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



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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Dress-a-Girl mission

February 24th, 2017, by Ted Haider


2017: 166 dresses and counting

Congratulations to the 15 women from our church and friends who created 166 dresses in five weeks for the national Dress-a-Girl Around the World mission. That’s 50 more dresses than the women completed last year and it’s not done yet. After the 166 dresses were handed over for the regional distribution center, nine more dresses came in!

The Dress-a-Girl mission around the country has created 750,000 dresses since 2009 and sent them to 82 countries. The program expects to go over 1 Million dresses by 2018.

Coordinated by Linda Wakefield and Judith Hill, this year’s group of dress-makers from our church included Linda Webster, Rainy Hirdler, Lili Acheson, Ann Underdown, Jaymie Chamberlin and two friends — Paula Pierce-Anthony and Sue St. Onge — Beverly Merrill, Jean Meyer, Shirley Maxwell-Royall, Barbara Knowles, Kathie Hackett, Gail Parker, Mariah Parker and Rachel Henderson — a woman from another church who heard about the mission.


In just the first two months of 2017, groups from Southern Maine have created 600 dresses for the Dress-a-Girl mission that have been sent to Bangladesh, Haiti, Vietnam and Cuba.

On Feb. 19, at the completion of this year’s dress-making for our church, Judith Hill addressed the congregation and gave this beautiful tribute to the woman who worked so hard to finish these dresses:

“For all of you who have sewn, imagine kneeling before a little girl in Senegal, where some of our dresses have gone. You are holding a beautiful dress that you made with love. You say to the little one, ‘I made this dress just for you because you are precious to me and to God.’ Imagine as you drop the dress over her head that the shame she feels is dropping away. She lifts her chin toward the heavens — allowing her to stand tall.”

Dress-a-Girl is an international organization of women gathering to make dresses for little and big girls who do not own clothes, little alone a dress. When girls in underdeveloped countries wear a dress, especially a dress that has a label on it, the leaders feel like they look like they are cared for by an organization and thereby keeps them safer from abduction as use by slaves, from abuse, or being preyed upon by men.


For more information on the Dress-a-Girl Around the World mission, click here: Dress-a-Girl

Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Love through heart-shaped glasses

For the Children’s Story on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, the Rev. Ruth Morrison talked to the children about love and life. Throughout her conversation, she was intricately cutting out heart-shaped paper glasses and placing them on the children’s faces.


A truly loving moment for our pastor and the children of our congregation.


Thank you to Faith York and Mark Braun forthe photos.



Super Bowl Sandwiches

February 9th, 2017, by Ted Haider
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Kathie Hackett and Shirley Maxwell waiting for members of the congregation to pick up their Italian Sandwiches on Super Bowl Sunday. (Photo by Mark Braun)

Patriots weren’t the only winners

Thank you to everyone who supported the United Methodist Women’s Italian Sandwich fund-raiser on Super Bowl Sunday. Kathie Hackett reports 48 sandwiches were sold! During the past two Super Bowls, the UMW sold 44 each year.

Proceeds will go toward providing scholarships to Camp Mechuwana this summer.

Thank you to the women who spent Sunday morning preparing the sandwiches — Lili Acheson, Shirley Maxwell, Carol Haider, Mary Anne Champeon, Jennifer Geaumont (Kathie’s daughter-in-law) and Kathie.

New minister for the CEUMC

February 5th, 2017, by Ted Haider


 Meet the Rev. Casey Collins

When the Rev. Ruth Morrison was appointed to begin serving our church in 2004, she became the first permanent woman minister in the church’s 145-year history.

When the church recognizes its 158th anniversary later this year, Ruth will no longer be the only woman in the listing of its full-time ministers.

On Feb. 5, it was announced to the congregation at both Sunday services that the Rev. Casey Collins will become the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church minister when Ruth retires in June. Casey’s appointment takes effect on July 1.


The Rev. Casey Collins in the CEUMC sanctuary with the 1917 Bible that previously belonged to her grandfather and father.

Rev. Collins, whose father and grandfather also were Methodist ministers, comes to Maine after spending the past two years at the United Methodist Church in Milford, New Hampshire. During her 25 years as a minister, she also has served United Methodist churches in Lewiston, Maine and Peaks Island, Maine and was the founding pastor of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Gray, Maine.

Before being ordained, Rev. Collins was a social worker, serving the elder population in Massachusetts. She also worked as a social worker in rehabilitation for the Salvation Army in New York.

Before Sunday’s announcement, Rev. Collins was introduced to our church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee by the Rev. James McPhee, our district superintendent from the New England Conference, during a closed door meeting at the church on Feb. 2. After two hours of questions and discussions, the committee agreed with the conference’s recommendation that Rev. Collins would be a good fit for our church. The conference recommendation came from Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and his cabinet.

During the discussions, Rev. Collins said she is very pleased to be returning to Maine. Not only has she previously served churches in Gray, Lewiston, and Peaks Island, she also has a summer family home In Islesboro, an island community in Penobscot Bay, about three miles off the coast from Lincolnville. She also will be moving closer to an adult son who currently lives in Portland. She also has an adult daughter living in Baltimore.

Another connection between our church and Rev. Collins is that when she was going through the ordination process, she asked the Rev. Jim Young to be her mentor. Later, the Rev. Steve Notis, a former minister with our church, also was one of Rev. Collins’ mentors.

Rev. Collins received her divinity degree from the Bangor Theological Seminary. She previously had received a Master’s degree in Education from Antioch University in Ohio and a Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Ithaca College in New York.

In addition to having served her Milford, New Hampshire congregation for the past two years, Rev. Collins is an elder in the New England Conference and serves on the District Committee on Ministry.

The Rev. Collins, who is single, describes herself as a traditional Methodist minister and a “people person,” and admits she is “very liberal.” Her Sunday services and preaching closely follow the Lectionary.

When asked by our Staff Parish Relations Committee what she is drawn to in her ministry pursuits, Rev. Collins immediately said “social justice.” But she also said her focus in social justice issues “depends on the passion of the people (in her church).”

Other areas of interest Rev. Collins considers most significant in her ministry are evangelism and getting out in the community in any way possible. She explained that in Milford, she goes out to the local coffee shop every week, orders coffee and asks people to join her. “I  like to tell people who we are in the church and invite them to join us.” She went on to explain that “85 percent of people who come to a church for the first time are ones who have been invited by someone.”

District Superintendent Jim McPhee told the committee that every church at which the Rev. Collins has served has seen an increase in its membership.

The Milford UMC, at which Rev. Collins currently serves, has approximately 400 members, but only about 100 attend regularly at two Sunday morning services.

Involving youth in ministry is another of Rev. Collins’ priorities and she said she always has been active in making sure that happens.

But most of all for her church, Rev. Collins said, “My biggest goal is to get rid of any barrier between a person and God.”

One difference you will see between Ruth and Rev. Collins is the parsonage no longer will have dogs. “I have a cat,” she told our committee during Thursday’s discussions, “and his name is Pretzel.”


Italian Sandwiches

January 31st, 2017, by Ted Haider


Last chance to order

If you have not already ordered an Italian sandwich or sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday from the United Methodist Women, Wednesday, Feb. 1 is the last day you can do so.

You can contact Kathie Hackett at or call her at 799-6657 to order a sandwich for $6 each. But Feb. 1 is the deadline.

Sandwiches will be available to be picked up after the 8 and 10 a.m. services on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5.

Dress-a-Girl 2017

January 28th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Saturday morning CEUMC Dress Shop

For the past three Saturday mornings, women from our church have been cutting fabric, sewing seams, attaching pockets and creating beautiful dresses for girls in poverty as part of the international Dress-a-Girl Around the World mission.

The women, who finished more than 140 dresses last year, will continue their sewing on Saturday, Feb. 4 and 11 from 10 a.m.-noon before the dresses will be delivered to the regional distribution center for this mission.


Anyone who would like to join the group for the final two Saturdays, extra help is always needed for sewing, ironing, cutting fabric and just general assistance.


Before this week’s session, a women from Scarborough, who is not a member of the church, saw a story in the newspaper about our church’s dress mission and created a dozen dresses on her own and then gave them to the church, along with additional fabric.


Many of last year’s dresses from our church were delivered to Guatemala by the Rev. Linda Brewster of Grace Missional Communities of Maine.

Throughout 2016, our church was informed as to where dresses they had created were being sent. In one case, the Rev. Ruth Morrison saw a photo of a cat print dress she had made worn by a girl in Senegal.


The Dress-a-Girl Around the World mission has sent over 500,000 dresses to girls in 81 countries.

Click here for more information on the Dress-a-Girl mission: Dress a Girl


Cick here for more images of our church’s dress mission: Continue reading »

Dress-a-Girl Mission

January 12th, 2017, by Ted Haider


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Help needed to create dresses

Last January and February, a cluster of women from our church and friends created more than 115 dresses for the international Dress-a-Girl Around the World mission.

Year Two of this mission for our church began on Saturday, Jan. 14 and will continue every Saturday until Feb. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Sunshine Room.

Consider joining this year’s effort to provide dresses for girls in poverty in this country and around the world. Bring your own sewing machine, but for anyone who does not sew, help will be needed with ironing, cutting fabric from patterns, and making bias binding.

Some fabric and thread has been donated for this dress-making mission, but all participants are invited to bring their own fabric, bias binding, thread and 1/4-inch elastic.

For more information, contact Linda Wakefield.


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Myrna Cook (1932-2017)

January 10th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Celebration of Myrna’s Life

A celebration of Myrna Cook’s life will be held at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service.

Myrna, the founder of our church’s My Sister’s Keeper in 1999, passed away on Jan. 4 at Falmouth By the Sea. She was 84.

Born in Westbrook in 1932, Myrna worked as a visiting nurse in Boston before marrying William H. Cook in 1958. After living in Florida, Upstate New York and Bangor, Bill and Myrna settled in Cape Elizabeth in 1967 with their five young children.

During the 1970s, Myrna worked as an RN in skilled nursing facilities in the Greater Portland area, and helped to develop the geriatric nursing aides at Westbrook College before becoming a social worker with Holy Innocents in Portland.

In later years, Myrna led support groups for people suffering from chronic pain.

After retiring, Myrna joined Bill in a weekly prison ministry at the Cumberland County Jail. Myrna’s experiences in that ministry led to her founding My Sister’s Keeper at our church, a program and support group to help women to make the transition from jail or prison to life back in the community.

To honor her ground-breaking work with My Sister’s Keeper, the Portland Press-Herald featured Myrna in 2012 as one of 10 Mainers to be thankful for.

Memorial gifts may be given in Myrna’s name and memory to:

My Sister’s Keeper

280 Ocean House Road

Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Click here for more information on My Sister’s Keeper: MSK

At Wednesday’s memorial service, an honor guard from the Cumberland County Jail will be present in recognition of Myrna’s ministry at the jail.

Christmas 2016

December 25th, 2016, by Ted Haider



Merry Christmas from the

Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church


 Images from the Christmas Eve service


Photos by Mark Braun






Christmas services

December 22nd, 2016, by Ted Haider



Join us Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. at which there will be special music, scripture readings, and a tableau of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, angels and wise men.

On Christmas morning there will be a 10 a.m. service, reflecting on the birth of Jesus and what that means for our lives and faith. Following the service there will be fellowship time for which everyone is invited to bring traditional family breads to share.


The nativity scene on the altar was set up this week by Anita Davidson, who took custody of the nativity when the First United Methodist Church in South Portland closed in 2013. Thank you, Anita for sharing this treasure.


The stars beneath the nativity were created by our Sunday School, using left-over fabric from last January’s Dress-a-Girl-Around the World mission during which women from our church created more than 100 dresses.


The cradle next to the altar has a blanket, also created by the Sunday School and again using left-over fabric from the Dress-a-Girl mission.


Merry Christmas to all!