Sunday School: This week we are kicking off Sunday school by learning about angels. Even though angels appear throughout the Old and New Testament, we hardly ever talk about them. What is the job of an angel? How do they speak to us? From Michael the Archangel to the Revelation to John, angels come in many forms, so children in grades K-5 are invited to join us to learn more about angels. We start to gather at 9:45 in the resource room downstairs and will rejoin the service after the peace. For more information about our Sunday school program, please contact our lead teacher, Becky Tatro.
Haiti Maine Partnership Meeting will meet today at 11:40 am (the second Sunday of every month) in the Chapter Room. Anyone interested in our work in Duny, Haiti is welcome to attend. This Sunday we will discuss needs around the beginning of the school year in Duny, scholarships and hopefully any updates from Duny after the storm.
Twilight in the Chapel: Our musical guest at the 5:15 service today is Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, a singer-songwriter hailing from Portland, Maine. Sorcha’s work often connects music and healing and creative learning. She regularly performs for assisted living audiences with a focus on memory care and works with young moms to write lullabies for their babies as part of the ‘Lullaby Project’ (a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program). She co-created a music and literacy program for the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and is currently a teaching artist with 317 Main Community Music Center’s ‘Little Roots’ early music education program.
Update from Haiti: We want to thank you for the continued and generous support of our parish partners and to report that we met our teacher salary goal! This May through generous support of Maine Walks for Haiti we raised $2,300 to pay the yearly salary of two kindergarten teachers and a cook at St. Simon/St. Jude School. Teacher salaries in Duny are currently funded through Haiti Education Foundation (HEF) but this only provides for 9 of the 11 teachers needed at the school. Our committee recommended that the two additional kindergarten positions as well as one cook position for the school lunch program be funded through our partnership. Thanks to the generous support of our friends of Duny we met that goal! As always the people of Duny are grateful and thank God for the blessings they receive from our parish.
Did you know that if you fill a plastic water bottle ¼ of the way full with oil that equals the amount of oil required to make the typical bottle of water? The numbers are staggering— adding up the plastic used, the energy required to collect and clean the water, and the fuel it takes to ship the bottles to stores, equates to millions of barrels of oil each year (Sierra Club). Kick the bottled water habit by installing a water filter on your faucet and purchasing a reusable water bottle. Aim for a water bottle that does not leach chemicals, by looking for ‘BPA Free’ labels, or by choosing stainless steel. (Tip provided by www.greenfaith.org). St Luke’s has reduced our water waste in the church building by installing low-flow toilets in our main washrooms. The savings amounts to about 55,000 gallons per year.
Responding to Hurricane Harvey: Episcopal Relief and Development invites you to join us in prayer and support for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are working with dioceses in the hurricane’s path to best support responses and address needs as more information becomes available. Local churches and partners are assessing damage, confirming the safety of members and others in their communities and using available facilities and resources to respond to immediate concerns. Your contribution to Hurricane Harvey Response Fund helps Episcopal Relief and Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance. You can contribute online at episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response.
September 10: Sunday School/Youth Programs begin
The Cathedral Choir returns
September 12: Start of Kneeler Guild and Prayer Shawl Ministry
We meet in the Nursery off the upper parish hall on Tuesdays from 10-12 and 6-8 pm. The Kneeler Guild is planning a dedication in late Fall with an October 15 deadline for a completed kneeler. The meetings are open to all who enjoy fellowship and hand work. For more information, contact Jeri Edgar or Nancy Mawhinney.
September 17: Welcome Home Dean Shambaugh!
October 1: Choral Evensong Celebration of Albert Melton
November 11: In conjunction with the State Street Stroll, the St. Lukes Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, November 11. We continue to welcome items for the fair – you may drop your donations off in the back foyer – please place them to the far right and clearly mark them for the fair. This month we are asking for donations to the craft table. We plan to have large item pick-up each Saturday in October and can even come to your home to pick up items if needed. More information to follow.