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What's Happening at UMC Madison 12/13/21



Sunday, December 19th is the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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10:00am - Family Worship Service

11:00am - Fellowship Hour


We will be holding Study Nights for Drew Students in the Church Library on December 13th-15th from 7-9:30pm. Please consider donating snacks and goodies to keep the students going!

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Dear friends of the United Methodist Church in Madison,

Thank you for your continued faithful commitment to the United Methodist Church in Madison!

As we celebrate our congregation’s 150th Anniversary, we want to share the exciting ways that God has been moving in 2021 with the help of your generosity, as well as our anticipated opportunities and challenges going into 2022.

Here are just a few of the things God has done through UMC Madison this year:

  • We are reaching more families as we have seen tremendous growth from 3 students to 45 students at preschool/Daycare Acorn Academy as it reopened under the church’s ownership in the pandemic (formerly owned by Drew University).
  • We have welcomed two new international staff people: Student Assistant Pastor Woo Lim Kwak and Student Intern Domingos Francisco Fernando. These students are gaining valuable experience that will serve them in ministry for years to come in the US and beyond.
  • We have supported our neighbors through collecting coats and thousands of diapers, and we continue to support the efforts of the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County.
  • We have welcomed students from Drew University who are participating in the life of the church, including our new ‘Oikos’ program. ‘Oikos’ creates a welcoming space for the international student community and our congregants to share about their culture, language, and traditions of origin and provides a learning space for all to grow together.
  • We have baptized 3 little ones into our faith community and we anticipate welcoming 15 new members to the UMC Madison in spring 2022.
  • We have received over $100,000 of financial support through federal, state, and GNJ conference grants to sustain Acorn Academy through the pandemic, install a state-of-the-art security system for the church building, and begin a preschool tuition assistance program for international families at Drew University.

Even in the midst of a world-wide health crisis, God is doing great things! And all of these opportunities are possible because of your generous and faithful support through financial giving, volunteering, and prayer.

As we begin 2022, we will also be facing some challenges. Due to the pandemic, organizations that were renting building space from the church have not renewed their rental contracts. We will need to evaluate our budget and our mission going forward. In monthly meetings, the Church Council will assess our vision and mission for how to expand our impact and build missional partnerships with the church conference, our community, and Drew University in light of these new realities. The Trustees are in the process of evaluating our church properties to determine their best use. As we determine giving contributions for 2022, the Finance Committee will re-evaluate our expenses and make recommendations to the Church Council and SPRC for how to bring our expenses into greater alignment with our current financial realities and individual contributions.

In all of this, we invite you to prayerfully consider your contribution to our church in 2021 and help us close out our 150th Anniversary year strong. We would like to continue the vital work of the church in our community, even as we face present challenges.

Your donations can be given in one of three ways:

We believe that the Spirit of God is leading us into a new and exciting season of ministry here at UMC Madison. We urge you to consider being a part of it!

Noreen O’Brien, Finance Committee Chairperson

Rev. Kate Hillis, Lead Pastor

Need a holiday gift? Our Fair Trade Market will be returning on the following Sundays for your shopping pleasure. We may even have a couple local crafters stopping by to show off their wares!

  • Nov 28
  • Dec 5
  • Dec 12
  • Dec 19

*If you have a special request or would like to pre-order a wrapped gift basket for pick-up, please contact Kellie at kkrondon1102@gmail.com


The season of Advent is a time of preparing our hearts for the joy of Christmas and the coming of the Christ Child. We hope you will help decorate our church in this season of miracles. If you can donate to the Christmas Flower Fund in honor or memory of a loved one, please complete the form in the pews and return it with your donation to the church office. Names of donors and their loved ones will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.

Suggested donation: $20 minimum. The deadline is Sunday, December 19th.


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.


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: 


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
  • Katie King and her family
  • Melda Pike
  • Roseanne Fowler Bohner
  • Thayna, Kareen, Mike and all those suffering from anxiety
  • Inez Walling's recent hospital stay and coming move out of Madison
  • Tom Paddack
  • Pat & Jim's battle with terminal cancer
  • Pastor Kate's engagement
  • Nancy Luts & her mother
  • Vivian Bull, on her move to a new home in Pennsylvania
  • Paul Milas, recovering from surgery
  • Ray Barry, recovering from surgery
  • Shirley's sister Barbara, on the loss of her husband George
  • All doctors, scientists and health care professionals battling Covid
  • Carolyn Currey, recovering from a broken hip
  • All people who were affected by the deadly tornados in the South & Midwest

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

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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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