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We'd love to hear from you. Please call or email with your questions or comments. 

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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And here in dust and dirt, O here,
The lilies of his love appear.
                                                                George Herbert
We are now in the midst of the Lenten season that began with the mark of an ashen cross and the words “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Although the action and accompanying pronouncement may seem to refer only to death, as the poem by George Herbert suggests, they also hold the promise of new life. Just as a seed must be buried in the “dust and dirt” to bring forth growth, so may the flower of God’s love may grow within us. If the first pronouncement of mortality is the focus of Lent, the second is the promise of the Easter to which it leads.
Pr. Richard
The vaccine appointment registry and lottery system is now live for all eligible community members, including SLO County residents age 65 or older and healthcare workers in Phase 1a.

This new appointment system provides a fair and easy way for eligible community members to get a first-dose appointment for the #COVID19 vaccine in SLO County. With the new system, there is no need to rush to book an appointment online each week. You will sign up once, then be alerted when an appointment is ready for you.

Eligible individuals can register online at
  • Appointments are assigned weekly based on current vaccine availability.
  • Registered community members will be notified directly when their name is drawn from the computer-generated random sample.
  • Anyone not selected for that week’s round of appointments will remain in the registry for the next available appointment opportunity.
Those without internet access or who have difficulty with the form can call the phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 or (805) 781-4280 and an operator can help them.
Sign Up for the Vaccine Appointment Registry

Additional appointment resources:

My Turn - Link to
MYTURN.CA.GOV - Answer a few short questions to find out if you are eligible to receive a vaccine. If you are, appointments may be available.

Vaccine Finder - Link to
VACCINEFINDER.ORG/SEARCH - This site allows you to search up to a 50 mile radius of your zip code for a vaccine location. Eligibilty requirements apply.
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

- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 829 5418 7961
Passcode: 229122

- 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
9:00-9:25:Fellowship with (mics open)
9:25: Announcements & Prelude (mics muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30: Fellowship (mics open)
10:45: Adult Forum
Click the picture above for a full version of the Order of Worship
(The full Order of Worship contains the words to the songs and readings)
Welcome and Invocation
Litany of Confession
Gathering Song -
Come and Gather Beneath the Tree of Life (vs. 1-3)

Apostolic Greeting

Prayer of the Day
Children’s Time
First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
After escaping from slavery, the Israelites come to Mount Sinai, where God teaches them how to live in community. The Ten Commandments proclaim that God alone is worthy of worship. Flowing from God, the life of the community flourishes when based on honesty, trust, fidelity, and respect for life, family, and property.

Psalm 19

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
The word of the cross is pure foolishness and nonsense to the world because it claims that God is mostly revealed in weakness, humiliation, and death. But through such divine foolishness and weakness, God is working to save us. The center of Paul’s preaching is Christ crucified.

Gospel Verse
Holy Gospel: Gospel: John 2:13-22
Sermon - Pr. Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - Canticle of the Turning - ELW 723

Affirmation of Faith
     We believe in God:
     Creator of all things, 
     in heaven and on earth.

     We believe in Jesus Christ
     Who lived among us and shared our burdens. 
     Like a grain of wheat,
     he died that new life might grow in us.

     We believe in the Holy Spirit,
     The presence of God at work within us, 
     Who comforts us in our struggles, 
     strengthens us in faith,
     and bestows upon us the gift of hope eternal.
     Thanks be to God! Amen.

The Prayers:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Jeannie Ledford and family; Elsa Brody; Don & Carol Hemwall & Family
Prayers for our church family: Jill Anderson & Steven Jobst; Russ Anderson; Carolyn Baker

The Peace / Announcements
You may wish to gather bread and wine (or crackers and juice) for celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Offering Prayer              
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Song - Here Is Bread - ELW 483

Prayer after Communion
Sending Song
 - Tree of Life (vs 1-3; Lent 3) - ELW 334

Thanks to:
Lector: Chuck Kilstrom
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

March 7: We are continuing a series from the ELCA study resources: Conversations on Race Relation. This will be a five-week discussion suited for Black History Month in February and for self-reflections during Lent. As the name indicates, the series will be open to lots of discussion and introspection so come and bring your ideas.

Click HERE to view the full document on the ELCA website.
We'll continue our annual tradition on Wednesdays during Lent of sharing a simple meal followed by a service of quiet reflection. The diffence this year is that we will share our meal and fellowship online via Zoom. Bring you soup (or whatever you're having for dinner that night), and share some fellowship time beginning at 6:30pm. Pastor Richard will lead us in a quiet worship service beginning at 7:00pm.

Link to Wednesday Soup Supper and Service
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162
Passcode: 695333

Link to Order of Worship
Church News and Notes
Got Soup?

The Mount Carmel Youth group prepared a batch of soup mix as a service project for the congregation.

If you would like a jar of 5 Bean Soup Mix for our Wednesday Night Soup Suppers, please email Ingrid and she will coordinate delivery with you.
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
Drive-Thru Food Drive
Saturday, March 13
11am - 3pm
Our monthly food drive to benefit the families at Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz is coming next week. Here's how it works:
  1. Purchase any item(s) on the list above.
  2. Drop them off at Mt. Carmel during the drive-thru.
Shopping tip - The Dollar Tree is a great place to buy cooking oil, laundry soap, and dish soap. Smart and Final has great prices on bulk size items.

We gladly accept donations if you prefer to let us do the shopping. We use 100% of donated funds to supplement your product donations with items from the list as well as to purchase fresh/frozen chicken, fruits, and vegetables on the day of delivery. Thrivent funds are also used in this manner.

When we deliver your donations to Santa Maria several families are on hand to unload, sort, and begin distribution. Pastor Esteban and Angie coordinate deliveries to families in quarentine later in the day, and spend time visiting and praying with families in the neighborhoods they visit. At the end of the day, your donations of goods and/or money help minister to both the body and soul of the people at Iglesia Santa Cruz.

Thank you for your support!

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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