“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Please join us this January as we collectively share what gives us HOPE this New Year. When you come to CUMC, look for the cards and frame on the information ledge and let us know what YOU are hopeful for. If you chose to post on Instagram of Facebook, Be sure to use #hopefulcumcnj.
Luminaries will mark Martin Luther King Day in Chatham
The RISE team would like to thank Brian Loudermilk and the Chatham Community Jazz Band for a wonderful evening of big band jazz last weekend in Rodda Hall. It was so much fun people were dancing in the aisles! And thanks to all who donated to our RISE 2020 fund. Together we’ll share God’s love through hard work and community building.
This Week:
Sunday, January 19 th
NEW this Year!
Epiphany Gatherings, 4:30 PM - 6PM
This Week's Host: Paula Marchese, 2440 Seneca Rd, Scotch Plains NJ
Each Sunday evening in the season of Epiphany, we will gather in one of our homes for refreshments, hors d'oeuvre, fellowship and conversation from 4:30 - 6PM. We will end our time together with some reflections on the 4 S’s: Sweet, Sour, Service and Sensing the movement of God. Pastor Jeff will facilitate the reflections on the 4 S’s. Our sharing will widen our understanding of the significant, subtle and diverse ways God reveals Godself to us.
January 19: Paula Marchese, 2440 Seneca Rd, Scotch Plains NJ
January 26: UMC Archives at Drew University
(Meet at the Chatham UMC at 4:30PM)
February 2: John and Carolyn Palma
February 9: Steve and Kate Davis
February 16: Becky and Dave Meyer
February 23: *
*If you would like to open your home for Sunday February 23rd, please contact Pastor Jeff at: revjmarkay@earthlink.net
Professional Clothing Drive
Help Drew University male identifying students acquire professional clothes. Collecting new or gently used sport coats, suits, and ties. Drive will be held on MLK Day, Monday, January 20 th . Sponsored by the Drew University Theological Student Association and Center for Global Education. For more information please contact Alyssa Keifer at akeifer@drew.edu
Monday, January 13 th
  • Weekly Noontime Bible Study, Room 7! Whether you’re brand-new to the Bible or know it inside and out, you’re welcome! We gather each Monday from noon – 1:30 PM in Room 7. Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack and a friend! Questions? Feel free to contact co-facilitators Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger at scyarger@optonline.net or Dr. SuJung Shin at sshin@nbts.edu

Tuesday, January 21 st
  • Abigail Circle, 7:30 PM, Asbury Room
Men’s Group
Saturday, January 25, 9AM
Hosts: Alexander and Sally Strunc
Music News
The Ukulele Orchestra will next meet on Saturday, January 18th at 10:30 a.m. in the Music Room. 

This Sunday, the Praise Band will lead music for the 9:00 a.m. service singing Hillsong’s Cornerstone and Gungor’s Beautiful Things. For the 11:00 a.m. service, the Ukulele Orchestra will perform Brahms’ Lullaby.

Youth Musicians will practice at 11:15 a.m. this Sunday in Rodda Hall. 
Looking Ahead
Monday, January 27, 2020
  • 7:30 PM The RISE Board Meeting at in Room 7

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
  • 7:00 PM Trustees Meeting - Room 7

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • 9:30 AM Sarah Circle-Asbury Room
  • 1:00 PM Rebecca Circle - Asbury Room
News To Share
Seeking Candle Makers!
Are you a candle maker or do you know someone who is? We have hundreds of gently and briefly used small white candles from our Christmas Eve services. Rather then discard them, we would like to give them to someone who could recycle and reuse them. Please contact Tom Kitson or the church office.
Do you know what a Confirmand Knows?
The confirmands began exploring Faith and Trust – important topics for people of all ages. In Hebrews we read “…faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists.” How does this compare with your understanding of faith? The confirmands also have questions about prayer. What is it ok to pray for? How do we recognize answers to prayer? Is it ok to pray for money? And we read about Joshua’s trust in God and his encouragement to the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land.
Happy New Year! My name is Kate Ziegler, and I am spearheading the SouperBowl of Caring food drive again this year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the SouperBowl of Caring , it is a way for youth to be involved in helping those in need in their local communities. Through the first Sunday in Lent, March 1 st , there will be a table outside of the Asbury Room for canned goods and monetary donations should be made out to CUMC with SouperBowl of Caring in the memo line and should be placed on the secretary’s desk in the office. Please email me at swimmergirlrockz@gmail.com so that I may keep a tally of the donations. 
I would like to encourage the congregation of CUMC to support my efforts to help CUMAC ECHO. Please help me help others in need, especially during this time of celebration. Thank you for your continued support!
UPDATE: We have been in contact with CUMAC and have been told that there is a special need for the following food products:
Canned Protein***Peanut Butter***Jelly
This will help build their low supply of these foods.They can also use plastic grocery bags for their customers shopping.
Many Thanks, Ruth & Barb
CMP News
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25, 2020 ! We will celebrate 50 wonderful years of Chatham Methodist Preschool. Our celebration will be from 8PM - 11PM and will include food, drinks, silent auction, and more! Stay tuned, more information to follow! 
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed for Ministry Outreach.
Please click on the following to get involved:
Thank You Letters
We received Thank You Letter in the mail last week from Community FoodBank of New Jersey. To read the letter, please click here . The original thank you letters may be seen on the Member's Bulletin Board. 
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