December 2 Early Music Concert 7:00 pm
December 3 First Sunday of Advent, Advent Wreath Making at 11:30 am
December 3 Evensong with installation of Thurl Headen as Lead Verger and Celebration of the ministry of David Savage (reception following)
December 8 St. Mary Schola Christmas Concert
December 10 Maine Pops Christmas Concert
December 16, 17 Renaissance Voices Christmas Concert
December 24 10:00 am Advent IV Service in the Chapel
5:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service and Christmas Pageant
10:00 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Service (music begins at 9:30)
December 25 10:00 am Christmas Day Service
January 7 Epiphany Lessons and Carols 4 pm
The Explorers are reading Newell’s Listening to the Heartbeat of God, chapter 5, and watching a DVD on Celtic Spirituality. Join us at 8:45 am on Sundays in the chapter room.
Christian Ed: There is no Sunday School this week! The nursery is open. Youth Group will meet. See below for a new youth group opportunity for our middle and high schoolers.
St. Luke’s joins Youth Group Collaborative: This summer, three local churches (Hope Gateway Methodist, Woodfords UCC, and Trinity Episcopal) joined together to hire a youth minister and create a collaborative youth group with the critical mass of kids needed for a successful program. This “Portland area” youth group meets every other Sunday afternoon at one of its sponsoring churches for fun, fellowship, community service and worship and has become a great success. With the support of the vestry and the Christian Education Committee, St. Luke’s is becoming a partner in this ministry and St. Luke’s youth are invited to join this group and participate in its activities. Katie Holicky, their youth minister, will be coming to St. Luke’s in December to meet with youth and their families. We are especially interested in bringing back kids and families who have slipped away and kids who are here but not currently participating. Watch the bulletin for about times to meet Katie and learn more!
Twilight in the Chapel: We are delighted to welcome musician Gary Richardson to our twilight service tonight. Please join us at 5:15 in Emmanuel Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist with The Rev. Suzanne Roberts.
Evensong on December 3 will honor our vergers! Please join our cathedral choir, Bishop Lane and Dean Shambaugh at 4:00 as we celebrate the ministry of David Savage and install Thurl Headen as our new lead verger. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Thursday’s Theological Study group meets at 7 pm in the Chapter Room. We are delving into the theology of Paul Tillich’s The New Being and Anders Nygren’s Commentary on Romans. For more information, call Bob Hanson at 899-1131.
St. Luke’s Members Chosen for the Bishop Search and Transition Committees! Kenna Haines will represent St. Luke’s on the Search Committee for the next Bishop of Maine. Fred Fowler and David Fernald will represent St. Luke’s on the Transition Committee. To learn more, see the diocesan website www.episcopalmaine.org. Way to go, Kenna, David and Fred!
Nominations for vestry, diocesan delegates: Nominations (via forms available from the cathedral office or at the entrances of the cathedral) are open for members of the vestry and St. Luke’s delegates to the 2018 diocesan convention Self-nominations are welcome.
Stewardship Update: As of November 21, we have received 89 pledges for $228,410.18 For comparison, at this time last year, we had received 83 pledges totaling 83, 189, 933.00. Thank you to all who have responded so promptly and generously. Pledge forms and additional information are available at the entrances or www.stlukesportland.org
Mitten Collection: This year the Kneeler’s and Knitters will be combining with the mitten tree to collect warm hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and adult socks for clients of St Elizabeth’s Pantry as well as children at the Riche and East End Schools. We need both adult and children’s sizes, with socks specifically for adults only, men’s sizes. Thank you!
Mandala Ornaments and the Flower of Life: Friday, December 8, 4-5:30 pm. Discover how many of our most beloved Christian symbols derive from the ancient flower of life and make ornaments for your tree, to use as gift tags or to give to a friend. Whatever your age, if you can color, you can enjoy this workshop! Sign up on the bulletin board or see Linda Carleton.
Altar Guild Polishing: Come Vergers, Flower Guilders, Choir, Ushers, and Greeters. Come people who sit near the back and those in the front. Bring an old t-shirt and join in the fun of polishing Cathedral treasurers. On Saturday, December 9th at 10 am we will be polishing alms basins, and chalices and things you probably can’t even name. No signup – just show up!
Christmas Pageant Information: Advent is almost upon us so it must be time to get ready for the St, Luke’s Christmas pageant. In a change from the last few years, the pageant will be part of the 5 pm Christmas Eve service. All children and youth are invited to participate. There are both speaking and non-speaking roles. The rehearsals will be on Dec 10 and 17, after church and a final rehearsal at 4 pm on Christmas eve just before the service. On Dec 10, we will distribute scripts, practice the songs and generally organize ourselves. On Dec 17, we will distribute costumes and do a complete run-through of the pageant. On Christmas eve we will have a dress rehearsal, please be dressed and in the Nave at 4 pm for that rehearsal. Please speak with Sarah Dowling, Pageant Director, if your child wishes to participate. We welcome children of friends and family, too! Questions or to sign up please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-9768.
Parking at the Cathedral: Because we are in the middle of a city, parking has always been a concern for parishioners and guests. During business hours, the lot is only available for St. Luke’s and Diocesan Staff and Mercy Hospital Employees. This can be difficult if you are a volunteer or here for a meeting, but parking is available in the front circle (when available), at on-street and at nearby garages. Our parking lot off Park Street is available weekdays after 4:00 p.m., all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. During the evening, priority is giving to St. Luke’s events. Rental of space in our building does not include parking. On Sundays, you may continue to park in our lot, the parking lot of the Cumberland Club (except Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day). A continuing reminder is that we can no longer park in the lot behind the building which houses Coffee By Design, across from us on Park Street. The owner does tow.