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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for March 2021
We are here!!
The church is closed to walk-in traffic, but you can still reach us by phone and email. 

Phone: 805-544-2133
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
~~~The regular Wednesday Evening Prayer service will resume on April 7~~~
Worship at Mt. Carmel
Thank you to everyone who has RSVP'd for the in-person worship service on Easter Sunday. As of today, we are expecting approximately 35 people! The weather is expected to be about 65 degrees, so you may want to wear a sweater or light jacket. You are invited to bring your own chairs, or you may use one of our folding chairs.
Although many people are receiving vaccines, Covid-19 exposure remains a concern and we will observe state and local guidelines to minimize an accidental outbreak. Please help us by observing the following:
  • Check in at the sign-in table
  • Wear your mask upon arrival and until you are seated
  • Observe social distancing guidelines at all times
  • Wear your mask when leaving
Please contact the church office at 805-544-2133 if you need assistance to RSVP, or if you feel you may need assistance on Sunday.
Link to Palm Sunday Service - March 28 at 9:30am
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Link to Maundy Thursday Service - April 1 at 7:00pm
Communion at home
Meeting ID: 828 9199 4422
Passcode: 374737

Link to Good Friday Service - April 2 at 7:00pm
Meeting ID: 896 8563 4315
Passcode: 154338

Link to Easter Sunday Zoom Service - April 4 at 9:30am
Communion at home
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Join us at 11:00am Easter Sunday for an in-person worship and communion on the Mt. Carmel patio. Please RSVP so that we can prepare space ahead of your arrival. You are invited to bring you own chairs, or use one of our folding chairs.

Link to RSVP
Spring Conference Assembly
April 11, 2021 – Holy Humor Sunday
A joint worship celebration will be held for all the churches of the central coast on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Santa Maria. For centuries, in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant countries, “Bright Sunday” (the Sunday after Easter) was observed by the faithful as a ‘day of joy and laughter’ with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The custom of the celebrations was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. The early theologians called it “Risus Paschalis” ~ the Easter Laugh.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the service will be held outdoors on the back patio at 10:00 a.m. Those who want to attend in person are asked to mask up and wear warm clothing. Those who feel uncomfortable doing so can watch the service online. A short business meeting will be held following the service to elect Laura Krueger as our Conference Representative to the Synod Council.
At Gloria Dei we encourage people to dress crazy for the day, and by all means, bring your sense of humor. Friends are welcome!

Greg Kintzi
Church New and Notes
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom
Continues through April 12
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
Residents 50+ Now Eligible for Vaccine

Residents age 50 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County. To secure your first-dose appointment using the County's Vaccine Appointment Registry:
  1. Make sure you are currently eligible for the vaccine. 
  2. Click the picture or link above to sign up for the registry.*
  3. Provide your contact information, availability, and preferred vaccine location.
  4. Choose a notification preference (text message, email, or phone call).
  5. Select Register.
  6. Wait for the County to notify you of an available appointment!   
*Those without internet access or who have difficulty with the form can call the Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444 or (805) 781-4280 and an operator can help them.


Additional appointment resources:

My Turn - Link to
MYTURN.CA.GOV - Answer a few short questions to find out if you are eligible to receive a vaccine. If you are, appointments may be available.

Vaccine Finder - Link to
VACCINEFINDER.ORG/SEARCH - This site allows you to search up to a 50 mile radius of your zip code for a vaccine location. Eligibilty requirements apply.


How much risk does Covid-19 pose for you? Find out using the easy-to-use tool at:

This tool synthesizes reported COVID-19 geographic case data and rapidly evolving scientific research to help you ballpark how much risk this disease poses to you. You don't need to sign-in, sign-up to use the calculator.
Community Outreach
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, April 2:

Entree - Steve & JoAnn Bennett; Dave Lonsway; Kathy Meyer; Cyndi Rollefson; Sandy Rowland; Mollie Smith; Jenice Twomey; Chuck Kilstrom
Salad - Carol Harvey; Wayne Lippold; Rebecca Keisler
Milk - Carol Grosse

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.
Saturday, April 10
11am - 3pm
Our monthly food drive benefitting the families at Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz is Saturday. Here's how it works:
  1. Purchase any item(s) on the list above.
  2. Drop them off at Mt. Carmel during the drive-thru.
  3. Or bring your donations to church on Sunday and place them in the shopping cart near Quist Hall.
Shopping tip - The Dollar Tree is a great place to buy cooking oil, laundry soap, and dish soap. Smart and Final has great prices on bulk size items.

We gladly accept donations if you prefer to let us do the shopping. We use 100% of donated funds to supplement your product donations with items from the list as well as to purchase fresh/frozen chicken, fruits, and vegetables on the day of delivery. Thrivent funds are also used in this manner.

When we deliver your donations to Santa Maria several families are on hand to unload, sort, and begin distribution. Pastor Esteban and Angie coordinate deliveries to families in quarentine later in the day, and spend time visiting and praying with families in the neighborhoods they visit. At the end of the day, your donations of goods and/or money help minister to both the body and soul of the people at Iglesia Santa Cruz.

Thank you for your support!

To-Go Meals for College Students

The LuMin group is making chili, cornbread and coleslaw on Wednesday, April 14 and Wednesday, May 12. Anyone interested in helping may call or text Patti at 805-235-1938.

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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