Ripley Methodist Church

Ripley Methodist Church


Hi everyone. I am going to see if I can learn how to use this page. Perhaps we could do a Bible Study through zoom. My grandson is currently here...a tutor for the elderly. we'll see what happens. We are doing a study at Guilford on the Old Testament by Ellworth Kalas, an author I really like. It could be a possibllity for us. I hope to have the book by Sunday.
The Town of Ripley's Office will be closed Monday, May 25; but will be open for curbside service on Tuesday, May 26 at 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm.
Just a reminder that all Ripley Residents need to complete their 2020 census. At this time only 34% of Ripley's residents have responded to the census. Your census can be completed online (, phone (1-884-330-2020), or fill out your cenus form and send it in.
Ripley's Annual Report can be picked up at the office
Looks like we are in for freezing rain Sunday, November 25, which means adverse driving conditions. We have canceled church service for tomorrow, in the interest of keeping everyone safe. Next Sunday, December 2—weather permitting—we will have communion service at 11:00 a.m., which will include The Hanging Of The Greens. We’ll have a potluck lunch after service. Stay safe and warm.
Dave or Phyllis, will there be anyone around at the church this coming Saturday morning so we could drop off some future VBS supplies for Nancy Hoskins? We are traveling through Saturday mid to late morning to family reunion in Canaan. Please let us know time someone might be there and we will try to meet with them. thank you lots & good luck with your supper Saturday evening. love and hugs to the Ripley United Methodist Church family,

The Mission of the Ripley United Methodist Church is to be a spiritual center in our community; sharing our love for Jesus Christ with our members, friends and neighbors.

Operating as usual


Welcome, Reverend Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen!




We make fun of Methodists for their blandness, their excessive calm, their fear of giving offense, their lack of speed, and also for their secret fondness for macaroni and cheese.

But nobody sings like them. If you were to ask an audience in New York City, a relatively Methodist-less place, to sing along on the chorus of "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," they will look daggers at you as if you had asked them to strip to their underwear. But if you do this among Methodists, they'd smile and row that boat ashore and up on the beach! And down the road!

Many Methodists are bred from childhood to sing in four-part harmony, a talent that comes from sitting on the lap of someone singing alto or tenor or bass and hearing the harmonic intervals by putting your little head against that person's rib cage.

It's natural for Methodists to sing in harmony. They are too modest to be soloists, too worldly to sing in unison. When you're singing in the key of C and you slide into the A7th and D7th chords, all two hundred of you, it's an emotionally fulfilling moment. By joining in harmony, they somehow promise that they will not forsake each other.

I do believe this: People, these Methodists, who love to sing in four-part harmony are the sort of people you can call up when you're in deep distress.

*If you're dying, they will comfort you.

*If you are lonely, they'll talk to you.

*And if you are hungry, they'll give you tuna salad.

*Methodists believe in prayer, but would practically die if asked to pray out loud.

*Methodists like to sing, except when confronted with a new hymn or a hymn with more than four stanzas.

*Methodists believe their pastors will visit them in the hospital, even if they don't notify them that they are there.

*Methodists usually follow the official liturgy and will feel it is their way of suffering for their sins.

*Methodists believe in miracles and even expect miracles, especially during their stewardship visitation programs or when passing the plate.

Methodists think that the Bible forbids them from crossing the aisle while passing the peace.

*Methodists drink coffee as if it were the Third Sacrament.

*Methodists feel guilty for not staying to clean up after their own wedding reception in the Fellowship Hall.

*Methodists are willing to pay up to one dollar for a meal at the church.

*Methodists still serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color of the season and think that peas in a tuna casserole adds too much color.

*Methodists believe that it is OK to poke fun at themselves and never take themselves too seriously.

And finally, You know you are a Methodist when:
It's 100 degrees, with 90% humidity, and you still have coffee after the service.

You hear something funny during the sermon and smile as loudly as you can.

Donuts are a line item in the church budget, just like coffee.

When you watch a Star Wars movie and they say, "May the Force be with you," you respond, "and also with you."

And lastly, it takes ten minutes to say good-bye!


Rita Farrar is doing well. She would love to hear from her friends if anyone would like to write to her. The address is:

Marita Farrar
Rm 176 Homestead
Orono Commons
117 Bennoch Rd
Orono, ME 04473


He had hair like wool, skin like brass (Revelation 1:14-16). I want to say something about the spirituality debate. You don't believe in God? Fine, I'm not one to judge, cause I'm not the judge. Why is it so important for many of you to mock those of us that do? If we're wrong, what have we lost when we die? Nothing! How does our believing in Jesus bring you any harm? You think it makes me stupid? Gullible? Fine. How does that affect you? If you're wrong, your consequence is far worse. I would rather live my life believing in God and serving Him, and find out I was right, than not believe in Him and not serve Him, and find out I was wrong. Then it's too late. There's no shame in my game! I believe in Jesus Christ. He said deny me in front of your friends & I will deny you in front of my Father (Matthew 10:33-35). HE'S COMING BACK...Greatest man in history, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. His name is Jesus. 🙏


Good news! Sunday, April 3, 2022 we will resume in-person services. Come join us, 11:00 a.m. Woohoo!


Have you heard the good news? Jesus Christ our Savior was born this day to save us from our sins. May the Blessings of our Lord and Savior be with you this special day and throughout the year.


Call to Charge Conference

November 29th and 30th each church will be called to a charge conference to take any legal action with respect to the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy litigation by December 14, 2021.

Please consult your pastor for your church's date and time.


Sadly, we say farewell to a member of our church family. Harold Mower received his heavenly reward Friday, November 12, 2021. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the Mower family.


Our prayers go out to the family of a long-standing member of our church. Funeral services for Oleta "Lee" Jerome will be held at 2:00 p.m on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Crosby-Neal Funeral Home in
Newport, Maine.


Covid has been been spreading rapidly in Maine. Today the congregation voted to close the church indefinitely, until the pandemic is under control. Please do your part—mask up and vaccinate. We will have one more service before we close, on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. God bless and be safe. 🙏🙏🙏🙏


Celebration of Life service for Richard McLaughlin will be held at Ripley United Methodist Church 0n August 21st at 2:00pm reception following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall. Family and friends invited.

Photos from Ripley Methodist Church's post 07/24/2021

Vacation Bible School
July 26-29
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm

Theme will be the Life of Jesus Christ. Through Bible lessons, we will learn about the life of Jesus Christ, from birth, his travels, his parables, his crucifixion and his resurrection.
We will have games, snacks, and crafts. Please join us for some summer fun and fellowship.

Fun photos from VBS!


Please note: Rolling Thunder made a mistake in our ad. There is NO PIE SALE on July 31.


We are back in business. Sunday Service at 9:00 a.m. see you there!


It's official! Lefty's Grill will reopen at Ripley UMC in spring, 2021. We don't have a date yet, but it will be outdoors only, so we will choose a nice, warm, sunny day. At first, we will have a limited menu of burgers, hot dogs, soda, water, and chips. Plenty of chairs and space for practicing safe socializing. Can't wait to see you all!


Sunday, February 21: After eleven months of no church, we finally had a service. Unfortunately, it took place in the church parking lot. Pastor Marilyn led the service of Holy Communion for eleven people, who all stayed in their cars. It was a drive-up service!😁 The sun was shining and the Spirit of the Lord was with us. Can I get an Amen?


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas....!

A Ca****la ‘Mary Did You Know?’ From Pentatonix 11/12/2020

A Ca****la ‘Mary Did You Know?’ From Pentatonix

A Ca****la ‘Mary Did You Know?’ From Pentatonix There’s no doubt that ‘Mary Did You Know’ is one of the most popular modern Christmas songs. Today, the talented a ca****la group, Pentatonix, is performing this powerful Christmas hymn.


Our congregation met outdoors recently to discuss reopening the church. After the recent outbreak in Millinocket, which has spread to other towns, we have decided to keep the church closed indefinitely, until we can resume services normally. It only takes one person to infect the entire congregation, and spread it to other people and communities. May you all be blessed and stay safe. We will get through this together.


Hope to have an online Bible Study soon.


For Methodists, July 1 marks the beginning of the fiscal year, and July often brings administrative changes. With sadness, we had to say goodbye to our pastor, Reverend Michele St Cyr. Pastor Michele is still with Corinna UMC, so she is not out of our lives forever, and we will always be friends. Wednesday evening, we had an outdoor meeting at church to welcome our new pastor, Marilyn Rohdin. We had a very nice socially-distanced chat and look forward to a day when it is safe enough to resume Sunday services. Please stay safe and well, and do your part to help others as Jesus would do. Blessings to you all.


The New England Methodist Conference has given churches permission to reopen, with proper social distancing guidelines in place. You may notice some of our sister churches are holding Sunday worship services. Our congregation has discussed the situation--taking into account the large percentage of elderly/high risk church members--and we have decided that Ripley UMC will remain closed to all events and activities at least through Labor Day. We want everyone to be well and safe. We will get through this together. Blessings to you all.


Coming to you from Corinna UMC this morning. Wishing all a blessed Sunday and Father’s Day.

His eye is on the sparrow by Selah 06/21/2020

His eye is on the sparrow by Selah

His eye is on the sparrow by Selah Song used for worship at our church. If you like the song, support Selah by purchasing their mp3 at iTunes, etc


From Pastor Michele.


In memory of our fallen soldiers. ❤️


Coming to you from Corinna UMC, the co-ordinating pastor of the Ripley UMC!


Fiddleheads are here! We can’t have our annual Fiddlehead Festival, but we do have some fiddleheads for purchase. On Sunday, May 17, David and Phyllis Mosley will be selling fiddleheads in the parking lot of Ripley Museum, across the street from Ripley UMC. $5.00 for a one gallon bag (approximately 2 pounds). Fiddleheads are unwashed. Proceeds to benefit Ripley UMC. We will be there from 1:00-4:00 p.m., or until the fiddleheads run out. If the fiddleheads are gone, so are we.😁. See you then!


Sunday worship.

This was offered May 10, 2020 at the Corinna UMC. Pastor Michele is sharing it here, too. Peace, love and prayers.

Camp Mechuwana’s meal sharing grows beyond Monmouth 04/24/2020

Camp Mechuwana’s meal sharing grows beyond Monmouth

Ripley UMC was happy to be able to donate some supplies to Mechuwana to help with this meal program.

Camp Mechuwana’s meal sharing grows beyond Monmouth Executive Director Norman Thombs said the organization is serving about 1,000 meals a week between its Monmouth, Winthrop and Vienna locations.


Nothing ever separates us from God’s love. Even though the circumstances of the world keeps us apart, the truth of Easter, the Day of the Resurrection, remains


Maundy Thursday


Junior Choir of Ripley UMC. Photo posted by Carol Wintle Getchell.


Netflix has four documentaries you might enjoy: The Gospel of Luke, The Gospel of Mark, The Gospel of Matthew, and The Gospel of John. A narrator reads the Bible word for word, while actors portray the people of the Bible. Beautiful location scenery brings the scriptures to life. Prayers that all of you are safe and well.

Photos from Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church's post 03/20/2020

Photos from Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church's post


The CDC and Governor Mills have recommended limiting gatherings to ten people and to stay home if possible. The church will be closed until we receive the okay to reopen. Practice social distancing, but don’t isolate yourselves. Call your friends, Facetime, stand on the street and shout to each other. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t forget to offer help. As always, we will keep each and every one of you in prayer. We will get through this. God bless everyone!


This morning, we had an administrative board meeting, and we have decided to close the church for the rest of the month. It will officially be open again on March 30, 2020. Sunday, April 5, we will return to our warm weather schedule of services at 9:00 a.m. in the sanctuary, coffee hour at 8:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone stay safe and warm, be well, and we will see you soon.


We had a nice turnout today. Thank you to everyone who braved the cold wind and muddy parking lot to join us for supper 🍀


We have lost a beloved member of our church family, John Dow. Betty, Desiree, and Skyla, our hearts and our prayers go out to you, and to all of John’s family and friends.💕


Our Caroling Party has been rescheduled from Saturday, December 14 to Saturday December 21, 2019. Join us for some singing, snacks, and games! 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Where were you when the lights went out?👻

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Sunday worship.
We were honored to have special music today by Desiree and Michael Dubois.
David is dressed up for St. Paddy’s Day.
Truck convoy in memory of Dale Gerald.  R.I.P.



12 W Ripley Rd
Ripley, ME

Opening Hours

8am - 10am