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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for December 2020
We are here!!
We'd love to hear from you. Please call or email with your questions or comments. 

Phone: 805-544-2133
or on Facebook at

Prayer requests may be sent to the church office by email or phone

Celebrating God’s grace through worship, learning and service.
Give Online
Online giving is now available from the comfort of you home or when you're on the road. Click the Give Online button above, or download the Give Plus Mobile App on you phone or tablet, to make a one-time offering or to set up a recurring donation. You decide how much to give and when.
Join us at 6:30pm for a quiet celebration with recorded music.

Our Christmas Eve worship will be a service of Holy Communion at 7:00pm on Zoom. You are invited to have bread and wine (or juice and crackers) on hand for the service along with a candle.

After the service, grab your favorite beverage and share in a social gathering of friends.

Link to Christmas Eve Music and Worship
Meeting ID: 889 6564 4174
Passcode: 415196
Francesca Sola, soprano
with Susan Davies and Paul Woodring
Recorded at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church
of San Luis Obispo on December 9, 2020
Produced and Filmed by Highlight Media

This video is made available to the public entirely free of charge. In this season of giving, please help us continue to provide cost free arts programming by sending a check in any amount to Opera San Luis Obispo, P.O. Box 14760, San Luis Obispo, California 93406. 
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 -
O Come, All Ye Faithful - ELW 283

Apostolic Greeting
Hymn of Praise -
Angels We Have Heard on High - ELW 289
Prayer of the Day

Children’s Time
First Reading: Isaiah 61:10--62:3
To the people who returned to Jerusalem after the exile, the prophet proclaims that God’s salvation will fully come to pass. Jerusalem will become a shining light to the nations and righteousness and praise will spring up as surely as the earth puts forth vegetation.

Psalm 148

Second Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
Paul seeks to show the Galatians that the purpose of Christ’s birth was to liberate us from the law’s condemnation so that we would be fully adopted into God’s family as beloved children.

Gospel Verse
Holy Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson
Song of the Day - Go Tell It On the Mountain

Affirmation of Faith
   We believe in God, 
   Creator of all that is.

   We believe in Jesus the Christ, God's child.
   His coming is the advent of God's reign of justice and peace.
   Through his life comes healing, 
   Through his death comes hope, 
   And through his rising, life eternal.

   We believe in the Spirit,
   Who speaks through the prophets,
   inspires the witness of the Church,
   and through our baptism into Christ,
   dwells within our hearts.

Prayers of the People:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Jeannie Ledford and family; Elsa Brody; Family of Tanya Hendry; Monica (friend of Jeannie Ledford)
Prayers for our church family: David Quist; Steve, Cynthia & Annie Quist; Warren Quist

The Peace / Announcements / Birthdays and Anniversaries
Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer
Sending Song
 - Joy to the World

Thanks to:

Lector: Steve Bennett
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

December Forum Series
Prose and Prophesies for Advent & Christmas
Join in for a series of scripture readings and beloved stories for the Advent and Christmas season. The series will include prophesies from the Old Testament, seasonal readings from the Gospels and a featured story. This Sunday, December 27, we will read from Isaiah, Joel, Hebrews and the Gospels of Luke and John, and hear a short story “The Legend of Miesko”—how Christianity came to Poland, from Ancient Polish Legends (Published 1959) read by Pastor Richard.
Outdoor In-Person Worship Service
Sundays at 12 Noon

In case of rain, the outdoor service will be canceled. Those who RSVP will be notified by phone and email

Sign-up here to RSVP

We hold in person worship and communion service outdoors, observing guidelines and best practices to maximize the safety of those attending. We will continue with the existing Sunday morning schedule of Zoom worship at 9:30am followed by the Adult Forum at 10:45.

All are welcome to join us under the shade canopy in front of the santuary. Please click the RSVP link above to help us prepare the space for socially distanced clusters of same household members. Please bring your own chair, if possible, although metal church chairs are also available. Attendees should be masked when arriving, will receive a temperature check and be signed in. We use prepackaged communion bread and cup kits. Entrance and departure routes are marked and attendees are requested to mask following the service. There is not a coffee time following worship.
Church News and Notes
Social Ministry Survey
The Social Ministry Team has identified a few possible projects to implement once the pandemic is over. Current outreach projects (Iglesia Santa Cruz, Get on the Bus, SLO Food Bank, etc.) will remain in place.

Please complete and return your responses by December 30.
Thank you for your response! The results will be reported to the congregation.

Link to Social Ministry Survey
MET Team Value Voting Survey
Coming January 10, 2021
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.
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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