Please know our church and facilities remain closed due
to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
May the joy of Easter bring you Hope!
New This Week!
In light of our current reality of virtual worship, we’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings. This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s always been curious about what it’s like to be a liturgist, but just (a) couldn’t get out of bed in time on Sunday morning, (b) suffers from crippling stage fright in front of live audience, or (c) never felt they had the time.

Whether you’re an “old hand” at this liturgy stuff, or want to try it out for the first time, you’re invited to help us keep these online worship services reflective of our whole congregation. 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!)

Please note that dates are listed as Tuesdays on our Sign Up Genius because recordings are due on Tuesday. For example, our next open slot is listed as this coming Tuesday, April 21 st. This will be for our online worship on Sunday, April 26 th . Make sure you check it out soon and help us stay connected during this time of physical distancing.
If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Babbitt at or Jeff Markay at
We Miss You!
While we are so grateful we have the technology to offer weekly Worship experiences online, we miss seeing our CUMC family. The worship team has had discussions about the things that are bringing us joy and comfort in this moment. We identified the pleasure we get from seeing different members of our congregation in these videos—it is the community that we miss, and though we can’t be together, there’s a delight in seeing those familiar faces. I’d like to invite each of you to participate in that.

The easiest way, and one that I’d love to see every single member of the congregation do, is to pass the peace. J ust 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 .

I’d love him to have a nearly infinite supply to draw on each week; so take the 30 seconds to shoot a video with your phone and send it to him as a way of greeting your church family. I think they’d love to see you! ~Barbara Babbitt
Want to join us in song? Scroll down to see our Music News. Peter Hill invites all friends and members of the congregation to be part of a video of the hymn: This Little Light of Mine!
Staying connected this Week
Thursday, April 16 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, April 22 nd on Facebook or you would like to submit a prayer request, see the information below for Wednesday, April 22 nd .
Sunday, April 19 th
Our worship service will be posted on Facebook, YouTube, and our Website.

Stay tuned for the link to our Sunday Morning Worship Experience. 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.

Jeff Markay is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CUMC Virtual Coffee and Conversation on Sunday mornings at 10am.
Time: This is a recurring meeting

Join Zoom Meeting for Sunday, April 19 th

Meeting ID: 680 233 812
Password: 015665

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Wednesday, April 22 nd
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.
United in Prayer
Prayer requests that are submitted during the week for our Wednesdays Facebook Live at 5 will be listed in the Weekly ENews.

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 15, 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...
  • For teachers
  • For parents who are now teaching, in addition to everything else they did before the pandemic
  • For doctors, nurses, hospital staff and administrators, as well as their families 
  • For Mallory, working in an ER
  • For Franz working at St. Barnabas Hospital
  • For Dr. Becky M
  • For Jon working on the front lines in a supermarket
  • For Gabrielle, working in an ER.
  • For Carolyn, working in St. Barnabas Hospital.
  • For Jeanne, Sarah, Annie, Carol, Gabrielle and other nurses.
  • 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 District Superintendent, Rev. Manuel Sardinas, recovering from COVID-19
  • For Bishop John Schol as he adds the Gateway North District to his growing responsibilities.
  •  For the Communities of Care calls, that they continue to be a mutual blessing for those receiving and making calls.
  • For Katie’s grandfather Bob.
  • For Katie’s grandmother Betsy who recently celebrated her 96th birthday.
  • 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.
  • Frank F’s brother Joe in the hospital. Please keep him & his family in prayer. (Chris)
  • For friends who have lost their livelihood and income.
  • For the Nauta Family who are grieving the death of Bill Nauta 
  • For Sue as she grieves the death of her husband (Fran)
  • friend's husband, Darell, is in ICU covid unit in Morristown on ventilator and kidney failure. 
  • Prayers for my friend Melissa and their 4 children for prayers. (Anna)
  • Jenn B has a new medical problem
  • friend Ursula, who is fighting colon cancer (Jessica)
  • friend Sabrina's father, who was recently diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia. (Jessica)
  • For those living with COVID-19 and those treating them.
  • 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 those searching for you O God in a new way.
  • Trevor Gobern, 28, who worked with Cameron at her production company in NYC succumbed to Covid 19 on April 8, 2020. 
  • Can we pls add Trevor, his family and fiancé to our prayer list. 

  • 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.
New Expressions of Ministry, Community
and Care
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared this week are below:
 Scripture of the week April 13, 2020:
“Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.”    
 Psalm 16:1 (NRSV)

Prayer that can be shared:  
Loving God, regardless of the news, I take refuge in you.
Loving God, regardless of our emotions, I take refuge in you.
Loving God, regardless of our health, I take refuge in you.
Loving God, regardless of our situation, I take refuge in you. Amen.
Communities of Care
We human beings are created for community. With the isolation that we are experiencing due to the pandemic, we are exploring ways to create community through various means. 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.
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. We are also grateful for the greater Chatham and Madison Community who have contributed to this new expression of care.
Bread Ministry UPDATE
Thank You Panera Bread and The Bread Ministry!
We recently received an itemized list of all the products that Panera has donated to the Chatham UMC in 2019. The “dough-nations” equal over $25,000 worth of bread, pastries and product! Thank you Panera Bread Company!

Special thanks to our Bread Ministry people here at Chatham UMC, who pick up the day old bread from Panera on Saturday nights, bring it to the church, bag it, and bring it to various groups who receive the bread. Recently we have been picking up the bread 5 days a week, and freezing it so that it can be brought to Grace Kitchen in Summit, who last week provided food for 1,580 individuals from 345 households. This is almost double the numbers that they served two weeks ago.

If you would like to be involved in this Bread Ministry, please contact Edit Ostrom at: or sign up to participate by Clicking Here
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: RECOGNIZE 
Today’s story is The Road to Emmaus from Luke 24:13-35. It can sometimes be difficult to remember that – despite the chaos – God is still active and present in the world. We’ll explore how to recognize Jesus in ourselves and each other and to look for and praise the moments when we recognize Jesus at work among us. Email Karen a   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 our session is “Encounter with a Stranger” and our story is from Luke 24:13-35 – have a Bible handy! Two of Jesus’ disciples find themselves in an ironic situation on the road to Emmaus. Sounds crazy but who among us hasn’t failed to recognize the risen Christ at some point? 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 Decide . We’ll discuss calling, decisions, and following. How often do we decide to follow Jesus? Once? Multiple times? How do we arrive at that decision? What does following look like?

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.
Our CUMC musicians continue to make music while at home. Here's two of our latest musical posts. Click on each link and enjoy!

Mike Maguire and Peter Hill at the same piano at different times playing Natalie Sleeth’s  Hymn of Promise :

And Peter Hill playing  Jesus Loves Me , arranged by Joel Raney:

And there is more music in our pipeline! 

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 at home, social distancing, taking a walk outside, or even 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 .

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. 
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed for Ministry Outreach.
Please click on the following to get involved:
Local Outreach
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. No need to leave home thanks to Friends of the Library Book Sale funding and volunteers.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).

Here’s a process that will enable you to make at least 5 masks within an hour!
Ready for pickup? Leave the masks in a bag on your porch and call 862-246-6108.
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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