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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for October 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.
The change was made to make joining our services easier, and to eliminate the need to wait for the host to admit you. Here's how it works:
Click on the link here, or the link on the website, to join the meeting. That's it!

1 - You may be asked for a passcode. Enter the 6-digit passcode below your meeting link.

2 - Occasionally, you may have a new screen appear asking you to confirm you birthdate, or which account you would like to use to connect to the meeting. These are simply security questions from the Zoom program on your computer and you can ignore them. Click the 'X' in the top right or left corner to close the message. From there, you can continue to the Zoom service.

3 - Please call the church office at 805-544-2133 if you need assistance. The phone is answered by a real person, even on Wednesday evening and Sunday morning. 

Thank you
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 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162

Passcode: 695333
RSVP here to attend in person
In-Person Worship Instruction Video

- 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: 839 9161 5112

- 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 -
Gather Us In (vs 1, 2 & 4) - ELW 532


Prayer of the Day
Children’s Time
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the LORD means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:16). The renewed covenant is possible only because the LORD will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.

Psalm 46

Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28
Most likely this letter is the first written by Paul. Paul gives pastoral encouragement and reassurances to new Christians living in an antagonistic environment. Their commitment of faith, love, and hope makes them a model for other new Christian communities.

Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: John 8:31-36

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - A Mighty Fortress (vs. 1, 2 & 4) - ELW 504

Affirmation of Faith (Apostle's Creed)
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                        creator of heaven and earth.
            I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
                        who was conceived by the Holy Sprit,
                        born of the virgin Mary,
                        suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                        was crucified, died and was buried;
                        he descended to the dead.
                        On the third day he rose again;
                        he ascended into heaven,
                        he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
                        and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
            I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                        the holy catholic church,
                        the communion of saints,
                        the forgiveness of sins,
                        the resurrection of the body,
                        and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People:
Prayer requests: Langston Hay; Sid & Beryl Bennett
Prayers for our church family: John & Rebecca Keisler; Jackie, Steve, Sarah & Jenni Kinsey; Jerry & Judie Kirkhart

The Peace
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Thanksgiving for the Word

The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Song - Amazing Grace - ELW 779

Thanks to:

Lector: Lily Hinds
Prayers: Allie Schultze / Caleb Holman / Andrew Moersdorf
Children’s Time: Katie Moersdorf & Ingrid Frokjer
Musicians, Singers: Paul Woodring / Dave Becker / Joan Pedersen / Sue Haas-Clark / Patti Frey / Richard Rollefson
Adult Forum
Sunday, following worship

October 25, 2020
The Worship Team and Reopening Task Force will lead a presentation and discussion of proposals for in-person Sunday worship.
Would you like help getting your completed ballot to the Post Office or County Elections Office? Or perhaps you would like transportation to vote in person? The Saturday Morning Men’s Group at Mt. Carmel are glad to assist. Please contact Bob Grosse at 805-543-5691, or email, to schedule a ride, or to ask them to mail or deliver your ballot for you.
We also need volunteers to help at the following times: (volunteers must wear masks and gloves)

Friday, 10/30: 5-6pm (making treat bags on the patio)
Saturday, 10/31: 3-4pm (decorating the parking lot)
Saturday 10/31: 4-5pm (handing out treat bags)

Please contact Ingrid at the number on the flyer
Volunteers from Mt. Carmel prepare and serve a hot lunch for The People's Kitchen program at 40 Prado on the first Friday of each month. Here is a list of our volunteers for Friday, November 6:

Entree - Karen Almas; Linda Lex; Sandy Rowland; Sheilah Tietje; Judy Tewell; Jan Uder
Salad - Karen Bockelman; Rheinisch; Jan Uder
Canned Fruit - R Christensen; Sue Cummings
Milk - Ro Cannon-Miller

Please contact Jan Uder, or the church office at if you are unable to serve this month, or if you would like information on volunteering in the future.

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!

COVID Pandemic Creates Collaborative Grief Ministry
PRESS RELEASE - Grand Canyon Synod and Pacifica Synod – ELCA

Reformation Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Carlton Hills Lutheran Church, in Santee, California announce the formation of a collaborative Zoom ministry for those surviving the death of a loved one. Beginning Tuesday, September 29, and continuing through December 22, 2020, these two ELCA congregations are co-hosting a Zoom cycle of the 13-week faith-based ministry, “GriefShare.” The sessions will be held on-line (ZOOM) from 6:30-8:15 PM Pacific Time. 

GriefShare is a Christian support group and seminar program produced by Church Initiative. Used by 15,000 congregations globally, it leads those grieving through weekly sessions that provide comfort, answers to their questions, and hope on their grief recovery journey. The weekly seminar topics include:

Is This Normal? 
Challenges of Grief
The Journey of Grief – Part One
The Journey of Grief – Part Two
Grief and Your Relationships
Guilt and Anger
Complicating Factors
Lessons of Grief – Part One
Lessons of Grief – Part Two
What Do I Live for Now?

Those interested in registering for this new GriefShare group should visit: Click on the “find a group” button and enter the location of “Las Vegas, Nevada” or zip code “89104.” It is listed under “Reformation Lutheran Church” in Las Vegas, Nevada. The cost is $15 to register and includes a Participant Book. For more information, contact: Pastor Marta Poling Schmitt at:
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