Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Wishing our CUMC Family and Friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for each of you and the individual ways you enrich our growing community.
We Remember
Jim Gilbert, faithful member of the Chatham UMC for many years, passed away Monday morning at the age of 90. He was very active in the Finance Committee and a welcoming presence as an Usher on Sunday mornings. More importantly he was a husband, father, and grandfather. Let us keep his children Jim Gilbert, Leigh Ann Catlin, and Lynne Agoston and their families in our prayers.
Cards of love and condolences can be sent to:
Leigh Ann Catlin
43 Knollwood Ave
Madison, NJ 07940
A private burial of his ashes will take place in our Chatham UMC Memorial Garden sometime in the Spring of 2021.
Important News
UPDATE: Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Annual Turkey Drive

Thank you to Troop 8 for all of their work with the turkey drive at CUMC this past Saturday, November 21st. Along with monetary donations, a large crate box of food and 76 turkeys were collected!  Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving, Carolyn Palma
Holiday Care Box
Personal Item Drive- Collection is next week!
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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Chatham Interfaith Council Annual Thanksgiving Service
Although we might not be able to gather together for our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, there is still much to be thankful for. If you have not had an opportunity to view our worship service last weekend, you may do so now. This service was created by the members and friends of the Chatham Interfaith Council. We may have a variety of beliefs, but in each of our Abrahamic traditions, expressing gratitude is a natural part of our faithfulness.
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!
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
Wednesday, November 25th
To view tonight's Prayers Live @5 on Facebook Please Click Here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
Thursday, November 26th Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 29th
First Sunday of Advent - Hope
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
Sunday Advent Virtual Small Groups begin today at 11:00 AM.
More information can be found above.
Monday, November 30th Monday Advent Virtual Small Groups begin today at noon and 7:30 PM. More information can be found above.
Wednesday, December 2nd
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 25, 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 Jim Gilbert who entered into Life Eternal this week. Bless his family as they grieve his death and celebrate his life, that in Christ has no end.
  • For teachers, for students, for administrators and staff
  • For doctors, nurses, staff, especially those working on Thanksgiving
  • For Jennifer who is trying to find balance with her medication, and in need of sleep. Bless her with your healing touch. And bless her family as they care for her.
  • David H. thankful for health even in the midst of health concerns
  • For Steve’s Uncle Joe recovering from a stroke in Charlotte NC
  • For Gary and Alison, Hunter and Hayden for healing and strength as they recover from Covid
  • For all who gave Thanksgiving boxes, turkeys, hams, pies, produce boxes and gift cards, and for all who received these gifts…help us all be thankful for the bounty each of us has been given…for life, breath, and being.
  • For Betty P who fell recently and is in need of healing, care and extra help.
  • For Jana in San Antonio Texas who is fighting cancer
  • Thanks for travel blessings on Nathanael, Lizzie and Barbara, and blessings for all who are traveling during the holidays
  • For all who are dealing with isolation and changes that were not of our own choosing
  • For Diane, a young mother in pain as she battles breast cancer.
  • For Rudy and Marjorie Savoie who celebrate their 67th Wedding Anniversary on November 25.
  • For Julie, on her birthday. Continue to flow through her with your grace, your peace and your love.

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. This week is the first Sunday of Advent and tho we won’t be meeting on zoom, you are encouraged to spend some time with your family making the advent wreath craft from your Sunday School supplies bag delivered earlier this week or gather some evergreen branches from your yard and make a fresh wreath. Then together read the first page of the Wonders of His Love family devotion booklet.  

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. This week is the first Sunday of Advent and tho we won’t be meeting on zoom, you are encouraged to spend some time with your family making an advent wreath from evergreen branches from your yard, or craft with paper leaves or other things you may find around the house. Then light the first candle as you read the first page from the Wonders of His Love family devotion booklet. (Look for this in the mail or, if you have an elementary age sibling, it will be in his/her supply bag.)

High School Discussion: Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. We’ll take a break from
A?K – Because Your Questions Matter for the next few weeks as we move into Advent. This week, the first Sunday of Advent, we’ll take a screen break too. Tho we won’t be meeting on zoom, you are encouraged to spend some time with your family making an advent wreath for your home in your family’s tradition...or start a new tradition using greenery from your yard. Watch your email for some devotion materials from Adam Hamilton’s “Incarnation – Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas” to use as you light the first candle.
This week’s Key Verse: Romans 15:13 - “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

ALL YOUTH save the date, Sunday Dec. 13 for a Christmas mission activity. Times are still being finalized but will be mid-late afternoon. Watch your email for updates as plans develop. Drivers will be needed!
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.
Community Needs
URGENT NEED: Chatham Emergency Squad Blood Drive Saturday, December 5th
8:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church
286 Main Street, Chatham
Appointments recommended.
Sponsor Code - 61961
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
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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