Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
We Welcome First Day of Spring - March 20, 2021 - The Spring Equinox
As we journey into the last weeks of Lent, we are preparing our
Holy Week worship services.
Palm Sunday March 28th
join us in worship online!
Palms will be available to pick up prior to Sunday 3/28

Holy Thursday April 1st
join us for a sunset communion service in our rear parking lot.
Facebook live streaming will also be offered.

Good Friday April 2nd
join us online!

Easter Sunday April 4th
join us for In Person Easter Service in our rear parking lot,
with FM transmitter. We will be providing a pre-recorded, as well as in person service that will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

3 Lenten Small Group Offerings: All Are Invited
During the contemplative and reflective season of Lent, we’re delighted to offer three opportunities to grow in faith by being part of a virtual small group.
Wherever you may be located, you’re welcome!  
Groups meet on Zoom Sundays and Mondays.
This Week
Thursday, March 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, March 21th 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, March 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
Last Sunday, the Senior Youth class studying the art of John August Swanson found his depiction and interpretation of the Last Supper to be enlightening and thought provoking. Some agreed it was the best one yet!
Sunday School welcomes new friends of all ages 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. Each Sunday in Lent we are learning about a different event from Holy Week. We continue to count down the days til Easter with our Lenten Calendar Chains. As our chains get longer, so will the days! This week in class we’ll continue work on our prayer sheets, reviewing our prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving, intercession, and adding a prayer of petition. We’ll also talk about the difficult story of The Good Friday with all its moments of teasing, bullying, betrayal, loss, physical pain – proof that Jesus understands the worst of anything we may go through. And we’ll learn that God’s power and grace are bigger than anything – even death.  

Click here to hear/see our song: I Will Remember You

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. We continue our 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 explore the story of Arrest and Peter’s Denial. God knows we all will falter in faith; we will sometimes do the wrong thing out of fear. When this happens, we can ask God for forgiveness and promise to do better and grow in our faith. The good news is that God knows our hearts and will forgive us. 
High School Discussion - Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. For the six weeks in Lent we are working with What Wondrous Love which presents key scriptures and events in the story of Holy Week through the art of John August Swanson. This week’s artwork: Kiss of Judas, based on the account from Luke 22. Despite its themes of betrayal and violence, can this be a hopeful story?
Music News
Our next evening Zoom mtg. and check-in for CUMC musicians will be TONIGHT! Thursday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.

Members of our Ukulele Orchestra will next meet online at 11:00 a.m. on the Saturdays of March 20th and 27th on Zoom.

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.

If you would like to hear music that all of our CUMC musicians have made online click on this link: and enjoy!

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 March 17, 2021
  • For toddler Benjamin, thanks for successful eye surgery.
  • For the families of those killed in the shootings in Atlanta yesterday.
  • For a friend going through a custody battle.
  • For Sue W in Denville, in need of healing.
  • For Elise D recovering from Covid.
  • For Roberta in need of healing.
  • For Jerome, in pain and in need of healing.
  • Prayers of thanks for Arthur and his faithful and positive way in the world.
  • For Nathan and Caroline.
  • For a friend’s family as they grieve a tragic loss.
  • For parents and grandparents of Asian children and grandchildren as they worry about threats directed at people of Asian descent. 
  • For Bob, Midge and David Shriek as they grieve the death of Bob’s father who died recently in Pennsylvania.
Community Resources
Community Paper Shred - Saturday, April 24 at Chatham Middle School, 480 Main Street, 9AM-Noon (or until shred trucks are full)
Declutter and get rid of unwanted documents shortly after Tax Day. The event is open to the public and benefits the Senior Center of the Chathams. Sponsored by: Chatham Disposal Company and Home Well Cares
New NJ DOH Senior 75+ COVID Vaccine Hotline
Those 75 and older who need assistance in registering and finding vaccination appointments may call the NJ Senior Hotline at 856-249-7007 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily.
Chatham UMC and Green Village UMC are supporting each others' ministries!

Chatham UMC is grateful for the donations of non-perishable food items that are frequently donated by our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Green Village UMC to support the Chatham UMC Food Pantry.

Chatham UMC would like to support a ministry that benefits the Green Village UMC. They have instituted a book drop box for the greater community to give books that are used but in good condition. More detailed information is below. information below. If you have questions, please contact Tiffany W at

The Green Village UMC now has a book donation bin! Donate any book with an ISBN barcode on the back cover, that is in good, readable condition. Hardcover, paperback and textbooks are all welcome! The bin cannot accept encyclopedias, library reference books, magazines, water damaged books, or books without an ISBN.
You can drop books off in the bin alongside the church any day/time! The Green Village UMC is located at 500 Spring Valley Rd, Green Village (about two miles from Chatham ShopRite and just past the Green Village Deli). The bin is a fundraiser for the Green Village UMC.
Nature's Best Hope:
A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard
Monday, April 26th 7-8:30 PM on Zoom
Please click here to see flier invitation from the New Providence United Methodist Church’s (NPUMC) Outreach Committee.
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 Ziegler at
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:

Would you like to help our CUMC Community Food Pantry?
Our pantry continues to grow to meet community need; for us to be able to continue, we need volunteers to help sort donations and restock the sheds. Want to know what this is about? You can watch the instructional video below. Help is needed for about an hour on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons (possibly Fridays as well). If you have any questions or want to inquire, please email the church office.
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
(973) 635-7740
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