Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
460 Main Street
Chatham, NJ-(973) 635-7740
Noteworthy Information
Face Masks Still Needed: Are you Sewing Face Masks?
Donald Underhill is faithfully taking care of our beloved Sanctuary and facilities. At this time, Donald and his colleagues are in great need of face masks . If you have been sewing face masks or know of people that do, we would like to provide Donald with a supply. Please bring face masks in a large envelope or large zip lock bag clearly marked for Donald Underhill and put them in our mailbox.
Our mailbox is located at the entrance just off the Memorial Garden facing Main Street. If Donald receives more than is essential, we will donate the extras to where the greatest need is- such as first responders and hospitals. Thank you!
Celebrate Our Graduates!
Do you have a loved one who is scheduled to graduate this spring? Although many ceremonies have been cancelled or postponed this year, we would like to recognize and honor your graduate. If you are graduating or have a loved one that is graduating from Middle School level or above, please let us know. Email your announcement to  Eileen Ruggiero by clicking here .

Please include: the individual's name, from where they are graduating, if their studies are continuing, and the name of the next school they will be attending.   Information must be received by Tuesday, June 12 th. A special graduate insert will be included as a link in the Weekly Enews for Father's Day weekend.
We Miss You!
We want to see you during our weekly online worship! We are still looking for brief videos for 1) Our passing of the peace and 2) Sining/Playing/Humming! This Little Light of Mine. It's so easy to participate.
  • Just take a simple video of yourself looking at the camera and saying, “Peace be with you,” and then email or text it to Jeff. He’ll include two or three of these in each Sunday’s video. Please send your videos to Jeff at or text to (973) 769-5266.
  • See Music News below to participate in This Little Light of Mine.
This Week
Thursday, May 7 th
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook last night? Don't worry. You can rewatch by clicking here. You don't need to be on Facebook to rewatch this link. If you would like to participate this coming Wednesday, May13 th on Facebook or you would like to submit a prayer request, see the information below for Wednesday, May13 th .
Sunday, May 10 th
Our worship service will be posted on Facebook, YouTube,
and our Website.
 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.

Virtual Coffee and Conversation via Zoom at 10:00 AM on Sunday.
Join Zoom Meeting for Sunday, May 10 th by clicking below:

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Wednesday, May 13 th
Prayers Live at Five on Facebook
All are invited to tune into a brief Facebook Live event on Wednesdays 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.
Sunday's Worship : sheets for readers and non-readers are available below for you to print at home!

Sunday School Kids (PreK-3 rd  grade):   meet online Sunday morning at 9:30am . This Sunday’s theme: WATER . Today’s story of Jesus and the woman at the well is from John 4:5-42. Jesus meets a woman at a well and tells her about living water, which, like actual water is important for life.  Email Karen at:   for info on how to connect on zoom and to receive supplemental materials.

Submerge Class (4 th -7 th  graders):  meet online Sunday morning at 10:30am. This week we’ll go a little deeper into the familiar story of “The Good Samaritan” from Luke 10:25-37– have a Bible handy! In Bible times, just like today, people experienced limiting social boundaries. Jesus empowers us to move beyond rigid social norms (what’s cool, what’s not), forming friendships and caring for others beyond the perceived social boundaries. The Zoom Log-In is the same as last week but it will be emailed again on Saturday. Email Karen at  if you'd like to be added to this email list. 

Submerge / Tween Time:  T hursdays at 4:00pm on Zoom.  Time to hang out, play some games, connect and help each other thru this time of social distancing. Email Karen at   if you'd like to be added to this email list.

Confirmation Class: meet online at 11:00am We’re entering the final section of our confirmation studies, which lead to the decision to be confirmed or not.  Sunday’s lesson is entitled:   A Faith to Live .  Using Matthew 22, we’ll look at Wesley’s understanding of Christian perfection as it relates to living a life of following Christ and discuss using works or piety and works of mercy as a way to attain Christian perfection.

 High School Discussion Group: will meet this Sunday at 1:30 PM on Zoom. This week's topic: Seminarian Surprise!

Youth Group Hangouts Thursdays at 5:30pm on Zoom for High Schoolers, Confirmands, RISE team . Check your email for the log-in info but if you need it again, text Karen at 973.908.4474.

RISE Teams Past and Present :   (from the RISE board)    We do not know yet what will happen for RISE's 40th summer. We are concerned about the needs of the people we help each summer in this difficult time. Let's have some fun and raise some money. For every picture of someone in a RISE shirt on social media, members of the RISE board will donate $5 to food pantries in Steuben and Allegheny Counties. Tag RISE and use  # RiseTogether40
Our latest online contribution from our CUMC musicians playing while at home comes from members of the Wesley Ringers, Youth Ringers, and Youth Music Alumni: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less. We hope you enjoy!

All friends and members of the congregation are invited to be part of a video of the hymn: This Little Light of Mine. We would like to show the world that we are all still singing even while away from the church building, social distancing, taking a walk outside, or working from home.

You need only take video of you singing a line or two of the hymn then send it to music director, Peter Hill at . Here’s a video that will help you get started:
If you would be willing and interested in being part of this video project or for more information, please contact Peter Hill at or 530-574-7539.
United in Prayer
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.

All are invited to Wednesday Prayers via Facebook Live at 5PM. This will be done every Wednesday for the foreseeable future.

If you wish to learn and practice a spiritual resource that might help move us from the landscape of fear, to a place of peace, please click on the link below:
Prayers for May 6, 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.
A Time of Guided Meditation and Prayer…

We Remember in our Prayers...
  • For Rob R. whose Mother died this week.
  • Hannah, who is a critical care nurse for COVID-19 patients at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Hannah's parents, George and Nancy, who are her primary emotional support network.
  • Fran O she has just been diagnosed with a debilitating disease 
  • For Fran’s brother in law’s Dad, George, who died last week, for George’s entire family for comfort.
  • For Phyllis C recovering at home after a recent hospitalization.
  • For Julie in NYC who is dealing with anxiety.
  • For doors to open for someone looking for affordable housing.
  • For Chris and Frank Fillimon as they grieve Frank’s brothers death. Bless Joe’s widow Jane, and her entire family.
  • For a Godmother, Mitzy, who is facing a heart procedure.
  • For people not feeling safe in their homes.
  • For Desiree, facing surgery in the next two weeks.
  • For students and teachers and parents as they process the reality of not going back to school for the rest of the year.
  • For nurses at Overlook dealing with mental exhaustion, weariness, and frustration at not being able to do more.
  • Tammy Alexander, who entered Life Eternal in March. (Steve D.)
  • For Joe, For Zia and Amir, For a colleague at work, For Marion For Melissa’s Dad, for Glenn’s parents, Tom G, Manuel living with the coronavirus.
  • For leaders to show wisdom, courage and compassion as they make decisions for the Common Good.
  • For understanding in conversations with people of different contexts and experiences of this pandemic.
  • For those living alone.
  • For those far from family.
  • For Zainab and her colleagues in the emergency squad who are on the front lines of this pandemic.
  • For doctors, nurses, hospital staff and administrators, as well as their families. For Mallory, Dr. Franz, Dr. Becky M, Gabrielle, Carolyn, Jeanne, Sarah, Annie, Carol, Nancy,
  • Bless them with stamina as they face tragedy on a daily basis. Bless them with moments of peace and purpose and rest. Bless them as they are often providing emotional support for patients, as well as the medical skills for which they are trained. For self-care as they work overtime and respond to monumental needs.
  • Help them and all of us to process the feelings of guilt in not being able to do more.
  • For Mark, diagnosed with cancer.
  • For Gordy, in need of healing.
  • For Dave, who died last week, and for his wife Juanita who is grieving
  • For the homeless community, and those caring for them.
  • For Alyssa’s brother, Karen’s nephew, and others graduating without graduation.
  • For Chatham UMC’s graduating seniors, Miriam, Anna, Emma and Hanna.
  • For Jon working on the front lines in a supermarket.
  • For staff working in Intensive Care Units which at times extend to the hallways of hospitals.
  • For Anne, in need of God’s healing touch.
  • For the Communities of Care calls, that they continue to be a mutual blessing for those receiving and making calls.
  • For the health and safety of all first responders, all health care workers, and all chaplains and clergy as they minister to the needs of our population.
  • For Ron as he goes through the next rounds of chemo.
  • For Mary in need of God’s blessing, and her family as they care for her.
  • For those with the power to make decisions that will help the world confront this pandemic with wisdom, knowledge and compassion.
  • For Christians, people of other faiths, and people of good will, that together we will offer compassion, love and wisdom to a fearful and hurting world.
  • For an outpouring of empathy and compassion for those in need.
  • For friends who have lost their livelihood and income.
  • For Sue as she grieves the death of her husband (Fran).
  • Jenn B has a new medical problem.
  • For friend Ursula, who is fighting colon cancer (Jessica).
  • friend Sabrina's father, who was recently diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia.  (Jessica).
  • Lori, who died from COVID-19, prayers also for her family. (Hal)
  • For Arthur
  • For Mike’s Dad Ed who is working security at a hospital.
  • For Mike’s Uncle Ratsy who has COVID-19 and is hospitalized.
  • For Chelsea, Kevin and Leigh Ann as they volunteer at the COVID Testing Site for Morris County.
  • For loved ones with compromised immune systems.
  • For those struggling with isolation.
  • For those having difficulties with their families.
  • For those who are dealing with addictions.
  • For those who live in fear of domestic violence.
  • For those with mental health challenges and those who are caring for them.
  • For those who are grieving, God grant them comfort.
  • For Jean and Andy as they grieve the death of Jean’s mother from the coronavirus.
  • For all who are at Care One, Brookdale, Juniper Village and Chatham Hills who have the coronavirus and those who are caring for them.
  • For Dawn as she grieves the death of her mother to the coronavirus.
  • For those searching for you O God in a new way.

  •  All the Prayers received in our Facebook comments

  • The prayers of each of our hearts…

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.

We continue to pray for all our members in nursing care facilities
and shut-ins.

We continue to pray for friends and loved ones in military service: Christophe Strunc, Justin Alexander, Dale Deeken, Joshua Garber, Shane Garrett, Toby Haughey, Brian Klecka, Phillip Knoecklein, Brandon Pillen, Kevin Sehulster, and Vanessa Lindsay-Kerr.
The scriptures and prayers that are being shared this week are below:
“By waiting and by calm you shall be saved,
in quiet and in trust your strength lies.”                     
Isaiah 30:15

Waiting with God…
Taize Chant:
“Wait for the Lord, whose day is near
Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart.”

A Prayer:
         Loving God, we trust that as we wait for clarity, you wait with us.
        We trust that as we wait for healing and courage, you wait with us.
        We trust that as we wait for meaning and purpose, you wait with us.
        Grant us moments of calm, quiet and trust,
        that we might be encouraged and strengthened. Amen.
CUMC Outreach
Volunteers are always needed for Ministry Outreach
  • Pop Up Outdoor Food Pantry Thank you Chatham UMC for your continued support of bringing extra food to the pop up food pantry located under the overhang of our Main Street entrance to the Sanctuary. A second shelving unit will be added to accommodate growing local need and pantry item contributions.We are also grateful for the greater Chatham and Madison Community who have contributed to this new expression of care.
  • Communities of Care Chatham UMC has recently set up Communities of Care for those who wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community. If you would like to be in such a group, please email the church office by clicking here.
  • 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!)
  • Click Here for instructions
  • 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
Seeking Resources
Below is a small sample of resources available for our members and friends in need.
  • As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase, so does the associated anxiety. During this difficult period, Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, and local members have joined forces to compile some helpful resources for all of our residents. Click Here for the official Tri-Town Cares Resources.

  • For current information about New Jersey resources such as employment opportunities, medical assistance, housing assistance and financial assistance please Click Here for the New Jersey COVID-19 Information HUB.

  • If you need to speak to someone for emotional support dealing with stress, anxiety and depression due to COVID-19, speak with a behavioral care specialist from the NJ Mental Health Cares Hotline 866-202-HELP (4357) daily from 8am-8pm.

  • The Mom2Mom helpline offers 24/7 peer support to mothers of children with special needs. 877-914-MOM2 (6662)
  • Crisis Text Line Connect with a crisis counselor, trained in active listening and collaborative problem solving, helping to defuse a “hot” moment or a crisis. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Text: "NJ" to 741741

  • For a partial list of current food pantries in New Jersey, please Click Here
How to Help
Below is a small sample of ways you can help or virtually volunteer during this crisis.

  • The Library 1,000 Masks Challenge is On! Please help protect our front line workers by making masks with materials we will deliver right to your doorstep. You will need tightly woven cotton material, flannel, thread and elastic. To request materials, send an email to or phone us at 862-246-6108. Your materials will be delivered in a library tote bag provided in partnership with ECLC Pride while supplies last. Keep the tote and seal your masks in a zip lock baggie (multiple masks per bag). Details are at this link: Ready for pickup? Leave the masks in a bag on your porch and call 862-246-6108.

  • Chatham/Madison FLAG (Frontline Appreciation Group) Support First Responders and Local Small Businesses by Clicking Here

All submissions for next week's CUMC Weekly E-news are due to Eileen Ruggiero by Tuesdays, 2:00 PM Submissions may be emailed to .  
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