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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

Saturday, Oct. 14: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Table Runner, led by Gail Parker

Sunday, Oct. 15: The Rev. Jim Young's Adult Education Class, series on Moses, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room

Monday, Oct. 16: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Tuesday, Oct. 17: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room

Saturday, Oct. 21: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Lap Quilt or Baby Quilt, led by Gail Parker

Saturday, Oct. 21: Asian Supper at the church, 6 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance by sending an e-mail to In the e-mail, list your name, phone number and how many will be attending.Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under

Sunday, Oct. 22: The Rev. Jim Young's Adult Education Class, series on Moses, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room

Monday, Oct. 23: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room

Saturday, Oct. 28: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Lap Quilt or Baby Quilt, led by Gail Parker

Sunday, Oct. 29: The Rev. Jim Young's Adult Education Class, series on Moses, 9 a.m. in the Sunshine Room

Sunday, October 29: 10 a.m. worship with the Charge Conference with District Superintendent, Jim McPhee. No 8 a.m. service.

Sunday, October 29-Nov. 5 Our church's week of hosting homeless families with children through Greater Portland Family Promise

Monday, Oct. 30: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Judy's Pantry, 3-5 p.m. in the Sunshine Room

Saturday, Nov. 4: Sewing Saturday at the church, 1-4 p.m. Project: Girl's Jumper or Sundress, led by Gail Parker

Saturday, Nov. 4: Because of the church hosting Family Promise this week, there WILL NOT be a Public Supper on Nov. 4.

Monday, Nov. 6: Monday mornings with Pastor Casey. Casey will be at the C Salt Gourmet Market, 8-9 a.m. every Monday, except holidays, for friendly conversation and coffee. C Salt is located at 349 Ocean House Road.

Saturday, December 2: Jolly Snowman Fair


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More Family Promise training dates

August 4th, 2017, by Ted Haider

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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

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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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Health information

May 2nd, 2017, by Ted Haider

Natalie Underdown shares information with Duane Wakefield on Vial of Life medical information.

Advice from some experts

Our own Natalie Underdown and five of her fellow students from the University of New England’s College of Pharmacy volunteered their time on April 30 to provide members of our congregation with valuable health information.

The UNE students were in the Narthex after the 10 a.m. service, providing blood pressure testing and offering health care advice to many of our church members.


Natalie is a former multi-time winner of the church’s Belyea Scholarship for students pursuing careers in medicine and Sunday’s health forum was a way for her to say thank you. Natalie is in her second of four years of graduate studies at the college of Pharmacy and she currently is interning at the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and also at Wilson’s Drug Store in Bath.


Joining the College of Pharmacy students on Sunday was Dean Gayle Brazeau, another member of our church.


Members of the UNE College of Pharmacy who gave church members health care information on April 30: Justin Richards (Dixfield, Maine), Alexandria Argentieri (Rochester, New York), Natalie Underdown (Cape Elizabeth), Megan McInally (Ventura, California), Dean Gayle Brazeau (Scarborough), Mark Chen (Tustin, California), Maxwell Roberts (Brunswick, Maine)


Thank you to Natalie and her fellow students for taking the time to share their expertise with our church members.

Food-packing mission

May 1st, 2017, by Ted Haider


23,440 breakfast meals

For the fourth consecutive spring, members of our church participated in the Outreach, Inc. food-packing mission, providing meals for individuals and families who have difficulty finding healthy food to eat.

On April 29, 64 people — including seven from our church — gathered at the Peoples United Methodist Church in South Portland to assemble breakfast pouches that will be distributed to individuals and families in need in Maine’s Cumberland and Penobscot counties.

The seven teams represented the Thornton Heights UMC, West Scarborough UMC, Peoples UMC, our church, and the Odd Fellows fraternal group. Throughout Saturday afternoon, the teams assembled pouches and packed cases totaling 23,440 servings of cinnamon-apple oatmeal. Each pouch serves six people.


Our church’s team of Jean Meyer, Deanne Burr, Carol Haider, Lili Acheson, Bryan Cobb, Zach Wright and Malki accounted for 3,230 servings of the oatmeal. Each oatmeal pouch contained oatmeal, dried apples, soy and vitamins. This was the first time for assembling a breakfast meal. In the past, the pouches contained ingredients for a bean and rice dinner.


This food-packing program is organized by Outreach, Inc. in Union, Iowa. Its mission is to provide safe food, water, medical care, and education to children and those in need throughout our country and abroad.


The local food-packing mission has been organized by Cori Heatley of the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church since 2014.

For more information on Outreach, Inc., click here: Outreach

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.