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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 2016

Tuesday, Aug. 16: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.

Aug. 19-21: Merry Mainers camping weekend, Wakeda Falls, Hampton Falls, NH. Contact the Hills or Linds for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 23: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.

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

Sunday, Sept. 11: Fall schedule of services begin with the return of the choir from summer break, Sunday School and Adult Education classes.


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Special recognition

August 10th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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National award for Matt Braun

Congratulations to our church’s Matt Braun who over the weekend was presented the National Leadership Conference’s Young People in Recovery Advocate award. The presentation took place at the conference’s national gathering in Denver.

The award included $1,000 from which Matt will donate $500 to a not-for-profit organization.

The national Young People in Recovery program is a “grassroots organization focused on person-to-person service for young people in, or seeking, recovery” from drug or alcohol addiction.

The award was presented in honor of Charlie Mayr, who was the chief communications officer for Actavis Generics, a partner with Young People in Recovery. Mayr passed away in January at the age of 59 after an inspirational battle with cancer. The award stated “Charlie’s legacy and passion was always leaving people, organizations and the world he touched in a much better place than he found it.”

The award Matt received was based on an individual “demonstrating exceptional personal commitment, dedication and passion for advancing themselves — whether in their own recovery, advancing Young People in Recovery, or any other pursuit.

The winner of the award was selected by Charlie Mayr’s three children based on “who they felt best represented Charlie’s spirit.

Congratulations, Matt, for being that person.

Members of our church and others in the Casco Bay Cluster of United Methodist churches heard Matt’s emotional and inspirational story of his 6 1/2-year recovery from addiction during a Lenten service in March at the Thornton Heights UMC.




Church Picnic

August 3rd, 2016, by Ted Haider


Perfect evening at Higgins Beach

Thank you to Jack and Boodie Mitchell for hosting a church picnic at their summer home at Higgins Beach. The weather was perfect and the food and fellowship made for a delightful evening, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from Jack and Boodie’s little slice of heaven on earth.










Summer gathering

July 20th, 2016, by Ted Haider


A perfect evening for all to enjoy

The weather was perfect, the food was amazing the setting was ideal, and our fellowship together was the way it should be. Thank you to Betty Jane Shreve for hosting our church’s first summer gathering of the season on July 13.






The gathering also gave everyone an opportunity to wish Betty Jane Happy Birthday!



Special recognition

June 6th, 2016, by Ted Haider



UMW Award to Gary Beckwith

Congratulations to Gary Beckwith for receiving the United Methodist Women’s 2016 Mission Recognition Award.

The award was presented by Kathie Hackett during the 10 a.m. service on June 5 and recognized Gary for his years of work as a public school and Sunday School teacher, as an artist, a jeweler, and as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He also was recognized for all the unknown, behind-the-scenes work he does for the church, from setting up tables for a special event to creating the frame work for Amazing Grace, the church’s greeting giraffe.

Upon receiving the award, Gary said, “I know how the church works — we all have to lend a hand in one way or another.”

For Gary’s involvement, that has been a lot of hands.

Congratulations, Gary!





Special Sunday School

April 28th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Author’s reading om May 15

Please bring your children and grandchildren to Sunday School on May 15.

Church member and author Sharalyn Morrison-Andrews will be reading her book “Brave Nellie” to the Sunday School class and talking about how good things happen when someone tries hard enough.

The book is a true story of Sharalyn’s rescue of a dog from a beach in the Dominican Republic and bringing her to Maine to live. The rescue teaches lessons about learning and coping.

Sharlyn has done a number of readings of this book at libraries and book stores and we are fortunate to have her read to the Sunday School class.

As a way of extending Sharlyn’s visit, Carol Hubbard has planned for the Sunday School children to cut out and decorate dog-shaped cookies on the following Sunday, May 22, and then sell them to the congregation with proceeds going to a dog charity.

Carol is asking for volunteers to bring cookie dough on that Sunday and/or to help the children to decorate the cookies.

End the Growling

April 13th, 2016, by Ted Haider


Taking a bite out of hunger

For the third consecutive year, our church participated in a food-packing program to help people in this country and around the world to have better choices for meals.

At the Peoples United Methodist Church in South Portland, 11 members from our church joined 188 volunteers from other churches and organizations to pack ingredients for a rice and bean stew in vacuumed-sealed packets. In just over an hour, our group packed 2,500 meals. Overall, all groups, over a four-hour period, packed 27,000 meals.


Each packet included servings of freeze-dried vegetables, soy, rice. beans and a vitamin/spice package.


About half of the packets from Saturday will be shipped to Haiti. The other half will be distributed to food pantries and cupboards here in Maine.


In addition to our church, volunteers came from the Peoples UMC, Thornton Heights UMC, West Scarborough UMC, nurses from Mercy Hospital and a group from the South Portland Food Cupboard.


Thank you to all who participated and also to everyone who donated money to make this possible.


Easter 2016

March 31st, 2016, by Ted Haider

(Photo by Mark Braun)

Identifying the gardener

At both the Sunrise Service and later at a service in the sanctuary, the story on this Easter morning focused on the gardener outside the tomb — the gardener seen by Mary Magdalene and the gardener whose identity was not known.

As it was revealed in a sermon in the sanctuary and during a talk at Two Lights, the gardener was not only Jesus, but Jesus the Master Gardener of all creation.


For this story, Shirley Maxwell Royall, an accomplished gardener herself, portrayed the Easter morning gardener at both services. While “In the Garden” was being sung at Two Lights, she tended to the flowers on the rocks and later handed out cut flowers to some who had gathered in the chilly temperatures of first light.


In the sanctuary, while the choir sang, she cultivated the soil in the potted plants around the communion railing. The image was one not usually seen on Easter morning, but it fit so well, it likely will not be forgotten by those who witnessed it.


At the end of the Sunrise Service, the gardener walked away from the crowd, climbed up over the rocks and looked out over the ocean. Unfortunately, the heavy cloud cover on the horizon prevented the sun from breaking through, like we have joyfully seen on many other Easter mornings.


In the sanctuary service, the gardener also was one of the Communion servers.



Also on Easter morning, Carol Hubbard and Deanne Burr led the Sunday School children with a lesson about the resurrection and the empty tomb. After telling the story, Carol and Deanne worked with the children on a hands-on lesson of what they had just heard.


Each child was given strips of unbaked crescent rolls and were told to place a marshmallow in the center and then roll them up.


The rolls were then placed in the oven to bake. When they were done, each child was told to break open the roll.


What they found was a hollow center — an empty tomb.


Thank you to Carol and Deanne for the lesson and the visual experience.

Also thank you to everyone who brought flowers to the church to be used in the “garden” in front of the altar.


Click here for more images of Easter morning at both the sunrise and sanctuary services:

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Easter Egg Hunt

March 29th, 2016, by Ted Haider

(Photos by Mark Braun)

Activities and fun for all

Our church held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the morning before Easter, but for the first time, the children got to hunt for their eggs outside.


Egg hunting, however, was only a small portion of what the Rev. Ruth Morrison, Shirley Maxwell Royall and other adults had planned for the children on this joyful spring morning.


There was egg-coloring, games, crafts and, of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny — thanks to Jim Tammaro for having a connection to the bunny that makes his visit possible every year.


And what has become a tradition at these egg hunts, breaking up a pinata was the last activity of the morning.


Thank you to everyone who helped to organize and follow through with the egg hunt and also to everyone who donated candy and/or money.

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“Max: Surviving the Holocaust”

March 24th, 2016, by Ted Haider

(Photo by Mark Braun)

Reflecting on dark times in history

Max Slabotzky was a young boy and living in Belgium when the Nazi occupation of his native country began. At first he was in hiding but eventually he was captured by the S.S. and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

The incredible ordeal of Mr. Slabotzky, who now lives in Portland, has been captured in Dan Lambert’s documentary film “Max: Surviving the Holocaust.” The film was shown at our church on March 23 as part of a series of Lenten events that reflect on life, hard times and survival. More than 125 people attended the showing, which included a question-and-answer period afterward by Mr. Slabotzky and Mr. Lambert.

Before the film began, there was a moment of silence for this week’s terrorist attacks in Belgium, Max’s native country.


Dan Lambert and Max Slabotzky

The film, in great detail, tells of Max growing up in Belgium, his capture and his time in Auschwitz. It reveals the fear and uncertainties of the young boy who was only 14 by the time he was sent to the concentration camp. His greatest hardship was being alone, separated from his parents and brother. The film is told in Max’s own words.


The film reveals how Max was whipped for illegally obtaining some food and how he witnessed the torture and death of others. In his own words he talks of the Soviet Army liberating Auschwitz in January of 1945, but how he and others were still afraid, thinking the Nazis “were out there, somewhere.”

Mr. Slabotzky spent 7-8 months in the hospital after the liberation.


Following the film, Mr. Slabotzky spent more than 30 minutes candidly answering questions from members of our church, other churches and the general public.


He talked about how many years passed after he was liberated from Auschwitz before he could trust people. He said he still doesn’t trust everyone completely, but added, “This man (Dan Lambert) I completely trust.”


(Photo by Mark Braun)

One woman in the audience, whose relatives are from Germany, apologized to Mr. Slabotzky for what the Nazis had done to him and his countryman. Others asked for details of how he survived while so many did not. Mr. Slabotzky took the time to answer every question with a great deal of thought. He did say he still cannot forgive the Nazis.


Beyond Auschwitz, Mr. Slabotzky talked about joining the Belgium Army and becoming a paratrooper and marrying a woman from Belgium — “I think she liked my uniform,” he said. He told how they moved to the United States because “she told me to.” He worked in New York City as a tailor, but eventually sold everything to move to California “because my wife told me to.” He told of many light moments of “living in America,” including studying to become a U.S. citizen. Many of his comments drew laughter from the audience.

At the end of the evening, one woman stood up and told Mr. Slabotzky, “I commend you for having lived through such atrocities and still having a sense of humor.”


When the question-and-answer period was over, Mr. Slabotzky remained at the front of the sanctuary and continued to answer more individual questions from more than a dozen people.


(Photo by Mark Braun)

Before the film was shown, there was a 30-minute reception in Fellowship Hall. Members of the church provided a wide range of breads, cakes, cookies, and other snacks for everyone to enjoy.



The showing of this film was organized by Mark Braun, who originally saw the film last November during its premier at the University of New England. He said it was something he thought others should see and that the Lenten season was the perfect time to bring the film, its producer/director and Max to our church.


Mark Braun, right, with Max Slabotzky and Dan Lambert

Thank you to Mark and his family for organizing the event and for everyone who brought snacks for the reception. It was a special evening in many ways.


Colorful look of spring

March 22nd, 2016, by Ted Haider
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Pantry Coordinator Nancy Miles and Scout Leader Lisa Stevens

Creative donation from Girl Scouts

Lisa Stevens’ Cape Elizabeth Senior Girl Scout Troop 1467 for the past four years has decorated large grocery bags for clients picking up Thanksgiving vegetables and fruits from Judy’s Pantry.

The troop recently asked if they could do similar bags for spring, but Thanksgiving is the only time the large bags are used. They came up with a creative alternative..

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For the look of spring, five girls in the troop, all seniors at CEHS, created colorful flower arrangements, using tissue paper and pipe cleaners, for each of the Pantry clients to take home and enjoy. The flowers were delivered to the Pantry on March 22.

Thank you Troop 1467 and best of luck with your college plans!

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