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



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 2018

Saturday, Feb. 17: Dress A Girl Around The World" sewing session in the Sunshine Room, 9 a.m.-noon. Participants are asked to bring their own sewing machines and fabric. Sessions will take place every Saturday at the church through Feb. 24.

Sunday, Feb. 18: The Rev. Jim Young begins a new series of Adult Education Classes: "New Testament Personalities," 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. Public invited.

Monday, Feb. 19: Monday Morning Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Casey, 8-9 a.m. at C-Salt Gourmet Market, 349 Ocean House Road.


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Pantry Thanksgiving 2017

November 18th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Overwhelming generosity

Judy’s Pantry, operating out of our church, once again provided Cape Elizabeth families who have limited resources and struggle to put healthy food on their dinner tables a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving.


On Nov. 15, the Pantry provided 45 large plastic bins and festively decorated paper bags to 45 families. The bags were filled with potatoes, carrots, onions, squash and apples and the bins contained boxes of stuffing gravy, pies, cranberry sauce, fruits and nuts, canned corn, dinner rolls, chicken stock, sparkling cider, gift certificates for turkeys and much more.


Each family also was offered a selection of freshly baked holiday breads prepared by members of our congregation. There were a total of 81 mini loaves. Thank you to Lili Acheson for organizing the bread orders

IMG_3044The bags of produce were prepared by Pantry Coordinator Nancy Miles and her many volunteers. The produce all came from Jordan Farms, which provided the Pantry with the fresh fruits and vegetables at a considerable discount.


The bins of all the Thanksgiving fixings were from Cape families as part of a giving program organized by Amy Lombardo and Jen Tinsman. While 45 of the bins were delivered to our church for the Pantry, another 95 bins of donated foods were taken to Portland for distribution by Opportunity Alliance.



Bins of food being delivered to our church


Amy Lombardo and Jen Tinsman

The bags of produce were once again this year decorated by Lisa Stevens.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this wonderful mission of giving and caring!

Click here for more photos of the Pantry’s Thanksgiving:  Continue reading »

Family Promise Hosting

November 11th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Many helpers for week of caring

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped in many ways to make our church’s hosting of homeless families with children a heartfelt and caring mission during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 5.

As part of the Greater Portland Family Promise network, our church combined with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church and the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church to provide overnight housing and evening and morning meals for six adults and eight children.

A special thank you to Deanne Burr for coordinating the entire effort, complicated with our church losing power during the wind storm on Nov. 30. For that Monday evening, the families were transported to the Clark Memorial parsonage in Portland.


For the week of hosting, our church converted the back of the sanctuary, the chapel and both the Sunday School and Nursery rooms into bedrooms.




The week began on Sunday afternoon with a team of volunteers setting up the bedrooms before the families arrived for the first time at 4 p.m.


Throughout the week, volunteers prepared dinners at their homes and brought them to church, spent quality time with the families in the evenings, slept overnight at the church to insure safety and well-being, and provided the families with breakfasts and lunches to go. The families were transported to the Family Promise Day Center in Portland after breakfast from where some of the adults went to jobs and some children went to school.


On Saturday morning, with more time available before the families returned to the Day Center, a hot breakfast of egg sandwiches, juice, and coffee was prepared.


The week ended on Sunday morning with the families leaving at 7 a.m. and another team of volunteers quickly transformed the bedrooms back to their original state for church services at 8 and 10 a.m. More volunteers took all the bed linens and towels to their homes for washing.


The church’s next scheduled week of hosting is Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2018.

For more information on the Family Promise program, click here: Family Promise

United Methodist Women

October 9th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Afternoon in the sun

For its October gathering, the United Methodist Women met for a pot luck luncheon and an afternoon of enjoying unusually warm fall weather in the gardens and home of Shirley Maxwell Royall.




Animal Blessing 2017

October 2nd, 2017, by Ted Haider

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Pastor Casey blesses Jen Geaumont’s dog Charlie

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Free Classical Music Concert

September 20th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Join us on Saturday, Sept. 23

Duo Terlano, the award-winning classical music tea of Johannes Dietrich (violin) and Marie-Aline Cadieux (cello) will perform a free concert at our church on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Duo Terlano performed a similar concert at our church last September.

Mark Braun (piano) also will be performing one number with Duo Terlano. Marie-Aline’s mother was Mark’s first piano teacher when he was in the fourth grade in Minnesota.

The husband-wife team are both recipients of the Delaware/Pennsylvania String Teachers Outstanding String Teaching Award.

Terlano is the name of the northern Italian town in which Johannes and Marie-Aline spent their first wedding anniversary.

Duo Terlano performs classical music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. They will be performing works from Alec Rowley, Carlo Antonio Campioni, Sergei Prokofiev, Sebastiao Barros, Louis Spohr and Richard Pearson Thomas.

Click here for a story and photos from last year’s Duo Terlano concert:

Welcome Back Sunday 2017

September 16th, 2017, by Ted Haider


No place like home

Our church’s Welcome Back Sunday was a family affair with more than a dozen children assisting the Rev. Casey Collins throughout the Sept. 10 service, her first fall-season service after taking over as the minister on July 1.


Pastor Casey involved the children throughout the service, particularly having them help her with her sermon, based on Psalm 84. Whenever she wanted emphasis about the importance of finding a home, she had the children, standing in front of the altar, hold up the words, “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place, O Lord Almighty”. She did this four or five times during the sermon and the accuracy with which the words were held up was fun to watch — the innocence of an unrehearsed performance. It made it feel like, well, being home with family.


Pastor Casey also had the children come forward and place their school backpacks in front of the altar and then she blessed both the backpacks for the new school year and the teachers in attendance who will be leading our children.

For their backpacks, each child was given a small wooden cross by lead Sunday School teacher Carol Hubbard and assisted by Mariah Parker. They were told they could either attach the crosses to their backpacks or tuck them inside.


In keeping with the children’s participation in the service, Serafina Fontana assisted Carol Hubbard in reading the scripture lesson. Serafina and Naomi Williams also were the greeters before the service began.


The Sept. 10 service also was a homecoming for the Faith York and the choir, returning from their summer break.


And while the choir’s music was as uplifting as ever, one other magical musical moment was young Tyler Rodenberger playing a piano solo during the Offertory. What made the solo even more amazing was that the piece he played was Tyler’s own adaptation from music in the video game Fallout 4.


Welcome home, CEUMC Family!!


Welcome Back Sunday

September 8th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Join us on Sept. 10

Welcome Back Sunday is Sept. 10 for our church with the return of the choir from its summer break, the beginning of Adult Education classes for the fall and a special focus on Sunday School.

The Rev. Casey Collins will be leading her first Welcome Back services in Cape Elizabeth and has planned the 10 a.m. service to center around our children. Instead of having Sunday School separate from the Sanctuary service, children will take part in worship throughout the service.

One of the special parts of the service will be a Blessing of Backpacks for the coming school year by Pastor Casey. Bring your children and their backpacks and invite friends of your children.

Traditional Sunday School will begin Sept. 17.

The Rev. Jim Young’s Adult Education classes will resume at 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room. The subject for Jim’s first series of the fall is the Sermon on the Mount.

If you cannot attend our 10 a.m. service, join us for the 8 a.m. Chapel service.

Child care positions

August 31st, 2017, by Ted Haider

Paid positions available during Sunday services

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is looking to hire two people to take care of children ages 6 and under during each Sunday’s 10 a.m. service.

These positions are year-round and will pay $20 per person, per Sunday. Arrangements will be made for time off.

The committee would like to hire individuals from outside the church so as not to interfere with people worshiping at our 10 a.m. services.

If you know of someone or have a relative who might be interested in one of these positions, please contact the Rev. Casey Collins after a Sunday service or through the church e-mail ( or by phone (799-8396, leave a message).

Applicants should be at least 18 years of age and will be interviewed by a member or members of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

The committee is hoping to fill these positions by mid-September.


Family Promise hosting

August 22nd, 2017, by Ted Haider

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.


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.


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.


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.


Steve Hill preparing the Saturday morning breakfast.


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.”


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.



Summer gathering

August 10th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Was it summer?

Church members gathered for a second Summer Open House and Pot Luck Supper on Aug. 8, but thanks to a steady ocean breeze, it felt more like fall and most people spent the evening around the fire pit to keep warm.


Thank you to everyone who attended and brought contributions for the pot luck supper at the home of Carol and Ted Haider. And for those who were not able to attend — we missed you!