Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Together this Lent
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. You may Click Here to read the March letter.
Looking for the next issue of The Upper Room? The March April 2021 edition is now available at the rear door of the church. Grab your copy today!
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!  
Forgiveness: A Lenten Study
This group meets Sundays at 11:15 am and is co-facilitated by
Ron Yarger and Edit Ostrom
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 meets Mondays at noon and is facilitated by
Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger
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 meets Mondays at 7:30 pm on Zoom and is facilitated by Alyssa Keifer
If you wish to receive the Zoom link to attend, sign-up here. If you have any questions, please email Alyssa
Information regarding Palm Sunday and Holy Week will be included in next week's ENews. Stay tuned!
This Week
Thursday, March 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, March 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.
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 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
Youth & Kids News
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. Each Sunday in Lent we are learning about a different event from Holy Week. This week in class we’ll continue work on our prayer sheets, reviewing our prayers of praise, confession and adding a prayer of thanksgiving. And we’ll talk about one of the two stories from the Last Supper - Washing the Disciple’s Feet – and the surprising thing Jesus does to share his love. 
We continue to count down the days 'til Easter with our Lenten Calendar Chains. 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. 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 Jesus Washing the Feet and what it means for us here in the 21st century when dusty feet are rarely an issue at a dinner with friends.

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. This week’s artwork: Washing of the Feet, based on the story from John of the Washing of the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. Inspired by the civil rights movement, Swanson combines themes of hope and social justice against a backdrop foreshadowing The Passion to come.  
Music News
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 join the UMC Easter Virtual Choir along with singers from Chatham UMC please click on this link and find out how to join us!

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 3, 2021
  • For John and his family
  • For Barbara Babbitt and her family as they grieve the death of Barbara’s Mother Jo. We give thanks for Jo, for her faithful witness, her love, and and that of her that lives on in her family and friends. We give thanks for her life, that in your love O God has no end.
  • For Jana who entered Life Eternal this week. Bless her family and friends as they grieve her death and give thanks for her life, that in Christ has no end.
  •  For Elise, and her family as they begin a new medical journey.
  • For Stephen who is raging and not thinking clearly, and for his family as they try to care for him.
  • For Jennifer, Gary and Hilary as they care for their family.
  • For Elizabeth as she recovers from a broken ankle, and for John as he cares for her.
  • For Ajay
  • For a friend who is anxious about upcoming medical tests
  • For a family who lost a mother and 11-year-old who drowned in a river
  • For the UMC as we seek ways to be faithful, prophetic and compassionate followers of Jesus.
  • Gratitude for the ways the Spirit works in the small groups and support groups that keep us connected to community.
  • For those who are food insecure, and those who are working to provide for some of their needs.
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
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
Latest Newsletter is Out!
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.
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:
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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