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Weekly Worship - January 7, 2017

HU Chant

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, January 7, 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living located at 17 Nicholas Bravo, Ajijic, for a short (30-minute) group HU Chant followed by refreshments and fellowship time. For more information contact Hallie Shepherd at 766-3656 or 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.. Sponsored by Eckankar, Mexico.

Jewish Congregation

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. at the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation. The synagogue is located at Sta. Margarita 113, Riberas del Pilar (mountainside of the Carretera, diagonally across from Mom’s Restaurant). Call (376) 766-2668 or see www.lakesidejews.com.

Christ Church Episcopal

Christ Church Episcopal, a congregation of the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the first Sunday after Epiphany, The Baptism of the Lord, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist Sunday, January 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Little Chapel by the Lake. Fr. Danny Borkowski will preside and give a message with the theme, “Theophany,” based on Matthew 3:13-17.

The congregations of Christ Church and Little Chapel share a common fellowship time between their two services, from about 10:35 to 11:25 a.m. 

The committee for Lakeside Singers is meeting in the sanctuary around 11 a.m. to talk about the sing-alongs. Anyone is welcome to join the committee.

Christ Church Episcopal sponsors a Bible Study Tuesday 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Little Chapel. 

Little Chapel by the Lake

On Sunday, January 8, Pastor Ken Armstrong will give the sermon. Communion will be observed.

Sunday Worship service is at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome for a friendly time of refreshments before the service, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. 

The Little Chapel is located in Chula Vista at Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 10.  For more information, call 766-2538 or 332-186-0417 (cell) or visit www.LittleChapelChapala.org.

Lakeside Presbyterian

On January 8, Pastor Ross Arnold of Lakeside Presbyterian Church begins a new series of sermons entitled “Love One Another.” In this first sermon in the series he will consider what love really means, how we can show it to others and – especially – why and how love is supposed to be the special mark of those who follow Jesus. 

Lakeside Presbyterian is located at San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar. Turn toward the lake at Mom’s Restaurant and the church is two blocks down on the right. English-language services begin at 10 a.m. and Spanish-language services are at 9 a.m. and noon. Everyone is welcome.

Abundant Life

Pastor Gary Neighbor will minister Sunday, January 8.  He says: “Where do you stand before an all-powerful God? What would you say to him and would it be the same thing that you have told your friends?” This week the congregation of Abundant Life Church will focus their hearts on the difference between their own righteousness and God´s. 

Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God of Mexico and has services for everyone.  An English-language worship service is held each Sunday at 10 a.m. and Bible study Wednesday at 3 p.m. Spanish-language services are Sunday, noon. Bible studies are on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. A children’s ministry is held Saturday, 10 a.m. and the youth meet Sunday, 6:45 p.m. 

Abundant Life Church is located at Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec 140 in San Antonio Tlayacapan, a block from SuperLake. For more information, call the pastor at (331) 417-7038.

Unitarian Universalists

At the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sunday, January 8, Gary Kowalski, visiting from New Mexico, gives the sermon “Let’s Dream Together”.  The service will be followed by a light lunch and a special Universalist Fellowship planning workshop, led by Kowalski. 

The Unitarians meet 10:30 a.m. at Hidalgo 261 in Riberas del Pilar, opposite the bell tower, on the north side of the Carretera.

Lakeside Baptists

Says Brother Bob Hendrick: “Our 13-year-old grandson had his first encounter with Texas stinging nettle during his Christmas break. He was wearing shorts when he knelt down behind a tree to hide from his brother. Instantly his legs felt like they were on fire.

When we were growing up stinging nettle gave us that extra motivation to avoid being tackled when playing football in the yard. It does not cause cancer. It may contribute to smoking. It certainly helped perfect our cussing. And we learned that it only stings for a while. You cannot give up the game because of stinging nettle. Jesus said, ‘In this world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ Stinging nettle is a small tribulation compared to many. But whether your tribulations are minor or major. Your hope is in the One who has overcome this broken (nettle infested) world, Jesus.”

Hendrick will give the sermon at Sunday’s 11 a.m. worship service at the Lake Chapala Baptist Church, at Santa Margarita 147 in Riberas del Pilar.

San Andres English

“We join all believers of the world in worshipping the infant King of the Jews. For the Lord and ruler is coming; kingship is his, and government and power,” says Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., who will offer the homily “The Revelation of Christ to The World” at San Andres Catholic Church’s English-language service Sunday January 8, 9 a.m. celebrating The Epiphany of the Lord.

The San Andres English congregation has their “Second Sunday White Envelope Offering” for the Outreach Projects of the congregation this Sunday, which takes place after Mass. This offering supports many local charities: Anita’s Shelter, six student scholarships, Villa Infantil, Operation Feed, Cruz Roja, Niños Incapacitados, El Corazon del Ancianos, the Ancianos Christmas Dinner, the San Andrés fiesta, Niños y Jovenes, and scholarships for local Seminarian students. 

San Andres is located at the corner of Ramon Corona and Parroquia, one block from the Ajijic main plaza.

St. Andrew’s Anglican

This Sunday at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, the Rev. Robbin Del Nagro will preach on the meaning of baptism, as the congregation welcomes six new members into their Communion.  Worship begins at 10 a.m., and the children’s bilingual Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m.  Coffee hour, a time of welcome and fellowship, follows the service.  

Wednesday, January 18, the General Meeting of St. Andrew’s will be held at the church, 10 a.m.  All voting members are urged to attend.

A service of Evening Prayer is held every Wednesday, 5 p.m. during the season of Epiphany, from January 11 through February 22.  A candlelight Taize service — a time of music and meditation — will be held Thursday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.

The first seminar to help plan for the unexpected will be at the church Saturday, January 14.  Sheila Paul will provide advice about public medical clinics at Lakeside and the services they offer.

The Company of Gentlemen welcomes men of the church and the community to their monthly breakfast Wednesday, January 11, 8:30 a.m. in the church kitchen.

This Sunday the congregation of St. Andrew’s will collect donations for the support of their Sunday School children and their families. And every Sunday, the feeding programs supported by St. Andrew’s welcome donations of non-perishable food items. Boxed milk and empty cardboard egg cartons are especially welcome, in addition to rice, beans, pasta, oil, and salt. 

St. Andrew’s is located at Calle San Lucas 19, just a block south of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

St. Mark’s Anglican 


This Sunday is designated to the celebration of the baptism of Jesus, but what did his baptism really mean? Do the gospels agree on this?  Come Sunday and help figure it out.

Sunday, January 8, Father Jim Priddy will deliver the sermon “Who Saw What; Who Heard What?” at the 10:30 a.m. English-language worship service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church. St. Mark’s is at Chichimecas 836, corner of Aztecas, in Colonia Monraz.  

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