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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

*February Office Closures:
Monday, Feb. 19
Monday & Tuesday, Feb. 26-27
Beloveds of God,

Because the world is broken. Lord in your mercy
Hear our Prayer
In the face of yet another reminder of just how broken it is Lord in your mercy
Hear our Prayer
For all those that mourn the unnatural loss of their beloved ones Lord in your mercy
Hear our Prayer
Events like those of this past Wednesday in Florida are not the only place that we see the brokenness of the world, but certainly the all too frequent events such as the shooting at the school in Florida are especially extreme and painful reminders of that brokenness.
So with the families and the friends and the classmates we mourn and we hope and pray for a better world.
Blessing the Dust
A Blessing for Ash Wednesday by Jan Richardson
All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners
or swept away
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial—
Did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?
This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.
This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.
This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil of
this sacred earth.
So let us be marked
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are
but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made,
and the stars that blaze
in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.

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

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
People’s Kitchen Schedule CORRECTION

A mistake was made on the dates on the new People’s Kitchen Schedules from October to February.  Prior year dates were listed for those months instead of current year dates.   When marking your calendars, please remember that we always serve on the 1st Friday of the month.  Contact Laura Krueger if you have any questions or would like a corrected schedule printed for you (call or text 805-458-6012 or email
Jean Hohenstein has a piano for sale. If interested, please contact her at 805-489-0747.
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
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.
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.
Friday, March 9, the Brown Bag Lunch Group will host a speaker who should not be missed!
Our very own, Bob Christenson, retired Naval Captain, will be giving a presentation on “The Evacuation of Saigon”. Bob is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and earned a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey.
He served in a destroyer, diesel submarine and amphibious ships.
Captain Christenson  was at sea, as an executive officer in the USS Blue Ridge, a command ship, during the evacuation of Saigon, in April 1975. He will tell share these amazing experiences with us, and all the people he met, including the supporting Marine general, and ultimately our ambassador to Vietnam. In his words, “He witnessed it all”.
Bring your brown bag lunch, a friend, and questions and join us at noon, Friday, March 9, in Quist Hall. RSVP – Nancy Priddy – 459-9249
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 School
Sunday February 18th - 10am Sunday School PreK-5th grade, Diane and Jean will have a lesson ready.
Sunday February 25th- 10am Sunday school PreK- 5th grade, - Jackie will have a lesson ready.

Sunday, Feb 18Discussion based on Lenten Devotion Book theme for week of Feb 14-17, “I Am The Way, the Truth and the Life”. Come and discuss some of the thoughts  in the daily devotions and, no, you don’t need to study the book to join in but it will give you some ideas.

Next Sunday, Feb 25– Jesus talks about sheep and shepherds.



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