From the Dean
 

The Great Lengthening of Days
  
What are you giving up for Lent? This question frequently comes up this time of year and is usually answered with some sort of answer like "chocolate," "lattes," "alcohol" or "Facebook." Giving something up can be helpful if it encourages spiritual growth or specific action, if money that would have been spent on chocolate or coffee was given to help someone in need, or if time spent on facebook was spent in facetime with God, with family or with friends. Giving something up, however, can be rather self-focused. Instead of giving something up for Lent, imagine taking something on, something that focuses your attention on someone else.
  
The word Lent comes from the Old English word "lecten" which means to "lengthen" and is used to describe the great lengthening of days that occurs as the darkness and death of winter is replaced by the light and life of Spring. With this in mind, Lent isn't meant to be as much a time of suffering and privation as it is a time of enlightenment and growth that leads to the new life of Easter.
  
Whether you give something up or take something on, I invite you to do something for Lent. Do something for Lent and let Lent do something for you and you will experience Easter in a whole new way.
  
Dean Shambaugh
 
Financial Peace University Begins
This Sunday, 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
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 meredith.cough@gmail.com 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.

Choral Evensong This Sunday
 
Please join us for Choral Evensong on Sunday afternoon, March 5 at
4 pm.
 
Under the direction of Cathedral Musician, Albert Melton, the Cathedral Choir will sing choral music by composers, Richard Ayleward , Richard Farrant and William Smith of Durham. Sunday's Evensong marks the first Sunday in Lent.

Lenten Giving

Instead of giving up something for Lent, try giving something... to Haiti!
 
Every quarter in the offering plate goes to provide a meal to a child at the school St Luke's built in Duny, Haiti, often the only meal they get that day.  Unfortunately the price of food and the number of children continues to rise and the amount of quarters in the plate don't meet the need. Our goal is to provide meals to all the children there. We can do this if we all work together. Thank you! Every quarter counts!

The Haiti Partnership Committee will meet on Sunday, March 12 at 11:40. We will be discussing the findings of a recent trip by parishioners Bill Slack and Karin Draper, teacher salaries, other priorities and how to proceed. All are welcome!

  St. Elizabeth's New
Drop Off Hours
Please note our new hours for donation drop off:
  
Mondays  9-11am
Tuesdays 7:30-11am
  
Please leave your items in the lower vestibule. Thanks!

Ash Wednesday

In addition to our regular Ash Wednesday Services, St. Luke's clergy participated in the annual "Ashes to Go" in Monument Square. Click here to see the story aired by WMTW.



Seeking Communications Manager
 
We are looking for a new communications staff person: Do you know someone who might be interested in working with our website, social media and other communications, helping to us communicate better with our parishioners and share and promote our ministries and activities to the wider community? We are looking for someone at $15/hour for 10-15 hours a week. Contact the parish office for more information.

March 3, 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
Sundays
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.
 

Tuesdays
12:10 pm: Worship (Chapel)

2nd and 4th Wednesdays
5:45 pm: Taize Service in Emmanuel Chapel
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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 sbraik642@gmail.com.
 
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. jhennessy@episcopalmaine.net

For information about St Lukans participating in local events, contact Liz Parsons ecparsons33@hotmail.com

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
am.
 
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 pm theological discussion group is reveling in the joys of rediscovering Socrates and Plato.  Join us in the search for a better understanding of the Hebrew and Greek influences on Jesus' mission and message. We meet in the Chapter Room from 7 - 9 pm. Dr. Hanson's paper on Quantum Mechanics and Ethics is also 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.