Announcements: January 28, 2018

Announcements

Welcome Visitors: There are greeters at the door who are available to answer any questions you might have about the Cathedral.  Please join us for a potluck lunch in the chapel after today’s 10:00 service. The potluck will be followed by our annual meeting – please stay for the annual meeting for to vote for vestry members and delegates and learn about your Cathedral.

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 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.

Twilight in the Chapel:  We welcome musician Kate Beever 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.

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.

The Thursday pm Theological Study Group is 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 7- 9 pm in the Chapter Room.

The Portland Rossini Club presents their January concert here at St. Luke’s this afternoon at 3:00 pm.  A reception will follow the concert. Suggested donation $10/5 seniors (no charge for students).

Forum on the Endowment and Planned Giving: Please join our Endowment Committee Chair, Nick Penfield as well as Betsey McCandless, Esq. for a presentation on planned giving in the Upper Hall after church on February 11, 2018.  Nick will provide a brief update on the Endowment’s performance and Betsey will provide a presentation on how to formulate an estate plan for those of us who do not have significant assets.  Betsey is a renowned trusts and estates attorney in Portland and an expert in planned giving.  Hope you can join us!

Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday: February 13 is Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday!  Mark your calendars for our annual pancake dinner from 5-6:30 pm followed by a jazz concert at 7 pm in the nave. February 14 is Ash Wednesday, with services at 7 am, 12:10 pm, and 7 pm, as well as ashes to go at Monument Square.  The bishop will be the celebrant at the 12:10 service.

Family Promise Coordinator Needed: St. Luke’s is planning to partner with Family Promise, which uses spaces in churches to help provide housing for new Mainers. Rather than having people stay here, St. Luke’s volunteers would help at other locations, probably Williston/Immanuel. To do this, we need a coordinator who would serve as a St. Luke’s point person. Interested? See Dean Shambaugh.

Babette’s Feast is a new production by Portland Stage which shows how an immigrant builds community by providing a meal, which transforms the hearts of a local village.  Recognizing the meaning of this message for new Mainers, Portland Stage is working with local clergy to offer free tickets to this play for immigrants and refugees. For more information, see Dean Shambaugh.

Upcoming Youth Offerings

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 your 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 Studies

Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as a Guide to a Spiritual Life:  Thursdays evenings at 7:00 in the Oratory.  Lead by The Reverend Suzanne Roberts, M.D., this class will explore how the two thousand years of Christian tradition in the Book of Common Prayer can be used as a framework for deepening our spiritual lives.  The class will use the book of the same by Derek Olsen which is available here (https://www.amazon.com/Inwardly-Digest-Prayer-Guide-Spiritual/dp/0880284323)

The Social Justice Bible Challenge: Sunday mornings at 9:00 in classroom 8.  Lead by Jonathan Radtke and others, this class will explore the biblical roots of social justice.  Students will be expected to read and reflect on forty readings daily readings.  As a group, we will have an opportunity to share our reflections and insights.  The class will use the book The Social Justice Bible Challenge: A 40 Day Bible Challenge, by the Marek Zabriskie which is available at https://www.forwardmovement.org

Confirmation Class:  We will be joining forces with The Reverend Larry Weeks and Trinity Episcopal Church for this year’s confirmation class.  The class will meet on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 and will be taught by clergy and laity from both congregations.  Using the Confirm Not Conform curriculum students will examine and come to a deeper understanding of their baptismal covenant and how to live that as adult Christians.  Any young person in grades 8 or higher is welcome.  A parent and student meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 11 in the Chapter room of the Cathedral.

Nominations for election at today’s Annual 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. Photos and bios are posted on the bulletin board.

Work on the chapel:  Though we use them, Emmanuel Chapel and the Bishop’s Garden are the responsibility of the Bishop and Diocesan Trustees.  Building on the work done on the Rose Window wall, the Bishop and Trustees have engaged Building Envelope Specialists (the same firm) to begin significant renovations on the chapel, the cloister, and the garden. This work is beginning now and will continue through the summer, with the chapel being closed to worship and other activities during the month of May. We thank the bishop and trustees for covering the entire cost of these repairs, which may be similar to the costs of the Rose Window wall.