Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Welcome May~ Renew our hope and color our lives with the beautiful flowers you bring!
What's New?
Face Masks Needed: Are you Sewing Face Masks?
While we are all doing our best to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, Donald Underhill has been faithfully taking care of our beloved Sanctuary and facilities. At this time, Donald and his colleagues are in great need of face masks. If you have been sewing face masks or know of people that do, we would like to provide Donald with a supply.

Please bring face masks in a large envelope or large ziplock bag clearly marked for Donald Underhill and put them in our mailbox.
Where is our Mailbox? Our mailbox is located at the entrance just off the Memorial Garden facing Main Street. If Donald receives more than is essential, we will donate the extras to where the greatest need is- such as first responders and hospitals. Thank you!
Celebrate Our Graduates!
Do you have a loved one who is scheduled to graduate this spring? Although many ceremonies have been cancelled or postponed this year, we would like to recognize and honor your graduate. If you are graduating or have a loved one that is graduating from Middle School level or above, please let us know. Email your announcement to  Eileen Ruggiero by clicking here .

Please include: the individual's name, from where they are graduating, if their studies are continuing, and the name of the next school they will be attending.   Information must be received by Tuesday, June 12 th. A special graduate insert will be included as a link in the Weekly Enews for Father's Day weekend.
Staying Connected this Week
Thursday, April 30 th
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook last night? Don't worry. You can rewatch by clicking here. You don't need to be on Facebook to rewatch this link. If you would like to participate this coming Wednesday, May6 th on Facebook or you would like to submit a prayer request, see the information below for Wednesday, May6 th .
Letters to say "Hello"
The Wilcox Family would like to invite those who know Dave Wilcox to send him a letter or card. Dave and Peggy have been faithful members of Chatham UMC for a very long time. His address can be found at:
David Wilcox  c/o Abigail Dankert
 Brookdale Senior Living  
8 James Street  Florham Park, NJ. 07932
We Miss You!
We want to see you during our weekly online worship! We are still looking for brief videos for 1) Our passing of the peace and 2) Sining/Playing/Humming! This Little Light of Mine. It's so easy to participate.
  • Just take a simple video of yourself looking at the camera and saying, “Peace be with you,” and then email or text it to Jeff. He’ll include two or three of these in each Sunday’s video. Please send your videos to Jeff at or text to (973) 769-5266.
  • See Music News below to participate in This Little Light of Mine.
Saturday, May 2 nd
Today would have been our annual Spring Rummage Sale. Please know we have plans to be back in early Fall so stay tuned for more information! Thank you for your support.
Sunday, May 3 rd
Our worship service will be posted on Facebook, YouTube,
and our Website.
 We hope you will worship with us, and share the links with those who have no church or cannot worship at their church during this time.

Virtual Coffee and Conversation via Zoom at 10:00 AM on Sunday.
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Wednesday, May 6 th
Prayers Live at Five on Facebook
All are invited to tune into a brief Facebook Live event on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm . We will be lifting up some prayer practices that might be helpful as we navigate this new landscape. If you have prayer requests that you would like lifted up, you can type them into the comments section of the FB Live event or you can email them to Pastor Jeff at
These Wednesday Prayers videos will be stored on our Chatham UMC Facebook page for those who are unable to participate on Wednesdays at 5PM.
Sunday's Worship : sheets for readers and non-readers are available below for you to print at home!

Sunday School Kids (PreK-3 rd  grade):   meet online Sunday morning at 9:30am . This Sunday’s theme: MIRACLE. Today’s story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people is from John 6:1-21.  We’ll talk about the small things that we can share with Jesus to do good in the world and where we might see Jesus’ miracles today.   Email Karen at   for info on how to connect on zoom and to receive supplemental materials .

Submerge Class (4 th -7 th  graders):  meet online Sunday morning at 10:30am.
This week we’ll dive back into the Old Testament to explore “The Reluctant Prophet” and our story is from the book of Jonah – have a Bible handy! The Zoom Log-In is the same as last week but it will be emailed again on Saturday. Email Karen at  if you'd like to be added to this email list. 

Submerge / Tween Time:  T hursdays at 4:00pm on Zoom.  Time to hang out, play some games, connect and help each other thru this time of social distancing. Email Karen at  if you'd like to be added to this email list.

Confirmation Class: meet online at 11:00am We’re entering the final section of our confirmation studies, which lead to the decision to be confirmed or not. Sunday’s lesson is entitled:   A Faith to Live . Using Matthew 22, we’ll look at Wesley’s understanding of Christian perfection as it relates to living a life of following Christ and discuss using works or piety and works of mercy as a way to attain Christian perfection.  

High School Discussion Group: will meet this Sunday at 1:30 PM on Zoom. This week's topic: Seminarian Surprise!

Youth Group Hangouts Thursdays at 5:30pm on Zoom for High Schoolers, Confirmands, RISE team . Check your email for the log-in info but if you need it again,text Karen at 973.908.4474.

RISE Teams Past and Present :   (from the RISE board)    We do not know yet what will happen for RISE's 40th summer. We are concerned about the needs of the people we help each summer in this difficult time. Let's have some fun and raise some money. For every picture of someone in a RISE shirt on social media, members of the RISE board will donate $5 to food pantries in Steuben and Allegheny Counties. Tag RISE and use  # RiseTogether40
All friends and members of the congregation are invited to be part of a video of the hymn:  This Little Light of Mine . We would like to show the world that we are all still singing even while away from the church building, social distancing, taking a walk outside, or working from home.

You need only take video of you singing a line or two of the hymn then send it to music director, Peter Hill at . Here’s a video that will help you get started:
If you would be willing and interested in being part of this video project or for more information, please contact Peter Hill at or 530-574-7539.
United in Prayer
If you have people and situations that you would like lifted up in prayer, please email them to: and indicate whether you want the prayers to be confidential, or shared with the greater Chatham UMC community.

All are invited to Wednesday Prayers via Facebook Live at 5PM. This will be done every Wednesday for the foreseeable future.

If you wish to learn and practice a spiritual resource that might help move us from the landscape of fear, to a place of peace, please click on the link below:
Prayers for April 29, 2020
For those who want to join hundreds of others who have been praying for the following people and situations, keep reading, and thank you. 
We Remember in our Prayers...
  • Tammy Alexander, who entered Life Eternal in March. (Steve D.)
  • For Joe, who is living with the coronavirus
  • For Zia and Amir, living with the coronavirus
  • For a colleague at work, living with the coronavirus
  • For leaders to show wisdom, courage and compassion as they make decisions for the Common Good.
  • For understanding in conversations with people of different contexts and experiences of this pandemic
  • For those living alone
  • For those far from family.
  • Frank Fillimon’s brother Joe who died from the coronavirus on Tuesday. Let us keep Frank, Chris, Alex and this entire family in prayer. 
  • For those living with COVID-19 and those treating them.
  • For teachers
  • please pray for social workers especially Family Promise people
  • healing for Phyllis Conrad at home today after a recent hospitalization.
  • Also, prayers for parents who are struggling with parenting while managing the fear around the virus and working and teaching their kids.
  • For doctors, nurses, hospital staff and administrators, as well as their families. For Mallory, Dr. Franz, Dr. Becky M, Gabrielle, Carolyn, Jeanne, Sarah, Annie, Carol, Nancy, 
  •  Bless them with stamina as they face tragedy on a daily basis. Bless them with moments of peace and purpose and rest. Bless them as they are often providing emotional support for patients, as well as the medical skills for which they are trained. For self-care as they work overtime and respond to monumental needs. 
  • Help them and all of us to process the feelings of guilt in not being able to do more.
  • For Melissa’s Dad as he struggles with the coronavirus.
  • For Mark, diagnosed with cancer
  • For Gordy, in need of healing
  • For Dale, a 17-year old with coronavirus in Florham Park
  • For Marion, with coronavirus
  • For Dave, who died this week, and for his wife Juanita who is grieving
  • Tom G. who is struggling with the coronavirus
  • For Edit, who broke her hand last week,
  • For the homeless community, and those caring for them.
  • For Annie’s Aunt Polly celebrating a 96thbirthday
  • For Ziley as he recovers from surgery, and for his family as they care for each other.
  • For Alyssa’s brother, Karen’s nephew, and others graduating without graduation.
  • For Chatham UMC’s graduating seniors, Miriam, Anna, Emma and Hanna
  • For Jon working on the front lines in a supermarket
  • For staff working in Intensive Care Units which at times extend to the hallways of hospitals.
  • For Anne, in need of God’s healing touch.
  • For Rev. Manuel Sardinas, recovering from COVID-19
  • For the Communities of Care calls, that they continue to be a mutual blessing for those receiving and making calls.
  • For the health and safety of all first responders, all health care workers, and all chaplains and clergy as they minister to the needs of our population.
  • For Ron as he goes through the next rounds of chemo
  • For Mary in need of God’s blessing, and her family as they care for her
  • For those with the power to make decisions that will help the world confront this pandemic with wisdom, knowledge and compassion
  • For Christians, people of other faiths, and people of good will, that together we will offer compassion, love and wisdom to a fearful and hurting world.
  • For an outpouring of empathy and compassion for those in need.
  • For friends who have lost their livelihood and income.
  • For the Nauta Family who are grieving the death of Bill Nauta, 
  • For the family and friends of Rose Del Vecchio, who died last week.
  • For Sue as she grieves the death of her husband (Fran)
  • For a friend's husband, Darell, who entered Life Eternal 
  • Prayers for a friend Melissa and their 4 children. (Anna)
  • Jenn B has a new medical problem
  • For friend Ursula, who is fighting colon cancer (Jessica)
  • friend Sabrina's father, who was recently diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia.  (Jessica)
  • Lori, who died from COVID-19, prayers also for her family. (Hal)
  • For Arthur 
  • For Mike’s Dad Ed who is working security at a hospital
  • For Mike’s Uncle Ratsy who has COVID-19 and is hospitalized.
  • For Chelsea, Kevin and Leigh Ann as they volunteer at the COVID Testing Site for Morris County.
  • For loved ones with compromised immune systems
  • For those struggling with isolation
  • For those having difficulties with their families 
  • For those who are dealing with addictions
  • For those who live in fear of domestic violence
  • For those with mental health challenges and those who are caring for them
  • For those who are grieving, God grant them comfort
  • For Jean and Andy as they grieve the death of Jean’s mother from the coronavirus.
  • We give thanks for Jean W who was released from the hospital
  • For all who are at Juniper Village and Chatham Hills who have the coronavirus and those who are caring for them.
  • For Dawn as she grieves the death of her mother to the coronavirus.
  • For those searching for you O God in a new way.

  • The prayers of each of our hearts…

If you have people and situations that you would like lifted up in prayer, please email them to: and indicate whether you want the prayers to be confidential, or shared with the greater Chatham UMC community.

We continue to pray for all our members in nursing care facilities
and shut-ins.

We continue to pray for friends and loved ones in military service: Christophe Strunc, Justin Alexander, Dale Deeken, Joshua Garber, Shane Garrett, Toby Haughey, Brian Klecka, Phillip Knoecklein, Brandon Pillen, Kevin Sehulster, and Vanessa Lindsay-Kerr.
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared this week are below:
Scripture of the week April 26, 2020:
…let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
  looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…                   
           Hebrews 12:1-2
Prayer that can be shared:  
Christ has run this race we call Life.
Christ showed us how to do it. How to trust that everything belongs…
suffering and joy, 
isolation and in community, 
being together with others, and apart from others,
in our falling and in our getting up, 
in our despair and in our hope, 
in death and resurrection, 
everything belongs…
We are invited to trust that God is with us in it all.

Guided Meditation:
Jesus is our Pioneer… who have gone before us…
Imagine whatever it is in the future that causes concern…
Now imagine Christ there…
The light of Christ, there…
The love of Christ, there…
The warmth of Christ, there…
The healing touch of Christ, there…
The gaze of the infinite love of Christ…there.

Sung Prayer:
Guide my feet, while I run this race
Guide my feet, while I run this race
Guide my feet, while I run this race. For I don’t want to run this race in vain.

Hold my hand as I run this race
Hold my hand while I run this race
Hold my hand while I run this race. For I don’t want to run this race in vain.

Let us pray:
      God give us the wisdom to run this race of faith with wisdom, with   compassion, and with trust. Help us to pace ourselves so that we   don’t burn out or grow cold hearted. Open our eyes to see moments in which we can rest in you, renew our strength, and deepen our faith.  We pray in Christ.
A Letter for Advocacy and Support to End Bladder Cancer
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) Is hosting a special virtual walk event 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10am ET

The  Virtual Walk to End Bladder Cancer will be an interactive nationwide event.

Please Click Here to read the letter from Bob Schreiber and to access information for the virtual walk.
Please visit  for more information about the
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed for Ministry Outreach.
  • A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR ONLINE LITURGISTS! We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings. We've created easy to follow instructions- just grab your cell phone and click below! (Please remember to film Sunday’s Gospel message by the previous Tuesday!)
  • Click Here for instructions
  • Click Here to Sign Up for Your Slot Please note that dates are listed as Tuesdays on our Sign Up Genius because recordings are due on Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Babbitt at or Jeff Markay at
  • Pop Up Outdoor Food Pantry Thank you Chatham UMC for your continued support of bringing extra food to the pop up food pantry located under the overhang of our Main Street entrance to the Sanctuary. A second shelving unit will be added to accommodate growing local need and pantry item contributions.We are also grateful for the greater Chatham and Madison Community who have contributed to this new expression of care.
  • Communities of Care Chatham UMC has recently set up Communities of Care for those who wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community. If you would like to be in such a group, please email the church office by clicking here.
Seeking Resources
Below is a small sample of resources available for our members and friends in need.

  • As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase, so does the associated anxiety. During this difficult period, Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, and local members have joined forces to compile some helpful resources for all of our residents. Click Here for the official Tri-Town Cares Resources.

  • For current information about New Jersey resources such as employment opportunities, medical assistance, housing assistance and financial assistance please Click Here for the New Jersey COVID-19 Information HUB.

  • If you need to speak to someone for emotional support dealing with stress, anxiety and depression due to COVID-19, speak with a behavioral care specialist from the NJ Mental Health Cares Hotline 866-202-HELP (4357) daily from 8am-8pm.

  • The Mom2Mom helpline offers 24/7 peer support to mothers of children with special needs. 877-914-MOM2 (6662)
  • Crisis Text Line Connect with a crisis counselor, trained in active listening and collaborative problem solving, helping to defuse a “hot” moment or a crisis. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Text: "NJ" to 741741

  • For a partial list of current food pantries in New Jersey, please Click Here
How to Help
Below is a small sample of ways you can help or virtually volunteer during this crisis.

  • The Library 1,000 Masks Challenge is On! Please help protect our front line workers by making masks with materials we will deliver right to your doorstep. You will need tightly woven cotton material, flannel, thread and elastic. To request materials, send an email to or phone us at 862-246-6108. Your materials will be delivered in a library tote bag provided in partnership with ECLC Pride while supplies last. Keep the tote and seal your masks in a zip lock baggie (multiple masks per bag). Details are at this link: Ready for pickup? Leave the masks in a bag on your porch and call 862-246-6108.

  • Chatham/Madison FLAG (Frontline Appreciation Group) Support First Responders and Local Small Businesses by Clicking Here

All submissions for next week's CUMC Weekly E-news are due to Eileen Ruggiero by Tuesdays, 2:00 PM Submissions may be emailed to .  
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