No Sunday School on 02/26

Youth Group and Nursery will Meet as Usual 

From the Dean

A Sesquicentennial: Looking forward by Looking Back
  At its last meeting, the vestry reviewed input from the community discussion at the annual meeting. The conversation shifted dramatically when one vestry member spoke up and suggested that rather than getting caught up in the details of doing things, we should focus on our mission, on "why" we are doing them, and on discerning God's vision for our future This led to a second conversation about celebrating St. Luke's sesquicentennial.   The cornerstone of St. Luke's was laid on August 15, 1867. The first service was held here on Christmas Day, 1868. This means that August 15, 2017 to Christmas Day 2018 will be our 150th "year."
While they may seem to be separate. the two vestry conversations are actually very much the same. Think about it. If God has a plan for this cathedral, it would be visible in our history. If God has a mission for this Cathedral, we should be able to see it at the very start. By the parish hall entrance to the cathedral there is an old print with a sketch of the cathedral on the front. This is a photocopy of a poster that was used to tell people about the cathedral when it first opened in 1868. It reveals some important points: Worship was the number one priority, with services offered practically all the time. St. Luke's was built at the height of the Oxford Movement, a period in which Gothic architecture and liturgy were used to reach out to the poor, to give people who lived in difficult conditions of the Industrial Revolution a vision of heaven, to lift up their eyes, and help them experience the majesty and mystery of God. The Oxford movement was intimately tied with the Social gospel movement, what today we might call social action and outreach. That poster lists a sewing school, employment society, and classes for adults and children as part of St. Luke's. Probably one of the most innovative items is the "free sittings" referred to in the last line. In that period, most churches supported themselves through pew rents. "Free sittings" was an act of radical hospitality, equality and inclusion that transcended issues of class and race. It was both a statement that all were welcome and an expectation that all would support the cathedral through their offerings - each idea very ahead of their time. This isn't the easiest way to make things work. Notice that the sketch of the cathedral used in the flyer shows a tower and chapel that were never built because of lack of funds. Like us, they couldn't afford to do everything they wanted - but like us they accomplished a great deal. St. Luke's was one of the first cathedrals in the United States built as a cathedral from the ground up. In other words, from its very beginning it was meant to serve not just its own congregation but also the entire diocese and the city as a visible symbol of the rebuilding of Portland after the fire and of the country after the civil war. Worship, education, music, care of the poor, and collaboration with the wider community have been part of this place for 150 years. It's never been just about Portland or Maine. Consider, for example, the work of the first bishop of Maine in Haiti, a relationship which continues to this very day.   In his book American Nations, Colin Woodard describes how the DNA and the future are set for a region by its first settlers. Looking forward means also looking back. Celebrating our past is a wonderful way to help prepare for our future.
Does planning and preparing for a 150th year sound like fun? Can you imagine coming to church in Victorian costume, having parties with period music and food, or helping people share the stories of their lives and their connection to St. Luke's? We are putting together a 150th anniversary committee. Contact George Cooper if you are interested.
Dean Shambaugh
Pihcintu to Sing at February 26
Twilight Service
Pihcintu, a chorus made up of young women of various ages will be singing during the "Twilight In the Chapel" 5:15pm service on Feb. 26. Con Fullam is the director of this multicultural chorus made up of immigrant folk from around the world who now live in Maine.  Many come from backgrounds filled with tragedy and personal danger. A snack reception will follow the service.  Rev. Suzanne Roberts will be the celebrant.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday,
 and Lent - Next Week!
February 28 is Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday!  Mark your calendars for our annual pancake dinner from 5-6:30 on Tuesday.  Volunteers are still needed - sign up on the bulletin board outside the office.  You will be finished in time to attend the jazz concert at 7 pm in the nave.

March 1 is Ash Wednesday, with services at 7 am, 12:10 pm, and 7 pm, as well as ashes to go at Monument Square.

Lent will feature a Sunday morning before church newcomers/inquirer's class, an after church Lenten Series, and at least one quiet day.

Financial Peace University Begins March 5
  This program will meet Sundays from 9-9:45 am beginning March 5. Nursery care will be provided for young children. See Jamie Cough for more information.

Youth Happenings
Middle School Event
Congratulations and thank you to Erich Chase and Louisa Radtke Rowe who are part of the leadership team for the Diocesan Middle School event in March.   The middle school event (grades 6-8) is March 10-12 at St Paul's. Register at  .
Outdoor Cathedral day trip for high school age youth Saturday March 11, 2017
8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Join us for a winter hike on snowshoes in Pinkham Notch at the foot of Mt. Washington. Lunch and dinner will be provided. You do not need to have experience or equipment, just the desire to have fun and explore the White Mountains. Bring a friend!  Contact Meredith Cough at or see Jon Radtke to register.
Luke Brostek and Meredith Cough will guide the trip. Meredith has been trained by the AMC to take youth outdoors in the winter and has Wilderness First Aid training. Luke is an avid outdoorsman and will complete his Outdoor Leadership Training this spring.

February 24, 2017
Weekly Child Care:
Our nursery (adjacent to the Upper Parish Hall) is available for children 4 years old and under from 9:45 am to 11:45 am on Sundays.

Sunday School for pre-K-5th grade is from 9:45 to 10:30 (with the children rejoining their parents at the Peace). Swing by any time after 9:45.

Youth Group for middle and high schoolers is from 11:30-12:30 every week. .  All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.

Worship Schedule
07:30 am (Chapel) 
10:00 am (Nave)
 4:00 pm (Nave) - Evensong on 1st Sundays
 5:15 pm (Chapel)

Our  Sunday 10 am services are livestreamed on our website.

Remember, the office is closed on Mondays.

12:10 pm: Worship (Chapel)

5:45 pm: Taize or 
Contemplative Prayer
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New to St Luke's?
Curious to learn more about the Episcopal Church?  Join us for a newcomers group on Sunday mornings from 9-9:45 in the downstairs resource room.  All are welcome!  (March 5-April 2)

Lenten Quiet Day
All are invited to a Lenten Quiet Day here at St. Luke's on March 18 from 10 am to 2 pm led by the Rev. Mary Lee Wile.  To register, contact Sarah Braik at
Sponsored by the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross.
Getting Involved in Advocacy at St. Luke's
To learn about the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice or the Faith Action Network, contact John Hennessy.

For information about St Lukans participating in local events, contact Liz Parsons

For deeper discussions on the moral side of current issues, plan on attending our Sunday morning Lenten series beginning March 5! 
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Drop Off Hours
Please note our new hours: 
Mondays  9-11 am
Tuesdays 7:30-11 am
Please leave your items in the lower vestibule. Thanks!

Spiritual Formation 
 for Adults

A Newcomers/Inquirer's Class will be held at 9am on Sunday mornings beginning in March. This is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church or St. Lukes and is also for anyone (youth or adult) interested in being confirmed in May.

Lenten Series Social Justice is the theme of this years adult program for Lent.  The program starts on March 5 with a presentation by Liz Parson entitled What is religion and why does it matter?: How to bring a faith based perspective in the public square. The Lenten Forum will start at 11:30 in the upper hall. Other topics will include: health care, the environment and race.
The Explorers are beginning Bishop Tutu's and the Dalai Lama's Book of Joy! This book, by two deeply religious men, recounts their own very different experiences with joy against the background of their own imprisonments, rejections and hopes. Join us in your own search for joy. We meet on Sunday mornings from 8:45 'til 9:45, in the Chapter Room.
Heart of the Matter
explores religious belief through the work of Joseph Campbell each week.  It's a great place for those seeking new ways of understanding their relationship with their faith. Join us in Classroom 8 on Sundays from 8:45-9:45
Dwelling on the Word is on  winter break.
The Tuesday Bible Study and brown bag lunch continues each week after the 12:10 service.

The Thursday evening Theological Study Group 
is also beginning a new course of study on how the early Judao-Christians influenced the thought, shape and content of western society.   There will be a study guide, a reading schedule and handouts.  We meet on Thursday evenings from 7 - 9 pm.  Dr. Hanson's paper on science and ethics is available in the Chapter Room.

Our Snow Policy
On Weekdays when the Portland Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, so is St. Luke's.  The office and pantries are closed and all meetings are cancelled. 
On Sundays, Worship Services are always held.