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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,

As many of you will already know, this Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday begins Holy Week.  Holy Week is the week wherein we, as the Christian church, journey through the culmination of our Lenten season. More specifically than that, it is also the week wherein we, as Lutherans, make special recognition of the true heart of our God, in the person of Christ Jesus walking through his humble preparations for death on the cross.


Holy is a word that we often use in and around the church, and often without paying much attention to its meaning.  Essentially it is a word that we use to signify that which is God’s, in contrast to that which is not God’s. Holiness, the degree to which a thing is Holy… or not, is the measure of proximity to God.  In that way, Holy week is the week of God; it is the week of proximity to God, the week through which we come to know God most clearly.


Were we to come together in worship and prayer every day of the week during Holy Week, we could slowly and deliberately trace Jesus’ activity in the final days of his mortal life, from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, through his humble acts of service to his disciples, into his final hours with his closest friends and his words of wisdom, comfort, and prophecy, and ending in his death on the cross and burial in a tomb.


These are the moments that are set aside as most Holy in all of scripture and in the whole life of the church.  The closest to God we can get, the truest picture of the heart of God we have, is there on the cross and in the humble moments leading up to it.  And it is for these moments and in celebration of these moments, that we have set aside this week as Holy, it is for this glimpse at the heart of God that we have spent the last 5 weeks in humble, penitent prayer, self-reflection, and preparation, so that we might be most receptive to these moments when God is most intimately revealed to us.


The opportunity lays before you in these days to walk this path with Jesus, and to experience these moments of God’s humble self-revelation in community.  There are readings set aside for every day of Holy week, and, as always, we will gather as a community in worship on Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday ahead of the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.


Palm/Passion Sunday will be a dramatic journey, in summary, of Jesus journey from triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his death on the cross and will happen during our regularly scheduled worship services on Sunday morning, 8:45 and 11 AM,


Holy Monday marks Jesus anointing by Mary in John 12:1-11

On Holy Tuesday we read of Jesus foretelling his own death and the significance of it, and we recognize that Jesus invites us into the same journey in John 12:20-36


On Holy Wednesday we remember, in humility, that it was an act of human betrayal that begins the series of events that will culminate in Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion in John 13:21-32

Maundy Thursday continues our worship together as we will gather at Mt Carmel at 7 PM for the celebration of Jesus last supper with his disciples.


On Good Friday, (‘Good’ in this case meaning that which is of God and, therefore, Holy) we will retrace the events around the end of Jesus’ life.  We will gather together at SLOUMC at 7PM and end the night having remembered the painful, gruesome death of Jesus on the cross.


Holy Saturday is the final day of the Holy week and is the day for the vigil, to remember Jesus’ grace, love, and peace, and to mourn his death at the hands of human brokenness even as we await the discovery of the empty tomb.


Whatever form your worship and preparation takes during Holy Week, I pray that you would find a closer relationship with the God that walks this path to death over and again all for the sake of the love of you.


May you find peace and Holiness...



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

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
Thank you to everyone who organized and attended our St. Patrick's Day party. A wonderful time (and chili) were had by all!
Spring is Here!!!

The Flower Calendar is available in the narthex as you enter the church.  It is arranged so that you can provide flowers for Sunday services and celebrate those special events like birthdays, anniversaries, retirements or in memory of loved ones .  
The cost is $54.00 for both vases or two members can share the cost and provide their remembrance for $27.00 each.  After church is finished you can take a lovely arrangement home.
This is a wonderful way to remember those special times.

Stephen Ministry:
The next meeting will be Friday, April 6 at 11am. Lectio Divina

Easter Brunch:
Our annual Easter Potluck Brunch will be taking place on Easter Sunday, April 1 at 10 am between services.

Easter Egg Hunt!
The Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 am, during the Potluck on Sunday, April 1. Join in the fun!
The Youth of Mt Carmel are now accepting candy/toys/coins for our plastic Easter eggs that will be hidden for the little ones on Easter Sunday!  There will be a box in the narthex for your donations.  All donations should be in by Palm Sunday (March 25).  Thank you for your ever-continuing support for the youth of this church!!
April’s book choice is ‘The Yellow Bird‘ by Kevin Powers. We’ll be meeting at the home of Karen Petersen, Sunday, April 8, 6:00.
Stephen Ministry: Who is it for? 
We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the care and support of a Christian friend. A Stephen Minister can provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or challenge. 
Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide support through Tough Times such as ...
- Loss of a loved one through death or divorce
- Serious illness of self or family member
- Recovery after accident or disaster 
- Job crisis, relocation, change of family living situation  
- Loneliness, spiritual crisis, or discouragement
Could you benefit from the confidential, one-on-one care and support of a Stephen Minister? Do you know someone else, in or outside of our congregation (perhaps a friend, neighbor, or relative) who could benefit from Stephen Ministry? Are you called to become a Stephen Minister? Contact Suzanne Gorter or Sandy Rowland 439-1635. 

We need not focus our lives on accumulating lots of possessions. In Matthew
6:20-21 Jesus gives us an insightful alternative: " up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves
do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
also."  When we contribute to the Lord's work at Mount Carmel our investments
are secure. The money is used  here, but we  are storing up "treasures in heaven"
that will glorify God forever.

John Merrill
Volunteer Opportunities! Updated
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.

Ushers are needed for both services. If you are interested, please contact Jess Bathke at

“Christ In Our Home” Devotion books for the spring quarter beginning April 1 are available in the Narthex in both standard and large print editions. If you know of people who cannot make it in to church or other friends who would like one of the devotion books, please help yourself.
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 25–“ I Am The Bread of Life”. 
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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