Announcements: October 15, 2017

Today at St. Luke’s

The Flowers on the altar today are given by Nancy Armitage to the Glory of God, in Loving Memory of Robert Armitage and in Thanksgiving for Will and Ellie’s new home.

The Explorers are starting J. Philip Newell’s Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An introduction to Celtic Spirituality. This book presents a spirituality for today, modeled on the vital characteristics of Celtic spirituality through the centuries. Here is an emphasis on the essential goodness of creation and humanity made in the image of God. This book traces the lines of Celtic spirituality from the British church in the fourth century through to the twentieth century, in the founder of the Iona Community, George Macleod. Newell finds Celtic spiritual roots in the New Testament, in the mysticism of St. John the Evangelist. This fresh angle on Celtic spirituality – linking figures in the Bible and in British Christian history – will be warmly welcomed by all who are concerned to refresh the roots of their faith.  We meet from 8:45 ’til 9:45.

Moving ahead on Sunday School and Youth:  Today, at 11:30, George Cooper, Senior Warden will continue a discussion aimed at understanding the issues affecting our Youth Spiritual Formation program and how we should proceed. Our agenda will include establishing goals for our Spiritual Formation programs,
putting together a Christian Education committee to help with ongoing events and programs, getting a task force of volunteers to visit other churches, look at best practices and consider collaboration, and beginning a conversation about how St. Luke’s can be more welcoming to families and bring new children in. Our youth are our future.  All are invited to come!

The Portland Rossini Club will hold its’ October concert in the Cathedral Nave today 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

Twilight in the Chapel:  We are delighted to welcome musician Emmett Harrity to our twilight service tonight. Please join us at 5:15 in Emmanuel Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist.  Dean Shambaugh will be the celebrant and preacher.


Volunteers 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.

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.

Using our Time and Talent “We are called – called to serve, called to love, called to strengthen our community.” As we contemplate where St. Luke’s is and where it should be going, let us boldly try out new ideas while remaining true to our traditions and beliefs.  In order to grow and flourish, we need to answer God’s call to serve.  On St. Luke’s Day, we will kick off our stewardship campaign and St. Luke’s 150th anniversary celebration by giving you will have an opportunity to reflect on how you can best use your unique gifts, skills, and passions to serve and spread God’s love in our community.

St. Luke’s Day Ministry Celebration.  After the 10:00 service on October 22, you are invited to join in conversation about and celebration of our major areas of ministry: Worship, Parish Life, Education, and Outreach.  Facilitators will lead a discussion about your vision and dreams for in each area. Leaders in each these areas will be available to explain your passions and interests with opportunities to help fulfill St. Luke’s mission and help our congregation grow. We’ll invite you to take a Time and Talent pledge card, prayerfully consider it and return it at your convenience.  (The pledge card also has space for you to make your financial pledge; more materials on this to follow).

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.

Thursday night dinners resume Oct. 26th:   A community supper will be held on Oct. 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 in the lower hall.  The menu will be spaghetti and homemade sauce – with or without meatballs, fresh salad, bread, butter and desert.  Your free will offering is welcome. We’ll be gathering close to All Saints Day and will have be an All Saints Trivia Challenge with a special prize to the winner(s). Come and share in food, fellowship and fun! Bring your kids! Newcomers are encouraged to come!

Save the Date:

All Saint’s Day (November 5):

  • Remembering the Faithful Departed: We will pray for all those who have died since All Saints Day last year..
  • Memorial Flowers 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.  If you have someone you would like us to remember in the service or want to give flowers, email  by Nov. 1.  
  • Baptisms: We will be having baptisms at the 10:00 service. Those interested, please see one of the clergy.
  • Dedication of Kneelers:  Kneelers for St. Luke, St. Cuthbert’s, MacMahan Island, St. Margaret’s, Belfast and St. John, Presque Isle will be dedicated at 10am.

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