Please know our church and facilities remain closed due
to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Our Church Building is Closed,
But Our Ministry Continues…
From Our Pastor
God didn’t create us for isolation, but for community. In this new pandemic landscape that means we need to prepare for new ways of being in community with one another. Over the past few weeks, committees, small groups and coffee hour has gathered in Zoom video and audio meetings . It is wonderful to see and hear each other in real time. I hope you will explore participating in this new technology.

I recommend Zoom as a resource that will not only be helpful in keeping us connected within the Chatham UMC, but will also help us be connected with friends and family throughout the world. 

I have included some information produced by another church that has simple instructions. By clicking the button below, you will find directions that will walk people through the initial steps to set up a free account and dial in when our congregation and small groups gather online.
We will also continue to make phone calls, send texts and emails with information, spiritual resources, love and encouragement so that we can continue to nurture the community that God has created here at Chatham UMC.

With love, with prayer and with trust,
Jeff Markay
New Expressions of Ministry, Community
and Care
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.
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared this week are below:

Scripture of the week March 23, 2020:
Psalm 130: 1-2, 5-7
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
    Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my supplications!
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than those who watch for the morning,
    more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love.

Prayer that can be prayed over the phone:
           Let us pray.
           God of the present moment,
           God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart;
           bring hope and courage to all as they wait in uncertainty.
           Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead.
           Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
           for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.  Amen.
                                                           (Prayer from A New Zealand Prayer Book)

Pop Up Outdoor Food Pantry

Thank you Chatham UMC for your support of bringing extra food to the pop up food pantry located under the overhang of our Main Street entrance to the Sanctuary.

We have seen food come from people who have the means to purchase extra food. We have also seen that food taken by people and families who can’t afford extra food.

We are also grateful for the greater Chatham and Madison Community who have contributed to this new expression of care.
Staying Connected this Week
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook on Wednesday? 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 on Facebook or you would like to submit a prayer request, see the information below for Wednesday, April 1 st .
Sunday, March 29 th
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 at 10:00 AM on Sunday.
Please see Pastor Jeff's note above on how to download and begin using Zoom

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, March 29 th

Meeting ID: 680 233 812
Password: 015665

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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, April 1 st
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.

Podcast Spirituality, 7:30-8:30 PM,
Online via Facebook
Podcast for Wednesday, April 1 st
“What does a good day look like?” That question — when asked of both terminally-ill and healthy people — has transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. A citizen physician and writer, Gawande is on the frontiers of human agency and meaning in light of what modern medicine makes possible. For the millions of people who have read his book “Being Mortal,” he’s also opened new conversations about the ancient human question of death and what it might have to do with life.
Atul Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He’s also Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He was recently named the CEO of Haven, a healthcare venture spearheaded by the leaders of Amazon, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway. He’s been a staff writer for “The New Yorker” magazine since 1998 and is the author of four books, including “The Checklist Manifesto” and “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”
Find the transcript for this show at
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   for info on how to connect and to receive supplemental materials. Sunday’s theme:  Anoint. Anoint is a strange word that might not connect with kids in the 21st century. In the story of Mary Anointing Jesus (John 12:1-8), Mary used expensive perfume to anoint Jesus' feet and then wiped them with her hair. This was a way of honoring someone she loved. Kids are naturally good at finding ways to express love and this is a way of honoring God.

Submerge Class 4 th -7 th  graders:  meet online Sunday morning at 10:30am. This week’s story is from Matthew 26:14-30 – have a Bible handy! We’ll try some improv, have some discussion and share prayer concerns. If there’s still time, we'll look at this week’s magazine article. The supplemental materials will be emailed with your Zoom Log In. 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, connect and help each other thru this time of social distancing.

Confirmation Class: meet online at 11:00am.  Review last week’s question: How does the Holy Spirit speak to you? Then we’ll move on to conversation about What's Next? Life After Death

High School Discussion Group: Look for info from Alyssa Keifer.
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.

Coming Events:
  • Sat. May 16, 3:00-5:00pm - RISE Tool Training (this is mandatory so mark your calendars now!)
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 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 .  
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.  
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed for Ministry Outreach.
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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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