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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 Dedication Worship Service.

It was a full house at the Dedication Worship Service.

Pastor Guillermo Banuet led the Spanish-language portion of our 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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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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