Week of October 17, 2021
10:00 – 10:45 AM
We hoped to have our nursery open by this time but are still concerned about the COVID -Delta variant spread. Our tentative plan now is to open the nursery in the beginning to mid November as Covid allows. We will keep you updated!
There will be Sunday School this Sunday at 10 am via Zoom Link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84337053815. This Sunday our story will be about Teresa of Avila. A Sunday School program for 5th and 6th graders will begin, depending on interest. If you have a child in 5th and 6th grade who wishes to participate, please contact Sarah Dowling at email@example.com
St. Luke’s participates in a collaborative Youth Group which also includes: HopeGateway, State Street, Williston Immanuel, and Woodfords churches. This group is for 7th-12th graders. The Youth Group is currently in the process of hiring a leader, and we will update you as we get information.
Our confirmation group has been meeting on a regular basis. Our next meeting will be after church on October 24th. We will have a meeting first and then move outdoors to build a new picnic table with our neighbors and share a barbecue with them.
A Newcomer’s group will meet this Sunday, October 17 at 9 am in the Chapter Room on the ground level. This group will be led by Cathedral clergy. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, to St. Luke’s, or just would like a refresher, you are most welcome.
Funeral Planning: Have you thought about planning your funeral, but don’t know where to start? This Saturday, October 16, we will meet with information and forms to help you plan your funeral. Cathedral clergy will be on hand to guide you; Albert Melton will be there to help you consider music; the Rev. Ted Gaiser, a priest and financial advisor, will present how financial planning can be helpful in this area and will be available to answer questions; and Priscilla Webster will provide information on the Memorial Garden and the Columbarium. This group will meet on October 16, in the Upper Parish Hall from 9 am – 12pm. To register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grief and Hope Group This new group is meeting the second Wednesday of the month at 10 AM in the Upper Parish Hall. At our first meeting of this newly forming group we decided to focus on grief: grief experienced, anticipated grief, our stories around grief, and where and how we find hope. This is a time to share our stories, strengthen old connections, and make new connections. The next meeting, on October 13, will be a hybrid. Zoom link here if you would like to attend that way:
Eleanor+ facilitates this group. Please contact her if you have any questions or thoughts.
Bob Hanson is teaching a study group on “Our Hebrew Lord and Our Hebrew heritage: Our Lord’s influences and accomplishments.” This group meets after church at 11:30 in the Chapter Room.. Please contact Bob Hanson for more information at email@example.com.
Green Faith Day of Action for the Climate
Monday, October 18
Wabanaki Alliance Update
Historic Preservation Board unanimously approves
first phase of front churchyard plan!
Meet with Labyrinth Architect Jennifer Bear Sunday at 11:30
Last night Portland’s Historic Preservation Board unanimously approved the first phase of our front churchyard plan that includes the labyrinth and rain gardens/plantings. During this meeting the board asked many thoughtful questions, and our our landscape designer Jennifer Bear did a terrific job explaining the vision and plans. Meet with our Labyrinth Architect on Sunday at 11:30: Jennifer Bear, Landscape Designer and Environmental Planner is in town from France, where she lives and has been designing our labyrinth. Come to the front yard of the cathedral at 11:30 on Sunday to have a conversation with Jennifer and see the designs that were brought to the City of Portland’s Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday night. Special thanks to Jennifer for sharing her amazing talent and time with St. Luke’s!
Special Sundays Continue!
Oct 24 – St Luke’s Day, festive celebration with blessing of kneelers and prayer shawls
Nov 7 – All Saints Day, remembrance of those who died during Covid; Evensong returns
Nov 14 – Stewardship ingathering
Nov 21 – Christ the King and celebration of the Rev. Alice Goshorn on her retirement
Upcoming Stewardship Campaign
Outreach Focus for October
Haiti-Maine Partnership Committee
Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois.
October 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Free Concert on October 27!
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band
Join Us for this Exciting Concert.
The only one in Maine this Year!
The Thunderer – John Philip Sousa
Allegro from Octet, Op. 103 – Ludwig van Beethoven
Back in Time from Quintet No. 2 – Miguel del Aguila
Schleptet – PDQ Bach
Andante-Allegro non troppo from Divertissement – Emile Bernard
Autumn Leaves, What a Wonderful World feat. TSgt Huntoon
Service Songs Medley
A spin through Moscow from Moscow-Cheryomushki – Dmitri Shostakovich
SAVE THE DATES FOR UPCOMING CONCERTS!
October 17 Portland Rossini Club Concert at 3:00 pm.
November 7 Choral Evensong returns! at 4:00 pm.
Holiday Mini Fairs to kick off the St. Luke’s Holiday Season
Welcome Kneeler Guild and Prayer Shawl Ministry: Come Thursday afternoons 2-4 pm in the Upper Hall. Safe working space, wear masks, everyone is vaccinated. Meet old & new friends. Supplies and instruction available. We have been meeting since Covid began, it helped us get through the hard times. Come join us, bring a project from home, if you are not sure what you want to do. Click here to see some of kneelers: https://stlukesportland.org/index.php/kneelers-an-expression-of-faith-in-needlework/
Bishop requires vaccination for all clergy and staff: The Bishop of Maine has sent out a letter requiring all clergy and staff in the diocese to be vaccinated. You need to know that St. Luke’s has complied. All of our clergy and program staff have been fully vaccinated. St. Luke’s is continuing with our policy of having everyone, regardless of vaccination status, mask while indoors, including during worship services (with the exception of those reading or leading the service). There is plenty of space in the nave and we encourage those who wish to practice distancing as well. For the time being, we are continuing our policy of not serving food and will strive to keep lemonade/coffee hour outside as long as weather permits. We ask that parishioners follow these policies and strongly encourage everyone who can to be fully vaccinated. If you have concerns or questions, please contact one of our clergy. Remember that we are doing these things not just to protect ourselves but to love our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable, including children and those who for medical reasons cannot take the vaccine.
See the bishop’s letter at https://www.episcopalmaine.org/resource/covid-19-updates
– There are no distancing or capacity requirements in the nave or in cathedral spaces. Programs and meetings have resumed. (Sunday school is planning to resume in September)
– We will have no wine at the Eucharist for the time being. Eucharistic visiting and pastoral visits have resumed. (Please call if you would like a visit)
– People are instructed to ask permission of others before sharing the peace or greeting one another, and encouraged to “elbow bump” and otherwise avoid hugging or actions that may make others uncomfortable.
– Parishioners are asked to remain masked during worship but those fully vaccinated may unmask outside during Lemonade hour. Those fully vaccinated may sing with masks on. Even if we don’t have to, we will remain masked (unless speaking or reading) so that we are welcoming and inclusive of young children, people who are immunocompromised or otherwise cannot get the vaccine for health reasons, and those who are not completely comfortable being in public settings again.
– The choir may sing, with masks on (all coming have been fully vaccinated). We are now scheduling concerts and events with programming on the calendar now through December.
– Dinners/breakfasts/other food related fellowship are on hold for now. We’ll continue lemonade hour outside on the lawn or in the cloister if it rains.