Happy Halloween
It's not Halloween Decor but Progress!
Our rear driveway, parking lot, and side parking lot will not be available for use until the storm drain pipe that runs down the center of our rear driveway is replaced. This construction is expected to take 6-7 days but please have patience as we have had a number of poor weather days. Staff and visitors will need to use alternate parking, either on the grass near the driveway or in the Middle School lot on a space available basis, unnumbered spots. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call the church office for any questions or for updates (973) 635-7740.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Just a friendly reminder , that the unnumbered spaces in the Chatham Middle School parking lot, are allocated for Chatham UMC and Chatham Methodist Preschool. During school hours, the numbered spaces are allocated for Chatham Middle School teachers and staff. After school is out, feel free to park anywhere in the lot. Thanks.
Did you know that Halloween began as
a church holiday, or holy day?
Halloween (or All Hallows' Eve) means “the evening of Hallows.” “Hallows” is simply an older English way of saying “saints” — so, the Evening of Saints. ~from Ask The UMC: What is The United Methodist Church’s view of Halloween? Want to know more? To read the entire article and for more resources,
This Week at CUMC
This Weekend...
Sunday, November 3 rd
All Saints Day Service
Sunday, November 3 rd   will be our  All Saints Day Special Service  at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. This is an ancient tradition in which Christians remember loved ones who have finished their courses in faith, and now live in the heavenly realm. We will light candles in their memory, speak their names, toll the bell, and give God thanks for their lives and their homecoming into Eternal Life.
Sunday, November 3 rd
Walk A Mile in a Refugee's Shoes
Chatham UMC invites you to join us on Sunday, November 3 on the front lawn any time between 2 and 4 pm to participate in our event Walk a Mile in a Refugee's Shoes . Journey in solidarity with our refugee siblings. Through an interactive simulation, you will experience the path and plight of a refugee from home to camp. Come and go at your own pace.
 In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Rodda Hall.
We Still Need Help With Refreshments!!! See Below
Help is Needed to Supply Refreshments!
Help is needed with refreshments for this community-wide event. We need donations of trays of cookies, brownies, chip or pretzel snack bags, granola bars, water bottles, apple cider etc. would all be terrific. Donations can be dropped off at the CUMC kitchen marked “Refugee Walk event” by 11/3 at 1:30 pm. To sign-up to help,
Please Click Here . You may also sign up on the bulletin board outside Jeff's office.
Questions about refreshments, contact Annie Walker at  ahwalker627@me.com .
Tuesday, November 5 th ,
Sarah Circle, 9:30 AM Asbury Room
Dr. Vivian Bull of Madison will be the speaker and her topic will be "Higher Education and Methodism". Having served as President of Linfield College and Drew University, she has long been involved with Africa University and recently made several trips to Vietnam for education projects there.

Rebecca Circle, 1:30 AM at Anne's
Desserts:  Barb and Ruth    Devotions: Barb
Food for CUMAC: Peanut Butter and Cereal is needed now! 
If you are not coming let Anne know!
This Sunday, All Saints Day, November 3 rd at both services, the Covenant Choir will sing a special anthem: Elaine Hagenberg’s arrangement of the Shaker hymn, I Will Be A Child of Peace

The Ukulele Orchestra will next meet on Saturday, November 9 th at 10:30 a.m. in the Music Room. 

On Sunday, November 10 th, at 2:00 p.m. in our sanctuary, the Suburban Music Study Club will host their Youth Invitational Recital. All friends of Chatham UMC are invited to this free recital of up-and-coming high school classical musicians in Northern New Jersey. For more information contact Peter Hill at   petepiano@mac.com .
Looking Ahead...
  • Friday, 11/8 Church Office due to school calendar
  • Wednesday, 11/13 Taizé Prayer Service, 7:30 PM, Asbury Room
  • Tuesday, 11/19, Abigail Circle, 7:30 PM Asbury Room
  • Wednesday, 11/20, UMW Planning Meeting, 10:00 AM Asbury Room
  • Saturday, 11/23, Annual Turkey Drive, 9-2 CUMC Parking Lot (Please see below)
  • Tuesday, 11/26, Trustee Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 7
Good News to Share
Thank you to our dedicated team of volunteers for helping us organize and complete another successful UMW Rummage Sale. We are also grateful for our Donald Underhill and his team for tirelessly picking up donations and ensuring our day is successful. 
We are grateful for your support! ~Sheri Olmelczuk 
We are Grateful for Your Generosity
The Coat Drive collected 29 coats,and many hats,scarfs,and gloves. Thank you all who donated these items to help keep those people warmer this winter.
Blessings, Barb Bennett, Marie Watt
Do you know what
a Confirmand knows?
T his week’s discussion was about the early Christian church, focusing on the 1000-year period between the end of the Roman Empire (approx. 475 CE) and the Protestant Reformation (early 1500’s). While Christianity grew during that period, the Roman Catholic church also grew in political power and authority, leading some people to believe the church was going astray of Jesus’ original teachings. As printing came about (thanks to Mr. Gutenberg) word spread more quickly, and dissent led to protestations. Hence, Protestantism!
Then we talked about Diet. Ask a Confirmand what we mean by that and who were some of the chief protesters.  It was 502 years ago this week that a German friar posted his objections to Catholic teachings on the door of a church. Were his actions more a sign of love than following the law? What English king also had disagreements with Catholicism? What happened as a result? Next week we meet John Wesley and his adventures...
CUMC Ministry Needs & Links
Can You Help?
In Search Of…
     Turkey Drive Coordinator for CUMC (for 2019)
We need a new CUMC Coordinator for the annual turkey drive scheduled for November 23 rd at CUMC. This Turkey Drive is organized by the Community FoodBank of NJ ! Peggy and Caesar Sweitzer have graciously been our leaders for approximately 20 years. This half-day event (from 9-2pm) has brought the Sweitzers much joy over the years as they witnessed the generosity of our friends and neighbors. After 20 years, this will be their final Turkey Drive and it is time for them to pass the baton. It really is a simple obligation that can even be shared with another member or a family! THIS IS NOT A BIG TIME COMMITMENT!
  • The FoodBank supplies posters and the collection truck/driver.
  • The Boy Scouts of Troop 8 supply all the labor the day of the drive.
  • CUMC assists with: poster distribution, emailing local churches and being present the day of the drive
Please give the Sweitzers a call if you are interested. Peggy and Caesar Sweitzer 973-635-7636 or 201-207-7993 (Caesar's mobile) or email: caesar.sweitzer@gmail.com
Peggy and Caesar will even be able to assist the new coordinator this year!  
Volunteers are always needed for Ministry Outreach.
Please click on the following to get involved:
  • Bread Ministry Click Here to Sign Up
  • Liturgy Ministry Liturgists Needed for Sundays this Fall through Epiphany Sunday 2020! Click Here to Sign Up If you have any questions about this ministry, please feel free to contact Barbara Babbitt at bbabbitt@optimum.net.
  • MedShare Collection Barrel To see a list of items for donations and guidelines please Click Here Fliers are also available on the barrel. For more information about MedShare please visit their website. MedShare.org
  • Care Corp: CUMC remains committed to our neighbors in need throughout the year with our Care Corps Ministry. If you or someone you know needs meals or transportation, please call the CUMC office at (973) 635-7740 or Marie Watt at (973) 635-7326.
Community Information
Chatham High School Presents:  The Crucible
On  November 22 & 23 , the Chatham High School Theatre Department will present Arthur Miller's powerful drama,  The Crucible . Set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692,  The Crucible  is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.  Performances will be held Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 PM  Tickets for Thursday and Friday's performance are $12 for students/seniors and $15.00 for adults.
Tickets now can be purchased online at  https://chscrucible.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets are also available for purchase at the door one hour before each performance.  This show contains mature subject matter and is recommended for ages 12+.  For more information about tickets please email Alexis Irene at  airene@chatham-nj.org .

As is a  CHS Theatre Tradition , local senior citizens are invited to attend the final dress rehearsal on  Thursday, November 21 at 3:30 PM at the CHS Performing Arts Center  immediately followed by a complimentary dinner hosted by the Chatham Education Association. Seating for the dress rehearsal is unrestricted, however, dinner reservations are limited to 80.  To RSVP to the senior dinner, please call Debbie Haeringer at (973) 701-8037 or email   debbie.haeringer@gmail.com   by Friday, November 8th. Diners will receive a confirmation call or email.
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