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The E-Pistle of Thursday

March 9th, 2023

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

Mourning the Deaths of

The Very Rev. Stephen W. Foote


Cynthia Fitzgerald

Over the past 24 hours our staff were unfortunately informed of multiple deaths within our cathedral family.

Longtime parishioner, Cynthia Fitzgerald died peacefully on Sunday evening.

Former Dean of the Cathedral, The Very Rev. Stephen Foote died peacefully on Wednesday morning.

In this time of mourning we offer prayers and solace to their families, friends, and all who hold grief in their hearts at this time.

May light perpetual shine upon them.

A Weekly Reflection

Learning about the Life of

C.S. Lewis

Presentation Highlights from last week

By the Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain, Transition Priest in Charge

Oxford and Cambridge don C. S. “Jack” Lewis (1898 – 1963) has been called the

“greatest Christian writer in the English language” – opening the door of faith to millions of readers. His words on Christian apologetics are indeed ones of “global ministry” – are all not only in print but have been translated into most languages – and continue to sell millions of copies annually.

The Kilns, also known as the C. S. Lewis House, is a house in England’s Oxford suburb of Risinghurst, where the author wrote his “Chronicle of Narnia” series and other classics.

Read Full Article Here

Lenten Resources

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

Thursday Evenings

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Upper Hall

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  

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 be 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. Access the book here– or any online bookseller.

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.

Last Week's Service

In case you missed last Sunday's services, please see our new page on our website to access bulletins, the sermon from Rev. Anne C. Fowler, and livestreams from this past weekend.

Bulletin and E-pistle Archives

If you are looking to see previous bulletins or prior publications of the E-pistle, please see the new archive page on our website.

Community Announcements

Daylight Savings Time Begins This Sunday

Please remember to move your clocks ahead by one hour for this Sunday as Daylight Savings Time Begins.

New Ventures Maine

Apr. 11th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Luke’s Cathedral Community Kitchen,

143 Park St., Portland, ME 04101

Contact: Sarah Hutchins

Event Details Here

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

The St. Luke's Public Policy and Environmental

Action Team Meeting and Eco Tips

Tuesday March 14

6:00pm – 7:00pm p.m.

Location: Zoom

Contact: Sarah Braik

All are welcome and invited

Did you know that Maine produces only 0.3% of total US carbon emissions?

Did you know that Maine is the only state with both U.S. senators on the Climate Solutions Caucus? That’s the group of 14 senators who will hammer out whatever policy will be voted on by the Senate. Thus, we have potentially twice as much influence over what the Senate will do – or not do – than any other state in the union. 

This is the time to exercise your political power as a person of faith by contacting Senator Collins and Senator King. Tell them that your faith requires you to protect God’s good earth and ask them to introduce policies that, by governmental regulation or market pricing, drive down U.S. emissions, take back power from the polluters and press foreign countries to do the same. 

Hannaford Giving Tag Program: Anytime you are in a Hannaford grocery store if you purchase new reusable bags and follow instructions on the tag to choose ST LUKE'S FOOD PANTRY from their list, $1 comes to us. Even better: throughout March, for all bags purchased at the Hannaford on Cottage Road in South Portland all donations automatically come to St. Luke's with no need to register online.

The Healing Team

This Sunday, March 12, the healing team will be Ruth Roemer and Peter Carleton

Healing team members for upcoming services are listed below:

March 19,2023.    Elise Magnuson and Mary Strnad

March 26, 2023.   Gail Kesich and Judd Hume  

April 2, 2023.        Mary Strnad and Oscar Mokeme

If you have any questions about receiving prayers during these times, please contact Judd Hume at jwilliamhume@gmail.com or at (207) 773 - 5611

The Young and the Restless

March Gathering

March 13th, 2023

6:30 p.m.

Location: Address will be available upon request.

Contact: Shana Rose

Please join us for this month's The Young and the Restless get-together! This month Madeleine Nowak and Shana Rose will be hosting a PowerPoint and Pizza Party!

Have burning passion for a special topic, such as sport, music or anything in between? Want to share something you just learned or deeply care about? Think you need to (re)introduce yourself to Y&R? Well tonight is your night!! 

Come on over with your prepared PowerPoint and bring some goodies to munch on. Mads and Shana will take care of getting pizza from Leonardo’s.

The party will start at 6:30 pm, March 13th. 

Please let Shana know that you are coming and what goodies you are bringing by emailing  or texting: 610.568.8907.

Address will be available upon request. We hope to see you there! 

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

Coffee Hour Sign-Ups

Sunday Mornings

Following the 10:00am Service

Location: The Upper Hall

Contact: Meredith Cough

Sign-Up Form

Coffee Hour is a ministry of fellowship that keeps our community connected, it is especially important during this leadership transition at St. Luke's.  

Please consider hosting a coffee hour some Sunday this spring. Basic snacks and beverages are provided for you to serve, if you would like to augment that with fresh fruit and baked goods feel free to organize that beforehand.

 A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board or you can click the link below and sign up online or simply contact me and I'll sign you up. Abundant amounts of gratitude come with the job, thank you!  

Email Meredith Cough or call 207-415-8207 

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

Do you have an interest in engaging with our wider community? Do you have a passion for design of our web materials and newsletter?

If so, our Cathedral Communications Specialist Avery Schott needs your help! Consider joining our Communications Committee!

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

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.

St. Luke’s Food Pantry Needs a Deeper Bench on Thursday

Know anybody? We're looking for a few good people who can lift 20 pounds, roll carts around, and laugh at our jokes for a couple of hours Thursday mornings. I wouldn't say that St. Luke's Food Pantry Volunteers are the best people to spend time with, but our volunteers are the best people, they are interesting, caring, and sometimes witty. 

Also: the work is compelling and satisfying. If we get a couple more folks we can staff an information table to address other community needs.

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

The new Warming Shelter located at Woodfords Church  is up and running and we need  volunteers to help cover the 5 shifts a day in this  24/7 endeavor.  If you could help, sign up with this link.

If you are new to Family Promise, we simply ask that you sign up to work with a trained volunteer. Again, thank you for all you do for our families! Call Lynne, Connie or Mary with any questions or concerns.

Lynne England: (207) 318-9848

Connie Bingham: (207) 415-1441

Mary Linneman: (207) 409-4253

Support State Street Church Warming Center

March 5- April 28th

Location: State Street Church

Sign-Up Link

Volunteers are needed nightly for an evening shift (6-8:30pm) and an overnight shift (8:30pm - 7:30am).

2 volunteers are needed for each shift, every night.

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? 

Events in the Wider Community

St. Alban's Lenten Series

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Cape Elizabeth, will be presenting a Recital Series for the season of Lent. These 30-minute recitals will take place each Tuesday during Lent at 6:00 p.m., and are intended to serve as an opportunity to gather in a holy space and let go of our earthly troubles. Admission is free, but donations are kindly encouraged.

St. Mary Schola

De Profundis:

Music for the Lenten Season

Saturday, March 25th

Location: The Cathedral Nave

St. Mary Schola will present two performances of the De Profundis: Music for the Lenten Season.

The program includes a capella works by Champion and Josquin and Cantata 131 Aus der Tiefen by J.S. Bach. Also featured is a rare performance of a Miserere mei setting attributed to Costanzo Festa which likely served as a model for the famous setting by Gregorio Allegri.

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