We are a vibrant ELCA congregation in Northeast Minneapolis committed to our mission: Live, Learn and Share God's Word. We welcome you not only to join us in our Sunday morning service but also to join us throughout the week in our services and ministries that help build up God's kingdom here on earth.

Join us on Sundays:

9:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

10:30 a.m. Fellowship

10:45 a.m. Sunday school & youth group

11:00 a.m. Adult education

12:00 p.m. Casa de Oracion


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Events and News

Sunday, February 19, 11a: Intergenerational Event

Mt. Carmel is making sandwiches for the organization Love One Another. Allen Law distributes the donated sandwiches to the metro area homeless. Fellowship time as usual after the service. No Sunday School or Adult Forum so all can join in on the fun. Last time we made 300 sandwiches. This time around we will make 450 sandwiches thanks to the Thrivent Action Team grant of $250. Wear your “live generously” or God’s Work Our Hands t-shirts! Note: Children may be invited to go upstairs for music class from 10:45-11:00 if time allows. We'll play it by ear.

Sunday, February 19: 3rd Sunday Offering

This month’s 3rd Sunday Offering features The Sheridan Story. Amy Riesenberg will share with us how Mt. Carmel helps hungry children at Waite Park Elementary. Please consider giving to this community outreach.

Tuesday, February 21: Group of JOY

Our first meeting of 2017 will take place on Tuesday, February 21 at 11:00 in Fellowship Hall. Our format will stay pretty much the same with a devotion, light lunch, and some type of program, entertainment, trivia, bingo. . . you name it we might have it! You do need to sign up ahead of time so please let Karen Moeller know if you plan to attend. You can do this any Sunday prior to the 21st or call her at 612-789-8524. Thanks to everyone who made our first year so successful. See you on February 21 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2–4p: Bowling

Come enjoy two free hours of bowling at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park. Allison and Matti Gurney have reserved 6 lanes and shoe rentals for 40 people and invite all for an afternoon of fun. Parents with little ones, please email Matti at matti.gurney@gmail.com to let him know if you need childcare. Again, this is a free event for the first 40 people.  If you want to pay for something, you can make a donation to the Mt. Carmel Youth Group through the office. Contact Matti if interested.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 5p: Community Meal

Gustavus Adolphus hosts a community meal the 4th Saturday of the month. All are welcome! In February, GA is planning a Talent Show after the meal. Mt. Carmel has volunteered to help GA volunteers setup, serve, and cleanup after the meal: setup at 5:00 p.m., greet guests at 6:00 p.m., cleanup around 6:30 p.m. and Talent Show at 7:00 p.m. Looking for around 3–5 Mt. Carmel volunteers. The volunteer signup list is on the bulletin board by the office. Questions? Ask Lynette Dubbels at 612-788-7785.

Sunday, February 26: Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast

Mark your calendars! Come down to the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 to 12:30 to enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our Scouts. Let’s show them our support!

Sunday school teachers needed: Do you feel called to children’s ministry? We need YOU for Sunday School! Prayerfully consider joining this special ministry as a Sunday School teacher. Contact Jenni Lathrop for more information.

Winter Clothing Drive: The drive for winter coats, boots, and gloves in good condition will continue throughout the winter. Please contact Nancy Nordeen or the office at 612-781-2796 if you have items to donate.

Time is running out to apply for a Foundation scholarship! Are you planning on attending a post-secondary school next year? Are you a Mt. Carmel member? If so, don’t miss the deadline to apply for a Mt. Carmel Foundation scholarship to help you with those expenses. You need to apply for a scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year by Tuesday, Feb. 28. Applications are available from the office. If you have any questions about these scholarships, or the application process, contact Karen Moeller, scholarship chairperson, at klmoeller10@centurylink.net or 612-789-8524.

2017 Lent: God is loose in your house! a Lenten series on reclaiming home and family as sacred ground: Join us—all Mt Carmel people and your friends and neighbors—on Wednesday evenings during Lent for a learning and worship time where we will focus on the importance of family life in our faith journey and how faith can be nurtured and celebrated there. We will have interactive, intergenerational teaching time with Pastor John and guest presenters that will be aimed at families of all sizes, ages and stages. We will give you tools for your faith life at home. These events will take place entirely in Fellowship Hall according to the following schedule each Wednesday evening during Lent:

5:45–6:30  Supper

6:30–7:15 Presentation/Informal worship

Here is the full schedule for Lent:

March 1: Ash Wednesday service in sanctuary at 7 p.m.
March 8: Part I: Why Family Life is more Holy Than Church Life; Presenter: Pastor John
March 15: Part II: How Your Story, Your Family’s Story and God’s Story Intersect;
Guest presenter: Dr. Roland Martinson, Professor emeritus, Luther Seminary
March 22: Part III: Doing Mission Together as a Family; Guest presenter: Pete Erickson
March 29: Part IV: Faith Practices at Home; Guest Presenter: Pastor Tim Coltvet
April 5: Part V: How Faith can make our Family Less Cluttered, not More
Presenter: Pastor John


Adult Forum in March

March 5: Dr. Karoline Lewis, The Wonder of Relationship.  Getting the wonder of the Bible back means taking seriously your relationship with the Bible. What do you like and not like?  How is it authoritative for you?  These are the questions we will ask in this session. This is session 2 of 4 sessions.

March 12: The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence will present “Gun Violence and What We Can Do About It.” Pastor Bence is an ELCA pastor who felt called to leave parish ministry and join the gun reform movement. She now serves in a specialized call as Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota, and as spokesperson for their Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety. The Interfaith Alliance for Gun Safety engages people of faith from all religious traditions in the effort to reduce gun deaths and injuries through education, organization and advocacy. You can find out more about their work at www.protectmn.org.

March 19: No Adult Forum

March 26: “Options and Resources to Support Aging in Place”.  The speaker will be a professional from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA).  Learn why planning for a variety of services for older adults is important.  The presentation includes discussing the costs of these services and sharing tools and resources available to assist older adults who prefer to stay in their homes.  This is the second of a two-part series presented by the MAAA.

Upcoming Karoline Lewis four-part series

Dr. Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor at Luther Seminary and an ordained pastor, will present four Adult Forums over the next four months, February-May.  Dr. Lewis is Mount Carmel’s most popular featured speaker who presents in a very animated style.  In 2017, she will be present on “Wonder of the Bible”.

March 5—The Wonder of Relationship. Getting the wonder of the Bible back means taking seriously your relationship with the Bible. What do you like and not like? How is it authoritative for you? These are the questions we will ask in this session.

April 2—How Do We Get the Wonder Back? Getting the wonder of the Bible back means appreciating how we have a Bible in the first place. We will review how the Bible came to be and think together about how this makes a difference for how we approach the Bible.

May 7Reading the Bible. Getting the wonder of the Bible back might mean changing your mind about how you choose to read the Bible. In this session, we will explore different ways of reading the Bible that might lead to new discoveries.

Join us on Sunday mornings after the social hour for these inspiring presentations.


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Men's Bible Study each Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. Good conversation and hot coffee too!


Need a ride to church?  Please call temporary minibus coordinator, Doug Jones, at 763-432-3223, each week by Saturday.


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