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September 25: Rally Day and Fall Kick Off - Children's Sunday School and Adult Forum both kick off today. Rally Day will feature a bounce house and root beer floats. Schedules for Adult Forums are later in this publication. Please contact Bob Grosse with your ideas and suggestions for future Adult Forums.
Over the next few weeks we are creating a mural on the back wall of the sanctuary. The focus of this mural is leaves with photos of people who attend Mt. Carmel.

Have your photo taken by MaryAnn after church this Sunday. Can't make it this week? No Problem! We'll have opportunities for family pictures all month. 
The fundraiser BBQ for Iglesia Santa Cruz last Sunday was a roaring success. Our goal was to raise enough money to pay for one-year rent on an off-site storage unit. Thanks to the generosity of Mt. Carmel and Calvary Lutheran in Morro Bay, we raised $1,800!! This money will cover more than one full year of much needed storage space.

Additional thanks to all who helped with set-up, clean-up, cooking, and organizing. Special thanks to the Road Kill Grill crew for their excellent culinary skills, and to Angie Salazar, Annie, and James from Iglesia Santa Cruz for sharing their stories with us on Sunday.
Video Courtesy of Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz
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Worship at Mt. Carmel
Please click the image to view the bulletin
REMINDER: If you cannot join us in person for any reason, please use the link below to join us on Zoom. 

Link to Sunday Zoom Worship
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

COMMUNION: All are invited to join in communion. If you are on Zoom, please prepare your elements (crackers or bread, and juice or wine) before service begins.
Most of our worship services and activities are held in-person and on Zoom. If you would like to join from home, please use the links listed here. We look forward to seeing you!

Link to SUNDAY morning Zoom Service 
Sundays at 9:30 AM
For telephone: 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947

Passcode: 591300

On hiatus until October 25
Link to Tuesday Book Discussion
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
For Telephone: 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 862 7971 6007
Passcode: 419787

On hiatus until October 26
Link to Wednesday Evening Services
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For Telephone: 669 444 9171
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162
Passcode: 695333

Friday Morning Bible Study
Fridays at 10:30 AM
In person at Mt. Carmel

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

Link to Church Council Meeting
Thursday, September 15 at 6:00pm
For telephone: 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 867 7861 7310
Passcode: 950386

Mt. Carmel YouTube channel, Watch replays of the Sunday sermon.
Church News and Notes
The San Luis Obispo County Jazz Federation is proud to present the outstanding Soul Jazz group 41K on Sunday, October 2nd, at 4 pm at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church. Headlined by Dave Becker on woodwinds and Damon Castillo on guitar and vocals, the band also includes Kristian Ducharme on keyboards, Dylan Johnson on bass and Daryl Vandruff on drums. This all-star band combines jazz, funk, soul and R&B to create tight grooves, masterful improvisation and a combustible energy.

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.
The show starts at 4 pm (with doors opening at 3:30). Tickets are priced at $30 for general admission, $20 for Jazz Federation and Mt. Carmel members and $10 for students.
The Women’s Retreat is back for 2022

Our speaker is Rev. Dr. Marjorie Funk-Pihl
Hopeful Frustration
We are in a moment
We are emotionally worn out and willing to admit it

Join us as we discover how to use our frustration to restore our hope
Pastor Marj is a former pastor at Mt. Carmel and has lead Retreats for us in the past. Those of you who have heard her speak, know that this is an event not to be missed!

Cost for the weekend, which includes lodging and 6 meals, is $275. We would appreciate  a $125 deposit to hold your place when you sign up.

Registration will begin after church, this Sunday, Sept. 25. Do you have a friend/ family member who might like to attend? Would they enjoy fellowship, spiritual enrichment, food and fun? We would love to have them join us!
Adult Forums for this fall will begin in the sanctuary on September 25 with a Town Hall discussion of events and plans by the Church Council.

Adult Forums will continue in Quist Hall with the following schedule (subject to change): 
October 2 – To be announced
October 9 -  “Do It Yourself Creation” Bible study based on the Creation story from Genesis Chapters One-Two-Three.
October 16 – “Do It Yourself Creation’ Bible study continued.
October 24 – Presentation on the Senior Housing Project progress with Hosts Ryan McKinley - President, and Marty Fuller - Construction Superintendant of McKinley Construction. Plans include a walking tour of the project.
October 30 – Reformation Day Bible Study 

The Adult Education Team is recruiting congregation members interested in helping plan the Adult Forum topics for the year. If you are interested,  please contact Bob Grosse, Adult Ed Team leader.
At the June 2022 Annual Meeting, our congregation approved a commitment to raise $40,000 in addition to the proposed budget to complete necessary repairs and improvements to our roofing, landscape, and drainage issues. “Cover The Roof” has been adopted as the fundraiser slogan and is ready to begin.

Watch this space in the Vistas for information concerning this fundraising project. To kick off the project, members of the council and the planning team have already committed to pledges of $15,700, leaving a balance of at least $24,300 to be raised elsewhere. All members of the congregation are being asked for their support in addition to your normal giving.

To contribute by check, make a note of “Facility Repairs” on the memo line. If you make your contributions by credit card or by E-checks let the Financial Secretary, Carol Grosse, know that your donation is for the fund raising project.
Katie is recovering at home after her surgery. She would love to receive phone calls, emails, and cards. Her address is available at church in the announcement flyer.

One of Katie's friends is organizing meals for the family through Mealtrain. Please click
HERE if you would like to help out with a meal or two.

More details about Katie's surgery and recovery are availble from Patti Frey.
Vern and his wife, Hope, were long time members of  Mt. Carmel. Vern attended our Saturday morning Breakfast & Bible Study and was active in many other areas of Mt. Carmel life and ministry. Vern completed his journey on earth on September 7. He will be missed.

His obituary is available online by clicking
New Matching Funds Challenge for SLO Food Bank
Since the new matching funds appeal started in August, nearly $2,000 has been donated.
This will of course be doubled. 

“The number of provisions Mt Carmel Lutheran is providing to those in need is simply remarkable.
Thank you for fostering this goodwill.”  Branna Still, Food Bank Development Director

We should all be proud of our church and the generous hearts in our midst!  Please continue to remember the hungry in our county. 

This is an exciting opportunity for our congregation to make a difference in our community.

Donations may be made online at:  Remember to note “Mt. Carmel”

Or by check to:
Food Bank of SLO County
1180 Kendall Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
Be sure to note “Mt Carmel Matching Funds” on the memo line.
Thank you for your support. Please continue to help those struggling with food insecurity at our sister congregation. Items that are always needed are:

We'll gladly do the shopping if you perfer to make a cash donation on Sunday.

If you're not sure what to bring, or want to add some variety, here is a suggested donation schedule:

1st Sundays - Rice & Beans
2nd Sundays - Masa & Oil
3rd Sundays - Sugar & Salt
4th Sundays - Laundry/Dish Soap & Pesonal hygeine items (men & women)
5th Sundays - Socks and Undies (All ages/genders)

Gift cards and Thrivent Grants are also welcome. 
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

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