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

Phone:
207-799-8396

E-mail: capeelizabethumc@aol.com

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

Sunday, Jan. 25: Order Italian Sandwiches from the United Methodist Women for Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1).

Sunday, Jan. 25: Adult Education Class: God's Continuing Creation, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, Jan. 27: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31: Volunteer Saturday at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen. Arrive by 11:30 a.m. if you can help with the noon meal.

Sunday, Feb. 1: Adult Education Class: God's Continuing Creation, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. The public is invited to attend.

Saturday, Feb. 7: Bean Supper at the church, 4:30-6 p.m., featuring casseroles, beans, salads, breads and pies. Adults: $8, children: $5, families (two adults and children): $20. Take-out available.

Sunday, Feb. 8: Adult Education Class: God's Continuing Creation, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. The public is invited to attend.

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Witness to Winter

January 23rd, 2015, by Ted Haider

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Which is reality?

Snowflakes from the Rev. Ruth Morrison’s Children’s Story on a recent Sunday mix nicely with icicles forming outside the main entrance to the church — God’s creations in two different forms.

Funeral service

January 20th, 2015, by Ted Haider
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Gloria working last October on a craft project for the Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair.

Gloria Kierstead, 1927-2015

A funeral service will be held at our church on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. for Gloria Kierstead.

Gloria, a longtime member of our church and the United Methodist Women, passed away on Jan. 16.

Click here for Gloria’s obituary: Gloria

Gloria working with Linda Wakefield in 2013 as part of the UMW's Christmas Baskets for Shut-ins project.

Gloria working with Linda Wakefield in 2013 as part of the UMW's Christmas Baskets for Shut-ins project.

Gloria working with other women of the United Methodist Women to prepare Italian sandwiches on Super Bowl Sunday in 2012.
Gloria working with other women of the United Methodist Women to prepare Italian sandwiches on Super Bowl Sunday in 2012.
Gloria helping to serve during the church's 2011 Asian Dinner.

Gloria helping to serve during the church's 2011 Asian Dinner.

My Sister’s Keeper

January 20th, 2015, by Ted Haider

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Training session for mentors

My Sister’s Keeper, a mentoring ministry for women in transition from corrections to community, will be holding a mentor training session on Friday, Jan. 23 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at our church.

My Sister’s Keeper was founded in 1999 by Myrna Cook of our church.

The organization is always looking for new mentors to serve the Cumberland and York County communities.

Mentors strive to empower women to make positive choices for their spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health needs. Working collaboratively with faith groups, community groups and government agencies, My Sister’s Keeper assists women with the resources they need and provides mentors for practical and emotional support.

To register for Friday’s event or for more information, contact Kelly Dell’Aquilla, Director of Services for My Sister’s Keeper, at 712-5962.

Christmas Day Dinner

December 25th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Christmas dinner for all

The Elm Street United Methodist Church in South Portland prepared a Christmas Day Dinner for the community for a second straight year, offering free meals at the church or providing take-out for anyone who wanted to eat in their own home. Some meals also were delivered by church members to homes in South Portland and Portland.

About 100 meals were given out on Christmas Day.

Elm Street, led by the Rev. Andrea Harvey, was the host church, but other United Methodist churches in the Casco Bay Cluster contributed volunteers, including our own church. Cori Heatley from the Thornton Heights UMC coordinated the dinner and its volunteers.

Elm Street Minister Andrea Harvey leads a prayer for volunteers prior to the Christmas Day Dinner.

Elm Street Minister Andrea Harvey leads a prayer for volunteers prior to the Christmas Day Dinner.

Thank you to Laura Young and her parents, Carol Haider and Natalie Charles from the Cape Elizabeth UMC for helping out with preparations for and then serving the dinner.

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Busy time in the Elm Street kitchen.

Laura Young and Carol Haider preparing desserts for the dinner.

Laura Young and Carol Haider preparing desserts for the dinner.

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Christmas 2014

December 25th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Celebrating Jesus’ birth

When Gail Parker, the church’s organist, looked out over the people gathered in the sanctuary for this year’s Christmas Eve family service, she began noticing children, and even some adults, who once had played the role of Baby Jesus in previous years’ pageants.

One of the adults, she remembered, had been Jesus at a pageant 31 years ago. He obviously had left a lasting impression.

Thirty-one years from now, there likely will be another memory, this one about the young boy who was Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve 2014. He was that good!

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Seventh-month old Charlie Lamoglia was Baby Jesus this year and his “performance” was an uplifting experience for everyone who attended the 6 o’clock service.

For almost 45 minutes he was at center stage at the front of the sanctuary and it appeared he might have been born for the role.

He smiled at whomever looked his way, looked up in wonder whenever angels or shepherds strolled by, appeared somewhat puzzled when giant twinkling stars danced in front of him, and always focused on his parents — Mary and Joseph for the hour — whenever he needed the reassurance that something special was happening on this particular night.

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Charlie was the center of attention for this latest re-telling of the story of Jesus’ birth, but there were many other highlights, too, in a pageant that included children and adults from inside the church and out playing the roles of angels, shepherds and wise men.

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One of the truly surprising moments came just prior to the shepherds’ arrival at the stable. As last-minute fill-ins, Terry and Heather Keezer were twinkling stars who danced to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” much to the amusement of the Holy Family.  Only in Terry’s case, he was not quite a “little” star. It almost looked as if he had experienced a wardrobe malfunction. But in the end, he was a good sport for accepting the role and making it sparkle.

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Also in the pageant, the angels were truly heavenly. . .

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. . . and some of the shepherds were clearing having a good time.

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The wise men had to indeed be wise, convincing Amazing Grace the giraffe that on this night, she was a camel.

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And as with all of this church’s pageants, music was both magical and inspirational. Camille Braun played “The Holy City” on violin, accompanied by her father Mark on piano. Mark then joined with talented Tyler Rodenberger for a piano duet of “Cannon in D.”  And throughout the pageant, it was Gail Parker contributions on the organ that set the tone and spirit for each segment of the story.

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Ellie Gagne

The spoken word also was special throughout the evening with scripture readings by Ellie Gagne and Preston Stewart and the scene-joining narration of Laura Young.

Preston Stewart

Preston Stewart

Laura Young

Laura Young

In the end, it all came down to celebrating Jesus’ birth in our own special way, but with tradition, the service concluded with the candlelight singing of “Away in the Manager” and “Silent Night.”

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Merry Christmas!

Click here for more images of the Christmas Eve family service and behind-the-scenes preparations: Continue reading »

Christmas caroling

December 22nd, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Spirit of the season

Continuing a long-standing tradition, members of our church traveled throughout Cape Elizabeth on Dec. 21, singing Christmas carols on the lawns of individual homes and in the dining room and hallways of Village Crossing.

There wasn’t snow to heighten the experience, but the spirit of song and fellowship brought a few minutes of joy and good will to beloved friends and their families.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the caroling and also to those who welcomed the group on their door steps.

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Christmas at the Pantry

December 18th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Treats and festive spirits

Judy’s Pantry offered its more than 35 clients some early Christmas spirit on Dec. 16, decking out the Sunshine Room with brownies, cookies, mulled cider and other holiday treats to go along with a wide selection of non-perishable foods.

The pantry is now on its winter schedule and will be open only on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. This was the last Tuesday they would be open before Christmas.

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In addition to the Christmas treats, there were gift baskets with jams, jellies and other canned vegetables and fruits. The gift baskets were taken from one large basket that was donated to the pantry and then divided into smaller ones. Everyone who came to the pantry for the Thanksgiving offering put their names into a canister and then names were drawn on Tuesday for the winners of the gift baskets.

Pantry volunteer Joanne Woodward draws names from a canister held by pantry organizer Nancy Miles for winners of the gift baskets.

Pantry volunteer Joanne Woodward draws names from a canister held by pantry organizer Nancy Miles for winners of the gift baskets.

Also offered at Tuesday’s pantry were Christmas candles, a wide assortment of bows and jars of potpourri, all left over from the church’s Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair.

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Everyone who came to the pantry on Tuesday also received a “Helping Hands” box of food donated by shoppers at the Mill Creek Hannaford.  Each box included canned chicken breast and green beans, macaroni and pasta sauce, soup, rice, cereal, peanut butter and oatmeal.

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With fresh produce no longer available until late spring, the pantry needs our help with providing non-perishable items, including canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter and canned tuna, but also staples like toilet paper and Kleenex. If you are able to donate any of these items, please leave them in the shopping cart in Fellowship Hall.

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With many of the canned goods that are are available to pantry clients, one of the pantry’s volunteers who is a trained nutritionist has provided healthy recipes with many of the products.

Thank you to Nancy Miles and all of her volunteers, including our church’s Nancy Johnson, for all they do to help so many to eat better meals.

Jolly Snowman Fair

December 6th, 2014, by Ted Haider
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Sarah and Todd Gagne share a snowman moment with daughter Lila.

The Fair goes on . . .

Even with snow, sleet, freezing rain and iced-over driveways, the 2014 Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair was full speed ahead on Dec. 6, bringing forth the spirit of the season for everyone who braved the elements to be part of our church’s beloved tradition.

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They came for the crafts, wreaths, ornaments, cookies, cakes and pies, hidden treasures, mittens and stocking caps, stained glass, quilts and, of course, the fellowship of family and friends.

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Carlos Lamoglia introduced son Charlie to his first Jolly Snowman Fair. Charlie will be Baby Jesus in this year's Christmas Eve pageant.

Members of the church, some of whom have with us for decades and others for only a year or so, passed along the spirit of the fair to families and individuals from the Cape and many of its surrounding communities. For some, this occasion is their only visit to our church  for the entire year — except, perhaps, to some of bean suppers.

Fair coordinator Gail Parker, using a strong team of volunteers, kept all operations in the fair running smoothly.

Fair coordinator Gail Parker, using a strong team of volunteers, kept all operations in the fair running smoothly.

This year’s fair had many new wrinkles, thanks to the planning and organization of coordinator Gail Parker and the many volunteers she recruited. With planning meetings and craft-creating sessions dating back to the summer, the fair offered many new options to fair-goers, spread out throughout the church in every room from Fellowship Hall and the Sunshine Room to Ruth’s office, the Chapel and even the Library.

The Sunshine Room was filled with Hidden Treasures, coordinated by Alan and Genny Leathers.

The Sunshine Room was filled with Hidden Treasures, coordinated by Alan and Genny Leathers.

Terry Keezer and his brother, along with Diane Tompkins, Chris DeSantis, Anita Davidson, Mariah Higley, Dick Banks and other volunteers, offered fair-goers wonderful options for lunch, including lobster rolls overflowing with freshly picked and perfectly seasoned meat served on the best-possible rolls. It could easily have won any “Best -Of” competition in the state.

There also were grilled hot dogs, bowls of chili and vegetable-bean stew.

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Terry Keezer, center, his brother and Anita Davidson were busy preparing and serving lobster rolls.

The chapel was filled with fancy artificial wreaths, ornaments and every kind of Christmas decoration you could ever hope to find, all organized by Betty-Jane Shreve and Nancy Johnson.

The Sweets and Savories table had all the tempting treats, from still-hot apple pies, gluten-free cookies and treats, chocolate Christmas trees on candy cane sticks, fudge, candies and those oh-so-mysterious rum balls, all managed by Jaymie Chamberlin, Kay Young, Clint Lawrence and Camile Braun.

Another new addition to this year’s fair was free child care for both workers and fair-goers. Janet Mageles opened the doors to her World of Wonders Nursery School to any and all child who needed a break from their parents.

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Mason Keezer takes the reins of a reindeer-led sleigh in the World of Wonders Nursery.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard in so many ways to make the Jolly Snowman Fair once again the place to be on the first Saturday of December.

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Click here for more image of this year’s Jolly Snowman Fair: Continue reading »

Wreath decorating

December 3rd, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Preparing for the fair

More than a dozen women gathered at the church on Dec. 2 and turned four dozen wreaths into works of Christmas art and joy. The wreaths will be sold at Saturday’s Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair.

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Many of the wreaths were pre-ordered by church members during the past few weeks, but there still will be extra wreaths for sale at the fair, both decorated and plain.

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Audrey Jordan said Stephen Bither brought six dozen wreaths down to the church on Saturday from Central Maine. Four dozen were decorated on Dec. 2.

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Thank you to the woman of the church for this wonderful Christmas tradition.

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Helping the Doc

December 2nd, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Special addition for new office

During the 10 a.m. service on Nov. 30. Mark and Margaret Braun were presented a pair of special gifts from the church, thanks to the artistic work of Betty-Jane Shreve and Nancy Johnson.

Mark’s medical office on Route 1 in Scarborough was one of 18 businesses destroyed during a September fire. Mark is now back in business in a new office in Building C South at 306 Route 1, still in Scarborough.

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Betty-Jane presented Mark an appropriate gift for the office, a trash can she crafted, displaying the large image of the famous Norman Rockwell painting “Before the Shot,” which appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in October, 1958.

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During much of the almost three months since the fire, Margaret has been the behind-the-scenes hero to get the new office up and running. For those unsung efforts, Betty-Jane presented Margaret with a large medallion with the inscription, “Don’t Be Fooled . . . MARGARET Did It!!”

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As legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary said, “People do not decide to be extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

Thank you, Margaret.