Stewardship and Giving

Pledging for 2023 Stewardship Campaign

Though St. Luke’s is blessed with an endowment account, our operating income comes primarily through donations from members and friends of the cathedral. Stewardship is the spiritual discipline of giving of time, talent, and treasure to help build the Kingdom of God, and specifically, support the mission and ministry of the cathedral.

A helpful way to do this is by making a pledge, a promise to support the cathedral over the course of the year. Pledges help us make our budget, plan ahead, and do our best to serve God and our fellow human beings. There are, of course, a multitude of ways to support St. Luke’s, described below.

To make a pledge, you can either download a form, fill out the details and mail it to our mailing address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, Maine 04101.

Or you can now complete an Online Pledge Form and send it by clicking the Submit Button.

Our mission is to put our Faith in Action through our social and community outreach programs. Your donation will help support such programs as the St. Luke’s Food Pantry, our Haiti-Maine Partnership ministry, and our Community Kitchen (among other outreach programs). Your generosity allows our work in the diocese, the greater Portland area, and the world to continue.

Thank you for considering a donation to the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. We give thanks for all that God has given us.

Below is a list of ways to contribute or make your pledge to St Luke’s. Whatever method you choose, we thank you and appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please call the church at (207) 772-5434 and speak with the Treasurer.

Ways to Give

A Vestry Statement on Stewardship

We, the vestry of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke believe that stewardship is all that we do with all that we have all of the time after we say "We believe." We understand that God is the provider of all that we own; so we, as God's stewards, return these gifts to God through the time, talent, and money we offer in service to others in the name of Jesus Christ.

God calls upon us to give of our time, talent and money so that we might experience the quality of life that God wants for us. We believe that God will show love for us by blessing and using every gift we offer in love and thanksgiving, regardless of how small or large we perceive it to be. We believe that stewardship is a vital part of our worship and spiritual life, with the knowledge that, in giving we always also receive, as St. Paul said "In full measure, packed down and running over." In accordance with biblical teachings and our own Episcopal tradition, we accept the tithe as the minimum goal for our giving, offering our time and talent as we have been called.

St. Luke’s, our spiritual home, is a holy place where God comforts, inspires, and challenges us to share generously our talents and resources with a hungry world in thanksgiving for God’s abundance and to acknowledge humbly our dependence on God.

Therefore, as the elected lay leadership of St. Luke’s, we commit ourselves to the prayerful and generous support of God’s Church, according to our means, as a spiritual discipline, and as a faithful response to all of God’s gifts to us. We invite you to join us in expressing our thankfulness for God’s abundance.

Planned Giving

Estate planning, tax issues, and other end-of-life decisions seem so daunting to so many people that fully 60 percent of Americans die without making a will. We are constantly reminded that each of us needs to plan for our future well-being, and for our heirs.

To help parishioners of Saint Luke’s navigate these complicated issues, our Stewardship Committee has prepared this introductory explanation, intended to provide you with some basic information on Wills, Trusts, and other estate planning tools with St. Luke’s in mind, if that is your desire.

At St. Luke's there are financial planners who would be happy to meet with you personally or at least provide you with a framework to consider planned giving. Please contact our office at (207) 772-5434 or email our office administrator for a referral, all in strict confidence. Thank you.

Specific Programs You Can Support