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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
Beloveds of God,
As weary as we all are of the violence being perpetrated by and against God's beloved children in schools across the nation, we cannot turn away and ignore the pain, suffering, and anxiety that is now the daily bread of those who live in fear for their lives each time they enter their classrooms.  Instead, as the Council of Bishops reminds us, we in the ELCA have committed to partner and be in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, where the most recent tragedy has occurred.  How is God calling us, so far away, to be in solidarity with these bold prophets?  What will God do in this time in and through us?  Please read and pray over the below statement issued by the Council of Bishops of the ELCA as you consider these questions.

Pastor Valerie


Our children and youth are like a young Jeremiah prophesying to the people: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11) 
Recently, the students, faculty and staff at  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida experienced tragedy. Seventeen people - students and teachers - were killed by a 19-year-old shooter. In response, students have invited their teachers, families and allies around the nation to join with them for a March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC; calling our country into a deeper conversation about school safety and second amendment rights and responsibilities. 
We recognize this incident is the latest in a long list of tragic shootings in our country and young people have been calling for protest and change for many years. Some of those young voices have been ignored or silenced because of racial and economic injustice. We cannot let that reality keep us from acting now.  
Adopted in 1994, the ELCA social message on Community Violence remains sadly relevant today. The message speaks about the causes of violence as complex and pervasive, and of how violence breeds violence. In proclaiming the forgiveness and love of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the church addresses the root of violence while being committed to social actions that respond directly to violence and the people it affects.  
From the Social Message: In the face of violence, God’s resolve for peace in human communities is unshakable. Deliberate acts to harm or kill innocent people violate God’s intention for human community. God’s commandment is “You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13). In proclaiming God’s law, we declare that all people are accountable before God and the community to honor and respect the life God has given. Christians, as salt of the earth (Mt. 5:13) and light of the world (Mt. 5:14), are called to respond to violent crime in the restorative ways taught by Jesus (Mt. 5:38-39) and shown by his actions (Jn. 8:3-11). We are empowered to take up the challenge to prevent violence and to attack the complex causes that make violence so pervasive. 
According to Lutheran theology, society is to be ruled by the civil use of the Law. Government is responsible under God for the protection of its citizens and the maintenance of justice and public order. As citizens in a democracy, we have the responsibility to join with others to hold government accountable for protecting society and ensuring justice for all, and to seek changes in policies and practices toward these ends. 
That social message was amplified by a social statement, For Peace in God’s World (1995) which, as part of its adoption, offered concrete implementation actions, including: To call upon the members and leaders of this church to support our youth in their struggle to define their identity and vocation as present and future peacemakers… 
The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in solidarity with our children and youth, and in response to our common baptismal vocation: living among God’s faithful people, hearing the word of God and sharing in the Lord’s Supper, proclaiming the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, serving all people following the example of Jesus, and striving for justice and peace in all the earth; offer our support, partnership and prayers for the March for Our Lives, its satellite city events, and our children and youth who are leading us forward as peacemakers. 

A PDF of the "Council of Bishops Statement in Solidarity with our Children and Youth" can be downloaded here
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.
Parking Lot Repairs
Weather permitting, from March 19th thru the 23rd, the parking lot at Mount Carmel will be under repair.  Holes will be patched, and two coats of seal will be applied.  The work is scheduled in two phases, so some of the parking lot will always be available.  During part of the process, our regular driveway will be open, with a portion of the parking lot available.  In the other part, the driveway will be closed, as it is being repaired.  During that time, the drive on Grand Avenue will need to be used.
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.
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 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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