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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.


December Services

Sunday, December 11

Combined 10:00am Service: Children’s Christmas Program!
Please join us after the service for Ingrid Frokjer’s Appreciation Celebration

Christmas Eve

5:00pm Family Service
7:30pm Traditional Service
11:00pm Vespers Service

Christmas Day

Combined 10:00am Service

New Year's Day

Combined 10:00am Service


Homeless OverflowHomeless Overflow

Signups for hosting the Homeless Overflow in December are going very well. A big thanks to the Cal Poly students, and to Mt. Carmel family and friends, who have volunteered. We still have a few openings, so if you are still thinking about it, we can use your help. Hosts will stay at the church from 6:45pm until approximately 7am the next morning. For details, please call Glen Priddy or John Cook. Sign-ups will take place on Sundays on the patio after church.


Interfaith MeetingOpening the Doors of Interfaith Understanding

Join us in the on-going movement to promote interfaith understanding with our local congregations. We will meet at the Presbyterian Church at 981 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. This gathering will have only two presentations: Dr. Hisham Assal will lead a discussion of Islam: Between Message and History by Abdelmadjid Charfi, Abdou Filali- Ansary and Sikeena Karmali Ahmed (eds); David Bond (trans). It is not necessary to have read the volume to benefit from the conversation. I will present a brief analysis of the way the Christian holiday, Christmas, is celebrated in America entitled "Bah Humbug! Scrooge Had It Right." As usual, we'll conclude with refreshments and fellowship. -Bud Beecher



Get on the Bus

Get on the BusThe Holiday Bus is Coming! Saturday, Dec. 3, Mt. Carmel will be hosting a bus full of happy, excited children and their chaperones, returning from a visit to their dads at CMC. We will be offering them a chance to relax and play before taking the return trip home, a visit with Santa, complete with gifts, and an opportunity to decorate their own Christmas cookies. This will take many volunteers (hosting families during the event, providing cookies to be decorated, help in the kitchen, help with set up/clean up). Please help make this a truly amazing afternoon for these children. Contact Nancy Priddy.


Brown Bag Lunch

Homeless OverflowDon’t miss our Brown Bag December gathering on Friday, Dec. 9, at noon. This will be our annual Swedish Meatball Extravaganza. Authentic Swedish meatballs will be provided. Please plan on bringing something that goes with Swedish meatballs; salad, vegetable, rolls, dessert, etc. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend with a friend. Questions? Ask Nancy Priddy.


Holiday Concerts Hosted by Mt. Carmel

Pacific Horizon


Book Group

For December, the Book Group is reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2013), by Rachel Joyce. Copies of the book, one of the Arroyo Grande Library’s Books in Box, are still available in the church office mail room if you would like to read it with us. Note: We will meet on December 4th, at 6:00 pm at a new location. Please join us and if you have any questions, please contact Sheryl Huffaker.


Adult Forum Series

Join Pastor Valerie in her series entitled “What Are We Waiting For” based on the Old and New Testament lessons for Advent. *Adult Forum will only meet December 4th & 18th*

2017 Winter Retreats

Youth Winter Retreats

It’s almost winter retreat season at El Camino Pines!  Lutheran Retreat, Camps and Conferences is offering retreats for all ages and families this winter with the theme of “Quality over Quantity” based on Mark 12.  For all youth winter retreats, the group will leave Mt. Carmel on a Friday afternoon to head to El Camino Pines and return Sunday afternoon.  The cost is $175 per youth or child.  RSVP and registration cost is due by January 10.  More information will be sent to families in December.


Mt. Carmel kids are invited to register through Monica Holman for their age group retreats:
Elementary (grades 3-5): January 27-29
Middle School (grades 6-8): February 24-26
High School (grades 9-12): February 3-5


Questions?  Visit LRCC's winter retreats website or ask Monica at


Family WinterFest – January 14-16, 2017

Get away for the weekend with a family trip to El Camino Pines Family Winterfest! Come with your whole family, or come alone to hang out with other Mt. Carmel families and meet some new friends! Children will have their own activities led by the El Camino Pines staff. Enjoy a weekend of family, fun and fellowship!

The retreat begins Saturday January 14, 2016 with registration at 2pm. The retreat ends on Monday, January 16, after worship and an early lunch.  Registration is done online and is now open!  Go to LRCC's Family Winterfest website to register your family.  If you have any questions, please email Monica at


People's Kitchen

Mt. Carmel volunteers provide a hot meal for People's Kitchen on the first Friday of each month. If you would like to provide a hot dish, salad, milk or canned fruit with 12 hearty servings three times in the next year (and you're not already a volunteer) please contact Laura Krueger.

Calling All Volunteers!

We are looking for new faces to help serve on Sunday mornings.  The opportunites are endless, and you can custom order your job :)  If you love your morning cup of joe, consider brewing the hot goodness for others before one of the services.  If you are tech-savvy, we need help with power point projections for both services. If you love serving others in receiving the Lord's Supper, sign up as a Communion Assistant.  And if you have a great smile and give warm hugs or handshakes, you would make a stellar Greeter!  Please call the church office if you would like to contribute in any way.


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!