Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Lenten Information
Ash Wednesday
February 17th at 7:30PM
In the back parking lot at the Chatham UMC
(and via Facebook Live)
People can stay in their cars and tune their car radio to 90.5FM to hear the brief music, prayers, and liturgy. There will be a fire pit burning in the church parking lot. At a certain time, people will be invited to come as they wish to put a piece of paper with a lament written on it, into the fire. For those who wish, the imposition of ashes will be offered by the pastor, who will dip a disposable Q-tip in prepared ashes to make the sign of the cross on a person’s forehead or hand. People can then return to their cars for the benediction. We will be practicing social distancing and have consulted with churches throughout the country regarding the best practices that provide meaningful and safe worship experiences. We want to spread the Good News, but not the virus. (The building, including restrooms will still be closed.)
Three Lenten Small Group Offerings: All Are Invited! 
Groups begin February 21st
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!  
Forgiveness: A Lenten Study
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
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!
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 4th
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 7th 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.
If you would like to help create our Sunday online worship,
Sunday Zoom “Virtual Coffee & Conversation”
Join Us at 10:00am by clicking below:

Meeting ID: 680 233 812 Password: 015665
Wednesday, February 10th
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
Members of our Ukulele Orchestra will next meet online on the Saturdays, of February 20th and 27th at 11:00 a.m. For music and Zoom info contact Peter Hill at

Our CUMC music groups have begun music projects for the new year. Whether you are presently part of our groups: Youth Musicians, Praise Band, Covenant Choir, Wesley Ringers, Wind Ensemble, or Ukulele Orchestra, all are welcome to join with their voice or instrument to make music online and share it with our friends and congregation. For more information contact, Peter Hill, music director at
Youth & 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

PreK / Early Elementary - Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom. Last week we read The Parable of the Sower and talked about what it means to be “good soil.” This week we’ll add more seeds of God’s Word to our soil as we read a story from the book of John likening Jesus to a Good Shepherd who knows and protects each and every one of his sheep, who leads them to nourishment and wants to keep them from going astray. We’ll do the sheep craft from the activities bag (if you need an activities bag, email Karen) and there may or may not be a few sheep jokes!

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. This week’s topic: Believing Jesus Even When Others Think Differently. Have you ever decided whether you wanted to get to know someone based on their actions? A person’s actions can give us a lot of information about that person. This week we’ll go deeper into the story of a blind man who was healed by a man he did not know and how that action gave him strength when challenged by people who did not believe Jesus was the Son of God.

High School Discussion - Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. This week, tho we’ll step aside from our A?K program, we’ll stay with a question/answer theme as we lighten things up with a game of CUMC Bible Jeopardy. It doesn’t matter if you’re team Alex Trebek or Ken Jennings or if you don’t know either of them! Join us for some fun Bible questions and answers.
RISE friends – mark your calendar – Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:00pm. Though we won’t be able to serve up pancakes in Rodda Hall on Shrove Tuesday due to COVID restrictions, some of us thought we could meet on Zoom that night for a virtual pancake supper – BYOP (bring your own pancakes!) Watch email for zoom link.
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 3, 2021
  • For Carol, on hospice care in Virginia.
  • Thanks for the thousands who worked on the road crews, first responders, police departments, municipalities, news agencies and neighbors who helped us get through the snowstorm.
  • For Hilary’s continued healing after dental surgery
  • For Elise, for healing, comfort, and a sense of your deep love for her as she goes through tests and health challenges. Bless her family as they care for one another
  • For Ajay, the Drew University student who is missing. Bless him, his family and his friends as they care for one another.
  •  For Kathy, in need of your healing touch
  • Thanks for travel mercies for Joann and Charlie
  • For Jana, in hospice care, and for Tom and Jac as they care for her
  • For Annie’s Tante Christiana who celebrated her 87th birthday last week.
  • For Doris and her daughter Michelle, for continued healing and health.
  • For Whitney and her newborn baby Julie JoAnn.
  • For Barbara’s mother Joann, for Your grace and peace and comforting arms.
  • For Simone who has a second interview
  • For Alyssa as she has an interview with the District Committee on ministry on Thursday.
  • For Peggy and Dave, for your comforting arms to be around them.
  • For Jonathan as he recovers from hip surgery, and for his husband Tom as he cares for him.
  • For Greg S. as he recovers from Covid
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.
CMP Valentines Day Donut Kit!
Looking for a fun and delicious way to celebrate Valentine's Day? You can do that and raise funds for CMP! How about a donut decorating kit? For a $25 kit, you receive 9 fresh donuts and a variety of frosting and toppings. Place your order before this coming Wednesday, February 10th
Please Click Here to read the details listed in the flier. To order, you may use the link below. Orders can be picked up Friday, February 12th noon - 2pm at CMP.
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
Hi CUMC! My annual SouperBowl of Caring Food Drive, which directly benefits the CUMAC ECHO Food Bank in Patterson NJ, is taking place through March 28th (Palm Sunday). Please consider dropping off beans, rice, canned soup, pasta & sauce, and personal care items at either at my house or email me ( to make pickup arrangements. In recent years, we have been able to help hundreds of families in need, and I am hoping that we can continue this worthy cause, despite the uncertainties of the pandemic. Thank you in advance for your donations and continuous support! ~Kate Ziegler
I am pleased to give an update of over 375 pounds of food collected to date!
CUMC Community Food Pantry 
The community support and need of our 24/7 pantry has grown. 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! New Dates Added!
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.
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