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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 2016

Saturday, Feb. 13: "Sewing Dresses for Girls Around the World," 10 a.m.-noon in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, Feb. 14: Adult Education Class, "A Word or Two about Moses," 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Tuesday, Feb. 16: Prayer Meeting, 10-10:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Wednesday, Feb. 17: Lenten service at Thornton Heights UMC in South Portland, 6:15 p.m. The Lenten theme: Learning About Other Faith Communities. This week: Muslims. Supper will be served before worship.

Sunday, Feb. 21: Adult Education Class, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. Beginning of a new series: "24 Hours That Changed the World." Tuesday, Feb. 23: Prayer Meeting, 10-10:30 a.m. in the chapel.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Lenten service at Peoples UMC in South Portland, 6:15 p.m. The Lenten theme: Learning About Other Faith Communities. This week: Carolyn Gilbert, chairperson of Social Action Outreach, Temple Beth El, Portland. Supper will be served before worship.

Saturday, Feb. 27: "Get to Know Each Other" gathering and pot luck supper, sponsored by the Adult Social Activity Group, 5 p.m. at the church. All adults, singles and couples -- and friends -- are invited.

Sunday, Feb. 28: Adult Education Class, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. New series: "24 Hours That Changed the World." Tuesday, March 1: Prayer Meeting, 10-10:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Wednesday, March 2: Lenten service at Thornton Heights UMC in South Portland, 6:15 p.m. The Lenten theme: Learning About Other Faith Communities. This week: Matt Braun, representing Recovery Community. Supper will be served before worship.

Sunday, March 6: Adult Education Class, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. New series: "24 Hours That Changed the World." Tuesday, March 8: Prayer Meeting, 10-10:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Tuesday, March 8: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Wednesday, March 9: Lenten service at our church, 6:15 p.m. The Lenten theme: Learning About Other Faith Communities. This week: Bishop Craig Treadwell, Latter Day Saints.

Sunday, March 13: Adult Education Class, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. New series: "24 Hours That Changed the World." Tuesday, March 15: Prayer Meeting, 10-10:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Wednesday, March 16: Lenten service at our church, 6:15 p.m. The Lenten theme: Learning About Other Faith Communities. This week: Tom Handel, Nagaloka Buddhist Community.

Sunday, March 20: Palm Sunday services at our church, 8 a.m. in the chapel and 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Sunday, March 20: Adult Education Class, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. New series: "24 Hours That Changed the World." Tuesday, March 22: Prayer Meeting, 10-10:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Tuesday, March 22: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday service at our church or the Cape's Church of the Nazarene (still to be determined), 7 p.m.

Friday, March 25: Good Friday service at our church or the Cape's Church of the Nazarene (still to be determined), 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 27: Sunrise Service at Two Lights, next to the Lobster Shack at the end of Two Lights Road.

Sunday, March 27: Easter service in the sanctuary, 10 a.m. (there will not be an 8 a.m. service or Adult Education Class on Easter).

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Creating Valentines

February 11th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Thoughts of love and remembrance

At its monthly meeting on Feb. 9, the United Methodist Women created valentines, using cut-out hearts, stickers, lace, fancy ribbon, and heartfelt words to make special cards for people in need of remembrance.

Thank you to the UMW for taking the time to maintain a tradition that still holds a special place for people who need remembering.

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Jazz Sunday 2016

February 7th, 2016, by Ted Haider
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Beth Austin’s solo during “Stand By Me.”

Mardi Gras on the Cape

On this final Sunday before Lent, our church once again held a worship service filled with New Orleans-style jazz and spirited hymn singing, bringing the congregation to its feet with arm-waving and enthusiastic applause.

It was not your typical Sunday service — it was Jazz Sunday!

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The service was led by special arrangements from Faith York and the choir and Stephen Bither and his talented collection of musicians, including Paul Aranson on drums, Tom Wilbur on sousaphone, Eric Anderson on trombone, Barry Daniels on clarinet, Peter Dunphy on banjo, Stephen Bither on piano and both Gail Parker and Tyler Rodenberger on the organ.

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The service included a wide range of hymns adapted by Faith and Stephen, including “O Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair,” “Stand by Me,” “This Little Heart of Mine,” “Amazing Grace,” and of course, “When the Saints Go Marching in.”

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One of the highlights from the choir was Beth Austin’s solo during the singing of “Stand By Me,” a toe-tapping, hand-clapping rendition that stirred hearts and souls on a Sunday morning on which the sanctuary’s energy soared to the heavens.

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The spirit continued to flow after the service when everyone gathered for a pancake breakfast in Fellowship Hall, prepared by Clint Lawrence, Patrick Crowley, and Colin and Anita Davidson.

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Thank you to all who made this year’s Jazz Sunday another one to remember!

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Italian sandwiches

February 7th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Super Bowl delights

In what has become a Super Bowl Sunday tradition, our church’s United Methodist Women made 44 Italian sandwiches early Sunday morning for members of the congregation and their friends to enjoy during the Super Bowl.

Money from the sandwich drive will go to Camp Mechuwana, the year-round UM camp in Winthrop, Maine.

Thanks to Kathie Hackett, Mary Anne Champeon, Shirley Maxwell, Carol Haider, and Lili Acheson for making this possible.

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Making more dresses

February 6th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Week 3: 70-plus dresses

After three Saturdays, women from our church have created more than 70 dresses for the “Dress a Girl Around the World” mission. The project will finish next Saturday, Feb. 13, with another 10 a.m.-noon session.

At this last session, a local ambassador from the national Dress a Girl organization, based in Tempe, Arizona, will be present to work with the women from our church.

At last week’s session, Pam Koonz-Canarie (above photo) from South Portland and a member of the Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church, joined our women to create some dresses. She had read about the project in the newspaper and wanted to know if she could take part. She said the project was wonderful and that our church was “very welcoming.”

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If you would like to participate on the final Saturday, bring a sewing machine to the church at 10 a.m., along with 1 yard of cotton fabric and 1 package of extra wide (1/2 inch) double fold bias tape for each dress. Elastic will be provided. Another option is to being a pillow case and bias tape.

If you don‘t have a sewing machine and would still like to help, we will need people for ironing, measuring and cutting bias and elastic tape, or just being a cheerleader!

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Sunday School project

January 27th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Helping to ‘dress a girl’

As a helping hand to the “Dress a Girl Around the World” project currently under way by a group of women in our church, the Sunday School has contributed another dimension to the initiative.

Under the direction of Carol Hubbard, children of the Sunday School are making pockets to be sewn onto the dresses being created on Saturday mornings in the Sunshine Room.

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The children are cutting out designs on freezer paper — such as hearts — and then painting the designs. The freezer paper design is then applied to fabric with a hot iron and the fabric will become the pocket.

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Thank you to Carol for coming up with the project and to Mariah Higley and Shawn Hall for assisting the children with their creations.

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Dress a Girl Around the World

January 23rd, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Mission to help girls in poverty

Women from our church today started a three-week project to make dresses as part of the dress a Girl Around the World mission.

Linda Wakefield organized this project late last year after learning about a similar project at Wesley by the Sea, a retired pastor’s housing community in Wells.

Women from our church will be making dresses from 10 a.m.-noon every Saturday through Feb. 13.

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Some dresses were made before today’s session and by the end of this first Saturday, 20 dresses had been completed or nearly completed.

To date, Dress A Girl Around the World, a program of Hope 4 Women International, has delivered 300,000 dresses to 81 countries.

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The Dress a Girl Around the World web site explains, “By providing a new dress, you may well be changing a young girl’s destiny. Village pastors tell us that a girl wearing a new dress provides an appearance that she is well cared for and may discourage would-be predators.”

Hope 4 Women International and its Dress a Girl Around the World mission operates out of Tempe, Arizona, and was founded in 2006 after a mission trip to Uganda.

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Our church is hoping to make at least 50 dresses by Feb. 13, but the Rev. Ruth Morrison was even more optimistic when Linda Wakefield obtained “Dress a Girl Around the World” labels for 100 dresses.

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Thank you to all of the women who have already participated in this project and also to those who still will!

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Click here for more information about the international Dress a Girl Around the World project: Dresses

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Creating dresses

January 14th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Helping children in poverty

Our church will begin a “Sewing Dresses for Girls Around the World” mission this Saturday, Jan. 16. The initiative will make simple dresses for young girls living in the poverty-stricken regions of the world.

Participants are asked to being their sewing machines to the church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, along with 1 yard of cotton fabric and 1 package of extra wide (1/2 inch) double fold bias tape for each dress. Elastic will be provided. Another option is to being a pillow case and bias tape.

If you don‘t have a sewing machine and would still like to help, we will need people for ironing, measuring and cutting bias and elastic tape, or just being a cheerleader!

The church will be making dresses every Saturday through Feb. 13, from 10 a.m.-noon.

 

Prayer Meetings

January 11th, 2016, by Ted Haider

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Join us on Tuesday mornings

The church will hold Prayer Meetings on Tuesday mornings from 10-10:30 in the Chapel. The Public is invited to attend.

Each session will include a time of silence, reading and group prayer.

If you are not able to attend one of these Prayer Meetings, but would still like to have a special prayer included, e-mail your request to the Rev. Ruth Morrison at capeelizabethumc@aol.com

Christmas memories

December 31st, 2015, by Ted Haider

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Church Treasurer Jim Tammaro submitted this photo he took of his family at the Christmas Eve service: Nicole, Nick, Ryan and Benjamin.

Christmas memories

December 31st, 2015, by Ted Haider

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On the Sunday after Christmas, Naomi Williams  had the opportunity for an up close and personal visit with Baby Jesus from the church’s Christmas Eve Service.           (Photo by Faith York)