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

Phone:
207-799-8396

E-mail: capeelizabethumc@aol.com

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 2014

Saturday, Aug. 30: Volunteer Day at Preble Street Soup Kitchen, 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 2: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, Sept. 7: Choir returns from summer break for 10 a.m. service

Tuesday, Sept. 9: United Methodist Women gathering at Shirley Maxwell's greenhouse, 102 Two Lights Road, 1 p.m. Pot-luck lunch

Tuesday, Sept. 9: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, Sept. 14: Beginning of Jim Young's new Adult Class, "God's Desire for Us," 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, Sept. 14: First Sunday of School, during the 10 a.m. service

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Friday, Sept. 19: Judy's Movie Night at the church, 6 p.m. for the viewing of "Heaven is for Real." Pizza will be served.

Saturday, Sept. 20: Garden Saturday. Volunteers needed to help with church gardens and grounds, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12-2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sep. 21: Adult Social Activity Group outing: Picnic lunch, miniature golf and ice cream at Martel's in Saco. Meet at the church at noon for car-pooling.

Monday, Sept. 22: Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair Workshop at the church, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

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

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Water line problem

August 26th, 2014, by Ted Haider
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Digging to determine in which direction the water leak is between the church and parsonage, took place on Tuesday, Aug. 26 by Tamarro Landscaping.

Looking for the leak

The Portland Water District has informed the church we have a leak in the water line that runs from our water meter to the church and/or parsonage. The problem is, we don’t know where the leak is, but we need to find it and fix it.

Even though there are no visible signs of the leak, the water district says that one exists because our monthly water usage has increased significantly. In July of last year, the church and parsonage used 11,220 gallons of water. This July we were billed for 33,156 gallons.

To help determine where the leak is, Tammaro Landscaping has dug up a known water connection between the church and the parsonage. By shutting off the water from one direction and then the other from this connection, it has been determined the leak is apparently between the connection and the church.

Duane Wakefield of the Trustees will be working with the Church Council on how best to proceed to fix the leak.

“It won’t be cheap, no matter which way we go,” Duane told the council on Aug. 12. “But this needs to be fixed.”

How the repairs will be paid for will be a decision for the congregation to make. Similar to how we have funded other expensive projects, a loan might be taken from the New England Conference and then repaid over time with pledges from church members.

Volunteer Saturday

August 25th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Help at the Soup Kitchen this Saturday

It once again is our church’s turn to volunteer at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen, on Saturday, Aug. 30. Our church volunteers at the soup kitchen whenever there is a fifth Saturday in a month, which this month has.

We will need cooks, servers, cleaner-uppers, dishwashers and brownie makers. And with this being the Labor Day weekend, some of our regular volunteers will be away. So even if you have not volunteered at the soup kitchen in the past, consider doing so this weekend.

For most assignments, please arrive at the soup kitchen between 11:15-11:30 a.m. We usually finish between 1-1:30 p.m.

If you cannot volunteer at the kitchen, consider baking some brownies for dessert. Leave them in the church kitchen on Friday afternoon, marked “Soup Kitchen.”

This has always been a rewarding mission for everyone involved.

Thank-you!

Better piano for chapel

August 24th, 2014, by Ted Haider
With the Rev. Ruth Morrison looking on, Gail Parker tests the recently donated piano for the chapel.

With the Rev. Ruth Morrison looking on, Gail Parker tests the recently donated piano for the chapel.

 

Donation from Elizabeth Betty Peterson

Beginning for this Sunday’s early service, a different piano will be in the chapel, one better suited for the size and acoustics of the room.

The George Steck piano was donated to the church by Elizabeth Betty Peterson, who has been attending our church in recently after moving to Village Crossing.

Betty Peterson was a friend of Stephen Bither’s mother, starting back in the 1950s, when they both went to the Woodford’s Church and lived in the same Portland neighborhood. The Petersons moved to Hannaford Cove in Cape Elizabeth later in the ’50s, but remained friends with the Bithers.

Betty moved to Village Crossing last year and the family wanted to renovate the Fowler Road home before selling it. In the house was the George Steck piano and Betty’s daughter, Anne, contacted Jane Beckwith and wanted to know if she knew of anyone who needed a piano.  Jane contacted Stephen and Stephen contacted other piano players who agreed the current one in the chapel had its problems.

Stephen, Mark Braun, Paula House  and Gail Parker all played the piano and agreed it would be a good fit for the chapel.

The Petersons paid for the move and also will pay for the tuning.

“It’s a special gift with a special meaning,” Stephen said.

Thank you, Peterson family!

Judy’s Pantry

August 22nd, 2014, by Ted Haider
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Pantry Coordinator Nancy Miles and her volunteers prepare fresh produce on a recent Tuesday afternoon.

 

Height of the season

With its donations of fresh produce from Cape farms. two community gardens and some local residents, Judy’s Pantry is in full swing for its summer clients.

The pantry is open every Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room of our church for Cape residents looking for better food to make healthy meals.

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Pantry Coordinator Nancy Miles reports the Cape farms at Jordan’s, Green Spark and Alewive’s, in addition to the two community gardens, in recent weeks have provided lettuce, potatoes, corn, beets, beans, zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers and some more unusual items such as garlic scapes, kohlrabi, and bok choi.

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The pantry this summer is serving 30-35 families each week and 45 households overall — some do not come every week.

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Even with fresh produce now available, the pantry still needs our help with providing non-perishable items as often as possible, such as cans of tuna, boxes or containers of pasta, juices, peanut butter, salad dressing, cereals, canned fruit, cleaning products, tomato or pasta sauces, paper products, and pet food.

Please bring your donations to the church and leave them in the shopping cart in Fellowship Hall.

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Fresh cut flowers arrangements also are available each week from the pantry’s “flower ladies,” more than enough for each client to receive one.

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Participants at the pantry include those on Social Security or disability fixed incomes, single parents with children, large families with a number of children, and those who have lost jobs or who have high medical expenses.

Spaghetti Supper 2014

August 2nd, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Community connections

After months of planning, discussions and preparations, our church hosted its first summer Spaghetti Supper on the eve of Cape Elizabeth’s Beach to Beacon Road Race.

We didn’t have quite the turnout for which we had hoped, but the 75 members of the church and community who turned out were enthusiastic about this inital venture for a community event in the summer.

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Most impressively, we had a strong volunteer crew, pulled together by Supper Organizer Stephen Bither and Volunteer Coordinator Jaymie Chamberlin. Thank you to everyone who assisted in so many ways. And a special thanks to Brenda Simpson for all of her work in the kitchen!

Brenda Simpson and Nancy Johnson prepare the evening's first batch of spaghetti.

Brenda Simpson and Nancy Johnson prepare the evening's first batch of spaghetti.

First-time events are rarely successes — even the first few Super Bowls weren’t sellouts — but Friday’s Spaghetti Supper was a strong learning process and stepping stone for future summer ventures.

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Camille Braun and Elvis (Derry Rundlett) do their best to get passers-by to turn into the church parking lot.

 

Last-minute planning for Stephen Bither and Jaymie Chamberlin.

Last-minute planning for Stephen Bither and Jaymie Chamberlin.

The serving was well staffed -- and very friendly!

The serving line was well staffed -- and very friendly!

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The Rev. Ruth Morrison (right) even took some time out to have spaghetti with Natalie Charles.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison (right) even took some time out to have spaghetti with Natalie Charles.

As with most church suppers, Dick Banks was our money man.

As with most church suppers, Dick Banks was our money man.

People who attended the supper included church members, families and friends.

People who attended the supper included church members, families and friends.

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Kathie Hackett was one of the early preparer of salads and other foods.

Kathie Hackett was one of the early preparers of salads and other foods.

We were prepared to use plenty of spaghetti.

We were prepared to use plenty of spaghetti.

Gail Parker was ready for the sale of Maine souvenirs, which she created.

Gail Parker was ready for the sale of Maine souvenirs, which she created.

We had plenty of behind-the-scenes help, including Sarah Gagne in the kitchen.

We had plenty of behind-the-scenes help, including Sarah Gagne in the kitchen.

Before Elvis arrived, Duane Wakefield was drumming up business on busy Ocean House Road.

Before Elvis arrived, Duane Wakefield was drumming up business on busy Ocean House Road.

Toward the end of the evening, Channel 13 documented our event.

Toward the end of the evening, Channel 13 documented our event.

Ruth made sure to offer a blessing for Elvis.

Ruth made sure to offer a blessing for Elvis.

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Church Picnic

July 16th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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An evening at Fort Williams

The first of four Intergenerational Summertime Gatherings for our church was held on Monday, July 7, a pot-luck picnic at Fort Williams.

Thank you to Mark Braun, Sarah Gagne and Mariah Parker for this collection of photos. And also thank you to Sarah for organizing the event.

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Cape Critters

July 13th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Fun for Family, July 15

The second of four Summertime Intergenerational Gatherings will take place on Tuesday, July 15 at the church, an evening of creating “Cape Critters” with Lisa Larrabee. Meet at the church at 6 p.m. for this evening of creation and self-expression. Pizza will be served.

As Lisa explained, “Cape Critters are soft, blank fleece shells, waiting to be brought to life through the love and creativity of each individual artist. Like a blank canvas waiting for an artist’s brush, they are a perfect craft medium to promote self-expression through creativity.”

During the past four years, Lisa has taken her Cape Critters to a number of workshops, classes and fundraisers.

“I truly love to bring this activity to anyone who resonates with it,” Lisa said, “and my intention is to continue to use this craft medium to spread love and goodwill where it is needed in the world.”

Lisa’s willingness to bring her Critters to our summer gathering and share her passion for what they stand for will be an excellent opportunity for our families, friends and individuals of all ages.

“Kids love to make each Critter special and personal,” Lisa said, “and they take great pride in their work. The ‘young at heart’ love them, too, and are encouraged to take part in this special opportunity by helping a small child with a Critter and/or making a Critter of their own. “

And while we are creating Critters with Lisa, pizza will be served for supper.

After Tuesday’s evening with Lisa’s Critters, there will be two more Intergenerational Summertime Gatherings at the church:

On Wednesday, July 23, Natalie and Ann Underdown will lead us for an evening of understanding and appreciating Contemporary Christian Music. Meet at the church at 6 p.m. Pizza will be served.

Our final gathering of the summer will be Wednesday, August 13 for a movie night to see “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of his Trip to Heaven and Back.” Pizza again will be served for our supper together.

Join us for any or all of this summertime activities and always bring family and friends.

 

 

Tom Merrill 1935-2014

July 10th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Memorial service on July 12

A service to celebrate the life of The Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Merrill will be held at our church on Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, July 11 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Tom died peacefully on July 8 at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough.

Special recognition

June 16th, 2014, by Ted Haider
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Stephen Bither and Judith Hill present Faith York with a certificate, allegedly signed by John Wesley, celebrating Faith's 20 years as choir director.

Twenty years and counting

Judith Hill remembers the first time Faith York was introduced to our church choir.

“We were rehearsing on a Wednesday night when Faith came in to interview for the choir director’s position. She held up the music we were working on and told us to put little marks on certain words. Those were the words she wanted us to emphasize when we sang. I still remember the music — it was “Lord of the Dance.”

And that was 20 years ago.

On Sunday, Faith was recognized at the 10 a.m. service for her immeasurable contributions as the church’s choir director since 1994. Following the service’s anthem — led by Faith, of course — Judith Hill walked to the pulpit and offered her remembrances to the congregation of Faith’s 20 years of direction, creation and inspiration. Judith and Duane Wakefield are the only current members of the choir who were there when Faith arrived in 1994.

Faith listens to Judith's remembrances.

Faith listens to Judith's remembrances.

Following Judith’s remembrances, which included high praise for some of Faith’s original scores, particularly ones written for funeral services of beloved members of the church and the Christmas cantata “When Heaven Touched the Earth,” Stephen Bither read from and then presented a certificate of gratitude to Faith, signed by the Rev. Ruth Morrison and allegedly by John Wesley.

Before the presentation, Stephen read from “The United Methodist Hymnal,”  in which Wesley includes Directions for Singing:

“Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”

Stephen said it was clear that Faith has always taken Wesley’s words to heart — and mind.

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Also during the presentation, it was recognized that Faith’s husband, Larry Deucharme, was part of the package deal when Faith was hired as the choir director — and Larry has been singing tenor with the choir ever since.

The choir acknowledges Sunday's recognition of Faith's 20 years of service.

The choir acknowledges Sunday's recognition of Faith's 20 years of service.

This all began in 1994 when Faith saw a classified ad in a newspaper asking for applications for the position of choir director at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church.

“I called, I auditioned, I was hired and that was the beginning,” Faith said when interviewed in 2009 for a church newsletter story.

Previously, Faith had been the choir director at the Wells Congregational Church for nine years — the church where Larry and his family attended and the church where Faith and Larry met and were married in 1990.

Faith took a break from directing in 1992, when their son Ellis was born, and joined the choir at South Church in Kennebunkport.

“At the time, I was working a good deal as a restaurant or lounge pianist or singer, including jobs in New Orleans, St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), and even Paris — France, not Maine,” Faith said during the 2009 interview. “I worked as a music theater director, did cabarets, performed at weddings and funerals, played at coffee houses and took on a few private students.”

But in 1994 she remembers getting the “bug” to direct again, and perhaps by divine intervention, she saw the advertisement about  CEUMC looking for a choir director.

It also was in 1994 when the Old Grist Mill restaurant in Kennebunkport caught fire and burned to the ground. Faith had been playing piano there for a number of years and her 20-year collection of sheet music was destroyed in the fire.

“It had been neatly stashed under the grand piano,” she recalled in 2009. “It was an incredible loss and I didn’t have the energy to reconstruct it.”

It was time for Faith to move on and our church became an incredibly fortunate recipient of her talents.

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Thank you Faith and Larry, from all of us!

Steve Hill sat with Faith on Sunday at the piano, holding the microphone for her when she sang. It was probably a first for Faith -- and Steve, too.

Steve Hill sat with Faith on Sunday at the piano, holding the microphone for her when she sang. It was probably a first for Faith -- and Steve, too.

UMW luncheon

June 15th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Good time at Good Table

For its final gathering until September, the United Methodist Women had their annual Go Out to Lunch Day on June 10, meeting at The Good Table.

Thank you to Linda Wakefield for the photo.