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April 5th, 2023

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Holy Week 2023 Schedule

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Easter Egg Hunt



Apr. 9th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Bishop's Garden

Rain Location: Emmanuel Chapel

Contact: Sarah Dowling

Our annual Easter egg hunt will be held between the Easter services at 10: 30 am. This fun filled time will be held in the Bishop’s Garden which is behind the gated section at the front of St. Luke’s. If it is rainy, the egg hunt will be held in the Chapel. Everyone is welcome!

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for Good Friday Offering to support ministry in Jerusalem & Middle East


As The Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering enters its second century, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites bishops, congregations, and supporters—in his annual Lent letter—into “that selfless way of living” demonstrated by Jesus of Nazareth on the cross.


Read Full Article Here

An Easter Message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry


"This is a different Easter message. I’ve shared Easter messages from Jerusalem some years ago, and I have shared Easter and Christmas messages from a variety of locations. Last year for Christmas, we were in San Diego. Today I’m in Paris, part of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. We just finished a revival—over 50 young people and some 300-400 people from all over Europe who came for this revival service. It was a remarkable thing to behold and be part of."


Read Full Message Here


Community Announcements

Minutes From The Lesser Chapter


Please see the most minutes from the Lesser Chapter Meeting on March 15th.


For additional information about the Vestry please see their page on the website.

Ministry Formation Days


April 22nd & April 29th, please see details below


Liturgical Ministries: April 22 9a–1p  

Vergers, Ushers, Altar Guild, Acolytes, Flower Guild, Lectors & Intercessors


Hospitality and Support Ministries: April 22 1-4p Building & Grounds/Facilities, Sunday Fellowship Time (AKA Coffee Hour), Greeters, Kitchen Committee, Community Suppers, Memorial Receptions


Formation Ministries: April 29 9a–1p

Sunday School, Nursery, Teen Fellowship, Adult Education, Newcomer Classes


Outreach Ministries: April 29 1-4p

St Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center, Community Kitchen, Public Policy & Environmental Action, Food Pantry 


The Upper Hall

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain

Please bring a brown-bag lunch (beverages provided), and share fellowship with fellow parishioners at the morning and afternoon events.



Ministry Formation Days St. Luke’s is entering an exciting time of transition—from an acting priest-in-charge to a full time interim-dean to eventually, by God’s grace, a new dean. As in any transition, there are areas where special attention and support for its members is helpful. This encourages a smoother “ministry in transition”. This is also a time to invite increased participation, and offer the congregation fresh ways to engage, and perhaps explore joining a group “short-term”—as part of ALL of our “ministries” —“in transition”. Every member of the congregation is invited to come together—and explore more about a ministry which may be calling you. The best definition of a “call” I have heard is: “something when doing brings us closer to God”. This is an excellent Lenten or Easter exploration—perhaps taking even a “resurrection” look at where we are and what God is calling us to do! 


We are offering four separate Saturdays in April to uplift four areas of Cathedral ministry and engage the following:

  • Challenges and expectations of ministry during change and how to meet them
  • “What you always wanted to know about this ministry but were afraid to ask…”
  • Review of existing methods and procedures
  • How to support the St. Luke’s Community through YOUR ministry and service. 




Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Search for

an Interim Dean: April 16th

 

Please join Senior Warden, Sam Allen, and The Rev. Suzanne Roberts in the Upper Hall at the conclusion of the 10:00A.M service on April 16th for our second Town Meeting regarding updates on the search for an Interim Dean. 


The meetings use two questions to prompt discussion about St. Luke’s and what qualities we should seek in the Interim Dean:

•Provide just a few words that would help a prospective Interim candidate learn about St. Luke’s.

• Provide in just a few words gifts and skills that you feel are particularly important for St. Luke’s Interim Dean to possess.  


Read Full Publication from the Senior Warden

Public Policy and Environmental Action Team Meeting


Tuesday April 11th, 2023

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M

Location: Zoom

Contact: Sarah Braik


All are welcome!


Ecotips from the Public Policy and Environmental Action Team


St. Luke's is now composting!


The Cathedral is now participating in Garbage to Garden's curbside composting service. The church office and the flower guild, food pantry, kitchen and coffee hour coordinators have the combination to the locked tote, located near the dumpster.


Here’s what can be composted:

-All food waste, including cooking oil

-Paper (as long as it is not shiny)

-Leaves and brush (thinner than a pencil)

-Napkins and paper towels

-Non-waxed paper plates

-Plain cardboard with no stickers or tape  (cardboard with stickers and tape can go in our brand new cardboard dumpster!)


If you are not composting at home, check out Garbage to Garden's residential service.


Public Policy and Environmental Action Team

Coffee Hour Presentation


Sunday April 23rd

At the Conclusion of the 10:00A.M. Service

Location: The Upper Hall



Hold the Date: Sunday April 23 after the service - during coffee hour the PPEAT Committee will be showing two brief films created by the American Resilience Project who share the work being done in other communities to strengthen civic engagement for achieving the necessary energy transition, adapting to sea level rise, managing the climate crisis, strengthening food security, and more.


Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this informative discussion that shares such hopeful stories of what is already happening and explore with us what might be possible here in our own community. 


Community Supper Announcement


Please attend the April 22nd discussion.



On Sunday April 22nd and 29th Rev. Paul St. Germain will chair sessions in the Upper Hall to discuss our ministries, provide information to parishioners, and discuss what changes might be made to better serve the parish and reflect current needs.


Community Supper will be discussed on the 22nd, and we invite our loyal volunteers, attendees and anyone interested to join us and share your ideas. In light of this meeting, we will not schedule a May Community Supper, but explore the idea of the Kitchen Management Committee and its wonderful volunteers hosting the parish picnic in June, and launching a new Community Supper schedule starting in September 2023.


If you have any questions or wish to join the Community Supper Team, please contact 

Dawn Brennan-Daly


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.


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.

The Healing Team


This Easter, April 9th, the following Healing Team members are serving:

Ruth Roemer and Betsey Deleuse at 9 A.M.

Gail Kesich and Peter Carleton at 11 A.M.



If you have any questions about receiving prayers during these times, please email Sara Schmalz

How to Get Involved at St. Luke's


Clynk Bags Available to Support The Young and the Restless


Contact: Shana Rose


St. Luke’s has returned to the Clynk Initiative Program. There are bags 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. Proceeds from this initiative will support our young adults group, “The Young and the Restless.”

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 ideas pertaining to the design of our web materials and newsletter?

If so, please join our Communications Committee!


Please note, you do not have to have technology based skills to participate.

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

Join the Knitters and Kneeler Guild


Every Thursday

Location: The Upper Hall




“Choose your Design” April 13th, 2023


“Planning for a Border” April 20th, 2023


Each week until May 4th, 2023

St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry


St. Elizabeth's is looking for stock pots (ie. larger pots with lids for stews and soups) for distribution next month.  We have collected about 100 stock pots so far, but hope to have 300 on hand in April. Also, our shelves of bedding/bath mats/pillows are now bare.  Comforters are especially popular. 

Urgent Need for Volunteers at Family Promise Warming Shelter

The Family Promise Warming Shelter at Woodfords needs our help. There are April dates in need of volunteers as well. Can you help? 

 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



The Monday Zoom Book Group will begin reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion on Monday, April 17. Taylor suggests that we might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the sacred and the secular.” The Jamestown Cross Book Review describes the book as “profound in its implications and a must-read for anyone seeking to reconcile the faith they cling to with the science they encounter.” The group meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays from 6-7pm. The Luminous Web is only four chapters and we’ll complete it in 2-4 weeks. Contact Linda Carleton if you’d like to join us.

Mandala Journaling Group

The Second Saturday of the Month

9:30-12:00 pm

Location: The Lower Hall

Contact: Linda Carleton


On Saturday, April 8, the Mandala Journaling group will be exploring Stage 4 of the sacred circle. This is the stage of Beginnings, of turning toward the light with a new idea, project or relationship. It’s a time of both excitement and vulnerability. The American Madonna painting in Emmanuel Chapel is a poignant illustration as Mary releases a toddler Jesus into an unknown world. No experience is needed to begin the spiritual practice of mandala journaling. We meet every 2nd Saturday in the Lower Hall. Contact Linda Carleton for more information

Last Week's Service

In case you missed the livestream of last Sunday's services, please click here.


You can visit our website to access

last week's service bulletin.

Bulletins, Sermons, and

E-pistle Archives


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

Weekly Ministries


  • 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

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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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