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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
Dear Beloveds of God,

Cora turns 3 this Saturday!  Can you believe it?! I certainly cannot.  My tiny baby is potty trained, moving up to the preschool class, using complex sentence structure, and forming her own ideas about God.

One of the side effects of being a double PK (pastor’s kid) is that she talks and thinks about God as if it is totally natural and normal.  When describing her dolls she will say, “that’s just how Doc McStuffins made them.  Just like how God made me like this and you like that!” And her narrative about our sweet deceased dog, Lily (who Cora still talks about regularly) is that Lily died and went to be with God.  She tells animals at the zoo that God made them in her matter of fact way.

I was nevertheless astounded when, on our family hike on Monday, Cora said that the clouds looked like a blanket God was pulling over us to tuck us in.  “God is like a mama tucking us in, isn’t she Daddy?” she said with delight in her little voice.  Her daddy (my phenomenal husband) said, “Yes, darling! Just like that.  You know a lot about God.”  I said nothing.  I, like Mary, “treasured all of these words and pondered them in [my] heart” (Luke 2:19). 

I was reminded of Psalm 147 in which the Psalmist says that God scatters snow like wool and frost like ashes (v 16) and covers the heavens with clouds (v 8) and I gave thanks to God that God indeed does hide things in plain sight from those of us who “know” too much about God and the world and clouds to notice them but reveals them to the ones who are not so convinced by the way things are that they cannot see the things that may be. This, I think, is what it means that “all things are possible” with God (Matt 19:26)…not that humans will have superhero abilities but that what we have decided is not possible but imaginary, God keeps open as a possibility.  We could be tucked in at night to a blanket of clouds by our mothering God.  We could be held fast by a wounded, risen lord.  We could be bound to one another by a Holy Spirit breathed into and onto us all.   The world could be ruled by love and mercy.  Life could be abundant.  All of these impossible things could be true and indeed God promises that they are.  When it is hard, or impossible, to believe them ask God and a toddler to show them to you.

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

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
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.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle Bethania Lutheran Church organized to raise money for a new fridge for Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz.
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

“Christ In Our Home” Devotion books for the spring quarter beginning April 1 are available in the Narthex in both standard and large print editions. If you know of people who cannot make it in to church or other friends who would like one of the devotion books, please help yourself.
LCM Dinner and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6 PM
Sunday, April 22

Sunday, Apr 15–Plans for  awning at Mt Carmel.  Come and review the final plans for the awning to be built by CalPoly students later this spring.  Professor Kevin Dong and several of the students will be available to explain  their plan and answer questions. 

Next Sunday April 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.


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