Our Thankful Campaign continues to grow!
What are YOU thankful for?
Thankful For ... the amazing ladies of the Abigail Circle and our dedicated volunteers of the Bread Ministry ! Please see our bulletin board by the information ledge to read all the wonderful messages of gratitude. Share yours today!
Join us in our Thankful Campaign
There are two large orange frames located at CUMC and we encourage you to take a picture and write down what you are Thankful For on one of our corresponding cards. Be sure to use our #thankfulcumcnj when you post your pictures to Instagram and Facebook. We would love to see all the pictures together! Not on social media? Not a problem! you may send your picture to the office and we will post if for you- just use the following address: chatumc@optonline.net
Can't get to CUMC during our campaign but want to participate? Maybe you are traveling, are/ have a college student, have moved, or are a friend of CUMC you are welcome to share what you are Thankful For . Click Here for a printable mini sign and take your picture wherever you are! Make sure you include on the line what you are thankful for and use #thankfulcumcnj when you post to Facebook and Instagram.
This Week at CUMC
Community Foodbank of NJ Annual Turkey Drive
Saturday, November 23 rd  
9:00 AM -2:00 PM
Local Drop-Off Site: Chatham United Methodist Church
460 Main Street, Chatham
Please drop off your donation of a frozen turkey and/or nonperishable foods at the truck parked at the west end of the church, just off the Main Street Entrance to the Chatham Middle School. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving, Peggy Sweitzer (973) 635-7636
We still need help with securing a CUMC Coordinator for NEXT year!
Can you be a Turkey Drive Coordinator...Of course you can!
Try your feathers on this weekend!
 It really is a simple obligation that can even be shared with another member or a family! THIS IS NOT A BIG TIME COMMITMENT!
  • The Community FoodBank of NJ supplies posters and the collection truck/driver.
  • The Boy Scouts of Troop 8 supply all the labor the day of the drive.
  • CUMC assists with: poster distribution, emailing local churches and being present the day of the drive (9AM-2PM)
  Please give the Sweitzers a call if you are interested. Peggy and Caesar Sweitzer 973-635-7636 or 201-207-7993 (Caesar's mobile) or email: caesar.sweitzer@gmail.com
Peggy and Caesar will even be able to assist the new coordinator this year!  
Chatham Community Thanksgiving Service
Come join with Chatham friends and neighbors across all faiths and traditions in a brief celebration of the many blessings we share.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
7:30 pm—8:30 pm
Stanley Congregational Church
94 Fairmont Ave, Chatham
Lite fellowship reception to follow
Sponsored by:
The Interfaith Council of the Chathams and Green Village.
Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation.
 The sum of our offering from the service will be donated to the Chatham Emergency Squad serving both the Borough and the Township. 
This Sunday , Peter Hill and Mike Maguire will perform Carl Orff’s Gassenhuaer  for piano, four-hands. During the 9:00 a.m. service, the Covenant Choir will sing John S. Dixon’s We Plow the Fields and Scatter . For the 11:00 a.m. service, Dorothy McCorry and Ron Yarger will perform Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine for flute duet with Mike Maguire at the organ.

The Ukulele Orchestra will next meet on Saturday, December 7 th at 10:30 a.m. in the Music Room. 

Singing friends are invited to sing with the Covenant Choir for Special Music on Sunday, December 15 th as they perform Hal Hopson’s Thou Shalt Know Him .
For more information contact Peter Hill at   petepiano@mac.com .
Looking Ahead...
  • Thursday, 11/28, Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Sunday, 12/1, First Sunday of Advent
  • Monday, 12/2, Advent Small Group, noon, Room 6
  • Monday, 12/2, Advent Small Group, 7:30 - 8:30 PM, Wesley Room
  • Tuesday, 12/3, Sarah Circle, 9:30, Asbury Room. Our program is Carol Singing and a Christmas game.
  • Friday, 12/6, Cookies4Life, 6 PM Rodda Hall
  • Saturday, 12/7, Blue Christmas Service, 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, 12/8, Family Promise Week begins Volunteers Needed! See below.
  • Sunday, 12/8, Advent Small Group, 10:15 AM, Room 6
  • Sunday, 12/8, Annual Advent Gathering at the Parsonage, 4:30 PM
Advent Small Groups begin
Monday, December 2 nd
Groups meet :
Sundays at 10:15 AM
Mondays at noon or
Mondays 7:30 PM
During the holy season of Advent we’re delighted to offer an opportunity to grow in faith as we deepen our relationships with God and one another by being part of a small group.  

Advent 2019 features the DVD-based study Light of the World: A Beginners Guide to Advent . Author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the Magi’s visit. 
Groups begin Monday, December 2 nd and will meet on various days and times to accommodate a range of schedules.  Signup sheets are located across from Pastor Jeff’s office, and books may be purchased for $15.00 each.  For further information contact Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger at the CUMC office or at scyarger@optonline.net .
All-ages, Intergenerational Event
Friday, December 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
All are invited for an evening of food, fun, and cookies! CUMC has been asked once again to provide 500 cookies for the inmates and staff at the Morris County Correctional Facility as part of the Chaplaincy’s Christmas Gift Collection. We’ll gather in Rodda Hall, enjoy some pizza (please bring some money to chip in), have fun activities for little ones and we’ll bake cookies, decorate plain, pre-baked, homemade cookies (no frosting), and package the cookies in Ziploc bags. It will be a wonderful time for all ages, and a great opportunity to bring a friend or two to church!
Can’t be there? Consider donating plain homemade cookies for us to decorate. Questions? contact Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger at the church office or at scyarger@optonline.net.
Saturday, December 7 th, 3:00 PM
A Blue Christmas Service is a time to acknowledge the feelings that surrounds Christmas for some of us, a time to remember the reason for those feelings, and a time to offer those feelings to God. This service offers a haven for people who desire a special touch from God during the holidays, and promises to be a time of quiet reflection, candle lighting, readings, singing, and prayer. We invite you to join us this Christmas season for a time of comfort and rest.
The service will be held in the Sanctuary and followed by light refreshments and shared fellowship. Please join us, and bring a friend. Hosted by CUMC’s Stephen Ministers
News to Share
Members Spreading Joy and Generosity
Thank you to our 2019 Missions Committee members who hand delivered donations to chosen community organizations. Left: Ruth Moloney and Barbara Bennett with Heidi Griffee, Director of Volunteer Services- nourish.NJ Center: Hilary Stannard with Carolyn Lake, Executive Director- Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center
Right: Ruth Moloney and Barbara Bennett with Jacob Gaeta of Market Street Missions
Christmas Poinsettia Form is Now Available!
The CUMC Missions Committee has selected the following organizations to receive this year’s contributions: Local: CUMAC, National: UMCOR US Disaster Response and Recovery, International: Feed My Starving Children.
The poinsettia display at Christmas time has always been the hallmark of the Advent celebration. Would you like to participate but can't get to CUMC for a form? Simply Click Here to print out the form and mail it in.
A Note of Thanks!
This week we received a lovely holiday card and a personal note of "Thanks" from Heifer International . Click Here to read. The original can be found on our bulletin board.
Do You Know What a Confirmand Knows?
We discussed the most important moments in our lives and in the life of the Methodist church, especially those times when the church was divided – North v South and black v white. In the early 1800’s the African Methodist Episcopal church was formed, and though it’s considered part of the Methodist family, it remains a separate church to this day. In 1968 the EUB (Evangelical United Brethren) church merged with the Methodist church to become our current United Methodist Church. What attracted you to the United Methodist Church? What are the most important moments of your life?
CUMC Ministry Needs & Links
Please sign up!
 CUMC Family Promise Host Week is Coming Up
December 8 th  - December 14 th , 2019.
Call for Family Promise Volunteers:
We will be hosting our Family Promise guests December 8 th - December 15 th . We need your help! Please sign up to host, make a dinner, or help with set-up, clean-up or laundry. Visit the sign-up sheet opposite the Pastor’s Office in the hallway, or contact:
  Claudia Shaw  chs1munk@gmail.com , (973) 454-2014. 
  Holidays and winter weather are especially stressful for our families struggling with poverty, homelessness, estrangement, misfortune, and injustice. Our hospitality is their exaltation, dignifying and strengthening their lives. Don’t hesitate to call Claudia with questions.  
2019 Wreath Sale ends TODAY
and 2019 Holiday Card Sale
The annual CMP Wreath Sale has started! Wreaths come in two colors: Plaid or Red/Gold. Prices/Sizes are as follows:
$40 16” Wreath
$90 30” Wreath (these can be customized – perfect size for a bay window)
Wreaths will be available for pick up or delivery if necessary on November 25 th and 26 th . Order deadline is TODAY Thursday, November 21 st . Order forms can be found on the information ledge or you may print one by clicking here.

Holiday Cards and Gifts!
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!
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 for Sundays through Epiphany Sunday 2020! Click Here to Sign Up 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.
Community Information
THIS WEEKEND! Chatham High School Presents:  The Crucible
On  November 22 & 23 , the Chatham High School Theatre Department will present Arthur Miller's powerful drama,  The Crucible . Set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692,  The Crucible  is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.  Performances will be held Friday, November 22 nd and Saturday, November 23 rd at 7:30 PM  Tickets for Thursday and Friday's performance are $12 for students/seniors and $15.00 for adults. Tickets are available for purchase at the door one hour before each performance.  This show contains mature subject matter and is recommended for ages 12+.  For more information about tickets please email Alexis Irene at  airene@chatham-nj.org .
The Chatham Emergency Squad will be hosting a Blood Drive on Saturday, December 7 th at the Borough Squad Building - 31 North Passaic Avenue. The hours of donation will be from 8:30am to 2:30pm.  

Donors, ages 17-76, should be in good health and have some form of identification. Teenagers, age 16, can also donate with parental permission; forms for this will be available at the blood drive.

Donating is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. And after donating, please sneak a peek at our Snow Village Winter Wonderland.
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