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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for December 2020
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.
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Worship at Mt. Carmel
Click the picture for the order of worship
Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162

Passcode: 695333
The Christ in our Home books for January thru March are delayed in the mail. The books will be delivered to you as soon as they arrive at Mt. Carmel. Thank you for your patience.
Church New and Notes
Social Ministry Survey
The Social Ministry Team has identified a few possible projects to implement once the pandemic is over. Current outreach projects (Iglesia Santa Cruz, Get on the Bus, SLO Food Bank, etc.) will remain in place.

Please complete and return your responses by December 30.
Thank you for your response! The results will be reported to the congregation.

Link to Social Ministry Survey
MET Team Value Voting Survey
Coming January 10, 2021
During September and October, many members were interviewed by the MET Team and asked about God’s presence in their lives, what they treasure most at Mt. Carmel and where they feel the Holy Spirit is leading our congregation.  The MET Team has now processed all responses to the interviews and will conduct a survey and ask members to vote on the responses that are most meaningful to them.  The survey will be completed online starting January 10th through January 24th.  Paper surveys will be available on request.
An Adult Forum will be held following the worship service on January 10th to present and explain the survey. 
Your participation in the survey is encouraged.  Please mark your calendars with the above dates.
Francesca Sola, soprano
with Susan Davies and Paul Woodring

Recorded at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church
of San Luis Obispo on December 9, 2020
Produced and Filmed by Highlight Media

This video is made available to the public entirely free of charge. In this season of giving, please help us continue to provide cost free arts programming by sending a check in any amount to Opera San Luis Obispo, P.O. Box 14760, San Luis Obispo, California 93406. 
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. Thank you to our volunteers for Friday, January 1:

Entree - Dianne Draze; Maureen Dresp; Annette Martin; Karen Petersen; Nancy Priddy; Carol Winger; Judy Kirkhart
Salad - Ingrid Frokjer; Cheryl Garnsey; J Remington
Canned Fruit - Laurie Musiel; Betty Johnson
Milk - Nancy Cook

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!

Call for Nominations
SWCA Synod Council & Committees
Deadline April 9, 2021
The Call for Nominations has been updated to include the position of Conference Representative from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Conference.

The Nominating Committee of the Southwest California Synod invites members of synod congregations to prayerfully consider if God is calling them to serve on Synod Council or on a Synod Committee. Elections to fill these positions will take place at the 2021 Synod Assembly, which will take place June 4 - 6. Descriptions of the duties of each open position are linked below. If you are considering serving on the Synod Council, please read the
Synod Council Conflict of Interest Policy here.

We are looking for candidates who have a desire to share their experience, knowledge and passion as leaders in the synod. We need good listeners, critical thinkers, folks with an openness to the Spirit, and a willingness to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

The Constitution of the Southwest California Synod states that "no more than four members of the Synod Council, with the exception of the Bishop, may be from the same conference." The nominating committee will take this into account when configuring the ballot and encourages nominees from all the conferences that make up the synod.

Any congregational member in good standing may be nominated and, if elected, serve on the Endowment, Consultation, and Discipline Committees, regardless of their home Conference.

Candidates can self-nominate for open positions by completing the
online nomination form, linked here and below. The online form can also be used to nominate candidates.

Please note that nomination forms for all positions must be submitted no later than Friday April 9, 2021. Those who wish to be considered for open positions who have not submitted their form by that date must be nominated from the Synod Assembly floor. 

The following committee positions are open: 

Endowment Committee Member-at-Large

Consultation Committee

Discipline Committee

The following council positions are open:

Synod Council Vice-President
This position must be filled by a layperson


Synod Council Member-at-Large (ten open positions)
These positions are open to both clergy and laypeople.


Synod Council Youth Representative
This two-year position must be filled by a member of a SWCA Synod congregation in the 10th or 11th grade by the time of the Synod Assembly. 

The position of Conference Representative for the Twin Valleys, Tehachapi, Central Coast, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Metropolitan, and South Bay Conferences are open. If you are interested in a Conference Representative position, please contact your Conference Dean. Conference Representatives are elected at Spring Conference Assemblies and affirmed at Synod Assembly.

Conference Representatives
(Twin Valleys, Tehachapi, Central Coast, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Metropolitan, and South Bay Conferences)


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