guadalajara Zoo on Wednesday, January 25 for 300 pesos. Tickets can be purchased at the Cruz Roja table at the Lake Chapala Society, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Popular culture calls it “New Year’s Day,” but Christians around the world know January 1 as the Feast of the Holy Name. It is eight days after the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and as the gospel of Luke records: “at the end of eight days … He was called Jesus, the Name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” In antiquity names had power. A name was thought to indicate something important about a person’s character. The name Jesus is from the Hebrew Joshua or Yehoshuah meaning “Yahweh is salvation” or “Yahweh will save.” Parents still take great care in selecting a name for their newborn, and people who change their names usually do so for important reasons. The name of Jesus has been held in great reverence by Christians down through the ages and so the new year begins by honoring it.
The title of Father Jim Priddy’s sermon for January 1 is “… but a Child,” This week, St. Andrew’s two Sunday services will be combined into a single 10 a.m. service. The church is located at Calle San Lucas 19, just a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar with convenient parking.
Christ Church Anglican
Christ Church Anglican Fellowship (CCAF) will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus with the Holy Eucharist Rite II at Manix Restaurant on Sunday, January 1 at 10 a.m. The sermon topic will be “What’s in a name?” based on Luke 2: 15-21. One week later, on January 8, the congregation will gather for their annual parish meeting to discuss, among other agenda items, the mission and worship location of Christ Church and the visit of Bishop Lino that is scheduled for February 26. The lay delegates for CCAF at the Diocesan Synod to be held February 3 and 4 are Jim Powers, warden and Rob Wells, vestry member. Alternates are Frances Clemmons and Kay Borkowski.
The sermon by Pastor Ross Arnold on Sunday, January 1, 10 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church will be “The Dedication of Simeon and Anna” from Luke 2: 22-40. Thursday, January 5, 10:30 a.m. the Circle of Friends prayer group will meet in the church casita. Friday, January 6, 10 a.m. is Bible Study focusing on the book of Luke.
Lakeside Presbyterian Church is located on the mountain side of the Carretera just west of S&S Auto and Bubba’s Restaurant.