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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 2017

Thursday, Aug. 10: Jim Young's Summer Seminar Series: Apostle Paul's Missionary Journeys, 7-8 p.m. in the Chapel.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Garden Saturday at the church. Volunteers needed for weeding, mulching, pruning and other work around the church grounds, 9 a.m.-noon. Come whenever you can.

Aug. 13-20: Our church's first week to host Greater Portland Family Promise families. Volunteers still needed. Contact Deanne Burr (712-8403) or Linda Webster (809-9730)

Tuesday, August 15: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 22: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 24: Jim Young's Summer Seminar Series: Apostle Paul's Missionary Journeys, 7-8 p.m. in the Chapel.

Tuesday, August 29: Judy's Pantry in the Sunshine Room, 3-5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31: Jim Young's Summer Seminar Series: Apostle Paul's Missionary Journeys, 7-8 p.m. in the Chapel.


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Easter morning 2017

April 16th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Finding new life

Keeping with tradition, members of the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church began Easter morning with the Sunrise Service at Two Lights and followed it with the Sanctuary Service at 10 a.m.

In her final Easter sermon before retiring in June, the Rev. Ruth Morrison appropriately talked about letting go with what you are most familiar and trusting God to shape your lives.

The new life theme was also used during the Children’s Story with the miracle of how a butterfly emerges from a cocoon.

Thank you to Mark Braun for sharing these Easter images.







Easter services

April 14th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Sunrise and Sanctuary services

The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will hold two services on Easter morning.

The first will be the Sunrise Service at 5:45 a.m. above the rocks at the end of Two Lights Road. Park in the Lobster Shack parking lot.

The Sanctuary Service will be at 10 a.m. at the church, 280 Ocean House Road (Route 77) in Cape Elizabeth.

There will not be an 8 a.m. Chapel Service on Easter. There also will not be a 9 a.m. Adult Education class on Easter.

Palm Sunday 2017

April 11th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Joyous procession

For the Palm, Sunday service in the Sanctuary, church members joined the choir and children from Sunday School in a parade that went out the back door of the church, wrapped around the building, entered the front door into the Narthex and then procceded into the Sanctuary.

At the back of the procession was Jesus, portrayed by Terry Keezer, smiling at the children and bowing in reverence as palms were waved in his direction.

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”


The procession ended in front of the altar with Jesus standing on a large “garment,” placed at his feet by the children who had created it in Sunday School.


Thank you to Choir Director Faith York and Sunday School teachers Deanne Burr and Carol Hubbard for this uplifting beginning to the Palm Sunday service.



Easter cakes

April 7th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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Order your cakes this Sunday

The United Methodist Women are once again making mini Easter Cakes, but time is running out to order them. Place your orders with Kathie Hackett this Sunday at $4 per cake.

Each mini loaf cake will be iced and decorated and will include the name or names of anyone you wish.

Cakes will be available on Saturday morning, April 15 during the Easter Egg Hunt or on Sunday morning after the 10 a.m. service.

Proceeds will go to one of the UMW’s many missions.

Health Awareness

April 3rd, 2017, by Ted Haider


Learning about acupuncture

Thank you to Leah Chamberlin for sharing her expertise on acupuncture with members of the church after the 10 a.m. service on April 2. Leah talked about acupuncture and offered mini-treatments to anyone willing to give it a try.

Leah has a Master’s degree in Chinese Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, Massachusetts and she currently works at Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture in South Portland. In the field of acupuncture, Leah has 630 clinical hours of work and has 350 patient visits.

Leah is a former winner of the church’s Belyea Scholarship for her work in the field of medicine.

For more information, contact Leah at 775-2059.




Mission Recognition Awards

March 28th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Special award for Rev. Ruth

The church’s United Methodist Women presented the Rev. Ruth Morrison with its Mission Recognition Award on March 26 for all the work she has done for and contributions she has made to the church over the past 13 years. Ruth will be retiring in June after 45 years of serving churches in Portland, Saco, Goodwins Mills, Lewiston and Cape Elizabeth.

Also receiving a Mission Award at the March 26 service was Ted Haider for his work with the church’s newsletter, web site and Facebook.

Kathie Hackett presented the awards.

Jazz Sunday 2017

February 27th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Making a joyful noise

It seems as if Jazz Sunday gets bigger and better every year, since its beginning at our church in 2007. But what made this year’s service even more memorable came from the Children’s Story.

The Rev. Ruth Morrison introduced the Children’s Story by quoting from Psalm 100, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands . . .” She told the children that throughout the Jazz Sunday service, the musicians had been “making a joyful noise” and she was sure God was listening.

She then asked drummer Paul Aronson to talk with the children about how he plays the cymbals. One by one he had the children approach his drum set and after handing them his drum sticks, he instructed them to give the cymbals a rap. At first there were only a few tentative taps, but it wasn’t long before the Sanctuary was ringing with the cymbals’ vibrations. It was indeed a joyful noise.


But it wasn’t over. Paul then asked Pastor Ruth if she wanted a turn. She admitted it was “something I’ve always wanted to do” and it wasn’t long before the cymbals rang out from Ruth’s repeated raps with Paul’s sticks. With this being Pastor Ruth’s last Jazz Sunday before her retirement in June, her last cymbal crash was a fitting end — and the congregation applauded.


As for the rest of the morning, Stephen Bither’s collection of talented musicians provided every form of Mardi Gras-style jazz imaginable, playing before, during and after worship on this last Sunday before Lent.


And complementing every blast from Michele Kingston’s trumpet and every strum from Peter Dumphy’s banjo, our choir, led by Faith York, was was in high spirits, as was the organ playing of Gail Parker and Tyler Roddenberger, who helped rock the Sanctuary when the rest of the musicians let loose with “When the Saints Go Marching In.”


In addition to Paul on drums, Peter on banjo and Michelle on trumpet, thank you to Stephen on piano, Tom Wilbur on Sousaphone, Barry Daniels on clarinet, and Peter Lord on saxophone. Jazz Sunday 2017 was as good as it gets.


When the last strains of “When the Saints” began to fade — usually the end of the Jazz Sunday service — Pastor Ruth addressed the musicians and said, “Since this is my last Jazz Sunday, I want an encore.”

And so they did.


Jazz Sunday would not have been complete without a pancake brunch afterward and thanks to Clint Lawrence and his kitchen crew of Judy and Robert Knupp and Mariah Parker, it was all you could eat.



All the work behind the Pancake Brunch came from Mariah Parker, Clint Lawrence and Robert and Judy Knupp.

Click here for more images of Jazz Sunday: Continue reading »

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.