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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for November 2020
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Our Prayer at Night's Approaching this Wednesday will be a Thanksgiving Eve worship. Despite the adaptations to our family gatherings in light of the pandemic we give thanks to God for all God’s blessings.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
O God our creator, we give you thanks for the beauty, bounty and wonder of your creation. We give thanks for the ordered rhythms of the seasons turnings, spring through winter, sowing, growing, reaping. We give you thanks for the harvest, those who care for and labor upon the land. God in your love, hear our prayer.
O God, we give you thanks for the seasons of our lives, for the passages and turnings of the years, from birth through death. We give you thanks for the nurturing gifts of family and friends, for work and play and rest. For all your wondrous blessings disguised in the ordinariness of all we take for granted. God in your love, hear our prayer.
O God, Redeemer, you have revealed your will for all creation: that we might reflect your compassion and justice. We pray for your “shalom,” your will for peace where the blessings of your abundance are shared by all. We pray especially for those without enough to eat, those without the warmth of a home. We pray those who are ill or hurting. We name them now, aloud or in the silence of our hearts. God in your love hear our prayer.
O God, Sacred Spirit, you are the breath that gives life to all, the wind which blows beyond the borders and barriers erected by human fear; you are the mystery beyond the boundaries of our vision. We give thanks for the diverse religious traditions of our world which honor you by many names and seek to live in light of your will. We pray for the troubled places of our world – especially that place Jew and Christian and Muslim name as holy. We pray for all those oppressed by violence, racism, and greed. We pray for soldiers longing for home, for medical workers, first responders, and all essential workers in this time of pandemic; empower us to be instruments of your healing. God in your love, hear our prayer.
O God, in this time of thanksgiving we pray that we might live each day in gratitude, recognizing that we are blessed beyond all reckoning, graced by a love from which nothing – not even death –  can separate us. God in your love, hear our prayer.
Pr Richard
Happy Thanksgiving

The church will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 
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Pastor Richard Rollefson leads this quiet service each Wednesday evening at 7:00pm on Zoom and in person. Click the link below to join the meeting, or join by phone and enter the meeting ID and passcode. Please use the RSVP link below (blue picture) to let us know you would like to attend in person.

Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162

Passcode: 695333
Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom

Our book group is currently reading and discussing 'The Book of Joy'. The book is a series of conversations between interfaith religious leaders the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. It is available from Amazon in a hard copy or electronic version. Click the Zoom link below to join the discussion.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 862 7971 6007
Passcode: 419787
Advent Small Group Series
Four Saturdays In & After Advent:
December 5, 12, 19, and 26
6:30 PM on Zoom

During the Advent season we often talk a lot about the Holy Land of the past without talking much about the Holy Land of the present. What is going on in Bethlehem today? How are we called to accompany our Palestinian siblings in love, joy, hope, peace, and justice? What does this mean for our own advent journey?

ELCA Young Adults and ELCA Peace Not Walls are presenting a 4-week Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine. Young adults from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land will lead us on this pilgrimage through story, education, and theological reflection. There is a free opening educational webinar run by ELCA Young Adults on Monday, November 30 5:30-6:30pm PST (
you can register here), and on each following Saturday we will meet on Zoom as a Mt. Carmel small group utilizing the pilgrimage’s weekly resources.

Contact Monica at to learn more or to RSVP for the small group.
My Favorite Things Survey

Renewed restrictions and cautions against travel and family gatherings have me thinking of my favorite holiday things. Memories of gatherings with family and friends, favorite foods and traditions, even holiday wishes for my loved ones near and far led me to create a fun little survey. I hope you'll join me in sharing some of your favorite holiday joys. Click the link below for the survey. You can fill it out as many times as you like. Responses will be shared in the December Summit newsletter and in the the Vistas.

Wishing you peace and joy,

My Favorite Things…
MaryAnn Jakes:
Thanksgiving Memory — I was living on an Army post in Germany and one year we chose to take our family to one of the mess halls for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was fabulous and there was so much of it! We enjoyed the traditional offerings of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, etc., but what my kids loved most were the crab legs. In fact, they still talk about that unique experience. The only downside to eating in the mess hall that year was that we didn't have any leftovers for the next few days.

Christmas Tradition — As a child, we were allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve, then the rest on Christmas morning. It's a tradition I kept it up with my children, and they've continued with their children.
Patti Frey:
Traditions — My family did not really have recurring traditions, although at Christmas we always trimmed the tree with tinsel, a few strands at a time. When it was time to take down the tree, we took those same strands off a few at a time to store until the next year.

I have established a tradition of introducing something new or unexpected to the usual food or activity. It drives my family crazy. And if we have to celebrate on another day because of someone’s work schedule, that’s ok too. It’s less important to observe an actual date than it is to observe the meaning of the holiday.

The other tradition that we have is that we NEVER decorate for Christmas, play Christmas music or watch Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving.
John Cook:
Memory — In Thanksgiving for family present and past. For all of the great memories we share, and the ones we will create.

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!

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, December 4:

Entree - Steve & JoAnn Bennett; Marilyn & Dennis Brown; Sherri Parkinson; Mollie Smith; Cynid Rollefson; Karen Petersen
Salad - Carol Harvey; Wayne Lippold; Rebecca Keisler
Canned Fruit - Dorothy McCoid
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.
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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