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The E-Pistle of Thursday

June 29th, 2023

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A Note of Deepest Thanks

Written by Parish Administrator &

Communications Specialist, Avery Schott

Dear St. Luke's Community,

As many of you know, this past Saturday, my lovely wife Bethany and I were married at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth.

The day was filled with family, friends who are family, and an outpouring of love.

Bethany and I were grateful to spend time with friends whom we had not seen in years while being able to show them this beautiful state of Maine which we call home.

As we progressed through the week, a common theme that we kept telling our friends was the importance of the communities that have supported us since moving to Maine. They have become a part of our identity. They are communities founded upon the bedrock of care for others with selfless love.

The St. Luke's community is a core part of our life together. Although we are not parishioners here, from the very beginning each of you have welcomed Bethany and I with open arms and made us feel incredibly loved and supported. We cannot express enough how much that has meant to us. The blessings that you have bestowed upon our lives have been immeasurable.

Your profound generosity, words of encouragement, and care that you have offered is incredibly gracious and kind.

As Bethany and I begin this new chapter of our lives together, we hope that we can offer the same kindness and love that you have shown to us unto others.

With hearts full of gratitude,

Avery & Bethany

Book Launch Event for St. Luke's Parishioner Linda Carleton

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

7:00-8:30 PM

Emmanuel Chapel

"It is estimated that almost 10% of women in American are survivors of childhood incest. I’m one of them. My memoir, All God, If God There Be: A Journey through Incest into Incarnate Light is coming out this summer. It chronicles the impact of childhood abuse on my spiritual development, my struggle with accepting a loving God, and the enormous power of the Spirit to bring about healing through a variety of spiritual paths. You are all invited to attend an evening of readings and discussion of the impact of childhood trauma on spiritual development on Tuesday, July 18, 7-8:30 in Emmanuel Chapel."

- Linda Carleton, St. Luke's Parishioner and Author


PPEAT Eco-Tips

Episcopalians Invited to Participate

in Environmental Justice Survey!

As The Episcopal Church Creation Care Office plans its programming for the next year, it invites all Episcopalians to participate in a 5-minute confidential survey from ecoAmerica. The survey seeks to better understand church members’ attitudes toward and awareness of climate issues and our corresponding role as people of faith. To access the survey visit the web address here <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TEC2023>

The St. Luke's Public Policy and Environmental Action Team Meeting

Tuesday July 11 from 6-7 PM.

All are welcome!

Join us via Zoom

For additional information please email Sarah Braik.

Support the St. Luke's Flower Guild!

Do you have beautiful flowers growing in your garden that you would like to share with St. Luke’s? The Flower Guild appreciates all donations of flowers to grace and beautify the High Altar for Sunday services.  In the past we have received flowers from the gardens of Harold and Liz Stover, Onnie Benoist, Byrd Wood, Ben and Shari Shambaugh, Mike Thorne and Jim Theberge, and Ellie Hooper. If you would like to consider sharing, please contact Mary Doughty at 207 233-0837 or Kathy Watt at 203 984-4040.  And if you don’t have a garden but would like to contribute towards flowers, please sign up on the Flower Chart on the bulletin board outside of the office or contact Mary or Kathy. The regular donation is $75.  Your memorial contributions add to the sanctity of each service and the beauty of St. Luke’s Cathedral.

Join the Stewardship Ministry Team

We welcome 3-4 parishioners who will join our team and help to:

  • Contribute your ideas and feedback as we plan a year-round stewardship program and annual generosity campaign
  • Identify, collect, and tell stories of how lives are being changed through the Cathedral community
  • Plan multiple and creative ways of thanking those who share their resources

By giving your time and talents, the Stewardship Ministry Team will help to advance the growth of the Cathedral’s annual operating fund supporting spiritual formation, outreach, and fellowship.

Time commitment: meeting in person or via Zoom five times, with additional time on individual work in between meetings, for an approximate total of 10 hours from July to December.

Express interest or bring your questions by emailing

Randi Hogan, Stewardship Ministry Team Leader

Or by emailing the parish office

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.  

Join Luke's Garden for Our Next Meeting

July 9th at 12:00PM

Join Luke's Garden for our next meeting on Sunday, July 9th at 12:00PM in the Lower Hall. Orion Williams will be giving a short lecture on types of sexualities in the LGBTQ community followed by an open discussion.

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.

Parish Administrator Away for

Select Weeks in June and July

Parish Administrator, Avery Schott, will be out of the office from Friday, June 30th—Tuesday, July 11th. The office will be covered by a group of volunteer parishioners during this time.

Attend Lewiston Organ Recital Series to

Support Cathedral Musicians Harold Stover and Randall Mullin

Ongoing Opportunities &

Community Resources

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!

Last Week's Service

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

Click here to view the livestream of last week's service.

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.

  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

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

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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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