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The impact of fathers

Our beloved Dean and Lynn Hanson are moving to the U.S. this month. We are sad — but we rejoice with them as they take this next step in their adventure.

At our 9:30 a.m. Sunday service on August 1, Lynn will reflect on the wisdom of earthly and heavenly fathers. She will talk about how her journey in life has been shaped by God’s plans and not hers, and she’ll also share concrete examples of the wisdom her biological father passed to her. Bring a friend to enjoy Lynn’s testimony as well as the ever-present family atmosphere at Lakeside Presbyterian!

Between the lightning and the thunder

Light travels at 186,000 miles per second while sound travels at only 1,100 feet per second.  This produces an amazing spectacle.  We see the flash of lightning and then wait in anticipation for the earth- shaking crash of thunder.

We might compare the lightning to the time that we first become Christians, and the thunder to the day that we go to be with the Lord. Many of us as Christians are asleep in our spiritual lives between the lightning and the thunder.

Paul gives us instructions in Philippians 2: 12-18 about what we’re supposed to be doing between the lightning and the thunder.

Join us on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Pastor Wayne’s sermon on “Between the Lightning and the Thunder.”

How to Build a Church

Since the beginning of the pandemic lockdowns, our church didn’t have the opportunity to grow for well over a year. Now that we’re holding in-person services again, we’ve seen the impact. Paul gives us some very practical ways for individual Christians to help build a church in his letter to the Philippians. In fact, his instructions are valuable for keeping any relationship strong. That’s what our message, How to Build a Church, will be about on July 18, using Philippians 2:1-11 as the text.

What it means to be in Christ.

When Paul encountered the risen Christ on the road to Damascus something happened.  He died. He still looked the same and spoke the same, but there was something completely new inside.

The hatred he had for his enemies was changed to love. Instead of persecuting Christians, he was now a brother.  His understanding of God was wholly transformed.  He was now reborn as a completely different person.

In Galatians 2:20 he said, ” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

So in Philippians Paul is now saying that it doesn’t matter if he is alive or dead.  In either case he is with Christ. How does this apply to us?

Join us on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. when Dr. Wayne Cook preaches on “What It Means To Be In Christ.”

Fellowship

We Christians use the word fellowship a lot.  Most of our churches have what is called a fellowship hall.  This is where a lot of eating takes place, but not always real fellowship. 

This week, Pastor Wayne Cook will preach on Philippians 1:3-11 where Paul describes fellowship that involves the mind, the heart, and the tongue.

Continuing the theme of fellowship, the state of Jalisco now allows us to have as many as 75 people attend each service. And we recently reinstated our coffee hour — on the patio, rather than the narthex. We can’t wait to see you again!

Bringing a good work to completion

The apostle Paul wrote letters to many different churches during his ministry. He had a clear favorite. The church at Philippi held his heart. His letter to the Philippians demonstrates that deep love. It is easily the most joyful book of the Bible. We will begin a new sermon series on Philippians this week.

If you’d like to get a little background on this book before the sermon on Sunday, I encourage you to read Acts 16. This chapter describes how Paul met the first people to be part of the local church in Philippi.

Philippi was established as a Roman colony within Macedonia about 90 years before Paul arrived there. In fact, it was a “miniature Rome,” governed under the municipal law of Rome by two military officers, who were appointed directly from Rome.

The town was quite prosperous, depending for its wealth on nearby gold mines. Lydia, the first Christian convert in Philippi, sold purple cloth to the wealthy there.

Our sermon on Sunday will cover Philippians 1:1-11.

The moment we’ve been waiting for!

Dear Members and Friends of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 

As soon as vaccines began to arrive in our community, we all started discussing when and how we’ll reopen the church. This is exciting news! We just had our first Session meeting since the vaccine’s arrival—and reopening was our most-discussed topic.

The elders decided that, in anticipation of the second vaccine being given to those 60+ in Ajijic and Chapala, we will be able worship at our church on Sunday, May 2.

If you are not comfortable attending the live worship services yet, we understand. Please join us online for live streaming via Facebook at facebook.com/lpcchapala/live. The service will also be recorded and available on our website on Sunday afternoon.

We also need to be clear that all of Jalisco’s required safety protocols must be followed while we’re in the church. That means if you’re unable to wear a mask for the duration of the service, you may have to wait to return. Also, because of the laws that are in place, attendance must be limited at this time to 50 persons.

If you plan to attend, we ask that you contact Lidia Ramirez by phone at 331-836-5686 or email to lydboss749@yahoo.com

As we hope we’ve made clear our highest priority has always been you, our congregation. We love you and are committed to doing what love requires, even when it’s hard.

Thank you so much for the support you’ve continued to show for our family here at Lakeside! We hope to see you at worship very soon.

Many Blessings to You,

The Elders of Lakeside Presbyterian Church