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

Phone: 805-544-2133
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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.
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
Link to WEDNESDAY Evening Zoom Service 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
For telephone: +1 669 900 9128 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 867 5095 6162
- 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 by the host (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
Click the picture above for a full version of the Order of Worship
Words of Welcome

Gathering Song - Golden Breaks the Dawn
Confession and Forgiveness

Hymn of Praise -
God of Wonders

Prayer of the Day
Children’s Time
First Reading: Jonah 3:10-4:11
After Jonah’s short sermon in 3:4, the Ninevites all repented and God decided to spare the city. Jonah objected to this and became even more angry when God ordered a worm to destroy a plant that was providing shade. The book ends with a question that challenges any who are not ready to forgive: You, Jonah, are all worked up about a bush, but shouldn’t I be concerned about a hundred and twenty thousand Ninevites?

Psalm 145

Second Reading: Philippians 1:21-30
Paul writes to the Philippians from prison. Though he is uncertain about the outcome of his imprisonment, he is committed to the ministry of the gospel and calls on the Philippians to live lives that reflect and enhance the gospel mission.

Alleluia Verse - ELW 174

Holy Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson

Song of the Day - There's A Wideness In God's Mercy

Affirmation of Faith
We belong to the Creator in whose image we are all made.
In God we are breathing, in God we are living, in God we share the life of all creation.

We belong to Jesus Christ, the true icon of God and of humanity.
In him God is breathing, in him God is living, through him we are reconciled.

We belong to the Holy Spirit, who gives us new life and strengthens our faith.
In the Spirit love is breathing, in the Spirit truth is living, the breath of God always moves us.

We belong to the Holy Trinity, who is one in all and Three-in-One.
In God we are all made, in Christ we are all saved, in the Spirit we are all united.

Prayers of the People:
Prayer requests: Family of Gloria Brown
Prayers for our church family: Sharon Haupt; Susan Hay; Carlyn, John & Lily Hinds

The Peace
Thanksgiving for the Word

The Lord’s Prayer
Sending Song - On Our Way Rejoicing

Thanks to:

Lector: Wayne Lippold
Musicians, Singers: Paul Woodring / Dave Becker / Joan Pedersen / Sue Haas-Clark / Patti Frey / Richard Rollefson
Adult Forum
Sunday, following worship

This Sunday, September 20: the series on Luther’s Small Catechism will continue with Luther’s comments on Baptism. Nancy Cook will lead the discussion.

Coming In October
A God’s Eye View of Government and Our Part in It

The ELCA Church Council has drafted a new Social Statement “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy” and is asking all congregations to read and discuss it before the November elections. It will be the subject of our Adult Forums for the first three Sundays in October. Since we are in a Zoom setting, it will be important to read the statement before the Adult Forums—just like doing on-line classes in schools these days. Click on the links below to view and/or download the schedule and the reading material.
Click the image to reserve your spot today!
Appointment times are still available, but they will fill up fast.

Matching Gifts Challenge Benefitting the SLO County Food Bank


Dear members of Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, 

Hello, my name is Branna Still, and I am the Development Director at SLO Food Bank. I wanted to reach out personally and thank all of you for your dedication and generosity. The timing of your match campaign is incredibly appreciated as it coincides with an unprecedented and sustained level of need! With each dollar raised, we can provide seven nutritious meals. Thanks to the matching gift brought forth by an anonymous member of your congregation, Mount Carmel Lutheran Church has raised $4,538 to be matched to $9,076! Literally, with the strength of your compassionate contributions, you have fed 63,532 hungry neighbors in need from all walks of life. That is incredible, and so are each and every one of you!  

With community support, including the overwhelming kindness of your congregation, SLO Food Bank serves thousands of our SLO County neighbors in need at a tragically high level. A recent study conducted by the California Association of Food Banks and Stanford Data Lab found that hunger has more than doubled in our County since the beginning of the year. Shockingly, 1 in 6 neighbors struggled with food insecurity before the pandemic. Your compassionate and anonymous congregant set a goal to fill 70,000 rumbling tummies, and soon with just $500 to go, this goal is realized! We are excited and honored to cheer your congregation over this incredible goal line!    

Thank YOU for helping those in need, some for this first time in their lives. When you reflect on the "Great Pandemic of 2020", I hope you will be heartened by the number of people you cared for during these challenging times. Thank you for the blessings you bestowed upon countless neighbors in need.

Well wishes and sincerest appreciation,



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!

Click the picture for more information

Coastal Cleanup Day
Every Saturday in September at your local happy place!
This year, cleaning the coast will start at our own front doors.

For safety reasons, there are no large, centrally organized cleanup sites this year. Instead, cleanups will be self-guided and close to home. Practice physical distancing, and strictly follow both local ordinances. This How-To Guide includes additional safety tips.

Cleaning your neighborhoods, local parks, streets, and storm drains helps protect our coast. Trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers to become beach and ocean pollution. Help clean the beach by picking up litter in your community with your household.

Cleanups are happening every Saturday in September. If Saturdays don't work for you, don't let that stop you! You can clean up any day, any time. Report your cleanup by recording data on the
CleanSwell app or by completing this form. (You can also use that form to enter the Most Unusual Item Contest.) All cleanups in September will be included as part of Coastal Cleanup Month.

In some areas of the state, your
local coordinator has special events and virtual programming scheduled throughout the month. Reach out to see what's planned!

After your cleanup, take a 5 minute
survey to let us know how it went. You'll get a coupon for free chips and guac from Rubio's and be entered into a prize drawing!

Thank you for staying safe, cleaning your neighborhoods, and protecting the coast! #CoastalCleanup #ProtectYourHappyPlace
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