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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
Good News!

Pastor Dan will be back at work on Wednesday, February 7th.
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
The Pastors Carlson are currently on family leave after the birth of their son. Please contact the office for any inquiries while they are away, including pastoral care. Thank you!
A major thank you to everyone who helped make the Celebrations of Life for Bob Harvey, Toney Ledford and Vern Brody so beautiful. There are so many of you, who are always will to help, that I can’t name you all. But I wanted you to know that you are so appreciated!!
And prayers to Bob, Toney and Vern’s families. Mt. Carmel definitely feels the loss.
Thank you, thank you,
Nancy Priddy
Notice from the Financial Secretary:
If you did not receive a statement of giving for 2017, and you made contributions to the church, please contact the Financial Secretary (805) 543-5691 or I would need the dates and amount of your contributions to add them to our data base. Some statements were given out after church last week and some have been mailed this week.
Carol Grosse, Financial Secretary
Adult Forum – This Sunday, Feb 4th
Come and bring your ideas and goals for Mt Carmel’s Sunday School and Teen Programs.  All are welcome to join in the discussion from nine to ninety.
Led by Shannon Babcock and members of the CAT ministry.
In Quist Hall at 10:00 am.
Hop aboard the Meal Train!!

Pastors Carlson have their hands with Cora and Baby Boy.  Let’s help them out by crossing one stress off of their list: dinner.  If you can help by making a meal one day (or several), please email Shannon Babcock at and she will send you the link to sign up to bring a meal.  All the information you will need will be on the Meal Train site.  If you know of someone who’d like to help but does not have internet access, please have them call Shannon at (805) 602-1759 and she will plug them in!  
Thank you!!
Volunteer Opportunities!
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.
Beginning the Year in Mutual Ministry
From Your Mutual Ministry Team:

I’ve been doing some soul searching this week after reading this scripture from Romans entitled, “Marks of the True Christian”. “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to the strangers.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peacefully with all…do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:9-21
It’s pretty overwhelming, right? I found myself falling short on every line. How about you? Will you join me this week in praying, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”  Psalm 139:23, 24      Jean Senter
Don’t miss our very special guest, at the Brown Bag Lunch Group, Friday, Feb. 9, at noon.
Our presenter for the afternoon will be John Lindsey, corporate relations representative for PG&E at Diablo Canyon. John has been forecasting weather and oceanographic conditions along the Central Coast for 19 years. You can also read his articles in the Tribune.
With Diablo Canyon frequently highlighted in the news, and what the future will bring for the power plant, our speaker will present an overview on Diablo Canyon, and possible plans for the future.
Bring your questions, your brown bag and a friend, and join us on Feb. 9. Questions or to RSVP – Nancy Priddy, 459-9249
Lent Soup Suppers and Worship are starting soon. The Council will be sponsoring the first supper on 2/21 and the Saturday Men’s group on 2/28.   Soup, bread and beverages will be served at 6pm with Lenten service to follow at 7pm.  A sign up sheet for the Congregation Soup Supper on 3/14 will be in the Narthex on the Ushers cabinet starting this Sunday.
MCLC Book club is meeting at the home of Karen Petersen on Sunday, Feb. 11, 6:00pm.

Our book selection this month is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. Copies are available in the black 'Book Club in a Box' in the church office.

Join us! 
Here Now—Devotion book for Lent

The  devotion book for Lent, YOU ARE THE WAY, published by Augsburg-Fortress, and featuring the “I Am” sayings of Jesus each day during Lent are available for purchase in the Narthex.  Individual books are $4.00, Large Print are $7.00—make checks to Mt Carmel Lutheran Church.  The devotion books can be used for individual study, Small Group Cell discussions and will be the basis for Adult Forums. For 2018,  Lent begins on February 14, Ash Wednesday, and ends on Easter Sunday, April 1.
The CAT Task Force has completed their work and has written a report of their findings and recommendations.  You can access the full report at here.  Please submit your comments, questions, and concerns in writing to Alex Bell, our Parish Administrator at  Alex will forward them to the Task Force who will use them to plan an information session during a yet to be determined date.

Sunday, Feb 4Come and bring your ideas and goals for Mt Carmel’s Sunday School and Teen Programs.  All are welcome to join in the discussion from nine to ninety.
Led by Shannon Babcock and members of the CAT ministry.

Next Sunday, Feb 11-Transfiguration Sunday forum will be a Do-It-Yourself Bible Study on the Transfiguration, led by…YOU.  Bring your Bible and join in.

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