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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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Saturday, Nov. 29: Volunteer Saturday at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen. Arrive around 11:30 a.m. and we usually finish around 1:15 p.m. Donations of brownies for dessert should be left in the church kitchen on Friday, Nov. 28, marked "For Soup Kitchen."

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Thanksgiving at the Pantry

November 26th, 2014, by Ted Haider
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Nancy Miles (second from left on right side) and her team of Judy's Pantry volunteers display the bags and baskets that were given to 40 families for Thanksgiving.

Fresh produce — and much more

Judy’s Pantry held its special open-door Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 in our church, offering bags of fresh produce, fruits, cans of cranberry sauce and pumpkin, and overflowing baskets with turkeys, stuffing and every imaginable holiday ingredient for 40 Cape families.

This was the third year the pantry has offered the Thanksgiving spread for Cape individuals and families who have limited resources and are often struggling to eat healthy food.

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Judy’s Pantry, coordinated by Nancy Miles, provided the bags of produce and some of the non-perishable items while the baskets with turkeys, stuffing and other Thanksgiving fixings were provided from a  food drive by families throughout the Cape and organized by Jen Tinsman and Amy Lombardo. Jen is the grand-daughter-in-law of Ginny Jordan.

In addition to the bags they assembled, the Judy’s Pantry volunteers all baked holiday breads to offer to each of the families and individuals.

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Bags with the fresh produce were decorated by Girl Scout troops 1530 and 1467 from the Cape.

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One new element at this year’s Thanksgiving at the pantry was a gift basket filled with canned fruits, sauces, pickles and bread mixes. It was donated to the pantry and everyone who came to pick up their Thanksgiving meal could place their name in a bucket from which someone would be selected to take home the basket on the next pantry date.

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In addition to the baskets of turkeys and fixings Jen and Amy delivered for distribution at the pantry, there were more than 100 other Thanksgiving baskets in Jen’s barn that were to be delivered to agencies throughout the Portland area, including Opportunity Alliance, My Sister’s Keeper and other social welfare agencies.

While most of the bags and baskets at the pantry were picked up by individuals and families, some were delivered directly to the homes of people who were unable to travel to the church.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison taking a Thanksgiving delivery to her car that was to be taken to one of the pantry's families.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison taking a Thanksgiving delivery to her car that was to be taken to one of the pantry's families.

Another food drive from the Cape that provided 37 boxes of food for future use by Judy’s Pantry came from the Pond Cove Elementary School. Each grade level from kindergarten to fourth grade was assigned a particular food to gather, including fruits, cereal, peanut butter and jelly and soups and stews. The boxes were delivered on Nov. 25 and stored in the basement of the parsonage for pantry use during the next few months.

When clients of the pantry picked up their Thanksgiving bags at the church, they received one other surprise. Inside each bag was an announcement from the Church of the Nazarene in the Cape, explaining that the church will host a Loaves and Fishes supper each Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. beginning Jan. 6 through March 31, at no cost. Everyone is invited to share a meal and fellowship.

Thank you to all who have made this Thanksgiving a memorable one for so many!

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Judy’s Pantry will be closed on Dec. 2 and 23, but will be open on Dec. 9, 26 and 30 from 3-5 p.m. Beginning in January, the pantry will be open only on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. It will return to an every Tuesday schedule in late spring.

Celebratory luncheon

November 17th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Many reasons to give thanks

For the end of this year’s Stewardship Campaign, a macaroni and cheese luncheon was held after the 10 a.m. service on Nov. 16, but the time of fellowship and celebration was for more than just committing our pledges for the financial health of the church.

Sunday also was the occasion to welcome new members to the church and also to welcome back one member who has been deeply missed.

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During the 10 a.m. service, six new members were welcomed to the congregation with an affirmation of faith. The new members included Greg Wyman, Ann Daggett, Jean Meyer, Beverly Merrill and Carlos and Julia Lamoglia. Standing with Carlos and Julia during the welcoming ceremony were their two sons, Cadan and Charlie.

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(Photo by Carol Haider)

Also on Sunday, Clint Lawrence was welcomed into the congregation during the 8 a.m. service.

Donna Mackay also was to be included in Sunday’s membership ceremony, but was unable to attend because of an illness. Donna will be welcomed during one of the upcoming week’s services.

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Our new members

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A different type of welcoming also took place on Sunday when longtime member Joel Marsden was able to attend the 10 a.m. service with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and his daughter-in-law’s mother.

Joel is a resident of the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough and isn’t often able to come back to our church services. But when he does, it’s always a special occasion for all — as it was Sunday.

If you are able, Joel is always looking for visitor’s at the Veterans Home.

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Following the 10 a.m. service, a macaroni and cheese and salad luncheon was served by Duane and Linda Wakefield, along with cakes, cookies and brownies brought by many members of the congregation.

The luncheon marked the end of this year’s Stewardship Campaign, but if you still have a Pledge Card you would like to submit, please do so before the end of the year. Extra Pledge Cards are on the table near the front entrance to Fellowship Hall.

As with all of our church gatherings, Sunday was a marvelous time of fellowship, bringing new and old members together with stories to share and plans to be made. Here are some of the moments during Sunday’s luncheon:

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Thanksgiving Tree

November 11th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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For what or whom are you thankful?

During this season of Thanksgiving, a Thanksgiving Tree has been designated in front of the church for church members and the community to offer short notes for what or whom they are thankful.

A pouch of tags is attached to the bottom of the tree. Take one of the tags, fill out your “thankful” thought and then tie it to one of the tree’s branches. We invite all church members and the community to participate.

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The Thanksgiving Tree will be in place through the weekend following Thanksgiving. Please take the time to add to the celebration of thanks.

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Colin Brady and Anita Davidson add their thoughts to the Thanksgiving Tree.

Colin Brady and Anita Davidson add their thoughts to the Thanksgiving Tree.

My Sister’s Keeper

October 30th, 2014, by Ted Haider

Candles

Toward the end of the My Sister's Keeper evening of gratitude for 15 years of service, a candlelight moment of remembrance reflected on those who have passed away and those who continue to give so much in so many.

Fifteen years of service and caring

My Sister’s Keeper, which started at our church in 1999 under the guidance and direction of Myrna Cook, celebrated its 15th year anniversary on Thursday with a dinner and evening of special recognition at the St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church in Scarborough.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison from our church was the keynote speaker and reflected on the early moments of MSK’s existence and the reality it was little more than Myrna asking the congregation for some help.

And now, 15 years later, it has become such an important and vital source for women seeking to make a smooth transition from incarceration back into community life.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison

The Rev. Ruth Morrison

The evening of celebration and remembrance, with the theme Bountiful Harvest, included special recognition for MSK Director Kelly Dell’Aquila, Ruth and Myrna. 

MSK Director Kelly Dell'Aquila receiving a gift to recognize her many years of dedication and service.

MSK Director Kelly Dell'Aquila receiving a gift to recognize her years of dedication and service.

For her continuing guidance, mentoring and support of MSK, Ruth was presented a sterling silver bracelet with a charm listing the longitude and latitude of our church. “Now I’ll always know where I am,” she said.”

Myrna was presented a pendant with the inscription of the Cumberland County Jail’s longitude and latitude, recognizing where the inspiration for MSK began for Myrna and her late husband Bill. Myrna received a standing ovation from the large gathering after the presentation.

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Myrna, far right, receives a standing ovation from My Sister's Keeper's mentors, mentees, advisory board and friends of the ministry.

Lt. Arlene Jacques of the Cumberland County Jail and also a member of the MSK Advisory Board, opened the evening with remarks about the many meanings of gratitude and what that means to so many people in the MSK organization.

Lt. Arlene Jacques addresses the gathering at St. Max

Lt. Arlene Jacques addresses the gathering at St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church.

Lt. Jacques closed her remarks with a quote from Albert Schweitzer:

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Such as the women and men who have shaped, nurtured and maintained My Sister’s Keeper for the past 15 years.

Rev. Jeff and "This Little Heart of Mine."

Rev. Jeff McIlwain and "This Little Light of Mine."

Rev. Jeff McIlwain, volunteer pastor at the Cumberland County Jail, offered a closing prayer for the evening and then added a personal touch by singing a few verses of “This Little Light of Mine.”

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

Every day, every day, every day. every way.”

As in My Sister’s Keeper

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Charge Conference

October 27th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Worship and reflection

This year’s Charge Conference, held in the chapel on Oct. 16, took a different approach from year’s past.

While the state of affairs in the New England Conference, our district and our church were addressed and discussed, a large portion of the Charge Conference was a time of worship, led by District Superintendent Jim McPhee.

There was a gospel reading, hymn-singing and seven members of our congregation took turns reading scripture from Isaiah 40: 23-31.

This was a new approach to Charge Conferences throughout  New England this year and followed the theme “On the Wings of Love: Powered by Presence and Service.”

To put an emphasis on the theme, Jim McPhee gave each participant in the Charge Conference a feather. With the feather, Jim explained:

“Feathers are fragile things alone, but when they work together, and in collaboration with the wind, they provide enough power to lift a bird to amazing heights. They are symbols for us today of how each of our gifts, given together and in collaboration with God’s Holy Spirit, are multiplied and given power.”

Participants were then asked to “share and celebrate the gifts that have taken wing in this congregation.”

Responses included:

  • The concept of our building and grounds, including the woods, being a sanctuary, a place of peace and acceptance.
  • We are a welcoming congregation for children, particularly ones with problems and challenges.
  • The growing outreach of Judy’s Pantry, including the support of the church.
  • Volunteers who continually help out at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen.
  • Making the building available to the community for special functions.
  • We have extraordinary musicians in this congregation. Faith York writes original music that people accept as a given, but they should realize how special it really is.
  • The congregation pulling together for Julia Lamoglia’s baby shower.

During the open discussion portion of the Charge Conference, two issues were raised for the district superintendent.

  • It was brought up that participation of worship in New England is the lowest in the country. It was asked, “What can be done? It should be up to the greater church to find us a new model — please tell the bishop to help us find something that will work.”

Jim explained that the New England Conference is starting new churches as “experiments.” He said the experiment is too new to provide any results, but that one of the models is a community group of young parents with new children who get together to discuss lessons in a non-worship setting.

  • The second issue addressed to Jim was about the church’s relationship with gays. “We welcome everybody,” it was said, “but I wonder if that turns some people off.” It also was questioned whether the “big church” always meshes with the open door philosophy.

Jim responded by saying “All kinds of things are happening in church on this issue. Some clergy have been willing to marry same sex couples and haven’t been asked to step down as a result. This is a very active discussion.”

Craft Workshop

October 19th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Crafty volunteers needed

Gail Parker is leading a series of Craft Workshops to create items for December’s Jolly Snowman Christmas Fair.

On Monday, Nov. 3, there will be workshops at the church from 2-4 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. Come to one or come to both to help with the creation of Christmas ornaments and Maine-themed gifts to be sold at the fair.

Gail has been  leading these workshops the past few Mondays and will continue to do so on Mondays through mid-November.

The Jolly Snowman is the biggest fund-raising event of the year for the church. Please support it in any way you can.

The fair will be Dec. 6.

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New water line

October 13th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Project complete!

A new water line around the perimeter of the church has been installed by Tammaro Landscaping and the project to fix the leak detected during the summer is now complete.

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The Portland Water District a few months ago notified the church that a leak likely existed but it was almost impossible to detect exactly where the leak was — except that it probably was under the church foundation.

The decision was made to cap the line that ran under the church and run a new line around the church, conecting to the Water District’s water main.

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A four-foot-deep trench was dug, breaking through a layer of shale ledges, and then the new water piping was laid and covered by sand and insulation before a final layer of soil.

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The work was completed on Oct. 9.

The cost of the project was approximately $11,000, but it was covered by money still remaining from the “Celebrating God’s Love” capital campaign that began in November 2012. That capital campaign was created to pay for the new furnace, new sound system for the sanctuary and the new commercial-grade dishwasher for the kitchen. But because donations exceeded the costs of the three projects, money remained to pay for the new water line.

Some members of the congregation spread their “Celebrating God’s Love” pledges over three years. If you did so, please honor your pledge with a third payment this fall or early next year.

Thank you to Trustee Duane Wakefield for overseeing all the details on this project.

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Blessing of Animals

October 6th, 2014, by Ted Haider
The Rev. Ruth Morrison blesses two of the 31 dogs, one cat and one goat who took part in Sunday's Blessing of the Animals.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison blesses two of the 31 dogs, one cat and one goat who took part in Sunday's Blessing of the Animals.

 

Remembering our pets

Our church’s annual Blessing of the Animals took a new approach on Oct. 5, reflecting on our beloved pets who have died, as well as those who bring us so much joy every day.

Honoring the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Rev. Ruth Morrison talked about what it must be like for pets in Heaven and thought  it perhaps would be somewhat like Sunday’s gathering in the Outdoor Chapel of 31 dogs, one cat, one goat, three mechanical fish and their owners.

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 The source of  The Rev. Morrison’s thoughts about pets in Heaven came from Revelation  5:11-14:

“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

“And every creature which is in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

And the four beasts said, Amen.”

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And with that scripture reading, Ruth said, I do believe there are pets in heaven.

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Before the actual blessing of animals at the special service, The Rev. Morrison asked everyone to fill out slips of paper with the names, and perhaps memories, of pets who are now likely in Heaven.

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The slips of paper were then collected in a basket and placed on the new stone altar at the front of the Outdoor Chapel. Those pet memorials will be buried in the Outdoor Chapel, near the new stone altar, to be remembered at future blessings.

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The annual blessing, which has taken place on the first Sunday of October since 2005, had many repeat participants, but also some dogs who were taking part for the first time. One of the oldest participants, who also took part in the 2005 blessing, was Moses who belongs to Jaymie Chamberlin and family. Moses will be 16 next week.

Moses arrives at the Animal Blessing in his own carrier.

Moses arrives at the Animal Blessing in his own wheeled carrier.

When it came time for his blessing, and a treat afterward Moses was full of energy.

When it came time for his blessing, and a treat afterward, Moses was full of energy in Jaymie Chamberlin's arms.

For the second year in a row, Jim Tammaro’s goat, Sugar, took part in the blessing. Some of the dogs appeared to have a difficult time relating to the non-canine, but Jim’s goat was very gracious with sharing the attention.

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Nittany the cat was a first-time participant in the blessing, though he was content to remain securely inside his carrier.

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Nittany the cat receiving his blessing.

Nittany receiving his blessing.

The Animal Blessing also included hymn singing, prayers, and other scripture readings relating to animals, such as Genesis 2:18:

“And then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the humans should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground, the Lord God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the air, and brought them to the human to see what he would call them, and whatever the human called every living creature, that was its name.

Cayden Royall and Shirkey Maxwell-Royall read scripture passages during the blessing.

Cayden Royall and Shirkey Maxwell-Royall read scripture passages during the blessing.

Throughout the blessings, Jasper Fontana helped the Rev. Morrison by giving each dog a treat, or two, or three . . .
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When the blessings ended, many of the owners and their dogs walked off onto the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust trails behind the Outdoor Chapel. completing what had been a perfect afternoon for man and companions.
Matt Braun and Piper after the blessing.

Matt Braun and Piper after the blessing.

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Maintaining creation

September 30th, 2014, by Ted Haider
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Chris Franklin, executive of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, addresses the church on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Stewards of the land

For four Sundays in September, the Rev. Ruth Morrison adapted her sermons to a “Season of Creation” theme, following a program established in New Zealand.

As the Season of Creation web site explains, “In the Seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter, we celebrate the Life of Christ. In the Season of Pentec0st, we celebrate the Holy Spirit. Now in the Season of Creation, we have the opportunity to celebrate creation and the Creator.”

For the first three Sundays, Ruth used the themes of Forest, Land and River, helping members of the church to better understand our need to be stewards of the land and our environment; the responsibility to care for the foundations of Creation.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Ruth completed the Season of Creation series with a discussion of Wilderness and it was Chris Franklin, executive director of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, who provided the congregation with the words to consider.

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 The message of Chris’ talk was our “need to preserve” our environment and to make sure “we have a plan for these lands to be here, to be available for future generations.”

While Chris was referring to our lands as a whole, because of where we worship, he specifically was referring to the trails behind our church and Robinson Woods, key elements of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.

Chris reflected on the environmental initiatives of John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt and Rachel Carson and how his own lifetime has paralleled much of the environmental movement.

He singled out the 1969 Moon Landing as being a “real awakening for our society.”  He said as images of the Earth were sent back by Apollo 11 astronauts, we began to realize we were “just a little island in space.”

A year later, the first Earth Day was celebrated and other environmental acts and initiatives were soon to follow, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

Chris said awareness of issues like the regulations of pesticides and clear cutting of forests were then brought to the forefront. In Maine that meant cleaning up our rivers, particularily the Androscoggin and others that had become so polluted they sometimes would catch fire.

Chris explained that this is an important time to be considering all of these issues because next year will be Cape Elizabeth’s 250th anniversary and “we need to think about where we will be in the next 250 years.”

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Chris Franklin talks in Fellowship Hall after addressing the Sept. 28 service.

Chris used this quote from Adlai Stevenson, delivered in 1965 to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, for us to ponder our responsibility to be caring stewards of our environment:

“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft.”

Thank you, Chris.

Miniature golf outing

September 27th, 2014, by Ted Haider

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Fun afternoon on the greens

On a morning that started out with heavy rain, the church’s Adult Social Group spent a beautiful afternoon having a picnic lunch, playing miniature golf and having ice cream afterward, all at Martel’s in Saco on Sept. 21.

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Seven couples took part, most of whom were amateurs in the sport, but there were at least two mini golf professionals who we won’t name — but they live on Hill Way.

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The Adult Social Activity Group will gather again on Saturday, Oct. 18 for apple-picking at the Randall Orchards in Standish, followed by lunch at a restaurant in Gorham. We will gather at the church at 11 a.m. to car-pool to Standish.

All adults from the church and friends are invited to attend.

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