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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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Animal Blessing 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pastor Casey blesses Jen Geaumont’s dog Charlie

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Carla and her dog GiGi

 

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Bea and her owner Beverly Merrill

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