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

Phone: 805-544-2133
or on Facebook at

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

Celebrating God’s grace through worship, learning and service.
Give Online
Online giving is now available from the comfort of you home or when you're on the road. Click the Give Online button above, or download the Give Plus Mobile App on you phone or tablet, to make a one-time offering or to set up a recurring donation. You decide how much to give and when.
I saw this post on Facebook this morning. “Rising Appalachia” is American folk music group led by sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith. I think their words express a deep truth for our calling as a church, as a community, as citizens and as individuals in the coming days, weeks, months and years.
Pastor Richard
The change was made to make joining our services easier, and to eliminate the need to wait for the host to admit you. Here's how it works:
Click on the link here, or the link on the website, to join the meeting. That's it!

1 - You may be asked for a passcode. Enter the 6-digit passcode below your meeting link.

2 - Occasionally, you may have a new screen appear asking you to confirm you birthdate, or which account you would like to use to connect to the meeting. These are simply security questions from the Zoom program on your computer and you can ignore them. Click the 'X' in the top right or left corner to close the message. From there, you can continue to the Zoom service.

3 - Please call the church office at 805-544-2133 if you need assistance. The phone is answered by a real person, even on Wednesday evening and Sunday morning. 

Thank you
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 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162

Passcode: 695333
RSVP here to attend in person
In-Person Worship Instruction Video

- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study,
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 552 129 433
- Link to SATURDAY morning Bible study,
Saturdays at 8:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 839 9161 5112

- 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; Bring Your Own Coffee (BYOC) Fellowship with microphones unmuted
9:25: Announcements (microphones muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30 Post Service (PS) 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
Words of Welcome

Confession and Forgiveness
Gathering Song -
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness - ELW 483


Prayer of the Day
Children’s Time
First Reading: Amos 5:18-24
In the days of Amos, people thought that the day of the LORD would be a time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of darkness, not light. He said liturgy is no substitute for obedience. The LORD demands justice and righteousness in the community.

Song - Let Justice Roll Like a River

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Some of the Thessalonians are worried that dead Christians will be excluded from the resurrection to eternal life when Christ comes again. Paul reassures them with the word of hope that all Christians, living or dead, will be raised into everlasting life with Christ.

Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - Christ Be Our Light  - ELW 715

Affirmation of Faith (Apostle's Creed)
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                        creator of heaven and earth.
            I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
                        who was conceived by the Holy Sprit,
                        born of the virgin Mary,
                        suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                        was crucified, died and was buried;
                        he descended to the dead.
                        On the third day he rose again;
                        he ascended into heaven,
                        he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
                        and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
            I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                        the holy catholic church,
                        the communion of saints,
                        the forgiveness of sins,
                        the resurrection of the body,
                        and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Sally Eggen and Family (her son Eric is in the hospital)
Prayers for our church family: Mike & Val Lund; Wyatt Lund; Holly & Cooper Lyle

The Peace

Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Song - O Beautiful for Spacious Skies - ELW 888

Thanks to:

Lector: Steve Bennett
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

November 8-22, 2020
This week will begin a three-week series on the Gospel of Mark, the featured gospel for worship services next year.

Advent begins a new year in the liturgical church calendar with our primary gospel readings coming from the Gospel according to Mark. In November, we’ll prepare for the new church year by exploring what is generally understood to be the first account of the story of Jesus.
Outdoor In-Person Communion Service Begins Sunday, November 8

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

As presented at the Adult Forum on Sunday, October 25, the Worship Team is proceeding with a recommendation for in-person, outdoor communion service at 12 noon beginning on November 8. We are seeking to meet the expressed interest of some of our Mt. Carmel members for in person worship and communion while 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.

There will be a link in the VISTA semi-weekly email newsletter and on our website where you can RSVP to help us prepare the outdoor space beneath the shade canopy in front of the sanctuary for socially distanced clusters of same household members. You are asked to bring your own chair (if possible); metal church chairs will also be available. Attendees should be masked when arriving, will receive a temperature check and be signed in. The worship itself will be an abbreviated communion service (under 45 minutes in length). Communion will be done using prepackaged communion bread and cup kits. Entrance and departure routes will be marked and attendees are requested to mask following the service. There will not be a coffee time following worship. While we are aware that we are beginning this in-person worship at a time when the weather is turning cooler and we hope for needed rain, we hope that this will be an alternative worship for those wanting to meet in person.
Order of Worship for 12 noon service
Join the Mt. Carmel youth on a virtual trip to Luther Glen Farm!
Sunday, November 8th at 1:30 PM

Link to virtual tour on Zoom

We sure miss camp, and the staff and animals miss us too! Come “travel” with the high school youth as we visit with LRCC camp staff on Zoom for 30-45 minutes to hang out with the farm animals, see what's growing in the garden, and find out what’s happening with our local Bible Camp while we can’t go there in person.
New Book Discussion Group Begins Monday, November 9
An online Zoom book discussion of The Book of Joy, will meet on Monday November 9 at 6:30 pm. The book is a series of conversations between interfaith religious leaders the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu and is available from Amazon in a hard copy or electronic version. Watch for the Zoom link in the weekly VISTAs and on our Mt. Carmel webpage at

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 862 7971 6007
Passcode: 419787

Join by phone: 1 669 900 9128
Please click the picture to sign up

You may sign up by clicking the picture above, or contact the church office. We are eagerly awaiting details about the children and their lists and will pass it along as soon as it’s available.

Church phone: 805-544-2133
We'd love to see you at the Drive-thru, but if you can't make it on November 14 you may drop off your donation at the church Monday through Thursday between 8am and noon. The shopping cart will be in the foyer next to Quist Hall.
Many families are multi-generational with several members in one household. Bags of rice and beans from 1lb to 25lbs are acceptable. The same goes for the flour, sugar and oil. All sizes are acceptable and will be put to good use. Maseca is a special corn flour used to make tortillas and is a basic staple in all of the households. Storage space is limited at Iglesia Santa Cruz, so Visa gift cards for $25 are also helpful.
LuMin is working behind the scenes for ways to reinstitute Campus Ministry. We’ve been asked by The Front Porch, the Presbyterian-sponsored coffee house at Cal Poly, to provide “to go” dinners for students on Wednesday, November 11. We will provide 20 meals, each capable of feeding 4 students. We can provide either the fixin’s that students can take and prepare themselves in their own kitchens, or we can provide already prepared, prepackaged dinners ready to be reheated. 

This project will need 4 or 5 volunteers to decide on the menu, shop and cook and/or assemble the packages. It will probably be simplest to do the actual cooking or assembly at church on either Tuesday, November 10, or Wednesday, November 11. LuMin will cover the cost of ingredients. While we won’t serve the meals we prepare, we will include information about Mt. Carmel in our packages. If you can help, please call or text Patti Frey at 805-235-1938.

Click HERE or on the picture above to sign up.

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!

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