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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for January 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....

The other day I heard a wonderful recording of the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem, “Ring Out, Wild Bells,” set to music by Alana Levandowski. The poem forms part of “In Memoriam,” Tennyson's elegy to his sister's fiancé who died at the age of 22. The 'wild bells' of the poem are thought to be the bells of the Abbey Church in Waltham Abbey that Tennyson heard being rung on New Year's Eve. As you’ll see the poem connects with hopes and dreams for a new year that seem especially appropriate to our own time.
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
   Ring out the darkness of the land,
   The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring in the valiant man and free,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
   Ring out the thousand wars of old,
   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring in the common love of good.
   Ring in the love of truth and right,
   The civic slander and the spite;
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
   The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
   Ring in the nobler modes of life,
   And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
   For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
   The year is going, let him go;
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
   The year is dying in the night;
   The flying cloud, the frosty light:
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
Blessings on you all in this New Year,
Pastor Richard
You can hear Alana Levandowski’s song at:
Worship at Mt. Carmel
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Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162

Passcode: 695333
The large print version of Christ in Our Home has arrived and will be in the mail this week. The regular print version should arrive any day and will be mailed to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Church New and Notes
MET Team Value Voting Survey Starts January 10th

The MET Team has processed all interview responses and will now conduct a Value Voting Survey and ask members to vote on the responses that are most meaningful to them.  The survey will be completed online from January 10th through January 24th  using a link on the church website or in Vistas.  Also, paper surveys will be available upon request to the church office. 

An Adult Forum will be held following the worship service on January 10th to present and explain the survey.  

Your participation in the survey is important and encouraged. Please mark your calendar with the above dates.
Community Outreach

Matching Gifts Challenge Benefitting the SLO County Food Bank


Use this link to donate to the Mount Carmel matching funds challenge

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

Consultation Committee

Discipline Committee

The following council positions are open:

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


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


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. 

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)


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