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The E-Pistle of Thursday

June 15th, 2023

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March With Luke's Garden in

The Portland Pride Parade

This Saturday

Join St. Luke’s new LGBTQIA+ Ministry, “Luke’s Garden” in marching in the Portland Pride Parade. The parade will take place this Saturday, June 17th. See details below with meeting times and contact information!

Meeting Time

The group will meet at 11:00AM in the St. Luke's Parking Lot at 134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101 and will walk over to Monument Square at 12:00PM.

The Parade will begin at 1:00PM.

For any questions about the parade please contact Orion Williams

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.

An Update From the Interim Dean Search Committee

Submitted by Misha Pride, Committee Chair

The Committee has been hard at work reviewing application materials, and has set an application deadline of June 20.  The Committee has also completed the work of establishing an interview process, and has scheduled interviews with a handful of candidates over the next few weeks.  Please keep the Committee in your prayers as they continue their swift yet prayerful and deliberative process.

Bishop Brown to Preach June 25th

The Rt. Reverend Thomas J. Brown, The Tenth Bishop of Maine, will be preaching in two weeks on June 25th, at the cathedral.

The Bishop will be available to meet with parishioners at 8:45A.M. in the Upper Hall prior to the service. 

Parish Administrator Away for

Select Weeks in June and July

Parish Administrator, Avery Schott, will be out of the office during this upcoming week, Sunday, June 18th—Sunday, June 25th, as well as Friday, June 30th—Monday, July 10th. The office will be covered by a group of volunteer parishioners during this time.

Thank You to All Volunteers for Performance of

"A Slave Ship Called Malaga"

Thank you to St. Luke's parishioner Jamie Cough who helped to organize the event and all dedicated volunteers who helped to support Antonio Rocha's performance of "A Slave Ship Called Malaga." See a photo highlight below from last Saturday's performance.

Thank You to All Volunteers Who Helped with the Parish Picnic

Thank you to Sarah Dowling who organized the gathering and all volunteers who helped to make last Sunday's parish picnic a success!

Recognitions During Last Sunday's Service

During last Sunday's service the cathedral recognized the work of

Eleanor Roberts (Head Verger), Sarah Dowling (Director of Christian Education),

Dan McDonald (Former Stewardships Chair), and Christian Clough (Canon for Liturgy and Music)

Bach Virtuosi Father's Day Sale is Here!

Visit here for more information about discounted tickets for the festival!

Bach Virtuosi Festival

June 20 - 27, 2023

Concerts performed at St. Luke's Cathedral

& Etz Chaim Synagogue

Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated as the creator of numerous masterpieces of church and non-secular music, both instrumental and with vocals. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. This year marks the eighth year that the Bach Virtuosi Festival will bring together world-class musicians to share the music of Bach. 

Visit https://bachvirtuosifestival.org/ to learn more about the repertoire and world-renowned musicians from the Bach Virtuosi Festival.

Bach Virtuosi Festival Artists Looking for Housing and Ushers

The Bach Virtuosi Festival is looking for housing for participating artists.

The festival also has a need for individuals who would volunteer to serve as ushers for concerts. If you or someone you know is interested in assisting in any capacity, please contact Administrative Director Megan Akers.

Bach Virtuosi Artists to Play During the Service this Sunday

This Sunday, June 18th, the Cathedral is grateful to welcome artists from the upcoming Bach Virtuosi Festival who will be providing musical offerings during the service.

Bo Pang (violin), Lucy Gelber (viola), and Kelcey Howell (cello) will offer the following musical selections:


J.S. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring


J.S. Bach: Air from Suite in D Major 


G.F. Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music

Read below to learn more about the artists and their participation in the Bach Virtuosi Festival.

Bo Pang (Violin)

Bo Pang Artist Bio 

Lucy Gelber (Viola)

Lucy GelberArtist Bio

Kelcey Howell (cello)

Kelcey HowellArtist Bio

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

St. Luke’s New Social Media Policy

With all the advances in social media technology and use, it is important for the Cathedral to follow the lead of other organizations and churches and establish a Social Media Policy, click here to read the full policy.

This policy applies St. Luke’s clergy, staff, and individuals in leadership roles.

Quoting from the policy document: “The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for Cathedral personnel on the relationship between employment, volunteerism, and personal social media postings. The Dean, Wardens, and Vestry of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke’s seek to foster an environment that embodies our Baptismal Covenant and respect the dignity of every human being (Book of Common Prayer, page 304). Personal postings on any social media forum that relate to Cathedral life should reflect the covenant.”

Please email Senior Warden Sam Allen if you have questions about the new policy.

Hearing Assistance Devices Available

The Cathedral has new devices for anyone who needs hearing assistance during our worship services. Please ask an usher for help getting started, and let us know how they worked for you. With any additional questions or to give feedback please email Sam Allen or Jack Swanton.

St. Luke's Monday Zoom Book Group on Summer Break

St. Luke’s Monday Zoom Book Group is on vacation for the summer. We’ll be reading Huston Smith’s Why Religion Matters in the fall. Please save the date to join us on Monday, September 18 for our next meeting.

Ongoing Opportunities &

Community Resources

The St. Luke's Healing Team

The Healing Team will be serving on the Sundays of June and the first Sunday of July.

The team will meet July 3, 2023, to schedule the rest of the month of July, 2023.

6/18/23 Mary Strnad, Elise Magnuson

6/25/23 Judd Hume, Sara Schmalz

7/2/23  Ruth Roemer, Oscar Mokeme

If you have questions about prayers of healing, please email Judd Hume or call (207) 773 - 5611.

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!

Happening in Diocese and the Wider Church Community

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers

World Refugee Day sermon

From the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

In recognition of World Refugee Day and Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Rainbow Initiative to support LGBTQ+ forced migrants, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry shared the following message:

"Hello, I’m Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. June the 20th, as you may well know, is World Refugee Day. In thinking about that, I was particularly mindful this year of the passage found in the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. It’s where Jesus tells a parable, a story of judgment day, sometimes called the parable of the last judgment or the parable of the sheep and the goats."

To read Presiding Bishop Curry's full message click here.

Last Week's Service

Click the attached links to view the Livestream of Last Sunday's Service, and the Bulletin.

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

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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