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From the Pastor...

We are now drawing near to the conclusion of the Lenten season as we prepare to celebrate Palm Sunday and commemorate the events of Holy Week. As we have journeyed through the wilderness of Lent, we have been challenged, like Jesus, to rely upon God, to take up our cross and follow, to trust that the seed which is buried in the ground will bring forth new life. All of this now comes to fulfillment in the revelation of God’s suffering, life-giving love revealed in the cross of Jesus. As we enter this holy time, may this be our prayer:
                             Give light to our vision, O God
                             that we may discover you, our Creator
                                      amidst this groaning creation.
                             Stir faith in our hearts,
                             that our tongues may sing and knees bend
                                      before the exalted One who suffers.
                             Give strength to our love
                             that where life struggles to prevail,
                                      we would bring your renewing Spirit.
                             We pray, as we would live,
                             in the name of the One
                                      whose power is shaped as a cross.
                                      Jesus, our Christ.
God’s peace,
Pr. Richard
Link to Palm Sunday Service - March 28 at 9:30am
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Link to Maundy Thursday Service - April 1 at 7:00pm
Meeting ID: 828 9199 4422
Passcode: 374737

Link to Good Friday Service - April 2 at 7:00pm
Meeting ID: 896 8563 4315
Passcode: 154338

Link to Easter Sunday Zoom Service - April 4 at 9:30am
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

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
Worship at Mt. Carmel
Please use the links listed here to join any of our worship services and Bible studies. We look forward to seeing you!
- Link to SUNDAY morning Zoom worship 
Sundays at 9:30 AM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162

Passcode: 695333

- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 829 5418 7961
Passcode: 229122

- Link to SATURDAY morning Bible study,
Saturdays at 8:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 831 5325 2589
Passcode: 690622

- Mt. Carmel YouTube channel, in case you missed a service.
Sunday Morning Schedule
9:00-9:25:Fellowship with (mics open)
9:25: Announcements & Prelude (mics muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30: Fellowship (mics open)
10:45: Adult Forum
Please click the picture for the full version of the Sunday bulletin


Today we enter Holy Week, with its cycle of death, life and new life.
Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
Jesus, the holy one, enters Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Crowds threw down their coats, waved palm branches and shouted out:
Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
Jesus, holy one, enter the gates of our hearts today as we join in the time of your Passion. Let us remember and celebrate your birth, your calling, your ministry.
Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
Jesus, holy one, guide us through the streets of our journey. Open our eyes and ears to the guiding of God’s Spirit who calls us to costly faithfulness and to joyous wholeness. Let us sing with all our hearts:
Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God. Hosanna in the highest!

Mark 11:1-11
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, [Jesus] sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’ ” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Blessing of the Palms
O God, who in Jesus Christ triumphantly entered Jerusalem
be with us now as we follow the way of the cross
In these events of defeat and victory you have sealed the closeness
of death and resurrection, of humiliation and exultation.          
We thank you for these branches that promise to become for us
symbols of martyrdom and majesty
bless them and us that their use this day may announce in our time
that Christ has come and that Christ will come again
Amen. Come, Christ Jesus.

Processional Song - All Glory, Laud and Honor - ELW 344
Prayer of the Day

Children’s Time
First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10
The prophet tells of the coming of a future king, not as warrior but as one to bring an end to violence and war.

Psalm 31

Second Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10
Paul writes to the church at Philippi in a hymn that speaks of Christ’s self-emptying.

Gospel Verse
Holy Gospel: Mark 14:1-11
Sermon - Pr. Richard Rollefson
Song of Response - Ride On, Ride On in Majesty - ELW 346

Affirmation of Faith
     We believe in God:
     Creator of all things, 
     in heaven and on earth.

     We believe in Jesus Christ
     Who lived among us and shared our burdens. 
     Like a grain of wheat,
     he died that new life might grow in us.

     We believe in the Holy Spirit,
     The presence of God at work within us, 
     Who comforts us in our struggles, 
     strengthens us in faith,
     and bestows upon us the gift of hope eternal.
     Thanks be to God! Amen.

The Prayers:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Jeannie Ledford and family; Elsa Brody
Prayers for our church family: Ty Bomba; Paul Bostrom; Susan Bouvette

The Peace & Announcements
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer
Sending Song - The King Shall Come - ELW 260

Thanks to:
Lector: Monica Holman
Children’s Time: Ingrid Frokjer
Musicians, Singers: Paul Woodring / Dave Becker / Joan Pedersen / Sue Haas-Clark / Patti Frey / Richard Rollefson
Adult Forum
Sunday, following worship

Palm Sunday, March 28: Join us in sharing traditions and practices you and your family enjoy during Holy Week. For example, think of stories about dyeing eggs, traditions you inherited from your grandparents, searching for Easter baskets, special worship services and chocolate bunnies, to share with the congregation. As a special feature, Pastor Richard will read “Wood, Nails, and Easter Baskets” from The Way of The Wolf by Martin Bell.
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 Wednesday Soup Supper and Service
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162
Passcode: 695333

Link to Order of Worship
Church News and Notes
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom

Continues through April 12

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
Residents 50+ Now Eligible for Vaccine

Residents age 50 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County. To secure your first-dose appointment using the County's Vaccine Appointment Registry:
  1. Make sure you are currently eligible for the vaccine. 
  2. Click the picture or link above to sign up for the registry.*
  3. Provide your contact information, availability, and preferred vaccine location.
  4. Choose a notification preference (text message, email, or phone call).
  5. Select Register.
  6. Wait for the County to notify you of an available appointment!   
*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.
Spring Conference Assembly
April 11, 2021 – Holy Humor Sunday
A joint worship celebration will be held for all the churches of the central coast on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Santa Maria. For centuries, in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant countries, “Bright Sunday” (the Sunday after Easter) was observed by the faithful as a ‘day of joy and laughter’ with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The custom of the celebrations was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. The early theologians called it “Risus Paschalis” ~ the Easter Laugh.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the service will be held outdoors on the back patio at 10:00 a.m. Those who want to attend in person are asked to mask up and wear warm clothing. Those who feel uncomfortable doing so can watch the service online. A short business meeting will be held following the service to elect Laura Krueger as our Conference Representative to the Synod Council.
At Gloria Dei we encourage people to dress crazy for the day, and by all means, bring your sense of humor. Friends are welcome!

Greg Kintzi
This is a gentle reminder to  make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when leaving Mt. Carmel. Many of the doors stick when allowed to close on their own resulting in a door that is locked, but not actually closed. Please take a few moments to make sure all doors close properly and are locked.
Thank you! 
Community Outreach
Volunteers from Mt. Carmel prepare and serve a hot lunch for The People's Kitchen program at 40 Prado on the first Friday of each month. Here is a list of our volunteers for Friday, April 2:

Entree - Steve & JoAnn Bennett; Dave Lonsway; Kathy Meyer; Cyndi Rollefson; Sandy Rowland; Mollie Smith; Jenice Twomey; Chuck Kilstrom
Salad - Carol Harvey; Wayne Lippold; Rebecca Keisler
Milk - Carol Grosse

Please contact Jan Uder, or the church office at if you are unable to serve this month, or if you would like information on volunteering in the future.
Saturday, April 10
11am - 3pm
Our monthly food drive benefitting 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.
  3. Or bring your donations to church on Sunday and place them in the shopping cart near Quist Hall.
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!

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