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



Pastor: Casey Collins.

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 2018

Monday, March 12: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey, 8-9 a.m. at C-Salt Gourmet Market, 349 Ocean House Road.

Tuesday, March 13: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room

Wednesday, March 14: Wednesday Lenten service at the the Church of the Nazarene in Cape Elizabeth, 7 p.m. Ami Sawtelle of the Thornton Heights UMC will preach on ageism

Sunday, March 18: Adult Education series by the Rev. Jim Young on "New Testament Personalities", 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room

Monday, March 19: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey, 8-9 a.m. at C-Salt Gourmet Market, 349 Ocean House Road.


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United Methodist Women

March 11th, 2018, by Ted Haider

March gathering canceled

Because of the forecast for still another Nor’easter on Tuesday, The United Methodist Women have canceled its March 13 gathering.

The Rev. Jim Young was scheduled to talk and give a slide presentation at the March meeting. Jim will now give his talk on Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. in the Narthex.


March Nor’easter

March 9th, 2018, by Ted Haider




Lenten service

March 6th, 2018, by Ted Haider

March 7 service postponed

Because of the forecast for a significant Nor’easter snowstorm, the Casco Bay Cluster’s Wednesday, March 7 Lenten service at the Peoples United Methodist Church has been postponed.

The service has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at Peoples at 7 p.m.


Sunday School lesson

March 6th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Hands-on experience

To best illustrate the story of Mary washing Jesus’ feet in the home she shared with Martha, Sunday School teacher Deanne Burr washed the feet of Maddie and Mason Keezer on March 4, after telling them the story and watching a video.


After the feet washing, Deanne helped Maddie and Mason simulate making the Nard perfume described in the Mary and Jesus story. In ornate bottles, they mixed vegetable oil, herbs, orange-flavored oil and food coloring.


Thank you to Deanne for this innovative approach to a Bible story!

Dress a Girl 2018

February 24th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Mission accomplished — and more

For the third year, a group of women from our church gathered on five Saturday mornings and created dresses for girls living in poverty and at risk around the world. The project is part of the international Dress a Girl Around the World mission.

The women, led by Judith Hill and Lili Acheson, set out with the goal “Just One More,” meaning they wanted to complete 167 dresses — one more than last year’s total.

With fewer women working on the project this year, the final 2018 total was 193 — truly amazing!


“This was a group that got together to sew dresses, but the fellowship we had together was wonderful,” Judith Hill said. “The dresses kept coming in from people who had worked at home. It was amazing. It was like the loaves and fishes.”


On Saturday, Feb. 24, Jackie Dewey (above left), regional ambassador for Dress a Girl Around the World, came to our church and picked up the dresses after the final sewing session. Before she left, Pastor Casey Collins blessed the dresses, the women who created them, and the girls who will wear them.

Dress a Girl Around the World has groups and organizations around the world creating dresses, including every U.S. state, parts of Europe, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Since the program began in 2009, one million dresses have been delivered to 81 countries.

The Southern Maine group, of which our church is a part, has created 4,500 dresses over the past two years for girls in Senegal, Malawi, Uganda, Haiti, India, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

The group of women who created dresses this year from our church included Judith and Lili, Linda Webster, Jean Meyer, Beverly Merrill, Kathie Hackett, Barbara Knowles, Genesta Berry, and Linda Wakefield (who sent six dresses from Florida). Betty Brown from the Peoples United Methodist Church in South Portland also was part of this year’s group.

Valentines 2018

February 16th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Words of Love

Members of our church’s United Methodist Women once again spent time at their February gathering creating Valentine cards for members of the church and friends who have trouble getting out at this time of the year or just for people who deserved a special token of love and appreciation.


Deanne Burr organized materials and the other women took it from there, using cutouts, stickers, stamps, ribbons and even lace and heart-shaped punches to make their special and unique cards.


Thank you to the UMW for making someone’s Valentines Day a special one!



Ash Wednesday

February 13th, 2018, by Ted Haider

Service at Thornton Heights UMC

An Ash Wednesday service will be held Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church in South Portland. The Rev. Casey Collins of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will be preaching.

Jazz Sunday 2018

February 12th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Making a ‘Joyful Noise’

On the last Sunday before Lent, Stephen Bither once again brought together a group of his talented musician friends to grace our congregation and friends with Mardi Gras-style music on what has become known at our church as Jazz Sunday.

Stephen has been doing this every year since 2007, but this year he added a new approach, having some of the musicians explain during the Children’s Story how they make “joyful noise” in a way that would hopefully please God. The children loved it — as did everyone else!


Stephen Bither explains how jazz can be a “joyful noise”.


Trumpet player Michelle Kingston explains her “joyful noise”.

Stephen’s group played before, during and after the 10 a.m. service with Stephen on piano, Peter Dunfey on banjo, Eric Anderson on trombone, Tom Wilbur on sousaphone, Michelle Kingston on trumpet, Barry Daniels on clarinet, Peter Lord on soprano sax, Paul Aaronson on drums and our own Tyler Rodenberger on tenor sax.


Complementing the jazz musicians, our choir, led by Faith York’s creative arrangements, provided their own “joyful noise”, both on their own and with the musicians.


This was the first Jazz Sunday for Pastor Casey Collins at our church and she celebrated in true style by dancing down the center aisle after her benediction.


And when the service ended, everyone gathered for a pancake and sausage brunch, thanks to the planning and organization of Steve Hill and his busy helpers, Sue and Bruce Lind and Greg Wyman.


Thank you to all who made Jazz Sunday a rousing success, included members of the church and friends who attended the service.

Lent begins with an Ash Wednesday service at the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church in South Portland on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Pastor Casey Collins from our church will be preaching.

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Dress A Girl Around The World

January 24th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Create dresses for girls in poverty

For a third year, a group of women from our church and their friends will spend the next five Saturday mornings creating dresses for the international Dress A Girl Around the World mission. Each session will run from 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 27-Feb. 24.

You are invited to join the group and either create and sew together the dresses or help out in a variety of other ways. If you would like to sew, please bring your sewing machine and some fabric for creating the dresses. Some fabric is already at the church from previous sessions.


Dress A Girl Around The World has 1,600 members sewing throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, European countries, Costa Rica, Uganda, and other locations throughout the world. The Southern Maine group has distributed 11,000 dresses to Senegal, Malawi, Uganda, Haiti, India, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.


In 2016, women from our church created 116 dresses. In 2017 the final total was 166. The goal for this year is to do at least 167.


Dress A Girl Around The World is an organization under the umbrella of Hope for Women. Dress A Girl has four hopes: Dignity, Joy, Health, and Love.


It is not necessary to take part in all five sessions or even any full session — come when you can and stay for as long as you are available.


For more information, contact Judith Hill or Lili Acheson.


Christmas 2017

December 28th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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Worshiping throughout Christmas Eve

At both a 10 a.m. Sunday service and again at evening worship, our church celebrated the birth of Jesus with the involvement of many church members and friends in a variety of ways.


The morning service included uplifting music from the choir, special creative approaches by Director Faith York, and the deep-sounding tones of the organ, played by Gail Parker.


Scripture readings by members of the church throughout the morning service were accented by messages of the season delivered by Pastor Casey Collins.


And, of course, there was the lighting of the Advent candles.


In the evening Family Service, Pastor Casey had everyone take part as she told the story of Jesus’ birth.


Children were called to the front of the sanctuary and took on the roles of shepherds, angels, the inn keeper, stars and the Magi, all standing around Mary and Joseph and directed what to do by Camille Braun.

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While Pastor Casey read the Christmas story, everyone sitting in the pews was invited to react, such as saying “Wow!” at the appearance of the Angel Gabriel or “Oh No!” when Mary and Joseph were informed there were no rooms available in the inn. To help church members know when to express their vocal reactions, Preston and Melissa Stewart  stood in front of the sanctuary and held up cue cards.


Throughout the service, Christmas hymns were sung, Gail Parker again played the organ,  and Tyler Rodenberger performed a classic piano solo of “Silent Night”. . .

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. . . and at the end of the service, everyone sang “Silent Night,” this time by candlelight.

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Merry Christmas from the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church!!!

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