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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
 
Dear Beloveds of God,

What an incredible week of participation at Mt. Carmel we’ve had since our last Vistas went out!  THANK YOU to each of you who were able to participate, for making the effort and time to invest in this community. 
 
No doubt all of you who were present were blessed by Bishop Guy’s preaching and time with us.  He brought the gospel out of the images of the vine grower, vine, and branches in a powerfully loving way.  The music from Paul, Dave, and the Joyful Sounds was also incredible this past week.  Not a week goes by that I fail to give thanks to God for the time and talents of the musicians in our congregation but this week was a particularly wonderful one for me!
 
The opportunity to spend time asking questions and having conversation with the Bishop after worship was also a gift.  He spoke love to us in our time of conflict, encouraged us in our process to heal, and committed to be with us as we are drawn into the future to which God is calling us.  He also talked with us about the hopeful and challenging future of the (national) Church as we navigate a place in the changing world. 
 
I also give thanks for our Town Hall meeting with Deb and Steve from Turning West.  They spoke with us about levels of conflict and noted where they believe we are situated at current.  They suggested some strategies moving forward to help us progress to lower levels of conflict.  They held up a mirror to our congregation and answered questions we had.  They also gave us homework!  Our job, in the immediate future, is to spend time together and laugh.  While we are doing that, we will also be forming a guiding coalition of 12 members of the congregation in addition to me.
 
The first learning opportunity Turning West is offering us is a 3 hour workshop on Conflict Utilization.  There will be two sessions offered on Sunday, May 20.  The first will begin at 1pm and end at 4pm.  The second will begin at 5pm and end at 8pm.  A meal will be provided at each.  We anticipate that the first time slot will fill up first so we ask that you choose to attend the later workshop if you are able.  Please click on this
link to sign up and do not worry, there will be other ways to sign up for those who do not get Vistas via email or are unable to navigate the link.  That information will be available at worship on Sunday.
 
Thank you again, for investing your time, talents, and prayers in the healing of our community.
 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he sent out his word and healed them,
   and delivered them from destruction. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind.                         (Psalm 107: 19-21)

Peace,
Pastor Valerie
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
805-776-3377
pastor.valerie.carlson@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
805-776-3707
pastor.dcarlson@gmail.com
Council Minutes
Turning West Info
Summer Worship 
We will be switching to single services over the Summer months.
9:30 am worship will begin June 17th.
In case you missed it in Pastor Valerie's Article:

The first learning opportunity Turning West is offering us is a 3 hour workshop on Conflict Utilization.  There will be two sessions offered on Sunday, May 20.  The first will begin at 1pm and end at 4pm.  The second will begin at 5pm and end at 8pm.  A meal will be provided at each.  We anticipate that the first time slot will fill up first so we ask that you choose to attend the later workshop if you are able.  Please click on this link to sign up and do not worry, there will be other ways to sign up for those who do not get Vistas via email or are unable to navigate the link.  That information will be available at worship on Sunday.
 
New Members Class

Thursdays at 6pm, starting May 10. Childcare will be provided.
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.

 
A Brown Bag not to be Missed!

Join us, Friday, May 11, at noon, when our guest speaker will be Dr. John Phillips, retired Cal Poly faculty, from the Crop Science Dept. He holds a BS in Agronomy from Washington State, an MS in Agronomy from Colorado State University, and a PHD in Crop Physiology, from Oregon State University. He also served in the US Army, and has been a resident of SLO since 1974.
John is a volunteer for a local non-profit, Central Coast Grown, whose main project is managing City Farm SLO. This is a 17 acre parcel of class 1 agricultural land, owned by the City. CCG makes most of the land available to small scale local organic farmers who market to restaurants, farmers’ markets  and to the Food Service of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, which prepares their produce for elementary  and middle school lunches. Since 2014, CCG has also provided onsite academic classes in growing vegetables to high risk students at Pacific Beach Continuation High School and to developmentally disabled  students in the PREPARE Program.
John will also be sharing information about a CCG fund raiser, which you can be a part of, on May 19, “A Taste of Spring under the Pergola”.
Questions or to RSVP – Nancy Priddy, 459-9249. This should be incredibly informative!
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 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 beginning May 13 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 ELCA.org/inter-religious statement.   Printed copies of the statement and survey will also be available at the Adult Forums. 
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. 
Stewardship

We as Christians have a perspective on life that differs from that of nonbelievers. This certainly applies to our outlook on money and material possessions. “ . . . if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away . . . everything has become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). We realize that  we own nothing, that everything we have belongs to God. We are managers and stewards of what God has entrusted to us. Because of that, we should have a different attitude towards “things.”

That attitude demonstrates itself in a number of ways. For example, Christians show mercy and give, in contrast to those who borrow and do not repay (Psalm 37:21). We should hold possessions with an open hand, and “refresh” others with their bounty (Proverbs 11:24-25). As Christians we are honest and demonstrate our faith by our work and integrity (1 Thes. 4:11-12). We give to those in need and thereby demonstrate to a watching world the love of God (1 John 3:17).

As others observe you and others at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, do they see any difference because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? As they observe your relationship to “things,” especially to money, do they realize you are a manager, a steward, and not an owner? May we strive to make the manner in which we handle money and material possessions a testimony to our faith in Christ. 



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 info@mtcarmelslo.org. 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 a.g.mom@earthlink.net or 805-481-2418.


Ushers are needed for both services. If you are interested, please contact Jess Bathke at jnpbath@charter.net.

 
Sunday School
The final day of Sunday School will be May 20.
LCM Dinner and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6 PM


Sunday, May 6– Kevin Dong will tell about a ministry opportunity in Honduras.  Hear how the church is helping in our Central American neighbor country.
 


Next Sunday May 13, Study of the proposed ELCA draft statement “A Declaration of our Inter-Religious Commitment” and the response survey form.
 
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