September 24th Announcements

Today at St. Luke’s

Sunday School: This week we will look at God’s promises.  The bible is full of them:  God’s promise to Noah, to Sarah, to Moses, to David, and God’s promise to us as believers.  All children in grades k-6 are welcome to join us at 10:00, we will rejoin the service at the Offertory.

Youth Group: We had a great discussion last week about the importance of women in the Gospels, including the fact that Mary Magdalene is mentioned 12 times by name — more than any other of Jesus’s followers.  We also looked at how the church has tried to characterize Mary, without a shred of evidence to support the claim, as a “fallen women” since the medieval period and why that might be — a fascinating, if unplanned, discussion. This week we will again start by addressing the questions:  Who is Jesus and what is, in the words of our presiding bishop, the Jesus movement?

Twilight in the Chapel:  We are delighted to welcome cellist Shannon Allen to our twilight service tonight. Please join us at 5:15 in Emmanuel Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist service.


A Celebrity Visit: On Monday afternoon shortly before his official appointment by the City Council as Portland’s next municipal organist, James Kennerley paid a visit to Saint Luke’s.  Having been told about the Cathedral and its distinguished 1928 E. M. Skinner organ, he was eager to see the building and to play the organ.  He found Emmanuel Chapel breathtakingly beautiful and declared the organ to be stunning as was his playing of it!  He and the Skinner became fast friends.

Vestry Vibe: The Vestry returned from summer break on Wednesday night, September 20th.  We welcomed a relaxed and refreshed Ben Shambaugh back from his sabbatical and shared cupcakes in honor of his birthday.  Then the Vestry got down to business.  We discussed the fall stewardship campaign with Dan Macdonald, who is heading up this year’s campaign.  Following that discussion, the Vestry resolved to increase the stewardship goal for 2018 by $50,000 to cover the cost of a part-time priest in the role of Cannon Pastor.  The Vestry also expressed much enthusiasm for reviving the Thursday Night Community Suppers which will begin October 5th.

Celebration of Albert Melton’s 20th Anniversary:  Please join us as we celebrate Albert’s 20th anniversary as our Cathedral Musician on Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 pm.  In honor of Albert’s service to the Cathedral, we commissioned the composer Alfred Fedak composed a new setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis  (evening canticles).  We will hear this beautiful composition at this special Choral Evensong service next Sunday followed by a celebration in the upper parish hall.  Thank you for all of your generous contributions to mark this special occasion.

The Caregivers Support Group continues to meet every other Wed. at 10:30am.  Our next meeting is October 4 in the Oratory, off the lower hall.  You can enter by the back door, off the parking lot.  We welcome anyone who is caring or has cared for someone with an incapacitating illness, including spouses, children or friends who want to share difficulties and are looking for solutions.  The group is led by Mary Leigh Hanson and Ralph Cordes.  Please join us for one session or come on a regular basis.

Save the Date!  Please join us for supper on October 5th! The Vestry is pleased to announce that we are bringing back the Thursday Night Community Suppers!  They will take place on the first Thursday of every month, beginning October 5th, and run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The meals will be catered with some monthly embellishments and be paid for by a small suggested donation.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Pathways to Peace (a.k.a. Miqra) – the fall youth event for grades 6-12 – October 7 -9: Join kids and teens from all over our diocese at St. Luke’s over the weekend of October 7-9 to explore Pathways to Peace. We’ll use games, activities, and discussions to explore together how our differences can help to bring peace, joy, and justice to the world around us.

We will discover stories of people in the bible, the international communities in Portland and our own stories. Bishop Steve will share how we are part of God’s dream for the world, and we’ll worship with the Sudanese community at Trinity Church in Portland. Leaders include Kim Wallace, Fred Fowler, the Rev. Sara D’Angio White and Jane Hartwell.

There will be laughter, music, games, swimming, great food and new friends. We hope you join us!  Register at

Holiday Fair:  In conjunction with the State Street Stroll, the fair will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 9 am – 3 pm.  We are currently asking for donations for our “MAN CAVE”.  Items needed: 1. Hand tools that are in usable condition (even those that could be considered antiques). 2. Portable electrical tools (drills, saber saws, jig saws, etc.) either corded or cordless.  If corded, please be sure that cords are safe for use.  If battery operated with rechargeable battery, please include the charger. 3. Miscellaneous items like jars of nails, screws, nuts, and bolts. 4. Small storage racks to hold above items drew a lot of interest in previous years. Electronic items will sell if they come in with proper cords and in good working order. We’re accepting donations until November 1st. Please leave your clearly labeled items in the lower foyer or bring them to Sunday Coffee Hour. Contact Bob Parshley at 899-6763 with any questions.

Scheduling Meetings & Events at the Cathedral: We are busier than ever and ask that you please remember to schedule all meetings and events through the parish office.  This is easily done via our website – visit, find “visit us” on the pull-down menu and you can access both the space and communication request forms.  They are designed to be user-friendly – just complete the form(s) online, hit submit and you’re good to go!  Submitting requests this way (as opposed to stopping by the office, calling or emailing) ensures that both Lynne in the parish office and Joan Carney, our Communication Director, receive identical and clear messages from you! Thank you!

Upcoming Events                                                                                                September 27-Taizé Services Resume in Emmanuel Chapel

October 1 – Choral Evensong Celebration of Albert Melton

October 5-   St. Luke’s Thursday Night Supper

October 7 – 9       Miqra Fall Youth Event

October 8            Blessing of the Animals

October 15          Portland Rossini Club Concert

October 22          St. Luke’s Day

October 28         Diocesan Convention

October 29         Trunk or Treat & Halloween Festivities

November 1         All Saint’s Day

November 4        Oratorio Chorale Presents Handel’s “Messiah”

November 5        Choral Evensong

November 11        St. Luke’s Holiday Fair

November 19       Youth Led Worship Service & Stewardship Ingathering

November 22        Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service