Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
ENTRY INTO THE CITY by John August Swanson
This Lent, our CUMC high school group has been discussing the story of Holy Week through scripture passages and the art of John August Swanson. For more information, please scroll down to our Youth and Kid news below.
Holy Week 2021
If you wish to pick up your palms, they can be found in front of Chatham UMC on Sunday morning. Similar to last year, they will be placed in a bucket near the entrance to the Sanctuary. 
Our service this year will be available online. All are welcome to join us!
This Sunday is Palm Sunday; we would traditionally gather together to wave our palms and sing "Hosanna!" as we mark the start of Holy Week.
We know that like last year, Palm Sunday and Holy Week services will need to continue to be different from our traditions. Please know your CUMC family and CUMC staff have been working diligently to find and create new ways for you to participate and worship from home and together safely in our rear parking lot.
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 25th
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 28th Palm Sunday Online Worship Service
Palms will be available for pick up outside the
Sanctuary doors on Main Street.
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
Wednesday, March 31st
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
We’ll be waving our palm branches at home this year with memories of Past Palm Sunday Parades in our hearts!
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 joy of Easter. Zoom log-in info for the following online classes is 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. 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 put all the things we’ve been learning about Holy Week together - from the cheers and excitement, commands and confusion, pain and sadness - and get a reminder from the Whirl Kids in their Holy Week The Musical that “this isn’t the end” - Grace, hope, and joy will finish out the story.
Click here to hear/see our song for the week: Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. We wrap up our deep 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 The Crucifixion from the gospel of Luke who emphasizes the physical and social reality of death on a cross. Luke wants us to know that Jesus understands mockery and pain first hand and can empathize with us when we go through tragedy or difficult times. 
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: The Crucifixion, based on Mark 15:21-39, a scene John August Swanson says he had difficulty portraying. He finally decided to respond to the story “from his own heart and emotions.” How does this story speak to our hearts and emotions? We’ll also get a peek at Festival of Lights in a look ahead to the joy of Easter.    
Music News
Members of our Ukulele Orchestra will next meet online at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, March 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 24, 2021
  • For the communities of Boulder Colorado and Atlanta Georgia after the mass shootings this week. We pray for leadership that leads our country to sensible gun laws that prioritize the common good of all people.
  • For a woman named Liz who has Covid
  • Gratitude for Scott who is coming home from the hospital after 6 months of covid related illness
  • For Brandon’s Great Uncle Joe making the transition from this life into the next. Bless the Vittorio family as they care for one another
  • For Miss Carmen with Covid.
  • For Bob S as he is in need of healing
  • Gratitude for friends and friendships
  • Gratitude for pets and the love and companionship they bring to our lives
  • A friend Tom who is hospitalized
  • A friend Susan facing health challenges
  • Dr. Fred S. whose health is declining
  • Bob S., facing possible surgery
  • Lee whose wife died in September
  • All in the Asian American community
  • For Bob Schriek’s family as they grieve Bob’s Father’s death and give thanks for his life. Bless Bob, Midge, David and their entire family.
  • For a friend whose family has experienced a traumatic loss.
  • For parents and grandparents of their Asian children and grandchildren as they worry about being targets of violence and meanness.
  • For those who are lonely.
  • For a friend who had good test results after a recent visit with his doctor
  • For Monty as he prepares for cataract surgery
  • For Alan as he recovers from a car accident, the four surgeries that followed, and a long rehabilitation.
  • Prayers for Szarko Ostenfeld Family One year anniversary of father Walter’s death on Sunday.
  • For Ann and her teacher colleagues as they teach their children virtually in Paterson NJ. Bless teachers and students with energy, strength and compassion for one another
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!
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. If you have questions, please contact Tiffany W at
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
FINAL DAYS! 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 on the right. 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 at
We Need Your Help!
We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings. New dates will be added soon. 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, 2PM. Submissions may be emailed to Eileen Ruggiero.
460 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
(973) 635-7740
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