December 22 nd is the Fourth Sunday of Advent
This Week at CUMC
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Help Up fill our Tree with Socks!
Sock Collection from Now - December 29 th
Please bring in new socks of all sizes and for all ages to hang on our Sock Tree. The gift of a new, warm pair of socks this cold winter season is so important for those in need. Please hang your gift on our Christmas Tree located near the upstairs elevator. Thank You!
Sunday, December 22 nd Fourth Sunday of Advent Love
  • Advent Small Group Discussion, 10:15 AM, Room 6: Weekly Small Group Discussion will resume after the New Year.
  • Sticky Bun pick up day! Don't forget to grab your order today after services.
  • Weekly Advent Gathering, 4:30-6PM: Join us for for hors d'oeuvre fellowship, and some brief devotionals, Advent candle lighting and singing.
Hosts: Babbitt/Incardona Family: 15 Pierson Lane, Florham Park, NJ 07932 
Monday, December 23 rd
  • Advent Small Groups will not be held today but resume at, noon and 7:30 PM on Monday, January 6th.
The Church Office will close at 1:00 PM on Monday.
We will reopen on Thursday, January 2 nd at 9:00 AM.
We wish you a very
Merry Christmas and
Joyous New Year!
Tuesday, December 24 th Christmas Eve
  • 5:00 PM Family Christmas Eve Service
  • 8:00 PM Service of Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, December 25 th Christmas Day
Music News
This Sunday, December 22 nd, the Covenant Choir will sing Like Gentle Rain by K. Lee Scott with Dorothy McCorry, flute. For the Prelude in the 9:00 a.m. service and the Message in Music for the 11:00 a.m. service, Peter Hill, piano will play Carl Reinecke’s Christmas Sonatina

On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 th, the Youth Musicians will lead music for the 5:00 p.m. interactive, child-friendly service. In the 8:00 p.m. service of lessons and carols, the Covenant Choir will sing and Dorothy McCorry and Ron Yarger will play flutes. 

The Ukulele Orchestra will next meet on Saturday, January 11 th at 10:30 a.m. in the Music Room. 

Thank you to all of our musicians for your music through the season of Advent and Christmas! Your work makes our Sunday services richer.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
Next Week
Saturday, December 28 th
The Memorial Service for Sam Preston will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM in the Chatham UMC Sanctuary. There will be a reception that follows in Rodda Hall. The Rev. Clarissa South Holland will be officiating at the Memorial Service. Clarissa was one of our Associate Pastors here at Chatham UMC, and has journeyed with the Preston Family since the late 1990s.

Cards of love and condolence can be sent to the Preston Family c/o:
The Rev. Francie Preston
 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, #4B33
Philadelphia PA 19130.
Sunday, December 29 th
  • 10:00 AM Carols and Communion in the Sanctuary
  • Sock Tree Deadline! Thank you to all of those that helped fill our tree with socks!
News to Share
A Note from your Co–lay leaders,
Jerry Cunningham and Chris Fillimon
Thank you for supporting and donating so generously to CUMC’s traditional Staff Holiday Gift Giving. It’s a thoughtful way to express our thanks and appreciation to our dependable and efficient staff for all they do for our Church and her congregation. Those who will receive your gift are very grateful, and thank each and every one of you for thinking of them during this busy time of year. 
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a
happy and healthy New Year!
Do You Know What a Confirmand Knows?
Why do we celebrate just two sacraments in the UM Church, while Catholics celebrate seven, and what do you know of your own baptism? In class we read the Acts passage in which an Ethiopian eunuch questions the Apostle Philip about an Isaiah scripture and subsequently wishes to be baptized. And we reviewed the liturgy for baptismal covenant found in our hymnal, paying particular attention to the promises that parents and the congregation make. Why do we use water for the rite?  

Last week we received a lovely Thank You Letter from Family Promise. Click Here to read the letter. The original may be found on the Members' Bulletin Board
Looking to 2020
  • The 2020 Altar Flower Calendar is now up on the bulletin board across from Jeff's office. Please sign up for your weekend before it fills!

  • 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 20th. Sponsored by the Drew University Theological Student Association and Center for Global Education. For more information please contact Alyssa Keifer at akeifer@drew.edu.  

  • Epiphany White Gift Sunday is on January 5th. This year our gifts will once again benefit Our Promise. Our Promise is a day center for people living on the street in Morristown; it is under the umbrella of the Family Promise organization. A suggested list for White Gift donations will be provided soon.

  • SouperBowl of Caring Food Drive starts January 5th. Look for a table outside the Asbury Room. More information next week!

  • Jazzed for RISE, January 11th, 7:00-9:00pm, Rodda Hall A benefit concert featuring the Chatham Community Jazz Band

  • Rebecca Circle has scheduled their first 2020 meetings to be Tuesday, 1/7, 1-4 pm in the Asbury Room & Tuesday, 2/4, 1-4 pm in the Asbury Room.
From CMP
2019 Holiday Cards and Gifts Sale!
CMP is partnering with Minted to fund raise! From now until December 31 st go to www.minted.com/HOLIDAY and shop for your holiday cards and gifts. When you use the program code: FUNDRAISECMPRES you will save 20% on your order AND Minted will donate 15% to CMP!


HOLD THE DATE! CMP Turns 50!
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:
  • Bread Ministry Click Here to Sign Up
  • Liturgy Ministry Liturgists Needed through Epiphany Sunday 2020! Click Here to Sign Up A new sign up sheet for this winter will be available after Epiphany. If you have any questions about this ministry, please feel free to contact Barbara Babbitt at bbabbitt@optimum.net.
  • MedShare Collection Barrel To see a list of items for donations and guidelines please Click Here Fliers are also available on the barrel. For more information about MedShare please visit their website. MedShare.org
  • Care Corp: CUMC remains committed to our neighbors in need throughout the year with our Care Corps Ministry. If you or someone you know needs meals or transportation, please call the CUMC office at (973) 635-7740 or Marie Watt at (973) 635-7326.
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