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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
Beloveds of God,
I have been grieving deeply even as I have rejoiced in the planning of Thorsten’s upcoming baptism.  As I prepare to celebrate God’s love for Thorsten I am drowning in stories of children being torn from their families to live in cages, far from anyone they know without any idea if they will see their families again.  I cannot hold either of my children without feeling profound gratitude and also profound pain for the mothers who have been robbed of their right to hold their own children.
Like so many people of faith, I cannot stop Jeremiah 31:15 from running through my head:
Thus says the Lord:
A voice is heard in Ramah,
   lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
   she refuses to be comforted for her children,
   because they are no more. 
What is happening at our border is sin.  Every moment that we spend inactive or in support of the separation of immigrant families we must repent of.  May God have mercy on all of our souls.  The prophet Jeremiah continues in verse 16 and 17:
Thus says the Lord:
Keep your voice from weeping,
   and your eyes from tears;
for there is a reward for your work,
says the Lord:
   they shall come back from the land of the enemy; 
17 there is hope for your future,
says the Lord:
   your children shall come back to their own country.
When I hear those words right now I hear a call to action.  Our weeping and tears do not reunite families.  Our tears and weeping do not change policy.  Our money, our participation in the political system, our prayer—our actions can reunite families and change policy.  I give thanks to God that President Donald Trump signed an executive order that disallows wrenching children from their parents.  However, his executive order allows for the families to be detained, together, indefinitely.  The executive order also does not protect children immigrating with other relatives from being taken from their families.  It is something but it is not enough.  It is not repentance (turning around and returning to the Lord).  It is not what God calls us to in Jeremiah—hope for the future and children in their own land, out of the land of the enemy.
Please, take time to pray for these children and their families, for just government, and for the souls of all of humanity as we abide this antichristian behavior.  Please also consider donating or volunteering in whatever capacity you are able. 
I recommend donating to:
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service:
The Raices Family Reunification Bond Fund:
And volunteering at this lemonade stand:
Please also call your representatives at the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 
(202) 224-3121
DON’T WORRY if you don’t know who your representatives are, if you enter your location information you will be connected to the appropriate senator.
May God indeed reward this work by bringing about the reign and love of God on Earth.
Pastor Valerie
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
Turning West Info
  • Mondays are the pastors only day off during the week. Please do not contact them with church business unless it is a pastoral emergency. 
  • Any meetings/gatherings of more than just a few people need to be scheduled with the office. This is to avoid any conflicts with outside organizations that have reserved space and set-ups that Tony has already prepared. 
Join us on June 24 for Thorsten Carlson's baptism!
San Luis Obispo Pride
Sunday, July 8
Mt. Carmel will have a booth at Pride in the Plaza! This is our second year participating and we are stepping up our game and need the support of the congregation to accomplish our goals. We are planning on providing baked goods for suggested donations to local LGBTQI+ projects, so please take a bakery bag from the Narthex to fill and bring to the booth. If you are interested in helping out with planning or manning the booth, please provide your information on the sign-up sheets located in the Narthex, or contact Alex in the office.
Central Coast Queer Archive Project

The Queer Archive Project needs your help!
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.


Brown Bag?
You have probably already guessed the June’s Brown Bag Lunch Group has been cancelled. There was just too much going on this month and it didn’t seem like folk would be able to squeeze another event in.
Stay tuned and see what July’s Brown Bag has to offer.
Questions or suggestions? Contact 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 or
Jack Senter
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