Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Important Information
Follow this link to read the letter from Chatham UMC Council, Trustees and SPRC about Discernment Process on CUMC Building Use During the Pandemic
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  bbabbitt@optimum.net  or
 Jeff Markay  at  revjmarkay@earthlink.net

We recently received two thoughtful Thank You Notes from
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To read the letters please follow the links above.
This Week
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook last night, Wednesday, July 1st ? Don't worry. You can rewatch by clicking here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
Next up is Wednesday, July 8 th

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  revjmarkay@earthlink.net
These Wednesday Prayers videos will be stored on our Chatham UMC Facebook page for those who are unable to participate on Wednesdays at 5PM.
Sunday, July 5th
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?
Sunday's Worship : Look for Pastor Sharon’s message for children on the worship video!  

Throwback Thursday starts today!   As we count down to this year’s at-home VBC, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite songs and moments from the past decade of Vacation Bible Camp at CUMC. If you have a favorite music video you’d like to see again, email Karen at youthchatumc@optonline.ne t .  New videos will be added as requests come in so check back at our VBC webpage often!  chathamumc.org/youthkids/vbc-vacationbiblecamp
Snow is in the Forecast! 
Starting Monday, July 6 th
The valiant Knights of North Castle are on a quest in search of the King’s Special Armor . But will the armor be what they think it is?  Kids of all ages are invited to join in the quest at our At-Home Vacation Bible Camp

Although VBC will look a little different this year, it will still be full of lots of the things you know and love about VBC at CUMC: energetic songs/dance moves, a fun look at Bible stories with modern day life applications, a theme verse, “castle callouts” and crafts. NEW this year: science experiment demonstrations and daily trivia games.
All this can be done in the safety of your own “castle” by visiting the VBC page on our CUMC website.   chathamumc.org/youthkids/vbc-vacationbiblecamp   

Each day, starting Monday, July 6 th , we’ll unlock a new quest for you to explore whenever you’d like. We’ll also post suggestions for fun theme snacks and a list of supplies for the science experiments if you’d like to try these at home. No registration required! No age limit!  So whether you share this with a friend across town, or a cousin across the country, we hope you’ll take up the gauntlet this summer and accept the challenge to “armor up” and “be strong in the Lord” by remaining with God and sharing God’s love in a world that needs it more than ever.
Check out the latest piece of music on CUMC’s Facebook page, Peter Hill, piano performing Tchaikovsky’s June: Barcarolle from The Seasons, Op. 37a :


The music program’s Thursday evening Zoom meeting and fellowship will continue through the Summer but move to every other week after this Thursday, July 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Follow the link to join:


The next CUMC music video project still needs your help! Everyone in the congregation is invited to take short videos (10 seconds or so) of where you take walks, where you go for comfort or respite, where you find kindness rocks, where you like to walks on the beach or the park, or where you go on drives and send to music director, Peter Hill. The Praise Band is creating a music video of Bruce Springsteen’s song, Hello Sunshine and we need clips to show the world of people’s journeys of comfort and hope. To send a video or for more information contact, Peter Hill at petepiano@mac.com

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  petepiano@mac.com.

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  petepiano@mac.com.
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 1 , 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...
• Prayers of thanks for Ron Y.’s successful surgery. Bless him even now at Sloan Kettering Memorial hospital. Bless his doctors and nurses with wisdom and compassion. Bless Sharon, Nathanael and Miriam as they care for him.
• For those living with anxiety
• For Don recently hospitalized with the coronavirus. Bless his wife Lisa, their two daughters, Don’s brother Gary, and Sister in law Alison, and this entire family as they care for one another.
• We give thanks for Miriam Y who received the Philip Wilson Scholarship for exemplifying the values of diversity, social justice and an end to oppression.
• For Janice’s family Bill and Julie who are traveling to Nashville
• For Peg Wilcox as she continues to recover from eye surgery
• Prayers of thanks for Carter, three years old, who was born with a heart condition and doing really well now.
• For Peace in the midst of conflict.
If you have people and situations that you would like lifted up in prayer, please email them to: revjmarkay@earthlink.net 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:

Scripture:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30
Prayer: 
For those carrying the weight and burden of grief…
For those carrying the weight and burden of anxiety…
For those carrying the weight and burden of holding onto old wounds and grudges…
For those carrying the weight and burden of something from the past…
For those carrying the weight and burden of such worries about the future, that they are unable to move forward…
For those carrying the weight and burden of a vision for social justice, feeling overwhelmed with where to begin, and how to make a difference…
For those carrying the weight and burden of unemployment, underemployment…
For those carrying the weight and burden of food insecurity, and not being able to provide for themselves, or their family…

Prayer: 
Loving God, we are weary, and we come to You.
Bless us as we find rest for our souls, with You.
Amen.

a prayer word that we can use today during the silence is: Rest .

A Time of Silence together
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 bbabbitt@optimum.net or Jeff Markay at revjmarkay@earthlink.net
 Bread Ministry : If you would like to be involved in our Bread Ministry, please contact Edit Ostrom at: nyuszi@mac.com 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 churchsecretary@optonline.net .  
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