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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for January 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
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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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From the Pastor...

In the process of unpacking boxes of books recently, I came across one from a class during my first year at seminary on the spirituality of Thomas Merton taught by Henri Nouwen. Inside the cover was a bookmark with a prayer by Merton. I remember it speaking to me very profoundly at that earlier point in my life and it still seems a prayer appropriate to these uncertain times,

    I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I 
    cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, 
    and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I 
    am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does 
    in fact please you. And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am 
    doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I 
    know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may 
    know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may 
    seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are 
    ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

                                Thomas Merton

Pastor Richard
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.

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

Passcode: 695333
Church New and Notes
New 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

Stormy weather is predicted in SLO County on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Our first priority is the health and safety of residents getting the vaccine. For each site, that means:

Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande vaccine clinics: The site will remain open and we will have accommodations in place for residents' safety when they are coming to the site, getting their vaccine and completing their observation period. During this stormy weather, residents will complete their observation period indoors with social distancing rather than in an outdoor observation area.

San Luis Obispo vaccine clinic: This site will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to ensure residents’ safety because it does not have additional indoor space. Everyone who has an appointment on Wednesday at this site will have a guaranteed appointment next week. They will be automatically re-scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1 at their same scheduled time, and will have the option to change this if needed. We are contacting each person individually today by email, text or phone, depending on their preference.
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!

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, February 5:

Entree - Pat Forrest; Dave Lonsway; Kathy Meyer; Janis Sexton; Kathy Towle; Jan Uder
Salad - Karen Colombo; Jennifer Bobell; Ruth Rollefson
Canned Fruit - Walt & Judy Bremer; Wende Dong
Milk - Julie Martin

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.
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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