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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. Rev. Morrison will be retiring in June. The Rev. Casey Collins will be the new minister, beginning in July.

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

Sunday, June 25: Celebration service for the Rev. Ruth Morrison, 10 a.m. to mark her retirement after 13 years in Cape Elizabeth and 45 years in ministry. There will not be an 8 a.m. chapel service on June 25.

Tuesday, June 27: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.

Sunday, July 2: The Rev. Casey Collins will be introduced as Cape Elizabeth's new minister. A reception will follow the 10 a.m. service.

Sunday, July 9: The first Sunday for the Rev. Casey Collins to preach and lead Cape Elizabeth services at 8 and 10 a.m.

Tuesday, July 11: Open House reception to meet Casey Collins at Mark and Margaret Braun's house, 34 Hunts Point Road, Cape Elizabeth, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, July 22: Yard and Craft Sale outside the church. Tables are available for $20 each with the donation going to the church. Everything sold at the table goes to the seller. See Gail Parker or call her cell phone (329-9628) to reserve a table.

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Judy’s Pantry

Nancy Miles directs the work of volunteers every Tuesday from late spring to early fall at Judy's Produce Pantry in the church's Sunshine Room.

Nancy Miles directs the work of volunteers every Tuesday from early summer to Thanksgiving at Judy's Produce Pantry in the Sunshine Room of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church.

Fresh produce available weekly

Judy’s Pantry is open every Tuesday from early summer until Thanksgiving in the church’s Sunshine Room from 3-5 p.m. The rest of the year, the pantry is open on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, also from 3-5 p.m.

The pantry is open, free of charge, to Cape Elizabeth residents who have limited resources and are struggling to eat healthy food — no paperwork, no questions asked. Participants 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 have high medical expenses. Many have special diets requiring low salt, fat, sugar and gluten-free.

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Judy’s Pantry is named to honor the memory of  Judy Simonds, whose passion was gardening. Judy had been a Cape resident since 1971 before passing away in 2010. The pantry has been operating in the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church since the summer of 2010.

A bench at the Gull Crest Community Garden in memory of Judy Simonds.

A bench at the Gull Crest Community Garden sits just outside the area in which Judy Simonds used to tend her garden. The bench is in her memory.

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Produce donations come from several Cape farms and two community gardens in the Cape — one at Gull Crest and the other at Maxwell’s Farm on Spurwink Ave.  Both gardens participate in the Maine Harvest for Hunger program. There are two plots at each garden that gardeners take care of and harvest each week for donations to the pantry.  Additional donations come from other gardeners’ plots, as well as from some Cape residents.

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Entrance to the Gull Crest Community Garden on Spurwink Ave.

The Gull Crest Community Garden is one of the providers for the weekly pantry.

The Gull Crest Community Garden.

Gull Crest Community Garden.

Gull Crest Community Garden.

Community Garden at Maxwell Farms.

Community Garden at Maxwell's Farm on Spurwink Ave.

Community Garden at Maxwell's Farm.

Community Garden at Maxwell's Farm.

Community Gardens at Maxwell's Farm.

Community Garden at Maxwell's Farm.

Community Garden at Maxwell's Farm.

Community Garden at Maxwell's Farm.

Several Cape farms donate produce each week, including Jordan’s Farm on Wells Road, Green Spark Farm on Fowler Road, Alewive’s Brook Farm on Old Ocean House Road, and Imelda’s Garden on Spurwink Ave.
Pantry coordinator Nancy Miles, right, loads her van with help from ??? and ??? at Jordan's Farm on Wells Road. Jordan's is one of the Cape farms that provides produce for the pantry each week.

Pantry coordinator Nancy Miles, right, loads her van with help from Penny Jordan and Sandy Gilbreath at Jordan's Farm on Wells Road. Jordan's is one of the Cape farms that provides produce for the pantry each week.

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It often is a challenge to fit each week's donations from farms and gardens into Nancy Miles' van.

It often is a challenge to fit each week's donations from farms and gardens into one van for delivery to the pantry.

Alewive's Brook Farm

Alewive's Brook Farm.

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Alewive's Brook Farm.

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Caitlin Jordan offering son Bennett a sample at the Alewive's Brook Farm.

Green Spark Farm o0n Fowler Road.

Green Spark Farm 0n Fowler Road.

Picking potatoes at Green Spark Organic Farm.

Digging potatoes at Green Spark Farm.

Hoop house at Green Spark Organic Farm.

Hoop house at Green Spark Farm.

Green Spark Organic Farm.

Green Spark Farm.

Imelda Maxwell of Imelda's Garden on Spurwink Ave.

Imelda Maxwell of Imelda's Garden on Spurwink Ave.

Imelda's Garden

Imelda's Garden

Produce from the Community gardens, Imelda’s Garden, Alewives Brook Farm, Green Spark Farm, and Jordan’s Farm are harvested on Mondays and stored in the cooler at Jordan’s Farm before it is picked up on Tuesday’s for the Pantry.

Volunteers begin the distribution of produce into separate bins in the church's Sunshine Room.

On a Tuesday afternoon, volunteers begin the distribution of produce into separate bins in the church's Sunshine Room.

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The pantry is helping 25-30 Cape families each week. In addition to the fresh produce, non-perishable items also are available. These items are supplied by:

  • Members of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church
  • Resident donations in the Lions Club’s box in the IGA lobby and at the church

Food products also are purchased with funds donated by:

  • The Cape Lions Club
  • The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary
  • Members of the Cape Business Alliance
  • And from generous local residents.
Volunteers prepare the selection of non-perishable items each week after receiving donations from church members and others from the community.

Volunteers prepare the selection of non-perishable items each week after receiving donations from church members and others from the community.

Non-perishable items include soups, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter, rice, canned tuna and chicken, juices, salad dressings, and canned fruit. Also available some weeks are paper products, cleaning supplies and pet food.

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To help decide how best to use the wide selection of fresh produce, recipes are occasionally available when the pantry is open on Tuesday afternoons.

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In season, fresh cut flowers also are available.

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The fresh produce is delivered to the pantry early each Tuesday afternoon and then prepared for display by a team of volunteers from the community and church, led by Nancy Miles.

Nancy Miles begins unloading a Tuesday afternoon's contributions from Farms and gardens.

Donated items from farms and community gardens are delivered to the church early each Tuesday afternoon.

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Boxes of produce arrive weekly at the pantry from community gardens, farms and home gardens.

Boxes of produce arrive weekly at the pantry from community gardens, farms and home gardens.

Some produce is loaded into shopping bags for individuals and families who can't always make it to the pantry.

Before the produce is put on display for clients to choose from, it is loaded into bags and weighed. The total weight of all produce from farms and gardens is closely tracked and recorded each week.

After being weighed, the total weight is recorded.

After being weighed, the total weight is recorded.

Red potatoes arrive for a Tuesday afternoon distribution.

Red potatoes arrive for a Tuesday afternoon distribution.

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There's little shortage of cucumbers, zucchini and carrots during late July and August.

It takes many volunteers, some yonger, some older, to prepare each Tuesday's pantry.

It takes many volunteers, some younger, some older, to prepare each Tuesday's pantry.

The pantry offered special selections in 2012 for Thanksgiving and Christmas. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, special grocery bags, designed by three Cape Girl Scout troops, were filled with foods for the holiday, including cranberry sauce, stuffing, cans of pumpkin and fresh apples, carrots, onions and potatoes. Also available that day were pumpkin and cranberry breads, cranberry chutney and some other holiday treats.

Volunteers spent an entire day preparing the Thanksgiving bags and other holiday treats.

Volunteers spent an entire day preparing the Thanksgiving bags and other holiday treats.

The pantry opened again just before Christmas, offering clients a wide selection of canned goods, non-perishable items and even some Christmas wreaths.

Volunteers prepare holiday offerings before Christmas.

Volunteers prepare holiday offerings before Christmas.

After Christmas, the pantry was open on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month until early summer, when it again was open every Tuesday.

For Tuesday afternoons from late June through Thanksgiving of 2012, just under 5,000 pounds of produce were donated to the pantry from the community gardens, farms, and home gardens. It was from those donations that individuals were able to go home each week and provide their families with healthy meals.

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Thank you to the farmers, gardeners and pantry volunteers who have meant so much to so many!

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If you would like to donate non-perishable grocery products to Judy’s Produce Pantry, bring them to the church (280 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth) any week-day or Sunday morning and leave them in the pantry shopping cart inside the front entrance or in the basket by the side door near the chapel.

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Thank you for your support!