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Joint Statement from our Bishops, Rev. Guy Erwin and Andy Taylor, of the Southwest California and Pacifica Synods of the ELCA.

To the pastors, deacons, and congregations of the the Southwest California Synod and the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Grace and peace to you in the Risen Christ!

As your bishops, we wish to make you aware of a new resource from the office of the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA regarding considerations for a gradual restoration of in-person worship in our congregations when the public health situation eventually permits it. The ELCA covers a vast territory across North America and the Caribbean, so no single statement can accurately reflect the situation everywhere, but this statement is designed for congregations in places where the civil and public health authorities have authorized a lifting of the distancing provisions currently in place. It may also help you in thinking ahead to future decisions. The new document can be found here.
We can speak with a single voice in urging the congregations of our synods to continue to follow their state and county advisories very scrupulously. Our two synods themselves are varied in context, just as Hawai'i is different from California, and parts of our synods in Southern California are quite distinct from each other. Each of our synods includes counties that are still infection hot-spots and counties that are less affected. But the spread of contagion is unpredictable, and a low number of cases right now may not be indicative of the future. The public health advisories should remain your most important source of information and should be the basis for your own congregational and pastoral decision-making as we move forward.

We all wish we had a clear roadmap for the future, but no one does right now. Please keep in mind that the pace of change may be slow and that there may be times and places in which greater restrictions are re-imposed. More patience will be needed, and much care. Look out for those many in our congregations (both lay and rostered) who are at higher risk due to age or medical condition-for them even an authorized gathering will still be more dangerous than for others. We thank you for your patience, courage and resilience in keeping together faithfully during this hard time.
Each of us has communicated with you separately about the situation in our own synods. We pledge to continue to do that, as long as it takes. God is with us, even in times of doubt and anxiety, and we know that we can trust in Christ's resurrection promises of love and life even in the midst of this pandemic.

May God bless you all!

Bishop Andy Taylor
Bishop Guy Erwin

May 13, 2020
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 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 935 001 016
Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162
- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study,
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 552 129 433
- Link to SATURDAY morning Bible study,
Saturdays at 8:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 936 479 529

- 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 by the host (except for the Sharing the Peace and Lord's Prayer).

9:00-9:25; Bring Your Own Coffee (BYOC) Fellowship with microphones unmuted
9:25: Announcements (microphones muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30 Post Service (PS) Fellowship with microphones unmuted
10:45: Adult Forum
Click the picture above for a full version of the Order of Worship
Words of Welcome
Confession and Forgiveness
Gathering Song -
Seek Ye First


Hymn of Praise
Prayer of the Day
Children’s Time
First Reading: Acts 17:22-31
In Athens, Paul faces the challenge of proclaiming the gospel to Greeks who know nothing of either Jewish or Christian tradition. He proclaims that the “unknown god” whom they worship is the true Lord of heaven and earth who will judge the world with justice through Jesus, whom God has raised from the dead.
Psalm 66
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22

The author of 1 Peter encourages Christians to remain faithful even in the face of defamation and persecution. In baptism we are made clean to act in accordance with what is right.
Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel:
John 14:15-21
Hymn of the Day - 
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling - ELW 631

Affirmation of Faith: The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the  Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession
The Peace

Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer
Sending Song - Abide With Me - ELW 621
Adult Forum
Following worship

Stay tuned after worship on Sunday mornings for the Adult Forum. Each session features a topic of interest based on input from the congregation.

May 17 -
3rd session on Hope - Pastor Richard Rollefson
May 24 - Brief overview on Pentecost (Pentecost is next Sunday, May 31)
May 31 - Council info session – Marshall Pihl
June 7 - Doctrine of the Trinity (June 7 is Trinity Sunday)
June 14 - Council Budget for next year – Council
June 21 - Changes to Constitution Planned for Annual Meeting – Council
June 28 - Annual Meeting
Open positions for the coming fiscal year 2020/2021:
Church Council - Treasurer, Secretary, 2 members-at-large (2-year term), 1 member-at-large (1-year remaining) -
Bylaws Section V.3 & V.4 specify the duties
Trust Fund Committee - 5 members - Bylaws Section VI.4 specify duties
Nominating Committee (2020/2010 fiscal year) - 5 members  - Bylaws Section VI.2 specify duties

We will vote during the Annual Congregation Meeting on June 28, 2020. Mt. Carmel members interested in any of the listed positions should make their interest known to the Nominating Committee by May 25th. Contact Jenice Twomey at or the church office.

Current Nominating Committee members are: Jenice Twomey, Mike Draze, Rebecca Keisler and Ruth Rollefson
We will recognize our High School Graduates during worship on June 7th. If you have a graduate who would like to be recognized, please let Ingrid know. We are excited to acknowledge their hard work and flexibility during these unusual times.
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