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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

Summer Services (June 17-September 9):
9:30am Combined Worship

Office Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm weekdays
Beloveds of God,
In Ecclesiastes we hear the promise that for everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.  These words can give us courage when things are difficult and remind us to give thanks when things are pleasant.  In them we find that there is no life circumstance to which God abandons us.  St. Paul says, “whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8b) and that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39).  All these words point to the truth that life is made of ups and downs and that downs are not an indication of God withdrawing God’s love or presence from us.
I take solace in this, and I hope you will too, as I tell you all that Pastor Dan will be going on medical leave beginning next week.  The office of the Bishop and the council have approved up to 8 weeks of medical leave for him.  The conflict in which we are currently engaged has repercussions for all of us—physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental.  As a called Pastor in this congregation he has born the cost of our communal sin and need for healing in a unique and heavy way.  The price has been, in part, his health.  It is our hope that through this medical leave Pastor Dan will have the space and time he needs to work on healing and wholeness and will return to us ready and able to help us, congregationally, heal.
During his leave he will not be available for any church related work.  LCM has concluded for the year and he has delegated the other duties he has taken on to me and others in leadership.  If you notice something falling through the cracks in his absence, I welcome you to bring my attention to it so that I can help you find someone to take it on.  His leadership, sermons, and presence among us will be missed, no doubt, but I am hopeful that we will be able to continue in our ministry together in his absence and be ready and able to welcome him back when he returns.
Pastor Dan will be with us as simply Thorsten’s (and Cora’s) daddy on Sunday, June 24 when we celebrate Thorsten’s baptism.  Please feel free to hug him and show him love on that day and thank you for not talking with him about church business.
Pastor Dan, Cora, Thorsten, and I welcome and are grateful for your prayers.
Pastor Valerie
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
Turning West Info
Please see the budget proposal for 2018/19.   If you'd like a hard copy please contact Parish Administrator, Alex Bell.  The budget will be reviewed at the adult forum on June 10 in preparation for the Congregational Meeting on June 17.
Central Coast Queer Archive Project

The Queer Archive Project needs your help!
SLO Pride 2018, we’re celebrating the ways that queer and trans folk have found love, support, and strength together on the Central Coast, but we can’t do it without you!
Follow the
link to find out how you can help.

The Central Coast Queer Archive Project (CCQAP) is a collaborative, community-based, volunteer effort tasked with documenting LGBTQ+ individuals’ experiences of the California central coast region.

The CCQAP values diversity, inclusivity, and intersectionality as important methodological principles; while our project explicitly focuses on the lives of queer and trans people, we recognize that desires, intimacies, and kinship networks often take unpredictable forms. In addition, we recognize that notions of identity as static and self-contained often fail to account for the multiple and complex power relations that shape both individual and collective existence. Therefore, we seek to include not only the lives of queer and trans people, but also those of other gender non-conforming people and sexual minorities who may not immediately recognize themselves amongst other LGBTQ+ identities.


ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on family separation
CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations.
The letter follows:
Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news. 
We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.  
As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.  
His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Diocesan Legate and Director of the Ecumenical Office
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
Mr. Azhar Azeez President
Islamic Society of North America
The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton, PA
Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Bishop H. Kenneth Carter, Jr.
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop Episcopal Church (United States)
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister & President
United Church of Christ
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rev. David Guthrie
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Southern Province
Mr. Glen Guyton
Executive Director
Mennonite Church USA
The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Union for Reform Judaism
Mr. Anwar Khan
Islamic Relief USA
The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Northern Province
The Rev. Dr.  J. Herbert Nelson II
Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
The Rev. Don Poest
Interim General Secretary
The Rev. Eddy Alemán
Candidate for General Secretary
Reformed Church in America
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III
Presiding Bishop, The Eighth Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
The Rev. Phil Tom
Executive Director
International Council of Community Churches
Senior Bishop McKinley Young
Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church

One of the most challenging areas for some people to put God first in their lives is that of their money. Oh, they’ll seek God first when it comes to prayer. They’ll put God first in terms of attendance at church or in Bible reading. But when it comes to money, the challenge seems much greater. After all, they reason, money is not that important in the overall Christian life.
Unfortunately, that conclusion is not supported in God’s Word. The Lord Jesus certainly thought money was important. Half of Christ’s parables in the New Testament deal with money and material possessions. In fact, there are more verses in the Bible that talk about money and material possessions than there are verses dealing with heaven and hell combined. Use of our possessions is an important issue, one that needs to be kept before us.

As people observe you and others at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, do they see any difference because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? As they observe your relationship to “things,” especially to money, do they realize you are a manager, a steward, and not an owner? May we strive to make the manner in which we handle money and material possessions a testimony to our faith in Christ. 

John Merrill

Sunday, June 10– Laura Krueger will present the proposed Mt Carmel budget for 2018-19 in advance of our Annual meeting.  It will be a chance to preview and ask questions about plans for the coming year.

Thanks—Adult Forum will be on vacation after this week and return in the fall.



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