Announcements: December 31, 2017

The parish office will be closed from December 25 through January 1, reopening on Tuesday, January 2 at 9:00 am.

Stewardship Update:  As of December 20, we have received 155 pledges for $344, 234.16.  At this time last year our pledges totaled $311,748. Thank you for your generosity. Pledge forms and additional information are available in the Nave and on our website at

CPR Training at St. Luke’s: Members of the Vestry, Usher and Verger Teams, St. Elizabeth’s Volunteers and all other interested parties are encouraged to attend the upcoming CPR Training here on Saturday, January 6 from 9-12.   Participants will receive CPR and AED Training as well as instruction in administering Narcan.   The Fee is $15.

Community Pancake Breakfast: Join us on Sunday, January 7 from 8:30-9:45 in the lower hall!  Start the new year off right with pancakes and all the fixings!

Lessons and Carols! The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Cathedral Musician, Albert Melton assisted by organist, Randall Mullin, will celebrate Epiphany and conclude the Cathedral’s Christmas celebration with their annual service of Lessons and Carols.  The service will be presented on Sunday, January 7 (the first Sunday after the Epiphany) at 4 p.m.

Tai Chi Health and Wellness:  An 8-week beginner’s class will start Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from  2 to 3 pm in the lower hall.  Everyone is welcome.  All you need are comfortable clothes and flat shoes.  There is no charge for the class, however, donations will be accepted.

The Holiday Fair is looking for Christmas Decorations. As you decorate your home this holiday season, please consider donating any extra or unwanted decorations to our fair. This is the time of year when such decorations are plentiful and we are always taking donations. Bring them in clearly marked for the fair and drop them off in the upper hall. There will be a “FAIR” table set up each Sunday. All items need to be in good saleable condition. Thank you!

Nominations for election at the Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:30 in the Cathedral Nave. The Vestry approved the following slate at its December meeting.  Nominations for Vestry: Jane Briggs, Claire Hammen, Misha Pride, Nancy Brain (2 year term). Nomination for Junior Warden: Sam Allen.  Nomination for Diocesan Convention and the Electing Convention for the next bishop of Maine (5 to be elected, with the remainder serving as alternates):  Sam Allen, Sarah Braik, Michael Brennan, George Cooper, David Fernald, Fred Fowler, Eliot Field, Thurl Headen, John Hennessy, Mary Linneman , Misha Pride, David Savage, Jack Swanton

Adult Ed for Winter/Spring Season

Journey Through Epiphany: Immigration, Resettlement and the Christian Perspective.  Drawing on the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries, this six-part series will look at the worldwide refugee crisis and how we are called as Christians to respond.  Starts Sunday, January 7, in classroom 8.

Lenten Classes:

Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book As Guide To A Spiritual Life.  Working with a book by Derek Olsen this class will explore how the Book of Common Prayer is much more than just a service book; it also is a guide to spiritual practice and a repository of Christian wisdom.  We will explore how to use the BCP as a resource in building “rule of life” to deepen our spiritual practice in everyday life.  Thursday evenings at 7:00 in the downstairs Resource Room.

The Social Justice Bible Challenge — Reflection Group, Sundays in Lent at 9:00 in classroom 8.  Join the challenge!  Forty days of readings and reflections based upon the theme of social justice.  We will gather each Sunday during Lent to share our insights from the week’s readings.  You can order the book yourself or let us know and we will provide a copy.  (ISBN 978-0-88028-450-9)

Confirmation Class:  Second and Fourth Sundays of the month in the Chapter Room at 4:00 P.M.  Taught jointly with Trinity Portland, this class will prepare teens for the sacrament of confirmation using the Confirm Not Conform curriculum.  (Taught by Clergy and Christian Ed director, some classes may occur at Trinity.)

A new deacon for St. Luke’s!  With the recommendation of the Bishop of Maine and the approval of the vestry, I am pleased to announce that the Rev. Rebecca Grant will join St. Luke’s as a deacon, beginning in January.  Currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Maine Public Employers Retirement System and a former Air Traffic Controller for the US Navy and News and Communications officer in Virginia Beach, Rebecca comes with a wealth of professional experience. A deacon since 2009 and an active church member, vestry member and senior warden before that, her church experience has revolved around St. Mark’s Church in Augusta, where she was very active in the parish as well as in the diocese and the wider community, including helping begin a St. Elizabeth’s-like Essentials Pantry.  As a grandmother and cancer survivor, her life experiences have given her a compassion and ability to connect to and care for others. With a priest Heather as a daughter, she comes with a personal understanding of parish ministry.  At St. Luke’s she will share liturgical functions with Alice Goshorn and focus her ministry on providing leadership for outreach, supporting lay ministries, and working with members of the congregation, particularly seniors.  She will begin attending services in January and will be available during January coffee hours to meet with people and get connected with various groups and activities. She will begin liturgical service in February.  Rebecca may be contacted through the office or at 207 441-7155 or