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Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church

1701 Fredericks Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 544-2133

Sunday Services:
8:45am Traditional 
11:00am Contemporary

Office Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm weekdays

Upcoming Special Services:
Maundy Thursday– Mar 29, to be held at Mt. Carmel at 7PM.
Good Friday– Mar 30, to be held at SLO UMC at 7PM

Dear Beloveds of God,

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes about conflict in the Corinthian church.  He does not say much about the nature of the conflict, but he does name that he is aware of it and offers his direction, as the founder of that church, on resolving the conflict.  Paul’s approach to church conflict, at least this particular conflict, is to say something along the lines of: “Stop being in conflict, God created you to be in unity.”  His statement is true and direct, but probably not all that helpful in the end.  Truly, one can trace the history of correspondence between Paul and this church and see that this was not the end of it; the conflict continued at least until the next letter we have from Paul to the Corinthians, the New Testament book 2nd Corinthians.  In that letter he makes appeals such as, “We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.”  But the truth is that humans in conflict are rarely able to let it go and are rarely able to open their hearts and come together in unity without some help.  


I say all of this to provide perspective for the current situation at Mt. Carmel.  Whether you are ‘involved’ or not, whether you are fully aware of it or not, few of you will be surprised to hear that we are, like the Corinthians before us, a church in conflict. As much as we may want to deny it, bury our heads till it passes, or simply work around it, there is division and conflict among us. In the interests of the continued health and wholeness of the congregation it needs to be addressed.


To that end, the congregation council of Mt Carmel, your elected leadership, has undertaken the difficult task of securing a professional organization in order that they might consult for, and mediate in, this congregation so that we might achieve the same unity that Paul promotes.  At the moment the council is in the process of discernment about which one of a couple different organizations will be the best fit for this congregation.  They are working diligently and faithfully to find a good fit that will direct this community toward health and wholeness.


Our hope is that this organization will be able to: help us to awareness of whatever underlying anxiety might be contributing to current disagreement, uncover and resolve any systemic issues in this community, and give us skills and resources for the future so that the health and wholeness might be a true and lasting unity and not just temporary peace, calm, or reprieve.


In the coming days and weeks you will be receiving more information about this process and about the steps that will require your participation.  When you receive that information we ask that you prayerfully consider it and commit to participating no matter how involved, or not, you feel that you are in any conflict.  In the meantime, please hold in prayer those that are dedicating themselves to this difficult process of discernment; they are most assuredly praying for all of you.

Pastor Dan

Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes

A church directory and a list of updated birthdays and anniversaries was taken from a filing cabinet on the Parish Administrator's desk. If anyone knows where it was taken to or who borrowed it, please let me know and return it as soon as possible. It has important information that I need back. 
Thank You!
Alex or 805-544-2133
People’s Kitchen Schedule CORRECTION

A mistake was made on the dates on the new People’s Kitchen Schedules from October to February.  Prior year dates were listed for those months instead of current year dates.   When marking your calendars, please remember that we always serve on the 1st Friday of the month.  Contact Laura Krueger if you have any questions or would like a corrected schedule printed for you (call or text 805-458-6012 or email
Jean Hohenstein has a piano for sale. If interested, please contact her at 805-489-0747.
Notice from the Financial Secretary:
If you did not receive a statement of giving for 2017, and you made contributions to the church, please contact the Financial Secretary (805) 543-5691 or I would need the dates and amount of your contributions to add them to our data base. Some statements were given out after church last week and some have been mailed this week.
Carol Grosse, Financial Secretary
Volunteer Opportunities!
We are in need of some fresh faces to fill Sunday volunteer positions. If you would like to commit to once a month or as a back-up, please email or call the office at 805-544-2133 or Here are the duties that we need help with:
First Service Greeters
Second Service Greeters
Second Service Communion Assistants

We are also looking for more coffee servers to join on Sundays. Both services are open for more volunteers. Please contact Carol Harvey for more information at or 805-481-2418.
Lent Soup Suppers and Worship have begun. Soup, bread and beverages will be served at 6pm with Lenten service to follow at 7pm.  A sign up sheet for the Congregation Soup Supper on 3/14 will be in the Narthex on the Ushers cabinet starting this Sunday.
Friday, March 9, the Brown Bag Lunch Group will host a speaker who should not be missed!
Our very own, Bob Christenson, retired Naval Captain, will be giving a presentation on “The Evacuation of Saigon”. Bob is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and earned a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey.
He served in a destroyer, diesel submarine and amphibious ships.
Captain Christenson  was at sea, as an executive officer in the USS Blue Ridge, a command ship, during the evacuation of Saigon, in April 1975. He will tell share these amazing experiences with us, and all the people he met, including the supporting Marine general, and ultimately our ambassador to Vietnam. In his words, “He witnessed it all”.
Bring your brown bag lunch, a friend, and questions and join us at noon, Friday, March 9, in Quist Hall. RSVP – Nancy Priddy – 459-9249
MCLC Book Club is meeting at the home of Karen Petersen on Sunday, Mar. 11, 6:00pm.

Our book selection this month is Nothing to Envy-Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick. Additional books are available in the church office. Please sign-out a copy of the 'Book Club in a Box' if you take one.

Join us!
The CAT Task Force has completed their work and has written a report of their findings and recommendations.  You can access the full report at here.  Please submit your comments, questions, and concerns in writing to Alex Bell, our Parish Administrator at  Alex will forward them to the Task Force who will use them to plan an information session during a yet to be determined date.

Sunday, Mar 4topic is “I am the Light of the World”.  The Adult Forums during Lent will use the devotion book “You Are The Way” as a basis but it not necessary to have read the book to participate in the discussions. 
Next Sunday March 11, “ I Am The True Vine” led by Laura Krueger.

Adult Forums are based on the Lenten devotion book,” You Are The Way”.  It is not necessary to have read the devotion book to participate in the discussion but you  may have some ideas from it.  At 10 am in the Quist Hall.


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