Upcoming Events

We welcome visitors to Mt. Carmel! If you'd like more information about any of the events posted on this page, please contact the church office.


Advent Journey

This Advent season Pastors Valerie and Dan will lead a month long devotional journey that mirrors the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. With daily devotionals and a weekly walk together we will track our miles as we endeavour to walk, run, jog, or crawl every one of the 96 miles of the journey.


In order to keep things to a manageable average of 3 miles per day, we will begin our Advent season a little early by beginning on Monday November 23. If you would like to join us please contact Pastor Valerie and we will be sure to include you in correspondence and scheduling of walks together, and send you the daily devotional readings to guide your walking. If 96 miles feels like too many we encourage you to consider teaming up with however many friends or family members it takes to make the daily average manageable. We also encourage you to follow along with the devotionals and pray for the walkers, if you do not wish to walk the miles yourself.


Support and Protect Syrian Refugees

In light of the tragic attacks in Paris, we must stand together with vulnerable Syrian refugees who seek safety and a future. Reacting out of fear, Governors of over 25 states along with Members of Congress, have proposed extreme measures that would exclude all Syrian refugees from the protection of the United States resettlement system. This is not an acceptable response to this tragedy.

Our faith calls us to stand for welcome, even in the wake of fear. "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else." 1 Thessalonians 5:15 As people of faith, we cannot turn our backs on our Syrian brothers and sisters as they flee the same violence from which we seek to protect ourselves.

The United States refugee resettlement program has a sophisticated and multi-layered approach to vetting any prospective refugee prior to entering our country. Indeed, refugees are the most highly screened population that enters the United States. The current screening process often takes years to complete and includes face-to-face interviews, database checks, and biometrics by the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Department of Defense and multiple intelligence agencies.

LIRS asks that you contact your Governor and Members of Congress TODAY and urge them to protect Syrian refugees. Your tireless commitment to protecting the world's most vulnerable does make an impact. Please consider forwarding this alert to your friends to amplify your voice!

There are two ways that you can take action:


While the United States must balance the integrity of our resettlement system with our desire to provide protection to vulnerable refugees, we must not bow to fear. As Christians, as Americans, and as global citizens we must stand for welcome. We will keep you informed as Congressional action continues to center on Syrian refugees. I remain grateful for your commitment to vulnerable populations, especially as so many are responding with fear rather than welcome and protection.
In peace,

Brittney Nystrom
Director for Advocacy
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Homeless Overflow

Homeless Overflow returns to Mt. Carmel for the month of December. As always, overnight volunteers are needed. To sign up, see Glen Priddy or John Cook after service. Signups will continue throughout November. Questions? Call John Cook.

Adult Forum in November: Luther's Catechism in Three Days!  

As part of preperation for celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 theses on the church door in Wittenburg, Adult Forum will conclude a three Sunday series on Luther's Catechism Nov 22.  It will be an oppurtunity to brush up on your knowledge of the Ten Commandments and Luther's "what does this mean?" explanations that you may even remember from your own Confirmation days.  We will focus on the Small Catechism, written for families, but also look at material from The Large Catechism, intended for pastors and adults.  John Rollefson and Bob Grosse will lead the sessions.


The Christmas Bus is Coming!

Saturday, Dec. 5, Mt. Carmel will be hosting a party for a bus full of excited children, who have just come from CMC, after spending the morning visiting their dads. This is not to be confused with the Get on the Bus Event, in May, where Mt. Carmel will actually be funding a bus from San Bernardino. For Dec. 5, we will need volunteers; to host families, help with snacks, provide large cookies to be decorated by the guests, furnish frosting, sprinkles, whatever, to decorate the cookies, generally help give “Holiday Spirit” to an amazing day.


Questions or to sign up to help; Sign-ups will happen on the patio, after each service, for the next couple Sundays. Or call Nancy Priddy.


Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study

We meet at Mt. Carmel in the LCM room (next to the office entrance) at 8:00am. A light breakfast and fellowship are provided. Please note the upcoming schedule changes:

November 21 and 28—OFF
December 5 and 12—8:00am
December 19 and 26—OFF

Please come and join the search for God’s presence in your life through the Gospel of John! Call Nancy Cook with questions


MCLC Book Club  

Book Club will meet next in January on Sunday the 10th, at 6:00 PM, in the home of Karen Petersen. We will discuss All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr New faces are always welcome! Delicious treats are provided! Please contact Karen Petersen or the church office for more info.


Annual Swedish Meatball Extravaganza

Brown Bag Lunch Group and friends....don’t miss the chance to celebrate the Holidays with Swedish meatballs on Friday December 11 at noon. Swedish meatballs and appetizers will be provided. You need to bring something that goes with meatballs, (vegetable dish, salad, potatoes, rolls, dessert, whatever), and a friend, and join us. We will eat, share Holiday plans/memories and maybe even break into a few carols. This event definitely needs an RSVP to Nancy Priddy, so there will be enough meatballs.


Lutheran Chicks

Come join us for a morning moms' group on Friday mornings from 9-11am.  Free childcare is provided in the church nursery.  The Lutheran Chicks meet to support each other and discuss current parenting successes and challenges.  Parenting can be stressful at times and it helps to take a morning off to relax, drink a cup of coffee, and talk with good friends. For more information, contact Ingrid Frokjer.


Friday Morning Bible Study

Join us off-site every Friday morning from 10:30-12:00 at Steynberg Gallery on Monterey in SLO for good coffee, conversation, and in-depth studies of God's Word. This group is self-directed and includes participants from other churches in the area. Our topics range from Women of the Bible to Paul's letters to issues of faith and spirituality. We welcome anyone who wants to come, whether it be for one morning or every Friday morning!