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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

Office Hours will be updated soon due to the administrative transition.
Beloveds of God at Mt. Carmel,
As Pastor Dan, Cora, Thorsten, and I take our leave of you all I have been thinking of Nicodemus.  In the 3rd chapter of the gospel according to St. John, he and Jesus have this interaction:
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’* Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?’
I have been really empathizing with Nicodemus.  I know that we are all together in the presence of God and that we are born from above; born of water and the Spirit.  I am a teacher of God’s people and yet I find myself looking around my mostly empty office on my last day as your pastor asking, “how can these things be?”
“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Jesus says.
None of us could have imagined, 3 years ago when Pastor Dan and I accepted the call to be your pastors, that we would be ending our time together at this time or in this way.  It is not what any of us hoped for.  And yet, I believe that the Holy Spirit IS indeed at work in and among us.
The Holy Spirit has moved powerfully in our time together opening up the scriptures and our hearts.  God has gathered us to God’s own self as a mother hen gathers her chicks and has sent us out as disciples to proclaim the love and shelter we find in God to a hurting and broken world.  And Jesus Christ has bound us together in his body given and blood poured out for us, nourishing not only our bodies but our whole selves. 
Wherever the Spirit chooses to blow us next, these things are a part of our story now and we are a part of each other’s stories.  The laughter, tears, anger, hurt, surprise, joy, and faith we have shared are all a gift from God.  They have not always been welcome gifts because our time together has not been a fairytale.  It has been real—real sinners in real relationship in need of real forgiveness.  Thanks be to God that we have not been condemned to an illusion of community but have gotten the real, and sometimes difficult, experience of actual community in the body of Christ and the whole and actual absolution that is essential to it.  A wise woman once said to me, “a blessing is anything that brings you to your knees” and every moment of our time together has held the possibility (and often the reality) of blessing for us.  For that, and for your faithfulness, I give thanks to God.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always.
With Love,
Pastor Valerie and Pastor Dan Carlson
Pastors' Contact Info:
Pastor Valerie
Office Hours: Tuesdays (11am-1pm) and Thursdays (12:30-3:00pm)

Pastor Dan
Council Minutes
Turning West Info
Thank you to everyone who have shown me support and love with your kind words, cards, and gifts as I move on from Mt. Carmel. 

Harvest Sunday

September 9 we will be collecting bottles of red wine to serve at communion.


Benefits Women’s Retreat Scholarship Fund
Chicken Enchiladas or Cheese Enchiladas
2 for $6 or 6 for $15
Taking Orders after Services 
Starting Sept 2nd through Sept 23rd
! ! ! MUY  SABROSO ! ! !

Men's Advance, October 26-28 at El Camino Pines Retreat and Conference Center.  
Join men from Mt. Carmel and others throughout the Southwest Synod to learn how to become Faith Warriors.  Dr. Terry Paulson, an award winning speaker and Masters in Lay Theology from Fuller Seminary, will present The Apostle Paul's Admonition to Believers on how and what it means to put on the full armor of God each day!  Join us for great discussions and study, food, fellowship, recreation, and music.  Cost: $75 for the day, $150 for the weekend.  It's an ADVANCE, not just a retreat!  For more information and transportation contact:  John Keisler, or 805-543-4259.

Stewardship Message

We’ve all heard the expression, “Money talks.” That’s true. Money does talk. Because money is valuable to us, how we use it communicates volumes to those about us. With the exception perhaps of taxes, all of us vote with the contents of our purses, wallets and checkbooks concerning what means the most to us.
In fact, we could even go so far as to say that a person who does not spend money on something which is supposedly very important in his or her life really does not place much value on that item or activity. Suppose for a moment that you think “little league” baseball for kids is very important. You talk about it wherever you go. You attend the games. You enroll your own children in the program. But when someone calls you to ask you to be a sponsor of a team, or when someone “passes the hat” at a game to pay for equipment, you refuse to participate.
Would you not agree that an impartial observer of such behavior would conclude correctly that little league baseball really does not mean much to you? Your lack of financial support would outweigh the other positive aspects of your attendance, enthusiasm and participation.
The same thing is true in the spiritual realm. It is one thing to talk about Christianity. It is yet another to demonstrate our faith by how we use the money which God has entrusted to us. And that is especially true in our support of the ministry of Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church. As someone said recently in one church just before the offering was received, “Lord, in spite of all we say and do, this is what we think of you.”
Or as the Lord Jesus put it, “ . . . let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
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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