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

Phone: 805-544-2133
or on Facebook at

Prayer requests may be sent to the church office by email or phone

Celebrating God’s grace through worship, learning and service.
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Courtesy of Patti Frey....

One of the things on all our minds lately is the rise in COVID cases both locally and nationally. Things are definitely not going in the right direction. However, hospitalizations remain fairly constant in SLO County and we are not seeing overwhelming numbers, which is very good news. I remind us that outdoor church services are not being identified as the source of outbreaks. I anticipate that outdoor worship will still be allowed, even if we find ourselves back in tier 1 in coming weeks.

The news is disappointing, however, it does not cause Marc and me to change anything we are already doing: masking indoors, avoiding indoor crowds, spacing at least 6 feet from others when unmasked & outside, and washing our hands (or using sanitizer when soap is unavailable) after we do things like pump gas. I’ve also been carrying a stash of empty bread wrappers to use to cover my hand when I open doors. These simple measures are still believed to be extremely effective in disease prevention.  

As for the coming holidays, our family has decided to modify our Thanksgiving celebration to be held outside, with no more than 8 people, and everyone appropriately spaced. Every family unit will have their own set of serving utensils. Bad weather will cancel. If this happens, we will be disappointed but the earth will continue spinning on its axis and God will still love us. We will still love each other. We may decide that while a cool windy day will prevent sharing a meal outside, we can still meet up at Port San Luis and walk the beach.

So dear friends, take a deep breath and carry on. Remember that this virus isn’t skulking around the corners of your house, ready to pounce the minute you step outside.   

God’s peace and joy be with us,
We'd love to see you at the Drive-thru, but if you can't make it on November 14 you may drop off your donation at the church Monday through Thursday between 8am and noon. The shopping cart will be in the foyer next to Quist Hall.
Many families are multi-generational with several members in one household. Bags of rice and beans from 1lb to 25lbs are acceptable. The same goes for the flour, sugar and oil. All sizes are acceptable and will be put to good use. Maseca is a special corn flour used to make tortillas and is a basic staple in all of the households. Storage space is limited at Iglesia Santa Cruz, so Visa gift cards for $25 are also helpful.
Please click the picture to sign up

We have the names and wish lists of 40 children at Iglesia Santa Cruz. Because of Covid we've changed how we connect you with the children.
11AM - 2:30PM

You may still participate even if you can't make it on November 14....

Step 1: Please use the sign up form to let us know that you are interested in sponsoring a child. 
Step 2: You'll receive an phone call or email within one business day to arrange the best way to get the information to you.
Step 3: Call the church office to let us know you're ready to drop-off your package.

Church phone: 805-544-2133
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
Passcode: 591300

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

Passcode: 695333
RSVP here to attend in person
In-Person Worship Instruction Video

- 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 (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
12:00: In-person worship on the Mt. Carmel patio (weather permitting)
Click the picture above for a full version of the Order of Worship
Words of Welcome

Gathering Song - Light Dawns on a Weary World - ELW 726

Confession and Forgiveness

Prayer of the Day

Children’s Time
First Reading: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Zephaniah (like the prophet Amos in last week’s first reading) presents the day of the Lord as one of judgment and wrath. Descriptions of the last day in the New Testament include details taken from Old Testament accounts of the day of the Lord.

Psalm 90

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Though we do not know and cannot calculate the day of Christ’s return, we live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Alleluia Verse
Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon - Pastor Richard Rollefson
Hymn of the Day - Oh, Happy Day When We Shall Stand  - ELW 441

Affirmation of Faith (Apostle's Creed)
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                        creator of heaven and earth.
            I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
                        who was conceived by the Holy Sprit,
                        born of the virgin Mary,
                        suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                        was crucified, died and was buried;
                        he descended to the dead.
                        On the third day he rose again;
                        he ascended into heaven,
                        he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
                        and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
            I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                        the holy catholic church,
                        the communion of saints,
                        the forgiveness of sins,
                        the resurrection of the body,
                        and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People:
Prayer requests: Sid & Beryl Bennett; Sally Eggen & Family (son, Eric, is in the hospital); Jeannie Ledford and family
Prayers for our church family: Diane Mansell; Ryan Mansell; Ian, Rachel, Brooklyn & Khloe Mansell

The Peace

Thanksgiving for the Word
The Lord’s Prayer
Sending Song - By Our Love

Thanks to:

Lector: Nancy Cook
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

November 8-22, 2020
Join us for part two of this three-week series on the Gospel of Mark, the featured gospel for worship services next year.

Advent begins a new year in the liturgical church calendar with our primary gospel readings coming from the Gospel according to Mark. In November, we’ll prepare for the new church year by exploring what is generally understood to be the first account of the story of Jesus.
Outdoor In-Person Worship Service
Sundays at 12 Noon

In case of rain, the outdoor service will be canceled. Those who RSVP will be notified by phone and email

Sign-up here to RSVP

We are holding in person worship and communion while observing guidelines and best practices to maximize the safety of those attending. We will continue with the existing Sunday morning schedule of Zoom worship at 9:30am followed by the Adult Forum at 10:45.

The in person service will be outdoors, under the shade canopy in front of the santuary. Please click the RSVP link above to help us prepare the space for socially distanced clusters of same household members. You are asked to bring your own chair (if possible); metal church chairs will also be available. Attendees should be masked when arriving, will receive a temperature check and be signed in. The worship itself will be an abbreviated communion service (under 45 minutes in length). Communion will be done using prepackaged communion bread and cup kits. Entrance and departure routes will be marked and attendees are requested to mask following the service. There will not be a coffee time following worship. While we are aware that we are holding this in-person worship at a time when the weather is turning cooler and we hope for needed rain, we hope that this will be an alternative worship for those wanting to meet in person.
Order of Worship for 12 noon service
Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm
An online Zoom book discussion of The Book of Joy meets on Monday at 6:30 pm. The book is a series of conversations between interfaith religious leaders the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu and is available from Amazon in a hard copy or electronic version. Watch for the Zoom link in the weekly VISTAs and on our Mt. Carmel webpage at

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 862 7971 6007
Passcode: 419787

Join by phone: 1 669 900 9128
Advent Small Group Series
Four Saturdays In & After Advent:
December 5, 12, 19, and 26
6:30 PM on Zoom
During the Advent season we often talk a lot about the Holy Land of the past without talking much about the Holy Land of the present. What is going on in Bethlehem today? How are we called to accompany our Palestinian siblings in love, joy, hope, peace, and justice? What does this mean for our own advent journey?

ELCA Young Adults and ELCA Peace Not Walls are presenting a 4-week Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine. Young adults from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land will lead us on this pilgrimage through story, education, and theological reflection. There is a free opening educational webinar run by ELCA Young Adults on Monday, November 30 5:30-6:30pm PST (
you can register here), and on each following Saturday we will meet on Zoom as a Mt. Carmel small group utilizing the pilgrimage’s weekly resources.

Contact Monica at to learn more or to RSVP for the small group.

Matching Gifts Challenge Benefitting the SLO County Food Bank


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!

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