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Cape Elizabeth
United Methodist Church
280 Ocean House Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107



Pastor: Ruth Morrison

Sunday Worship
8 a.m. in the small chapel

10 a.m. in the sanctuary
(with child care
and Sunday School)

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Upcoming events 2015

Thursday, April 2: Maundy Thursday service at our church, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 3: Good Friday service at the Church of the Nazarene on Route 77, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunrise Service at Two Lights, next to the Lobster Shack, 6 a.m. Easter Sunday sanctuary service, 10 a.m. at our church. (There will not be an 8 a.m. chapel service on Easter Sunday).

Saturday, April 11: End the Growl Food Packing Project, noon at Elm Street UMC. We had two teams signed up from our church, but there is always room for more. See Ruth if you are interested.

Saturday, April 11: Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m. Bring family and friends.

Sunday, April 12: Adult Education Class, "Letters to Christian Leaders," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, April 19: Adult Education Class, "Letters to Christian Leaders," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, April 26: Adult Education Class, "Letters to Christian Leaders," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, May 3: Adult Education Class, "Letters to Christian Leaders," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, May 10: Adult Education Class, "Letters to Christian Leaders," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, May 17: Adult Education Class, "Letters to Christian Leaders," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, May 24: Adult Education Class, "Letters to Christian Leaders," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Saturday, May 30: Volunteer Day at Preble Street Soup Kitchen. Kitchen help should arrive at 10:15 a.m. and servers at 11:30 a.m. for the noon meal.


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Holy Week

March 30th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Services this week

  • Maundy Thursday, April 2: 7 p.m. at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church
  • Good Friday, April 3: 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, Route 77, Cape Elizabeth
  • Easter Sunrise Service, April 5: 6 a.m. overlooking the ocean at the end of Two Lights Road. Parking in the Lobster Shack parking lot.
  • Easter Sanctuary Service, April 5: 10 a.m. at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church. (There will not be a chapel service at 8 a.m. on Easter).

Images of God

March 29th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Youthful interpretations

During Sunday School on March 29, Mark McDowell spoke with our children about  God and that God’s most precious gifts to us aren’t toys or games; it’s more about the quality of our lives and how good our lives can be.

Mark explained that he speaks with God many times each day about how good his life is and that we all should think about having similar conversations.

As a Sunday School exercise, Mark, Carol Hubbard and Belinda Parker guided the children with creating images of what God might look like — colorful, vibrant and full of life.



Heifer Project

March 15th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Cookies for Goats

As an early St. Patrick’s Day exercise, the Sunday School class on March 15 baked and decorated cookies with green icing and sprinkles and offered them after the 10 a.m. service as a means of raising money for their Heifer Project.

During Fellowship Time, adults sampled the St. Patrick cookies while providing donations that will go toward the purchase of goats from Heifer International.

Throughout this school year, the children of Sunday School have been been donating their own money as part of a lesson to learn about worldwide hunger and poverty. Through Heifer International, Sunday School classes can purchase a number of animals to be donated to families in poverty throughout the world, but our Sunday School has selected goats as the choice of their fund-raising efforts.


Through Heifer International, each goat costs $120 and with Sunday’s cookie project, our Sunday School now has enough money for two goats. For families in need, goats are an excellent source of milk, cheese and yogurt.


To help prepare the children for the baking and decorating of the cookies, Kim Flanagan led a lesson on St. Patrick and his religious missions in Ireland.


The older members of Sunday School worked in the  kitchen, preparing and baking cookies while the younger children enjoyed the decorating.


There also was time for some sampling.


During Fellowship Time, everyone had the opportunity to admire and taste the results of the Sunday School’s lesson.


Click here for more images of the Sunday School’s cookie project: Continue reading »

Jazz Sunday 2015

March 9th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Glorious Revival

Three weeks after it was postponed because of still another snowstorm, Jazz Sunday was finally celebrated on March 8 with Mardi-Gras style music throughout the 10 a.m. service and the fellowship of a pancake brunch afterward.

It was a celebratory morning worth waiting for.


Stephen Bither once again was masterful at pulling together a group of his jazz-savvy friends, gracing the service with spirit-lifting favorites from “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” to “Amazing Grace.”

For the musicians, the gathering also was a time to reflect on the life of one of their own. Roger Snow, who was a regular at many Jazz Sundays with his trombone, passed away last Sunday at age 90.

As a tribute to Roger, his trombone and trademark hat were placed next to an empty chair in front of the altar for this year’s Jazz Sunday.



Roger Snow during the 2011 Jazz Sunday

This year’s participants included Peter Lord on soprano saxophone, Bill Thurston on drums, Peter Dunphy on banjo, Tom Wilbur on tuba, Eric Anderson on trombone, Barry Daniels on clarinet and, of course, Stephen Bither on piano.


The church choir once again was a complementary addition for the jazz musicians, including Choir Director Faith York on her ukulele and Gail Parker on the organ.


A new addition to this year’s repertoire of jazz was our church’s own Tyler Rodenberger, who performed a stirring rendition of “Clarinet Blues” on the organ.

Tyler Rodenberger

Tyler Rodenberger

Another addition to this year’s Jazz service was Stephen Bither leading the Children’s Story, explaining to children young and old that Jesus wants us to be friends with each other and that we should treasure those friendships throughout our lives. Following his advice, Stephen led the jazz musicians, choir and congregation in singing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Stephen Bither

Stephen Bither

This year’s Jazz Sunday was even more festive than usual — even though it fell on the Third Sunday of Lent rather than the Sunday before Ash Wednesday — largely because of the colorful decorating done throughout the church by Betty-Jane Shreve and the handing out of Mardi-Gras beads to everyone as they entered the sanctuary.


New church member Clint Lawrence led a kitchen crew in the preparation of pancakes and sausage for the brunch following the service. It was a busy weekend for Clint in the kitchen — he also washed dishes during Saturday night’s Bean Supper. Thank you to everyone for their many contributions.

Clint Lawrence in the kitchen

Clint Lawrence in the kitchen



Click here for more images of Jazz Sunday: Continue reading »

Rainbow Sunday

February 23rd, 2015, by Ted Haider

“Then God said, ‘I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures. for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures.”

Genesis 9:12-15


Displaying God’s covenant

On the first Sunday of Lent, while Jaymie Chamberlin read Genesis 9 about God’s covenant with Noah being a rainbow and the Rev. Ruth Morrison’s sermon following the same theme, the children of Sunday School offered their own perspective.


Led by Sunday School coordinator Carol Hubbard and helper Mariah Higley, children used squirt bottles filled with colorful dyes to create rainbows, hearts and other imaginative designs in the large snow banks by the front and side entrances to the church.


It was a perfect Sunday School lesson for the children and an immediate reinforcement of the day’s scripture reading for adults when they left the Sunday service.


In her benediction, the Rev. Morrison challenged members of the congregation to spend Lent looking for the rainbows in their lives and sharing those memories  each Sunday during our worship together.


To emphasize the rainbow theme of Sunday’s service, Stephen Bither and Faith York performed a special rendition of “The Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie” during the Offertory and during the Prelude, organist Gail Parker played a medley of rainbow-related songs, including the always thought-provoking “Somewhere over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.”


When members of the church arrived at the Sunday service, they were greeted with another form of a rainbow: water-filled, frozen balloons with colored water inside of each, thanks to the creativity of Chris DeSantis.


Thank you to all who made this rainbow-filled Sunday possible!

Click here for more images of the children’s Sunday School project:   Continue reading »

Blizzard Warning

February 13th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Jazz Sunday postponed

Because of the forecast for blizzard conditions on Saturday night and Sunday, Jazz Sunday, originally scheduled for Feb. 15, has been postponed. For anyone wishing to still attend a service, however, the Rev. Ruth Morrison said there will be regular worship on Sunday morning.

Jazz Sunday has been rescheduled for March 8 at 10 a.m., including the Mardi-Gras music during worship and the pancake brunch afterward.

An Ash Wednesday service will be held at our church on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.


United Methodist Women

February 11th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Valentines from the heart

At its monthly meeting on Feb. 10, the United Methodist Women created Valentine cards from a table filled with hearts, ribbons, lace, glue sticks and rubber stamps with messages of endearment.


When the hand-crafted Valentines were completed, following some careful scrutiny, they were mailed to members of the church and community who have a difficult time getting out at this time of the year.


Prior to the card-making session and its monthly lunch together, the women gathered in the chapel for a time of reflection and prayer to honor Joanne Scontras, a longtime member of the UMW who passed away on Feb. 2.


The UMW’s next meeting is Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All women of the church and their friends are invited to attend.

Heifer Project

February 10th, 2015, by Ted Haider
(Photos by Laura Young)

Learning about hunger, poverty

Each Sunday since September, our Sunday School has been taking a collection for the Heifer Project, an initiative to teach our children about worldwide hunger and poverty.

Bob and Linda Webster introduced the children to the Heifer Project in September and gave them a refresher course on Feb. 8, just prior to their trip to the Heifer International Farm in Alabama.


The weekly Sunday School collections will go toward  the purchase of a goat, a flock of chicks, honey bees, llama, or perhaps even a heifer.

The purchase and donation of these animals go to the Heifer Mission, which distributes them to families in poverty throughout the world, helping them to become self-reliant through the gifts they receive.

For example:

  • Goats can produce up to a ton of milk a year and give birth to twins or triplets.
  • Heifers can produce a calf every year and up to four gallons a milk a day.
  • Honey bees can supply beeswax and honey and improve crop yields through pollination.
  • Chickens can supply up to 200 eggs a year.

Through Heifer International, the cost of the animals:

  • Heifer: $500
  • Share of Heifer: $50
  • Llama: $150
  • Goat: $120
  • Share of Goat: $10
  • Honey Bees: $30
  • Flock of chicks: $20

If you have children in our Sunday School, please help them to contribute to the Heifer Project.

Click here for more information on Heifer International: Heifer

Rest in Peace

February 8th, 2015, by Ted Haider

Joanne Scontras, 1931-2015

Joanne Scontras, an longtime  member of our church and the United Methodist Women, passed away on Feb. 2 at the age of 83.

Her family is asking, in lieu of flowers, to make donations in Joanne’s name to Hospice of Southern Maine.

Click here for Joanne’s obituary: Joanne

Joanne, far right,

Joanne, far right, making Italian Sandwiches with the United Methodist Women on Super Bowl Sunday, 2012.


Joanne, second from left, sits with Stephen Bither, Kathie Hackett and Gloria Kierstead at a Sea Dogs game. Gloria passed away in January.

Joanne with Kathie Hackett

Joanne with Kathie Hackett

Super Sandwiches

February 2nd, 2015, by Ted Haider


Comfort food for Pats’ victory

Members of the United Methodist Women assembled 44 Italian sandwiches on Sunday morning for members of the church and their families to enjoy before or during the Super Bowl — the New England Patriots’ nail-biting 28-24 victory over Seattle.

This has become an annual fund-raising event for the UMW, organized by Kathie Hackett.

Thank you to the UMW for its mission work and to everyone in the church who support it.