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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

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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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!



Summer Seminar Series

August 9th, 2017, by Ted Haider

Next session: Thursday, Aug. 10

The second session of the Rev. Jim Young’s month-long Summer Seminar Series will take place on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 7-8 p.m. in the Chapel.

This summer series will focus on Apostle Paul’s Missionary Journeys.

As Jim explained, “We will read about his run-ins with magicians, half-believers, unbelievers, enemies, persecutions, his time in jail, and faithful Christians along the way.”

Jim’s classes will continue on Aug. 24 and 31, but there will not be a session during the week of Aug. 13 because of the church hosting families from the Greater Family Promise mission.

It is not necessary to have attended earlier sessions to take part in any of Jim’s sessions.


More Family Promise training dates

August 4th, 2017, by Ted Haider

new family promise logo

Two new dates for training

Two new dates have been added for Family Promise training sessions.

Our church will be hosting its first Family Promise families, Aug. 13-20. If you want to volunteer that week and be part of this Family Promise mission, you will need to go through a training session coordinated by Family Promise organizers.

The new training sessions are:

Sunday, Aug. 6: Hope Gateway United Methodist Church (509 Forest Ave., Portland), 1-4 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 7: St. Ansgar Lutheran Church (515 Woodford Street, Portland), 5:30-8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about our church’s hosting week, please contact:

  • Deanne Burr ( 712-8403
  • Linda Webster ( 809-9730

For the Aug. 13-20 host week, we still are in need of:

  • 11 overnight volunteers, 8 p.m.-6 a.m.
  • Several people to cook and serve a hot breakfast on Saturday morning, Aug. 19
  • Two volunteers to drop off dinner on Saturday, Aug. 19
  • Volunteers willing to eat dinner with guest families and spend fellowship time with them until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19
  • Volunteers to help with laundry before and after our host week




Helping homeless families

July 24th, 2017, by Ted Haider

new family promise logo

Training session July 26

Our church’s first week to host families in the Greater Portland Family Promise mission will be Aug. 13-20.

We will need many volunteers throughout the week for approximately 90-minute shifts, but before anyone can volunteer, they must go through a training program that will fully explain how we will work with the families in a way that is consistent with how other faith communities are working with homeless families with children.

The training program for our church will be Wednesday, July 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the church. Please plan to attend. Even if you will not be volunteering for the Aug. 13-20 week, you will need the training to make yourself available for future weeks.

We will host Family Promise families four times a year and in addition to volunteers from our church, there will be volunteers from St. Bartholomew’s and St. Alban’s for each of the host weeks.

If you have not received an e-mail about how you can help during the Aug. 13-20 week, please contact Deanne Burr at (207) 956-8854.


Summer Open House

July 13th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Learning about each other

The July 11 Open House and Pot Luck Supper at Margaret and Mark Braun’s home was supposed to be a time to better get to know our new minister, Casey Collins. In some ways it was, but it also was, surprisingly, a time to learn a little something more about each other.

After supper, everyone was asked to say where they were born and then disclose something about themselves that few — or any — people knew. It was an an entertaining and revealing hour.

Did you know:

  • One church member used to be a go-go dancer?
  • Another member studied creative writing in college and wanted to be a playwright?
  • When one church member was much younger, he had flaming red hair?
  • Another member used to tap dance in shows on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier?
  • One member used to photograph Navy frogmen training to recover Apollo capsules?
  • One church member rode a bicycle from Maine to New Mexico?

See what you missed?

You’ll have to ask around to get answers to these questions!


A second Summer Open House will be held at the home of Carol and Ted Haider, 32 Chamberlain Road in Scarborough. The Open House will be from 5:30-8 p.m. and supper will take place between 6-7 p.m.

If anyone would like to play disc golf, the Pleasant Hill Disc Golf course in next door and Carol and Ted have some discs you can borrow. Come early if you want to play.


In addition to the 28 people who attended the Braun’s Open House, three well-behaved dogs were in attendance: Piper belonging to Margaret and Mark, Olivia belonging to Betty Jane Shreve, and Hyggelig Dag, the new white German shepherd belonging to Jasper Fontana (above). Hyggelig is Norwegian for “good day.”


Thank you to Margaret and Mark for being such good hosts!




Cape’s new minister

July 10th, 2017, by Ted Haider


First services for the Rev. Casey Collins

The Rev. Casey Collins began her new ministry in the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, leading two services on July 9. It was the beginning of a journey for both the third-generation minister and the congregation she will guide.


Throughout both services, the Rev. Collins followed the message from Mark 6:7-13 and explained, “I am looking forward to getting to know you on our journey together and I’m excited to find out where God is leading us together.

“Are we all ready to journey together with Jesus?”


Using another scripture reading, the Rev. Collins spoke about “journeying to a Perfect Church.” While almost everyone agreed the Cape church is by no means perfect, the Rev. Collins concluded, “This is our journey toward perfection and I have a feeling something is about to happen here.”

To punctuate her point, Casey read from the poem “The Perfect Church” (author unknown):

I think that I shall never see

a Church that’s all it ought to be;

A Church whose Deacons always Deke

And none is proud but all are meek;

Where gossips never peddle lies

Or make complaints or criticize;

Where all are always sweet and kind

And all to other’s faults are blind.

Such perfect Churches there may be,

But none of them are known to me.

But still we’ll work, and pray and plan

to make our own Church the best we can!


During Children’s Time at the second service, Casey talked about finding a friend for comfort whenever you’re afraid or anxious. Casey explained that one such “friend” for her is a much-loved stuffed (many times) dog she was given by her grandfather when she was 3. The dog’s name is Wendy and Casey pulled Wendy from a basket during the service and shared held her lovingly to show all the children.

Afterward, Casey told the children, “There’s also another friend you can always turn to when you’re afraid — God is with us, too.”


Welcome, Casey Collins!

New minister for Cape

June 29th, 2017, by Ted Haider


Rev. Collins’ first service: July 9


The Rev. Casey Collins will lead her first service and preach for the first time at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 9 at both the 8 and 10 a.m. services.

Before her Cape assignment, Rev. Collins served the United Methodist Church in Milford, New Hampshire for the past two years. She previously has served United Methodist churches in Lewiston, Gray and on Peaks Island.

Rev. Collins, who was introduced to the congregation at the July 2 service, replaces the Rev. Ruth Morrison, who retired on June 30 after 45 years in ministry.

On Tuesday, July 11, there will be an open house/pot luck supper at the home of Margaret and Mark Braun for everyone to meet Rev. Collins in a more relaxed setting. The Brauns live at 34 Hunts Point Toad in Cape Elizabeth and the open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. If you can, bring a dish to pass.

Celebration Service

June 29th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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On to retirement for Ruth Morrison

After 45 years in ministry services, including the last 13 at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ruth Morrison is retiring, effective June 30.

Ruth’s last service of preaching was June 18 and on June 25, the congregation held a Celebration Service for all Ruth has done in Cape, the United Methodist churches in Goodwins Mills, Saco and Lewiston, and the Immanuel Baptist Church in Portland.


Lay Leader Steve Hill (above photo) led the service, including the delivery of a stirring and heartfelt appreciation of Ruth’s caring for himself and the congregation during her 13 years in the Cape.


In addition to the service being filled with members of the Cape congregation and friends, a contingent from Ruth’s former church in Lewiston, Calvary UMC, was in attendance, bringing forth plenty of memories and deep embraces of affection.


During Children’s Time, Steve Hill asked “What is special about today?” and 6-year-old Mason Keezer (above) quickly responded, “Ruth is retiring.” Steve then asked, “What does retiring mean?” and Mason again was quick to respond, “She’ll rest.” Perfect answer.



Our church always expects great things from the Faith York-led choir, but for the Celebration Service, Faith and Company rose to an even higher level of excellence, particularly during its “Irish Blessing” for Ruth.



Because of the anticipated length of the Celebration Service, the Passing of the Peace was not included in the original Order of Service. But when Ruth arrived on Sunday, she said she would like to have the Passing of the Peace as usual — and she and the congregation enjoyed every minute of it.


The Rev. Jim Yong delivered the Opening Prayer . . .

margaret by mark

Aaron by mark

. . . and Margaret Charmichael and Aaron French read scripture lessons, making the Celebration Service a true reflection of our entire church family.

elvis and ruth

While much of the Celebration Service followed the order of a traditional Sunday, one major deviation came when Elvis entered the building and presented Ruth with an Elvis bobblehead, telling her that because he gave it to her, it would be worth $10,000 on e-Bay.


Elvis, accompanied by Stephen Bither on piano, then serenaded the congregation with his original “Pastor Ruth’s Communion Wine,” sung to the tune of “Love Potion Number 9.”

Derry Rundlett was masterful as our Elvis.


Toward the end of the service, Ruth was presented a two-volume “encyclopedia” of her 45 years in ministry by Mark Braun, head of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Ruth enjoyed flinging the colorful tissue wrapping almost as much as opening the books.





Another tribute came from Mark Braun and his daughter Camille with the reading of an original Dr. Seuss-like poem about what Ruth has meant to the Cape congregation.


The service ended, fittingly, with Ruth and Steve Hill walking out of the Sanctuary to the applause of the congregation.

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