Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Look towards the Heavens this week...
you won't want to miss Neowise!
Enjoy this gift of God's creation while you can; Comet Neowise won’t return for 6,800 years. Want to try and catch it yourself? Look up at the northwest skies about an hour and a half after sunset. Experts suggest going to the darkest area you can for best viewing. Find the Big Dipper and look below the "ladle". NEOWISE will appear under the Big Dipper above the horizon and be about as bright as that constellation’s stars. Over the next few days, Neowise will move higher in the sky and be easier to spot until about July 23 rd. Amazing!
Important Information
We STILL Need You!
As we continue our weekly Online Worship Experience, we truly need your help . We are requesting additional, very brief videos for various parts of our Worship. Having you participate ensures that we have a warm, member inclusive worship we can all share.
Here are some ways you can lend a hand:
  • Passing of the Peace: simply film yourself saying "peace be with you"
  • Acolytes: we'd love to see our kids but all ages are great!
  • Windchimes: Do you have a set of windchimes? You can just take a video of the chimes being rung and then step out of the picture. You can continue to film and just let the chimes continue for as long as possible before turning off the camera.
  • Liturgists: We have added some additional slots for the coming summer weeks. Please see below in CUMC Outreach or follow this link to sign up!
Please note that our recordings are due on Tuesdays before the coming weekend.
To submit a video or if you have any questions, please contact:
  Barbara Babbitt  at  or
 Jeff Markay  at
This Week
Thursday, July 16 th
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook last night, Wednesday, July 15 th ? Don't worry. You can rewatch by clicking here . You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
If you would like to participate this coming Wednesday, July 22 nd  on Facebook or you would like to submit a prayer request, email Pastor Jeff at
Sunday, July 19 th

Our worship service will be posted on Facebook, YouTube,
and our Website by Saturday morning.
Follow us on Facebook or YouTube to be notified
when we post new videos!

We hope you will worship with us, and share the links with those who have no church or cannot worship at their church during this time.

Sunday Zoom “Virtual Coffee & Conversation”
 Join Us at 10:00am by clicking image below:

Meeting ID: 680 233 812
Password: 015665
Looking for the full Zoom Information?
Wednesday, July 22 nd
Prayers Live at Five on Facebook
All are invited to tune into a brief Facebook Live event each  Wednesday at 5:00 pm. We will be lifting up some prayer practices that might be helpful as we navigate this new landscape. 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
These Wednesday Prayers videos will be stored on our Chatham UMC Facebook page for those who are unable to participate on Wednesdays at 5PM.
Youth and Kids News
The snow continues at CUMC!    
Look at these Cool Creations!
Pictures and stories are coming in from kids of all ages (and yes, that means teens and even some adults!) participating in our Knights of North Castle at-home Vacation Bible Camp. The videos of Bible stories, songs, crafts and trivia games, led by some familiar CUMC faces as well as our friends from Cokesbury, will remain on our VBC webpage thru the end of the month for you to explore at your own pace.
Want more VBC?  A playlist of Throwback Videos – songs and dances from the past decade of Vacation Bible Camp at CUMC - is available for viewing here .  
Looking for a summer getaway?  Pinelands Center, one of the United Methodist church camps at Mt. Misery, NJ, is offering an opportunity for families to go outside and spend time in God’s creation during the month of August. Families/households have a private cabin and will enjoy camp activities such as hiking, archery, crafting, hayrides, etc. with proper social distancing Click here to find out how to reserve a cabin  for a three- or six- day family vacation that includes all that Pinelands has to offer and daily devotionals for spiritual growth.  Click here to see a video  on the safety measures in place at Pinelands and register today. Individual families or groups of families are welcome.
The music program’s next Thursday evening Zoom meeting and fellowship will take place TONIGHT! Thursday, July 16 th at 7:30 p.m. Follow the link to join:

The Chatham UMC Ukulele Orchestra will host their Summer online sing and play-a-longs on Saturday, July 18 th and Saturday, August 15 th both at 11:00 a.m.! For ukulele music and/or more information please contact Peter Hill at

The Covenant Choir is working on their first virtual choir project! The Choir putting together Peter Lutkin’s  The Lord Bless You and Keep You. All singing friends are invited to participate; for more information 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:
Prayers lifted on July 15, 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...
  • Peter Erbe, who entered Life Eternal a few weeks ago. For the Walker family and circle of friends who grieve his death.
  • Chip and his family, as Chip recovers from a heart attack
  • Alyssa and her colleagues at Starbucks as they enter a new phase of welcoming customers in this time of pandemic. We pray for health, for protection, for wisdom.
  • For loved ones who are living in states where the coronavirus is surging.
  • Ron and his family as he recovers from recent surgery and hospitalization
  • Thanks for travel blessings after a safe return home for Bill and Julie
  • For the family of the public service person who died while cutting down some branches in Florham Park
  • For Ish’s partner
  • For Janice’s agency that is in a new phase of opening up. Bless those living with fear.
  • For educators and parents as they deal with the anxiety of sending kids back to school.
  • For administrators and Boards of Education as they seek to balance good science and good pedagogy.
  • For Anjie Henry a homeless woman who died last month. Bless those in the shelter who cared for her and treated her with dignity and love.
  • For those living with food insecurity
  • For Gary’s brother hospitalized with Covid 19
  • For Ralph in need of healing, and his family as they care for him.
  • For Anna in need of healing and courage
  • For Elise Taylor, for healing and strength
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.
To continue to reflect and pray over prior weeks' intentions, you may do so by  Clicking Here . Prayers will be archived here for each month.
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared this week are below:
Have you seen the Comet Neowise?
God is the Maker of heaven and earth,
     the sea, and everything in them—
     God remains faithful forever.
God upholds the cause of the oppressed
     and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
     the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
     the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
     and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
     but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

           Psalm 146:6-9

                      Prayer from the United Methodist Hymnal
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Meditate on:
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory…
Community Event
Let’s Get Outside Carnival
Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Chatham Mall, 650 Shunpike Road, Chatham Township, NJ, 07928
Everyone is invited to a free carnival run by local Cub Scout packs & Scouts BSA troops .


We will be following all social distancing regulations in effect on that date.

Rain date – 7/23.

For info, contact: ;
973-765-9322 x229
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed
DATES ADDED! OPPORTUNITY FOR ONLINE LITURGISTS! We’re reaching out to all church members for pre-recorded Gospel readings. We've created easy to follow instructions- just grab your cell phone and click below! (Please remember to film Sunday’s Gospel message by the previous Tuesday!)
  1. Click Here for instructions
  2. 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.
Seeking Resources/How to Help
We offer links on our website to resources you may need to help you or your loved ones through this trying time. 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. If there is a resource you would like to add,
you may submit by   clicking here .
Pop Up Outdoor Food Pantry Take what you need or leave what you can at our two pantry shelves. The shelves are located behind the building at the doors of the Chatham Methodist Preschool. Please help keep our shelves filled.
CUMC COVID Relief Fund
Your donations will be used to purchase $25 gift cards from Shop Rite along with other needed items for the weekly Wednesday food drive.
If you would like to support this fund, checks can be made payable to:
Chatham UMC, and write in the memo line: CUMC Covid Relief Fund.
CUMC members can also pay by via an online donation by clicking Donate on our website and selecting the “CUMC COVID Relief Fund” option.
We are so grateful to you all for your support!
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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