E-Pistle of Thursday, November 17th, 2022

St. Luke's Webpage

Give/ Pledge to St. Luke's


E-Bulletin Board

Facebook  Instagram

View Entire E-pistle as a webpage

Reflections of the Week 

A New Look at Thanksgiving

A Reflection by Dean Shambaugh,

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love gathering with family. I love Thanksgiving hymns and prayers and the story of Indigenous peoples helping European settlers to survive their first winter here and the celebration of that in a feast. A film from Sacred Ground changed that Thanksgiving forever. 

Read Full Piece Here

Thank You to All Who Made our Holiday Fair A Success!

Your generosity of time, spirit, and support is deeply appreciated by the St. Luke's community.

Thanksgiving Service at St. Peter's

Thursday, November 24th | 9:00 am

Location: St. Peter's Episcopal Church

678 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME 04103

  • All are welcome
  • Bishop Brown will preside over the Eucharist
  • Handicap Accessible

Events at St. Luke's

Maine Pops

Unplugged: Fall Concert

November 20th | 2:30 pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: The Parish Office

Learn about event details 

Portland Rossini Club Concert

November 27th| 3:00 pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: The Parish Office

Learn about event details 

USM Choral Ensembles

Joyous Sounds

November 29th | 7:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nav

Contact: The Parish Office

Learn about event details 

The Portland Community Chorus

December 2nd | 7:30pm

December 3rd | 2:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: The Parish Office

Learn about event details 

A Service of Lessons and Carols with the Cathedral Choir

December 4th | 4:00 PM

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: Christian Clough

Learn more about Lessons and Carols

St. Mary Schola

"Blow the Trumpet"

An Advent Concert

December 10th | 3:00 pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: The Parish Office

Learn about event details 

Christmas with Renaissance Voices

December 17th| 7:30 pm

December 18th | 2:00 pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: The Parish Office

Learn about event details 

A Christmas Eve Family Service

December 24th | 5:00 PM

Location: The Cathedral Nave

A Christmas Eve Family Service with the Bishop of Maine featuring our Christmas Pageant

A Candlelit Christmas Eve Service

December 24th | 10:00 PM

Location: The Cathedral Nave

A Candlelit Christmas Eve service with the Bishop of Maine and music offerings from the St. Luke's Cathedral Choir.

Prelude begins at 9:30

St. Luke's Community Announcements

A New Face and Ministry:

The Rev. Christopher Worthley

It is such a pleasure to join the wonderful and welcoming community here at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke! Since first arriving here with my husband, Christian Clough, the Cathedral’s new Canon for Liturgy and Music, I have felt the amazing energy, character, and commitment of this holy place. With Dean Shambaugh’s encouragement, I am now excited and honored to roll up my own proverbial sleeves to serve alongside all of you.


Read Full Introduction Here

Stewardship and Giving

There are many wonderful reasons to give at St. Luke's during our stewardship season.

We need your help and continued support to be successful as a whole church body!

Read Recent Testimonials on Our Blog

Nominations for Vestry

November is the month for

nominations to the Vestry and for delegates to diocesan convention

Currently nominations are to be received for the following positions:

  • 5 Lay Delegates for Diocesan Convention
  • 3 Vestry Members
  • Senior Warden

Visit our website to learn about our vestry.

Access the Nomination Form Here

Mandala Journaling with the Advent Story

Saturday, December 3rd | 9am-11am

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: Linda Carleton

  • register prior to event by emailing Linda
  • All Materials Provided
Read More information Here

The Healing Team

The Healing Team will be serving the following dates: 

11/20/22.  Gail Kesich and Judd Hume

11/27/29   Sara Schmalz and Oscar Mokeme

12/4/22.    Mary Strnad and Oscar Mokeme

Youth Service Corp for Middle and High Schoolers

Sunday November 20th|11:30am

Location: Upper Hall

Contact: The Rev. Peter Swarr

  • Diocesan youth effort to benefit St. Elizabeth's Pantry
  • Winter Boots and Coats will be purchased for neighbors in need
  • chaperones/drivers needed
  • pizza party to follow in the upper hall
Learn More About How You Can Help

How to Get Involved at St. Luke's

St. Elizabeth's Winter Coat and Boot  Drive

Contact: Martha Parshley

Winter coats continue to be donated! We need your help to keep our neighbors warm this winter!

  • Donate coats on Tuesdays from 8:30-11 am during pantry hours
  • Drop off donations at the lower hall entrance in the blue bin
Learn about full details and how you can donate

Buy a Hannaford Bag and Support the St. Luke's Food Pantry

  • We are participating in the Hannaford Bag Tag Program
  • Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community or Fight Hunger Bag at any Hannaford Store and use the attached giving tag to direct a 1$ donation to our pantry!
Learn about how you can help the St. Luke's Food Pantry

A Christian Life of Faith:

Signs and Thresholds Along the Way

Sunday Mornings| 9am-10am

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: Dean Shambaugh

So much of what we do at St. Luke’s is designed to help others. What about nurturing and exploring our own spiritual lives? What about our questions and struggles of faith, our relationship (or not) with God? 

  • Lead by Dean Shambaugh
  • All are Welcome
Learn about how you can get involved with this group

Try on the Cathedral Choir

Thursday Evenings| 7pm-9pm

Location: The Choir Room (Adjacent to undercroft)

Contact: Christian M. Clough

  • Showing up does not commit you to the choir
  • No audition required
Learn about singing in the choir and how you can get involved

Public Policy and Environmental Action Team Eco-Tips

"The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to serve it and to guard it (Genesis 2:15)"

Are you not sure how God is calling you to preserve and repair the Earth? Yale Climate Connections has developed a survey to help you find the right match between climate action and your personality and lifestyle. Complete the survey here.

Altar Guild Polishing Party

November 19th | 9 am- 2 p.m.

Location: Upper Hall

Contact: Rita Siavelis

  • Light refreshments served
  • No prior experience is needed
  • All are welcome
Learn about how you can give your time in support of our altar guild 

Events in the Community

Diocese of Maine to Sponsor Book Launch from Dr. Catherine Meeks

December 8th |6:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Registration Link

Facebook Event

Learn about event details 




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

Facebook  Instagram