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



Pastor: Casey Collins.

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

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Upcoming events 2018

Thursday, April 19: Open Church service at our church with a light supper, worship, and conversation, 5:30 p.m. Public invited.

Sunday, April 22: Adult Education Class with the Rev. Jim Young, new series on John and Charles Wesley, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. 4:30-6 p.m.

April 22-29: Host week at our church for Greater Portland Family Promise families. Volunteers needed to help with a variety of tasks.

Monday, April 23: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey, 8-9 a.m. at C-Salt Gourmet, 349 Ocean House Road (Route 77)

Tuesday, April 24: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Thursday, April 26: Open Church service at our church with a light supper, worship, and conversation, 5:30 p.m. Public invited.

Sunday, April 29: Adult Education Class with the Rev. Jim Young, new series on John and Charles Wesley, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. 4:30-6 p.m.

Monday, April 30: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey, 8-9 a.m. at C-Salt Gourmet, 349 Ocean House Road (Route 77)

Thursday, May 3: Open Church service at our church with a light supper, worship, and conversation, 5:30 p.m. Public invited.


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Thursday evening services

April 18th, 2018, by Ted Haider


‘Open Church” at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday

Beginning April 19, the Rev. Casey Collins will lead an “Open Church” worship in the Narthex every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The worship will include a light supper, music, conversation about scripture-related subjects and how the Bible relates to what is going on in the world.

The Thursday services are an option for individuals and families who may not be as comfortable with traditional Sunday services, but everyone is invited to take part and be part of fellowship together. The public is invited to attend.

“End the Growling”

April 11th, 2018, by Ted Haider

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Production line for minestrone soup

For the fifth year, our church assembled a team to help prepare vacuumed-sealed meals as part of the Casco Bay Cluster of United Methodist Churches “End the Growling” mission.

For almost two hours, our team of 11 adults and children carefully filled pouches with soy, oats, pinto beans, noodles, freeze-dried vegetables, and packets of hot sauce. The team completed 468 pouches. Each pouch contained six servings, meaning the Cape team completed ingredients for 2,808 servings of minestrone soup.

Boxes of the pouches will be distributed to soup kitchens, pantries, schools and other organizations in the Greater Portland area and throughout the state.


“End the Growling” is part of the national meal-packing program run by Outreach Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Union, Iowa. The Outreach mission is to provide safe water, good, medical care and education to children and adults in need, both locally and worldwide.

Our team this year included Julie, Sawyer and Easton Munz, Deanne Burr, Meredith Dalessandro, Clint Lawrence, Sandra Hartford, Bruce and Sue Lind and Carol Haider.

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The event was held at the Peoples United Methodist Church in South Portland.

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Easter 2018

April 3rd, 2018, by Ted Haider

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Bringing forth new life

Our Easter morning service began with an empty altar, except for the cross covered with a black shroud. When the Rev. Casey Collins walked to the front of the sanctuary, she removed the cross with its shroud and then, with the help of Preston Stewart, covered the altar with a gold-colored cloth and put back in place the candles and the Bible.


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With the altar complete, from the back of the church a procession began down the center aisle — the choir, adults and children, each holding colorful flowers brought to the church in honor of loved ones. When the procession reached the communion rail, Judith Hill took each lily, daffodil, hyacinth, hydrangea and orchid and carefully arranged them on and around the altar. It was time for the celebration of resurrection and new life to begin.

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Early in the service, Pastor Casey carried the resurrection theme into the Children’s Story. She explained that when she was growing up, instead of jelly beans and chocolate, she often received packets of chewing gum on Easter to illustrate the sticky situation Jesus was in when he was crucified. As she continued the story, she opened up new packages of gum in front of them and passed out the sticks of wrapped gum to each of the children. Much to their surprise, when they opened the wrappers, nothing was inside. Pastor Casey then explained, “That was what it was like three days after the crucifixion in the tomb in which Jesus had been laid to rest. It was empty.”


 In Sunday School, Carol Hubbard led the children in an exercise of folding a sheet of paper over and over in different directions, cutting off one corner and then unfolding the paper to reveal a cross.


Also in Sunday School, the children picked out jelly beans and used them to decorate cupcakes as Carol red a poem to explain the meaning behind jelly bean colors, such as:

Red is for the blood He gave

Green is for the grass He made

Black is for the sins we made

White is for the grace He gave



In the sanctuary, Easter was celebrated in many ways throughout the service with the choir, as always, providing beauty and inspiration, Preston Stewart offering a pondering thoughtfulness with his scripture readings, and Pastor Casey using Mary Magdalene as the message for her sermon.

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Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

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Sunrise Service 2018

April 2nd, 2018, by Ted Haider


Worship at Two Lights

The wind was blustery, the temperature was chilly and the cloud cover blocked a clear view of the sunrise. But the Easter Morning Sunrise Service above the rocks and overlooking the ocean at Two Lights was once again a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


The annual Sunrise Service was conducted by members of the Casco Bay Cluster of United Methodist Churches and the Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazarene.


After the service, everyone was invited to gather for an Easter breakfast at the Church of the Nazarene.

Palm Sunday 2018

March 25th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Procession of palms

For her Children’s Story on Palm Sunday, the Rev. Casey Collins asked the children what they knew about Palm Sunday and Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. After listening to their answers (including one young boy asking if there were security guards), Pastor Casey led the children and the entire congregation on a procession around the sanctuary, waving palms along the way.




Sunday School

March 19th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Palm Sunday preparations

The week before Palm Sunday, Deanne Burr and Midori Kwan led our Sunday School in constructing palms and braiding tails and manes on donkeys, remembering Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem.






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!