Please know our church and facilities remain closed due
to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
During this Holy Week, we hope you will worship with us, and share the links below with those who have no church or cannot worship at their church during this time.
Hello Friends,
On this Holy Thursday, we are sharing some links to our Holy Week videos. These will be posted initially on our Chatham UMC YouTube channel . It would help us tremendously with outreach to the greater community, if you subscribe to the Chatham UMC YouTube channel. (You can click on one of the links below, see the video come up, then click on the word that says “Subscribe”. It is a free subscription. After we reach a certain threshold of subscribers, it increases our access to a wider audience.)
In this time of social distancing, the technology and the Spirit can help provide encouragement and community to more and more people. Here is the first link to briefly welcome viewers to our Chatham UMC Facebook channel:
Your CUMC staff and members have been working carefully and faithfully to bring you beautiful online worship experiences for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. By scrolling below to our Holy Week section you will find the link to today's Maundy Thursday's Worship . Also included is information for Good Friday and Easter Sunday . All worship videos will be initially available on our YouTube channel; they will also be available through our Facebook page. All videos will eventually be available to be viewed through our website: as well -however it will not be posted as early as through social media. Please have patience.
In our Youth and Kids News, you will find a links for downloadable worship coloring sheets as well as information on our first ever virtual Easter Egg Hunt ! Please see our Music News section for a lovely selection of our music videos. As always, yesterday's Live at 5 Facebook Prayers can be found in United in Prayer .
Whatever our circumstances are in this unpredictable and unsettling time, God is with us, and makes this week indeed Holy.
With love, with prayer, and with trust,
Holy Week 2020
Thursday, April 9 th
Holy (Maundy) Thursday
Below is the link to today's Holy Thursday Worship Experience.
It will be marked “private” until it is publicly shared at 6PM tonight.
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 15 th on Facebook or you would like to submit a prayer request, see the information below for Wednesday, April 15 th .
Friday, April 10 th ,
Good Friday

Stay tuned for the link to our Good Friday Worship Experience which will be made public on 6PM on our YouTube Channel.

Sunday, April 12 th Easter Sunday

Our worship service will be posted on Facebook, YouTube, and our Website.

Stay tuned for the link to our Easter Sunday Morning Worship Experience which will be publicly shared at 5am on Sunday, April 12, 2020. (Note: you don’t have to wake up at 5am to see it! It will be up on YouTube permanently after 5am on Sunday.) 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 Easter 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 12 th

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See Youth and Kids News below for details about our Virtual Easter Egg Hunt and printables.
Wednesday, April 15 th
Prayers on Facebook 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.
We Remember in our Prayers...
Here are the prayers that were lifted up at yesterday’s
Wednesday Prayers via Facebook Live:
  • For teachers
  • For parents who are now teaching, in addition to everything else they did before the pandemic
  • For Mallory, working in an ER
  • For Gabrielle, working in an ER.
  • For Jeanne, Sarah and other nurses.
  • For Anne, in need of God’s healing touch.
  • For District Superintendent, Rev. Manuel Sardinas, who is hospitalized with COVID-19, and for his wife Elizabeth who has symptoms.
  • 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 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 doctors, nurses, hospital staff and administrators, as well as their families, for Annie, Carolyn, Carol, Sarah, Jeanne, Gabrielle, Doney, Franz, 
  • 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 was tested today for the virus. Please keep him & his family in prayer. (Chris)
  • Friend's husband, Darell, is in ICU covid unit in Morristown on ventilator and kidney failure. It's been nearly 2 weeks. I would like to submit his name, along with 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.
  • For those struggling with isolation.
  • For those having difficulties with their families. 
  • For those who are dealing with addictions.
  • 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.
  • The prayers of each of our hearts…

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 3, 2020:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
                  (Psalm 46:1 New Revised Standard Version)

Prayers that can be shared:  
Gracious God, we thank you for your presence, always and everywhere. Bless us now, and all people in need of your love, your encouragement, and your healing touch. Amen.

A Gaelic Blessing 
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ, the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.
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.
Youth & Kids: News and Events
Easter Sunday's Worship:

Join us for our first ever Virtual Easter Egg Hunt! Available Easter Sunday on our CUMC website and Facebook!
Activity sheets for Easter Sunday 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 . meet online Sunday morning at 9:30am.  Easter Sunday’s theme: TELL!  Last week we talked about the many emotions in the story of Holy Week, ending with the sadness of Good Friday, but we learned that wasn't the end. On Easter Sunday we get the “rest of the story.” And it is an exciting one! In today’s story from Matthew 28:1-10, Jesus gives his friends a special message to share with the disciples – the same message we are asked to share with our friends today! After our lesson, share the good news that Jesus is alive with someone through a text, email, or phone call, and ask them to pass it on to another person.  Email Karen at   for info on how to connect with us 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 “The Empty Tomb” and our story is from Matthew 27:57-28:10 – have a Bible handy! This week we’ll go from the sadness of the crucifixion to the joy of the resurrection, a story we’ve all heard, but we’ll pretend we’ve never heard it before and see what sticks out. We’ll dive deep into the different responses from the people around Jesus and see how he responds to them. If there’s still time, we'll play Resurrection Bingo and we'll look at this week’s magazine article exploring Easter traditions around the world. 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.  This week's discussion will be about traditions of Holy Week. How have you observed the events of the week in the past; how have you observed them this year? If there is time, we'll review last week’s homework assignment: "I Believe..." statements. See Ron's email for further info.

High School Discussion Group: will not meet this Sunday. We’ll resume next Sunday, 4/19, at 1:30pm on Zoom. 

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 are busy making music wherever they are! Here’s our latest music with links to them.
Click on each link and enjoy!

Mike Maguire, piano performing his own composition,  The Fig Tree :

Brian Loudermilk, saxophone with Peter Hill, keyboard playing  Fairest Lord Jesus :

Sally Strunc, voice with Peter Hill, piano performing  This is My Song, O God of All The Nations :

This week’s CUMC’s musician Zoom meetings and music trivia night will not take place in honor of Maundy Thursday, so that all may participate in the online service. Musicians will meet again next Thursday. See you then!
Please contact Peter Hill, music director for more information at .  
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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