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Thanksgiving dinner with our church family

We celebrate Thanksgiving every year with a turkey feast at our church. We pick a date between Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. Thanksgiving. This year it was October 28. What a wonderful time we had in our new building! We had so many RSVPs we filled almost the whole building with tables. Thank you to all the workers who pulled it all together!

We have witnessed many miracles this year. God has been incredibly gracious to us. We are very thankful today.

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The church building is close to being finished!

We’re almost there! Just a few more months and we’ll have the second half of our new building in Riberas finished. You can see that the boveda ceilings on the first floor are complete. That’s a huge accomplishment, because the metal beams are the most expensive part of the construction.
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Learn how to build a globo!

Learn how to build a globo for the Ajijic Regata de GlobosCome to Lakeside Presbyterian Church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 and 29 and we’ll show you how to build your own tissue-paper hot-air balloon and launch it at the Ajijic Regata de Globos on September 12.

Take a look at some pictures we took at the Regata a couple of years ago.

It costs just $30 pesos for your supplies. Bring your friends! It’s all for fun.

We’re not done building.

We haven’t posted here in a long time. It’s been nice to sit back and just enjoy our new building. BUT we’re not quite done. In the background, workers have been continuing to build. Still to come is a courtyard, a fellowship hall, a big kitchen, several classrooms, a prayer chapel, even a laundry room. Here are some pictures of what’s been going on during the past three months since we moved in.
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Worship in our new church!

We had a wonderful worship experience in our new church on Palm Sunday — our very first regular worship service there. (We had a special service on Christmas Eve.)

We took far too many pictures. Most of them were taken during our coffee hour after the service.

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We definitely need a sign, now that the tower has been painted. The cross above the doorway on the left is a shadow from the telephone pole across the street!

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The narthex

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Interior - Lakeside Presbyterian Church - Ajijic

These beautiful doors were hand-made by a local craftsman.

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Moving day

Photos from today aren’t quite as colorful and fun as yesterday’s . . . but how amazing that almost everything arrived in the new church by noon! This was thanks in large part to our construction crew, who changed job descriptions for a day and became movers.

People are now working hard to unpack and get everything in place for our Palm Sunday service. We know we’ll have plenty of kinks to work out — but the move starting out well.

Here’s the almost empty old building:

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In transit.

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Lots of stuff. Lots of activity in the new space.

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The last service in our old building

On March 22, we celebrated six years worshiping in our rented storefront church building that has served us so well. It was full to the brim — a great reminder of why we embarked on this adventure of building a new church. We will particularly miss the lovely garden in the back where we almost always had our between-services coffee hours. But there’s not much need for nostalgia when we consider how graciously and miraculously God has provided for our new building.

Here are photos of what went on.
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Quick update — Our church is moving on Monday!

It’s finally happening . . . the big move is on. Our last service in the old, rented building is tomorrow. Everyone we know who has a truck is coming to help move the furnishings on Monday at 9 a.m.

So, if you’re planning to be with us for Palm Sunday, Easter — or any event after tomorrow — we’ll see you in our new church home!

Here’s a map.

Check out our colorful new church!

The workers have been painting — and it’s looking amazing! Many of the light fixtures have been installed. And progress is being made on the other part of the building — where we’ll have the fellowship hall, kitchen, classrooms and more.

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The pillars will all be a dark version of the yellow you see on the left.

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Those beautiful doors on the right are to our handicapped access bathrooms

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Looking into the sanctuary. (By the way, the gray concrete floors will be stained a different color soon.)

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The sanctuary.

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Foundation walls have been started in the back.

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Everything you see here will be under the floor.