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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
Office will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day
What is the Guiding Coalition?
At the Town Hall Meeting on May 1st, the congregation heard about the guiding coalition as part of clarifying values/mission and creating new norms with the congregation.  So what is the guiding coalition and who are the members of the guiding coalition. 
Below is a list of responsibilities including those that are not the responsibilities of the guiding coalition.  Note that the role is making recommendations to the pastors and council.  Those recommendations will be developed with many activities and exercises supported by Turning West and will involve congregation members i.e. the goal is reaching out and involving all members.  These activities and exercises are work as together we transition our congregation from constant conflict to cooperation.
  1. Guiding of the process of creating new norms, values clarification, development of a shared Vision and Mission, and developing a process to come to a point of decision and clarification regarding assumptions that are currently in conflict.
  2. Aligning people and resources to fulfill the objectives and tasks.
  3. To act as “listening posts” within the community.
  4. Act as advisors to the Church Council.
  5. Cheerleading: (of staff; stand behind them; set them up for success)
  6. Speaking the truth in love to staff and each other.
  7. Serve as a united front once a decision is made.
  8. Work collaboratively.
  9. Lead per the Church Council’s request.
  1. Making Decisions.  We do not carry any authority.  All authority lies with the Church Council.
  2. Micro-management (The Pastors manage staff and programs).
  3. Personnel supervision (must avoid triangle affairs) (send personnel issues back to supervisor).
Who are the Members of the Guiding Coalition?
Currently the following people have made a commitment to do the hard work required.  During the yearlong process, there will be opportunities to interact with members.  Members are as follows: Shannon Babcock, Jessica Bell, Claudia Coughran, Suzanne Gorter, Kathy Gremel, Bob Grosse, John Keisler, Marge O’Neill, Sherri Parkinson, Marshall Phil, and Glen Priddy.
Please keep the guiding coalition members and Mt Carmel Lutheran Church in your prayers.  I often use in my prayers the ending of a prayer by Dietrick Bonheoffer who in the midst of the horrors of the war ended his prayer with a sense of hope.  “By gracious powers so faithfully protected, so quietly so wonderfully near, we live each day in hope, with you beside us, and go with you through every coming year.”
Kathy Gremel, Coordinator of Guiding Coalition
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
Turning West Info
Please see the budget proposal for 2018/19.   If you'd like a hard copy please contact Parish Administrator, Alex Bell.  The budget will be reviewed at the adult forum on June 10 in preparation for the Congregational Meeting on June 17.
New Donor Envelope Numbers
A new list of donor numbers is posted in the Narthex. Please include your number on your offering envelope.
Summer Worship 
We will be switching to single services over the Summer months.
9:30 am worship will begin June 17th.
Dear friends:  I am so hoping that all of you will come to our Opening Doors for Interfaith Understanding gathering on June 4 at Congregation Beth David at 7:30 PM.  Fr Jim Nisbet and I will be talking about the book “Learn to Dance The Soul Salsa” by Leonard Sweet which promises to be very uplifting.  Fr. Jim and Rabbi Linda Bertenthal will be talking about the sacredness of meals because at sunset we will break the Ramadan fast for our Muslim friends to pray, and for  all of us to enjoy a meal together.  Donations of any size will be welcome  as the meal will cost us $8 a person catered by Shalimar Restaurant. 
I am also asking for your prayers and well wishes for our dear Dr. Bud Beecher, one of the founders of Opening Doors, who is now home with Hospice Care.  Also for Rabbi Linda, who has been with us from the very beginning, as she leaves the area for a new position in Davenport, Iowa.  Our gratitude and love can never be overstated for these dear, faithful people.
Blessings!  Rev. Luanne Griguoli

One of the most challenging areas for some people to put God first in their lives is that of their money. Oh, they’ll seek God first when it comes to prayer. They’ll put God first in terms of attendance at church or in Bible reading. But when it comes to money, the challenge seems much greater. After all, they reason, money is not that important in the overall Christian life.
Unfortunately, that conclusion is not supported in God’s Word. The Lord Jesus certainly thought money was important. Half of Christ’s parables in the New Testament deal with money and material possessions. In fact, there are more verses in the Bible that talk about money and material possessions than there are verses dealing with heaven and hell combined. Use of our possessions is an important issue, one that needs to be kept before us.

As people 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 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

LCM Dinner and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 6 PM

Sunday, May 27– CELL GROUPS FORMING:  We will have the opportunity to develop new Cell Groups during the Adult Forum. 
For those who have indicated an interest and anyone interested. Mark your calendars and come and join the activity. All are welcome!!
Next Sunday, June 3 – Our delegates to the Synod Assembly next Friday and Saturday, Glen and Nancy Priddy and Pat Forrest will report on their observations on our Synod’s plans and activities.



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