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Founders Day 2017

At the Sunday morning service, on February 5, Cheryl Davis made some moving remarks about the founding of Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Here is what she said:

As today is the closest Sunday to February 2, it is only fitting that today we remember the founding of Lakeside Presbyterian Church just eight short years ago.  I say “short” because of the number of miracles that God has performed in these few years.  In early February, 2009, the Lord called Pat and Ralph Courtney and Ron and Judy Stard and Norm and Jane Pifer and a few friends to gather on the Courtney’s patio for Sunday worship.  Through their faith, vision and openness to God’s guidance, Ray and Angie DeLange, missionaries from Rey de Reyes Church in Guadalajara, were sent to us. Then God opened the Founders’ hearts to the Mexican community and the Lord brought us Victoria and Arturo Smith and the Guillermo Banuet.

The Founders took us to that small space in a storefront on the Carretera and as more people were brought to the Lord, He brought Ross and Carolyn to lead us.  But we outgrew that space because the Lord brought us more like-minded Christians. We had Christmas programs and Independence Day Celebrations with standing room only and we even had to rent a golf shooting range for Easter sunrise services!

So, here we stand this morning, just a few “short” years later in a beautiful place where we can accomplish even more in our community with God’s help.

The Founders started with a clear purpose that they were led and empowered by the Holy Spirit to glorify God and to share his love with others.  They have handed on that responsibility to each of us.

Today is my privilege to announce that the space we currently call fellowship hall will now be known as Founders Hall.  It is dedicated to:  Pat and Ralph Courtney, Dona Dean, Karen and Jerry McCracken, Lorna and Tom Morris, Jane and Norm Pifer, Ann and Jim Scott, and Judy and Ron Stard.

The large paintings of Christ Knocking at the Door, Christ the Good Shepherd and Christ Praying at Gethsemane were painted by local Mexican artist, Isidro Xilonzochitl of Jocotepec. These paintings were commissioned by Petee and Dick Gerlach, early supporters of the fledgling congregation.  The smaller painting of the Risen Christ was commissioned by Karen McCracken in memory of her husband Jerry.

Now, when you pass that room or share a meal or meet with others of our Lakeside family, think about the Holy Spirit who brought you here.  And when you say your prayers tonight and count your blessings, add those thirteen true Christians to your list. Ask God to bless them.  Ask Him to open our hearts and minds to His will as He did to their hearts eight “short” years ago. With His guidance, anything can be accomplished.  Amen

Free lecture series on A History of Western Thought

It’s been a while since our last lecture series–so we’re excited that Pastor Ross is beginning a new series on Friday, August 12, at 11 AM. The topic is A History of Western Thought: Why We Think the Way We Do. 

Here’s how Pastor Ross describes the series:

Everyone has a worldview –- the way they see the world and what is meaningful in it, including how they fit into reality. And almost everyone today tends to think their worldview is the right, natural, and appropriate way of looking at things; perhaps even that their particular worldview it is the only rational way to look at the world. 

But what most people, especially in the Western world, don’t realize is that most of what we think and believe –- most of what we take for granted as universal truth –- was actually made up by someone at some time in the past.

This series will look at the major themes in Western thought, where they came from, and how we need to critically understand them to have the most accurate view possible of reality.

August 12 — Faith (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas)

August 19 — Reason (Descartes, Locke, Hume)

August 26 — Experience (Kant, Schleiermacher)

September 2 — Process (Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Whitehead)

September 9 — NO LECTURE

September 16 — Will (Machiavelli, James, Nietzche)

September 23 — Meaning & Meaninglessness (Wittgenstein, Logical Positivism, Deconstructionism)

September 30 — Where do we go from here?

All lectures will be held in the church. If any dates change, we’ll notify you here.

UPDATE: If you miss any lectures, you can watch them on video here.

Video of our Grand Opening celebration

If you missed our Grand Opening and the Dedication Worship Service on January 31, you’re in luck. The whole thing was captured on video! Even if you were there, you’ll want to see the beginning and end for aerial views of the church–it’s quite impressive. Plus, you can see many of the more than 450 people who attended. Enjoy!

 

Thank you for making our church Grand Opening a success!

Our new church building is now complete–and we showed it off to the community on Sunday, January 31. More than 400 people attended the event! We ate and laughed and enjoyed seeing the miracle God has accomplished here.

It was a full house at the Grand Opening Dedication Worship Service.

It was a full house at the Dedication Worship Service.

Pastor Guillermo Banuet led the Spanish-language portion of our Grand Opening Dedication service.

Pastor Guillermo Banuet led the Spanish-language portion of our Dedication service.

Pastor Ross Arnold gave the English-language sermon at our Dedication Service.

Pastor Ross Arnold gave the English-language sermon at our Dedication Service.

Our children's choir was VERY enthusiastic.

Our children’s choir was VERY enthusiastic.

Food was donated for the event from 19 local restaurants.

We had food donated from 19 different local restaurants!

The church provided food, too.

The church provided food, too.

We laughed with the clown.

We laughed with the clown.

This enormous cake was made of more than 250 cupcakes! It was beautiful--and tasty,

This enormous cake was made of more than 250 cupcakes! It was beautiful–and tasty,

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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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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Preaching

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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.