Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Please note that next week, our ENews will be sent the evening of Wednesday, December 23rd. This will be our final ENews for 2020. If you would like to include an update for the week after Christmas, please email your information to Eileen Ruggiero by this Tuesday, December 22nd 4:00 PM. Thank you!
We Remember
Malcolm Kitson was born on February 11, 1928 and entered Life Eternal on December 10, 2020. A memorial service for Mal will be held sometime in the Spring or Summer of 2021.

Mal Kitson was a very faithful member of the Chatham UMC since 1965. He served on every committee of the church, numerous times, always with kindness, a wink and a smile. Let us keep Mal's wife Joyce, son Tom, daughter Beverly, and their grandchildren in our prayers.
Cards of love can be sent to:
Joyce Kitson
13 Union Ave
Madison NJ 07940
All are invited to our two options this year for
Christmas Eve 12/24/2020:
1. Online Christmas Eve Service video featuring over 80 participants! Feel free to share the link with friends or family who can’t get out to church, or who don’t have a church.

2. Drive-In Christmas Eve Service in our back parking lot at 5PM. For a brief video of what that may look and sound like, please click below:
Please check our website on Christmas Eve for updates in case of a weather event
Blue Christmas~ an Online Worship Service of Comfort and Hope
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 traditionally 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, music, and prayer. In this most challenging of years, we invite you to join us through a special online service of comfort and rest. Blue Christmas Service is hosted by CUMC’s Congregational Care Ministry Team.
You may view this service on YouTube using the link below.
If you prefer, you may also watch via Facebook, or our Website.
A Message from The Stewardship Committee:
On behalf of the Stewardship Committee, Thank You to all who submitted a 2021 Pledge Card. If you did not receive the letter and pledge card, please go to the CUMC website, and click on Worship & Ministries and then click Stewardship. Click Here Now for a direct link to the page. Stewardship information is available there for you to review and print. 

An Update on 2020 Pledges and Giving:
As we close out 2020, our pledges and giving as of this week are under budget by at least $50,000. There is an urgent need for you to bring your gifts and offering up to date so that we can cover current expenses. Thank you for being one in ministry of the faith-filled, generous people at CUMC.
Faithfully, The Stewardship Committee- Doug Bryant, Ronald Yarger, Katie Hill, Hal Burlingame and Edit Ostrom
A Reminder from your Co-lay Leaders,
Chris Fillimon and Hal Burlingame,
It has been our Congregation’s annual tradition to give a gift during the Christmas season to each member of our Church staff. We plan to give the gifts to the staff by Monday, December 21st.
If you wish to participate, please send your check to the address below. Checks should be made out to Chatham United Methodist Church, with the memo line indicating Staff Christmas Gift, or if you are familiar with our online donation service via Vanco, you may make a payment by going to our website by clicking the following link: and follow the instructions. Please use the “Other-Miscellaneous” field to enter your payment amount. You may indicate in the text box next to the amount “Staff Holiday Gift”, but this is optional.
If you need assistance with using our online donation service, please email our Finance Manager, Ana Wahidy at
Chatham United Methodist Church
Attn: Co-Lay Leaders
460 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
 Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Advent Small Groups
Final Meetings for our 3 Online Advent Small Group Discussions.
Incarnation: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas, by United Methodist pastor Rev. Adam Hamilton. (Final Week)
  • Sundays 11:00 AM (Facilitated by Janice Szarko and Ron Yarger) To join this group, please email Ron at
  • Monday at noon (Facilitated by Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger) To join this group and receive the Zoom Invitation, please contact Pastor Sharon at
Seeking Jesus, the Advent of Justice and Peace 
  • Monday 12/28 is our final meeting, 7:30 PM on Zoom: (Facilitated by Simpson Seminarian, Alyssa Keifer) If you wish to receive the Zoom link to attend, sign-up here. If you have any questions, please email Alyssa
This Week
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared were emailed earlier this week.
If you would like to be added to this list, please click here and let us know.
Thursday, December 17th
To view last night's Prayers Live @5 on Facebook Please Click Here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
Sunday, December 20th
Online Worship Service
Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love

We invite you to our online worship service. Service is posted weekly on Facebook, YouTube, and our Website by Saturday mornings.
If you would like to help create our Sunday online worship, please scroll down to CUMC Outreach and sign up today!
Sunday Zoom “Virtual Coffee & Conversation”
Join Us at 10:00am by clicking below:

Meeting ID: 680 233 812 Password: 015665
Sunday Advent Virtual Small Group meets today at 11:00 AM.
Sunday, December 20th Zoom Christmas Sing-A-Long! See Music News below for details.
Monday, December 21st Monday Advent Virtual Small Group
Wednesday, December 23rd
Prayers Live at Five on Facebook
All are invited to tune into a brief Facebook Live event each Wednesday at 5:00 pm. 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
Music News...
Our Chatham UMC musicians invite everyone to a Christmas Zoom Sing-A-Long on Sunday, December 20th at 4:00 p.m. Musicians will lead favorite hymns and songs of the Christmas season. Have a cup of eggnog and stay toasty warm by your fire as you join in singing songs with your friends online! 

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Join us for a time to sing hymns and songs of the season. To lead a song or for the Zoom information contact, Peter Hill at

If you are interested in being an online part of our other music groups: Youth Musicians, Praise Band, Covenant Choir, Wind Ensemble, Wesley Ringers, and Ukulele Orchestra, all are invited! Our online music program welcomes musicians from New Jersey and the wider world.
Youth and Kids News...
Youth and their families spreading joy with poinsettias and socially-distant-Christmas caroling from this past Sunday, December 13th (a.k.a. reciting carol lyrics and ringing jingle bells!) 
Sunday School welcomes new friends to join our active groups during Advent. Zoom log-in info for the following online classes will be emailed at the end of each week. If you would like to be added to the distribution group or have questions about which class is right for your children, please email Karen at

FamiliesThis week is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. With your family, light the fourth candle of your Advent wreath. You are encouraged to follow the daily devotions in the Wonders of His Love family devotion booklet. Whether you do this first thing in the morning, before dinner or at bedtime, it will only take a few minutes but will greatly enhance your journey to Bethlehem and preparedness for the rebirth of our Savior. (Families with only high school youth, use the Incarnation devotion booklet emailed last week.)

PreK / Early Elementary Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom. Last week we lit our Advent wreaths and we learned about John the Baptist and how he helped people get ready to follow Jesus. This week in class we’ll light the fourth candle on our Advent wreaths. Our theme: Joy – Jesus is Born and we’ll read the Christmas story from the Gospel (Good News) of Luke. When Jesus was born, people were filled with great joy because Jesus brought God’s light and joy into the world in some dark and difficult times. The Christmas story is full of joy and reasons to celebrate. We’ll talk about how we can share that joy with others.   

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on ZoomThis week in class we’ll light the fourth candle on the Advent wreath. Then we’ll take a deeper dive into the story of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke. Did you know Luke spends 86 verses building up to the birth of Jesus but only a single verse on the birth itself? And then he moves right on to the angelic announcement. Why did Luke choose to focus on the parts of the story more attention on these parts of the story? Have your Bible handy.

High School Discussion: Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. For the remaining weeks of Advent we will work through the youth version of Adam Hamilton’s book “Incarnation – Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas” and examine the question “Who is Jesus?” Messiah, Lord, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Savior... What do these names tell us about who Jesus is and how can this make a difference to our understanding of Christmas 2020? This week’s chapter is entitled: The Light of the World. Our culture celebrates Christmas as a time of bright lights and great joy. Yet (at least in the northern hemisphere) it comes at the darkest time of year. Coincidence? Or is there a deeper meaning? Where else does the Bible mention light and darkness? 
United in Prayer
You are invited to participate in some contemplative practices and prayer by clicking on the link to our Chatham UMC Facebook page:
Prayers lifted on December 16, 2020
For those who want to join hundreds of others who have been praying for the following people and situations, keep reading, and thank you.

Intercessory Prayers emailed or shared with us this week:
A Time of Silence together...
  • For Diana, who is living with stage 4 breast cancer. Bless her children and her husband as they care for one another.
  • Jerry Cunningham in the hospital with pneumonia. We give thanks for his good mood, his spirituality of trust and gratitude, and for his doctors, nurses and family who are caring for him. Bless Issy their entire family with your grace and peace.
  • For the life of Mal Kitson, we give thanks. Bless Joyce, Tom, Beverly and this entire family with your comfort and peace as they grieve Mal’s death and celebrate his life that in Christ has no end.
  • For Rich and Shawn as they recover from Covid.
  • For Anna and Joe and their family as they recover from Covid.
  • For Alison and Gary and their family as they recover from Covid.
  • For Becky working in the Covid ICU at Hackensack Medical Center, and for her staff.
  • For Bill in charge of supplies at Morristown Medical Center
  • For Carol Lang as she grieves the death of her brother Ray.
  • For Joann P. as she rehabs after surgery at Kessler.
  • For Allen and MaryLou K., as they recover from various medical conditions.
  • For Ish,
  • For Dr. Fred S. for healing as he deals with his own health concerns in Arizona
  • For Jennifer facing health concerns
  • For Hilary as she cares for her family.
  • For Lisa and all health care workers, doctors, nurses, staff as the covid numbers rise.
  • For all involved in the ministry of the Chatham Community Food Distribution
  • Thanks for the generosity of Panera, and their staff, especially Helen.

If you have people and situations that you would like lifted up in prayer, please email them to: and indicate whether you want the prayers to be confidential, or shared with the greater Chatham UMC community.
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
A new way to help our Wednesday Community Food Distribution!
This 2020 Holiday Season, please remember to support our local businesses and restaurants. A great way to do this is by purchasing a $25 gift card from a local vendor; we will collect and distribute these gift cards to our neighbors in need during our weekly food distribution. Please mail all gift cards to the church office or hand deliver to us on Saturday, December 19th from 10:00 - 12 noon in the CUMC parking lot behind the church.

Additional information can be found on the flier to the right.
Pop Up Food Pantry 
Take what you need or leave what you can at our two pantry shelves. The shelves are now located across from the CMP Playground and are winter ready!
Help keep our distribution sustained:

We Need Your Help!
We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings through the end of January. (Please remember to film Sunday’s Gospel message by the previous Tuesday!)
Click Here to Sign Up for Your Slot Please note that dates are listed as Tuesdays on our Sign Up Genius because recordings are due on Tuesday.
If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Babbitt at or Jeff Markay at
Bread Ministry: If you would like to be involved in our Bread Ministry, please contact Edit Ostrom at: or
Communities of Care do you wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community? Please email the church office by clicking here.
We offer links to resources you may need to help you or your loved ones through this "storm" of Covid-19. Because CUMC has always been a loving community of dedicated ministry, we know you are also seeking ways to give back to those in need.
All submissions for next week's CUMC Weekly E-news are due by Tuesdays, 2:00 PM. Submissions may be emailed to Eileen Ruggiero.
460 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
(973) 635-7740
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