Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Important News
20 Days of Thanks
Boxes Due This Saturday!

Help us create a "Thanksgiving in a Box" for our Chatham Community Food Distribution. You may click on the flier on the left to print a copy at home and to share with a friend!

Completed boxes (having all 20 items on the list) will need to be dropped off at Chatham United Methodist Church- 460 Main Street. Our collection day of completed boxes will be Saturday, November 14th 10:00 AM - 12 noon.

Please come to the rear parking lot of the church to return your box.

If you wish to make a monetary contribution, checks can be made payable to Chatham United Methodist Church. Please specify COVID Relief fund on the memo line.
Looking for The Upper Room?

If you would like to pick up the latest version of the Upper Room Devotional guide for November/December, they are located outside of our back door at 460 Main Street in Chatham. The display is always available!
Holiday Care Box
Personal Item Drive
We invite you to fill a box with some items from the suggested list below. Personal Care Boxes do not have to contain all items! Boxes will be given to Drew University Students living on campus to help spread some holiday cheer as the fall semester wraps up!
  • Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant Wipes/Spray
  • Body Wash- Men's and
  • Women's Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Protein Bars
  • Individually Packaged Grab-n-Go Snacks
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Vietnamese Pho
  • Canned Fruit: Individual Serving Fruit
  • Juices
  • Hazelnut/Almond Butter Spread

To arrange a time to collect your donation(s) during the week of December 1 - 8, please email or contact Alyssa Keifer at
Advent Small Groups start November 29th
All Are Invited to attend one of our 3
Online Advent Small Group Discussions.
During the holy season of Advent we’re delighted to offer an opportunity to grow in faith by being part of a virtual small group. Wherever you may be located, you’re welcome!
We have two topics to chose from this year. Detailed information is below:
Two of our Groups will feature the new book- and video-based study Incarnation: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas, by United Methodist pastor Rev. Adam Hamilton.

Online Meeting times are:
  • Sundays 11:00 AM November 29th - December 20th (Facilitated by Janice Szarko and Ron Yarger) To join this group, please email Ron at

  • Mondays at noon November 30th - December 21st (Facilitated by Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger) To join this group and receive the Zoom Invitation, please contact Pastor Sharon at

Incarnation books (both print and digital versions) may be purchased by clicking:, or through Questions? Contact Pastor Sharon at the above email address.
Our Second Online Advent Small Group Discussion Topic:
Seeking Jesus, the Advent of
Justice and Peace 
Mondays 7:30 PM November 30th -
December 28th on Zoom
(Facilitated by Simpson Seminarian, Alyssa Keifer)
You are invited to join Alyssa and wrestle with a biblical text, ask questions, and engage in small group dialogue with one another through the season of Advent. Use this time to slow down and not rush through the end of 2020, but rather, be intentional in the preparation for the season. 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, November 12th
To view last night's Prayers Live @5 on Facebook Please Click Here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
Sunday, November 15th 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, please scroll down to CUMC Outreach and sign up today!
Sunday Zoom “Virtual Coffee & Conversation”
Join Us at 10:00am by clicking below:

Meeting ID: 680 233 812
Password: 015665
Wednesday, November 18th
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
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:
Prayers lifted on November 11, 2020
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...
  • For Rob Radler’s family as they grieve the death of his mother Anna.
  • For Allison’s Family for healing and health
  • For all who are feeling isolated and those who are reaching out to them
  • For JoAnn P as she prepares for back surgery
  • For Elaine B as she recovers in the hospital
  • For healing and comfort for veterans and their families, and for all who have worked for the prevention of war, and the keeping of peace.
  • For Students and teachers of every age and education level
  • For Sue’s sister Jane and her nephew Lee.
  • Thanks for the well-being of Maryanne, Doreen and Brian
  • For our nation and our ability to heal, to practice civility and to be compassionate for all people.
  • For Ish for healing
  • For Jeff for healing as he goes through treatment for brain cancer at University Hospital in Philadelphia.
  • Megan who has the coronavirus, and her family as they care for her

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.
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared were emailed earlier this week.
If you would like to be added to this list,
Youth, Kids, and Music 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 learned how God cares about us so much and will never give up trying to find us if we’re lost and likewise, we should reach out to those missing from our groups. This week our topic is Pray and Play. We’ll get some advice on praying from some of our favorite Bible characters and answer some Bible trivia questions along the way.

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. We continue diving deeper into some familiar Bible stories with “13 Very Bad Days, and how God fixed them.” This week we’ll be back in the book of Acts to find out more about a character that made a brief appearance in last week’s story. Saul was so sure he knew what was right and what others were saying was so wrong. You might say he was already figuratively blind when one day he is struck literally blind. Tough day? Or a good example of how God can turn even the hardest heart and use us all. Bring a talent you have, a sheet of white paper, and have a Bible handy.

Submerge / Tween Time: Join us Thursday at 4:00pm on Zoom to hang out, play some games, connect and help each other thru this time of social distancing. 

High School Discussion: Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. We continue the unit on “MEANING – Why Are We Here?” and this week our session title is The Meaning of Stuff. People in every generation face the same temptation - the temptation to think that one’s life consists of one’s things. Usually our desire for “stuff” far outpaces our ability to be satisfied and constant acquisition only leaves us wanting more. But will the stuff of this world ever produce lasting meaning or will our desires only find fulfillment when they are directed towards the infinite and transcendent God? 
This week’s Key verses: Matthew 6:19-21
Take a listen to our latest online music from CUMC musicians! Mike Maguire playing Bach’s Prelude in A Minor on the sanctuary organ:

And Peter Hill playing John Rutter’s piano solo arrangement of his choral piece, Be Thou My Vision with visuals of candle lighting sent it by members of the congregation:

The Chatham UMC Ukulele Orchestra will meet for their next sing and play-a-longs on Saturdays, November 14th and 21st at 11:00 a.m.! For ukulele music and/or more information please contact Peter Hill at

CUMC musicians will meet online for singing and fellowship on Thursday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. For Zoom information contact Peter Hill at

If you are interested in being an online part of our other music groups: Youth Musicians, Praise Band, Covenant Choir, Wind Ensemble, Wesley Ringers, and Ukulele Orchestra, all are invited! Our online music program welcomes musicians from New Jersey and the wider world.
CMP News
CMP Annual Wreath and Card Sale!
Looking for a beautiful wreath to adorn your door this season? Look no further since the Annual CMP Wreath sale is here! There are variations of sizes and options this year and proceeds benefit CMP. Please place your order by November, 15th. Wreath pickup/delivery is November 30th. (Please note that the red plaid bow has been replaced with a cream bow decorated with poinsettias.)

Looking to order your family Holiday Cards or get that unique, personalized gift for someone? Try shopping at Minted and/or Board and Brush and help support CMP. Click Here to see details and download flier.
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
We Need Your Help!
We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings through November. (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
We are hoping that you can send in one or more videos that can be filmed in a few seconds on your smart phone:
1) A video of you dropping a leaf, and saying what you'd like to let go of.
2)A video of wind chimes that you may have outside your home, or in your neighborhood. 
3) A video of you, and or your family looking in the camera and saying: "Peace be with you."
Please take these videos holding your phone in a horizontal position so that it takes up the whole screen when edited. Please add one or two seconds before and after you speak so that it can be edited in with other videos in the online worship experience. Please sent these videos to Jeff Markay at, or text the video to my cell phone: 973-769-5266.
Volunteers are needed to pick up excess bagels from Chatham Bagel at 260 Main Street each day at 2:00pm (their closing time). Chatham Bagel has been an important partner in supplying our Wednesday Food Distribution efforts with fresh bread. Please help us keep this effort supplied!
Questions? Please contact Annie Walker at Thank you!
Pop Up Food Pantry 
Take what you need or leave what you can at our two pantry shelves. The shelves are now located across from the CMP Playground and are winter ready!
Help keep our shelves filled.

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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