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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for January 2021
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Celebrating God’s grace through worship, learning and service.
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Outdoor In-Person Worship Service Suspended

Sunday 12 noon In Person Outdoor Worship Suspended

In light of the post-Christmas rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the county and the possible presence of a more contagious variant in our region, we are suspending our Sunday 12 noon in-person worship for a time. Although we have followed county guidelines in our outdoor worship with social distancing and wearing masks—and want to emphasize that current measures are still believed by health officials to be effective in preventing COVID spread—we believe it is best to err on the side of caution as we await distribution of the vaccine. We will have a monthly evaluation of the situation and invite your input. We also recognize that some of our members will be disappointed by this suspension of in-person worship and are considering the possibility of smaller (limited to six persons) outdoor, physically-distanced in-person Bible study group(s) for those who may be interested. We will have further updates in upcoming VISTAs.
Epiphany 2021
Dear People of Region Two of our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,

There are times when events in our nation and world are shocking – we search for words to try to make sense of what we are seeing on television. Today’s events at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. are no different, and have left us with a sense of foreboding, concern, disbelief, anger, sadness… “Are we really seeing this?” “Is it possible such a thing is happening in this country, at the very seat of our democracy?”  

As bishops serving in Region 2, we stand united in calling upon elected leaders of all political parties to call for an end to this violence. We decry any leaders who would incite an assault on the democratic processes of our great nation, and what has led for a call upon them to publicly renounce their calls for people to storm the Capitol. Their actions have put our elected leaders and members of law enforcement in danger. We pray for an end to this violence and for the safety of those who are in danger. 

We urge the people of our congregations and ministries and all people of faith and good will to pray for peace and a quick restoration to order, as well as a peaceful transition of power in the coming two weeks. 

We pray –

+  for an end to the rancor of the deep political divisions that have plagued this country in recent times,
+  for those who feel their voices are not being heard to find more productive and peaceful ways to register their concerns,  
+  for the willingness for of our leaders to work with those with whom they may differ to advocate for the needs of all the people they have been called to serve,
+  for the Peace and Reconciliation of Christ to reign in our hearts. Amen
Bp. Mark W. Holmerud, Sierra Pacific Synod
Bp. Murray Finck, Southwest California Synod
Bp. Andy Taylor, Pacifica Synod
Bp. Deborah Hutterer, Grand Canyon Synod
Bp. Jim Gonia, Rocky Mountain Synod
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
RSVP here to attend in person

- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study,
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 552 129 433
- 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
In order to enhance our time together and our worship experience online we will follow a schedule for Sunday morning that includes an extended time before and after worship for conversation with microphones unmuted. During worship microphones will be muted (except for the Sharing the Peace and Lord's Prayer).

9:00-9:25:Fellowship with microphones unmuted
9:25: Announcements & Prelude (microphones muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30: Post service fellowship with microphones unmuted
10:45: Adult Forum
12:00: In-person worship on the Mt. Carmel patio (weather permitting)
Click the picture above for a full version of the Order of Worship
Words of Welcome

Confession and Forgiveness
Gathering Song -
Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized - ELW 304

Apostolic Greeting
Song of Praise -
Christ Be Our Light - ELW 715
Prayer of the Day

Children’s Time
First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5
Out of chaos, God brings order. Out of the formless void, God brings light. This familiar story was good news for the Israelites, who experienced much chaos in their history. It remains good news for us. God created and continues to create new life.

Psalm 29

Second Reading: Acts 19:1-7
In Ephesus, Paul encounters people who had received John’s baptism of repentance but had never heard of the Holy Spirit or of baptism in the name of Jesus. After Paul baptizes them, the Holy Spirit comes upon them and empowers them with gifts of the Spirit.

Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: Mark 1:4-11

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - Come to the Water

Affirmation of Faith
   We believe in God,
    the creator of all things,
    the giver of life and breath.

    We believe in Jesus Christ,
    born Emmanuel, God with us,
    baptized and revealed the most beloved Son of God;
    he sought to heal humanity by taking our brokenness upon himself,
    suffering for us,
    dying for us
    and being raised from the dead for our sake
    and for the sake of all the world.
    We believe that he will come again.

    We believe in the Holy Spirit,
    continually poured out refreshing our lives,
    leading us into a new day,
    ever-birthing the church, the body of Christ in the world.
    This Spirit is our soul companion and counselor of truth
    reminding us
    of the gift of faith,
    the ever presence of God
    and the promise of eternal life.
    Thanks be to God! Amen.

The Prayers:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Jeannie Ledford and family; Elsa Brody; Suzanne Gorter; Maureen Dresp & Family (Allison; Linda & Fred); Family of Tanya Hendry; Monica (friend of Jeannie Ledford)
Prayers for our church family: Walt & Helen Rehm; John & Ruth Rollefson; Richard & Cyndi Rollefson

The Peace 

Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Song
 - Wade in the Water

Thanks to:

Lector: Patti Frey
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

January Schedule

January 10 – MET Team will discuss the responses to the congregational survey last fall and talk about how you can take action on it.  An important step in our congregation’s moving forward; you will want to be on hand.
Church News and Notes
MET Team Value Voting Survey
Coming Next Week
During September and October, many members were interviewed by the MET Team and asked about God’s presence in their lives, what they treasure most at Mt. Carmel and where they feel the Holy Spirit is leading our congregation.  The MET Team has now processed all responses to the interviews and will conduct a survey and ask members to vote on the responses that are most meaningful to them.  The survey will be completed online starting January 10th through January 24th.  Paper surveys will be available on request.
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 encouraged.  Please mark your calendars with the above dates.
New Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom

Beginning January 11

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."

We'll begin our discussion with the Preface and Chapter 1.

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
We're awaiting delivery of the Christ in our Home booklets. They will be mailed as soon as they arrive. Thank you for your patience.
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!

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