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Celebrating God’s grace through worship, learning and service.
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The MET Team has processed and condensed all responses to the member interviews that were conducted in September and October. We are now asking you to complete a Value Voting Survey to let us know which interview responses resonate most with the overall congregation. Each separate family member who is a member of Mt. Carmel may complete a survey. 
Click on the following link to access the survey.
Thank you for participating in this survey.  Your input is very important to us.
The MET Team
Nancy Cook          John Keisler            Dave Lonsway          Dave Parkinson
(805) 440-4510     (805) 543-4259       (805) 439-3370         (805) 594-1649  
From the Pastor....

The other day I saw a posting by Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She reflects on the need in our society to move beyond mere kindness and civility—as important as these are—for an active form of love that seeks justice.

        Kindness matters.
        But kindness does not = justice.

        Civility counts.
        But calling for civility is not the humane
        response to injustice.
        Justice is.

        Love is essential.
        But love is not a passive, weeping

        Love puts in the work.
                            Rev. Bernice King

Jesus way of love—the love called “agape” in Greek—is this very compassion that suffers with the suffering and seeks restoration, justice and new life. It’s not so much a love you feel, as a love you do.

Pastor Richard
Worship at Mt. Carmel
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
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

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

Passcode: 695333
RSVP here to attend in person

- Link to FRIDAY morning Bible study,
Fridays at 10:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 552 129 433
- Link to SATURDAY morning Bible study,
Saturdays at 8:30 AM
For telephone:  +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 831 5325 2589
Passcode: 690622

- 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:Fellowship with microphones unmuted
9:25: Announcements & Prelude (microphones muted)
9:30: Worship
10:30: Post service fellowship with microphones unmuted
10:45: Adult Forum
Click the picture above for a full version of the Order of Worship
Words of Welcome

Confession and Forgiveness
Gathering Song -
Rise, Shine You People - ELW 665
Apostolic Greeting
Song of Praise -
Christ Be Our Light - ELW 715
Prayer of the Day

Children’s Time
First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Today’s reading is part of a longer discourse in Deuteronomy, an updating of the law for the Israelite community as the people wait to enter the promised land. Here Moses assures the people that God will continue to guide them through prophets who will proclaim the divine word.

Psalm 111

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Paul is concerned about the way some Corinthian Christians use their freedom in Christ as license to engage in non-Christian behavior that sets a damaging example to other, impressionable believers. Christians have a responsibility to each other that their behavior does not cause another to sin.

Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Sermon - Monica Holman
Hymn of the Day - Ancient Words

Affirmation of Faith
   We believe in God,
    the creator of all things,
    the giver of life and breath.

    We believe in Jesus Christ,
    born Emmanuel, God with us,
    baptized and revealed the most beloved Son of God;
    he sought to heal humanity by taking our brokenness upon himself,
    suffering for us,
    dying for us
    and being raised from the dead for our sake
    and for the sake of all the world.
    We believe that he will come again.

    We believe in the Holy Spirit,
    continually poured out refreshing our lives,
    leading us into a new day,
    ever-birthing the church, the body of Christ in the world.
    This Spirit is our soul companion and counselor of truth
    reminding us
    of the gift of faith,
    the ever presence of God
    and the promise of eternal life.
    Thanks be to God! Amen.

The Prayers:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Jeannie Ledford and family; Elsa Brody; Maureen Dresp & Family (Allison; Linda & Fred); Family of Jon Ericson; Family of Adele Frey (Marc Frey's mother)
Prayers for our church family: Jeanie & Gary Schultz; John & Janis Sexton; Norm & Mollie Smith

The Peace / Announcements
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Song - Light Shone In Darkness - ELW 307

Thanks to:

Lector: Carlyn & Lily Hinds
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

January 31 - The Adult Forum this Sunday is a Town Hall presentation by the Church Council on activities and forthcoming plans for the congregation. It will be led by Marshall Pihl, Council President. 
February 7: The Threat of Christian Nationalism - We will continue our discussion on Christian Nationalism led by Pr. Richard. We will use a podcast series produced by Christians Against Christian Nationalism featuring statements by Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton, together with the Rev. Dr. Paul Baxley (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship), Diane Randall (Friends Committee on National Legislation), Sister Simone Campbell (NETWORK Lobby), and the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray (American Baptist Home Mission Societies). You can listen to entire podcast series online at:
Church News and Notes
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom

The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness
 by Marc Ian Barasch

The award-winning bestseller that helped launch an international movement (and inspired the film "I Am"). Acclaimed author Marc Barasch brilliantly explores the nature and practice of compassion: What can we learn from exceptionally empathic people? Can we increase our compassion quotient? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually survival of the kindest? Drawing on science and spirituality, history and popular culture, bottom-line business and a high-sense of fun, here is a startling, provocative argument that a simple shift in consciousness "can change pretty much everything."

Books are available for purchase at: -- $4.99

Link to Zoom Book Discussion Group
Meeting ID: 862 7971 6007
Passcode: 419787

Join by phone: 1 669 900 9128
Community Outreach

Matching Gifts Challenge Benefitting the SLO County Food Bank

The new donation site is up and running. Please click the link below for more information.

Link to Mt. Carmel matching funds page

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!

Volunteers from Mt. Carmel prepare and serve a hot lunch for The People's Kitchen program at 40 Prado on the first Friday of each month. Here is a list of our volunteers for Friday, February 5:

Entree - Pat Forrest; Dave Lonsway; Kathy Meyer; Janis Sexton; Kathy Towle; Jan Uder
Salad - Karen Colombo; Jennifer Bobell; Ruth Rollefson
Canned Fruit - Walt & Judy Bremer; Wende Dong
Milk - Julie Martin

Please contact Jan Uder, or the church office at if you are unable to serve this month, or if you would like information on volunteering in the future.
Opening Doors of Interfaith Understanding
Feb 8, 2021 07:30 PM

Dear friends!  Praying that you are all finding reasons to be hopeful at the beginning of this new year! For this very reason our February ZOOM Opening Doors Gathering will focus on Keeping Hope Alive! Each of our Steering Committee members will offer a few thoughts on how their faith traditions help keep hope alive for them. Will be a wonderful evening I know! Looking forward to seeing all your faces!
Much love, Rev. Luanne Griguoli 

Link to Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 834 1601 0808
Passcode: 530247

Join by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US
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