A 12 week shared experience on partnering with God in the world

Do you wonder sometimes whether life on this earth is meaningful at all? Whether or not your daily activities make any difference whatsoever?

Join us for a shared experience called GPS. We believe at Mt Carmel that what happens in this world and in our daily lives is hugely meaningful because God is at work there. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, since God created and loves this world! Not only is God at work in this everyday world of ours, but God invites us to join him there to make our world a more trustworthy and hopeful place. What does God call us to do and how do we participate?

Discernment is the key here, and that involves paying attention to what God is up to in this world, what our neighbor needs, and WHO WE ARE! One of the biggest keys to understanding what God is up to through us is paying attention to what our individual gifts are. In GPS, we will lead participants through the many ways we are gifted – not only for our own benefit, but for our neighbor’s as well.

Join us on Thursdays, starting on October 11 at 6:30 pm, as we explore our gifts, God’s callings, and what it means to be a co-creator with God of a more trustworthy, hopeful and God-centered world.

We ask everyone to register for the course. Please contact the church office to register.


Part I: Co-Creating a Trustworthy World With God (April 11-May 16, 6:30 pm)

April 11, 6:30 pm

God is radically present and active in a world that many feel lacks meaning. We are called to participate with God in God’s activity and purpose.

April 18, 6:30 pm

As created beings, we are gifted with a creation to care for. As a “new creation” in Christ, we are witnesses to God’s unconditional promises for us.

April 25, 6:30 pm

Each of us has been given the gift of places, people and roles to play in our lives. These are the highest of callings: to lovingly do what we’re supposed to do.

May 2, 6:30 pm

The story that makes up each of our lives is a blessing to us. God’s own story intertwines with ours, shaping our own story to be a blessing to our neighbor.

May 9, 6:30 pm

For each of us, the things we are passionate about and the values that tell us what really matters can point us to where we meet God and get to work!

May 16, 6:30 pm

All of us are endowed with life gifts that make us good at certain things. It is God’s intention to utilize our gifts for the sake of making the world a better place.

Part II: Living In the Promise of the New Creation In Christ Oct. 11-Nov. 29

In baptism, we are re-born as members of the body of Christ, called to be Christ in the world and bear our neighbors’ humanity as Christ has born ours.

As members of the body of Christ, the Holy Spirit is given to us and gifts each of us “to equip the saints” to build up the body of Christ.

My persona is a gift I bring as a participant in the new community God has established with Godself and humans, in church and world.

The unconditional promises of God justify us and disarm all forms of  brokenness. We are then free to do what we were meant to do: love our neighbor.

What new thing is God seeking to accomplish with and through me? It is time to wonder about the ways I am currently called, both present and pending.

Our callings must be tended to by gathering with others to encourage, guide, support, and, most of all, to turn us to the one who calls.

About the course

Each session will run from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.
Participants are welcome to arrive at 6 pm and have dinner catered by Marino's Deli.
Childcare will be provided.
There is no charge for the course, but we ask that you register and let us know if you will attend, eat dinner, and need childcare.
As part of his call to Mt. Carmel, Pastor John is pursuing his Master's degree at Luther Seminary. He created this course through and for his continuing education program.