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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 2014

Sunday, Dec. 21: Christmas caroling throughout Cape neighborhoods. Meet at the church at 4 p.m. to car-pool. Pizza will be served back at the church after caroling. Members of the church and their families and friends are invited to participate.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Family Christmas Eve service with traditional Christmas pageant, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 24: Communion and Reflection Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 25: Christmas Dinner for South Portland community at Elm Street UMC. Volunteers needed to help serve, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.


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Christmas at the Pantry

December 18th, 2014, by Ted Haider


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.


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.



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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Wreath decorating

December 3rd, 2014, by Ted Haider


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.


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.


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.


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



Helping the Doc

December 2nd, 2014, by Ted Haider


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.


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.


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!!”


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

Thank you, Margaret.

Thanksgiving at the Pantry

November 26th, 2014, by Ted Haider

Nancy Miles (second from left on right side) and her team of Judy's Pantry volunteers display the bags and baskets that were given to 40 families for Thanksgiving.

Fresh produce — and much more

Judy’s Pantry held its special open-door Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 in our church, offering bags of fresh produce, fruits, cans of cranberry sauce and pumpkin, and overflowing baskets with turkeys, stuffing and every imaginable holiday ingredient for 40 Cape families.

This was the third year the pantry has offered the Thanksgiving spread for Cape individuals and families who have limited resources and are often struggling to eat healthy food.


Judy’s Pantry, coordinated by Nancy Miles, provided the bags of produce and some of the non-perishable items while the baskets with turkeys, stuffing and other Thanksgiving fixings were provided from a  food drive by families throughout the Cape and organized by Jen Tinsman and Amy Lombardo. Jen is the grand-daughter-in-law of Ginny Jordan.

In addition to the bags they assembled, the Judy’s Pantry volunteers all baked holiday breads to offer to each of the families and individuals.


Bags with the fresh produce were decorated by Girl Scout troops 1530 and 1467 from the Cape.


One new element at this year’s Thanksgiving at the pantry was a gift basket filled with canned fruits, sauces, pickles and bread mixes. It was donated to the pantry and everyone who came to pick up their Thanksgiving meal could place their name in a bucket from which someone would be selected to take home the basket on the next pantry date.


In addition to the baskets of turkeys and fixings Jen and Amy delivered for distribution at the pantry, there were more than 100 other Thanksgiving baskets in Jen’s barn that were to be delivered to agencies throughout the Portland area, including Opportunity Alliance, My Sister’s Keeper and other social welfare agencies.

While most of the bags and baskets at the pantry were picked up by individuals and families, some were delivered directly to the homes of people who were unable to travel to the church.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison taking a Thanksgiving delivery to her car that was to be taken to one of the pantry's families.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison taking a Thanksgiving delivery to her car that was to be taken to one of the pantry's families.

Another food drive from the Cape that provided 37 boxes of food for future use by Judy’s Pantry came from the Pond Cove Elementary School. Each grade level from kindergarten to fourth grade was assigned a particular food to gather, including fruits, cereal, peanut butter and jelly and soups and stews. The boxes were delivered on Nov. 25 and stored in the basement of the parsonage for pantry use during the next few months.

When clients of the pantry picked up their Thanksgiving bags at the church, they received one other surprise. Inside each bag was an announcement from the Church of the Nazarene in the Cape, explaining that the church will host a Loaves and Fishes supper each Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. beginning Jan. 6 through March 31, at no cost. Everyone is invited to share a meal and fellowship.

Thank you to all who have made this Thanksgiving a memorable one for so many!


Judy’s Pantry will be closed on Dec. 2 and 23, but will be open on Dec. 9, 16 and 30 from 3-5 p.m. Beginning in January, the pantry will be open only on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. It will return to an every Tuesday schedule in late spring.

Celebratory luncheon

November 17th, 2014, by Ted Haider


Many reasons to give thanks

For the end of this year’s Stewardship Campaign, a macaroni and cheese luncheon was held after the 10 a.m. service on Nov. 16, but the time of fellowship and celebration was for more than just committing our pledges for the financial health of the church.

Sunday also was the occasion to welcome new members to the church and also to welcome back one member who has been deeply missed.


During the 10 a.m. service, six new members were welcomed to the congregation with an affirmation of faith. The new members included Greg Wyman, Ann Daggett, Jean Meyer, Beverly Merrill and Carlos and Julia Lamoglia. Standing with Carlos and Julia during the welcoming ceremony were their two sons, Cadan and Charlie.

clint lawrence

(Photo by Carol Haider)

Also on Sunday, Clint Lawrence was welcomed into the congregation during the 8 a.m. service.

Donna Mackay also was to be included in Sunday’s membership ceremony, but was unable to attend because of an illness. Donna will be welcomed during one of the upcoming week’s services.


Our new members


A different type of welcoming also took place on Sunday when longtime member Joel Marsden was able to attend the 10 a.m. service with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and his daughter-in-law’s mother.

Joel is a resident of the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough and isn’t often able to come back to our church services. But when he does, it’s always a special occasion for all — as it was Sunday.

If you are able, Joel is always looking for visitor’s at the Veterans Home.


Following the 10 a.m. service, a macaroni and cheese and salad luncheon was served by Duane and Linda Wakefield, along with cakes, cookies and brownies brought by many members of the congregation.

The luncheon marked the end of this year’s Stewardship Campaign, but if you still have a Pledge Card you would like to submit, please do so before the end of the year. Extra Pledge Cards are on the table near the front entrance to Fellowship Hall.

As with all of our church gatherings, Sunday was a marvelous time of fellowship, bringing new and old members together with stories to share and plans to be made. Here are some of the moments during Sunday’s luncheon:








Thanksgiving Tree

November 11th, 2014, by Ted Haider


For what or whom are you thankful?

During this season of Thanksgiving, a Thanksgiving Tree has been designated in front of the church for church members and the community to offer short notes for what or whom they are thankful.

A pouch of tags is attached to the bottom of the tree. Take one of the tags, fill out your “thankful” thought and then tie it to one of the tree’s branches. We invite all church members and the community to participate.


The Thanksgiving Tree will be in place through the weekend following Thanksgiving. Please take the time to add to the celebration of thanks.


Colin Brady and Anita Davidson add their thoughts to the Thanksgiving Tree.

Colin Brady and Anita Davidson add their thoughts to the Thanksgiving Tree.

My Sister’s Keeper

October 30th, 2014, by Ted Haider


Toward the end of the My Sister's Keeper evening of gratitude for 15 years of service, a candlelight moment of remembrance reflected on those who have passed away and those who continue to give so much in so many.

Fifteen years of service and caring

My Sister’s Keeper, which started at our church in 1999 under the guidance and direction of Myrna Cook, celebrated its 15th year anniversary on Thursday with a dinner and evening of special recognition at the St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church in Scarborough.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison from our church was the keynote speaker and reflected on the early moments of MSK’s existence and the reality it was little more than Myrna asking the congregation for some help.

And now, 15 years later, it has become such an important and vital source for women seeking to make a smooth transition from incarceration back into community life.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison

The Rev. Ruth Morrison

The evening of celebration and remembrance, with the theme Bountiful Harvest, included special recognition for MSK Director Kelly Dell’Aquila, Ruth and Myrna. 

MSK Director Kelly Dell'Aquila receiving a gift to recognize her many years of dedication and service.

MSK Director Kelly Dell'Aquila receiving a gift to recognize her years of dedication and service.

For her continuing guidance, mentoring and support of MSK, Ruth was presented a sterling silver bracelet with a charm listing the longitude and latitude of our church. “Now I’ll always know where I am,” she said.”

Myrna was presented a pendant with the inscription of the Cumberland County Jail’s longitude and latitude, recognizing where the inspiration for MSK began for Myrna and her late husband Bill. Myrna received a standing ovation from the large gathering after the presentation.

Myrna receives a standing ovation

Myrna, far right, receives a standing ovation from My Sister's Keeper's mentors, mentees, advisory board and friends of the ministry.

Lt. Arlene Jacques of the Cumberland County Jail and also a member of the MSK Advisory Board, opened the evening with remarks about the many meanings of gratitude and what that means to so many people in the MSK organization.

Lt. Arlene Jacques addresses the gathering at St. Max

Lt. Arlene Jacques addresses the gathering at St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church.

Lt. Jacques closed her remarks with a quote from Albert Schweitzer:

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Such as the women and men who have shaped, nurtured and maintained My Sister’s Keeper for the past 15 years.

Rev. Jeff and "This Little Heart of Mine."

Rev. Jeff McIlwain and "This Little Light of Mine."

Rev. Jeff McIlwain, volunteer pastor at the Cumberland County Jail, offered a closing prayer for the evening and then added a personal touch by singing a few verses of “This Little Light of Mine.”

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

Every day, every day, every day. every way.”

As in My Sister’s Keeper


Charge Conference

October 27th, 2014, by Ted Haider


Worship and reflection

This year’s Charge Conference, held in the chapel on Oct. 16, took a different approach from year’s past.

While the state of affairs in the New England Conference, our district and our church were addressed and discussed, a large portion of the Charge Conference was a time of worship, led by District Superintendent Jim McPhee.

There was a gospel reading, hymn-singing and seven members of our congregation took turns reading scripture from Isaiah 40: 23-31.

This was a new approach to Charge Conferences throughout  New England this year and followed the theme “On the Wings of Love: Powered by Presence and Service.”

To put an emphasis on the theme, Jim McPhee gave each participant in the Charge Conference a feather. With the feather, Jim explained:

“Feathers are fragile things alone, but when they work together, and in collaboration with the wind, they provide enough power to lift a bird to amazing heights. They are symbols for us today of how each of our gifts, given together and in collaboration with God’s Holy Spirit, are multiplied and given power.”

Participants were then asked to “share and celebrate the gifts that have taken wing in this congregation.”

Responses included:

  • The concept of our building and grounds, including the woods, being a sanctuary, a place of peace and acceptance.
  • We are a welcoming congregation for children, particularly ones with problems and challenges.
  • The growing outreach of Judy’s Pantry, including the support of the church.
  • Volunteers who continually help out at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen.
  • Making the building available to the community for special functions.
  • We have extraordinary musicians in this congregation. Faith York writes original music that people accept as a given, but they should realize how special it really is.
  • The congregation pulling together for Julia Lamoglia’s baby shower.

During the open discussion portion of the Charge Conference, two issues were raised for the district superintendent.

  • It was brought up that participation of worship in New England is the lowest in the country. It was asked, “What can be done? It should be up to the greater church to find us a new model — please tell the bishop to help us find something that will work.”

Jim explained that the New England Conference is starting new churches as “experiments.” He said the experiment is too new to provide any results, but that one of the models is a community group of young parents with new children who get together to discuss lessons in a non-worship setting.

  • The second issue addressed to Jim was about the church’s relationship with gays. “We welcome everybody,” it was said, “but I wonder if that turns some people off.” It also was questioned whether the “big church” always meshes with the open door philosophy.

Jim responded by saying “All kinds of things are happening in church on this issue. Some clergy have been willing to marry same sex couples and haven’t been asked to step down as a result. This is a very active discussion.”

Craft Workshop

October 19th, 2014, by Ted Haider


Crafty volunteers needed

Gail Parker is leading a series of Craft Workshops to create items for December’s Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair.

On Monday, Nov. 3, there will be workshops at the church from 2-4 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. Come to one or come to both to help with the creation of Christmas ornaments and Maine-themed gifts to be sold at the fair.

Gail has been  leading these workshops the past few Mondays and will continue to do so on Mondays through mid-November.

The Jolly Snowman is the biggest fund-raising event of the year for the church. Please support it in any way you can.

The fair will be Dec. 6.