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February 16th, 2023

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A Moment of Reflection

The Art of Slowing Down to Say Thank You

A Reflection by Avery Schott

Oftentimes, each of you are emailing me with the privilege and honor of highlighting your ministries within the church and the wider community. As I receive your entries and begin the process of proofing, formatting, posting to the website, and sending out our newsletter, I am fortunate enough to learn about each of your journeys in a deeply engaged way. Each of you tells a unique story and speaks to building a community that supports our neighbors, seeks justice for all, and works for a peaceful society. 

Our E-pistle features the saying “A Lens into the Life of the Church'' because I believe in the power of seeing, valuing, and supporting everyone who helps to make St. Luke’s a vibrant community in the heart of downtown Portland.

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Weekly Ministries

  • St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center is offered every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 11 am.
  • The Food Pantry is open from 9 am to 11 am every Thursday.
  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.
  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.
  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.
  • Compline is also offered weekly on Friday from 8-9pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

A Service in Celebration of Life


Hank Beebe

This Saturday, February 18th, 2023

11:00 am

The Cathedral Nave

Reception to follow in the Upper Hall.

Read Hank's Obituary Here


Ash Wednesday Services Upcoming

Ash Wednesday

February 22nd, 2023

The Holy Eucharist with

 Imposition of Ashes

Services at 7:00 AM, Noon, 7:00 PM

(music @ 7p only)

“The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. We are invited, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”  (BCP p. 264)

Lent 2023: “Our Hope for Years to Come – The Search for Spiritual Sanctuary”

Meditations by Micah and Martin Marty

Explore the depths of the soul on a journey of “ressourcement” (or a return to the divine source) in this modern spiritual classic. Through images, hymnody, and words let us wade into the “well-spring of living water” and discover the Spirit’s own sanctuary. This individual journey begins on Ash Wednesday and triumphs on Easter morning. Throughout Lent, this theme will be uplifted in a number of ways – from sermons to the “mere Christianity” of CS Lewis.

Several meditation “spaces” around the cathedral will available to encounter this book. We are invited to pause, ponder, and perhaps reflect upon the divine beginnings (or sparks) of our faith. Books are also available for purchase it here– or any online bookseller.

Walking with Jack” (The Story of C.S. Lewis)

Thursday Evenings beginning March 2nd

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Paul St Germain

Considered by some the greatest Christian writer in the English language, this tells the story of how a brilliant atheist embraced faith in Jesus Christ in the mid Twentieth Century. 

“Walking with Jack” is a series of multimedia events that will include illustrated presentations reflecting 40 years of study and travel to Oxford University and Lewis’ home – The Kilns; the biographical tribute: “The Magic Never Ends”(narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley); and an old-fashioned “reading-group style” gathering to hear passages from Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, A Grief Observed, and the beloved Chronicles of Narnia.

Thursday evenings 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Refreshments will be served. Presented by The Rev. Dr. Paul St Germain. 

Discover More Here: C.S. Lewis and The Kilns  

Community Announcements

Sign Up to Support the Flower Guild

We’re pleased to announce that the 2023 Flower Chart is up on the bulletin board and ready for your memorials and celebrations. We thank the many individuals who signed up on the flower chart in the past for their donations and special flower requests in memory of, or in honor of loved ones, and in celebration of births and anniversaries. The requested donation is $75. Your memorials also contribute to the sanctity of each service and add to the beauty of St. Luke’s Cathedral. 

For additional information contact Kathy Watt or Mary Doughty.

Messiaen Concert by Ensemble Chamarré

Sunday, February 26th | 3:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Freewill offering in support of St. Elizabeth's Pantry

Contact: Christian Clough

Please join us on Sunday, February 26th at 3pm in the Cathedral Nave as we host Ensemble Chamarré for a concert of the music of Olivier Messiaen. Please read the description of the concert below:

Ensemble Chamarré is dedicated to performing the powerful and moving "Quatuor pour la fin du temps" by Olivier Messiaen. This piece (translated as the Quartet for the End of Time) was composed during an excruciatingly difficult time while Messiaen was captured and held in a German POW camp during World War II. The Quartet for the End of Time draws its inspiration from the Book of Revelation, birdsong, and the colors of the northern lights. The first performance was held in the camp during the bleak winter of 1941 with Messiaen at the piano, and fellow prisoners playing violin, cello, and clarinet. Ensemble Chamarré seeks to help the listener to experience the context of this extraordinary masterpiece of chamber literature by describing the conditions at the camp and details of Messiaen's experience as it relates to the music. Listeners may draw inspiration from this musical and spiritual journey of triumph and redemption over despair.

 Past performances were greeted with great enthusiasm from audience members, who described it as “a transforming experience”. Following these successful performances together playing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, and witnessing the transformational qualities of that musical work and the audiences' response, as well as the musicians’ chemistry of working together, the musicians decided to formally create an ensemble dedicated to playing this powerful piece. The musicians who make up Ensemble Chamarré individually bring a great mix of experiences to the ensemble: from performances with the Boston Symphony on international stages to recording for Aerosmith, from movie soundtracks to concerto solo performances. They have performed worldwide, earning praise from reviewers citing their “mesmeric” and “brilliant” playing and “amazing delicacy” and “musical wizardry”.

A Warm Welcome to Paul from the

 St. Luke's Food Pantry

Last week we welcomed Paul, our newest food pantry volunteer. Paul and his wife Rose arrived in the US several months ago from Angola. He taught geography and computer science in Luanda and Rose is a trained cook.

Paul speaks English well and on Thursday mornings he makes our food pantry an even more welcoming place by interpreting for our Portuguese-speaking neighbors.

Paul and Rose have transitioned from living in a shelter to living with St. Barts parishioners in Yarmouth temporarily. If you have any ideas about permanent housing in the area, please email Anne Jacobs.

 Temporary Housing Needed for Angolan Couple

Paul and Rose are a young married couple who are asylum seekers from Angola, having just arrived in Portland this fall. They have become valuable volunteers at St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry and St. Luke’s Food Pantry.

We are seeking host families for Paul and Rose for short 2-week stays in parishioners’ homes while they continue the search for permanent housing. Currently, they are staying in two Yarmouth homes with St. Bart’s families until March 3. They are in need of temporary housing from March 3-17 and possibly beyond.

Paul has many years of experience as a teacher of science and geography. He has a strong command of the English language and is skilled as a translator for our Portuguese neighbors. Rose is fluent in French and Portuguese, is trained as a cook and is currently taking English classes. They are very self-sufficient and eager to begin their new lives in Maine. Those who have hosted them so far share that it has been an enjoyable and rich experience. They are available to answer any questions.

If you are interested in hosting Paul and Rose in your home in the coming weeks, please contact Sarah Borgeson.

New Ventures Maine

 Mar. 7, Apr. 11th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Luke’s Cathedral Community Kitchen,

143 Park St., Portland, ME 04101

Contact: Sarah Hutchins

New Ventures Maine is a statewide program of the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System, an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

St. Luke's Community Kitchen to

Host Cooking Classes with Guest Chefs

Monday, March 6th|6:00p-8:30pm

Location: The St. Luke's Community Kitchen

All proceeds support St. Luke’s Community Kitchen.

To Register: Dawn Brennan-Daly

Cost is $75/pp with seating for 12 participants.

Chef Will Donnelly will show you how to prepare home-made pasta with a delicious sauce, and then enjoy dinner together. Please BYOB.

Chef Donnelly was born in South Africa and started cooking at an early age with his family after moving to New York City. He continued his education at the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked in professional kitchens and restaurants in London, New York and Portland. He brings over 18 years of experience to his cooking, catering and classes, and is committed through his teaching to preparing better, healthier meals at home while supporting local, organic, humane farming.

Learn more by going to Loving Bite Catering and on Instagram, Will Donnelly (@sharplikeknife)

PPEAT Lenten Resources

The Public Policy and Environmental Action Team recommends these two resources for Lenten practice and reflection. 

The Creation Justice Ministries 2023 Lent Resource: Daily Reflection-Action Calendar to Cultivate Creation Justice can be downloaded here. This calendar includes daily tips for personal action, learning, advocacy and reflection.

The Rev. Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp, of St. David's in Kennebunk, has developed Walking with Suffering Creation: A Meditative Experience in Eight Days, which can be downloaded here.

Each meditation includes an invitation, reflection and prayer, and they need not be done on consecutive days.

The Healing Team

The Healing Team will serve on these dates with the following Healing Team members:

February 19, 2023 Sara Schmalz and Elise Magnuson

February 26, 2023 Gail Kesich and Judd Hume

March 5, 2023 Oscar Mokeme and Sara Schmalz

Please contact Judd Hume at (207) 773-5611 or with any questions.

Contributions for Dean Shambaugh's Farewell Party

The Cathedral Finance team still welcomes contributions in support of the farewell party held for Rev. Benjamin Shambaugh.

If you wish to make a financial gift in support of Dean Shambaugh's farewell celebration please drop off a check to the parish office or mail to the cathedral at P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101.

Please denote in the memo either "For the Dean's Farewell Celebration."

For any additional questions please email our treasurer Tim Wilkins.

Thank you for your generosity.

Realm Online Giving Platform

The Cathedral has launched our online giving platform, Realm, which also serves as our new database.

If you are interested in establishing monthly or weekly recurring gifts for your 2023 Pledge or other outreach gifts, now is the time to do so.

Please see the link here to be able to access our giving page.

Please note, Realm is not where you make your pledge. It’s where you will schedule payment of your pledge in whatever increments you might like to do. That could be weekly, monthly, or in one lump sum payment as you set up your recurring gift or one time gift please look at those options and make sure the amount that you enter is what you want withdrawn each week or each month.

You can also donate to St. Luke’s through our new and secure “Give and Text” feature. Please TEXT “TEXTCSL” to 73256. Our 2023 Pledge Campaign is ongoing. Pledge materials and information are available here.

How to Get Involved at St. Luke's

Support our Cathedral Communications by

Joining our Communications Committee

The Third Wednesday of the month

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: The Upper Hall

Contact: Avery Schott

Our Cathedral Communications specialist, Avery Schott seeks your input.

If you are interested in offering support, have ideas, or are interested in learning about our communications please email Avery for further details.

St. Elizabeth's Mittens, Gloves, and Hats Collection

Winter has finally arrived, and our neighbors are in great need of mittens, gloves and hats for both adults and children. You can drop them off in the blue box next to the stairs at the Park Street entrance to the Cathedral.  

Family Promise Needs Your Help

Portland Friends is hosting GPFP families. Help is still needed!

The GPFP rotational model is up and running and we still need your help!

There are  currently two sets of volunteer opportunities.  One involves shifts at the day center at the YMCA on Forest Avenue. We are looking for help filling morning, midday, and afternoon shifts Monday - Saturday.  The  day center is generally staffed with one Family Promise staff person and a volunteer. We need the most help Tuesday and Thursdays between 10-2 and on Saturday when the kids are there. Sign up at the YMCA day center here.

The other involves volunteering at the host church, which alternates every two weeks. Portland Friends will host our families from February 8 through February 22. There are opportunities for spending time with the families from 5:00 to 8:15 pm, and overnights, as well as shifts on Sundays and Presidents’ Day on February 20. Sign up at Friends with this link.

  Please Contact Ann if you have questions, or Wayne if you’re having trouble signing up. 

At this time, we welcome both trained and untrained volunteers from our faith communities. Many thanks to all who have stepped up to help - we could not do this without you!

Lynne England: (207) 318-9848

Connie Bingham: (207) 415-1441

Mary Linneman: (207) 409-4253

Monday Night Zoom Book Group

Every First and Third Monday of the Month

6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Contact: Linda Carleton

We will be reading Sophronia Scott’s Louie Award winning book, The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton. A 2004 nominee for the African American Literary Awards best new author, Scott was hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation." In The Seeker and the Monk, she writes an imaginary conversation with 20th century mystic, monk and activist Thomas Merton based on his extensive private journals and offers guidance on how to live in these fraught times. As a Black woman who is not Catholic, Scott both learns from and pushes back against Merton, holding spirited, an intimate conversations on race, ambition, faith, activism, nature, prayer, friendship, and love. She asks: What is the connection between contemplation and action? 

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