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

Events and News

Next Sunday, December 11

Special Congregational Meeting
Please plan on attending the Special Congregational Meeting on December 11 during fellowship time. The purpose of the meeting is to elect two new members to council.

Deadline to update availability
On December 12, the office will publish the worship assistant schedule for January–March. Please let the office know if you will be gone Sundays during these months. You may do this by calling or emailing the office  or by signing into your Ministry Scheduler Pro profile.

Friday, December 16, 2:30p: Martin Luther Exhibit at MIA
We have approximately 8 spots still available for the Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m. docent-led tours (one led by Pastor Bill). Tickets are $12 per person. We are planning to return to church after the one hour tour to socialize over some German pretzels from Nordeast’s Aki’s Bakery and beer or cider. A free will offering will be taken with any additional funds being donated to a worthy cause. Please contact Audrey Erickson for details at 763-795-8681 or ajajeric@gmail.com. We are looking for a volunteer to drive the bus.

Tuesday, December 13, 11:30a: Group of JOY
We will celebrate the Christmas season with our Group of Joy gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A catered lunch by our own Ralph Matthes will be served with Christmas carols and perhaps a game or two to follow. Wear your holiday attire to make it even more festive! Karen will be taking names on the upcoming Sundays so be sure to sign up. There will be a $5 donation. Please note the later start time. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service
We invite you to join us for our Christmas Eve service at 3 p.m. Because Christmas day falls on a Sunday and we will have a Christmas day service, we will only have one Christmas Eve service this year.

Mt. Carmel Needs Your Help: The end of the year is approaching fast. Mt. Carmel continues to run a deficit from month to month. Your help is needed to cover invoices due in December AND defeat the deficit before the end of the fiscal year on Dec. 31, 2016. Please consider a special gift to Mt. Carmel. Here is the state of affairs as of Nov. 22:
Income thru Nov. 22: $242,246
Expenses thru Nov. 22: $264,422
Deficit: ($22,176)

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.

Feed My Starving Children M&M tubes update: Thank you for the wonderful support! Although there is no final date to return filled tubes, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. The need is great—especially following the hurricane in Haiti. Our gifts so far exceed $1150 or over 4,750 meals! We are feeding a lot of hungry kids!

Share the Warmth this Winter: Nancy Nordeen works at Roseville Area Schools Community Education. She works directly with immigrants that need winter clothing. Nancy says warm wear for adults, teens and children is needed. If you have coats, hats, scarfs, sweaters, boots, etc. that are no longer being worn please bring them to the church office or contact Nancy directly. Thanks for your help.

2017 Altar Flowers: You may now sign up for 2017 altar flowers at the bulletin board in the narthex. Bouquet prices have risen slightly and are now $25 per bouquet. Mt. Carmel thanks you for sustaining this ministry.

Annual Reports: It’s time once again to review! If you are a chairperson of a committee or head of a group, please write a one-page report summarizing your group’s work in 2016. Reports will be compiled and presented in time for our annual meeting in January. Reports are due to the office by January 15, 2017. Please submit a copy to the office in person or by email, office@mountcarmelmpls.org. Questions? Contact Isabel at 612-781-2796.

It’s time to apply for a Mt. Carmel scholarship: Each spring the Mt. Carmel Foundation awards scholarships to Mt. Carmel members who will be attending a post-high school course during the upcoming school year. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year is Monday, Feb. 28. Applications are available from Isabel in the office. If you have any questions about these scholarships, or the application process, contact Connie Wegner, scholarship chairperson, at conniewegner1@gmail.com or 612-789-5754.

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.