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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 2015

Saturday, March 7: Public Supper, 4:30-7 p.m. Casseroles, beans, salads, breads, pies.

Sunday, March 8: Adult Education Class, "Struggling with the Future," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, March 8: Jazz Sunday, 10 a.m. service with a pancake brunch to follow worship. (Rescheduled from Feb. 15)

Sunday, March 15: Adult Education Class, "The Challenge of the Cross," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, March 22: Adult Education Class, "Victory over Death," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, March 22: Luncheon after the 10 a.m. service and an afternoon workshop to develop plans for the future of our church with the theme "Discover the Possibilities." Everyone from the church is invited and encouraged to attend and participate.

Sunday, March 29: Adult Education Class, "Commissioning the Disciples," by the Rev. Jim Young, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Thursday, April 2: Maundy Thursday service at our church, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 3: Good Friday service at the Church of the Nazarene on Route 77, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunrise Service at Two Lights, next to the Lobster Shack, 6 a.m. Easter Sunday sanctuary service, 10 a.m. at our church. (There will not be an 8 a.m. chapel service on Easter Sunday).


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Public Supper

March 1st, 2015, by Ted Haider


Public Supper March 7

Our church’s next public supper will be on Saturday, March 7 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Bring family and friends and spend part of your Saturday evening with us, enjoying a wide selection of good, home-cooked food and great conversation with friends. There will be beans, casseroles, salads, breads and, of course, a large selection of pies.

Even if you have not signed up to contribute a dish, please consider bringing one to the church between 4-4:30 on Saturday.

Prices for the supper will be $8 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for families (two adults and children). Takeout will be available.

The public suppers are one of our significant fund-raisers for the year. Please support it.

Rainbow Sunday

February 23rd, 2015, by Ted Haider

“Then God said, ‘I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures. for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures.”

Genesis 9:12-15


Displaying God’s covenant

On the first Sunday of Lent, while Jaymie Chamberlin read Genesis 9 about God’s covenant with Noah being a rainbow and the Rev. Ruth Morrison’s sermon following the same theme, the children of Sunday School offered their own perspective.


Led by Sunday School coordinator Carol Hubbard and helper Mariah Higley, children used squirt bottles filled with colorful dyes to create rainbows, hearts and other imaginative designs in the large snow banks by the front and side entrances to the church.


It was a perfect Sunday School lesson for the children and an immediate reinforcement of the day’s scripture reading for adults when they left the Sunday service.


In her benediction, the Rev. Morrison challenged members of the congregation to spend Lent looking for the rainbows in their lives and sharing those memories  each Sunday during our worship together.


To emphasize the rainbow theme of Sunday’s service, Stephen Bither and Faith York performed a special rendition of “The Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie” during the Offertory and during the Prelude, organist Gail Parker played a medley of rainbow-related songs, including the always thought-provoking “Somewhere over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.”


When members of the church arrived at the Sunday service, they were greeted with another form of a rainbow: water-filled, frozen balloons with colored water inside of each, thanks to the creativity of Chris DeSantis.


Thank you to all who made this rainbow-filled Sunday possible!

Click here for more images of the children’s Sunday School project:   Continue reading »

Blizzard Warning

February 13th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Jazz Sunday postponed

Because of the forecast for blizzard conditions on Saturday night and Sunday, Jazz Sunday, originally scheduled for Feb. 15, has been postponed. For anyone wishing to still attend a service, however, the Rev. Ruth Morrison said there will be regular worship on Sunday morning.

Jazz Sunday has been rescheduled for March 8 at 10 a.m., including the Mardi-Gras music during worship and the pancake brunch afterward.

An Ash Wednesday service will be held at our church on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.


United Methodist Women

February 11th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Valentines from the heart

At its monthly meeting on Feb. 10, the United Methodist Women created Valentine cards from a table filled with hearts, ribbons, lace, glue sticks and rubber stamps with messages of endearment.


When the hand-crafted Valentines were completed, following some careful scrutiny, they were mailed to members of the church and community who have a difficult time getting out at this time of the year.


Prior to the card-making session and its monthly lunch together, the women gathered in the chapel for a time of reflection and prayer to honor Joanne Scontras, a longtime member of the UMW who passed away on Feb. 2.


The UMW’s next meeting is Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All women of the church and their friends are invited to attend.

Heifer Project

February 10th, 2015, by Ted Haider
(Photos by Laura Young)

Learning about hunger, poverty

Each Sunday since September, our Sunday School has been taking a collection for the Heifer Project, an initiative to teach our children about worldwide hunger and poverty.

Bob and Linda Webster introduced the children to the Heifer Project in September and gave them a refresher course on Feb. 8, just prior to their trip to the Heifer International Farm in Alabama.


The weekly Sunday School collections will go toward  the purchase of a goat, a flock of chicks, honey bees, llama, or perhaps even a heifer.

The purchase and donation of these animals go to the Heifer Mission, which distributes them to families in poverty throughout the world, helping them to become self-reliant through the gifts they receive.

For example:

  • Goats can produce up to a ton of milk a year and give birth to twins or triplets.
  • Heifers can produce a calf every year and up to four gallons a milk a day.
  • Honey bees can supply beeswax and honey and improve crop yields through pollination.
  • Chickens can supply up to 200 eggs a year.

Through Heifer International, the cost of the animals:

  • Heifer: $500
  • Share of Heifer: $50
  • Llama: $150
  • Goat: $120
  • Share of Goat: $10
  • Honey Bees: $30
  • Flock of chicks: $20

If you have children in our Sunday School, please help them to contribute to the Heifer Project.

Click here for more information on Heifer International: Heifer

Rest in Peace

February 8th, 2015, by Ted Haider

Joanne Scontras, 1931-2015

Joanne Scontras, an longtime  member of our church and the United Methodist Women, passed away on Feb. 2 at the age of 83.

Her family is asking, in lieu of flowers, to make donations in Joanne’s name to Hospice of Southern Maine.

Click here for Joanne’s obituary: Joanne

Joanne, far right,

Joanne, far right, making Italian Sandwiches with the United Methodist Women on Super Bowl Sunday, 2012.


Joanne, second from left, sits with Stephen Bither, Kathie Hackett and Gloria Kierstead at a Sea Dogs game. Gloria passed away in January.

Joanne with Kathie Hackett

Joanne with Kathie Hackett

Super Sandwiches

February 2nd, 2015, by Ted Haider


Comfort food for Pats’ victory

Members of the United Methodist Women assembled 44 Italian sandwiches on Sunday morning for members of the church and their families to enjoy before or during the Super Bowl — the New England Patriots’ nail-biting 28-24 victory over Seattle.

This has become an annual fund-raising event for the UMW, organized by Kathie Hackett.

Thank you to the UMW for its mission work and to everyone in the church who support it.

Witness to Winter

January 23rd, 2015, by Ted Haider


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
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


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.