Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
" ...I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end...
Therefore I will trust you always..."
~Thomas Merton
Important Community Information
Free COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

COVID-19 and Antibody testing will be available at the Madison Area YMCA (111 Kings Road) on Wednesday, August 26th from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. Testing is free of charge.

Registration must be completed prior to testing. Please Click Here to Register

*This even is not organized by the Borough of Madison. For questions, please email
With Thanks...
We received a lovely letter of thanks this week from UMCOR acknowledging donations from Chatham United Methodist Church. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Click Here to read the letter.
This Week
Thursday, August 20th
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook last night, Wednesday, August 19th Don't worry. You can rewatch by clicking here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
If you would like to participate this coming Wednesday, August 26th on Facebook or you would like to submit a prayer request, email Pastor Jeff at
Sunday, August 23rd
 Our worship service will be posted on Facebook, YouTube,
and our Website by Saturday morning.
Follow us on Facebook or YouTube to be notified
when we post new videos!

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.

Sunday Zoom “Virtual Coffee & Conversation”
Join Us at 10:00am by clicking image below:

Meeting ID: 680 233 812
Password: 015665
Looking for the full Zoom Information?
Can You Help? Use your phone to take a brief video of...
  • Passing of the Peace: simply film yourself saying "peace be with you"
  • Windchimes: Do you have a set of windchimes? You can just take a video of the chimes being rung and then step out of the picture.
That's It! Less than 20 seconds of video needed and you would add so much to our Worship Experience. Any questions? Just email Barbara or Jeff using the links below.
Please note that our recordings are due on Tuesdays before the coming weekend.
To submit a video or if you have any questions, please contact:
 Barbara Babbitt at or
 Jeff Markay at
Wednesday, August 26th
Prayers Live at Five on Facebook
All are invited to tune into a brief Facebook Live event each Wednesday 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.
United in Prayer
You are invited to participate in some contemplative practices and prayer by clicking on the link to our Chatham UMC Facebook page:
Prayers lifted on August 19, 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.

Intercessory Prayers emailed or shared with us this week:
A Time of Silence together...
  • For Priscilla H. after a fall, as she recovers at Chatham Hills Rehabilitation Center
  • For Doug and Helen, as they spend time with family in NH
  • For all dealing with mental heal issues
  • For Carmella in need of Your healing touch.
  • For Julie, as she recovers from surgery
  • For Amy R, as she recovers from knee surgery
  • For Bob A, in need of Your healing touch.
  • For Janice and the Bible study that meets on Sundays via zoom
  • For Miriam who turned 18 on Sunday.
  • For Nathanael who is driving back to Purdue on Wednesday.
  • For college students as they start school again in person or remotely, and all of their parents who have learned to trust at even deeper levels.
  • For kids, parents, grandparents who are worried for their students well-being at every age level.
  • For teachers, staff and administrators who are on the front lines of education. Bless their decisions and work, as well as their families as they worry about them.
  • Bless Brittany as she begins a new job.
  • Bless families who need more patience with one another.
  • For various expressions of love and care, given and received. May we see God’s hand in it all.
  • Ongoing prayers for He Qi and healing from the coronavirus.
  • For the family and friends of Jerry Fontes who grieve his death and give thanks for his life.
  • Prayers for Ann’s father who has just been released from a long rehab. Help us to be patient and understanding.
  • Prayers for college students, including Ann’s daughter who heads to her dorm for her sophomore year of college.
  • Prayers for all students and teachers as they start the new year. Keep educators strong and healthy and open to the opportunities to lead young lives in a positive way this year.
  • Prayers for Pastor Jun and his family and congregation in Japan.

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.
To continue to reflect and pray over prior weeks' intentions, you may do so by Clicking Here. Prayers will be archived here for each month.
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared this week for you and your communities are below:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
  and do not rely on your own insight.
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
  and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (The New Revised Standard Version)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
  don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
  he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Proverbs 3:5-6  (The Message translation)

Known God, as we walk through an unknown landscape, with so much that we don’t understand, we place our trust in you. Help us to trust you above all else. Amen.
Wait for the Lord (Taize)
CUMC musicians will meet online for singing and fellowship and discussions of the Fall 2020 CUMC music season on Thursday, August 20th at 7:30 p.m. For Zoom information contact Peter Hill at

The Chatham UMC Ukulele Orchestra will meet again for their sing and play-a-long on Saturday, August 22nd at 11:00 a.m.For ukulele music and/or more information please contact Peter Hill at
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
Bread Ministry: If you would like to be involved in our Bread Ministry, please contact Edit Ostrom at: or
Communities of Care do you wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community? Please email the church office by clicking here.
Pop Up Outdoor Food Pantry Take what you need or leave what you can at our two pantry shelves. The shelves are located behind the building at the doors of the Chatham Methodist Preschool. Please help keep our shelves filled.
We offer links to resources you may need to help you or your loved ones through this "storm" of Covid-19. Because CUMC has always been a loving community of dedicated ministry, we know you are also seeking ways to give back to those in need.
All submissions for next week's CUMC Weekly E-news are due by Tuesdays, 2:00 PM. Submissions may be emailed to Eileen Ruggiero. 
460 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
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