This week at Mt. Carmel...
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Link to the Mt. Carmel Summit Newsletter for March 2021
We are here!!
The church is closed to walk-in traffic, but you can still reach us by phone and email. 

Phone: 805-544-2133
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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Worship at Mt. Carmel
Click the picture for the Order of Worship
We'll conclude our Wednesday Lenten Service this week. Bring you soup (or whatever you're having for dinner that night), and share some fellowship time beginning at 6:30pm. Pastor Richard will lead us in a quiet worship service beginning at 7:00pm.

Link to Soup Supper and Midweek service
~~~The regular Wednesday Evening Prayer service will resume on April 7~~~
Link to Palm Sunday Service - March 28 at 9:30am
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Link to Maundy Thursday Service - April 1 at 7:00pm
Meeting ID: 828 9199 4422
Passcode: 374737

Link to Good Friday Service - April 2 at 7:00pm
Meeting ID: 896 8563 4315
Passcode: 154338

Link to Easter Sunday Zoom Service - April 4 at 9:30am
Meeting ID: 849 4786 1947
Passcode: 591300

Join us at 11:00am Easter Sunday for an in-person worship on the Mt. Carmel patio. Please RSVP so that we can prepare seats ahead of your arrival.

Link to RSVP
Adult Forum
Sunday, following worship

Palm Sunday, March 28: Join us in sharing traditions and practices you and your family enjoy during Holy Week. For example, think of stories about dyeing eggs, traditions you inherited from your grandparents, searching for Easter baskets, special worship services and chocolate bunnies, to share with the congregation. As a special feature, Pastor Richard will read “Wood, Nails, and Easter Baskets” from The Way of The Wolf by Martin Bell.
Church New and Notes
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group
Mondays at 6:30pm on Zoom
Continues through April 12
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
Residents 50+ Now Eligible for Vaccine

Residents age 50 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County. To secure your first-dose appointment using the County's Vaccine Appointment Registry:
  1. Make sure you are currently eligible for the vaccine. 
  2. Click the picture or link above to sign up for the registry.*
  3. Provide your contact information, availability, and preferred vaccine location.
  4. Choose a notification preference (text message, email, or phone call).
  5. Select Register.
  6. Wait for the County to notify you of an available appointment!   
*Those without internet access or who have difficulty with the form can call the Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444 or (805) 781-4280 and an operator can help them.


Additional appointment resources:

My Turn - Link to
MYTURN.CA.GOV - Answer a few short questions to find out if you are eligible to receive a vaccine. If you are, appointments may be available.

Vaccine Finder - Link to
VACCINEFINDER.ORG/SEARCH - This site allows you to search up to a 50 mile radius of your zip code for a vaccine location. Eligibilty requirements apply.
Spring Conference Assembly
April 11, 2021 – Holy Humor Sunday
A joint worship celebration will be held for all the churches of the central coast on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Santa Maria. For centuries, in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant countries, “Bright Sunday” (the Sunday after Easter) was observed by the faithful as a ‘day of joy and laughter’ with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The custom of the celebrations was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. The early theologians called it “Risus Paschalis” ~ the Easter Laugh.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the service will be held outdoors on the back patio at 10:00 a.m. Those who want to attend in person are asked to mask up and wear warm clothing. Those who feel uncomfortable doing so can watch the service online. A short business meeting will be held following the service to elect Laura Krueger as our Conference Representative to the Synod Council.
At Gloria Dei we encourage people to dress crazy for the day, and by all means, bring your sense of humor. Friends are welcome!

Greg Kintzi
This is a gentle reminder to  make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when leaving Mt. Carmel. Many of the doors stick when allowed to close on their own resulting in a door that is locked, but not actually closed. Please take a few moments to make sure all doors close properly and are locked.
Thank you! 
Community Outreach
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, April 2:

Entree - Steve & JoAnn Bennett; Dave Lonsway; Kathy Meyer; Cyndi Rollefson; Sandy Rowland; Mollie Smith; Jenice Twomey; Chuck Kilstrom
Salad - Carol Harvey; Wayne Lippold; Rebecca Keisler
Milk - Carol Grosse

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.

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!

Thank you to everyone who dropped off food and gift cards for our March food drive. Our delivery to Santa Maria this week was especially timely because their cupboard was just about empty. Much of our focus has been on helping families while they struggle with effects of the pandemic, everything from quarentines to job loss and discrimination. I learned of another family struggling with hunger for a different reason this week. This young family of 5 has a new infant who requires frequent visits to the hospital, and they often don't have enough money for food. They reach out for help anywhere they can, often finding it at Iglesia Santa Cruz. Your donations help provide the food they need to prepare meals at home. The money we receive from your Thrivent Grants allows us to purchase fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables to help supplement the food you donate.

A special THANK YOU goes out to the Cooks and the Twomeys for helping with the food drive in March.
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