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Goodbye, Teresa and Luis!

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.
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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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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.