Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
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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.
A link to view this service will be available in mid December. More information to come next week.
Blue Christmas Service is hosted by CUMC’s Stephen Ministers.
Holiday Care Box
Personal Item Drive- Final Collection!
We invite you to fill a box with some items from the suggested list below. Personal Care Boxes do not have to contain all items! Boxes will be given to Drew University Students living on campus to help spread some holiday cheer as the fall semester wraps up!
  • Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant Wipes/Spray
  • Body Wash-
  • Men's and Women's Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Protein Bars
  • Individually Packaged Grab-n-Go Snacks
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Vietnamese Pho
  • Canned Fruit: Individual Serving Fruit
  • Juices
  • Hazelnut/Almond Butter Spread

To arrange a time to collect your donation(s) by December 8th, please email or contact Alyssa Keifer at
Advent Small Groups
All Are Invited to attend one of our 3
Online Advent Small Group Discussions.
During the holy season of Advent we’re delighted to offer an opportunity to grow in faith by being part of a virtual small group. Wherever you may be located, you’re welcome! We have two topics to chose from this year.
Two of our Groups will feature Incarnation: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas, by United Methodist pastor Rev. Adam Hamilton.
  • Sundays 11:00 AM (Facilitated by Janice Szarko and Ron Yarger) To join this group, please email Ron at
  • Mondays at noon (Facilitated by Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger) To join this group and receive the Zoom Invitation, please contact Pastor Sharon at

Incarnation books (both print and digital versions) may be purchased by clicking:, or through Questions? Contact Pastor Sharon at the above email address.
Second Discussion Topic:
Seeking Jesus, the Advent of Justice and Peace 
Mondays 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 We look forward to journeying with you!
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 3rd
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 6th
Online Worship Service
Second Sunday of Advent - Peace
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 Groups meet today at 11:00 AM.
Monday, December 7th Monday Advent Virtual Small Groups meet today at noon and 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, December 9th
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
Youth and Kids News...
Sunday School always welcomes new friends to join our active groups. 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
Families - This week is the Second Sunday of Advent. With your family, light the second candle of your Advent wreath. If you’ve been keeping up with the daily devotions you’ll know we’re up to page 10 in the Wonders of His Love family devotion booklet. Ask your family, “Are we preparing? Or are we planning?” What is the difference between the two? (Families with only high school youth, use the Incarnation devotion booklet emailed last week.)

PreK / Early Elementary Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom. This week in class we’ll share the Advent wreaths we made last week. Our theme: Emmanuel – An Angel Visits Joseph and we’ll read the story of an angel telling Joseph what to name the baby Jesus. Emmanuel is one of the names and means “God is with us.” In this time of COVID we all know the importance of an in person presence which may give us a new understanding of the idea that God decided to become human that first Christmas to be with us. What an amazing aspect of the Christian faith. It’s also pretty cool that God knows what it’s like to be a little kid, because Jesus was a kid once! 

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on ZoomThis week in class we’ll share the Advent wreaths we made last week. Then we’ll take a deeper dive into the opening scenes of the Christmas story – specifically the “Annunciation” - a story in which two worlds collide, not to mention the big plot twist that many never saw coming. 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?

ALL YOUTH (JYF and SYF) – save the date, Sunday Dec. 13 for a Christmas mission activity. Times are still being finalized but will be mid-late afternoon. Watch your email for updates as plans develop. Drivers will be needed!
Music News...
The Chatham UMC Ukulele Orchestra will meet for their next sing and play-a-longs on Saturdays, December 5th and 12th at 11:00 a.m.! For ukulele music and/or more information please contact Peter Hill at

CUMC Musicians will host a Christmas Zoom Sing-A-Long on Sunday, December 20th at 4:00 p.m. 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.
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 2, 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 the hundreds of thousands who have Covid, and for those we know who have Covid
  • For Tommy in Ohio
  • For Rich T in Florida
  • For Steven and his family in New Hampshire
  • For Gary and Alison, and their family,
  • We pray for Jennifer who is in need of sleep and the right balance of medication
  • We give thanks for the ongoing ministry of Rev. Craig Dunn and ask your continued blessings on First Baptist Church in Madison.
  • We pray for healing and understanding for Fran and Elizabeth.
  • We pray for health care workers, for strength, for wisdom, for compassion, for their families.
  • For those who are knowingly or unknowingly hindering the health and welfare of the Common Good.
  • For those who are unemployed and looking for meaningful work.
  • For those who don’t have enough money for food or medical care.
  • For all of us, that our capacity for compassion and social justice might deepen and grow.
  • For Brian and Tom who got married recently. Bless and deepen their love for one another and for you.
  • For Diane, living with stage 4 breast cancer.
  • For Joann P. as she undergoes surgery.
  • For Ish, as she does the hard interior work of this healing process.
  • For teachers of young children, especially in the inner city of Paterson.

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.
URGENT: Community Need
Chatham Emergency Squad Blood Drive Saturday, December 5th 8:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church
286 Main Street, Chatham
Appointments recommended: Sponsor Code - 61961
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
We Need Your Help!
We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings through November. (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
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:

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.
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