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Cape Elizabeth
United Methodist Church
280 Ocean House Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107



Pastor: Ruth Morrison. Rev. Morrison will be retiring in June. The Rev. Casey Collins will be the new minister, beginning in July.

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

Sunday, June 25: Celebration service for the Rev. Ruth Morrison, 10 a.m. to mark her retirement after 13 years in Cape Elizabeth and 45 years in ministry. There will not be an 8 a.m. chapel service on June 25.

Tuesday, June 27: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, July 2: The Rev. Casey Collins will be introduced as Cape Elizabeth's new minister. A reception will follow the 10 a.m. service.

Sunday, July 9: The first Sunday for the Rev. Casey Collins to preach and lead Cape Elizabeth services at 8 and 10 a.m.

Tuesday, July 11: Open House reception to meet Casey Collins at Mark and Margaret Braun's house, 34 Hunts Point Road, Cape Elizabeth, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, July 22: Yard and Craft Sale outside the church. Tables are available for $20 each with the donation going to the church. Everything sold at the table goes to the seller. See Gail Parker or call her cell phone (329-9628) to reserve a table.


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Celebration Service

June 21st, 2017, by Ted Haider



Say farewell to Ruth, June 25

There will be a Celebration Service for the Rev. Ruth Morrison on Sunday, June 25 at 10 a.m. This service will celebrate Ruth’s 45 years in ministry, including the last 13 in Cape Elizabeth. Ruth’s retirement begins July 1.

There will not be an 8 a.m. Chapel service on June 25.

Come out and say farewell to Ruth at the service and thank her for all she has done for this congregation since arriving here in 2004. She previously had served churches in Portland, Saco, Goodwins Mills and Lewiston.

There will be a reception in the Narthex after the service.

Click here for a look back at Ruth during her time at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church:  Continue reading »

Health information

May 2nd, 2017, by Ted Haider

Natalie Underdown shares information with Duane Wakefield on Vial of Life medical information.

Advice from some experts

Our own Natalie Underdown and five of her fellow students from the University of New England’s College of Pharmacy volunteered their time on April 30 to provide members of our congregation with valuable health information.

The UNE students were in the Narthex after the 10 a.m. service, providing blood pressure testing and offering health care advice to many of our church members.


Natalie is a former multi-time winner of the church’s Belyea Scholarship for students pursuing careers in medicine and Sunday’s health forum was a way for her to say thank you. Natalie is in her second of four years of graduate studies at the college of Pharmacy and she currently is interning at the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and also at Wilson’s Drug Store in Bath.


Joining the College of Pharmacy students on Sunday was Dean Gayle Brazeau, another member of our church.


Members of the UNE College of Pharmacy who gave church members health care information on April 30: Justin Richards (Dixfield, Maine), Alexandria Argentieri (Rochester, New York), Natalie Underdown (Cape Elizabeth), Megan McInally (Ventura, California), Dean Gayle Brazeau (Scarborough), Mark Chen (Tustin, California), Maxwell Roberts (Brunswick, Maine)


Thank you to Natalie and her fellow students for taking the time to share their expertise with our church members.

Food-packing mission

May 1st, 2017, by Ted Haider


23,440 breakfast meals

For the fourth consecutive spring, members of our church participated in the Outreach, Inc. food-packing mission, providing meals for individuals and families who have difficulty finding healthy food to eat.

On April 29, 64 people — including seven from our church — gathered at the Peoples United Methodist Church in South Portland to assemble breakfast pouches that will be distributed to individuals and families in need in Maine’s Cumberland and Penobscot counties.

The seven teams represented the Thornton Heights UMC, West Scarborough UMC, Peoples UMC, our church, and the Odd Fellows fraternal group. Throughout Saturday afternoon, the teams assembled pouches and packed cases totaling 23,440 servings of cinnamon-apple oatmeal. Each pouch serves six people.


Our church’s team of Jean Meyer, Deanne Burr, Carol Haider, Lili Acheson, Bryan Cobb, Zach Wright and Malki accounted for 3,230 servings of the oatmeal. Each oatmeal pouch contained oatmeal, dried apples, soy and vitamins. This was the first time for assembling a breakfast meal. In the past, the pouches contained ingredients for a bean and rice dinner.


This food-packing program is organized by Outreach, Inc. in Union, Iowa. Its mission is to provide safe food, water, medical care, and education to children and those in need throughout our country and abroad.


The local food-packing mission has been organized by Cori Heatley of the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church since 2014.

For more information on Outreach, Inc., click here: Outreach

Easter morning 2017

April 16th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Finding new life

Keeping with tradition, members of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church began Easter morning with the Sunrise Service at Two Lights and followed it with the Sanctuary Service at 10 a.m.

In her final Easter sermon before retiring in June, the Rev. Ruth Morrison appropriately talked about letting go with what you are most familiar and trusting God to shape your lives.

The new life theme was also used during the Children’s Story with the miracle of how a butterfly emerges from a cocoon.

Thank you to Mark Braun for sharing these Easter images.







Easter services

April 14th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Sunrise and Sanctuary services

The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will hold two services on Easter morning.

The first will be the Sunrise Service at 5:45 a.m. above the rocks at the end of Two Lights Road. Park in the Lobster Shack parking lot.

The Sanctuary Service will be at 10 a.m. at the church, 280 Ocean House Road (Route 77) in Cape Elizabeth.

There will not be an 8 a.m. Chapel Service on Easter. There also will not be a 9 a.m. Adult Education class on Easter.

Palm Sunday 2017

April 11th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Joyous procession

For the Palm, Sunday service in the Sanctuary, church members joined the choir and children from Sunday School in a parade that went out the back door of the church, wrapped around the building, entered the front door into the Narthex and then procceded into the Sanctuary.

At the back of the procession was Jesus, portrayed by Terry Keezer, smiling at the children and bowing in reverence as palms were waved in his direction.

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”


The procession ended in front of the altar with Jesus standing on a large “garment,” placed at his feet by the children who had created it in Sunday School.


Thank you to Choir Director Faith York and Sunday School teachers Deanne Burr and Carol Hubbard for this uplifting beginning to the Palm Sunday service.



Easter cakes

April 7th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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Order your cakes this Sunday

The United Methodist Women are once again making mini Easter Cakes, but time is running out to order them. Place your orders with Kathie Hackett this Sunday at $4 per cake.

Each mini loaf cake will be iced and decorated and will include the name or names of anyone you wish.

Cakes will be available on Saturday morning, April 15 during the Easter Egg Hunt or on Sunday morning after the 10 a.m. service.

Proceeds will go to one of the UMW’s many missions.

Health Awareness

April 3rd, 2017, by Ted Haider


Learning about acupuncture

Thank you to Leah Chamberlin for sharing her expertise on acupuncture with members of the church after the 10 a.m. service on April 2. Leah talked about acupuncture and offered mini-treatments to anyone willing to give it a try.

Leah has a Master’s degree in Chinese Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, Massachusetts and she currently works at Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture in South Portland. In the field of acupuncture, Leah has 630 clinical hours of work and has 350 patient visits.

Leah is a former winner of the church’s Belyea Scholarship for her work in the field of medicine.

For more information, contact Leah at 775-2059.




Mission Recognition Awards

March 28th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Special award for Rev. Ruth

The church’s United Methodist Women presented the Rev. Ruth Morrison with its Mission Recognition Award on March 26 for all the work she has done for and contributions she has made to the church over the past 13 years. Ruth will be retiring in June after 45 years of serving churches in Portland, Saco, Goodwins Mills, Lewiston and Cape Elizabeth.

Also receiving a Mission Award at the March 26 service was Ted Haider for his work with the church’s newsletter, web site and Facebook.

Kathie Hackett presented the awards.

Jazz Sunday 2017

February 27th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Making a joyful noise

It seems as if Jazz Sunday gets bigger and better every year, since its beginning at our church in 2007. But what made this year’s service even more memorable came from the Children’s Story.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison introduced the Children’s Story by quoting from Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands . . .” She told the children that throughout the Jazz Sunday service, the musicians had been “making a joyful noise” and she was sure God was listening.

She then asked drummer Paul Aronson to talk with the children about how he plays the cymbals. One by one he had the children approach his drum set and after handing them his drum sticks, he instructed them to give the cymbals a rap. At first there were only a few tentative taps, but it wasn’t long before the Sanctuary was ringing with the cymbals’ vibrations. It was indeed a joyful noise.


But it wasn’t over. Paul then asked Pastor Ruth if she wanted a turn. She admitted it was “something I’ve always wanted to do” and it wasn’t long before the cymbals rang out from Ruth’s repeated raps with Paul’s sticks. With this being Pastor Ruth’s last Jazz Sunday before her retirement in June, her last cymbal crash was a fitting end — and the congregation applauded.


As for the rest of the morning, Stephen Bither’s collection of talented musicians provided every form of Mardi Gras-style jazz imaginable, playing before, during and after worship on this last Sunday before Lent.


And complementing every blast from Michele Kingston’s trumpet and every strum from Peter Dumphy’s banjo, our choir, led by Faith York, was was in high spirits, as was the organ playing of Gail Parker and Tyler Roddenberger, who helped rock the Sanctuary when the rest of the musicians let loose with “When the Saints Go Marching In.”


In addition to Paul on drums, Peter on banjo and Michelle on trumpet, thank you to Stephen on piano, Tom Wilbur on Sousaphone, Barry Daniels on clarinet, and Peter Lord on saxophone. Jazz Sunday 2017 was as good as it gets.


When the last strains of “When the Saints” began to fade — usually the end of the Jazz Sunday service — Pastor Ruth addressed the musicians and said, “Since this is my last Jazz Sunday, I want an encore.”

And so they did.


Jazz Sunday would not have been complete without a pancake brunch afterward and thanks to Clint Lawrence and his kitchen crew of Judy and Robert Knupp and Mariah Parker, it was all you could eat.



All the work behind the Pancake Brunch came from Mariah Parker, Clint Lawrence and Robert and Judy Knupp.

Click here for more images of Jazz Sunday: Continue reading »