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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for February 2021
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 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.
11AM - 3PM

Your donations to the monthly food drives help sustain many families at our sister church in Santa Maria - families that are in quarentine because of Covid-19, and families who have lost loved ones to this terrible virus. Every single item donated makes a difference in someones life. Please give this Saturday to help ease the burden of at least one family. 
Most needed items this month: Oil -- Sugar -- Maseca

If you're wondering what a Thrivent Team donation can do - we use these gifts to purchase fresh/frozen chicken, fresh vegetables/fruits, toilet paper, and personal care items to deliver on the day of purchase.
Residents 65+ Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools we have to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all SLO County residents to learn more about the vaccine, stay informed, and get the vaccine when it’s your turn – to protect yourself and help end the pandemic. Find the latest local information about the vaccine and what it means for all of us in SLO County by clicking on the image above.

Based on limited vaccine supply and risk of exposure and serious outcomes from COVID-19, the County of San Luis Obispo is vaccinating residents in phases by appointment only at three clinics in SLO County.

Find out if you’re eligible, and when and where the vaccine is being distributed 
Worship at Mt. Carmel
Please join us on Zoom for an Ash Wednesday Service on February 17 at 7:00pm. Watch your mail this week for an envelope from Mt. Carmel containing ashes for the service along with a Lenten prayer and a schedule of events for Lent and Holy Week.

Link to Ash Wednesday service
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162
Passcode: 695333
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
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

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

Passcode: 695333
Watch last Wednesday's service on YouTube

**NEW**- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 829 5418 7961
Passcode: 229122

- Link to SATURDAY morning Bible study,
Saturdays at 8:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 831 5325 2589
Passcode: 690622

- Mt. Carmel YouTube channel, in case you missed a service.
Sunday Morning Schedule
9:00-9:25:Fellowship with (mics open)
9:25: Announcements & Prelude (mics muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30: Fellowship (mics open)
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 -
Arise, Your Light Has Come - ELW 314
Apostolic Greeting
Song of Praise -
Christ Be Our Light - ELW 715
Prayer of the Day
Children’s Time
First Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12
Today’s reading centers on the transfer of power and authority from the prophet Elijah to Elisha. Their travels, which retrace the path of Joshua back to Moab (the place where Moses died) and the parting of the waters, demonstrate that Elisha and Elijah are legitimate successors of the great prophet Moses.

Psalm 50

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
The spotlight of Christian ministry is not on the people who carry out ministry but on the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as God made light shine at creation, God makes the light of Jesus Christ shine in our lives through Christian ministry.

Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: Mark 9:2-9
Sermon - Pr. Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - Transfiguration

Affirmation of Faith
   We believe in God,
    the creator of all things,
    the giver of life and breath.

    We believe in Jesus Christ,
    born Emmanuel, God with us,
    baptized and revealed the most beloved Son of God;
    he sought to heal humanity by taking our brokenness upon himself,
    suffering for us,
    dying for us
    and being raised from the dead for our sake
    and for the sake of all the world.
    We believe that he will come again.

    We believe in the Holy Spirit,
    continually poured out refreshing our lives,
    leading us into a new day,
    ever-birthing the church, the body of Christ in the world.
    This Spirit is our soul companion and counselor of truth
    reminding us
    of the gift of faith,
    the ever presence of God
    and the promise of eternal life.
    Thanks be to God! Amen.

The Prayers:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Jeannie Ledford and family; Elsa Brody; Family of Jon Ericson; Family of Adele Frey (Marc’s mother)
Prayers for our church family: Phil, Jenice & Mark Twomey; Jan Uder; Carolyn Voss
The Peace / Announcements
Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Song - Shine, Jesus, Shine - ELW 671

Thanks to:
Lector: Steve Bennett
Children’s Time: Ingrid Frokjer
Musicians, Singers: Paul Woodring / Dave Becker / Joan Pedersen / Sue Haas-Clark / Patti Frey / Richard Rollefson
Adult Forum
Sunday, following worship

February 14: Transfiguration Sunday - Transfiguration Sunday. Join in a brief Bible study on the Transfiguration using the Gospel of Mark with a few friends added. Bring your Bible and join in.

February 21: Beginning a series from the ELCA study resources: Conversations on Race Relation. This will be a five-week discussion suited for Black History Month in February and for self-reflections during Lent. As the name indicates, the series will be open to lots of discussion and introspection so come and bring your ideas.
Church News and Notes
The Friday Morning Bible Study has a new meeting link. Please click on the picture above to use this new link beginning this Friday, February 12, to join the lively discussions. Everyone is welcome! Stop by once in a while, or make it a habit and join in every week.
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom

The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness
 by Marc Ian Barasch

The award-winning bestseller that helped launch an international movement (and inspired the film "I Am"). Acclaimed author Marc Barasch brilliantly explores the nature and practice of compassion: What can we learn from exceptionally empathic people? Can we increase our compassion quotient? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually survival of the kindest? Drawing on science and spirituality, history and popular culture, bottom-line business and a high-sense of fun, here is a startling, provocative argument that a simple shift in consciousness "can change pretty much everything."

Books are available for purchase at: -- $4.99

Link to Zoom Book Discussion Group
Meeting ID: 862 7971 6007
Passcode: 419787

Join by phone: 1 669 900 9128
Community Outreach

Matching Gifts Challenge Benefitting the SLO County Food Bank

The new donation site is up and running. Please click the link below for more information.

Link to Mt. Carmel matching funds page

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!

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