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The E-Pistle of Thursday

July 27th, 2023

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A Joyful Update from the Interim Dean Search Committee

We are happy to report excellent progress on the search for our Interim Dean. The Search Committee has recommended a Candidate to the Lesser Chapter and the Bishop, and both approved extending an offer.

The offer has been accepted and we are now in the final stages of signing a Letter of Agreement. An announcement concluding the search and details about our next Interim Dean will be made in the E-Pistle on August 3, and the Interim Dean will begin work on Tuesday, September 5.

Thanks to all who have participated in this process, and thanks be to God!

Startup Sunday September 10th

Join us on Sunday, September 10th as we welcome the return of the Cathedral Choir and Sunday School!

Access Your Realm Profile

The Cathedral’s new online database, Realm, is a useful tool for parishioners to manage their contact and pledging information.

Realm helps our community by improving our record keeping in a more streamlined fashion. 

To activate your Realm profile please contact our financial administrator Nina Andersen.

Nina will assist you with the few steps necessary to access your profile.

We look forward to sharing this exciting new technology with you!

The St. Luke’s Public Policy and Environmental Action

Team Meeting

Tuesday August 8, 6-7PM.

All are welcome.

Join us via Zoom.

For more information contact Sarah Braik.

Availability of the St. Luke’s Community Kitchen

We are completing a 2023-2024 school year calendar (Sept. - June) for the Community Kitchen and Lower Hall. These two calendars when completed will be posted downstairs on the door to the Lower Hall, and the door to the Community Kitchen.

Any St. Luke's parishioner or ministry interested in scheduling time in the Community Kitchen, or the Community Kitchen and Lower Hall should contact Dawn Brennan-Daly.

Dawn will contact you to schedule a brief meeting and training, and place your event, date and time (recurring or one-time) on the Community Kitchen and Lower Hall Google Calendars (part of the cathedral Google calendar.) Scheduling is based on availability.


Save the Date: Season of Creation Events

The annual Season of Creation begins September 1. Please mark your calendars for the following events:

  • Nature walk with master naturalist Nicole Diroff from Williston-Immanuel at Pleasant Hill Preserve Sunday Sept. 10, 1-3 PM, with parishioners from Williston-Immanuel and St. Alban’s.  
  • Community Harvest Supper Thursday Sept. 14, 6-8PM
  • Presentation by Curtis Bohlen, Director, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership on the Casco Bay Watershed Sunday Sept. 24, 11:45 AM
  • Book discussion group facilitated by St. Alban’s-dates TBD

All events are sponsored by the St. Luke's Public Policy and Environmental Action Team.

The Province I Indigenous Peoples’ Justice Network

The Province I Indigenous Peoples’ Justice Network invites all to join the first in a series of book discussions. Discussion of The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relationships by Shirley N. Hager and Mawopiyane will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom.

Register here.

Additional book studies are planned:

Nov. 8 -This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman

Jan. 10, 2024 -Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Lisa Brooks

March 13, 2024- Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by David Maraniss.

FOR INFORMATION: Email Martha Gardner, Missioner for Networking and Formation or call 617-482-4826, ext. 403).

A Note of Thanks from the Endowment Committee

We recently received several gifts to the endowment account from the estates of Anne Schink and Andrew Cadot. This is a wonderful way to remember St Luke’s for posterity and to support our long term financial stability. You can also support the endowment account now with a regular or one time contribution via Realm/Vanco. 

If you have any questions or need more information please reach out to Treasurer Tim Wilkins or any member of the Endowment or Finance Committees or anyone on the Vestry. 

Ongoing Opportunities &

Community Resources

Join the Young and The Restless

We are St. Luke’s 20s-30s-year-old ministry. We are an active group at the cathedral which also gets together outside of the church.

 Join us as we go hiking, ice skating, play trivia, or just enjoy each other’s company! If you are new to us, welcome! We meet the second Tuesday of each month at Rising Tide, 6-8 PM in Portland. Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however second Tuesdays at Rising Tide is a great place to meet us if you’re joining us for the first time. Contact Shana Rose to stay up to date with group activities and information.

The Kneeler Guild and

Prayer Shawl Knitters

We have changed our meeting time to Tuesday afternoons at 2:30PM in the Upper Hall. This change will allow us to serve our members with more in-person support and consistent instruction. All are welcome, as beginners or experienced.

In September we have plans to reach out to more Diocesan parishes who want to participate.

For additional information contact Jeri Edgar 207-303-8447 or Nancy MaWhinney 207-775-7500

Everyone is welcome, whether you are curious or want to begin. Kneeler kits cost $75, which include directions, yarn, needles & canvas. Novices are welcome; we will teach you as needed. Prayer Shawls: 20” x 60”; select your yarn & needles. Coffee & Tea available.

A Note about our Liturgy Team and Pastoral Presence

 During this time of transition to a new Dean we want to explain to the congregation the ways that St. Luke’s Cathedral is providing a clergy presence. We have assembled a team of clergy who will be responsible for organizing and celebrating worship services. This team consists of the Reverends Suzanne Roberts, Anne Fowler, and Christopher Worthley. They will be assisted from time to time by guest preachers and celebrants. Rev. Fowler and Rev. Roberts are available to any congregants who have need of pastoral care. You may reach Rev. Fowler at (617)548-4783 and Rev. Roberts at (207)749-4166.

The Rev. Christopher Worthley is not available for on-call pastoral care due to full-time employment outside of his ministry,  however he is active in care for our neighbors at 75 State Street.

Clynk Bags Available in the Nave and around the Cathedral

Contact: Shana Rose

 St. Luke’s participation in the Clynk Initiative Program helps to support our young adults ministry, The Young and the Restless.

Additional bags have been made available at both entrances of Nave with barcodes that correspond to the Cathedral’s account.

Anyone is welcome to take a bag and are encouraged to bring it to a local redemption center or grocery store that accepts Clynk. Thank you for your support!

Happening In the Diocese and

the Wider Church

Pioneering Episcopal priest

Pauli Murray’s

US quarter Design Unveiled

Written by Shireen Korkzan of

The Episcopal News Service

"The United States Mint has unveiled the design for its quarter honoring the Rev. Pauli Murray, the first Black woman to be ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church and a renowned activist for racial and gender rights. The quarter will be one of five new designs that will be issued in 2024 as part of the U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters program, which celebrates the contributions of women to American history.

Murray, who was ordained in 1977, was also a lawyer, academic, poet and co-founder of the National Organization for Women, the largest feminist activist organization in the United States. As a civil and women’s rights lawyer, she was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to serve on the 1961 – 1963 Presidential Commission on the Status of Women."

Read Full Article Here

Summer Finale 2023

An Episcopal Diocese of Maine Event hosted at Camp Bishopswood

Saturday, August 26 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Optional Camping August 25-27

Hope, Maine

Register Here

Join with Episcopalians from across the Diocese for a wonderful time of gathering at Camp Bishopswood in Hope, ME. This three day event will include outdoor activities and prayer opportunities. All are welcome!

To learn further details, including scheduling and registration, read the following publication from the Diocese here.

Last Week's Service

Click the attached links to view last week's Bulletin.

To view the livestream of last Sunday's service, click here.

To View past services visit our Youtube Page or visit the archive page on our website to read past bulletins, sermons, and newsletters.

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

Click on the Episcopal Maine Logo to learn about all that is happening in the wider Diocese.




Physical Address:

143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

Parking Available at:

134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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