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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for December 2020
We are here!!
We'd love to hear from you. Please call or email with your questions or comments. 

Phone: 805-544-2133
Email: info@mtcarmelslo.org
or on Facebook at facebook.com/mtcarmelslo


Prayer requests may be sent to the church office by email or phone

OUR MISSION
Celebrating God’s grace through worship, learning and service.
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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
12:00: In-person worship on the Mt. Carmel patio (weather permitting)
Click the picture above for a full version of the Order of Worship
 
GATHER
Prelude - Journey of the Magi - T.S. Eliot
Words of Welcome

Confession and Forgiveness
Gathering Song -
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright (vs 1, 3 & 5) - ELW 308

Apostolic Greeting
Hymn of Praise -
Glory Be to God on High
Prayer of the Day

Children’s Time
WORD
First Reading: Sirach 24:1-12
The figure of Wisdom played a major role in early discussions of Christology. Wisdom is the divine word, coming from the mouth of God, and ruling over all of creation. Wisdom, created at the beginning of time, made her dwelling place in Jerusalem among God’s people.

Psalm 147:12-20

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
In Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes have been made know as heaven and earth are united in Christ. Through Jesus, we have been chosen as God’s children and have been promised eternal salvation.

Gospel Verse
Holy Gospel: John 1:1-18

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - Of the Father’s Love Begotten - ELW 295

Affirmation of Faith
   We believe in God, 
   Creator of all that is.

   We believe in Jesus the Christ, God's child.
   His coming is the advent of God's reign of justice and peace.
   Through his life comes healing, 
   Through his death comes hope, 
   And through his rising, life eternal.

   We believe in the Spirit,
   Who speaks through the prophets,
   inspires the witness of the Church,
   and through our baptism into Christ,
   dwells within our hearts.


Prayers of the People:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Jeannie Ledford and family; Elsa Brody; Suzanne Gorter; Angie Salazar; Maureen Dresp & Family (Allison; Linda & Fred); Family of Tanya Hendry; Monica (friend of Jeannie Ledford)
Prayers for our church family: Pat Ramsay; Ryan, Martha, Kellani & Andre Reck; Sally Reck

The Peace 
(You are invited to bring bread (or a cracker) and a glass of wine (or grape juice) to share at home in our sacred meal of communion)

Offering Prayer

MEAL
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Song
Closing Prayer
SENDING
Blessing
Sending Song
 - Light Dawns On A Weary World - ELW 726
Dismissal

Thanks to:

Lector: Jenice Twomey
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 Schedule

January 3 - Paul Sends a Christmas Present--The Letter to Philemon -- Bring your Bible and join in a brief study on the Letter to Philemon, Paul’s briefest book and his only personal letter still existing.

January 10 – MET Team will discuss the responses to the congregational survey last fall and talk about how you can take action on it.  An important step in our congregation’s moving forward; you will want to be on hand.
Outdoor In-Person Worship Service
Sundays at 12 Noon


In case of rain, the outdoor service will be canceled. Those who RSVP will be notified by phone and email

Sign-up here to RSVP

We hold in person worship and communion service outdoors, observing guidelines and best practices to maximize the safety of those attending. We will continue with the existing Sunday morning schedule of Zoom worship at 9:30am followed by the Adult Forum at 10:45.

All are welcome to join us under the shade canopy in front of the santuary. Please click the RSVP link above to help us prepare the space for socially distanced clusters of same household members. Please bring your own chair, if possible, although metal church chairs are also available. Attendees should be masked when arriving, and throughout the service. Everyone will receive a temperature check and be signed in for contact tracing, if needed. We use prepackaged communion bread and cup kits. Entrance and departure routes are marked for your convenience. There is not a coffee time following worship.
Church News and Notes
MET Team Value Voting Survey
Coming January 10, 2021
 
During September and October, many members were interviewed by the MET Team and asked about God’s presence in their lives, what they treasure most at Mt. Carmel and where they feel the Holy Spirit is leading our congregation.  The MET Team has now processed all responses to the interviews and will conduct a survey and ask members to vote on the responses that are most meaningful to them.  The survey will be completed online starting January 10th through January 24th.  Paper surveys will be available on request.
 
An Adult Forum will be held following the worship service on January 10th to present and explain the survey. 
 
Your participation in the survey is encouraged.  Please mark your calendars with the above dates.
The Christ in our Home books for January thru March are delayed in the mail. The books will be delivered to you as soon as they arrive at Mt. Carmel. Thank you for your patience.
Community Outreach

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!

VIRTUAL RECITAL #4
Francesca Sola, soprano
with Susan Davies and Paul Woodring
Recorded at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church
of San Luis Obispo on December 9, 2020
Produced and Filmed by Highlight Media

This video is made available to the public entirely free of charge. In this season of giving, please help us continue to provide cost free arts programming by sending a check in any amount to Opera San Luis Obispo, P.O. Box 14760, San Luis Obispo, California 93406. 
Copyright © 2016 MT. CARMEL, All rights reserved.

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1701 FREDERICKS ST., SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93405

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