Announcements: October 8, 2017

Today at St Luke’s

Pathways to Peace: Please welcome our diocesan youth this morning.  They are here this weekend as part of Miqra, the annual fall youth event for grades 6- 12.

About Today’s Music:   Once again we welcome organist, Mark Thallander, for his annual visit to the Cathedral.  Many of you will know that over fourteen years ago, Mark was involved in an automobile accident which claimed his left arm.  During the time following his accident, the Saint Luke’s family reached out to Mark in various ways and since then, he has been a close friend and a valued musical colleague.  Through his frequent speaking and playing engagements, Mark has become an inspiration to people in various places around the country.  For many, especially those facing their own challenges, he is such a positive role model. To begin our worship I will join Mark in Charles Callahan’s Festival Voluntary for Organ Duet, based on five familiar hymns of praise.  The service concludes with Michael Burkhardt energetic Carillon on ‘Praise to Lord, the Almighty’, the final movement of his set of variations for organ duet, based on that hymn tune.

The Explorers have largely completed Hollis’ Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.  It’s been an insightful exploration into questions of the self for all of us.  We’re now soliciting nominations for our next book study.  All are welcome.  We meet in the Chapter Room each Sunday from 8:45 ’til 9:45.

Twilight in the Chapel:  We are delighted to welcome musician Sorcha Cribben-Merrill to our twilight service tonight. Please join us at 5:15 in Emmanuel Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist.


Volunteers are needed to help with an energy-saving window insert building event that will benefit St. Luke’s. This initiative is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Portland Climate Action Team (PCAT) that meets at St. Luke’s and by the West End Neighborhood Association, of which St. Luke’s is an affiliate member. Group assembly of inserts will take place from 15 to 24 October at the nearby Maine Irish Heritage Center. In gratitude for St. Luke’s providing meeting space, the PCAT has obtained funding to have new inserts built for our upper parish hall. In turn, we have been asked to provide food for 24 volunteers on Tuesday, 17 October. Needed menu items are: vegetarian soup(s); sandwich fixings; healthy chips and/or veggie sticks (enough for 8-10 people in each case). St. Lukans are also encouraged to take a shift or two of assembly work by signing up here FMI: Liz Parsons

Moving ahead on Sunday School and Youth:  On Sunday, October 15th George Cooper, Senior Warden will lead a discussion aimed at understanding the issues affecting our Youth Spiritual Formation program and how we should proceed.  As a group we will seek to identify the goals of our Sunday Schools and youth program should be and how we should structure the program for the rest of this year and for the long term.  A Christian Education Committee will also be named and we will create a task force to go out and visit other churches, see how they are meeting the needs of their youth, and explore ways of collaboration.  Of equal importance and relevance, we will begin exploring ways we can be more welcoming to families and bring new children into our congregation and our programs.   Our youth are our future. I hope you will commit to giving this issue the attention and care it needs. All are invited to come!

The Portland Rossini Club will hold its’ October concert in the Cathedral Nave on Sunday, October 15 at 3:00pm.  Suggested donation $10/$5 seniors.  Students are admitted at no charge.  For more information, call 332-6117 or check them out at the web at

Want to do something?!  St. Luke’s Social Action Team that normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month will meet only once this month, on Oct. 17. We will gather in the upper parish hall from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. John Hennessy,  director of Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, will have many updates for us. All are welcome.

The Caregivers Support Group continues to meet every other Wed. at 10:30am.  Our next meeting is October 18 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.

“Send us out to do the work you have given us to do.” On Sunday, October 22 we will observe St. Luke’s Day, the kick-off of our Sesquicentennial Celebration, marking 150 years of worship and service at St. Luke’s Cathedral.  After the 10:00 service, there will be an opportunity for you to explore how you can use your gifts, time and talent to make St Luke’s what you want it to be.  It is also the kickoff for this year’s Stewardship Campaign, which has been authorized by the Vestry to raise additional monies to fund a part-time Canon Priest.  As we begin this exciting and challenging time, let us give thanks for our faith community and explore ways to answer the call.
The Thursday Theological Study group has begun its eighth consecutive year.  We will use this study time to understand better, and to analyze Jesus’ teaching on the Gospel, and the inauguration of the New Aeon.  Facilitating our study will be Paul Tillich’s The New Being, and Anders Nygren’s Commentary on the Romans. Dr. Robert Hanson will present papers on the several stages of the issue.  All are welcome.

Community Supper October 26th:  We’re looking forward to a fun-filled community supper on October 26th from 6:00 to 8:00.  Good food, good cheer and maybe a surprise or two!  Stay tuned for more information in the coming bulletins and on the website.

Flowers for All Saint’s Day (November 5): Special memorial bouquets in memory of loved ones are available for All Saint’s Day.   A suggested fee of $25 covers the cost of a bouquet arranged by the Flower Guild to be attached to the person’s pew in the Nave or Emmanuel Chapel with a card.  The flowers are meant to be taken home afterwards to enjoy.  Please let us know by Wednesday, November 1st.

Baptism on All Saints Day: We will be having baptisms on All Saints Day. Those interested, please see one of the clergy.

Dedication of Kneelers on All Saints Day:  Kneelers for St. Luke, St. Cuthbert’s, MacMahan Island, St. Margaret’s, Belfast and St. John, Presque Isle will be dedicated at the 10 am service on November 5.

Remembering the Faithful Departed: On All Saints Day (Nov. 5) we will pray for all those who have died since All Saints Day last year. If you have someone you would like us to remember in the service, email  by November 1.

Holiday Fair, November 11, 9am-3pm:  We have received numerous donations for the Holiday Fair and will be sorting on Sundays from now until Nov. 5th. Please help us out by joining in after Coffee Hour in the Under Croft. Many helping hands make for a lighter task! Thank you all for your continued support. The fair is in full swing and we look forward to a wonderful fundraiser!! Thanks! Dawn Brennan-Daly and Margo Hill

Prayer Shawl Knitters:  The Blessing of the Prayer Shawls will be held on Sunday, January 21 during the 10am service.  Knitters, please let me know how many prayer shawls you will have completed   Helen Smith, Chair

Upcoming Events

October 15          Portland Rossini Club Concert

October 22              St. Luke’s Day

October 26              Community Supper

October 28              Diocesan Convention

November 1           All Saint’s Day

November 4           Oratorio Chorale Presents Handel’s “Messiah”

November 5           All Saint’s Day, Kneeler Dedication, Baptism

November 11        St. Luke’s Holiday Fair

November 19        Youth Led Worship Service & Stewardship Ingathering

November 22        Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service