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

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From the Pastor...

In our gospel reading for this coming Sunday, we hear Jesus speak of the mystery—and the meaning—of his death: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

A contemporary hymn with words by Thomas Troeger connects Jesus’ teaching with the natural phenomenon of a seed being planted and growing and the promise of new life coming to fruition in our own lives:

            Before the fruit is ripened by the sun
            Before the petals or the leaves uncoil,
            Before the first fine silken root is spun,
            A seed is dropped and buried in the soil.

            Before we gain the grace that comes through loss,
            Before we live by more than bread and breath,
            Before we lift in joy an empty cross,
            We face with Christ the seed’s renewing death.
This is the promise of Lent —the “springtime of the soul”—and the Easter that fulfills it. Then may we pray:

            To you, O God, we cry and pray;
            bless this sprouting seed, within,
            strengthen it in the gentle movement of soft winds,
            refresh it with the dew of heaven,
            and let it grow to full maturity
            for the good of body and soul.

God’s peace,
Pr. Richard

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
Celebrate Holy Week with us on Zoom....

Link to Palm Sunday Service - March 28 at 9:30am

Link to Maundy Thursday Service - April 1 at 7:00pm

Link to Good Friday Service - April 2 at 7:00pm

Link to Easter Sunday Zoom Service - April 4 at 9:30am

Join us at 11:00am Easter Sunday for an in-person worship on the Mt. Carmel patio. Please RSVP so that we can prepare seats ahead of your arrival. Link to RSVP.
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: -- $4.99

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

Join by phone: 1 669 900 9128
Eligible individuals can register online at
  • 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.
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

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!

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