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The E-Pistle of Thursday

March 14th, 2024

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Dear Friends-


I’m grateful that so many of you were able to join us last Sunday to hear Susan Czolgosz’ interpretation of our Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey. For some, the results of the survey were challenging to hear. For others, the results were ‘a relief’ as one parishioner said. For all of us, the results provide guidance for next steps in this interim time. 

If you haven’t had a chance to read the executive summary or see the slides from Susan’s presentation, electronic versions are available below. We also have hard copies in the parish office.  If you would like to see the complete twenty-eight page report, we have a few copies available in the office too. 

This weekend, your vestry will meet in to discuss the next steps our community will take together. After meeting with Bishop Thomas Brown next week, we will share the results of our prayer, discussion and discernment with you. 

In the meantime, I ask for your prayers. Our Book of Common Prayer provides Collects for various occasions. The Collect appointed ‘For the Unity of the Church’ seems especially appropriate for this time. I commend it to you.  


Almighty God, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in the one whom you have sent, Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (BCP, p.255)


See you Sunday-



Community Announcements

Resources from the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT)

Results Presentation this past Sunday

This past Sunday, March 10th, we welcomed CAT consultant, Susan Tamborini Czolgosz, via Zoom to speak with our congregation about the results of our CAT survey.

Below, please find resources from the presentation, including the executive summary and the slides.

With any questions please email the Reverend George Stevens.

Executive Summary
CAT Presentation Slides

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

at CSL this Sunday

with prize-winning teenage fiddler

Beck Welling

from New Gloucester 

Shortly after beginning his ministry at CSL in 2022, Christian Clough, Canon for Music & Liturgy, met Beck’s mother Hannah at Common Ground Country Fair, and their first conversation led to a discovery of a common interest in music. Christian extended an invitation for Beck to play at St. Luke’s that day. We are thrilled it is finally happening!

Please see Beck's Biography below:

Beck Welling is a sixteen-year-old fiddler from New Gloucester, Maine. He began taking lessons at age four-and-a-half with renowned local fiddler Ellen Gawler. In July 2019, with Ellen and her advanced fiddle group, Beck traveled to the Shetland Islands to participate in Folk Frenzy, a week-long celebration of Shetland music. Thus began Beck’s love of Scottish fiddling, only reinforcing the connection to the country that his family’s heritage provides.

In 2001, with Ellen’s encouragement, Beck began lessons with the acclaimed Scottish fiddler Seàn Heely. All of Beck’s lessons with Seàn are via Zoom, but Seàn has taken Beck to a whole new level. In September of 2023, Beck competed in, and won, the Northeast Junior Scottish Fiddling Championships. In the fall of 2024, Beck will go on to compete in the National Competition.

Next to the Scottish genre, Beck also enjoys playing Irish tunes, and looks forward to sharing his love of this music with you all! 

Beck is available for events, dances and gatherings of all types! He can be reached via email.

Eucharistic Minister Training This Sunday, March 17th

Mark your calendars for Eucharistic Minister (chalice bearer) training this Sunday, March 17th after the 10 am service. We’ll review the tasks assigned to the Eucharistic Minister, handle the “holy hardware” and answer any questions that you might have about fulfilling this ministry. After the service take a moment to get a cup of coffee and then meet us at the altar rail in the church. 

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Deacon Rebecca via email.

Easter Flower Offering 2024

Each Easter the St. Luke’s Flower Guild welcomes contributions to support the flowers which are beautifully arranged for our Easter Sunday services. 

Gifts are made in memory of loved ones or thanksgiving for God's blessings in your life. 

The names of all individuals and thanksgivings are noted in the Easter Sunday Bulletin. 

To make a gift to contribute to the flowers at Easter, please complete either the online or physical form below and make a payment using the following options:

1) Use our online giving software through Realm (see further below for additional instructions)

2) Mail a physical check to our address of P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101.

Please complete the online form or enclose the physical form in your mailing

3) Place the completed form with a check enclosed in the plate during the offertory. 

4) Drop off completed form and check to the cathedral office during office hours.

Please note: Additional physical forms are also available at both entrances to the Nave, in the cathedral office, or can be mailed by request.

We will accept submissions of names for the Easter Bulletin until March 27.

If you have any questions please contact the parish office by email or at 207-772-5434


email Flower Guild co-chairs Mary Doughty and Kathy Watt.

Online Easter Flower Form
Downloadable Easter Flower Form
An Easter Letter from the Rev. George Stevens

Instructions for Giving towards the Easter Offering 

using Realm Online Giving

To make a gift for Easter Flowers 

Visit the Realm online giving page for Easter Flowers


Text “TEXTCSL EasterFlowers” to 73256 to give using your mobile device. 

To make a gift for Easter Music

Visit the Realm online giving page for Easter Music


Text “TEXTCSL EasterMusic” to 73256 to give using your mobile device. 

To make a gift in general support of the cathedral at Easter 

Visit the Realm online giving page for Easter General Offerings


Text "TEXTCSL EasterOfferings" to 73256 to give using your mobile device.

Portland Rossini Club Concert This Sunday at 3:00PM

Join the Portland Rossini Club for their concert this Sunday afternoon at 3:00PM in the Cathedral Nave.

The concert will feature:

Violist Melissa Lund Ziegler and pianist Amy Hunter performing Henri Vieutemps Viola Sonata, Op. 36

Elizabeth Harmon, mezzo-soprano, and pianist James Nga performing Schubert’s Suleika I and An die Musik, as well as two songs by Leonard Bernstein

Cellist Hugh Judge and pianist James Nga  performing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano

Pianists Ruth Matt and Leah Neuchiller performing Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Piano.

Foyer Groups Return! Simple Food, Simple Fellowship

Foyer Groups are small groups (around 8) persons sharing simple meals and fellowship. The intention is to have fun and provide an opportunity for us to meet each other and/or to become better acquainted. Each group meets once a month for a simple meal and relaxed conversation in the homes of members.

Foyer Groups are not intended to do anything, but simply to be what Christians are: groups of people who gather together and “love one another.” Foyer Groups provide time to be with one another so that friendship may grow.

Each month, a member (or two) host a gathering. Foyer Groups are not a study or prayer group; they have no agenda other than spending time with one another, which is important for the building of Christian community in our parish. The uniqueness of the Foyer Group is its lack of formal structure, its openness of communication, and it's free access given to the Spirit. 

Those interested in signing up to join a group can sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office. Sign up sheets will also be available at both the 7am and 5:15 services. The deadline for sign ups is this Sunday, March 17.  

Please contact Judd Hume (who is coordinating this effort) via email or by telephone at: (207) 773-5611 if you have questions! 

Join Us for the Inaugural

St. Luke’s Chili Cook Off on Friday March 22nd

Join us for our first ever St. Luke’s Chili Cook Off on Friday, March 22nd in the lower hall. This event will be a time of fun, food, community, and friendly competition to support the pantries operating out of the cathedral who support our neighbors.

Families and children are welcome and encouraged to attend! We will have board games, coloring, and cornhole available beginning at 5:30PM in the Upper Hall. Dinner will be available beginning at 6:00PM in the lower hall.

We need volunteers to make this event run smoothly and successfully!

The deadline to sign-up to volunteer is Tuesday, March 19th!

We are especially looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  1. Make a chili for the competition (2 spots remain!)
  2. Serve as a vote counter
  3. Serve as a greeter
  4. Help to supervise the family fun area in the upper hall
  5. Help with clean up

A sign-up sheet is available electronically here or on the bulletin board outside of the office. 

If making a chili isn't a role you would like to volunteer in, there are plenty of additional ways to help.

The event is open to all. We encourage and welcome donations for the following groups:

St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers sizes 3-5

St. Luke’s Food Pantry: canned tomatoes, canned tomato soup, flour, cornmeal, dried white beans, pinto beans

cooking oil, pasta

Greater Portland Family Promise: Diapers of all sizes

A general suggested offering to support the cost of the event $5 is also welcome, but not mandatory to attend. 

With questions about volunteering, please contact parish administrator, Avery Levesque-Schott by email or by phone at 207-772-5434, to learn more about how you can help!

Holy Week Schedule of 2024

Please see the schedule below for service times during Holy Week of 2024. With any questions, please contact the Rev. George Stevens.


March 24th, 2024, Palm Sunday

7:30am & 10:00am

March 28th, 2024, Maundy Thursday


March 29th, 2024, Good Friday

12:00pm, & 7:00pm

March 30th, 2024 The Great Vigil of Easter

7:00 pm

March 31st, 2024, Easter Sunday

9:00am | Festival Eucharist with Brass & Timpani

March 31st, 2024, Easter Egg Hunt

10:15am in the Bishop's Garden

(rain location: Emmanuel Chapel)

March 31st, 2024, Easter Sunday

11:00am | Festival Eucharist with Brass & Timpani

St. Luke's Food Pantry Needs Reusable Shopping Bags

5:15PM Sunday Worship

This Sunday the 5:15 service continues.

We look forward to ongoing conversation about planning and scheduling of future services. All are welcome!

Please contact Tim Wilkins if you want to help with the service, or have any questions. Thank you!

Looking For Individuals to serve as Treasurer and

Junior Warden

The cathedral is looking for individuals interested in serving in the positions of treasurer and junior warden.

If you are interested in serving as treasurer please contact The Rev. George Stevens or Tim Wilkins, with any questions.

If you have interest in either of these positions please email The Rev. George Stevens or Senior Warden Sam Allen.

Christian Education at the Cathedral

Interested in Christian Education? In the coming weeks the vestry will be beginning work on creating a fresh job description for the Interim Director of Religious Education at the Cathedral of St. Luke. 

If you’re interested in helping shape this new position, please contact Interim Dean the Rev. George Stevens.

Last Week's Service

Click the attached link to view last week's bulletin

To watch the livestream of last Sunday's service, click here.

Click here to watch Sunday's sermon offered by The Reverend Suzanne Roberts, Associate Priest

To read the Rev. Roberts' sermon, 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.

Ongoing Opportunities &

Community Resources

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour - Please join us after the service for a time of fellowship in the upper hall through the doors to the left of the altar. All are welcome.

Interested in hosting? It is an important part of our parish life and provides us with a time for connection. Hosting is fun and easy, it requires bringing in a baked good and brewing coffee the Sunday of your choosing. Please consider signing up, a lot of gratitude comes with the job. Thank you!

Check the hosting schedule by visiting the link here.  

Please email Meredith Cough with your date.

Painted Rocks

and Prayers for Peace

in the Holy Land

Linda Carleton is painting rocks as prayers for peace in the Holy Land. She would like to paint one for you in exchange for a donation of any amount to the Dean’s Discretionary Fund.

Contact Linda if you would like one.

Access Your Realm Profile

The Cathedral’s new online database, Realm, is a useful tool for parishioners to manage their contact and pledging information.

Realm helps our community by improving our record keeping in a more streamlined fashion. 

When joining Realm you can sign-up to be a part of the online directory in the database.

To activate your Realm profile please contact our financial administrator Nina Andersen.

Nina will assist you with the few steps necessary to access your profile.

We look forward to sharing this exciting new technology with you!

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 each Tuesday at Maine Beer Company in Freeport, 6-8 PM for Trivia.

Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however trivia is a wonderful opportunity 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.

Join Luke's Garden


Luke's Garden is the cathedral's LGBTQIA+ group which meets every 2nd Sunday of the month following coffee hour.

All are welcome!

For additional information contact Orion Williams

The Kneeler Guild and

Prayer Shawl Knitters



The Upper Hall.

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: 26-29” by 60”; select your yarn & needles. Coffee & Tea available.

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist is offered every week in Emmanuel Chapel in-person and on Zoom.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on Zoom.

Click on the Episcopal Maine Logo above to learn about all that is happening in the wider Diocese.




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143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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