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Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church

1701 Fredericks Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 544-2133

Sunday Services:
8:45am Traditional 
11:00am Contemporary

Office Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm weekdays
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
Turning West Info
New Donor Envelope Numbers
A new list of donor numbers is posted in the Narthex. Please include your number on your offering envelope.
Summer Worship 
We will be switching to single services over the Summer months.
9:30 am worship will begin June 17th.
In case you missed it in Pastor Valerie's Article:

The first learning opportunity Turning West is offering us is a 3 hour workshop on Conflict Utilization.  There will be two sessions offered on Sunday, May 20.  The first will begin at 1pm and end at 4pm.  The second will begin at 5pm and end at 8pm.  A meal will be provided at each.  We anticipate that the first time slot will fill up first so we ask that you choose to attend the later workshop if you are able.  Please click on this link to sign up.
Mt. Carmel Lutheran and SLO Master Chorale members Rebecca Christensen and Rachel Mann invite you to a special lecture series from visiting Harriet Tubman/Underground Railroad historian Dr. Kate Larson this weekend.

Friday, May 18, 3:30pm - room 218, H.P. Davidson Music Center, Cal Poly (behind the PAC)
Saturday, May 19, 3:30pm - Wilson Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 981 Marsh St, SLO
Sunday, May 20, 1:30pm - Harman Hall, Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO (concert ticket required for this one)

The lectures will provide context for our performance of Ron Kean's "Journey of Harriet Tubman", which will be paired with Brahm's "Ein deutsches Requiem", at Cal Poly Performing Arts Center this Sunday, May 20, at 3pm. Tickets for that are available online at

The concert should conclude in time to participate in the second Turning West Conflict Utilization workshop at Mt. Carmel from 5-8pm that same day.

Spring is Here!!!

The Flower Calendar is available in the narthex as you enter the church.  It is arranged so that you can provide flowers for Sunday services and celebrate those special events like birthdays, anniversaries, retirements or in memory of loved ones .  
The cost is $54.00 for both vases or two members can share the cost and provide their remembrance for $27.00 each.  After church is finished you can take a lovely arrangement home.
This is a wonderful way to remember those special times.

We Are Invited to Participate in ELCA  Inter-Religious Statement
The ELCA invites Mt Carmel along with all the other congregations of the ELCA to join in responding to the draft church-wide statement, “A Declaration of our Inter-Religious Commitment”, a proposed statement to be voted on at the Church Assembly in the summer of 2019.
The draft statement was proposed by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and prepared by a task force of church leaders for review by individuals and congregations and will be finalized in time for the 2019 Assembly.  At Mt Carmel, the Adult Education Team will present several Adult Forums beginning May 13 to study the draft together and assist individuals to complete the on-line survey accompanying the statement by the deadline, June 30, 2018.
The 18-page statement presents a theological and practical framework for common ELCA inter-religious policy and practices.  If approved, it will form the guidance for all ELCA churches, synods, and organizations for inter-religious actions.  For those interested in more information, the draft and on-line survey are available at statement.   Printed copies of the statement and survey will also be available at the Adult Forums. 
For questions or more information, contact any member of the Adult Education Team.
Stephen Ministry: Who is it for? 
We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the care and support of a Christian friend. A Stephen Minister can provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or challenge. 
Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide support through Tough Times such as ...
- Loss of a loved one through death or divorce
- Serious illness of self or family member
- Recovery after accident or disaster 
- Job crisis, relocation, change of family living situation  
- Loneliness, spiritual crisis, or discouragement
Could you benefit from the confidential, one-on-one care and support of a Stephen Minister? Do you know someone else, in or outside of our congregation (perhaps a friend, neighbor, or relative) who could benefit from Stephen Ministry? Are you called to become a Stephen Minister? Contact Suzanne Gorter or Sandy Rowland 439-1635. 

One of the most challenging areas for some people to put God first in their lives is that of their money. Oh, they’ll seek God first when it comes to prayer. They’ll put God first in terms of attendance at church or in Bible reading. But when it comes to money, the challenge seems much greater. After all, they reason, money is not that important in the overall Christian life.
Unfortunately, that conclusion is not supported in God’s Word. The Lord Jesus certainly thought money was important. Half of Christ’s parables in the New Testament deal with money and material possessions. In fact, there are more verses in the Bible that talk about money and material possessions than there are verses dealing with heaven and hell combined. Use of our possessions is an important issue, one that needs to be kept before us.

As people observe you and others at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, do they see any difference because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? As they observe your relationship to “things,” especially to money, do they realize you are a manager, a steward, and not an owner? May we strive to make the manner in which we handle money and material possessions a testimony to our faith in Christ. 

John Merrill
Volunteer Opportunities! Updated
We are in need of some fresh faces to fill Sunday volunteer positions. If you would like to commit to once a month or as a back-up, please email or call the office at 805-544-2133 or Here are the duties that we need help with:
First Service Greeters
Second Service Greeters
Second Service Communion Assistants

We are also looking for more coffee servers to join on Sundays. Both services are open for more volunteers. Please contact Carol Harvey for more information at or 805-481-2418.

Ushers are needed for both services. If you are interested, please contact Jess Bathke at

Sunday School
The final day of Sunday School will be May 20.
LCM Dinner and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6 PM

Sunday, May 20– Study of the proposed ELCA draft statement “A Declaration of our Inter-Religious Commitment” and the response survey form.  Part two of a two-week series with Pastor Valerie and members of the Adult Ed Team. It is not necessary to have been at the first part to participate.

Next Sunday, May 27 – CELL GROUPS FORMING:  We will have the opportunity to develop new Cell Groups during the Adult Forum. 
For those who have indicated an interest and anyone interested. Mark your calendars and come and join the activity. All are welcome!!


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