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Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church

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

Sunday Service:
9:30 AM
A Blended Service

Sunday School/Adult Education Hour:
11:00 AM

Office Hours:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monday through Friday
O day of peace that dimly shines
Through all our hope and prayers and dreams.
Guide us to justice, truth and love;
Delivered from our selfish schemes
May swords of hate fall from our hands
Our hearts from envy find release.
Till by God’s grace our warring world.
Shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.
Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
Nor shall the fierce devour the small.
As beasts and cattle calmly graze
A little child shall lead them all.
Then enemies shall learn to love,
All creatures from their true accord.
The hope of peace shall be fulfilled
For all the earth shall know the Lord.
- Carl P. Davis Jr - 
As we move into the final weeks of Advent in what so often seems a dark and troubled world, let us hold fast to the hope-filled, prophetic vision of justice and peace that is at the very heart of our Christmas celebration and our Christian faith.

Pastor Richard
December Happenings around Mt. Carmel
First Sunday of Advent, Advent wreath-making activity was enjoyed by all on Sunday, December 2nd.
Thank you to our youth who led a wonderful worship service on Sunday, December 9th.
Blue Christmas/Longest Night Worship
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00 PM

For a variety of reasons, not everyone is cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, changes in our faith community and a number of other human situations can make this time of year especially painful for many people. This service is intended to create time and space for you. You may be going through a dark period this Christmas or be here with a friend or family member who is. No matter the source of the pain and grief or its magnitude, this time of reflection is offered to provide an opportunity to worship, as well as being reminded of the promise of Emmanuel—God's presence with us.
Christmas Eve Poinsettias

Orders for poinsettia plants for the Christmas Eve services will be taken until December 19th. Each plant is $6 and can be taken home after the 7:30 PM service.

Rebecca Keisler and Maureen Dresp will be on the patio Sunday mornings taking orders or you can mail to/drop by the church office (M-F/9 AM -12 PM). If you would like to note who you would like to dedicate ‘in honor of’ or ‘in memory of’ please make a note of that. Be sure to note POINSETTIA in the check memo.
Mt. Carmel Council News
Upcoming Council Meeting - December 20th at 6:00 PM

The agenda will include:
  • Possible appointment of a new Parish Administrator
  • Consider appointment of Pastor Richard Rollefson as our Interim Pastor
  • Demolition of the duplex
  • Turning West
All Congregation Meeting on January 12th from 9:00 - 11:30 AM
All are invited to gather to participate in the process of determining Mt. Carmel’s Mission, Vison and Values. There will be updates from the Norms and Community Building teams and from the Council on the Specific Planning process.

The Men’s Bible Study group, with the assistance of our youth group, will be serving breakfast starting at 8:00 AM. More information to follow as the date approaches.

Message from the Council President

Click here to view a message from the Council President.
Adult Forum —Advent Sundays
11:00 AM –Quist Hall
You are invited to join us on each Sunday of Advent as our pastors lead adult education on Luke’s canticles:

Dec 16: “Nunc Dimittis: Song of Simeon (Pr. Richard Rollefson)
Dec 23: “Gloria in Excelsis: Song of Angels” (Pr. John Rollefson)
Coming on Epiphany Sunday, January 6th , Mt Carmel Epiphany Celebration during Adult Forum time.  A time to celebrate the new church year and new calendar year at Mt Carmel—Games, Lunch by Road Kill Grill, Preparation for coming congregational meeting with Turning West, Festive Three Kings Cake.
Mt. Carmel Youth News
Wreath Deliveries to Homebound - Join us!
On December 16, after the service, our youth and families will be making visits to our homebound members, delivering wreaths and Advent cheer! We welcome any members of the congregation to come with us (we’re all of one family, after all), and are always happy to have more drivers! It takes about two hours after the service. Lunch is provided!
“Behind the Scenes” apprenticeship for worship

Winter Retreats for High School and Middle School
Calling all youth! Come to el Camino Pines for the Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences’ Winter Retreats, where we will be given a deeper understanding of the God that has already named and claimed each on of us, with a love too abundant to comprehend.

February 1-3 High School
February 8-10 Middle School

Cost: $175/person
RSVP and registration fee due to Monica by January 6.
We have resurrected the Pancake Palooza! Thanks to the mighty efforts of John and Rebecca Keisler and ten other sleep-deprived volunteers we fed 27 college students yummy pancakes (have you ever had Nutella pancakes?) on Monday night. This is a great restart of that event, especially considering that we don’t currently have students participating regularly at Mt. Carmel.

We are also working with Jake White, campus ministry director at the Methodist church. Jake is running a vibrant and growing program and has students from Cal Poly, Cuesta and Allen Hancock participating. We are exploring if Mt. Carmel might / could / should be supporting that ministry in an intentional and ongoing way. Those students meet every Sunday night at 6 PM for dinner and Jake has indicated that he would welcome Mt. Carmel providing food and also staying to eat with students. In addition, we are also exploring if Mt. Carmel might / could / should be a financial partner in that ministry.

Our next LCM meeting is on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. We welcome anyone who wants to come and join in our discussions about how Mt. Carmel ministers to the college students of San Luis Obispo. If you have questions, comments or ideas please contact Patti Frey 805-235-1938, or
December 16th from 5:00-9:00PM
Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?! LA Rams VS Phil. Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Marshall will be hosting the football party in his home. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Marshall or Dave Parkinson.
Susan Bouvette is seeking help from the congregation on finding a studio or small apartment in the 5 Cities or SLO area. Contact Susan at 
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