Please know our church and facilities remain closed due to the attempt at physical distancing to curb COVID-19.
Sometimes you gotta clean out the "yuck" inside to let your light shine!
Last weekend, some of our Jr. Youth and parents gathered together for some physically distanced- outdoor Fall Fun! There was some pumpkin carving at sunset, tree climbing, campfire, and s'mores. A good time was had by all!
To read more about our Youth Happenings, scroll down to Youth and Kids News!
Important News
All Saints Day Outdoor Service
Sunday, November 1st
Join us on All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1st at 5:00PM in our rear parking lot. We will continue our tradition of the sacred ritual of saying of the names of our loved ones who have finished their courses in faith, and now live in the heavenly realm. We will light candles in their memory, speak their names, toll the bell, and give God thanks for their lives and their homecoming into Eternal Life.

Please dress warm, bring a chair, wear a mask, and park in the Chatham Middle School lot. Our building is still closed which includes the bathrooms, so please plan accordingly. If you are interested in coming, please register with the sign up genius link by clicking here so that we can prepare accordingly and practice contact tracing if necessary.

If you have a loved one you'd like included in our All Saints Day list, please send an email to our Church Secretary, Zrinka Cvetkovic at: Please include the individual's name and date of death. Deadline for all name submissions is Wednesday, October 28th
20 Days of Thanks
Help us create a "Thanksgiving in a Box" for our Chatham Community Food Distribution. For 20 days, you are invited to add a non perishable, holiday food item to a box and remember all that you have to be grateful for this 2020 Holiday Season. You may click on the flier on the right to print a copy at home and to share with a friend!

Completed boxes (having all 20 items on the list) will need to be dropped off at Chatham United Methodist Church- 460 Main Street. Our collection day of completed boxes will be Saturday, November 14th 10:00 AM - 12 noon.

If you wish to make a monetary contribution, checks can be made payable to Chatham United Methodist Church. Please specify COVID Relief fund on the memo line.
Our Charge Conference was held on
Thursday, October 15th, online via Zoom.
We assembled reports of different areas of ministry into a 2020 CUMC Charge Conference “booklet” that was shared with those on the Church Council who made up the voting members of the online Charge Conference.
If you would like to receive an electronic or hard copy of the “booklet” please send us an email at or leave a voicemail at 973-635-7740.
This Week
Thursday, October 22nd
Did you miss our Prayers Live @5 on Facebook last night, Wednesday, October 21st Don't worry. You can rewatch by clicking here. You don't need to be on Facebook to watch this link.
Sunday, October 25th Our worship service will be posted on Facebook, YouTube, and our Website by Saturday morning.

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

Meeting ID: 680 233 812
Password: 015665
Looking for the full Zoom Information?

If you would like to help create our Sunday online worship, please scroll down to CUMC Outreach and sign up today!
Wednesday, October 28th
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 October 21, 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 Dona
  • For Anna, and for her son Rob as he cares for her
  • For all who are lonely and feeling isolated
  • For all who are working for racial justice
  • For Marie Welsh who entered Life Eternal at age 90, and for her family and friends in Avon, Connecticut. She was a mother of 6, grandmother to 14, great grandmother to 4 and school nurse to thousands. For her life, thanks be to God.
  • For a young adult who recently lost her job. Bless her as she searches for meaningful work that will utilize her many gifts.
  • Bless all young people who are looking for meaningful work and discerning career options.
  • For a couple that is aging, losing their hearing, and their son who is caring for them.
  • For Jim and Teresa as they grieve the death of their grandson. Bless this entire family.
  • For those in need of healing in body, soul, mind, spirit and/or relationship
  • For the war torn region of Nagorno Karabakh and the diplomats working behind the scenes in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • For peace and justice in Nigeria.
  • We give thanks for your healing touch in Don’s life, who is off of kidney dialysis.
  • For Forrest as he continues to heal from knee surgery
  • For Erv M as he receives hospice care
  • For a friend going into rehabilitation
  • For college students feeling isolated in their dorm rooms, and college students feeling disconnected from their campus life while studying from home
  • For those in harms way in the fires in Colorado and California. Bless especially Bill who serves in the fire service in the Breckenridge Range, and his wife Cheryl as she worries about him.
  • For the CUNY staff as they wrestle with potential budget cuts, especially the adjunct professors who are vulnerable.
  • For Mike recovering from a motorcycle accident and his wife Debby who is caring for him.
  • For a friend whose husband died recently
  • For Len, as he recovers from eye surgery.
  • Elise, for healing, and for her family as they care for one another.
  • Rachel and Raul, as they prepare to be married on Saturday. Bless and surround them with your love in their marriage, and bless their families and friends as they gather.
  • For Jana R whose mother passed yesterday in Oklahoma from declining health and COVID and her father now dealing with COVID

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 this week for you and your communities are below:
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. ~Titus 3:4-5

God loves us not because we are good, but because God is good.

We become who we worship.

           God is described here as a God of goodness and loving kindness.
           This is our goal. To become like the one we worship.
Gracious God, may I be filled with loving-kindness.
Gracious God, may I be filled with loving-kindness.
Gracious God, may I be filled with loving-kindness. Amen.
Ubi Caritas
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. Last week, through the story of Jesus’ first miracle, we learned there are no limitations to God’s power and were reminded of God’s abundant love. This week’s topic: Distractions. Sometimes even good things can be distractions. We’ll read the story of Mary and Martha and talk about the things that may distract us from focusing on Jesus.

Submerge (4th-8th grade) - Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom. We continue diving deeper into some familiar Bible stories with “13 Very Bad Days, and how God fixed them.” This week we’ll move into the New Testament and look at a bad day Jesus’ disciples had. We’ll learn that as with the disciples, when storms blow into our lives and we feel scared, Jesus always loves us and wants to help us through the storms. Have a Bible handy and bring two unique household items. A few ideas: tissue box, small trowel, clean diaper, measuring cup, bookmark, light bulb, Frisbee...

Submerge / Tween Time: Join us Thursday at 4:00pm on Zoom to hang out, play some games, connect and help each other thru this time of social distancing. 

High School Discussion - Sundays at 11:45am on Zoom. Last week we wrapped up the first unit of A?k Because Your Questions MatterBefore we begin the unit on “Meaning” we’ll take a detour into some other questions. This week’s topic: Surprise!
CUMC Musicians will next meet online TONIGHT, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. For Zoom info contact Peter Hill at

The Covenant Choir is working on their next virtual choir project for November’s All Saints Day Service. If you are interested in joining the choir for this online piece, please contact Peter Hill at 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 News
"Lights for Unity"
Election Eve
Monday, November 2nd

Promote unity and celebrate democracy by making a donation in any amount to the Chatham Community Food Distribution. In doing so you will receive a luminary kit to be lit Monday, November 2nd.

**Kit pick up is Sunday, November 1st from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM in the rear CUMC parking lot.
Donations can be made:
  1. Venmo: @carolyndemps
  2. Check or online donation to the CUMC Covid Relief Fund by Clicking Here

Spread the word and thank you for your help in feeding our neighbors!!
Next Week is Community Action Week!
Tri-Town Cares of Madison, Chatham, and Chatham Township have dedicated next week as Community Action Week. They have created a daily challenge for each day next week that will help make a difference within ourselves and to others in our community. Monday, October 26th is Gratitude Day! Be sure to write a letter to Thank a first responder, teacher, or family member among other tasks! To see a full schedule for the week so you can participate,
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
We are hoping that you can send in one or more videos that can be filmed in a few seconds on your smart phone:
1) A video of you dropping a leaf, and saying what you'd like to let go of.
2)A video of wind chimes that you may have outside your home, or in your neighborhood. 
3) A video of you, and or your family looking in the camera and saying: "Peace be with you."
Please take these videos holding your phone in a horizontal position so that it takes up the whole screen when edited. Please add one or two seconds before and after you speak so that it can be edited in with other videos in the online worship experience. Please sent these videos to Jeff Markay at, or text the video to my cell phone: 973-769-5266.
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 shelves filled.

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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