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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 Contemporary/Traditional Worship (music styles will alternate)


Office Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm weekdays
 
Celebration of Baptism!

Nova Loretta Elliott
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
805-776-3377
pastor.valerie.carlson@gmail.com
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
805-776-3707
pastor.dcarlson@gmail.com
Council Minutes
Turning West Info
San Luis Obispo Pride
Sunday, July 8, 12-5:30pm
Mt. Carmel will have a booth at Pride in the Plaza! 
Thank you to everyone who signed up to help, baked goodies, and gave us encouragement. 
Hope to see many Mt. Carmel members come out in support of our community!
Please send any pictures of the day that you'd like to share with us to the church office.
Central Coast Queer Archive Project

The Queer Archive Project needs your help!
For 
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.

 

Laura Krueger and Dave Wilcox are delighted to invite everyone in our beloved church family to attend the occasion of our wedding and informal dessert reception. 

We will marry at 2pm on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Mt. Carmel.  Children and your guest are welcome.
Please let Laura know if you are able to attend by 7/18/18 at
laurasalazar67@gmail.com
or by text or call to 805-458-6012. 
Absolutely NO gifts, please.

 
You’re Invited
ContemPLATE Brunch Potluck

 
This is your opportunity to discuss assumptions and expectations about Mt Carmel Lutheran Church.  As you may remember Turning West prepared an Organizational Audit report identifying issues that we are struggling with at Mt Carmel Lutheran Church.  Two issues identified by many people were the amount of time spent in the church office by the pastors, and the pastors’ children in their workplace. 
 
The Guiding Coalition has been successfully working through these issues in a safe and productive environment.  So now the Guiding Coalition would like to have input from the rest of the congregation.  Also this is an opportunity to experience talking through issues in a new, healthier and productive way. 
 
On Sunday July 15th there will be brunch after church.  A second meeting will be held the following Sunday July 22nd for those that cannot attend the July 15th brunch.  Members of the Guiding Coalition will lead small groups of people during brunch so everyone can discuss their perspectives.  The discussion is not about finding a solution but understanding the perspectives and interests underlying these assumptions about pastors.  All information will be tabulated and shared as a report to council, whose job it will be to make any decisions. 
 
The Guiding Coalition Members, who will help facilitate discussions are as follows:  Jessica Bell, Claudia Coughran, Suzanne Gorter Kathy Gremel, Bob Grosse, John Keisler, Marge O’Neill, Sherri Parkinson, Marshall Pihl, Glenn Priddy, Burke Towle, and Cassidy Williams.

If you are able, please bring food to add to our brunch (egg dishes, fruit, or bread). Drinks will be provided.
 
Please Join the ContemPLATE Brunch. 
You’re Input is Crucial!

 
Thank you, Makenna, for these snapshots of the Youth Gathering in Houston! We give thanks to God for this great cloud of witnesses. We missed you, we prayed for you, we are glad you're home and we can't wait to hear the stories from all of you who went!
Stewardship Message

Suppose that God allowed you to have one wish. Without limit, you could have anything you desire. You could have unlimited wealth. You could have perfect health and live 1,000 years — or more. You could — like Solomon — have great wisdom. Whatever you want, you may have it. But you only get one wish. What would you choose?
 
Sad to say, many people would choose great wealth and material possessions. Unfortunately, that would not be a good choice. Listen to the counsel of God as expressed in this contemporary translation of Proverbs 27:20 through Solomon, one of the richest people who ever lived — “The eyes of man are never satisfied.” The behavior and attitude which always wants more has a name: Greed, and it demonstrates itself in our lives as though we were at an auction. If we have $5, we want $10; if we have $10, we want $20; if we have $20 we want $30. Solomon went on to say in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain.”
 
A better choice would be to ask for God’s perspective on life and all that life entails. When we see life as God does, we realize that everything belongs to God, that we are just managers and stewards, and that only what is done for God will endure for eternity. When we have God’s perspective, we will be able to say with the Apostle Paul, “ . . . I have learned to be content with whatever I have.”
 
When we have God’s perspective, we will accept with a spirit of peace and restfulness whatever is entrusted to us. And when we have God’s perspective, we will put into practice the truth of Hebrews 13:5 — “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’”
Brown Bag?
 
It is Summer...
Since this is such a busy time of year and so many of us are off, trying to find some sun, I have decided not to plan a Brown Bag event for July. Your homework...have a great time with family friends and report back in August!
We will be meeting and August and I am looking at a great speaker, so stay tuned to Vistas, Newsletter, bulletin for information.
See you in August.
Questions/ ideas?  Nancy Priddy 459-9249
Regarding the Church Library:
 
All Library material has been moved from the Bible room and placed on the bookshelves in Quist Hall. Now we would like to receive some feedback from you regarding the focus of the collection.  Right now we have a variety of material, most of which does not get used.  My (Jackie’s) thought would be to update the collection with more current subjects, subjects related to our mission statement, small interest groups, and community concerns and of course children’s material. This would include non-fiction and some fiction, DVDs and maybe a small bulletin board for our upcoming events or articles of interest.  But first, we would like to hear your thoughts on what you would like to see and borrow from our library? 
Please speak to or send a message to:
Jackie Kinsey  
kinsey648@yahoo.com or
Jack Senter
 jckssite@gmail.com
 
The Christ in Our Home Devotion Books for the summer quarter are available in the Narthex.  Please help yourself to either the regular or large print edition to take to friends who may be unable to attend church.
 
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