Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Many of our members participate in the American Church envelopes each month as a way to send in their contributions. Included with the envelopes is a monthly letter from our senior pastor, Rev. Jeff Markay. These letters will now be included in the ENews for all to read.
You may read the January and February letters below.
We recently received a letter of thanks from
To read this letter, Please Click Here.
3 Lenten Small Group Offerings: All Are Invited!
During the contemplative and reflective season of Lent, we’re delighted to offer opportunities to grow in faith by being part of a virtual small group. Wherever you may be located, you’re welcome!  
Be sure to check out Youth and Kids News below for the creative ways our youth are staying engaged during this season of Lent! Questions? Click Here to email Karen Berry
Forgiveness: A Lenten Study Starts this Sunday!
This group will meet Sundays at 11:15 am (2/21 – 3/28)
co-facilitated by Ron Yarger and Edit Ostrom
This small group will feature the book Forgiveness: a Lenten Study, by best-selling author Marjorie J. Thompson. “Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson offers clarity, insight, and sensitivity. This book is a valuable resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.” To join this group contact Ron Yarger at to receive the Zoom invitation. Books may be purchased at and
Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today Starts this Monday!
This group will meet Mondays at noon (2/22 – 3/29), facilitated by Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger
This small group will feature the book- and video-based study Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today by United Methodist pastor Rev. Adam Hamilton. He explores how “these ten ancient “words” were given to us by a loving God who longed to set safe boundaries, create order out of chaos, help communities live peacefully, and protect us—often from ourselves.” To join this group and receive the Zoom invitation, contact Pastor Sharon at Books (print, digital, and audio versions) may be purchased at or
Roll Down, Justice! Starts this Monday!
This group will meet Mondays at 7:30 pm on Zoom
(2/22 – 4/5) facilitated by Alyssa Keifer
You are invited to join Alyssa as we enter into this virtual brave space together and renew our commitment to being more Christ-Like, to care, to bring justice in God's world. This Lenten Biblical Reflection, Roll Down, Justice!, written by Faye Wilson and featuring the music and reflections of Mark A. Miller, poses the following questions to believers: What are you prepared to give in order to have a closer walk with God? What can you give in order to embrace anew the work of justice?
No formal knowledge required, but you may want to have a Bible close by! 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
Thursday, February 18th
To view last night's Prayers Live @5 on Facebook,
Please Click Here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch.
Sunday, February 21st Weekly Online Worship Service

We invite you to our online worship service. Service is posted weekly on Facebook, YouTube, and our Website by Saturday mornings.
Sunday Zoom “Virtual Coffee & Conversation”
Join Us at 10:00am by clicking below:

Meeting ID: 680 233 812 Password: 015665
If you would like to help create our Sunday online worship,
Wednesday, February 24th
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 & Kids News
Picture caption: “Take Away the Stone” by John August Swanson:
“I think all of us are Lazarus, and Christ keeps telling us to wake up, to come out and be alive.”
Sunday School welcomes new friends to join our active groups during Lent as we prepare our hearts and lives for the great miracle of Easter. 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

PreK / Early Elementary - Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom. The season of Lent began this week, a time to prepare our hearts and lives for the great miracle of Easter. Over the next six weeks we’ll go through the major events of Holy Week to give children a better understanding of why Easter is major celebration in the Christian faith and more than just jelly beans and eggs. This week we’ll learn what Lent is, explain some of the traditions in the church, and start our Lenten Calendar Chains. Did you know “Lent” comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring? As our chains get longer, so will the days! If you’d like to request a printable Lenten Calendar for your family click here

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. Lent. We’ve heard about it and may know a thing or two but what is really all about? Over the next six week’s we’ll take a deeper dive into Lent and the events of Holy Week to prepare ourselves for the real joy of Easter. This week, Bibles in hand, we’ll set the scene and do some skill drills.

High School Discussion - Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. For the six weeks in Lent we will work with What Wondrous Love which presents key scriptures and events in the story of Holy Week through the art of John August Swanson. His work, inspired by the folk art of Mexico and Sweden, is said to combine a richness of detail that conveys the diversity of the human experience with an emotional simplicity and offers a fresh perspective that prompts viewers to reexamine their thoughts of familiar stories. This week’s artwork: Take Away the Stone, based on the story of the raising of Lazarus. How do we understand ourselves to be like Lazarus and when do we hear the call of Christ to ‘come out and be alive’?
Music News
Members of our Ukulele Orchestra will next meet online at 11:00 a.m. on the Saturdays of February 20th and 27th.

If you are a singer with a classical twist: vocalists are invited to join members of the Covenant Choir and Friends in creating a virtual choir video of Peter Lutkin’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You. This one-off project invites all singers whether you live inside or outside New Jersey!

If you are a singer or player with a pop twist: musicians of all kinds are invited to join in our virtual music video of The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love. Singers and players from saxophone, trombone, clarinet, flute (all band and orchestra instruments) to classroom instruments (kazoos, toy pianos, kids’ keyboards, shakers, and maracas!) are invited.
For online information for our all of our music projects and our Zoom information for meeting together contact Peter Hill at
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:
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...
Prayers lifted on February 17, 2021
  • Dave Sullivan & family as they grief and mourn the loss of Bea, wife, mother & friend.
  • Travel mercies for the Markay family as they take Matthew back to college
  • Prayers for all college students as they are learning in new and different ways in semesters that don't look normal.
  • For Patrick's family as they grieve the loss of a family dog. Pets are important members of our families.
  • Barbara M as she heals from breaking her heel. 
  • Jeremey & family as he receives treatment for leukemia. 
  • Fred S as he has many illnesses and needs God's healing touch.
  • Our friends at Morristown UMC. 
  • For Rev. Craig Dunn as he grieves the death of his aunt and uncle
  • For Elise
  • For Tony C and his wife Joanne as he is hospitalized with cancer and pneumonia.
  • For Jana in hospice care, and for Tom and Jac as they care for her.
  • For Christians throughout the world, that we are open to a holy Lent.
  • For Helen, for your healing touch
  • For gratitude for a friend in the Food Distribution line who just was hired as a tax accountant, and another person who just got into law school!
  • The people of Texas and other regions of the world that are impacted by the freezing temperatures. Bless the Police, Fire, First Aid, Departments of Public Works and all who are working in the cold to serve the common good.
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.
Community Resources
Did You Know?
The Senior Center of the Chathams is an independent, 31-year old non-profit organization located here in town and offer a wide range of programs, activities, and services to older adults in Chatham and the surrounding areas. The Senior Center has continued to offer remote programming and COVID guideline-compliant indoor programs this past year.
Click Here to read the latest newsletter and learn about their fantastic programs. There is no membership fee to be part of the Center and many of their classes and programs are free.
Navigating Hope is returning to Chatham on
Wednesday, February 24th!
Need assistance and don’t know where to start? Navigating Hope van brings services to you and will help you apply for benefits and get connections to social services. Navigating Hope, a mobile outreach initiative designed to provide social services, is a partnership between the Morris County Department of Human Services and Family Promise of Morris County.
Chatham Emergency Squad Blood Drive
@ Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church
Saturday, March 6th 8:30am - 2:30pm
286 Main Street
Chatham, NJ
Appointments Recommended Click link below:
Sponsor Code: 61961
To see flier CLICK HERE
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
SouperBowl of Caring Food Drive continues until March 28th Questions or to arrange a pick up, please email Kate Zielger at
CUMC Community Food Pantry 
The community support and need of our 24/7 pantry has grown. All of our supplies are critically low!
For updates on our current needs you may visit our dedicated Facebook page and Website. These sites are updated weekly with accurate information on what our current needs are and how to best support our efforts before you shop. Thank you all for your continued care of one another and making our Pantry a community staple.
Help keep our food distribution sustained:

We Need Your Help!
We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings. New dates have been added through mid March! (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
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