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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for March 2021
We are here!!
The church is closed to walk-in traffic, but you can still reach us by phone and email. 

Phone: 805-544-2133
Email info@mtcarmelslo.org
on Facebook at facebook.com/mtcarmelslo


Prayer requests may be sent to the church office by email or phone

OUR MISSION
Celebrating God’s grace through worship, learning and service.
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Worship at Mt. Carmel
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We'll continue our annual tradition on Wednesdays during Lent of sharing a simple meal followed by a service of quiet reflection. The diffence this year is that we will share our meal and fellowship online via Zoom. Bring you soup (or whatever you're having for dinner that night), and share some fellowship time beginning at 6:30pm. Pastor Richard will lead us in a quiet worship service beginning at 7:00pm.

Link to Soup Supper and Midweek service
Stay tuned for details about our services during Holy Week!
Church New and Notes
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom
 
The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness
 by Marc Ian Barasch

The award-winning bestseller that helped launch an international movement (and inspired the film "I Am"). Acclaimed author Marc Barasch brilliantly explores the nature and practice of compassion: What can we learn from exceptionally empathic people? Can we increase our compassion quotient? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually survival of the kindest? Drawing on science and spirituality, history and popular culture, bottom-line business and a high-sense of fun, here is a startling, provocative argument that a simple shift in consciousness "can change pretty much everything."

Books are available for purchase at:

amazon.com -- $4.99

Link to Zoom Book Discussion Group
Meeting ID: 862 7971 6007
Passcode: 419787

Join by phone: 1 669 900 9128
The vaccine appointment registry and lottery system is now live for all eligible community members, including SLO County residents age 65 or older and healthcare workers in Phase 1a.

This new appointment system provides a fair and easy way for eligible community members to get a first-dose appointment for the #COVID19 vaccine in SLO County. With the new system, there is no need to rush to book an appointment online each week. You will sign up once, then be alerted when an appointment is ready for you.

Eligible individuals can register online at
Recoverslo.org/vaccines.
  • Appointments are assigned weekly based on current vaccine availability.
  • Registered community members will be notified directly when their name is drawn from the computer-generated random sample.
  • Anyone not selected for that week’s round of appointments will remain in the registry for the next available appointment opportunity.
Those without internet access or who have difficulty with the form can call the phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 or (805) 781-4280 and an operator can help them.
 
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Additional appointment resources:

My Turn - Link to
MYTURN.CA.GOV - Answer a few short questions to find out if you are eligible to receive a vaccine. If you are, appointments may be available.

Vaccine Finder - Link to
VACCINEFINDER.ORG/SEARCH - This site allows you to search up to a 50 mile radius of your zip code for a vaccine location. Eligibilty requirements apply.
Community Outreach
Drive-thru Food Drive
Saturday, March 13
11am - 3pm

 
Our monthly food drive to benefit the families at Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz is Saturday. Here's how it works:
  1. Purchase any item(s) on the list above.
  2. Drop them off at Mt. Carmel during the drive-thru.
Shopping tip - The Dollar Tree is a great place to buy cooking oil, laundry soap, and dish soap. Smart and Final has great prices on bulk size items.

We gladly accept donations if you prefer to let us do the shopping. We use 100% of donated funds to supplement your product donations with items from the list as well as to purchase fresh/frozen chicken, fruits, and vegetables on the day of delivery. Thrivent funds are also used in this manner.

When we deliver your donations to Santa Maria several families are on hand to unload, sort, and begin distribution. Pastor Esteban and Angie coordinate deliveries to families in quarentine later in the day, and spend time visiting and praying with families in the neighborhoods they visit. At the end of the day, your donations of goods and/or money help minister to both the body and soul of the people at Iglesia Santa Cruz.

Thank you for your support!

Matching Gifts Challenge Benefitting the SLO County Food Bank

 

The new donation site is up and running. Please click the link below for more information.

Link to Mt. Carmel matching funds page

If you prefer to donate to the matching funds challenge by check, make your check out to the SLO County Food Bank. Write Mt. Carmel Matching Funds Drive on the memo line so that your donation will be properly credited.  Mail to:

Food Bank Coalition of SLO County
1180 Kendall Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

 

Please do not route your food bank donations through Mount Carmel.  Doing so will delay your donation and make tracking the matching funds challenge donations difficult for the food bank.

Thank you to Mount Carmel for your always generous spirit!

Call for Nominations
SWCA Synod Council & Committees
Deadline April 9, 2021
The Call for Nominations has been updated to include the position of Conference Representative from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Conference.

The Nominating Committee of the Southwest California Synod invites members of synod congregations to prayerfully consider if God is calling them to serve on Synod Council or on a Synod Committee. Elections to fill these positions will take place at the 2021 Synod Assembly, which will take place June 4 - 6. Descriptions of the duties of each open position are linked below. If you are considering serving on the Synod Council, please read the
Synod Council Conflict of Interest Policy here.

We are looking for candidates who have a desire to share their experience, knowledge and passion as leaders in the synod. We need good listeners, critical thinkers, folks with an openness to the Spirit, and a willingness to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

The Constitution of the Southwest California Synod states that "no more than four members of the Synod Council, with the exception of the Bishop, may be from the same conference." The nominating committee will take this into account when configuring the ballot and encourages nominees from all the conferences that make up the synod.

Any congregational member in good standing may be nominated and, if elected, serve on the Endowment, Consultation, and Discipline Committees, regardless of their home Conference.

Candidates can self-nominate for open positions by completing the
online nomination form, linked here and below. The online form can also be used to nominate candidates.

Please note that nomination forms for all positions must be submitted no later than Friday April 9, 2021. Those who wish to be considered for open positions who have not submitted their form by that date must be nominated from the Synod Assembly floor. 

The following committee positions are open: 

 
Endowment Committee Member-at-Large
Description

Consultation Committee
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Discipline Committee
Description

The following council positions are open:

Synod Council Vice-President
This position must be filled by a layperson

Description

Synod Council Member-at-Large (ten open positions)
These positions are open to both clergy and laypeople.

Description

Synod Council Youth Representative
This two-year position must be filled by a member of a SWCA Synod congregation in the 10th or 11th grade by the time of the Synod Assembly. 
 
Description

The position of Conference Representative for the Twin Valleys, Tehachapi, Central Coast, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Metropolitan, and South Bay Conferences are open. If you are interested in a Conference Representative position, please contact your Conference Dean. Conference Representatives are elected at Spring Conference Assemblies and affirmed at Synod Assembly.

Conference Representatives
(Twin Valleys, Tehachapi, Central Coast, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Metropolitan, and South Bay Conferences)

Description

ONLINE NOMINATION FORM
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