Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Thank you to our CUMC family and our Chatham community for your immense generosity and support of our 20 Days of Thanks food drive. The Chatham Food Distribution received 144 completed Thanksgiving Boxes and over 70 turkeys to distribute over the next week. We are grateful for the vision of Alyssa Kiefer, seminarian at Drew Theological School and staff member at the Chatham UMC who created and took leadership in this project. Well done Alyssa and to all our community partners that made this effort a huge success!
Important News
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Annual Turkey Drive
THIS SATURDAY! November 21st
10:00 AM -2:00 PM
Local Drop-Off Site: Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street, Chatham

Please drop off your donation of a frozen turkey and/or nonperishable foods at the truck parked at the west end of the church, just off the Main Street entrance to the Chatham Middle School. 
 Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving, Carolyn Palma
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
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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 19th
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 22nd 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 25th
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 18, 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 the long life of a dog named Cody who died recently
  • For experiences in nature with animals of all kinds
  • Thanks for time with grandchildren and grandparents
  • Prayers of healing for Alison, Gary, Heyden and Hunter
  • For JoAnn P as she prepares for surgery
  • For those working on the vaccine and those making the plans for mass distribution
  • Thanks for opportunities to be outdoors in the creation
  • For incarcerated persons being released to an unknown future
  • For agencies and social services that greet them, especially First Friends.
  • For educators at every level of education
  • For Mom’s and women who are juggling so many responsibilities
  • For the Family Promise staff and volunteers who continue to make plans to help those who are temporarily homeless.
  • For CUMAC and their staff in Paterson NJ, as they continue to be expressions of compassion and love to the people they serve.
  • For Emanuel Baptist Church in Morristown as they open their doors to homeless guests
  • For Elise in Nashville, as she deals with some health concerns that have made her feel exhausted, isolated, frustrated, looking for meaning. Bless her with a sense of your loving presence deep within her, waiting with her, doing something good that is still unseen and hidden. Help her to know even now, the depth of your love for her. Bless her family as they care for one another.
  • For Ish, for healing and strength
  • For Dona, for relief from pain
  • For Rob and Kate, Nathan and Adam as they grieve the death of Rob’s mother Ana.
  • For Myrtle McEntee who entered Life Eternal this year and was laid to rest last week. Continue to bless her family and friends with comfort and gratitude for her life, that in your love O Christ has no end.
  • For Karin Holz who entered Life Eternal this week and for her family as they grieve, and care for one another.
  • For Jeff S. as he seeks healing from a cancerous brain tumor

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 talked about prayer and got some advice on praying from some of our favorite Bible characters. A copy of the “How to Pray” booklet will be in your next supply bag! This week our topic is Inclusion with a side of Thankfulness. Not being included doesn’t feel good, but when someone reaches out it reminds us that we do have worth. In the story of the healing of the Ten Lepers we see Jesus cross lines to include people who had been excluded from society. Jesus wants us all to be included and to include others. We’ll also talk about being like the one healed leper who remembered to return to Jesus to say thanks.  

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. Roman law held that a jailer who let prisoners escape should be killed. When an earthquake hits sending walls tumbling, breaking open the stocks and essentially freeing the prisoners, the jailer was having a pretty bad day. What happens when the prisoners are Paul and Silas and will their actions speak louder than their words?

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 Living Purpose. Does God want us to be happy? What is the relationship between happiness and purpose? What happens when purpose is removed? Do all religions view purpose in the same way? These are just a few or the questions we’ll discuss in A?K – Because Your Questions Matter.
This week’s Key Verses: John 15:4, 11
The Chatham UMC Ukulele Orchestra will meet for their next sing and play-a-long on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m.! For ukulele music and/or more information please contact Peter Hill at

CUMC Musicians will host a Christmas Zoom Sing-A-Long on Sunday, December 20th at 4:00 p.m. Join us for a time to sing hymns and songs of the season. To lead a song or for the Zoom information contact, Peter Hill at

Members of the CUMC Covenant Choir will be participating in the United Methodist 2020 Worldwide Virtual Christmas Choir! For more information or to participate go to:

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.
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 distribution sustained:

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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