Flooding Update
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

September 2, 2021

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all safe and dry. Thanks to the Trustees and the generosity of our congregation, we intentionally upgraded our water drainage systems around the church building a few years ago. After last night’s storm, the church only took on a bit of water in the youth lounge, choir room and downstairs hallway. We are thankful for Donald and his guys who are mopping and airing out the rooms this morning.

I left the church on Wednesday night at 9pm after a Chatham Methodist Preschool meeting with parents, and the back parking lot was flooded by the brook that had overflown its banks. The exit to Van Doren Ave was a river and impassable. Main Street was also a river and impassable. It was a long and circuitous ride home to the parsonage. All that to say, know that flooding these days, will mean that access to and from our church building will be questionable at best.

If you have experienced flooding and would like a prayer over the phone, or need more tangible help, please give me a call. We’ll try and connect those who are willing to help, with those who are in need.

With love, with prayer, and with trust,
Jeff
This Week
Time for Prayer and Community
We invite all people to join us at 10AM on Sunday, September 5, 2021 in the Sanctuary to enjoy masked, heartfelt, community!
Greeters and Ushers needed!
We invite you to be greeters and ushers for Sunday morning worship, and to set up and prepare for refreshments following our worship time. Please use this Sign-Up Genius link to indicate the dates you are willing to assist us. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094CA8AE2BAB9-summer. Thank you!
Prayers Lifted on August 29
  • of concern for baby Sophie as Drs. works on a cure for her condition. (Annie W.)
  • of concern and healing for Jay having surgery tomorrow. (Phyllis C.)
  • prayers for the people of Afghanistan - and our troops.
  • bless and comfort those who grieve the deaths of military personnel and civilians who have died recently and years ago.
  • of thanks for our service men and women who give of themselves to protect the lives of others. (Ron)
  • prayers for Eric T. starting basic training with the Army.
  • prayers for Afghan refugees and all refugees, guide them to communities of welcome, hospitality, and inclusion.
  • bless o Lord the people and organizations that work around the clock to welcome and settle refugees.
  • prayers for those in the path of Hurricanes, wild fires, violence, refugee crisis.
  • prayers for students traveling abroad to study. (Jan)
A Message from Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Dear Parishioners and Friends of Chatham UMC,

On behalf of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, I want to share some news with you, that is sad for us, but good for Ana. Ana Wahidy, our Finance & Office Manager, will be taking another job as the lead accountant in an international trade business effective September 20, 2021. Ana describes this new opportunity as a dream job, yet she has also shared how hard it will be to leave our office team that has done so many good things here at Chatham UMC. Ana, we will miss you, and we are so grateful for the many ways you have streamlined our finances, encouraged great teamwork in the office, and invested so much of yourself in the ministry of hospitality and welcome.
The SPRC will be meeting soon to talk about restructuring the office responsibilities and adding someone to our office team either on an interim or permanent basis as soon as we can. Ana has offered to assist with a smooth transition and will continue to do our payroll in addition to her new job, until we can hire someone.
SPRC will speak with the CUMC staff about their levels of interest in, and opportunities to, acquire additional office duties and potentially increased pay as a result of this restructuring and future hiring.
We welcome your questions and concerns. And if you have someone in mind who may be a good fit for this office position, please reach out to me or Pastor Jeff.
With prayer and trust,

Glen Walker, SPRC Chair
Join us for Rally Day September 12
Sunday September 12 is Rally Day and CUMC’s Church Family Reunion!
Immediately following church service at 10 we’ll gather on the front lawn on Main St side and have:
  • Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers...expert Grillmeister John Palma on the grill
  • Ukulele Music and possibly some Open Mic Talent
  • Kids Games!
  • Pot luck sides (or BYOSD....Bring Your Own Side Dish if you need to be extra cautious)
  • Church Directory Assistance
  • Frozen Desert Treats!
Pls Sign up at SignUp Genius below to help get accurate headcount for food:
Questions? Call Steve Davis (m) 973.7384728
A Library Update
We on the Library Committee hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer and that you’ve found opportunities to read a good book. If there’s a book you’d like to review or recommend to our congregation, please send a note about it to Ron Yarger at ryarger@optonline.net
 
In the coming weeks we’ll provide reviews of The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen and The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr. If you would like to write a review or share comments about either of these books, or others by these authors, let us know. We’ll be glad to post your comments.
 
As we’ve noted previously, you can view and search the entire CUMC Library holdings at http://www.chathamumc.com/cumc-library/. If you have questions or comments about the Library, please let us know.
 
Betty Anne Keat
Stuart Shippey
Ronald Yarger
Music News
This Sunday, our 10:00 a.m. in-person Summer service will feature Tom Belding, harmonica. Join us prior to the service for hymn favorites from Mike Maguire at the piano and stay for the beautiful harmonica music during the service.

Members of our Ukulele Orchestra will next meet in-person and online on Saturday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the Asbury Room! Email Peter Hill at the below email address for our Zoom and in-person info.

Our Chatham UMC music groups will begin the program season in September after Labor Day. We will also begin our season with in-person fellowship in the backyard of the Hill residence. If you would like information about our Covenant Choir, Youth Musicians, Wesley Ringers, Ukulele Orchestra, Praise Band, or Wind Ensemble email music director, Peter Hill at petepiano@mac.com.
Call for Liturgists
Online Worship Liturgists
Please sign up to read and record yourself reading scriptures, this will be a blessing to our online worshiping community. The first date we need filled is 9/7.
Here is the link:
CUMC Community Food Pantry
Fishawack Pantry Information Table
Our CUMC Community Food Pantry has been helping our neighbors facing food insecurity since mid March 2020. Our little pantry has become a beloved community resource but our shelves are almost bare! Help us oversee our information table at the Chatham Fishawack Festival. This year the festival will run
Friday, September 24th 4PM -7PM,
Saturday, September 25th 10 AM - 4PM (for tables), and
Sunday, September 26th 4PM-7PM.

We need volunteers to oversee the table and donations that come in.

Please feel free to contact Eileen Ruggiero at chatumc@optonline.net.
Online Church Community Directory
SIGN UP to join the online church community directory at https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/sQILS5n/CUMConlinedir 

After signing up please wait for your Welcome Email with the instructions for creating your own login.

The CUMC online church community directory is LIVE at https://members.instantchurchdirectory.com/
Community Announcements 
The Masterwork Chorus will hold fall 2021 auditions on Wednesday evenings by appointment at Chatham United Methodist Church (CUMC), 460 Main Street, Chatham, N.J.
We welcome singers in all voice parts, but tenors and basses are especially encouraged to join. Sight reading is required, prior choral singing experience is highly desirable.

During auditions singers are asked to vocalize, do pitch- and rhythm-matching exercises, sight-read in a four-part piece and, optionally, sing a prepared selection.

Contact Don MacGowan at membership@masterwork.org to make arrangements or discuss in more detail.

The Masterwork Chorus rehearses at Chatham Methodist Church on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10:00 PM.

Masterwork Chorus is over 100 voices. Founded in 1955, the non-profit chorus is dedicated to enrich, delight and support the cultural life of the community through high-quality inspiring choral performances.

For more information please visit www.masterwork.org.
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
Can You Help the Bread Ministry?
The bread ministry is looking for more volunteers to assist in collecting bread from Panera. This ministry is a vital station in the Wednesday Food Distribution. Additional days and dates have been added from now until November. Please click on the link below and chose a day to help!.
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!!!
Bread Ministry: If you would like to be involved in our Bread Ministry, please contact Hilary Stannard at: 973-650-8715 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.
All submissions for next week's CUMC Weekly E-news are due by Tuesdays, 2PM. Submissions may be emailed to Zrinka Cvetkovic.
460 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
(973) 635-7740
See what's happening on our social sites: