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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 2017

Saturday, Jan. 21: Dress-a-Girl sewing session, 10 a.m.-noon. If possible, bring your own sewing machine. Some fabric will be available, but if possible, bring some of your own.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Adult Education Class: "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time," 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Prayer Group, 10 a.m. in the chapel. Group prayers, individual prayers and reflections. Public invited.

Saturday, Jan. 28: Dress-a-Girl sewing session, 10 a.m.-noon. If possible, bring your own sewing machine. Some fabric will be available, but if possible, bring some of your own.

Sunday, Jan. 29: Adult Education Class: "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time," 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Prayer Group, 10 a.m. in the chapel. Group prayers, individual prayers and reflections. Public invited.

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Dress-a-Girl Mission

January 12th, 2017, by Ted Haider

 

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Help needed to create dresses

Last January and February, a cluster of women from our church and friends created more than 115 dresses for the international Dress-a-Girl Around the World mission.

Year Two of this mission for our church began on Saturday, Jan. 14 and will continue every Saturday until Feb. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Sunshine Room.

Consider joining this year’s effort to provide dresses for girls in poverty in this country and around the world. Bring your own sewing machine, but for anyone who does not sew, help will be needed with ironing, cutting fabric from patterns, and making bias binding.

Some fabric and thread has been donated for this dress-making mission, but all participants are invited to bring their own fabric, bias binding, thread and 1/4-inch elastic.

For more information, contact Linda Wakefield.

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Myrna Cook (1932-2017)

January 10th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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Celebration of Myrna’s Life

A celebration of Myrna Cook’s life will be held at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service.

Myrna, the founder of our church’s My Sister’s Keeper in 1999, passed away on Jan. 4 at Falmouth By the Sea. She was 84.

Born in Westbrook in 1932, Myrna worked as a visiting nurse in Boston before marrying William H. Cook in 1958. After living in Florida, Upstate New York and Bangor, Bill and Myrna settled in Cape Elizabeth in 1967 with their five young children.

During the 1970s, Myrna worked as an RN in skilled nursing facilities in the Greater Portland area, and helped to develop the geriatric nursing aides at Westbrook College before becoming a social worker with Holy Innocents in Portland.

In later years, Myrna led support groups for people suffering from chronic pain.

After retiring, Myrna joined Bill in a weekly prison ministry at the Cumberland County Jail. Myrna’s experiences in that ministry led to her founding My Sister’s Keeper at our church, a program and support group to help women to make the transition from jail or prison to life back in the community.

To honor her ground-breaking work with My Sister’s Keeper, the Portland Press-Herald featured Myrna in 2012 as one of 10 Mainers to be thankful for.

Memorial gifts may be given in Myrna’s name and memory to:

My Sister’s Keeper

280 Ocean House Road

Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Click here for more information on My Sister’s Keeper: MSK

At Wednesday’s memorial service, an honor guard from the Cumberland County Jail will be present in recognition of Myrna’s ministry at the jail.

Christmas 2016

December 25th, 2016, by Ted Haider

 

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Merry Christmas from the

Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church

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 Images from the Christmas Eve service

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Photos by Mark Braun

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Christmas services

December 22nd, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Join us Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. at which there will be special music, scripture readings, and a tableau of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, angels and wise men.

On Christmas morning there will be a 10 a.m. service, reflecting on the birth of Jesus and what that means for our lives and faith. Following the service there will be fellowship time for which everyone is invited to bring traditional family breads to share.

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The nativity scene on the altar was set up this week by Anita Davidson, who took custody of the nativity when the First United Methodist Church in South Portland closed in 2013. Thank you, Anita for sharing this treasure.

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The stars beneath the nativity were created by our Sunday School, using left-over fabric from last January’s Dress-a-Girl-Around the World mission during which women from our church created more than 100 dresses.

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The cradle next to the altar has a blanket, also created by the Sunday School and again using left-over fabric from the Dress-a-Girl mission.

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Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas Caroling 2016

December 19th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Bringing the spirit to others

On an evening that felt more like early spring than a week before Christmas, 15 members of the church traveled to Scarborough’s Veterans’ Home and Cape Elizabeth’s Village Crossing for an evening of Christmas caroling.

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It was a joyous evening for both singers and those who listened — even when some of the words weren’t remembered and the pitch was slightly off key.

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Because of slush-covered side roads and rural driveways, the group wasn’t able to travel to some individual homes as in past years but instead spent more time at the Veterans Home and Village Crossing.

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Pizza was shared by all back at the church afterward. Merry Christmas to all who participated.

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Click here for more images of the caroling:  Continue reading »

Christmas baskets

December 15th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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UMW’s ‘Sweets for Shut-ins”

In what has become one of its most heartfelt missions of the year, our church’s United Methodist Women once again prepared Gift Baskets for individuals connected to the church who have a difficult time getting out at this time of the year.

The UMW refers to its annual Christmas mission as “Sweets for Shut-ins.”

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On Dec. 13, the women prepared 14 plates filled with cookies, candies and other Christmas treats and then wrapped them all in colorful cellophane and tied each with ribbon and a bow. Some plates were delivered to individual homes while others were taken to the Cape’s Village Crossing and Scarborough’s Veterans’ Home. Bowls of holly were delivered to other locations.

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Thank you to Kathie Hackett and all of the UMW for continuing this wonderful tradition, year after year.

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Christmas at the Pantry

December 12th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Holiday greetings — and some snacks, too

Judy’s Pantry held a Christmas Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 6, greeting all visitors to the Pantry with holiday cookies and breads and cider, along with some final produce from the fall and a wide range of non-perishable items.

The Pantry will be open again on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 3-5 p.m. and then will switch in January to its second and fourth Tuesday schedule from 3-5 p.m. It will go back to its every Tuesday schedule in mid- to late June or whenever the first fresh produce becomes available.

Thank you to Pantry Coordinator Nancy Miles and all of her volunteers for another amazing year at Judy’s Pantry.

Jolly Snowman Fair

December 5th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Thank you, volunteers!

The church’s annual Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair enjoyed a steady flow of visitors on Dec. 3, but the success of the fair was all the volunteers who supported the fair in so many ways.

Thank you to everyone who took part in all of the fair preparations, who baked cakes, pies, breads, cookies and brownies, who took turns helping visitors at all of the specialty tables, who helped prepare and serve the luncheon, and who spent hours after the fair cleaning up the Narthex and Sunshine Room.

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And a special thanks to Fair coordinator Gail Parker, Silent Auction coordinator Jaymie Chamberlin, Luncheon coordinator Terry Keezer and Wreath coordinator Shirley Maxwell.

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It was a festive day at the fair, starting with hot cider being served by the Rev. Ruth Morrison to anyone entering the front door. Then came tables filled with homemade crafts and decorations, comforting knit items, cookies, candies, cakes and pies. The lobster roll/grilled hot dog luncheon provided a great break for all visitors and volunteers and the scent of fresh pine wafting out of the wreath room was, yes, heavenly.

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And thank you to Betty Jane Shreve for offering a table of treasured items belonging to Nancy Johnson, our dearly missed church member who passed away last spring. Nancy’s and BJ’s crafts and special home-crafted items were always a big part of the Jolly Snowman Fair.

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Only 51 weeks until next year’s Jolly Snowman Fair: Dec. 1, 2017!

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Click here for more images of the Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair:  Continue reading »

Wreath decorating

December 4th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Spirit and scents for the fair

On the Wednesday before the Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair, a small gathering of dedicated women from our church decorated wreaths to be sold at the fair, taking the time and care to make sure each one reflected the spirit and love of the season.

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Shirley Maxwell coordinated this year’s decorating of the wreaths, taking over for Audrey Jordan, who had coordinated this special event for many Decembers. While Audrey was not able to coordinate the whole event, she was still there, decorating wreaths as she always has.

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Thank you to all the women who once again made this special event an on-going tradition for our church.

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Not surprisingly, every wreath was sold at the fair.

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Birthday celebration

November 28th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Salute for Gail Parker

Thanks to arrangements by her granddaughter Mariah Parker for a beautiful cake, Gail Parker’s birthday became the centerpiece for Fellowship Time after Sunday’s 10 a.m. service.

It was a good opportunity for Gail to relax — if only for a few minutes. Gail is coordinating Saturday’s Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair and also pulling together and rehearsing the Pick-up choir for the Dec. 10 Interfaith Christmas Concert at the Church of Latter Day Saints.

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