The Explorers are reading Part II of Huston Smith’s Why Religion Matters. Smith’s message emphasizes how we are to live in this world. Our next book is Paul Tillich’s The New Being. These chapters focus on how we are to live in the next world or the New Age. All of Tillich’s books can be secured through Amazon at very reduced prices. Reading and discussing Tillich will be, for many, not only a new ‘baptism’ into Christ’s mission and message, but an experience of living both in this world, and in the next. For more information please call Dr. Bob Hanson at 808 9897, or 899 1131.
Youth/Education Committee Meeting Today: Sunday, February 11, at 11:30 in the lower hall
Haiti Partnership Meeting: Our meeting for February has been canceled. We’ll meet next on Sunday, March 11 at 11:40 am in the chapter room.
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. Anne Fowler.
Forum on the Endowment and Planned Giving Today: 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 this morning. 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
ABCD Training at St. Luke’s – Who is my neighbor?
Join us on Tuesday, February 13, from 12 to 4 p.m. in the upper hall. An asset-based approach to engaging church and community is centered around the belief that individuals, groups, and communities have the gifts they need to address the needs they see around them. 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that each of us is given different gifts to serve the community and we are all a part of the body of Christ working together.
Join Dan Riggall, Director of St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center, John Hennessy of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, and the Rev. Maria Hoecker of St. Columba’s, Boothbay Harbor, for an introduction to Asset-Based Community Development or ABCD.
Tai Chi Health & Wellness: Drop into our beginner’s class on Tuesdays from 2 to 3pm in the lower hall! 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
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.
St. Luke’s Eco-Justice/Creation Care Team is seeking your help in deciding on priorities for this year. A range of possibilities are before us that fit well with the Cathedral’s strategic vision. Please join us on Sunday, February 18th during coffee hour for a brief presentation and discussion.
Stewardship Campaign for 2018 We are pleased to report that as of February 7, 2018, we have received 172 pledges for $383,482.40, which is 91% of our goal of $419,609.00. Over half of those who pledged in 2017 increased their pledges for 2018. To all who have submitted a pledge, a heartfelt thank you for a record response. A reminder: We have not heard from 37 people who pledged over $37,000 in 2017. The budget approved for 2018 assumed that those people would eventually pledge at the SALY – “same as last year” – so please appreciate that every pledge – even those not yet in – is important. If you intend to pledge but haven’t yet completed a form, it’s not too late. Pledge forms are available on the tables by the entrances or in the church office
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!
Construction on the chapel: The project is now far enough along that the Bishop’s Garden and the Cloister are now closed to pedestrian traffic. All volunteers, visitors and staff that access to the Cathedral, are asked to use only the tower doors (when open) or the back, parking lot entrance. During this construction, there are no volunteer or visitor parking in the front circle and the following metered spaces are off limits: the space closest to the drive on the Toothacre side, all the spaces in front of the circle, and the first space in front of the old deanery, which have been rented from the City of Portland for use by the contractors and our displaced neighbor, Dan St. Peter. Thank you!
The Thursday Theological Study group is reading, during this hiatus, Anders Nygren’s Commentary on Romans. For those wishing the highest forms of Christian nurturance this author has captured the fullest spirit of St. Paul’s life and letters. This Commentary is available in paperback through Amazon.
The Diocesan Discernment Committee is inviting open conversations in parishes and with clergy in the quest of a Bishop to follow the tenure of Bishop Stephen Lane in 2019. Surveys have been sent to the parishes for input from congregants and in the week of February 19, three clergy listening sessions are scheduled to elicit suggestions in creating a diocesan profile which will be sent to prospective candidates. The committee encourages all in the diocese to send the committee feedback via surveys (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mainebishopsearch) or from listening sessions in their parishes to clarify the qualities desirable in our next Bishop. An open discussion for St. Luke’s parish members to discuss this matter will be scheduled soon. In advance, we appreciate your help in our search and appreciate your prayers to guide us to worthy candidates.
Upcoming Youth Offerings
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 scheduled for 4:00 today 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: Our upcoming meetings: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Adult Lenten Studies
The Social Justice Bible Challenge begins this morning 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 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
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 by Derek Olsen which is available here (https://www.amazon.com/Inwardly-Digest-Prayer-Guide-Spiritual/dp/0880284323