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A new video for you today

Does your daily routine include reading the Bible? While we’re all stuck at home for a while, this could be a great time to start this excellent habit that will help you improve your relationship with God. In this new video, available on our website, Carolyn Hansen has some ideas for how to get started. (Just ignore the wacky dog that interrupts her.)

The website she suggests in the video is

This morning’s service is available on video.

If you weren’t able to attend — or if you’d just like to experience church again — we are pleased to say that our test worked!

We announced today that the church building will be closed for the next three weeks–subject to further modification, if needed. That means we will gather together via Facebook Live on Sunday mornings. If you don’t have Facebook, the recorded service will be posted on our website at as soon as possible, after the service.

LPC is testing livestreaming video Sunday morning, March 15

Good morning! The leadership of Lakeside Presbyterian has discussed livestreaming video for more than a year . . . and the time has come to begin testing. If you aren’t able to attend the service this morning, we hope you’ll be able to join us on our Facebook page at

New Healthcare Options at Lakeside

On January 22, Dr. Sam Thelin gave a lecture on what we need to know about the choices we have for healthcare here in the Lake Chapala area. More than 90 people attended and Dr. Sam graciously answered many questions. This lecture was recorded and you can listen to it here:

Mark your calendar! Dr. Sam will be presenting another lecture on March 5 at 2 p.m. at the church. The topic will be about preventing and treating Upper Respiratory Infections, including when to see the  doctor and when not to bother them, home treatments, and more.

Our food ministry update

Each Tuesday, a group of volunteers–including deacons Gary and Marcee Smith–come to Lakeside Presbyterian to put together despensas for poor families and individuals in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Riberas del Pilar, Chapala, Mezcala and San Juan Tecomatlan.

The despensas include food staples like rice, beans, and oil, as well as other necessities like toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The value of each despensa averages just a little more than $200 pesos–about $10 US dollars.

After the despensas are put together, they are delivered with love. Spanish-speaking volunteers have conversations with each family–and always offer prayers when they drop off a despensa.

Growing Education and Leadership at Lakeside Presbyterian Church

Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC) is focused on community outreach through service and education. Senior Pastor Dr. Wayne Cook says, “Our church is intent on growing in serving the community in every way possible and we have been wonderfully blessed with the resources and people to meet our mission. Our leadership has recently expanded in both its depth and breadth.”

On Saturday, August 31, Pastor Guillermo Banuet and Victoria Banuet (pictured below) each received their Doctorates of Theology from San Diego Christian University. Dr. Banuet is the pastor of LPC’s Spanish-speaking congregation. His wife Dr. Victoria Banuet was also recently ordained as the Associate Pastor of Families & Children.

The new Drs. Victoria and Guillermo Banuet

Just a week later, on September 8, the Lakeside Institute of Theology (LIT) achieved a major milestone with the certification of the first two graduates of its master’s degree program: Carolyn Hansen and Marvin Golden (pictured below).

Master’s Degree awarded to Carolyn Hansen (L) and Marvin Golden (R) by Dr. Chuck McKinney – LIT Dean  & Faculty Member

Born in 2012 out of LPC’s mission statement which makes a special call to train Christian leaders, LIT was created by then Pastor Ross Arnold, a gifted theologian and professor.

Pastor Arnold built and taught in this educational program that now offers 24 theological seminary-level courses. The Institute is licensed and registered by the Mexican government and is also certified to license ministers. All classroom and online courses are tuition free as a service to the community and can lead to a specific certification or a Master of Theology Degree.

In addition to this maturation of its LIT program, LPC was pleased to ordain Carolyn Hansen as Assistant Pastor of Discipleship at the same service. The newly minted Pastor Hansen says she has been happily studying for many years and was actually a bit surprised to realize that she had finally finished the program.

She also beamed at her new title, saying, “This is a wonderful day for me and I look forward to being part of the talented and grace-filled Pastoral Leadership Team at Lakeside Presbyterian for many years to come.”