Announcements: January 7, 2018

About Today’s Music:  We are pleased to welcome New York City based pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski in worship with us this morning. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a former guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Deanna has been heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination” (All Music Guide).  Deanna’s new trio recording, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, features twelve of her congregational jazz hymn arrangements along with a corresponding sheet music songbook. Her earlier releases include Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, a solo piano session that seamlessly combines jazz, classical, and Brazilian music; three jazz quartet recordings; and the liturgical jazz release, From This Place, with new hymn and psalm settings and a complete jazz Mass with four vocalists. Deanna’s accolades in 2017 include winning the Annual Hymn Search of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada (for her congregational song, “We Belong to God”); the ChoralArt New England Carol Contest (for her a cappella choral setting of the G.K. Chesterton poem, “A Christmas Carol”); and the Colorado Chorale commissioning contest. Her SATB song, “We Walk in Love,” is published in the new Justice Choir songbook. As a newly named Sacatar Institute Fellow, Witkowski will spend two months in Bahia, Brazil this spring doing research related to her new Brazilian project, the Nossa Senhora Suite. Deanna’s recordings and sheet music are available for purchase in the reception desk area following the service as well as at her website, deannajazz.com.

The Explorers are reading Chapter One of Huston Smith’s Why Religion Matters.  Smith is the author of six books on the different dimensions of the world’s religions, but also two books on Christianity.  He is widely quoted as a world authority on religions.  Himself a Christian (Methodist) his vision far exceeds just history, but rather touches the needs of the soul for better understanding the uses of holy scripture.  Join us at 8:45 am in the Chapter Room.

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 world wide refugee crisis and how we are called as Christians to respond.  Sundays at 9am in classroom 8.  Starts today!

Youth Group:  All St. Luke’s youth are invited to today’s Ecumenical Youth Group gathering.  Youth group meets at Hope Gate Way at 509 Forest Avenue from 2-4pm for games and more!  Please bring a snack to share.   Questions?  Check in with Jon Radtke.

Town Meeting “On Pastoral Care”: Join us for the first of a series of January town meetings in the upper hall after the 10:00 service. Today we will learn of the work and needs of the pastoral care committee.

Lessons and Carols today! 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 today (the first Sunday after the Epiphany) at 4 p.m.  This is a way to introduce a friend to St. Luke’s!

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 Caregivers Support Group continues to meet every other Wed. at 10:45 am.  Our next meeting is January 10.   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 experiences 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.

 

The Theological Study Group meets every Thursday evening from 7 – 9 pm.  All are welcome to attend the discussion of these deeper issues of the faith.  We are reading Paul Tillich’s The New Being, and Anders Nygren’s Commentary on Paul’s explications of the nature and purpose of Jesus as Christos, to the Romans. We meet in the Chapter Room.

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!

Stewardship Update:  As of December 31, we have received 163 pledges for $360,954.16.  Thank you for your generosity. Pledge forms and additional information are available in the Nave and on our website at www.stlukesportland.org.

Prayer Shawl Knitters: The Blessing of the Prayer Shawls will be on Sunday, January 21 during the 10am service.  If you have made a shawl, please let Helen Smith know.

Calling all group and activity leaders– Committee Reports for Annual Report are due:  We are in the midst of preparing the Annual Report. If you are the head of a group or committee here at St. Luke’s, please email your report to the parish office by Monday, January 15 at 3:00 pm.

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. 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.

Construction Commences: Outside work will begin with the removal of snow around the Chapel as soon as the permits are obtained from the City (as early as this week), and then scaffolding will be erected around the entire structure.  It’s a bit of an engineering marvel since it has to be big enough to cover all the parts, including the skylight, and be insulated to maintain an inside ambient temp of at least 40 degrees.  The project is scheduled to conclude before June 30, 2018.  Care is being taken in order to minimize disruption to Loring House and St. Luke’s.  Thanks for your help and understanding.  Please don’t hesitate to ask if something isn’t clear, or you run into a challenge.

Upcoming Youth Offerings…

from the Collaborative Youth Group with St. Luke’s, Hope Gateway, Woodfords churches

 

Reach: Reaching In, Reaching Out, Reaching God

March 2-4, 2018 at Christ Church Episcopal in Gardiner

For middle schoolers in 6-8 grade

We will reach inside ourselves to understand who we are right now, reach out to our community to help other people live out who they are, and reach to God through song and worship to find who we are called to be. Kids in grades 6-8 are invited to spend the weekend playing games, doing a service project, making friends, eating awesome food, and worshiping God together.

Called to Serve

March 16-18, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church in Bath
For high schoolers in 9-12 grade

Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and as a part of that love, we are called to serve. What does it mean to love? What does it mean to serve? How do we find the strength to do something that sometimes feels so hard? A team of youth staff and adults will lead us, as we spend a weekend together doing the work of serving others, while figuring out how to keep up the energy to do that work. We will laugh together, sing together, serve together, pray together and make friends we can rely on as we figure out how we are called to serve.

Summer Finale Camp

August 20-26, 2018 at Camp Bishopswood

For youth who have finished 6-12 grade

Spend a week in a youth cabin with you friends at Camp Bishopswood.  You’ll do all the typical camp activities – swimming, boating, running around in the woods – while also deepening your spiritual life, and worshiping God in the midst of nature.

 

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 world wide 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.) Interested Middle and High Schoolers see Jon Radtke.