Monday, January 12, 2015

Join us as we celebrate two amazing people!

This coming Sunday, January 18th, please join us at the 10:00 a.m. worship service as we celebrate the 99th birthday of Espen Christensen. It isn't every day that we get to mark the beginning of the 100th year of faithful service of an active church member. After our Sunday service, we will have cake and festivities in the church hall. Whether you've know Espen for a few decades or a few days, we are sure he and his family would love to see you there!

And then at 4:00 p.m. we will have a vespers service (Holden Evening Prayer) to celebrate the ministry and bid a fond farewell to Associate Pastor Ellen Schoepf. After two-and-a-half years of amazing pastoral service, she has accepted the call to be the new pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos, Michigan. The vespers will be followed by a soup supper and reception in the church hall.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Solar open house!

Saturday, January 10th, 9-10:30 a.m.
515 Woodford St. Portland

Join us at the St. Ansgar Church in Portland to get answers to questions such as, how much do these systems cost, what can I expect for my return on investment, what are the available incentives for solar energy systems and how do they perform in our Northeast climate? See examples of homeowners in your community who are saving with solar and learn about our exclusive Own Your Power solar financing program! - See more at:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dedication of the new solar panels!

Come join us and be part of the move toward a healthier earth!

This coming Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., the people of St. Ansgar will officially dedicate the solar panels that now generate our electricity. We will welcome the Feast of Epiphany a couple of days early to remind ourselves that Christ is the light of the World. And just as that light empowers us all toward goodness, the light of the sun helps to free us from the entrapment of fossil fuels!

We are pleased to have taken this huge leap toward greatly reducing our carbon footprint. During the past seven years, we have made great strides in energy efficiency:
  • Super-insulated our vaulted ceiling and roof
  • Replaced aging converted furnaces with high-efficiency condensing gas furnaces
  • Installed a passive cooling system for summer months that runs on about $30 worth of electricity a month
  • Replaced aging and leaking windows
  • Replaced aging light fixtures with more efficient units, and have approved installation of LED lighting for 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Join us for Lessons and Carols

This coming Sunday, December 28th, join us for a morning Holy Communion service with seasonal Lessons and Carols.

The Rev. Mia Dyson will preside, and Pastor Bill Barter will accompany on organ and piano, along with Trumpeter and Guitarist Jim McDonough.

The service is at our regular time of 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas is here!

Christmas Eve service tonight with festive music and time for the children. 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Morning service at 9:00 a.m., a quieter service.

Both Christmas services include Holy Communion. We practice an "open" communion table at St. Ansgar, and we invite all to participate.

On Sunday, December 28th, there will be a Holy Communion service with Lessons and Carols. Please join us!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Scandinavian Weekend!




Get ready to celebrate the holidays, Scandinavian style! On Saturday, December 6th, come buy gifts for the loved ones on your list at our annual church fair. On Sunday, December 7th watch us bestow this year’s young St. Lucia with a crown of candles. There will, of course, be delicious traditional Scandinavian treats at both events!


Church Fair – Saturday, December 6 from 10:00am-2:00pm

St. Lucia Festival – Sunday, December 7 from 4:00pm-6:00pm


St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 515 Woodford Street, Portland (corner of Woodford Street and Brighton Avenue) 

Call Julie Davidson at (207) 756-0605 or email

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Is fall really coming?

Although the temps are in the 80's some days, the fall is upon us. As we move from the slow pace of summer, we turn our minds to the life and ministry of our church.

Here are some upcoming events and projects you won't want to miss!

Attention Parents and 5th - 8th Graders - Our Fall kick-off event with area Lutheran churches  
is Friday, September 12, at First Lutheran Church, 6:00-8:00 pm

God's Work, Our Hands / Christian Education Kick-off All Church Event
Sunday, September 14 - Join us for a potluck meal following worship!
We will share information and have a conversation about Christian Education throughout  
the 2014-2015 year. Then, after eating lunch, we will package cookies and care packages to send to military personnel in Afghanistan. We ask that you bake cookies ahead of time in preparation for this event.
Items to bring for Care Packages:
  • Cookies (Any kind EXCEPT chocolate - Chocolate does not survive the trip!!)
  • Any kind of snacks or junk food
  • Candy that is NOT chocolate
  • Toiletry items
  • Keurig-cup coffees
We will begin collecting these items on Sunday, August 31, and package them Sunday, Sept. 14!

Senior Saints - Monday, September 15, Westbrook Senior Citizens, Westbrook, 1:00 pm
and Wednesday, September 17, Barron Center, Portland, 2:00 pm
Paul's PALS - Sunday, September 28, Inn at the Village Square, Gorham, 2:00 pm

The September meeting of PALS will be held on Wednesday, September 17th at 11:00 am
at IHOP. The speaker will be Deanna Ross who will speak about Valentines. Planning meeting at 10:00. Please make your reservation by Friday, September 12th.

Sunday, October 12 - Fall Bread for the World Offering of Letters during Coffee Hour

Bible Sunday, October 26 - Children and youth will be receiving Bibles during worship on
October 26. If your child has not received a Bible, please put his/her name on the list in the lobby. Children in 3rd Grade and above will receive a NRSV Bible. Children under 3rd Grade will receive a Children's Bible.

Special Lecture event!

"Bringing It All Home: A Recovery of the Ordinary"
Dr. Janet Gunn will share her story of the Palestinians on Wednesday evening, September 17th
from 7-8:30 at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 515 Woodford Street, Portland, ME. The focus of
her story is a teenager from a refugee camp near Bethlehem who was shot by an Israeli soldier
during the first year of the First Intifada and died two years later. Janet met the boy at a
Palestinian hospital shortly after his fatal wound and accompanied him to a Boston hospital
for six weeks of life-saving emergency medical treatment.  She became a member of his family
over the course of the two years he survived on hyperalimentation, a feeding of essential minerals
and vitamins by means of a tube attached to a major vein in his chest.  

Janet flew back from a visiting professorship at Hobart & William Smith Colleges for the two-
week wake following his death in the fall of 1990 when she was an integral  part of the wide community visitation with the boy's family. Her memoir, Second Life, is a testimony to the life
and death of Mohammad along with the resulting recovery of the ordinariness of the life she
seemed to have lost at the death of her father when she was five years old.  A kitchen spoon 
begins and ends her story.

Copies of her book, Second Life: A West Bank Memoir, (University of Minnesota Press, 1995)
will be available for purchase.