May 25, 2023

Prayers Lifted on Sunday May 21, 2023

During the last Sunday's worship service, we received the following requests for prayers...

  • Of healing, for the youth of Ukraine as they continue to suffer losses of family and homes during the war. For peace and comfort.
  • Of healing, for Ann English. Linda H
  • Of healing, for Rosa as she has back surgery Tuesday.
  • For Joan B, as she recovers from surgery.
  • For Carol, dear friend of Nancy W who passed away May 1st in Maryland.
  • For the family of Jeanne Toomey who passed yesterday. Prayers for her children Tiffany and Patrick. Annie W
  • For Patrick S, prayers that new medication relieves her uncomfortable symptoms. Prayers that she stays strong and hopeful. Annie W
  • For Polly Winans, who passed last week at 98 years. Praise God for her full and grateful life. Annie W

Sunday May 28th Special Events

This Sunday we will thank and bless with David Gaitan as he leaves us to embark on his new role at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ewing, NJ. Following our 10am service, we extend a warm invitation to join us in Rodda Hall for a special gathering as we express our gratitude for David's invaluable contributions.


This Sunday May 28, we will baptize Liam Elias Dudlo. Let us keep Liam, and his mothers Kristine and Beate Dudlo in our prayers as they and we prepare to make a commitment to raise Liam in the Christian faith.    

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday May 28 is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate the birthday of the church. (1990 years old this year!). As we remember the tongues of flame that rested on the heads of the disciples, everybody is invited to wear something red if you are so inclined.

From this Week

Here are glimpses of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church that took place at the Wildwoods NJ Conference Center from May 21-23, 2023.

Here is a picture of some of our members at one of the plenary sessions: Cheryl Chester, Jan Dvorkin, David Gaitan, Jeff Markay, Ron Yarger and Sharon Yarger

Important Happenings

From the Church Office

The Church Office will be closed on

Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th 

in observation of Memorial Day. 

Time to Celebrate Our Graduates!

Deadline: Monday, June 12

If you are graduating or have a loved one that is graduating from Middle School level or above, please notify the church office. You may call (973) 635 -7740 or email Renae James at

Please include: Their name, from where they are graduating, if their studies are continuing, and the name of the next school they will be attending. Please send in your information no later than Monday, June 12th to be included in the special graduate insert on Sunday, June 18th.


The Chatham United Methodist Church is actively seeking an organized and detail-oriented Church Office Administrative Assistant to keep our church running smoothly and efficiently. This is a great opportunity to assist the church staff, congregation and ministries with its diverse activities and provide general administrative support on a part time basis (22 hours/week).

Applicants should possess strong communication and recordkeeping skills along with financial and light bookkeeping skills to assist the Financial Manager. Solid computers skills are also required- working knowledge in Word, QuickBooks, and Excel. This position will also support the Community Relations & Communications Coordinator with the church's interface with outside groups and the greater community. Resumes may be sent to our church office at Chatham UMC, 460 Main Street, Chatham NJ 07928, or to our Office Manager at For more information about our church please visit:

This Week

The Adult Discussion Group will not meet on Sunday, May 28

Our Sunday, May 28th, 10:00 a.m. service will feature Mike Maguire, our organist and accompanist performing a piano solo of his own composition. Join us! 

The Ukulele Orchestra will next meet in-person and online Saturday, June 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the Asbury Room and on Zoom. For more information contact, Peter Hill, music director at

Community Updates

Jim Pinaire is one of our key volunteers on Wednesday afternoons in the Chatham Community Food Distribution here at CUMC, and an ongoing supporter of the Chatham UMC Food Pantry. He and his wife Joan have invited our greater community to a fundraiser done in the memory of their son Jamie Pinaire. Blessings to you Jim and Joan in your good work! Click on images to enlarge.

St Patrick Church is hosting a blood drive on Saturday June 10. Pleas click on image to enlarge.

Parsippany United Methodist church is hosting a Garage Sale on Saturday June 10. Please click on image to enlarge.

Faith Formation Matters

Faith Formation (Sunday School)

Faith Formation (Sunday School) groups will not meet on Sunday, May 28

Whirl Kids (K - 4th grade), led by Edie Myers-Arnold and Kate Radler, meets in Room 6 and includes Singing and Signing with Mr. Peter Hill, a fun video, crafts and activities, all based on the Bible reading used in that day's Worship Service.

Middle School (5th-8th grade), led by Pastor Sharon meets in the Library for growing in faith and community though sharing, Bible reading, discussion, activities, and prayer. 

High School Discussion – Sundays at 11:1am meet with David Gaitan (our Simpson seminarian) and Matthew Beland in the Wesley Room.


Email Sharon Yarger at

Current Masking Status & Links

The CUMC Church Council has voted unanimously to follow the CDC Covid Data tracker for Morris County to evaluate weekly Covid levels. This tracker is used to guide us in determining our indoor mask usage for all CUMC functions. Covid levels and recommendations are updated weekly on Thursday nights by the CDC. These updates will be used at CUMC from Friday-Friday and will state if masks required (high level) or optional (medium/low). You may check to see what the current Morris County Covid levels are prior to coming by clicking below.

Check Covid Level Here

CUMC Rides for David

Thank you for all who gave rides to David over the past year!

Online Worship Liturgists Needed!

Please sign up to read and record yourself reading scriptures, this will be a blessing to our online worshiping community. 

Sign up here.

Bread Ministry

The bread ministry is looking for more volunteers to assist in collecting bread from Panera. Please contact the church office for more information.

Communities of Care

If you wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community please contact the church office.

CUMC Food Pantry

Help keep our food pantry and weekly distribution sustained.


Want to know more about our Pop Up pantry and how to help? Check out our webpage.

Or, if you wish, you can contribute directly online by visiting our donation page.

Chatham United Methodist Church

460 Main Street

Chatham, NJ 07928

(973) 635-7740

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