Please know the church remains closed due
to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
An Update On Our Response to COVID-19
You may read Pastor Jeff Markay's most recent letter to the
CUMC Congregation on March 18 th by Clicking Here .
Zoom Information
Have you tried Zoom yet? It is highly recommend that members of our congregation sign up for a free basic Zoom subscription. Zoom will allow us to have virtual Sunday fellowship as well as conversations with our own families and friends throughout the world. It can help us break through the social isolation that so many are experiencing during this time.
For more information on creating a free Zoom account, please visit: https://zoom.us 
Staying Connected



Spring officially begins
at 11:49 pm,
Thursday, March 19 th !


The beautiful flowers in our serene Memorial Garden at CUMC don't need a reminder;
they have been blooming!


May you enjoy the many signs of Spring that are beginning to fill our neighborhoods.
Sunday, March 22 nd
Our worship services will not be in the sanctuary until further notice. We will post worship experiences on our Vimeo account as well as our Facebook page on Sunday mornings.
Virtual Coffee and Conversation via Zoom from 10-10:45am on Sunday mornings. Please see above on how to download and begin using Zoom

Topic: Virtual Coffee and Conversation
Time: Mar 22, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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YES! We are offering an online Sunday School and Confirmation Class experience on Sundays!
See Youth and Kids News below for details and printables.
Wednesday, March 25 th , Podcast Spirituality,
7:30-8:30 PM, Join us! Online via Facebook
Podcast for Wednesday, March 25 th
Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson are beloved teachers to many; to bring them together was a delight and a balm. Nelson is a poet and professor and contemplative, an excavator of stories that would rather stay hidden yet lead us into new life. Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, conflict mediator, and the host of our new podcast, Poetry Unbound. Together, they venture unexpectedly into the hospitable — and intriguingly universal — form of poetry that is prayer.
While CUMC’s services are off for the time being, Mike Maguire , organist and pianist, and Peter Hill , music director will be sharing music on the church’s Facebook page. Go to www.facebook.com/chathamunitedmethodistnj to find the music!

Our various Music Groups will be checking in with each other at our regular rehearsal times. We will stay connected, along with our other CUMC groups, until we are able to meet again and make beautiful music together. 

For more information about CUMC Music and staying connected, contact Peter Hill at petepiano@mac.com .  
Sunday's Worship:  Activity 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. Email Karen at  youthchatumc@optonline.net   for info on how to connect and to receive supplemental materials. Sunday’s theme:   Eternal . Nicodemus came to Jesus one night with lots of questions. Jesus taught him that God loves us so much and that eternal life means that we are part of God’s family forever.

Submerge Class 4 th -7 th  graders:   meet online Sunday morning at 10:30am. This week’s story is from John 13:1-15 – have a Bible handy! We’ll try a game, have some discussion and a meditative prayer. If there’s still time, look at the attached sheet from our sketch & jot journals and this week’s magazine article. The attached sheet will be with the supplemental material with your Zoom Log In.
Email Karen at  youthchatumc@optonline.net   for Zoom log-in info and to receive supplemental materials.

Confirmation Class:   meet online – Ron Yarger will confirm the time . Review last week’s topic: ‘Salvation’ - one of those church-y words we hear often but what is it exactly and what purpose does it serve? Then we’ll move on to conversation about the Divine Helper: The Holy Spirit as Guide .
High School Discussion Group:   Look for info from Alyssa Keifer.
Youth Groups Karen and Alyssa are organizing some times to connect via Zoom. First up: SUNDAY at 4:00pm. Check your email for the log-in info but if you need it again, text Karen at 973.908.4474.
Coming Events:
  • Sun. Mar. 22 - RISE paperwork/reg. fees due.
  • Sat. May 16, 3:00-5:00pm - RISE Tool Training (this is mandatory so mark your calendars now!)
CANCELLED: Family Promise Host Week
March 29 – April 5
Family Promise will be hosting the families in a hotel during the week of March 29, our originally scheduled host week at CUMC. There may be some safe way we can help during that week, and Claudia Shaw will contact volunteers if that is the case. Meanwhile, we pray that the three families whose placement in permanent housing is imminent will be moved into their own apartments by then. No new Families will be brought into the program until the virus crisis has passed. 

Many thanks to all the faithful supporters who were signed up to help during the host week before it was cancelled. You all were eager to help in any way, with soulful compassion for the families who suffer even more than most in difficult times. 

Our next host week is November 8 through November 15. When we all convene once again at church, please visit the bulletin board outside Rodda Hall for news of the families and Family Promise programs.  
Online Lenten Opportunity!
Podcast Spirituality
Wednesdays in Lent, 7:30-8:30 PM
Online via Facebook
There are so many ways the God is present in the world. There is wisdom that explicitly comes from the Christian tradition, and other wisdom that Christians need to learn from and appropriate that is not explicit to a faithful worldview. Each Wednesday in Lent, we will gather via Facebook and experience spiritual formation and discuss what we resonate with or want to explore more fully about various podcasts.
For more information, please contact facilitator Jeff Markay at revjmarkay@earthlink.net
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed for Ministry Outreach.
Please click on the following to get involved:
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 chatumc@optonline.net .  
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