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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

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

Tuesday, June 30: Women's Bible Study, 6:45-8:15 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Tuesday, July 7: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Tuesday, July 7: Women's Bible Study, 6:45-8:15 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Thursday, July 9: Guggenmusik: Come Make a Joyful Noise, 6-8 p.m. at Mark and Margaret Braun's house, 34 Hunts Point Road, Cape Elizabeth. Pot Luck Supper. Pot Luck Musik. Pot Luck Worship. Bring your musical instruments or just come to join in as whistlers, singers, yodelers or just joyful noise-makers. An intergenerational event -- all are welcome to attend and participate!


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Children’s Sunday 2015

June 15th, 2015, by Ted Haider

With help from Jean Meyer, Naomi Williams completes the task of lighting the altar candles on Children's Sunday.

A service for the children, by the children

For the past 10 months, our church’s Sunday School — and the congregation as a whole — has embraced the Heifer Project. That commitment was recognized on June 14 with Children’s Sunday.

Throughout the 10 a.m. service, children were the primary focus, from the lighting of the altar candles, special music, the offertory collection, and even the sermon by the Rev. Ruth Morrison.


Coordinator Carol Hubbard talks about the Sunday School's Heifer Project.

Coordinator Carol Hubbard announced to the congregation that more than $425 had been raised by the Sunday School throughout the school year, aided by special collections from the congregation.

The Sunday School will forward its donations to Heifer International for the purchase of two goats, one llama, 1 sheep and a flock of chicks. Heifer International distributes animals to families in poverty throughout the world, helping them to be self-reliant through the gifts they receive.


Serafina and Naomi display colored pictures of animals the Sunday School plans to purchase through Heifer International.

Sunday School classes throughout the year learned about Heifer projects during discussions by church members Linda and Bob Webster, who have worked at the Heifer International Farm.

Also during the Children’s Sunday service, Jasper Fontana and Tyler Rodenberger played piano solos and Ellie Gagne read scripture.

Jasper Fontana

Jasper Fontana

Lila Gagne

Ellie Gagne

After the sermon, a Love Feast or Agape Meal was served to the congregation, consisting of grapes and animal crackers, honoring the focus on the Heifer Project. A Love Feast in the United Methodist Church is a “ritual meal in which hymns are sung.”  The feast is meant to recall the meals Jesus shared with his disciples. At Sunday’s service, it also was a reflection of the scripture reading, the story of the loaves and fishes (John 6:1-15).


The service's Love Feast is served by Luke Gagne and Caitlin and Patrick Lee.

For their work in Sunday School throughout the year, Carol Hubbard, Sarah Gagne, and Belinda Parker were presented flowers by the Rev. Morrison. Flowers also were presented to the Rev. Jim Young for his work with Adult Education.

Sunday School Coordinator Carol Hubbard receives a hug and thanks from the Rev. Ruth Morrison during the Children's Sunday service.

Sunday School Coordinator Carol Hubbard receives a hug and thanks from the Rev. Ruth Morrison during the Children's Sunday service.

The 2014-15 Sunday School was successful because of the many church members who addressed the classes on subjects of their choosing and also for the many volunteers who helped in many other ways.

If you would like to be a part of the 2015-16 Sunday School, please see Carol Hubbard or the Rev. Morrison.

Adult Social Activity Group

June 15th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Picnic at Two Lights

The church’s Adult Social Activity Group gathered at Two Lights State Park on June 14 for a picnic overlooking the ocean and a few hours of enjoying glorious late-spring weather.

The picnic also was held to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Linda and Duane Wakefield. The group celebrated the Wakefield’s special occasion, even though the Wakefields were in Houlton, Maine for another special occasion.



The Adult Social Activity Group will host a hike and picnic lunch on Bradbury Mountain on Saturday, June 27. All adults and their friends are invited to participate.

For the hike and picnic, meet in the Bradbury Mountain parking lot (first right after coming in the main entrance) at noon. Bring your own lunch and hiking shoes.

Click here for more information on the Adult Social Activity Group: ASAG

Family Fun Day

June 15th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Perfect day for Root Beer Floats

After Cape Elizabeth’s 2014 Family Fun Day at Fort Williams was rained out, the 2015 gathering of family and friends on June 13 was clearly the antithesis.

With perfect weather, a large, care-free crowd, amazing views of sailboats in Casco Bay and, of course, iconic Portland Headlight in the background, this version of Family Fun Day was all you could have hoped for — including for our church’s Root Beer Float Stand.

Once again organized by Jim Tammaro and supported by 15 volunteers, the church’s primary fundraiser for the summer was a huge success with more than $525 in profits.

Thank you to the Shipyard Brewing Company for donating cases of its Capt’n Eli sodas and to Derry (Elvis) Rundlett for paying for the purchase of ice cream from Kettle Cove Creamery and Cafe.



UMW luncheon

June 11th, 2015, by Ted Haider


See you in September

The United Methodist Women from our church met for the final time until September on June 9, gathering at The Good Table for its annual Go Out to Lunch event.

Fifteen members of the UMW filled three tables on The Good Table’s back porch, filling the afternoon with conversations about summer plans, children and grandchildren and the upcoming (June 12) 50th wedding anniversary for Linda and Duane Wakefield.

Easter 2015

April 6th, 2015, by Ted Haider

Jesus greets worshipers during the Sunrise Service at Two Lights.

Remembrance and greeting

With the moon setting, the sun rising, birds singing in the trees and the incoming tide breaking on the rocks at Two Lights, our worship on Easter Sunday morning was a dawning of new life in many ways.

The Sunrise Service, hosted by the United Methodist Churches of the Casco Bay Cluster and the Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazarene, offered the traditional lessons of Jesus’ resurrection, but on this Easter morning, we also heard a remembrance directly from Mary Magdalene. It was a stirring perspective we often don’t hear.


Mary, portrayed by the Rev. Dodie Sheffield of the West Scarborough UMC, told how she had become a follower of Jesus, only to see him arrested, tried and sentenced to death. But following the crucifixion, she told in detail and with great emotion how she found the empty tomb and witnessed the miracle of the resurrection.

And when Mary had finished with her vivid remembrance, the sun began to rise above the ocean’s horizon and Jesus, portrayed by Mark Braun, came walking from the far end of the Two Lights outcropping of rocks. One by one, he greeted each of the nearly 80 worshipers, and even some of their dogs. It was a solemn moment.





Following the 6 a.m. Sunrise Service, a sanctuary service was held at our church, welcoming many regular members, but also many family and friends.


A special time of learning for the children and reflection for adults came during the Children’s Story portion of the service when the Rev. Ruth Morrison got her hands a little dirty and became a gardener.

To tell the Easter story, Ruth gathered the children in front of the altar and brought out a shallow planting pot. With a large spoon, she asked the children to fill the pot with black soil she had in another container.


As she told the story, Ruth asked the children to help her add a small open container, which would serve as a tomb, a large rock, three crosses, weaved together with palm fronds, and small pebbles for the base of a hill.



Finally, Ruth had each of the children scatter some grass seed and fertilizer over the scene and soaked it with water. “Now,” she told the children, “we’ll watch it grow.”


During Sunday School, the children added to their lessons of new life by again learning about elements of the Easter story from Carol Hubbard and then coloring cutouts and images of butterflies.





Thank you to everyone who contributed flowers and plants for display in front of the altar as memorials our loved ones.


And also thank you to everyone who purchased Easter cakes from Katie Hackett and the United Methodist Women. A total of 40 personalized cakes were made by Kathie and the UMW and proceeds will go toward scholarship money for Camp Mechuwana.


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Easter Egg Hunt and Activities

April 4th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Color and joy of the season

The church’s traditional Egg Hunt and Activities on the day before Easter once again brought together children from the church and community to unleash pent-up energy from a long winter and gather the promise of brighter things to come.

There was an egg hunt throughout the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall, egg coloring, cutout Easter basket creations, mural-painting, the transferring of colorful designs from silk ties to eggs, other arts and crafts, the planting of seeds in small containers of soil and, of course, the grand finale of the breaking of a pinata.

There was something for all interests and the children seemed to have an interest in just about all.


There even was a visit from a six-foot Easter Bunny who had the rare opportunity to meet a bunny of a more routine size. Janet Mageles of the World of Wonders Nursery School was gracious enough to bring one of the “live” bunnies from her classroom.


The gathering was once again a success because of the help and contributions from many parents and adults. Thank you also to everyone who contributed donations during last Sunday’s offering to help purchase the candy used throughout Saturday’s activities.



The scramble for candy from the broken pinata.

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Maundy Thursday

April 3rd, 2015, by Ted Haider


Remembering the Last Supper

On an evening when church members read scripture, the choir’s hymn selection set a tone, and two ministers conveyed messages of caring and looking out for each other, the poignant moments of The Last Supper were re-enacted and remembered.

On this Maundy Thursday, members of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church and the Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazarene gathered to witness and reflect on Jesus’ final gathering with his disciples before his crucifixion.


The service included a tableau of Jesus washing the feet of anyone wishing to participate. There also was a washing of hands, again for anyone wishing to participate.


From John 13:12-17

“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you,’ he asked them. ‘You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”


From Matthew 17:26-29

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’ “

Everyone who attended the Maundy Thursday service, was then asked to come together as family and come forward to receive Communion.


“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”


For this Maundy Thursday service, Jesus was portrayed by Matt Braun and his disciples were portrayed by Zach Wright and Bryan Cobb. The Rev. Ruth Morrison of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church and the Rev. Jon Twitchell of the Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazarene led the service.

Images of God

March 29th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Youthful interpretations

During Sunday School on March 29, Mark McDowell spoke with our children about  God and that God’s most precious gifts to us aren’t toys or games; it’s more about the quality of our lives and how good our lives can be.

Mark explained that he speaks with God many times each day about how good his life is and that we all should think about having similar conversations.

As a Sunday School exercise, Mark, Carol Hubbard and Belinda Parker guided the children with creating images of what God might look like — colorful, vibrant and full of life.



Mark McDowell with the Sunday School class.

Mark McDowell with the Sunday School class. (Photo by Carol Hubbard)

Heifer Project

March 15th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Cookies for Goats

As an early St. Patrick’s Day exercise, the Sunday School class on March 15 baked and decorated cookies with green icing and sprinkles and offered them after the 10 a.m. service as a means of raising money for their Heifer Project.

During Fellowship Time, adults sampled the St. Patrick cookies while providing donations that will go toward the purchase of goats from Heifer International.

Throughout this school year, the children of Sunday School have been been donating their own money as part of a lesson to learn about worldwide hunger and poverty. Through Heifer International, Sunday School classes can purchase a number of animals to be donated to families in poverty throughout the world, but our Sunday School has selected goats as the choice of their fund-raising efforts.


Through Heifer International, each goat costs $120 and with Sunday’s cookie project, our Sunday School now has enough money for two goats. For families in need, goats are an excellent source of milk, cheese and yogurt.


To help prepare the children for the baking and decorating of the cookies, Kim Flanagan led a lesson on St. Patrick and his religious missions in Ireland.


The older members of Sunday School worked in the  kitchen, preparing and baking cookies while the younger children enjoyed the decorating.


There also was time for some sampling.


During Fellowship Time, everyone had the opportunity to admire and taste the results of the Sunday School’s lesson.


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Jazz Sunday 2015

March 9th, 2015, by Ted Haider


Glorious Revival

Three weeks after it was postponed because of still another snowstorm, Jazz Sunday was finally celebrated on March 8 with Mardi-Gras style music throughout the 10 a.m. service and the fellowship of a pancake brunch afterward.

It was a celebratory morning worth waiting for.


Stephen Bither once again was masterful at pulling together a group of his jazz-savvy friends, gracing the service with spirit-lifting favorites from “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” to “Amazing Grace.”

For the musicians, the gathering also was a time to reflect on the life of one of their own. Roger Snow, who was a regular at many Jazz Sundays with his trombone, passed away last Sunday at age 90.

As a tribute to Roger, his trombone and trademark hat were placed next to an empty chair in front of the altar for this year’s Jazz Sunday.



Roger Snow during the 2011 Jazz Sunday

This year’s participants included Peter Lord on soprano saxophone, Bill Thurston on drums, Peter Dunphy on banjo, Tom Wilbur on tuba, Eric Anderson on trombone, Barry Daniels on clarinet and, of course, Stephen Bither on piano.


The church choir once again was a complementary addition for the jazz musicians, including Choir Director Faith York on her ukulele and Gail Parker on the organ.


A new addition to this year’s repertoire of jazz was our church’s own Tyler Rodenberger, who performed a stirring rendition of “Clarinet Blues” on the organ.

Tyler Rodenberger

Tyler Rodenberger

Another addition to this year’s Jazz service was Stephen Bither leading the Children’s Story, explaining to children young and old that Jesus wants us to be friends with each other and that we should treasure those friendships throughout our lives. Following his advice, Stephen led the jazz musicians, choir and congregation in singing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Stephen Bither

Stephen Bither

This year’s Jazz Sunday was even more festive than usual — even though it fell on the Third Sunday of Lent rather than the Sunday before Ash Wednesday — largely because of the colorful decorating done throughout the church by Betty-Jane Shreve and the handing out of Mardi-Gras beads to everyone as they entered the sanctuary.


New church member Clint Lawrence led a kitchen crew in the preparation of pancakes and sausage for the brunch following the service. It was a busy weekend for Clint in the kitchen — he also washed dishes during Saturday night’s Bean Supper. Thank you to everyone for their many contributions.

Clint Lawrence in the kitchen

Clint Lawrence in the kitchen



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