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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

Special Service:
April 29, 9:30 am combined service
Be aware of road closures/delays due to SLO Marathon

Office Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm weekdays
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Beloveds of God,
There is so much to be grateful for right now, even in the midst of our conflict!
Your council voted last night to move forward with the entry shade structure design presented by Cal Poly students at Adult Forum last week and we are very excited about this opportunity to partner with the University, support the work of Mt. Carmel member, Kevin Dong’s students, and have a beautiful shade structure for coffee hours after worship (and Blessing of the Animals Sunday!).  If you have not seen the design and would like to, please reach out to Sharon Haupt, council secretary, and she will email you the design or have a hard copy printed for you.  I love that the design is made up of 3 triangular pieces—so Trinitarian!   I also love that the triangles get bigger as you approach the sanctuary so that we are reminded as we enter that we are making a conscious effort to draw nearer to God together and as we leave we are reminded that God does not dwell in the sanctuary alone but in each of our hearts as we are led back out into community.
When we have a completion date scheduled we will have a blessing and dedication of the new structure to celebrate God’s goodness to us in sun, rain, and building materials to shelter us from them!
The council also affirmed the dates for our 2018 Vacation Bible School last night!  July 30-August 3, we will be welcoming children from the newly potty trained to those entering 6th grade to engage deeply and richly in the parable of the sower and God’s love for all of creation using the curriculum put out by Augsburg Fortress (the Lutheran publishing house); ReNew: the green VBS.  Shannon Babcock will be our fabulous VBS director and she will have the full support and help of Pastor Dan and me—plus hopefully many of you!  There are so many different ways you can support and participate in inviting these children more deeply into relationship with God and one another.  I can’t wait to see what God will do with your service in VBS!  Please check out the table in the narthex to offer your services or find out where there is need.
I am also very excited about the cell group ministry that your adult education team has launched and continues to invite us all into.  These groups are time limited so the commitment is manageable and they offer a lot of flexibility (and suggestions!) about the purpose and frequency of meetings.  What a wonderful opportunity for us all to get to know one another in new ways and to try out new ways of engaging the Holy Spirit!
These are all ways that God is at work in and through this community right now.  Even when things are hard, the living God is at work redeeming us and reckoning our efforts to us as righteousness—thanks be to God!
Peace, Pastor Valerie
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
Summer Worship 
We will be switching to single services over the Summer months.
9:30 am worship will begin June 17th.
Congregational Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, May 1st at 6 PM
Mt. Carmel will be hosting the Central Coast Conference Assembly. Saturday, April 28 in the Sanctuary from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Race SLO Volunteer Oportunities!
The volunteer manager for Race SLO has reached out to our congregation in search of volunteers for the 7th Annual SLO Marathon & Half, 5k and Kids races. Dates are April 27-29, however they are in specific need of 5-6 people on Sunday 29 early morning and afternoon.

"On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we offer a huge variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages and levels. However- It is first come first serve to fill the various roles of aid station teams, packet pick up crew, festival team, first aid team, course set up crew and more. We have a role for everyone! Volunteers receive a shirt, snacks & drinks and a prideful & inspiring experience they will never forget."

There are many ways to sign up:

or email Lauri directly at
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.

What’s happening in April with the Brown Bag Group?

Since the Lenten season has been full and very busy, and many of us have “Spring Fever”, there will not be a Brown Bag Lunch in April. Stay tuned for information on a possible “field trip” in May. Watch announcements in Vistas, Summit, bulletin, etc.
Questions or things you want to have happen in coming months – Nancy Priddy, 459-9249.
This performance has been dedicated to the memory of Bob Harvey.
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 policy 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 in May 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   Printed copies of the statement and survey will also be available at the Adult Forums in May. 
For questions or more information, contact any member of the Adult Education Team.
MCLC Book Club will be meeting on Sunday, May 6, 6:00pm at the home of Pat Ramsay. We are reading Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan by Lu Chi Fa with Becky White. Copies are available per request at the SLO Library. (There is no Book Club in a Box for this book) Coming up on June 10, is The GoldFinch, by Donna Tartt.
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. 

The majority of people like to excel at something. Most of us like to do what we do in a manner that is genuinely outstanding. Whether we are involved in one of the trades, or whether we are working in a profession, we like to excel in what we do.
Similarly, in the Christian life, most of us like to demonstrate our love for the Lord in ways that will bring honor to God. Thus, whether we sing a solo in a worship service, prepare a meal for someone who is a shut-in, or teach a Bible class, we strive to do what we do for God in the very best way possible.
The Apostle Paul indicates we are also to excel in the grace of giving. “But as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you — see that you excel in this act of grace” (2 Cor. 8:7). In other words, just as we might seek to excel in other ways which demonstrate our Christian faith in action, we are also to excel in the grace of giving.
If you are not excelling at giving, why not begin today?

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

LCM Dinner and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6 PM
Sunday, April 22

Sunday, Apr 22–GET ON THE BUS Sunday.  Come and hear plans for Mt Carmel GOTB Day this year.  Some of the Cal Poly student interns will discuss why the chose to work for the bet on the Bus Program and what it has meant to them.

Next Sunday April 29, Will take place after 9:30 service. Come have a chat with the Bishop.


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