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What's Happening at UMC Madison 11/1/21



Sunday, November 7th is All Saints Day

There will be a baptism during the service and we will take our final Nature Walk in the Drew Forest after Fellowship Hour

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10:00am - Family Worship Service

11:00am - Fellowship Hour (outside)


Friends, as some of you know, Pastor Kate's mom, Erika Glurich passed away Saturday. Below you will find the link to her obituary and funeral. Please pray for Pastor Kate and her family in this difficult time.

Obituary of Erika J. Glurich

Adult Small Group Book Study

Our next session will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd at 10:30am in the Church library. We are reading Chapter 2.There's still time to join us!

Book choice: The Difficult Words of Jesus by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.



Sundays @ 4-5:30PM in the Fellowship Hall. We are in need of volunteers whose first language is English, who would be willing to be conversational partners with Drew students who are learning the language. Our hope is to deepen relationships in our community and learn from one another across culture and language. Students and volunteers are welcome. Any questions, contact Pastor Woo.

The Interfaith Food Pantry Network's Thanksgiving Program is officially underway this year. Last year almost 2,000 turkeys and holiday grocery bags were delivered. We will be collecting the following items at the church. For more information you can contact Katy Galton at galtonkaty@hotmail.com or the church office at church@umcmadison.org.

Thanks as always for your generous donations!


Thank you for your donations! Our youth delivered 45 coats, hats, gloves and scarves to the Market Street Mission on Saturday, October 30th.


Acorn Academy is hiring! When we say this is a great place to start, we’re not just talking about children preparing for elementary school. It’s also about our employees. When you join our staff, you’ll discover the joy of learning, as you grow and develop in your career, alongside the children in your care. As you inspire them to achieve, you’ll be inventing your future too.

-Competitive wages

-Health Insurance offered

-Supportive, working environment

Email Kareena Salo, Director of Acorn Academy: 


Contact the office if you're interested in participating



We will be taking our final Nature Walk in the Drew Forest for the season. Join with Dan Meharg on Sunday, November 7th during coffee hour to explore the beauty of the season.

UMCOR/Advance Special in support of the resettlement of

Afghan refugees


You can donate to UMCOR's Global Migration effort using 

Advance #3022144.

UMCOR supports Afghans in need - Global Ministries

In collaboration with long-standing partners, UMCOR is providing humanitarian relief and is prepared to assist with refugee resettlement. August 25, 2021 | ATLANTA For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been wracked by wars, civil strife, invasion and massive amounts of arms shipped in from outside forces.

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New COVID-19 Developments

There has been a 30 percent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Jersey in the past two weeks. New Jersey’s Gov. Murphy said yesterday that he is “relatively hopeful” that restrictions will not have to reinstated, but he urged more people to get vaccinated in an effort to curb the upward trend. This afternoon, the CDC issued new guidelines, recommending that vaccinated people wear masks when indoors "in areas of substantial or high transmission." Vaccine resources, including the latest report from the CDC, can be found in the link below. At UMC Madison, we will continue to encourage but not mandate masks, unless COVID-19 trends in an alarming direction in the Morris County and nearby county areas. Please sanitize your hands, maintain social distance, and help keep one another safe.


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There are emails pretending to be from Robb Shoaf and other members of our congregation asking for Amazon Gift Cards to be sent to a friend or relative. Please do not respond to these. If you're in doubt as to whether an email is real, please pick up the phone and call that person.

Please be aware that there are emails and texts from Pastor Kate going out to our members asking for money. Do not reply to these as we have not sent anything out. You can contact Lisa in the office at 973-377-1231 or church@umcmadison.org if you have any questions.

Here is a link from the Federal Trade Commission on how to recognize and avoid Phishing Scams.

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

Our full re-opening plan is ready for all to read.

CLICK HERE to see more.


If you haven't already done so please introduce yourself to our newest staff member, Woo Lim Kwak, better known as "Woo".

Woo is joining us as Student Assistant Pastor. You can learn more about Woo's worldly adventures by clicking this link.



  • Pastor Kate's family, on the death of her mom, Erika Glurich
  • Robb Shoaf
  • Katie King and her family
  • Vivian
  • Melda Pike
  • Kathy and her family on the loss of her mom Jane
  • Rich's family, on his dad's death
  • Roseanne Fowler Bohner
  • Thayna, Kareen, Mike and all those suffering from anxiety
  • Angela's sister Theresa, recovering at home
  • Inez Walling
  • Baby Leo
  • Ken F.
  • Charlie, who lost his wife
  • Kathy, on the death of her mother Jane
  • Vidya
  • Grandmother laid to rest in Hawaii
  • Chin and Geford family on the death of Patrick
  • Family of Carmela Cecere on her death
  • Laurie's cousin Paul Milas, awaiting surgery
  • Healing for Kathy Paige, Karen's mother-in-law

If you have a prayer request, please contact Lisa at church@umcmadison.org

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Church Office Hours

Note: Office hours on Thursday, Nov. 4th will be 12-5

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 3pm

If you have any news or announcements you would like to go into this weekly email, please contact Lisa in the church office at

 973-377-1231 or church@umcmadison.org

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