Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
All Saints Day Outdoor Service
Sunday, November 1st
Dear Friends,
You are invited to our Outdoor All Saints Day Service on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 5PM in our back parking lot.
We will remember our loved ones who have finished their courses in faith, and now live in the heavenly realm. We will gather around a fire pit, practice a ritual of giving thanks for our departed loved ones and friends, and celebrate Holy Communion. We will gather together safely, physically distanced and wearing masks. Make sure you dress warmly, bring a chair, and remember our building is still closed (which includes the bathrooms).

Please help us plan accordingly and let us know if you will be attending by signing up with the Sign Up Genius link HERE.

If you would like to participate in this outdoor gathering from the comforts of your own homes click here to get more information.
Important News
20 Days of Thanks
Help us create a "Thanksgiving in a Box" for our Chatham Community Food Distribution. For 20 days, you are invited to add a non perishable, holiday food item to a box and remember all that you have to be grateful for this 2020 Holiday Season. You may click on the flier on the right to print a copy at home and to share with a friend!

Completed boxes (having all 20 items on the list) will need to be dropped off at Chatham United Methodist Church- 460 Main Street. Our collection day of completed boxes will be Saturday, November 14th 10:00 AM - 12 noon.

If you wish to make a monetary contribution, checks can be made payable to Chatham United Methodist Church. Please specify COVID Relief fund on the memo line.
This Week
Thursday, October 28nd
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook last night, Wednesday, October 27th Don't worry. You can rewatch by clicking here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
Online Worship Service
We are posting our online worship service for All Saints Day on Saturday,
October 31, 2020 at 5PM on Facebook and YouTube
If you would like to help create our Sunday online worship, please scroll down to CUMC Outreach and sign up today!
Sunday Zoom “Virtual Coffee & Conversation”
Join Us at 10:00am by clicking below:

Meeting ID: 680 233 812
Password: 015665
Looking for the full Zoom Information?
Wednesday, November 4th
Prayers Live at Five on Facebook
All are invited to tune into a brief Facebook Live event each Wednesday at 5:00 pm. 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
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 October 28, 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 Deb D.’s mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
  • For Benjamin from Burkina Faso and his young family.
  • For Dona, for comfort and healing
  • For David as he recovers from an injury
  • For all living with Covid and those who are caring for them,
  • For our nation as we vote
  • For Bobbie and Gil as Bobbie is in hospice care.
  • For Janice as she begins a new job.
  • For Annie’s Mom Rickie as she heals from a recent fall.
  • For a friend who is going through a transfusion and in need of healing.
  • Thanks for compassionate people who work in hospitals
  • For Susan P as she has surgery on Wednesday
  • Thanks and blessings for Katie H’s birthday on Monday.
  • Thanks and blessings for Raul and Rachel as they were married on October 24.
  • For Elise and her family
  • For elderly and house bound folks who are feeling particularly isolated. 
  • For Lorraine’s mother Sherry in need of healing after a procedure.

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.
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared this week for you and your communities are below:
Psalm 62
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
  from him comes my salvation.

Help us to wait for you O God,
even as we live out our Christian faith
in active and compassionate ways. Amen.

Music Video: 
In God Alone (Taize)
In God alone my soul can find rest and peace
In God my peace and joy
Only in God my soul can find its rest. Find its rest and peace.

prayer bell…

A Time of Silence and Intercessory Prayer together…
Youth, Kids, and Music News...
Sunday School always welcomes new friends to join our active groups. Zoom log-in info for the following online classes will be emailed at the end of each week. If you would like to be added to the distribution group or have questions about which class is right for your children, please email Karen at

PreK / Early Elementary - Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom. Last week, the story of Mary and Martha reminded us to overcome distractions and focus on what’s really important – listening to Jesus. This week – All Saints’ Day our topic is Sadness. Whether it’s a friend moving away, the loss of a pet, or loss of a grandparent or special family member, we all experience sadness and grief. Even Jesus had these feelings at times, like when his friend Lazarus died. The good news is that Jesus understands what it’s like to feel sad and his story can bring us hope and joy.  
Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. We continue diving deeper into some familiar Bible stories with “13 Very Bad Days, and how God fixed them.” This week we’ll look at a day Lazarus had that was about as bad as a day can get. But, we’ll also look at what happened a few days later which became a reason many people in Jesus’ time began to believe in him and why Lazarus is still a testimony to the truth that Jesus is powerful. Have a Bible handy as well as a piece of paper, pen/pencil, and a strip (7-10 squares) of toilet paper.

Submerge / Tween Time: Join us Thursday at 4:00pm on zoom to hang out, play some games, connect and help each other thru this time of social distancing. 
High School Discussion - Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. This week we begin the unit on “MEANING – Why Are We Here?” The question of whether or not there is meaning and purpose in the world is the perennial BIG QUESTION.  Cultural icons have given voice to this question in their popular music, their poetry, and their literature. Accordingly, if there is meaning in the world, then there is meaning for our individual lives, and meaning is something we can discover and experience. Just as we grow physically, we grow in our understanding of the meaning and the unique purpose for our lives. We grow in our understanding by remaining connected to a community of Christians, brothers and sisters in Christ who help us identify our unique gifts and talents. And part of our unique purpose, then, is to enter into a covenantal relationship with our Creator, who knows us better than we know ourselves. 
This week’s Key verses: Matthew 22:36-40, Matthew 28:18-20
Check out our latest music from CUMC musicians: Barbara Babbitt, voice, with Peter Hill, piano, performing If I Can Help Somebody with pictures with Wednesday’s weekly food distribution:

CUMC Musicians will next meet online on Thursday evening of November 5th at 7:30 p.m. For Zoom info contact Peter Hill at

The Chatham UMC Ukulele Orchestra will meet again for their next online sing and play-a-long on Saturday, November 7th at 11:00 a.m. For ukulele music and/or more information please contact Peter Hill at

If you are interested in being an online part of our other music groups: Youth Musicians, Praise Band, Covenant Choir, Wind Ensemble, Wesley Ringers, and Ukulele Orchestra, all are invited! Our online music program welcomes musicians from New Jersey and the wider world.
Community News
"Lights for Unity"
Election Eve
Monday, November 2nd

Promote unity and celebrate democracy by making a donation in any amount to the Chatham Community Food Distribution. In doing so you will receive a luminary kit to be lit Monday, November 2nd.

**Kit pick up is Sunday, November 1st from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM in the rear CUMC parking lot.
Donations can be made:
  1. Venmo: @carolyndemps
  2. Check or online donation to the CUMC Covid Relief Fund by Clicking Here

Spread the word and thank you for your help in feeding our neighbors!!
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
We Need Your Help!
We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings through November. (Please remember to film Sunday’s Gospel message by the previous Tuesday!)
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
We are hoping that you can send in one or more videos that can be filmed in a few seconds on your smart phone:
1) A video of you dropping a leaf, and saying what you'd like to let go of.
2)A video of wind chimes that you may have outside your home, or in your neighborhood. 
3) A video of you, and or your family looking in the camera and saying: "Peace be with you."
Please take these videos holding your phone in a horizontal position so that it takes up the whole screen when edited. Please add one or two seconds before and after you speak so that it can be edited in with other videos in the online worship experience. Please sent these videos to Jeff Markay at, or text the video to my cell phone: 973-769-5266.
Volunteers are needed to pick up excess bagels from Chatham Bagel at 260 Main Street each day at 2:00pm (their closing time). Chatham Bagel has been an important partner in supplying our Wednesday Food Distribution efforts with fresh bread. Please help us keep this effort supplied!
Questions? Please contact Annie Walker at Thank you!
Pop Up Food Pantry 
Take what you need or leave what you can at our two pantry shelves. The shelves are now located across from the CMP Playground and are winter ready!
Help keep our shelves filled.

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.
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
(973) 635-7740
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