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Laguna Chapalac - September 11, 2015

Bilingual Toastmasters

The Lago de Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters Club will work on Table Topics, two-minute extemporized speeches and a contest testing membership evaluation skills. The top two contestants in each section will represent the local group in the district level contents. Those winners will move on to the regional competition. 

These contests are one of the many strategies used to develop communication and leadership skills. Those interested in becoming more expert in the use of English and working on the ability to comfortably talk to others are welcome at the meeting on Monday, September 14, 7 p.m. in the Sala of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).  

Chiles en Nogada

In celebration of Mexico’s Independence, join Chef Abuelinda in her kitchen at Constitucion 3 to learn to make the traditional Independence Day dish, Chiles en Nogada. The class will be held on Wednesday,September 16, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The class cost is 400 pesos; space is limited, so reservations are required by Monday September 14. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766- 0955.


Rich Birkett and Phil Rylett will present the pro and con arguments on free will during the meeting of the Lakeside Freethinkers at the La Nueva Posada restaurant on Wednesday, September 16, 4 p.m.  There will be time for discussion and members will bring up other matters. 

During the July and August meetings Stephen Segall talked about logic and critical thinking – the topic of logical fallacies. 

The group defines a “freethinker” as a person who identifies himself or herself as an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, or skeptic. They believe that individuals should not accept ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason. They reject belief in the supernatural and rely on science and reason to guide their lives.

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St. Andrew’s Fiesta

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church has planned their annual celebration for Mexico’s Independence Day on Friday, September 18, with the social hour beginning at 2 p.m. Eighteen children from Chapala’s Macehuini public school folkloric dance group will perform dances from Jalisco and the cowboy-style of the northern Mexican states.  This group continues to give the children purpose, keep them busy and teach them the country’s history. The group is not supported by the school; parents make costumes and the group performs for donations. 

Agustin Vasquez Calvario from Viva Mexico Tia Lupita in San Juan Cosala will reveal his catered holiday comida at 3 p.m. In addition to the fabulous food, festivities and fellowship, there’ll be live music. Those who wish to attend must sign up by Sunday, September 13 at the church.

Tarahumara Project

The Sunday Fajita Party to boost the funding of the Tarahumara Project was a huge success thanks to the help supplied by La Bodega Restaurant, Jackie Kellum and the musicians: Luis Pavao, Chelo Gonzalez, Gene DeAmicis, Sergio Casas, Jonathan Guzman and Louie Andrade. 

Supporters raised 7,995 pesos for the Jeanne Chaussee Education Fund. That gives each student 68 pesos for supplies.  Louie Andrade won the Tarahumara pot and Deanna Rassmussen, a visitor from Washington state, won 650 pesos in the 50/50 draw. Additional thanks go to Libby Townsend who organized the event and who will deliver the donated supplies to the school in the Copper Canyon in early October. 

Those who would like to make a donation of school supplies, warm clothing or cash can leave their gifts in the Guadalajara Reporter office in Plaza Bugambilias or call Townsend at 333-495-7263 for additional information. 

British Club Visit

Vice Consul Rita Felten from the British Embassy Mexico City was the special guest of the Lakeside British Society on Saturday September 5.

Felten reviewed consular services operated under the direction of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office available to citizens living in Mexico. She explained that in order to address and solve citizen issues as quickly as possible, the embassy system is currently in the process of consolidating world-wide specialists. 

Not every area of the world will have as many specialists but partners with greater expertise will be more readily available to answer and resolve questions and issues. 

Felten commented that more visitors from the U.K. are expected to visit Mexico this year as more direct and holiday charter flights are planned for Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. 

High Holy Days

Chavurah Chapala invites Lakeside Jews to join its lay-led High Holy Day observances this month in a private Chapala home. 

Rosh Hashanah will be observed at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 14. Tashlich will follow immediately afterward, at about noon.

Yom Kippur begins with a Kol Nidre Evening Service at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22. A morning service starts on Wednesday, September 23, 11 a.m. Yizkor and Neilah, followed by a dairy potluck Break-the-Fast, commence at 5 p.m.

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Chavurah Chapala is composed of Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and their partners and spouses. The word chavurah is derived from chaver (friend) in Hebrew. The group attempts to create a welcoming environment that is inclusive and egalitarian. 

Chavurah Chapala is independent and not affiliated with any Jewish movement or synagogue. Lay leaders use services from Reform and Reconstructionist prayer books, though the group is open to contributions from the whole spectrum of Jewish observance, including humanistic Judaism. Chavurah Chapala encourages the active participation of everyone to plan and lead monthly events which are usually held in private homes.

This year, Chavurah Chapala has held Friday night and Saturday morning services, sponsored the presentation and discussion of Simon Schama’s “The Story of the Jews,” danced at a Hanukkah Hoedown, and enjoyed Tu B’Shevat and Passover Seders together. As a Social Action Committee project, volunteers help Operation Feed’s  Moringa Madres strip and sort moringa leaves. 













Unitarian Universalist

During the Sunday, September 13, 10:30 a.m. service of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalists, Ken Koyama will quote from his two booklets: “The Search for Mystery of a Spiritual Life” and “The Beyond.”  He will give a brief history of his life’s search from Buddhism to Christianity, and his belief in what happens when we die or cease to exist. He will also read some of his poetry. A coffee hour will follow the service.  

The group now has an enhanced personal sound system to help those with hearing issues during the Sunday services. Attendees may use headphones or ear buds connected to an FM radio or FM capable cell phone.

This group is an English-speaking, lay-led fellowship that meets every Sunday on the west side of Ajijic in Plaza de la Ribera (formerly Sol y Luna), Rio Bravo 10A, in a wheelchair-accessible facility.

St Andrew’s Anglican

Fr. Winston Welty is undoubtedly correct when he speculates that few of his congregation have ever wondered what Saint Peter, the other Apostles and every single follower of Jesus have in common with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. On Sunday, September 13 Welty will explore that connection and its modern meaning in his sermon, “Who IS This Guy?” during the 10 a.m. service at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. 

Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the garden following the worship service. On this second Sunday of the month donations are received for the support of Sunday School children and their families in Jocotepec. Every Sunday, the feeding program supported by St. Andrew’s welcomes donations of non-perishable food items, left in baskets by the Church doors.

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

Lakeside Presbyterian

“After His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven,” says Pastor Ross Arnolds. “Before He departed, Jesus promised he would return – not as a helpless baby but  in glory and power.” 

Arnold notes the Christian faith is built on the hope and expectation of this eventual return of Jesus, and he will base the Sunday, September 13, 10 a.m. service at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, about that expectation. His sermon is titled, “If You Love Me – Look for My Return.”  

Following worship and refreshments, “The Pastor’s Forum” convenes in the church library. Attendees are free to ask questions about the sermon, the faith, or any other topic of interest. This Sunday, Lakeside Presbyterian also welcomes visitors for the monthly Second Sunday Potluck  Lunch after the morning service.

Lakeside Presbyterian Church is at San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar. Turn at Mom’s Deli and Restaurant and drive two blocks toward the lake. The church is on the right.

New Hope

The congregation of New Hope Christian Fellowship will continue to meet at the home of Pastor Gene Raymer on Sunday, September 13, 11 a.m. Early arrivals will join for refreshments prior to the the worship service. Fruit juice, Coffee and sweets will be available. 

Former lakeside resident Dee Hauser will be present to sing, accompanied by her husband, Don. Raymer will deliver a message titled “Feed the Right Dog.” Following the service, the group will travel to a local restaurant to continue their fellowship over an afternoon meal.

New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational congregation seeking to live by the principals set forth in the New Testament for the first century Christian Church, while honoring the teachings of the Old Testament. The service is held at  Privada Jesus Garcia 11. For questions or directions call the pastor at (376) 766-3435.

San Andres English

The Sunday, September 13, 9 a.m. English Mass at San Andres Catholic church in Ajijic will revolve around the theme “Christ, the Son of Man.” 

In the absence of Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., Fr. Everado Sanchez will celebrate Mass while the congregation welcomes newly arrived Rev. Deacon Bill Shaidnagle, who will present the homily prepared by Fr. Royston.

The congregation will present a second monthly offering in white envelopes to fund their outreach work with a number of charitable groups. 

Buddhist Organization

When the Heart of Awareness Community meets on Wednesday, September 16, Noble Silence begins at 4 p.m., followed by formal meditation, dharma teachings and discussion at 4:30 p.m. The teaching will be the second of the four-part Tricycle Retreat by Andrew Holecek entitled, “A Proper View of Death.” Holecek discusses the Tibetan approach, including how the right view can transform the relationship with death and dying. 

The sangha’s location is at Guadalupe Victoria 101, suites A-B, in in Ajijic. The Heart of Awareness is a non-sectarian community grounded in the teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Theravada/Vipasasana tradition. Prior experience or affiliation is not required. For further information on the community and scheduled activities, visit www.heartofawareness.org, or call Janet Reichert at (376) 766-6069.

Open Circle

Two powerful women from New Zealand, Manu Neho and Meryl Yvonne, will share their knowledge of healing, harmony and passion at the Open Circle meeting on Sunday, September 13, 10:30 a.m.  at the Lake Chapala Society. Together they operate Waimarama International Healing and Education Centre in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Neho, who is of Maori and Sooan descent, will address “The Power of Your Word and How to Harmonize Your Reality.” The spiritual educator has worked for 30 years designing and delivering programs in a number of public service departments. She is passionate about teaching others to stand in their own light, sovereign in their thinking, speaking and action. 

“We are fed a constant diet of lack and limitation,” Neho says. “When we learn to live in harmony, that will inform our external reality.”

Yvonne has chosen the topic, “Hold the thought, feel the passion, bring forth the manifestation!” for her turn at the podium.  The businesswoman, trained nurse, published author and talented singer chose to be a healer and to help others be more fully aware that they are spiritual, electrical beings residing in physical form.  “We can enjoy physical wellbeing and abundant energy by opening blocked energy centers allowing our electrical pathways to feed every cell in the body,” she says. 

Local author Rachel McMillen will present “And to all My Relations” on Sunday, September 20 at Open Circle.

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