Who We Are
Deriving our Purpose from our Church Name
Each letter in the name "Mt. Carmel" signifies an important aspect of our church identity and mission.
When you put them all together, you have a winning combination of faith through the church family!
the Lord in Worship: Psalm 95:7
Worship lies at the heart of our life together as god's people. It is what God has made us for and what God has called us to do. Worship is not merely another activity which we try to cram into an already hectic week. Instead, it is the beginning of our week. It is the birthplace of God's renewing Spirit and life within our hungry hearts. We find the purpose and meaning of our lives in worship of God with our church family.
& Caring Through Small Groups
We encourage our members to join or form small groups as a way to grow in faith and make a large church feel smaller. A small group is any group of 3 to 12 people who gather together for study, friendship, service, and/or support.
to God and to One Another
Remember that a great commitment to the Great Commandment - "Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself" - and the Great Commission - "Go into all the world, making disciples...baptizing in the name of the father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching...all I have commanded you" - will grow a great church for God.
One Another's Gifts and Talents: Ephesians 4:11-13
As Lutherans, we believe in what Martin Luther called "the priesthood of all believers." That means that all the people of the congregation are called to use their gifts and talents for ministry. The pastor isn't the only minister; every member is a minister and every minister has a mission. Taking the Spiritual Gifts Inventory (available at Mt. Carmel) is one good way of discovering your unique spiritual gift. Only when every member uses their gift for the good of all will the church be able to fulfill its calling.
Out with the Good News of Christ: Matthew 4:19
All of us are called to share the good News of Jesus Christ with others. Evangelism is not badgering others. That's not how Jesus approached others. Evangelism involves listening to and meeting the felt needs of others. This is not a hobby. This is our lifestyle as Christians.
We mature in Christ through prayer, study, giving, fellowship and worship. Those five exercises bring us into spiritual growth and help us to know the joy of the Lord. These are daily habits that become a regular part of our lives when we practice them faithfully.
for God's Purposes in Our Life
The word "enthusiasm" is from the Greek 'en' (in) and 'theos' (God). Our passion and purpose stem from our relationship with God. We are positive, hopeful, energetic people because we know God is with us. God empowers us with the spirit to serve God and others with all of our hearts. And we are glad to do so!
in the Love and Grace of God: Romans 3:31-24
We are a people who are shaped and formed by God's amazing grace. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son..." (John 3:16). "For by grace you have been saved, through faith. This is not your own doing, it is the gift of God..." (Ephesians 2:8-10). "We love because God first loved us." (I John 4:19). Everything we are, do and say is based on God's unconditional love and favor for us. Thanks be to God!