In Our Prayers this Week

During the last Sunday's worship service, we received the following requests for prayers...

  • For Bill W. recently hospitalized.
  • For Tom as he visits his sister Jean who is living with ALS.
  • Of Concern for Kevin B. undergoing chemo.
  • Of Concern for Shawn J. & his family as he is going through cancer treatment.
  • For Jared's family as they continue to grieve his death.
  • Of Healing for Phyllis's for quick recovery from surgery. (DM & BM)
  • Of Healing for Tom H. as he recovers from knee surgery this week.
  • Of Healing for Arthur N. as he continues to grow stronger at Green Hill Rehab and Audrey as she cares for him.
  • For Arthur's healing at Green Hills subacute center for Audrey as she cares for him.
  • For Roger M. on hospice and Lucille as she cares for him. (JM)


Community Foodbank of NJ Annual Turkey Drive THIS SATURDAY!

Saturday November 19, 2022 

9:00 AM -2:00 PM

Local Drop-Off Site: Chatham United Methodist Church

460 Main Street, Chatham

Please drop off your donation of a frozen turkey and/or nonperishable foods at the truck parked at the west end of the church, just off the Main Street entrance to the Chatham Middle School. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving

Annual Chatham Interfaith

 Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 22th 7:00 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

200 Main Street Chatham, NJ sponsored by the Interfaith Council of the Chathams and Green Village. Come join with Chatham friends and neighbors across all faiths and traditions in a celebration of the many blessings we share. The service will feature combined choruses from the Chatham community houses of worship. In-Kind donations will be given to the CUMC Community Food Pantry and monetary donations will support Chatham Emergency Squad serving both Chatham Borough and Chatham Township.

We Need Your Help!

We are working on coordinating volunteers for our upcoming host week. 

As a host church in partnership with Family Promise of Morris County, CUMC provides hospitality to families in Morris County experiencing homelessness. Our volunteers stand in solidarity with the families in the Emergency Shelter Program living in temporary motel shelter.  Now once again it is time to for us to help out during the week November 13 through 20. We need volunteers to prepare home made meals and shop and deliver groceries to the families. There are three families with four very young children. 

Family Promise has a proven formula for helping families achieve self-sufficiency, rescuing children from the powerful undertow of generational poverty. Their success depends on the works of people like us, who believe the poor are Blessed. For information on how you can help out please contact Claudia Shaw, (973) 454-2014; or Hilary Stannard, (973) 650-8715.

Coat Drive

The donation bin is at the top of the stairs until Sunday, December 11th

We will be collecting clean and gently used men & women's coats to be given to those needing the services of Our Promise in Morristown. Please look for a collection bin at the top of the stairs.


Our Promise is an outreach program of Family Promise that serves as a drop in and resource center for those who are chronically and/or transient homeless. Questions? Please email Carol Lang at

Keep Warm and Support RISE!

From now until December 4th order a soft blanket that makes a great Christmas gift! This sweatshirt blanket fundraiser will help us to continue our mission! It's a great Christmas gift for your favorite RISER or yourself. It can keep you warm while dreaming about the upcoming summer RISE week. You'll love wrapping yourself in it's cozy navy sweatshirt material against the winter chill when at home or bring it along for the occasional cool evening at the picnic. The blanket will look like the image on the left with the dimentions of 60" x 50". All proceeds will go to support our summer mission.

Risingville Intercommunity Service Effort (RISE) is a mission of the Chatham United Methodist Church in Chatham, New Jersey that links youth groups to families in need in Western New York. We provide urgent home repairs free of charge. Unfortunately, this year, costs for tools, building supplies, and vehicle maintenance continue to increase. This fundraiser will help to offset these costs.

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Join Us This Weekend

Sunday, November 20th

Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:00 AM in our Sanctuary. Following worship, all are welcome to come to our Fellowship Coffee in Rodda Hall. 

Adult Discussion Group

On Sunday Dan Gepford will lead us in Part 2 of King David’s Successors: The Great Crisis of Faith. Come join us for an instructive and entertaining (!) peek at kings who should know better. In the Asbury Room at 11:15 after worship. If you have questions, contact Ronald Yarger at 

Sunday School Special Event for All Ages! This Sunday, November 20 at 11:15 am in Rodda Hall. In place of our elementary, middle, and high school classes we’ll be assembling shelf-stable lunches for our weekly Wednesday Food Distribution. Our goal is to assemble 65 bags, and thanks to a generous donor we already have donations of all items for 50 bags! To donate any of the following items to help us reach our goal, please contact Pastor Sharon at

Suggested Shopping List:

  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Small bottles of water
  • Granola Bar/Protein bar/cereal bar
  • Bag of snack food (such as pretzels, goldfish, crackers, cookies)
  • Ready made tuna salad packets such as Bumble Bee Snack on the Run

Pictures of Suggested Items:

Decorate the Sanctuary for Advent and Christmas

After worship on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

We’ll hoist the large wreath up to the cross in front of the organ, set up 6 Christmas trees and lights, and some banners on the reredos behind the altar. It won’t take long but feel free to dress in work clothes on Sunday morning!

This Sunday’s November 20th, 10:00 a.m. will include The Praise Band performing How Great Thou Art arranged by Paul Baloche and The Covenant Choir singing the spiritual, Hold On, arranged by Victor C. Johnson. Join us!

The next meeting of the Ukulele Orchestra will take place at 10:00 a.m. on November 19th both in-person in the Asbury Room and on Zoom. For information contact, music director, Peter Hill at

Our sanctuary will host two classical music concerts in November and December: on the evening of Sunday, November 20th Chamber musicians from the New Jersey Youth Symphony will perform a recital at 7:00 p.m. And on Thursday morning of December 9th at 10:30 p.m. Luba Vasilyeva, piano, Lauryn Boyle, voice, and Victoria Griswold, piano, will perform. All are invited to both free recitals. 

As our music groups prepare for the Advent & Christmas season, singers and instrumentalists are invited to join the Covenant Choir, Ukulele Orchestra, Praise Band, Wesley Ringers, or Instrumental Ensemble, for an occasion or for the season! For information contact, music director, Peter Hill at

Faith Formation (Sunday School) takes place on Sunday mornings at 11:15 for

Kindergarteners and up!

Whirl Kids (K – 4th grade) Sundays at 11:15 am meet with Kate Radler, Edie Myers-Arnold, and Peter Hill in Room 6. Music, a fun video, and activities related to the day’s Bible reading.

Middle School (5th-8th grade) –Sundays at 11:15 am meet with Pastor Sharon in the Library for community building and growing together in our faith

High School Discussion – Sundays at 11:1am meet with David Gaitan (our Simpson seminarian) and Matthew Beland in the Wesley Room.

Come and be part of the New Season for Youth Senior Group at Chatham UMC! Together, we can build a new community and open spaces for great things... You are all invited!

From now, we are preparing fun and creative programs to support our community in NJ, including our Rise 2022-2023. Do not lose the opportunity to impact society and bring aid to those who need it.

 Questions? Email Sharon Yarger at

or David Gaitán at

Advent and Holiday Happenings

You’re Invited!

Advent Small Groups Begin

Sunday, November 27th!

All Are Welcome – in Person or via Zoom

Our Small Groups offer an opportunity to connect more deeply with God and with one another. Groups will gather weekly for one hour to discuss

This book by pastor and author Cynthia M. Campbell and architect Kevin Burns takes us on a visual and spiritual journey through the distinctive perspectives on the birth of Jesus or the Incarnation offered by each Gospel. Print and electronic editions of the book may be purchased at,, and a wide variety of other online booksellers.

Groups will meet in person in the Asbury Room and via Zoom:

Sundays (11/27, 12/4, 11 and 18) at 11:15 AM, facilitated by Ron Yarger. To participate, contact Ron at

Mondays (11/28, 12/5, 12 and 19) at noon facilitated by Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger. To participate, contact Sharon at


All-ages, Intergenerational Event

Friday, December 2, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

All are invited for fun, fellowship, and cookies! CUMC has again been asked to provide cookies for the inmates and staff at the Morris County Correctional Facility as part of the Chaplaincy’s Christmas Gift Collection. We’ll gather in Rodda Hall to bake cookies, decorate plain, pre-baked, homemade cookies (no frosting), and package the cookies in Ziploc bags. It will be fun for all ages, and a great opportunity to bring a friend or two to church!

Can’t be there? Consider donating plain homemade cookies for us to decorate. Questions? contact Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger at the church office or at

Blue Christmas:

A Service of Comfort and Hope

Saturday, December 10th 3PM Sanctuary

A Blue Christmas Service is a time to acknowledge the feelings that surrounds Christmas for some of us, a time to remember the reason for those feelings, and a time to offer those feelings to God. This service offers a haven for people who desire a special touch from God during the holidays, and promises to be a time of quiet reflection, candle lighting, readings, singing, and prayer. We invite you to join us this Christmas season for a time of comfort and rest. The service will be held in the Sanctuary. Please join us, and bring a friend.


  • 11/24 Happy Thanksgiving- (office closed noon 11/23 and reopens 11/28)
  • 11/27 First Sunday of Advent- Look for Poinsettia forms!


Information about Sticky Bun Sales coming soon!

Current Masking Status and

Frequently Used Links

The CUMC Church Council has voted unanimously to follow the CDC Covid Data tracker for Morris County to evaluate weekly Covid levels. Going forward, this tracker will help guide us in determining our indoor mask usage for all CUMC functions. Covid levels and recommendations are updated weekly on Thursday nights by the CDC. These updates will be used at CUMC from Friday-Friday and will state if masks required (high level) or optional (medium/low). You may check to see what the current Morris County Covid levels are prior to coming by clicking below.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, and expressions

of care for your neighbors!

Check Covid Level Here

Online Worship Liturgists Needed!

Please sign up to read and record yourself reading scriptures, this will be a blessing to our online worshiping community. 

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Bread Ministry

The bread ministry is looking for more volunteers to assist in collecting bread from Panera. Please contact the church office for more information.


Communities of Care

If you wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community.  Please contact the church office.



Community Food Pantry

 Help keep our food pantry and weekly distribution sustained.

Want to know more about our Pop Up pantry and how to help? Check out our webpage.

Donate Here
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Community Happenings

You are invited to see a free performance of Chatham High School’s fall production, “Puffs.” 

The show will take place on November 18th & 19th at 7:30 pm at the Chatham High School Performing Arts Center auditorium. To see original flier Click Here

New for 2022-2023: The school district is making all performances free to senior citizens, in case someone would like to go another night instead. 

Here's a link to a Patch piece that gives the details on how to go about getting tickets for those performances: Click Here

Chatham Emergency Squad

Blood Drive

 December 3rd

The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township

240 Southern Boulevard Chatham

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Appointment can be made at

Sponsor Code: 61961

Handel's Messiah and the Holidays, Perfect Together. 

Friday December 23, 2022, 7:30 PM

 Carnegie Hall

57th Street and Seventh Avenue 

New York City, New York 10019

Ticket Information:

Carnegie Charge: 212-247-7800

 Family and Friends Save Online through November 30, 2022

Use Codes:

  • MWF 10% off First Tier and Prime Seats = MWF39876
  • MWP 35% off Parquet Seats = MWP39816
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Chatham United Methodist Church

460 Main Street Chatham, NJ 07928

(973) 635-7740

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