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



Pastor: Casey Collins.

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

Saturday, Oct. 14: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Table Runner, led by Gail Parker

Sunday, Oct. 15: The Rev. Jim Young's Adult Education Class, series on Moses, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room

Monday, Oct. 16: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Tuesday, Oct. 17: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room

Saturday, Oct. 21: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Lap Quilt or Baby Quilt, led by Gail Parker

Saturday, Oct. 21: Asian Supper at the church, 6 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance by sending an e-mail to In the e-mail, list your name, phone number and how many will be attending.Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under

Sunday, Oct. 22: The Rev. Jim Young's Adult Education Class, series on Moses, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room

Monday, Oct. 23: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room

Saturday, Oct. 28: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Lap Quilt or Baby Quilt, led by Gail Parker

Sunday, Oct. 29: The Rev. Jim Young's Adult Education Class, series on Moses, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room

Sunday, October 29: 10 a.m. worship with the Charge Conference with District Superintendent, Jim McPhee. No 8 a.m. service.

Sunday, October 29-Nov. 5 Our church's week of hosting homeless families with children through Greater Portland Family Promise

Monday, Oct. 30: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room

Saturday, Nov. 4: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Girl's Jumper or Sundress, led by Gail Parker

Saturday, Nov. 4: Because of the church hosting Family Promise this week, there WILL NOT be a Public Supper on Nov. 4.

Monday, Nov. 6: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Saturday, December 2: Jolly Snowman Fair


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Asian Supper 2017

October 10th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Reservations for special supper

Our church will host its fourth Asian Supper on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m., but if you want to attend, reservations must be made in advance.

Send an e-mail to to make a reservation. Include your name, phone number and how many tickets you want. Reservations must be made because seating will be limited to the first 100 people.


Jo Stewart and her family will be preparing a wide range of Southeast Asian dishes, including the always popular Prosperity Salad.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under.

United Methodist Women

October 9th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Afternoon in the sun

For its October gathering, the United Methodist Women met for a pot luck luncheon and an afternoon of enjoying unusually warm fall weather in the gardens and home of Shirley Maxwell Royall.




Animal Blessing 2017

October 2nd, 2017, by Ted Haider

Pastor Casey blesses Piper, owned by Margaret and Mark Braun of Cape Elizabeth.

Casey’s gentle blessings

The Rev. Casey Collins continued her new ministry at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church on Oct. 1, blessing some members of the congregation she rarely gets to see — our beloved pets.uring the church’s annual Blessing of the Animals in the Outdoor Chapel, on a perfect early fall afternoon, Pastor Casey took the time to acquaint herself with dogs named Piper, Bea, GiGi, Emmy, and Charlie and a baby goat named Ruby.


While this was Pastor Casey’s first animal blessing, these blessings have been a regular occurrence at our church since 2005, honoring St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.


Pastor Casey opened the blessing by pondering why God created certain animals, like ants or bats. She went on to explain that there are more than 12,000 species of ants — approximately 1 million ants for every human on Earth — and that they help to aerate the soil and help control other pests like fleas and bed bugs. As for bats, Casey explained that of the 1,200 species, only three are blood-suckers. Bats help to control the insect population, thereby decreasing the need for pesticides — one bat can eat 1 million mosquitoes in an hour.

Casey’s introduction led to why we need to appreciate and bless all animals.


Madison Duong and 12-week old Emmy

After her introduction and prayer, Pastor Casey walked around the Outdoor Chapel and asked each owner to say something about their dog — or goat. She then blessed each animal and treated them to a dog bone from her pocket.


Jim Tammaro accompanied Ruby the goat, who is only two months old. Ruby comes from Cape Elizabeth’s Down Home Farm, run by Jim’s son Nick. In past year’s Jim came to the blessing with Sugar, an adult goat from Down Home Farm, but said it was much easier to transport Ruby, who now is a companion for Sugar.



Pastor Casey blesses Jen Geaumont’s dog Charlie

Click here for more images of the Blessing of the Animals:  Continue reading »

Free Classical Music Concert

September 20th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Join us on Saturday, Sept. 23

Duo Terlano, the award-winning classical music tea of Johannes Dietrich (violin) and Marie-Aline Cadieux (cello) will perform a free concert at our church on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Duo Terlano performed a similar concert at our church last September.

Mark Braun (piano) also will be performing one number with Duo Terlano. Marie-Aline’s mother was Mark’s first piano teacher when he was in the fourth grade in Minnesota.

The husband-wife team are both recipients of the Delaware/Pennsylvania String Teachers Outstanding String Teaching Award.

Terlano is the name of the northern Italian town in which Johannes and Marie-Aline spent their first wedding anniversary.

Duo Terlano performs classical music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. They will be performing works from Alec Rowley, Carlo Antonio Campioni, Sergei Prokofiev, Sebastiao Barros, Louis Spohr and Richard Pearson Thomas.

Click here for a story and photos from last year’s Duo Terlano concert:

Welcome Back Sunday 2017

September 16th, 2017, by Ted Haider


No place like home

Our church’s Welcome Back Sunday was a family affair with more than a dozen children assisting the Rev. Casey Collins throughout the Sept. 10 service, her first fall-season service after taking over as the minister on July 1.


Pastor Casey involved the children throughout the service, particularly having them help her with her sermon, based on Psalm 84. Whenever she wanted emphasis about the importance of finding a home, she had the children, standing in front of the altar, hold up the words, “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place, O Lord Almighty”. She did this four or five times during the sermon and the accuracy with which the words were held up was fun to watch — the innocence of an unrehearsed performance. It made it feel like, well, being home with family.


Pastor Casey also had the children come forward and place their school backpacks in front of the altar and then she blessed both the backpacks for the new school year and the teachers in attendance who will be leading our children.

For their backpacks, each child was given a small wooden cross by lead Sunday School teacher Carol Hubbard and assisted by Mariah Parker. They were told they could either attach the crosses to their backpacks or tuck them inside.


In keeping with the children’s participation in the service, Serafina Fontana assisted Carol Hubbard in reading the scripture lesson. Serafina and Naomi Williams also were the greeters before the service began.


The Sept. 10 service also was a homecoming for the Faith York and the choir, returning from their summer break.


And while the choir’s music was as uplifting as ever, one other magical musical moment was young Tyler Rodenberger playing a piano solo during the Offertory. What made the solo even more amazing was that the piece he played was Tyler’s own adaptation from music in the video game Fallout 4.


Welcome home, CEUMC Family!!


Welcome Back Sunday

September 8th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Join us on Sept. 10

Welcome Back Sunday is Sept. 10 for our church with the return of the choir from its summer break, the beginning of Adult Education classes for the fall and a special focus on Sunday School.

The Rev. Casey Collins will be leading her first Welcome Back services in Cape Elizabeth and has planned the 10 a.m. service to center around our children. Instead of having Sunday School separate from the Sanctuary service, children will take part in worship throughout the service.

One of the special parts of the service will be a Blessing of Backpacks for the coming school year by Pastor Casey. Bring your children and their backpacks and invite friends of your children.

Traditional Sunday School will begin Sept. 17.

The Rev. Jim Young’s Adult Education classes will resume at 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. The subject for Jim’s first series of the fall is the Sermon on the Mount.

If you cannot attend our 10 a.m. service, join us for the 8 a.m. Chapel service.

Child care positions

August 31st, 2017, by Ted Haider

Paid positions available during Sunday services

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is looking to hire two people to take care of children ages 6 and under during each Sunday’s 10 a.m. service.

These positions are year-round and will pay $20 per person, per Sunday. Arrangements will be made for time off.

The committee would like to hire individuals from outside the church so as not to interfere with people worshiping at our 10 a.m. services.

If you know of someone or have a relative who might be interested in one of these positions, please contact the Rev. Casey Collins after a Sunday service or through the church e-mail ( or by phone (799-8396, leave a message).

Applicants should be at least 18 years of age and will be interviewed by a member or members of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

The committee is hoping to fill these positions by mid-September.


Family Promise hosting

August 22nd, 2017, by Ted Haider

One of three Family Promise bedrooms in our church, this one at the back of the sanctuary

Finding a home at CEUMC

Our church hosted its first guests from the Greater Portland Family Promise mission during the week of Aug. 13-20, welcoming three families from Morocco and Angola. Thanks to many volunteers from our church, St. Alban’s and St. Bartholomews, it was a rewarding and successful week of helping homeless children and their families.

There were a total of five children and five adults.

The week of hosting was coordinated by our church’s Deanne Burr and Linda Webster, without whom the many details and organization for the week would not have been complete.


CEUMC Family Promise Coordinator Deanne Burr and Gail Parker at the entrance to the chapel and one of three bedrooms for Family Promise guests.

The families first arrived late Sunday afternoon, had supper and fellowship time with volunteers and then retired to their rooms around 9:30. The Family Promise van picked them up at 7 the next morning and took them to the Day Center in Portland. The families returned to our church at 5 p.m. and the next overnight cycle began and continued through the week.


Preston Stewart, Sandra and Buzz Hartford, Margie Kelly and Jo Stewart prepared dinner for the families on Saturday night.

Volunteers from the three churches prepared dinners throughout the week, spent time with the children and adults in the evenings, stayed overnight at the church in case help was needed by any of the families, set out breakfasts in the mornings and provided food for lunches.


The bedroom in the chapel

On Saturday morning, when the families did not have to return to the Day Center as early as they had during the week, a larger breakfast was prepared including banana pancakes, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, juice and coffee.


Steve Hill preparing the Saturday morning breakfast.


The Saturday morning breakfast

At the Sunday morning services, after the three families had departed our church for the final time, the Rev. Casey Collins, in her sermon, said it was “holy ground” with what the members of three churches had done to ease the burden for three homeless families for a week.

In part, Pastor Casey said, “This was holy ground. Gathered around the dinner table, people from very different parts of the world, very different cultures, colors, very different religions, laughing, using common gestures and whatever bits and pieces of language they could understand, passing the bread and sharing the cup . . . I knew without a doubt God was present.”


Mark Braun and Linda and Bob Webster taking apart the bedroom in the sanctuary after the families had departed on the final Sunday morning.

There are 13 faith communities who will be hosts for a week at a time during the year in the Greater Portland Family Promise network. Our next hosting will be in approximately three months but no exact date has been set.

If you did not volunteer to take part this time, but would like to do so next time, contact Deanne Burr or Linda Webster.



Summer gathering

August 10th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Was it summer?

Church members gathered for a second Summer Open House and Pot Luck Supper on Aug. 8, but thanks to a steady ocean breeze, it felt more like fall and most people spent the evening around the fire pit to keep warm.


Thank you to everyone who attended and brought contributions for the pot luck supper at the home of Carol and Ted Haider. And for those who were not able to attend — we missed you!



Summer Seminar Series

August 9th, 2017, by Ted Haider

Next session: Thursday, Aug. 10

The second session of the Rev. Jim Young’s month-long Summer Seminar Series will take place on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 7-8 p.m. in the Chapel.

This summer series will focus on Apostle Paul’s Missionary Journeys.

As Jim explained, “We will read about his run-ins with magicians, half-believers, unbelievers, enemies, persecutions, his time in jail, and faithful Christians along the way.”

Jim’s classes will continue on Aug. 24 and 31, but there will not be a session during the week of Aug. 13 because of the church hosting families from the Greater Family Promise mission.

It is not necessary to have attended earlier sessions to take part in any of Jim’s sessions.