We welcome the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of Maine as our celebrant and preacher today. While we are blessed to have Bishop Lane with us on many occasions throughout the year, this is his official visit to St. Luke’s for 2017. He will meet with the vestry at 9:00 and with the congregation for an informal “time with the bishop” in the lower hall beginning at 11:30. Welcome, Bishop Lane!
The Explorers are reading Newell’s Listening to the Heartbeat of God, chapter 5, and watching a DVD on Celtic Spirituality. Join us at 8:45am on Sundays in the chapter room.
The Haiti committee will meet today in the chapter room at 11:40 am. Anyone interested in our mission work in Haiti is welcome to attend, we’ll discuss content for the upcoming newsletter and committee member roles.
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 with The Rev. Suzanne Roberts.
Maine POPS Christmas Concert to benefit St. Luke’s: The Maine POPS Concert Band is delighted to present a Christmas Concert at St. Luke’s, today at 2:30 pm, featuring a wide variety of audience-friendly music that’s sure to have something for everyone! Selections will include Christmas and Hanukah favorites and special music for the season from Carl Orff, Gustav Holst, Leroy Anderson, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and many more. The band includes St. Luke’s members Tom Wadsworth, Chuck Hornberger, and Ben Shambaugh. This is a free concert and a fundraiser, with all donations going to St. Luke’s.
St. Luke’s Social Action Team, part of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, will hold our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, 12 December. We gather in the upper parish hall from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. All are invited to attend.
The Caregivers Support Group continues to meet every other Wed. at 10:30am. Our next meeting is December 13. We meet in the Oratory Room on the lower level of the Parish 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. We welcome 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.
Thursday night Supper, 6:00 pm. Join for the next community supper on the 14th, where youth and their families can meet with area youth minister, Katie Holicky and those who wish are invited to stay after the dinner for small group spiritual reflection and sharing on what it is that troubles us during this season of Advent as well as what give us hope and strength.
Parish Work Day Saturday, December 16, 8:30-noon: A group of volunteers meets every month on third Saturday to perform maintenance tasks and make improvements to the Building and Grounds. Please join us if you are able. No special skills required! For email reminders about Work Days, send a note to Sam Allen at email@example.com.
Flowers & Special Music for Christmas: Envelopes for contributions in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one, may be found at entrances to the Nave. Please return to the parish office no later than Monday, 12/18 for inclusion in the Christmas bulletin.
Advent Quiet Morning: Join us Saturday, December 23 from 8:30-11:30 in the Chapel. The morning will start with Morning Prayer and end with Noontime Prayer. In between will be time for contemplative prayer and meditation on scripture. Join us for some centering calm before the celebration of Christmas.
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.
Stewardship Update: As of December 7, 2017, we have received 143 pledges totaling $331,754.16. As of last year, Dec 11, 2016, we had received 137 pledges totaling $294,134.00. From the Stewardship Committee and the entire Cathedral community, heartfelt gratitude to those who have so enthusiastically responded to the Stewardship Campaign. And to those who have not yet pledged, please remember how important each pledge is to the continued health and growth of our beloved Cathedral. 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!
Christmas Pageant Information: 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 in either a speaking and non-speaking role. Rehearsals will be today and December 17, after church and a final rehearsal at 4 pm on Christmas eve just before the service. This morning 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! Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-9768.
Creation Care: Did you know that many cleaning products contain chemicals that are bad for your health and the Earth, and have not been adequately tested for their harmful effects? Clean safely by making your own cleaning products with items such as vinegar and baking soda or by purchasing eco-friendly products. (www.greenfaith.org.) St. Luke’s Altar Guild is switching to ecologically-friendly products used in the Guild’s “holy housekeeping.”