Announcements: November 5, 2017

Today at St. Luke’s

The Explorers are reading 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. Refresh the roots of your faith with us on Sundays from 8:45 ’til 9:45.

Remembering loved ones who have died: During the 10:00 service today, we will follow the ancient All Saints Day tradition of remembering the faithful departed. The names of   those who have died since All Saints Day last year will be read accompanied by the tolling of the cathedral’s bell. We recognize that many have not had internet access this week to send in names and will be providing cards during the 10:00 service so that new names may be added to the list at that time. Please join us for this important and meaningful time of memory and prayer.

Today is the last day that we can accept donations for the Holiday fair. We have received many wonderful items for the fair and will be sorting today after coffee hour. Please help us out by joining us in the Under Croft. Many helping hands make for a lighter task! Thank you all for your continued support.  The fair is Next Saturday, November 11 from 9am to 3pm – please come and bring your family and friends! Dawn Brennan-Daly &  Margo Hill

Choral Evensong Today:  Join Albert Melton and the Cathedral Choir for our Evensong service celebrating the Feast of All Saints at 4pm today in the Cathedral Nave.

Twilight in the Chapel:  We are delighted to welcome musician Shannon Allen to our twilight service tonight. Please join us at 5:15 in Emmanuel Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist.  The Rev. Suzanne Roberts will be the celebrant and preacher.  We continue to evaluate this service. If you have feedback let us know!

Today’s Stewardship Message:  In today’s gospel lesson, Jesus gives us the teachings that we know as “The Beatitudes.”  In these principles, he seems to be giving us the prescription for the ways in which we should live out our lives.  Then he adds that, in so doing, our lives will be blessed and we will become the “salt of the earth.” Two of these beatitudes seem to stand out as being relative to us as we consider stewardship at St. Luke’s.  The first is: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”  We seek righteousness which is defined as “acting in a just, upright, morally fair and just way.”  And we do this by participating in worship, education, and social action – both in our parish and in the larger community.  To grow in these endeavors we must give of our time and talent as well as offer financial support of these programs.  In turn we will become more righteous.  Secondly, the beatitude which seems to have relativity is “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Mercy is defined by Webster as “kindness of what may be expected or demanded by fairness, forbearance, and compassion.” St. Luke’s responds to this beatitude through the work of the Pastoral Care Committee, hospital visits, St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry, the soup kitchen, support to shut-in’s, the food pantry and more.  Many parishioners feel this work could be expanded as our congregation ages and the immigrant community grows. St. Luke’s work of being merciful requires our financial support, our time and our talent!    Ralph Cordes

Announcements

Calling all Bakers! Over the years, we have had so many St Luke’s parishioners bake delicious treats for the November 11 Holiday Fair.  It has been wonderful to have our table literally overflowing with an abundance of baked goods.  To keep up this delicious tradition, please take some time to whip up something tasty and bring it on over and donate it to our good cause.  Recently, many fair goers have asked about gluten-free options.  And the more cookies, the merrier!  Also popular are breads, pies and fudge.  Don’t hesitate to be creative or traditional, anything goes!  This year, we will also have a small section of homemade dog treats.  Please package your baked goods so they are ready to be sold.  Containers will be available this Sunday during Coffee Hour for you to take, fill and return.  We ask for all baked goods to be donated by 6pm on Friday, Nov. 10th.  Let’s fill the table!! Thank you!  Questions? Call Sara Schmalz at 650-2369.

Stewardship Update The Stewardship Campaign packet should be arriving in your mailbox in a few days. Our aspiration is to increase the level of giving so that we are able to hire a Canon Priest, who will be an assistant to Dean Shambaugh. This additional energy and effort will support our growth as a spiritual community. Please prayerfully consider the Stewardship materials and increase your ‘Treasure Pledge’ as you are able.  Also included in the packet is a Time and Talent pledge form. You are invited to begin or increase your participation in one or more of St. Luke’s activities that allow us to care for our immediate community as well as support all of our outreach efforts.

With deepest gratitude, the Stewardship Committee.

Nominations for vestry, diocesan delegates, Bishop discernment/search committee, Bishop transition committee:  During November nominations (via forms available from the cathedral office) will be open for members of the vestry, St. Luke’s delegates to the 2018 diocesan convention and the 2019 special convention that will elect the next bishop of Maine. Nomination applications are also open until Nov 8 (via the diocesan website) for members of the Bishop discernment/search committee and the Bishop transition committee. It would be wonderful to have St. Luke’s represented on these committees. For more information, see the diocesan website www.episcopalmaine.org.

Remember to Share! The best way people will learn about St. Luke’s, about our Fair, our worship services, or our many activities is if you tell them. If you see a St. Luke’s Facebook post, don’t just like it, share it! (Sharing allows all of your friends to see.)  Put up a poster for the fair or other event in your neighborhood store or community bulletin board. Invite a friend and bring them with you. We will grow if we all to our part of sharing good news and inviting personal invitations to our friends and neighbors.  Thank you!