Announcements April 2, 2017

Welcome!  There are greeters at the door who are available to answer any questions you might have about the Cathedral.

Please join us in the upper parish hall after the service for coffee hour.

New to St. Luke’s?  Curious to learn more about the Episcopal Church?  Interested in getting confirmed? Join us for a Inquirer’s group on Sunday mornings from 9-9:45 in the downstairs resource room.  All are welcome!  This class will culminate with confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church or renewal of baptismal vows on May 7.

The Explorers are reading the last four (4) sections of the Road to Joy by Bishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama.  These two men come from opposing faith positions, and yet they have points of meeting, and, sometimes, even agreement. Their thoughts, clarifications and courage will enrich our lives into the future. We meet Sundays from 8:45 to 9:45 am, in the Chapter Room.

Heart of the Matter explores religious belief through the work of Joseph Campbell each week.   It’s a great place for those seeking new ways of understanding their relationship with their faith. Join us in Classroom 8 on Sundays from 8:45-9:45am.

Social justice is the theme of this year’s Lenten series.  Today’s topic is Invisible Maine. Bob Greene, an 8th generation Mainer, AP reporter, and Trustee of the Maine Historical Society, teaches black history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Harriet Price (H.H. Price), co-author of Maine’s Visible Black History, worked on Maine’s Underground Railroad history and for two US Commissions on Civil Rights. We meet at 11:30 am  in the upper parish hall.

Youth Meeting After Church Today:  High school and middle school youth are invited to meet in the youth room with Anna Christie at 11:30 to discuss a youth ministry at St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s Cathedral Invites You to Choral Evensong: Please join us for Choral Evensong this afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Cathedral.   Under the direction of Cathedral Musician, Albert Melton, and accompanied by organist, Randall Mullin, the Cathedral Choir will sing choral music by composers,  Richard Ayleward, Leslie Betteridge and Franz Xaver Witt.  Sunday’s Evensong marks the fifth and final Sunday in Lent.

Oboist to play at 5:15 Service Today: Kathleen McNerney is on the music faculty at both Bates and Bowdoin College.  She also teaches at the Portland Conservatory of Music and is co-artistic director for the chamber music ensemble VentiCordi.   A small reception will follow the service.  Dean Shambaugh will be the celebrant.

The Lukuleles – Monday, April 3: We’ll gather in the upper parish hall at 7:00 pm on Monday to strum ukuleles, sing joyously, and have lots of fun.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about this happy instrument, please come visit   this welcoming and supportive group of  uke enthusiasts. For information, contact Lee Urban at thelukuleles@gmail.com.

Weekday Services: Our Taizé service, composed of candlelight, icons, short readings, intervals of silence and contemplative chants is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30pm in Emmanuel Chapel.  The Tuesday Bible Study and brown bag lunch continues each week after the 12:10 service.

The Thursday pm theological study group is reading Bertrand Russell’s and Richard Tarness’s contributions to better understand the conditions in the Levant for the spreading of the new Gospel.  Might St. Paul have read Plato?  Did Jesus ever meet or talk with Philo of Alexandria?  Could Jesus have known Hillel or Gamaliel?  With Jesus’ knowledge of Greek might he have read Heraclitus or Pythagoras?  Join us in our research on what the historical Jesus might have known prior to beginning his last ministry in Jerusalem.  We meet in the Chapter Room from 7 ’til 9 pm.

Easter Offerings for Flowers, Music & Advertising:  Easter Memorials or Thanksgivings are due in the parish office by Monday, April 10. Envelopes are in the pews or at the entrances.

Easter Brunch:  We will be hosting our annual Easter Brunch for our Choir between the 9am and 11am services. The Choir has about 20 minutes between services so it is a quick brunch to hold them over and show our appreciation for all they do.   Are you available to help?   We need brunch items and helpers with serving and clean-up. Please contact Margo Hill @ 553-0330.

St. Mary Schola will perform at St. Luke’s on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20, students free and can be purchased at stmaryschola.org or at the door.

Wondering what the blue boxes scattered throughout the church are? They are UTO boxes which is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to recognize and name our many blessings daily. The offerings go to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion world-wide. St. Luke’s was a recipient of one of their grants to help us build the school in Haiti. The UTO ingathering will be held on Sunday, April 23.

Spring Training, Saturday April 29  from 9-3:15pm:  Join Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing and growth.  Whether you are a church leader, a clergy person, or someone interested in spiritual growth or outreach, we’ll have something that interests you. For more information or to register, visit www.episcopalmaine.org.

We welcome Joan Carney as St. Luke’s new communications director: From her website, Joan Carney has been working with business owners and non-profits for more than a decade, crafting results-focused websites to support their business growth and exposure. She is the founder and creative director of FreshView Studios,  http://freshviewstudios.com/about/ . As a website designer and business coach, Joan loves to help turn small business owners’ visions into an effective and successful online presence. She helps business owners, entrepreneurs and organizations not only represent themselves online but does it in a way that can turn their online presence into more clients and more profits. In addition to designing websites, Joan uses her design and business management experience & skills, from a previous corporate life to coach small business owners on focusing and strengthening their brand messaging, developing systems and processes that support their business vision and goals in delivering five-star experiences to their clients. In the Episcopal world, Joan has developed the websites for St. Paul’s Church and does  the communications work for The Gathering Place in Brunswick.  Joan’s initial focus will be finishing our new website as well as helping with internal communications. She will soon have a St. Luke’s email. In the meantime, she may be contacted through the cathedral office.  We encourage everyone to continue to use communications request forms, available in the office and on the web.

150th Anniversary Committee: Interested in helping with plans to celebrate St. Luke’s 150th year? See George Cooper.

Would you like to write an E-pistle cover letter?  While the dean is gone on Sabbatical, the e-pistle cover letters will be written by staff and volunteers. This is a great way to highlight a program or ministry or share a theological reflection. Submissions should under 400 words and sent to Lynne England (office@cathedralofstluke.org). Items will be chosen by cathedral staff at the Thursday morning staff meeting.

We don’t know unless you tell us! If you’re in the hospital, would like a visit, have changed addresses or emails, or otherwise would like the cathedral to be in touch, please let us know. The hospital doesn’t tell us you are there, so we depend on you!

 

Sabbatical update:  Many have been asking about my sabbatical plans.  I will be away from St. Luke’s from April 17 (the day after Easter) to September 16 (the day before our fall startup.) This follows the diocesan norm of four months of sabbatical every five years, extended to five months by adding this summer’s vacation.

For the sabbatical period, the Rev. Canon Sam Henderson will serve as priest in church, providing pastoral care, leading worship on Sundays, covering for weddings and funerals, and overseeing staff and daily operations. The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, the Rev. Richard Rasner and other staff and volunteers will continue their usual duties and all programs and activities will maintain their regular schedules.  I will not be in the office or checking church related emails or voice mails during this time.

I am aware that the preparations for the fall programs and activities will need to happen while I am away. With this in mind, the vestry will be use its April 7-8 retreat to set goals for this sabbatical period and for the year to come.   My personal plans for the sabbatical are still evolving. It will begin with time spent with Shari’s family in Oregon followed by a time on retreat. Beyond this and some time at my family’s camp in Michigan, it may include some continuing education, time on the water and in the Maine woods, and playing in a few summer band concerts along the way. I have been asked to put together a large article for the Anglican Theological Review about the role of cathedrals in cities, particularly looking at St. Elizabeth’s and St. Luke’s work with immigrants and refugees, so writing and research will be a piece of the puzzle as well.   I thank St. Luke’s for this opportunity of rest, renewal and reflection, and look forward to seeing you on my return.  – Dean Shambaugh