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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for January 2021
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Phone: 805-544-2133
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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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Complete your survey by Sunday, January 24
The MET Team has processed and condensed all responses to the member interviews that were conducted in September and October. We are now asking you to complete a Value Voting Survey to let us know which interview responses resonate most with the overall congregation. Each separate family member who is a member of Mt. Carmel may complete a survey. 
Click on the following link to access the survey.
Thank you for participating in this survey.  Your input is very important to us.
The MET Team
Nancy Cook          John Keisler            Dave Lonsway          Dave Parkinson
(805) 440-4510     (805) 543-4259       (805) 439-3370         (805) 594-1649  
From the Pastor....

At the Inauguration of President Joe Biden this week, Rev. Leo O’Donovan, director of Jesuit Refugee Service and president emeritus of Georgetown University shared a prayer of confession:
            Today we confess our past failures to live according to our vision of
            equality, inclusion and freedom for all. Yet we resolutely commit still
            more now to renewing the vision, caring for one another in word and
            deed . . . and so becoming a light for the world.
During his concluding prayer, the Rev. Silvester Beaman, who leads Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, prayed: “More than ever, (our leaders) need you. We need you for, in you, we discover our common humanity and, in our community humanity, we will seek out the wounded and bind their wounds.”
In his inauguration speech, President Biden also spoke of the need for healing and reconciliation:
            We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural against
            urban, conservative against liberal. . . . We can do this if we open our
            hearts. . . . as the Bible says, “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy
            cometh in the morning.” We will get through this together.
Let us pray—and work together—for the healing of our nation empowered by the hope born in the promises of God.
Pr. Richard
Worship at Mt. Carmel
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
RSVP here to attend in person

- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study,
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 552 129 433
- 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
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 (except for the Sharing the Peace and Lord's Prayer).

9:00-9:25:Fellowship with microphones unmuted
9:25: Announcements & Prelude (microphones muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30: Post service 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 -
You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore - ELW 817
Apostolic Greeting
Song of Praise -
Christ Be Our Light - ELW 715
Prayer of the Day

Children’s Time
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
The book of Jonah is a comedy starring a reluctant prophet who is given a one-sentence message: Nineveh will be destroyed in forty days. Much to Jonah’s dismay, the people of Nineveh repent. The point of the story is to get the reader to wrestle with the question “On whom should God have mercy?”

Psalm 62

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Paul does not disapprove of marriage or other human social institutions. He does, however, want Christians to live in the present in fervent anticipation of God’s future, which even now has dawned through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore - ELW 817

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; Maureen Dresp & Family (Allison; Linda & Fred); Family of John Erickson
Prayers for our church family: Karen Schultze; Linda Schultze; Matt, Deanna, Allie, Daniel & Adrian Schultze

The Peace 
Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Song - Will You Come and Follow Me? - ELW 798

Thanks to:

Lector: Monica Holman
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

January 17 & 24: The Threat of Christian Nationalism

In light of the recent disturbing events in Washington D.C. and the increased visibility of white supremacy ideology in our nation, we are witnessing a rise in what is has been termed “Christian nationalism.” We will have a two-session series on the issue using a podcast series produced by Christians Against Christian Nationalism which feature statements by Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton, together with the Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship), Diane Randall (Friends Committee on National Legislation), Sister Simone Campbell (NETWORK Lobby), and the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray (American Baptist Home Mission Societies). You can listen to entire podcast series online at:
Church News and Notes
Outdoor In-Person Worship Service Suspended

Sunday 12 noon In Person Outdoor Worship Suspended

In light of the post-Christmas rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the county and the possible presence of a more contagious variant in our region, we are suspending our Sunday 12 noon in-person worship for a time. Although we have followed county guidelines in our outdoor worship with social distancing and wearing masks—and want to emphasize that current measures are still believed by health officials to be effective in preventing COVID spread—we believe it is best to err on the side of caution as we await distribution of the vaccine. We will have a monthly evaluation of the situation and invite your input. We also recognize that some of our members will be disappointed by this suspension of in-person worship and are considering the possibility of smaller (limited to six persons) outdoor, physically-distanced in-person Bible study group(s) for those who may be interested. We will have further updates in upcoming VISTAs.
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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