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
Upcoming and Ongoing Events
THIS Saturday, October 1, 12-3p: Mt. Carmel’s Birthday Party
We’re celebrating 90 amazing years of Mt. Carmel and its wonderful people with a birthday party! We want to celebrate you! Come enjoy games, food, music and fun and get to know the neighbors. If you’re interested in volunteering the day of the party to help with setup, cleanup, food prep and serving, or a game, then please contact the office at 612-781-2796.
Tuesday, October 18, 11a: Group of JOY
It’s time once again for our Group of JOY (Just Older Youth) gathering. Everyone 55 and older is invited to join us on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will begin with a devotion followed by lunch and a program (yet to be determined)! It may be based on autumn, Halloween, our 90th anniversary or all of the above! Cost will be $5 collected the day of the event. Karen will be taking names on the Sundays prior to Oct. 18. If you have any questions please give Karen a call at 612-789-8524. We have had excellent attendance so let’s keep it up! See you on the 18!
Saturday, October 22, 4p: Benson Family Singers
The Mt. Carmel Foundation invites you and your family and friends to a concert featuring the Benson Family Singers, a family music group from Faribault, Minnesota. Peter and Rachelle, along with three of their sons, David, Aaron, and Luke, have a unique ministry of barbershop, bluegrass, and gospel music. They specialize in tight, a cappella harmonies and play a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, bass, violin, and mandolin. We look forward to seeing you for this family-oriented event.
Sunday, October 30, 12:30p: 90th Anniversary Luncheon at Jax Café (ticket details)
The fall events in celebration and recognition of our 90th year will conclude on Oct 30, Reformation Sunday. We will start with a celebratory worship service followed by refreshments in Fellowship Hall and a special intergenerational forum. Following will be a 12:30 luncheon and program celebrating our history at Jax Cafe. We are honored that Pastor Rod Anderson will be our keynote speaker. Pastor Rod served his first call at Mt. Carmel as Associate Pastor from 1974-1977, before he began a new mission congregation, St. Andrew in Eden Prairie. After 40 years as an ordained minister, Pastor Rod is now serving as Gustavus Association of Congregations Ambassador Program Coordinator. He and his wife, Julane, are very excited to join us for our anniversary celebration.
Tickets will be sold at church on Sunday, October 2nd through Sunday October 23rd. Ticket price is $25.00 per person, which includes a luncheon of chicken entrée, Jax’s famous salad, and dessert, served tableside (a vegetarian option will be available). When purchasing tickets, please advise if you will need transportation or need the elevator at the restaurant. Contacts: Diane Davis Langer at email@example.com or 612-718-4229; Audrey Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-795-8681. Please make checks payable to Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church.
Sunday School Update
We welcome families with children age 2 through fifth grade to the ‘16-’17 school year! We are using a new curriculum called Living the Word from Spirit and Truth Publishing. It is a web-based narrative lectionary lesson that follows Sunday's worship texts. After the lessons, parents can take home provided materials to continue exploring the week’s themes. Besides using a new curriculum, we will also intersperse service projects into the schedule.
Sunday School begins in the upstairs classrooms at 10:45 a.m. and runs an hour. The sessions begin with an interactive music experience led by Megan Crosby, Mt. Carmel Music Director. Parents, please escort your children to the upstairs classrooms after the church service and pick them up after Sunday School.
We still need several substitute teacher assistants to provide support when one or more teacher is away. We strive to have two teachers per class. Please consider volunteering to be a substitute teacher assistant. Contact any of the teachers listed above if interested and/or have questions. We’re also still looking for an administrative assistance. Please contact Jenni Lathrop at Jennifer.email@example.com or 612-205-6007 for more information.
Together, teachers and parents will assist our children to Learn, Live, and Share God's Word.
Adult Education for fall 2016
We are Here Now: Revisiting Mt Carmel’s Mission and Strategic Priorities
Join Pastor John this fall at Sunday morning adult education in updating and exploring Mt Carmel’s mission and strategic priorities. Churches must be very clear about mission and direction in 2016. The world has changed, and the church always has the task of translating the Word of God and the gospel message to a world in need! Since mission and vision is always ongoing work by the congregation, we will explore together where we are and what that means for us as far as worship, committees, programs, outreach, etc. During the first three weeks we will cover:
Oct. 2 “Live God’s Word” Pastor John believes this is God’s call to equip our community. To keep asking the questions: how is God working through my life and our life together? What is God calling me to do and be? God’s Word calls, shapes, and partners us with the Living God. Does this seem right to you?
Oct. 9 Visioning "Live God's Word"
Oct. 16 “Share God’s Word” Pastor John believes this is God’s call to extend our community. To make a habit of opening ourselves to our neighbors to let God love them through us. God’s Word is a word that extends beyond us, binds us to new people and is loose in the world! Does this seem right to you?
Administrative assistance needed: The Christian Education Committee is in need of an administrative volunteer. This is not a teaching position, so you won’t be working directly with the children of Mt. Carmel. It does, however, require access to a computer. This position shouldn’t take more than a couple hours every month, though it will require a little more work during our “busy” seasons of Christmas and the beginning and end of the school year. We need help with: Sunday school registration, creating and communicating the schedule to teachers and parents, updating the Tidings with Christian Education information, coordinating music with Megan, coordinating Sunday morning staffing, covering teacher absences with substitutes or combining classes, working directly with the chair of the Christian Education Committee on any other programming needs. Please prayerfully consider helping out. If you’re interested, please contact Jenni Lathrop at 612-205-6007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's Bible Study each Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. Good conversation and hot coffee too!
Need a ride to church on Sunday? The Mt. Carmel mini-bus can pick you up! To coordiante a pickup for 9:30 a.m. Worship, please call mini-bus coordinator Trish @ 763-706-0408 each week by Saturday.
For programs and other opportunities, see the Tidings newsletter.