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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 2018

Saturday, Feb. 17: Dress A Girl Around The World" sewing session in the Sunshine Room, 9 a.m.-noon. Participants are asked to bring their own sewing machines and fabric. Sessions will take place every Saturday at the church through Feb. 24.

Sunday, Feb. 18: The Rev. Jim Young begins a new series of Adult Education Classes: "New Testament Personalities," 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. Public invited.

Monday, Feb. 19: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey, 8-9 a.m. at C-Salt Gourmet Market, 349 Ocean House Road.


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Valentines 2018

February 16th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Words of Love

Members of our church’s United Methodist Women once again spent time at their February gathering creating Valentine cards for members of the church and friends who have trouble getting out at this time of the year or just for people who deserved a special token of love and appreciation.


Deanne Burr organized materials and the other women took it from there, using cutouts, stickers, stamps, ribbons and even lace and heart-shaped punches to make their special and unique cards.


Thank you to the UMW for making someone’s Valentines Day a special one!



Ash Wednesday

February 13th, 2018, by Ted Haider

Service at Thornton Heights UMC

An Ash Wednesday service will be held Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church in South Portland. The Rev. Casey Collins of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will be preaching.

Jazz Sunday 2018

February 12th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Making a ‘Joyful Noise’

On the last Sunday before Lent, Stephen Bither once again brought together a group of his talented musician friends to grace our congregation and friends with Mardi Gras-style music on what has become known at our church as Jazz Sunday.

Stephen has been doing this every year since 2007, but this year he added a new approach, having some of the musicians explain during the Children’s Story how they make “joyful noise” in a way that would hopefully please God. The children loved it — as did everyone else!


Stephen Bither explains how jazz can be a “joyful noise”.


Trumpet player Michelle Kingston explains her “joyful noise”.

Stephen’s group played before, during and after the 10 a.m. service with Stephen on piano, Peter Dunfey on banjo, Eric Anderson on trombone, Tom Wilbur on sousaphone, Michelle Kingston on trumpet, Barry Daniels on clarinet, Peter Lord on soprano sax, Paul Aaronson on drums and our own Tyler Rodenberger on tenor sax.


Complementing the jazz musicians, our choir, led by Faith York’s creative arrangements, provided their own “joyful noise”, both on their own and with the musicians.


This was the first Jazz Sunday for Pastor Casey Collins at our church and she celebrated in true style by dancing down the center aisle after her benediction.


And when the service ended, everyone gathered for a pancake and sausage brunch, thanks to the planning and organization of Steve Hill and his busy helpers, Sue and Bruce Lind and Greg Wyman.


Thank you to all who made Jazz Sunday a rousing success, included members of the church and friends who attended the service.

Lent begins with an Ash Wednesday service at the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church in South Portland on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Pastor Casey Collins from our church will be preaching.

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Dress A Girl Around The World

January 24th, 2018, by Ted Haider


Create dresses for girls in poverty

For a third year, a group of women from our church and their friends will spend the next five Saturday mornings creating dresses for the international Dress A Girl Around the World mission. Each session will run from 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 27-Feb. 24.

You are invited to join the group and either create and sew together the dresses or help out in a variety of other ways. If you would like to sew, please bring your sewing machine and some fabric for creating the dresses. Some fabric is already at the church from previous sessions.


Dress A Girl Around The World has 1,600 members sewing throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, European countries, Costa Rica, Uganda, and other locations throughout the world. The Southern Maine group has distributed 11,000 dresses to Senegal, Malawi, Uganda, Haiti, India, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.


In 2016, women from our church created 116 dresses. In 2017 the final total was 166. The goal for this year is to do at least 167.


Dress A Girl Around The World is an organization under the umbrella of Hope for Women. Dress A Girl has four hopes: Dignity, Joy, Health, and Love.


It is not necessary to take part in all five sessions or even any full session — come when you can and stay for as long as you are available.


For more information, contact Judith Hill or Lili Acheson.


Christmas 2017

December 28th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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Worshiping throughout Christmas Eve

At both a 10 a.m. Sunday service and again at evening worship, our church celebrated the birth of Jesus with the involvement of many church members and friends in a variety of ways.


The morning service included uplifting music from the choir, special creative approaches by Director Faith York, and the deep-sounding tones of the organ, played by Gail Parker.


Scripture readings by members of the church throughout the morning service were accented by messages of the season delivered by Pastor Casey Collins.


And, of course, there was the lighting of the Advent candles.


In the evening Family Service, Pastor Casey had everyone take part as she told the story of Jesus’ birth.


Children were called to the front of the sanctuary and took on the roles of shepherds, angels, the inn keeper, stars and the Magi, all standing around Mary and Joseph and directed what to do by Camille Braun.

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While Pastor Casey read the Christmas story, everyone sitting in the pews was invited to react, such as saying “Wow!” at the appearance of the Angel Gabriel or “Oh No!” when Mary and Joseph were informed there were no rooms available in the inn. To help church members know when to express their vocal reactions, Preston and Melissa Stewart  stood in front of the sanctuary and held up cue cards.


Throughout the service, Christmas hymns were sung, Gail Parker again played the organ,  and Tyler Rodenberger performed a classic piano solo of “Silent Night”. . .

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. . . and at the end of the service, everyone sang “Silent Night,” this time by candlelight.

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Merry Christmas from the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church!!!

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Christmas caroling

December 17th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Spreading Christmas cheer

Members of our church and friends skipped the first three quarters of the Patriots football game and went Christmas caroling on Dec. 17 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough, at The Landing assisted living facility in Cape Elizabeth and at the home of one church members.


This has become a tradition for our church over the past dozen or so years, bringing a little Christmas spirit to those who aren’t able to get out at this time of the year. Thank you to Steve Hill for once again organizing our carolers.



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Happy Birthday

December 17th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Church celebration for Gary Beckwith

Members of the church helped Gary Beckwith celebrate his 87th birthday on Dec. 17 with cake and good will after the 10 a.m. service.


Happy Birthday, Gary!!


Calling All Angels Christmas Concert

December 11th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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Spirit of the season

The church’s “Calling All Angels” Interfaith Concert on Dec. 9 brought together singers, musicians, and caring members from 10 churches and faith communities to celebrate how uplifting the sounds and visions of Christmas can be when we all gather together.


Planning for this concert began months ago by Gail Parker and Marvel Earnshaw and in spite of the season’s first snowstorm, the end result was an evening for adults and children to entertain us with Christmas carols we all know and some we were hearing for the first time. It was a joyful event.


In addition to our church, participating faith communities included The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, St. Maximilian Kobe Catholic Church, Peoples United Methodist Church, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Maine Hindu Temple, Raymond Village Community Church, Scarborough Congregational Church, and the West Scarborough United Methodist Church. Also participating were students from Scarborough, Portland and Cape Elizabeth schools.

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In addition to choral singing by adults and children, everyone in attendance was asked to join in throughout the concert with favorite Christmas hymns from “Silent Night” to “The First Noel” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. After a request for silent prayers for all of the strife in the world, there also was the singing in unison of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”


Words of embracing the season and being together as a community were delivered during breaks in the singing by Pastor Casey Collins from our church and Bishop Craig Treadwell from the Church of Latter Day Saints.

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Pastor Casey Collins of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church

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Bishop Craig Treadwell from the Church of Latter Day Saints

As memorable as the concert was, unfortunately the snow prevented 15-20 members of the Interfaith Choir from taking part.


Thank you again to Gail Parker and Marvel Earnshaw for making this wonderful evening possible!

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Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair

December 5th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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Festive time for church and community

The church’s annual Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair — even without snow — was another success for both the church and the community, raising money for church operations but also strengthening outreach and fellowship for all who came through our doors.


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped in so many ways and also thanks to all who attended and took part to make this a festive beginning of the Christmas season.

A special thanks to Fair Organizer Gail Parker, Silent Auction Coordinator Jaymie Chamberlin, Lobster Roll Luncheon Chef Terry Keezer, Chief Wreath Decorator Shirley Maxwell and Financial Wizard Jim Tammaro.


Fair Organizer Gail Parker

With a year to go to the 2018 Jolly Snowman Fair, we are looking for volunteers to come forward and take on the roles of fair organizer and lobster roll luncheon coordinator. Gail and Terry have held those roles for the past four years and need someone else to assume the responsibilities.


Pastor Casey Collins and Deanne Burr


Lobster Roll Luncheon Coordinator Terry Keezer

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Special Birthday Celebration

November 20th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Happy 80th to Bishop Ives

With a room filled with family and friends at our church on Nov. 18, Bishop Cliff Ives celebrated his 80th birthday. There was a heartfelt blessing from the Rev. Jim Young, stories of long ago from Camp Mechuwana, and generations of young and somewhat older who all felt blessed by how the bishop’s words and actions have impacted their lives in both sanctuaries and in their homes.


The Rev. Jim Young sharing stories of and blessings for Bishop Ives.

It was a homecoming of sorts for the celebration to have been held in our church. The Rev. Cliff Ives, while still a student at the Boston University School of Theology, became our church’s minister in 1962 and served in that position until 1968. At that time our church was closer to Scarborough in a building that is now the Church of the Nazarene. In 1963, behind The Rev. Ives’ leadership, plans for our new church began and in June of 1967, the first service was held in our current church.


A buffet dinner was held during the celebration, but when it came time for dessert, there wasn’t a birthday cake. “My father doesn’t like cake,” Steve Ives said. “So instead, we’ll have his favorite — ice cream sundaes!”



Some members of our current church attended the celebration, including Judith and Steve Hill, Bruce and Sue Lind, Jim and Kay Young, Gary and Jane Beckwith and Beverly Merrill. Also in attendance was the Rev. Ruth Morrison, who retired as our church’s minister in June.



Happy Birthday, Bishop!