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

Phone:
207-799-8396

E-mail: capeelizabethumc@gmail.com

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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Family Promise hosting

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Steve Hill preparing the Saturday morning breakfast.

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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.”

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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.

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