Announcements: February 4, 2018

The flowers on the Altar today are given to the Glory of God and in memory of one who died too young.

The Explorers are now reading Chapters 5, 6, and 7 in Huston Smith’s Why Religion Matters.  This book describes in detail the struggle in Western society between scientism and religious truth.  Join us as we reject truth as located in only in science, and rather search for a larger truth that is committed to human values; those same values reflected in the winnowed and ancient wisdom of the major religions.  We meet in the Chapter Room from 8:45 to 9:45 am on Sunday mornings.

Journey Through Epiphany: Immigration, Resettlement and the Christian Perspective.  Drawing on the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries, this series looks at the worldwide refugee crisis and how we are called as Christians to respond.  Sundays at 9am in classroom 8. This Sunday is the last class for this series.

Outreach Committee Meeting:   We’re organizing an Outreach Committee and you’re invited to join us. This morning, February 4th, we’ll meet at 11:30 in the Chapter Room to discuss the approach to allocating budgeted money to the many outreach efforts underway at St. Luke’s. If you’re interested in exploring what our committee should focus on and what outreach will look like in 2018, please drop by. If you have questions, please feel free to call me at 207-441-7155 or email at   Deacon Rebecca

Today’s Evensong to celebrate the ministry of our new deacon: Join the cathedral choir today for a special Evensong at 4:00 today. We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation and install the Rev. Rebecca Grant as our new deacon.  A small reception will follow in the upper hall.

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 Dean Shambaugh.

February 11 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!

Newcomer’s Coffee and Class:  Many have expressed interest in class to learn more about St. Luke’s and the Episcopal Church and perhaps even becoming an Episcopalian through the service of Confirmation.  In response, we will have a series of Lenten “Discovery Opportunities” held on Sundays from 11:45-12:30 beginning with a special Newcomers Coffee on February 18. While these opportunities are designed for newcomers, they are a wonderful refresher on “what it means to be an Episcopalian” and a time to ask questions and develop connections with others in the congregation.

February 18   Newcomer Coffee, introductions, answers to questions you always wanted to ask

February 25   St. Luke’s tour: our history, our present, our future; how our community works

March 4          The Episcopal Church: our core values, our mission, our beliefs in action

March 18        Putting Tools to use: The Bible, the Prayer Book, Spirituality and Prayer

March 25        Living it out: Finding God in our lives


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.

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.

Election Results from the Annual Meeting: Our new Vestry members are Jane Briggs, Claire Hammen, Misha Pride, Nancy Brain (2-year term). Sam Allen has been elected to another term as Junior Warden. Sam Allen, Fred Fowler, George Cooper and Thurl Headen were elected Delegates from St Luke’s to the  Diocesan and Electing Convention. The following people will serve as alternates: Mary Linneman, David Savage, Misha Pride, Michael Brennan, Sarah Braik, David Fernald, Kenna Haines, Eliot Field and Jack Swanton.

Stewardship update: As of January 31, we have received 172 pledges for a total of $381,102.

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.

First Friday – Park your kids and your car! For First Friday in March, the Portland Area youth group will provide babysitting at St. Luke’s between 5:00 and 8:00 so parents can go out and enjoy the art walk. More information will be coming… but put a date night on your calendar now!

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.

Valentine Cookie Walk:  Sickness, injuries and Siberian temperatures have waylaid our Knitters and Kneelers, therefore the annual cookie walk will not be held in February.  Stay tuned for an alternate date this winter!

The Thursday Theological Study group is taking a winter sabbatical.  We will meet again the first Thursday of March. We will be completing our studies of Tillich’s The New Being.  These chapters address the challenges of living in the New Aeon.  Join us for an in-depth exploration of Jesus’ mission and message.  We meet from 7 to 9 pm in the Chapter Room

Upcoming Youth Offerings

Youth/Education Committee Meeting:  Sunday, February 11, at 11:30 in the lower hall

Youth 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 4:15 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 4:15 on February 11 in the Chapter room. Looking ahead, we are developing plans for a year-long confirmation program with Woodfords, Trinity and Hope Gateway that will begin in fall, for seventh graders on up.

Portland Area Youth Group, every other Sunday afternoon at 2:00: The January 7 youth group meeting had 17 kids, including 7 from St. Luke’s! Youth Minister Katie Holicky has a well-organized program, with regular events. This Sunday, Feb 4: “Souper Bowl of Caring” at Hope Gate Way. Sunday, Feb 18: “Games and spiritual formation” at Woodfords. March 2: First Friday babysitting “park your kid and car” fundraiser, followed by a lock-in, here at St. Luke’s. March 4: Parent meeting at Woodfords. Contact or see Jon Ratke for more information.

Portland Area Youth starts “Club 56” for 5th and 6th graders: The Portland area youth group with Woodfords, Hope Gateway, Trinity, and St. Luke’s is reaching out to 5th and 6th graders through “Club 56.” This is a parent run program, designed to get the kids excited about and looking forward to youth group. Contact or see Jon Ratke for more information.

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 use 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 series will look at the worldwide refugee crisis and how we are called as Christians to respond.  This Sunday is the last class of this series 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, beginning February 15. Led 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 (

The Social Justice Bible Challenge: Sunday mornings at 9:00 in classroom 8, beginning February 11.  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