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Brown Bag Lunch
Friday, Jan. 13, our guest speaker will be Col. Nicole Balliet, commander at Camp Roberts. She will be presenting information on her two tours of duty in Iraqi. Col. Balliet has a very impressive experience in the Military, beginning in 1988 and continuing. She has multiple awards, including; the Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism, to name a few. Bring a friend, your brown bag and your questions, and hear about all Col. Balliet’s, history and possible views on the future. Questions? Ask Nancy Priddy.
The Book Group will not be meeting in January. Nevertheless, we are continuing the theme of walking and are reading Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain (2016). It is full of humor and a great way to start the New Year. We will meet on February 12th at 6:00 pm. Please join us, and if you have any Please join us and if you have any questions, please contact Sheryl Huffaker.
Adult Forum Series
Beginning Sunday, January 8th and continuing through January 28th, the topic for the 10 AM Adult Forum will be a discussion of preaching in the Lutheran tradition. I’m tempted to entitle it “The Sacrament of the Ear” in this year of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, so strongly did Luther value the place of the preaching of the Word in the life of faith, even as he in turn spoke of Holy Communion as the “visible” Word.
John Rollefson will be leading the first three Sundays, using his new book entitled Postils for Preaching, beginning with some general comments about preaching in the Lutheran tradition while using some of my essays which focus on the texts for each Sunday that illustrate various dimensions of the task of preaching from the lectionary. We’ll consider not only particular texts throughout the seasons of the church year but will also discuss the challenges preachers face in addressing the assigned Word to the particular “contexts” in which they are called to preach including, e.g. the makeup of the congregation, the political and social climate of the day, as well as the season of the church year. We’ll have opportunity to discuss particularly memorable sermons we recall, what kind of preaching “preaches” to us best, and what we feel doesn’t work for us.
On January 29th we’ll have the opportunity to welcome Dr. Jon Ericson, former Mt. Carmelite who was a long-time professor at Cal Poly where he also served as Dean of the Liberal Arts College. Jon has recently published a book entitled The Rhetoric of the Pulpit: A Preacher’s Guide to Effective Sermons in which he brings his expertise as a rhetorician as well as his long experience as a pew-sitting layperson to bear on the task of preaching. Jon will bring along some of his books and will be happy to sign them following the class.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!