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
On Thursday, October 27, we had a goodbye party for Teresa Ceneviz–a Lakeside Presbyterian elder who has had an outsize impact on our church. Teresa’s husband, Luis, has already moved. Teresa has started many, many outreach programs. And we’re now challenged to continue them without her.
Teresa discovered two small churches in Mezcala–one led by Pastor Lionel and another by Pastor Reyes–that both needed help. Teresa organized and found the funding to build a new church for Pastor Lionel. Now it’s Pastor Reyes’ turn, and the building is going up now.
Both of these pastors, as well as members of their churches, now attend our Spanish-language Instituto classes on Tuesday evenings. Whole families attend and dinner is served afterward. Twice a week, our church prepares meals to bring to Mezcala to feed the children of the churches there.
About a dozen people from our Lakeside congregations now cook about 250 meals for needy people in Mezcala each week. Two men from the church deliver the meals in our church van.
While parents are in our Bible studies and Instituto classes, anywhere from 30 to 45 children are cared for by teachers–hired by Teresa–who tutor them in reading and math.
On Saturdays, about 10 Mezcala teenagers come to the church to learn computer skills on our 8 computers. (If you have an extra computer, we’d be happy to accept it as a donation!)
Teresa also learned about an orphanage in San Juan Cosala where 25 boys live. They needed a new roof, so Teresa got it replaced. They had no glass in the windows, so Teresa took care of that. They had neither a stove nor a refrigerator. Now they have a kitchen.
Teresa has organized all our clothing donations–and has recruited more people who will continue to sort, package and label clothing every Friday morning. (By the way, we need more children’s clothing for the kids in Mezcala.)
We will surely miss you, Teresa and Luis!
Here are some photos from the goodbye party.
There was plenty of fun, laughter and (of course!) food at our August game night. Don’t you wish you’d been there? Don’t worry . . . we’ll do it again.
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.
So many kids in Bible School! We’re looking forward to seeing their skit tomorrow between the two church services.
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!
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.
The new church building will be dedicated this Sunday. We’d love to see you here. We’ll be giving tours. There will be activities for the kids. And food! You can also join us for our Dedication Worship Service at 11 a.m.
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.
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.