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The E-Pistle of Thursday

July 20th, 2023

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Attend Lewiston Organ Recital Series to

Support Cathedral Musicians Harold Stover and Randall Mullin

Join CSL musicians Harold Stover (July 26th) and Randall Mullin (August 16th) at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston, ME 04240, for their performances as part of 85th Anniversary Concert Series featuring the historic Casavant Organ. For additional information please visit here.


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).

Finance Committee Meeting Minutes

To read the most recent minutes of the Finance Committee held on June 20th, please click here.

To view all past minutes of the Lesser Chapter and Finance Committee meetings, please visit the Vestry Page of our website here.

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.

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. 

Coffee Hour to go on Summer Break

Join us for a time fellowship/coffee hour after the service this Sunday, July 23 in the upper hall. We will be taking a summer break from coffee hour for the following four weeks. Coffee hour will resume on Sunday, August 27. 

Thank you to everyone that has generously volunteered to host this year, we are so grateful for your willingness to make our time of fellowship possible each week. 

If you would like to sign up to host this fall visit the link below or contact Meredith Cough.

Sign up here.

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.

The Healing Team

The Healing Team will serve on the following Sundays in July, will take the month of August off, and will resume their ministry on September 10th. The following Healing Team members will serve on the following Sundays:

July 23, 2023       Peter Carleton & Sara Schmalz

July 30, 2023       Betsey Deleuse & Mary Strnad

September 10, 2023  Oscar Mokeme & Gail Kesich

The Healing Team thanks people for the opportunity to serve them in prayer. If you have any questions, please email Judd Hume or call (207) 773 - 5611.

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

Cathedral offices in need of furniture

Avery & Christian are looking for furniture to refresh offices at CSL. Christian would like a sofa or loveseat, and an upholstered arm chair, to make the Music Office more attractive and comfortable.

The Parish Office is in need of comfortable seating for visitors, and perhaps a more functional desk. If you know of gently used furniture that is available, please reach out to Christian or Avery. Thank you for your help.

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!

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.

Happening In the Diocese and

the Wider Church

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.

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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