Evangelism Class at LPCChapala,
By Kenneth Naddeo
This month at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala Jalisco, Mexico, we are so privileged to have Pastor Dwayne Bartly as our guest Pastor. Pastor Dwayne’s focus is on growth and how everyone can and should be part of the Church’s evangelism efforts within our community. Besides his Sunday sermons and great stories, Pastor Dwayne is also taking the time to conduct 2 different classes on evangelism. The first class is actually on 2 different evenings this week, Tuesday 17 April, and Thursday 19 April. This set is focused on our Spanish speaking congregation, and then there will be another class for those of us, like myself, that are language impaired and only speak English, ok maybe a little Spanish. This will happen Tuesday, April 24 from 10:00 am till noon.
Pastor Dwayne and Martin Thorner, (director of outreach) putting on their show of English and the interpretation into Spanish.
This actually worked smoothly and very well.
Having been to the first of the classes, I can truly say that this was a real eye-opener for me. Pastor Dwayne teaching style brings everything into easy to understand and use language. His teaching takes away the thinking that Evangelism has to be something that is a lot of work or has to take a lot of preparation on our part. Pastor Dwayne makes this very important act of the Christian into something that will become easy, fun and more importantly natural for us to do as we go about our daily lives.
As Pastor Dwayne teaches this process should take not much more than 5 minutes, using simple statements, and a question. This is something we all should be ready to do at any time and with everyone we know and meet.
The reason we are all here is that we know we have the Good News, the BEST NEWS, and Pastor Dwayne this week, has, and next Tuesday will again teach just how simple it is for everyone to become involved in sharing this Good News. Make the commitment now to be there Tuesday, learn just how easy it is to share your faith.
NOTE: Next week Tuesday, April 24 from 10:00 am until noon, to hear Pastor Dwayne speak on Personal Evangelism for our English speaking congregation in the Church.
Here are some pictures from the Spanish classes, and believe me this was one lively group.
Besides the handouts, there is a slideshow.
Here are just two of the volunteers that were brave enough to share what they had learned. They are practising the one-on-one method of evangelizing as taught by Pastor Dwayne.
Two more of those that shared, actually they both became very emotional and passionate, went way over their time, no matter the passion and conviction are there, the rest will follow.
Take what Pastor Dwayne teaches, start where you are in your faith and rely on God to make it right.
Please follow our website www.lpcchapala.org/news/ over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the many outreach activities that our Volunteer-In-Action service teams are involved with. You will see our Volunteers-In-Action, feeding the poor, providing clean drinking water were there was none, and clothing the homeless, here in the Mexican villages that surround us.
For more information about our church or to volunteer, for one of the many, available, positions that support our community, and our several service programs that reach out to the local village populations, please contact the church office/administrator 376-106-0853, or review this website.
Make the commitment now, to attend, Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, Tuesday 24 April 2018, 10 a.m until noon to learn just how easy it is to share your faith. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, is located San Jorge #250, Riberas del Pilar, just two blocks south of Mom’s Restaurant.
By Malcolm Callister
Volunteers In Action
Failing eyesight can be a terrible affliction. Having no money to pay for an eye exam or glasses is a fact of life for many in the Lake Chapala area. This was also seen as a ministry area that LPC Volunteers-In-Action could embrace.
Dr. Salvador provides free eye examination and free lenses at the medical office in Lakeside Presbyterian Church one Wednesday every month. Quality, low-priced frames are also available for only 200 pesos each, and if this cost is too high, Lakeside Presbyterian Church will help cover the cost. Seeing can be in your future.
This is an opportunity for everyone (not just church members). Recommend this opportunity to your friends, acquaintances, gardeners, cleaning staff and others. Ask them to take a free eye test.
Make an appointment either on the sign-up sheet at the medical office inside the church or by calling the church office any weekday morning at 376-106-0853. Walk-ins are also welcome, but a waiting time may be involved.
One Wednesday every month Dr. Salvador closes his practice in Ajijic, Hidalgo, number 6, so that he can volunteer his time and that of one of his assistants, so that the less privileged of our community have access to corrective glasses. LPC’s Volunteer-In-Action, parish nurse, Lynn Turnbull, will be available to answer any other health care questions.
On the following dates, Dr. Salvador will be at the Medical office, located in the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala building, San Jorge #250, Riberas del Pilar, just two blocks south of Mom’s Restaurant to provide eye testing:
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
If corrective eyeglasses are required, they will be available for fitting and final adjustment by Dr. Salvador, on the Wednesday following the eye test.
Please follow our website www.lpcchapala.org/news/ over the next few weeks leading up to Pentecost. We will be highlighting some of the many outreach activities that our Volunteer-In-Action service teams are involved with. You will see our Volunteers-In-Action feeding the poor, providing clean drinking water where there was none, and clothing the homeless, here in the Mexican villages that surround us.
If you would like more information, please contact the Church Administrator 376-106-0853.
LPCChapala Volunteers- in-Action
“It’s Fishin time here in the mountains of Mexico.”
For www.lpcchapala.org/news/ Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, this was an unexpected call from the pulpit. Our feisty guest speaker at the pulpit was Dwayne Bartley, a Canadian pastor. Dwayne stated, “Over the past 30 years, 70% of Christian churches across Europe and North America have seen their membership plateau or decline. What do we do about it?” His arms waved in his distinctive colored shirt. “Dr Chuck Kelly, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, gave the answer to this question. It is to teach people to proclaim the Gospel, every believer is a witness, every believer has his or her own story. Learn to tell it. Don’t sweat the big stuff that’s the task of the Holy Spirit. It takes about 42 Christian witnesses to make one convert. A daunting task, until You realize that you could be that 42nd Christian and YOU and that YOU may have a big fish in the net.”
Matthew 4:19 Jesus said, “Follow Me, I will Make you Fishers of Men.”
With many amusing stories, Dwayne gave lessons from his life, and how he had learnt the concept of following an instructor to acquire the skills of driving farm equipment while growing up on a Canadian farm.
On the 17th and 19th, April between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dwayne will lead our Spanish Speaking Mexican Congregation through a course on Evangelism to help prepare them to go out to the villages that surround us here at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
Concluding his sermon, he walked to the front of the stage and pointed at the sanctuary exist doors. “As you pass through those doors today, imagine the sign over the doorway saying, You Are Now Entering Your Mission Field.” Are you prepared to witness to your neighbour, to the store clerk, to a friend or family member? You never know when God will give YOU the opportunity to Go Fishin.
Please follow our website www.lpcchapala.org/news/ over the next few weeks leading up to Pentecost. Our Social Media will be highlighting some of the many outreach activities that our Volunteer-In-Action service teams are involved with. You will see our Volunteers-In-Action, feeding the poor, providing clean drinking water were there was none, and providing clothing to the homeless. This is all taking place now, here in the Mexican villages that surround us.
For more information about our church or to volunteer, for one of the many, available, positions that support our community, and our several service programs that reach out to the local village populations, please contact the church office/administrator 376-106-0853.
Volunteers in action
As a first-time visitor attending Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala’s 10 am Sunday morning service, will first see the welcoming smile of the Greeters at the top of the wheelchair ramp. The wheelchair friendly ramp leads to the front door where the Greeters stand. These Greeters are just two of the Volunteers-In-Action team that support Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala.
They say, “Welcome to Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, please let us give you a bulletin covering the details of today’s service. If this is this your first visit with us? Would you please register at the visitor’s table once you are in the foyer through these doors. Once there you will receive our gift to you for attending today’s service. Do you have any questions that we can help you with?”
Followed by answers to questions, handshaking and or hugs, and with big smiles, all around the door is held open for you to enter.
Sue and Doug Lockyer ducked into the shade of the doorway on a hot Sunday morning in Chapala, for this photograph to be taken. This was their week to work as Volunteer Greeters, they are part of our Volunteer’s-In-Action program. Their job today is to stand out in the sun, with hats on welcoming members, guests and visitors to the 10 a.m. Sunday morning service at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala. They offer a smile, a handshake or a hug, along with the bulletin showing the order of today’s service. The bulletin also identifies the key events taking place during the following week.
We hope that you enjoy the service and listening to a meaningful word of God.
Please follow our website www.lpcchapala.org/news/ over the next few weeks leading up to Pentecost. Our Social Media will be highlighting some of the many outreach activities that our Volunteer-In-Action service teams are involved with. You will see our Volunteers-In-Action, feeding the poor, providing clean drinking water were there was none, and clothing the homeless, here in the Mexican villages that surround us.
For more information about our church or to volunteer, for one of the many, available, positions that support our church, and our several service programs that reach out to the local village populations, please contact the church office/administrator 376-106-0853, or review our website: www.lpcchapala.org
With our Spanish and English pastors, speaking to a full church it was a lively and well-attended service. Can you find your photo in the collection below? Let us know
Volunteers In Action
By Malcolm Callister
Sunday 1st of April 2018 will be Easter Sunday, and also the day that the clocks spring forward. Easter Sunday is a day Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala #LPCCapala, says thanks to God because His son Is Risen. “He Is Risen,” and to mark our belief in this fact we celebrate with Christians around the world. To help celebrate here at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, we invite church members, attendees, family, friends, visitors and strangers to join us for our 10 a.m. service followed by the celebration of Easter Sunday brunch in the courtyard after the service.
Volunteer Service group leaders, Debbie Reynolds and Jai Cartwright, got together with a group half a dozen of helpers on Saturday morning to prepare food for the Lakeside Presbyterian Church Chapala #LPCCapala, Easter Sunday brunch. A lot of laughter and fun was had by all.
Being clearly useless in the kitchen, I was sent out to purchase a few extra items that were required. If I had not been there, I would not have had the privilege and fun of going shopping for the last items that Jai needed to create her masterpiece meal for tomorrow.
No matter what skills we have there is work for all, Church members or not. We can all spend a little of our time volunteering, all you have to do is step out and make the first move, God can take over from there.
For more information about our church or to volunteer, for one of the many, available, positions that support our church, and our several service programs that reach out to the local village populations, please contact the church office/administrator 376-106-0853, or continue to review our website: www.lpcchapala.org
On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. you will find a group of Mexica and Gringo volunteers in the Courtyard of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, (#LPCCapala), serving lunch.
The volunteers are organized by Debbie Reynolds into three crews; setup crew, the serving crew, and the takedown crew. These helpers are some of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Chapala, Volunteers In Action, #LPCCVIA. The servers all #Volunteers have smiles on their faces, the fun has already started as they chat among themselves. They stand on the far side of the food table behind their allocated serving dishes. Serving spoon in hand, they stand like a parade of soldiers. The tables in front of them are full of serving dishes of hot or cold food. This food has been prepared in the church kitchen and is wheeled to the serving table on in four-wheeled trollies as it is needed.
Volunteering to prepare and serve Sunday Brunch to your own congregation may not seem like mission work, but to this handful of people at Lakeside Presbyterian Church this hour or so each month, donated to assist with the building of a strong Christian Community, is their ministry. A robust Christian community can reach out to the Mission field that surrounds Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Riberas, Chapala, and from there they can touch the rest of the world. It is the ripple in the pond effect.
This Sunday is the lasts Sunday before Saint Patrick’s Day, the main course is Irish stew prepared by the kitchen staff and organized by Jai Cartwright, (a topic for another day). The people from the three regular morning services, two in Spanish and one in English are eagerly waiting to be allowed into the courtyard. Just before the doors open allowing the dinners in, Debbie Reynolds with a concerned look on her face which replacing her normally calm happy expression wanders about checking that tablecloths, chairs, and cutlery are in place, the tables all decked out like a Bistro. With a last-minute friendly chat with some of the other volunteers, Debbie takes her place in the line of servers, serving spoon in hand.
The volunteers serve about 150 members of the congregation with a free meal once a month, donations are optional. Today was only Debbie’s second as organizer of this monthly gift to the members and visitors. It was a success; after the last of the dinners had left and Debbie’s cleanup crew of volunteers at work; the smile was back on Debbie’s face.
It had been an opportunity to serve and to eat an excellent meal, to socialize in the elegant courtyard setting of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, with friends and new acquaintances from the other services.
Christ said in Matthew 25:40 “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
For more information on how you could volunteer a few hours your time each month, please contact the Church Office Administrator 376-106-0853.
By Malcolm Callister
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
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.
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!