1701 Fredericks Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday
Happenings around Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church
COVID-19 Virus and our Worship Practices
In light of concerns about the COVID-19 Virus, a pastoral letter from our Bishop Guy Erwin and the ELCA statement on Worship in a Time of Public Health Crisis suggest both that we continue to gather for worship together but also take appropriate measures to minimize spreading this virus. The primary suggestion is to treat this issue as we would any serious flu epidemic. As you’ll know from Public Heath announcements, frequent hand-washing with hot water (for at least 20 seconds) is highly recommended. We have placed alcohol-based disinfectant hand wash at various places in our building, that you are encouraged to use.
Passing the Peace – While the passing of the peace is an important component of our worship, it is appropriate to minimize physical contact by refraining from shaking hands and hugging. A prayerful bow is a good alternative.
Communion – All communion ministers will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before administering communion. Also, we will be using the small, individual cups of wine and grape juice. In light of our Lutheran teaching on the full presence of Christ in each of the elements of communion, it is also appropriate to only receive the bread.
Everyday health tips:
Wash hands with liquid soap and water and rub for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick; and
Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.
Healthy people should not be excluded from any activities based on their race or country of origin. There is no racial, ethnic, or cultural basis for the disease.
Additional resources and a link to Bishop Guy Irwin's letter on this subject may be found by clicking HERE.
ADULT FORUM Sundays 11:00AM
March 8: The first in a four-week Lenten series “Lessons for Today’s Disciples”. This week’s lesson will discuss the Christian disciplines of Prayer and Serving Our Neighbors, led by Bob Grosse and Nancy Priddy.
March 16: Lessons for Today’s Disciples continues with Studying God’s Word and Encouraging One Another.
Lenten Soup Supper and Service Wednesday, Mar 11, 6:00pm
You are all invited to attend the weekly soup suppers and services during Lent. We begin the evening with fellowship over a variety of soups, bread, and beverages prepared by members of Mt. Carmel. After the supper we will gather in the sanctuary for a service of Holden Evening Prayer. The soup supper on March 11 will be hosted by members of the Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study Group.
ELCA Devotion book for Lent
The devotion book “Wondrous Love”, based on the Gospel of Matthew, is available in the Narthex for a donation of $3.00. The devotions include a scripture passage, brief homily and prayer for each day in Lent beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb 26, and are valuable for individual Lenten study. Sorry but there are no Large Print editions this year.
Side Door Study Center Noon - 5:00pm
The Side Door Study Center continues to be open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The Side Door is there for all students needing free internet, the use of a color printer, a cup o’ Joe and a snack.
Visit Cuesta College with the LuMin team Thursdays, 9:00am-noon
LuMin continues to visit Cuesta College on Thursday mornings from 9-noon. We need more folks to volunteer. We hang out, give away granola bars and tell students about things going on at Mt. Carmel. Call Patti Frey to help. 805-235-1938.