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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

Monday, Dec. 11: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey Collins at C Salt Gourmet Market, 349 Ocean House Road, 8-9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12: United Methodist Women gathering to create Christmas baskets for shut-ins, 1 p.m. in the Narthex. All women of the church are invited to attend.

Sunday, Dec. 17: The Rev. Jim Young's Adult Education Class, series on Basic Christian Beliefs, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, Dec. 17: Christmas caroling at the Veterans' Home in Scarborough, Village Crossing in Cape Elizabeth and at some individual homes. Meet at the church at 3:45 p.m. for car-pooling. Pizza at the church following the caroling.

Monday, Dec. 18: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey Collins at C Salt Gourmet Market, 349 Ocean House Road, 8-9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21: Blue Christmas Service at our church, 7 p.m., public invited for a servicing on those grieving, lonely or otherwise struggling with the general gaiety of the season.

Sunday, Dec. 24: Morning worship in the sanctuary, 10 a.m. There will not be an 8 a.m. service in the chapel on Dec. 24.

Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Family Service, 6 p.m. featuring Christmas hymns and candlelight singing. This will be the only Christmas Eve evening service.

Saturday, Dec. 30: Volunteer Saturday at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m..

Saturday, Jan. 6: Public Supper at our church featuring casseroles, beans, salads, breads and pies. Adults: $8, children: $5, families: $20.


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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!


Pantry Thanksgiving 2017

November 18th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Overwhelming generosity

Judy’s Pantry, operating out of our church, once again provided Cape Elizabeth families who have limited resources and struggle to put healthy food on their dinner tables a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving.


On Nov. 15, the Pantry provided 45 large plastic bins and festively decorated paper bags to 45 families. The bags were filled with potatoes, carrots, onions, squash and apples and the bins contained boxes of stuffing gravy, pies, cranberry sauce, fruits and nuts, canned corn, dinner rolls, chicken stock, sparkling cider, gift certificates for turkeys and much more.


Each family also was offered a selection of freshly baked holiday breads prepared by members of our congregation. There were a total of 81 mini loaves. Thank you to Lili Acheson for organizing the bread orders

IMG_3044The bags of produce were prepared by Pantry Coordinator Nancy Miles and her many volunteers. The produce all came from Jordan Farms, which provided the Pantry with the fresh fruits and vegetables at a considerable discount.


The bins of all the Thanksgiving fixings were from Cape families as part of a giving program organized by Amy Lombardo and Jen Tinsman. While 45 of the bins were delivered to our church for the Pantry, another 95 bins of donated foods were taken to Portland for distribution by Opportunity Alliance.



Bins of food being delivered to our church


Amy Lombardo and Jen Tinsman

The bags of produce were once again this year decorated by Lisa Stevens.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this wonderful mission of giving and caring!

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Family Promise Hosting

November 11th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Many helpers for week of caring

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped in many ways to make our church’s hosting of homeless families with children a heartfelt and caring mission during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 5.

As part of the Greater Portland Family Promise network, our church combined with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church and the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church to provide overnight housing and evening and morning meals for six adults and eight children.

A special thank you to Deanne Burr for coordinating the entire effort, complicated with our church losing power during the wind storm on Nov. 30. For that Monday evening, the families were transported to the Clark Memorial parsonage in Portland.


For the week of hosting, our church converted the back of the sanctuary, the chapel and both the Sunday School and Nursery rooms into bedrooms.




The week began on Sunday afternoon with a team of volunteers setting up the bedrooms before the families arrived for the first time at 4 p.m.


Throughout the week, volunteers prepared dinners at their homes and brought them to church, spent quality time with the families in the evenings, slept overnight at the church to insure safety and well-being, and provided the families with breakfasts and lunches to go. The families were transported to the Family Promise Day Center in Portland after breakfast from where some of the adults went to jobs and some children went to school.


On Saturday morning, with more time available before the families returned to the Day Center, a hot breakfast of egg sandwiches, juice, and coffee was prepared.


The week ended on Sunday morning with the families leaving at 7 a.m. and another team of volunteers quickly transformed the bedrooms back to their original state for church services at 8 and 10 a.m. More volunteers took all the bed linens and towels to their homes for washing.


The church’s next scheduled week of hosting is Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2018.

For more information on the Family Promise program, click here: Family Promise

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

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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.