Announcements: January 14, 2018

The Flowers on the altar today are given by Peter and Linda Carleton to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Richard and Marcia Carleton and Fox and Ricky Trowbridge.

The Explorers are reading Chapters 1 and 2 of Huston Smith’s Why Religion Matters.  This is a historically based non-fiction effort to remind our world’s leaders that our aim must be the entire global community; not nation states, not parties, not interests based only on favorable trade relations.  Religions, despite their individual differences, to promote a one worldview.  Join us for spirited discussion and the enhancement of your knowledge of some of the world’s religions.  We meet in the Chapter Room from 8:45 ’til 9:45 am on Sundays.

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.  Sundays at 9 am in classroom 8.

Town Meeting “Haiti”: Join us this morning for our town meeting in the upper hall after the 10:00 service. Today we will learn about the Haiti Committee. Creation Care will present another day.

Twilight in the Chapel:  We welcome musician Gary Richardson to tonight’s 5:15 service. Please join us in the Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist with The Rev. Suzanne Roberts.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- Interfaith Service, January 14 at 5:00 pm:  Portland clergy will offer an interfaith service in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. today, Sunday, January 14 at the First Parish UU Church on Congress Street in Portland. Please join us — all are welcome!

 Committee Reports for Annual Report are due now:  We are 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.   Many thanks if you have already sent Lynne your report.

Tai Chi Health and Wellness:  An 8-week beginner’s class is being held on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 pm in the lower hall.  Everyone is welcome.  All you need are comfortable clothes and flat shoes.  A donation of $5 will be appreciated.

Social Justice Team:  Join us on Tuesday, January 16th at 6 pm in the upper parish hall to discuss the opportunities to add your faithful voice to the work of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice. Together we will learn about the many issues facing our elected representatives which include implementation of Medicaid expansion, preventing food from being used as discipline in public schools, preventing youth suicide and how to deal with the growing drug crisis in our state, and others. The legislature is off to a fast start and we want to try to stay engaged throughout the session.

The Thursday pm Theological Study Group is reading and discussing Paul Tillich’s The New Being, and Anders Nygren’s Commentary on Romans.  St. Paul’s explication of the meaning of Jesus’ mission and message are contemporized in Tillich’s masterful treatment of the central ideas of a New Age, and through faith becoming a New Being.  Join us as we search for ways to increase the depth of our understanding, living, as we do, in God’s grace and in the New Aeon.  We meet from 7 ’til 9 pm in the Chapter Room.

Dean to have foot surgery and PDT treatment:  Next Thursday, January 18, I will have foot surgery to correct a hammer toe, which has limited my mobility more and more since the summer. This is relatively minor surgery but will keep me out of the cathedral office for a week, away for one Sunday, and in a boot for about six weeks.  On January 24, I will have a “blue light” PDT treatment on my face to respond to a series of dangerous spots identified by a dermatologist.  This will have me looking severely sunburned for several weeks.  While it is awkward to have these procedures on top of each other, it will be good to get them both done with minimal interruption to the cathedral’s schedule. The Rev. Suzanne Roberts will be covering the services on January 21 and the Rev. Dan Rigall will be covering Tuesday services on the 23 and 30. – Dean Shambaugh

Stewardship Update:  As of January 10, we have received 166 pledges for $370,204.16  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 10 am service.  If you have made a shawl, please let Helen Smith know.

Taco Night!  The next Community Supper will be a Taco Night with Trivia on Thursday, January 25th in the Lower Hall from 6:00 to 7:30.  Come warm up with Mexican comfort food and fellowship; then stimulate your brains with a rousing round of trivia.  More details to follow…

Mandala Journaling as Spiritual Practice makes use of many different mandala techniques to explore our lives through twelve archetypal life stages. It requires no artistic skills- only a desire to explore your inner world with others.  The first class of the new cycle is on January 27 from 9:30-11:30 in the Chapter Room.  For more  information, contact  Linda at lindacarleton01@gmail.com

All welcome to “Faith in Action” at Grace Church, Bath, January 27, 11-2: Grace Episcopal Church in Bath will hold an interactive workshop designed to put our faith into action with John Hennessy, Director of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice. We’ll explore the concepts of faith-rooted organizing and an asset-based approach to engaging our church and community. We will talk about creatively and realistically developing a strategy to bring about local change based on the theological perspective that God offers us all things necessary to realize shalom – the state of living in peace and prosperity as the people of God.  Bring a bag lunch; beverages will be provided. Snow date: 02/10.

The Portland Rossini Club will present their next concert here at St. Luke’s on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3:00 pm.  A reception will follow the concert. Suggested donation $10/5 seniors (students are admitted free of charge )For more information, call 332-6117 or visit the Rossini website at www.rossiniclub.org

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.

Upcoming Youth Offerings…

The Combined Youth Group with Hope Gate Way, Trinity, and Woodfords churches meets the first and third Sundays of the month in the afternoon. For more information, see Jon Radtke.

Reach: Reaching In, Reaching Out, Reaching God, March 2-4, 2018

at Christ Church 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

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 and everyone who wants a taste of camp

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 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.) Interested Middle and High Schoolers see Jon Radtke.