Due to th e winter storm, all afternoon and evening church related activities, including music groups, are canceled. Stay safe and warm! 
This Week
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, all submissions for next week's E-News and Ministry Opportunities are due by 9:00 AM Monday 11/19. You may submit your information by clicking here or calling the church office (973) 635-7740.

The Church Office will be closed on Thursday, 11/22 and Friday, 11/23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Tonight! Thursday, November 15 th , E vening Bible Study
is cancelled due to winter weather.
Please note that the rescheduled date is Thursday, November 29 th
Evening Bible Study is offered this fall for those who may be interested in joining Bible Study in the evenings (October 18, November 1, and November 29). The group will meet on November 29 from 7 – 8 pm in Room 7, and discuss the Parables in the New Testament. Questions? Contact Dr. SuJung Shin at sshin@nbts.edu. Hope to see you there! 
Saturday, November 17 th Men's Group
9AM-10AM, 23 Thornley Drive, Chatham.

To facilitate our planning, please indicate whether you will or will not attend. Email Alex Strunc at astrunc@axiomedinc.com 

Steve Davis will host the group on Saturday, December 15, 9AM-10AM,
at 43 Red Road, Chatham.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Annual Turkey Drive

THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 th 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
    CHATHAM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
        460 MAIN STREET, CHATHAM
Please drop of your donation of a frozen turkey and/or non-perishable foods at the truck parked at the west end of the church, just off the main street entrance to the Chatham Middle School.
  • Frozen Turkeys (never fresh or thawed)
  • Canned Soups & Stews
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Pasta, Rice, Grains
  • Other Non Perishable foods
(no glass jars or bottles)
In Need Of... 2019 Turkey Drive Leader for CUMC
Would anyone like to be responsible, going forward, for the annual turkey drive organized by the Community FoodBank of NJ? Peggy and Caesar Sweitzer have graciously been our leaders for approximately 20 years. This one day event (from 9am - 2pm) has brought the Sweitzers much joy over the years as they witnessed the generosity of our friends and neighbors.   After 20 years, this will be their final Turkey Drive and it is time for them to pass the baton!
Details:
  • The FoodBank supplies posters and the collection truck/driver.
  • The Boy Scouts of Troop 8 supply the labor
  • CUMC assists with poster distribution, emailing local churches and being present the day of the drive - NOT A BIG TIME COMMITMENT!
It would be useful to have someone more skilled at social media/digital publicity. Please give the Sweitzers a call if you are interested. Peggy and Caesar Sweitzer
973-635-7636 or 201-207-7993(Caesar's mobile) or email: caesar.sweitzer@gmail.com You might want to stop by and observe this year's turkey drive, November 17 th .
Sunday, November 18 th Adult Discussion Group, 10:15 AM, Room 6 come join the Adult Discussion Group. Each Sunday we read, examine, and discuss the scripture lesson for the week. Through our reflection questions we find our understanding of the scripture is enlightened, and we’re blessed. The sessions are facilitated by Janice Szarko and Ron Yarger.
Monday Noontime Bible Study
November 19 th Room 7
Whether you’re brand-new to the Bible, or know it inside and out, you’re welcome! The group will meet each Monday from noon – 1:30 pm in Room 7. Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack, and feel free to bring a friend – whether or not they are part of CUMC.  Questions? Contact Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger at scyarger@optonline.net or Dr. SuJung Shin at sshin@nbts.edu . Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, November 20 th Annual Chatham Community Thanksgiving Service, 7:30 PM CUMC Sanctuary 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. There will also be a brief ritual recognizing the 11 faithful members who were killed at the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. A light reception will follow in the Asbury Room at Chatham United Methodist Church. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation. The sum of the offering from the service will be donated to the Chatham Emergency Squad serving both Chatham Borough and Chatham Township. For more information, please call (973) 635-7740 or email chatumc@optonline.net.
Hospitality Volunteers Needed to Welcome our Neighbors!
We still need 6 more volunteers to help usher our guests through our building before the service. Volunteers should arrive at 6:45 PM.
To sign up, please click here or see the bulletin board outside Jeff's office.
Thank you to those that have already signed up!
Wednesday, November 21 st Mindfulness Practices, 7:30 PM Asbury Room : Join us for some conversation about, and experience of practices that can calm our fears, center ourselves and become more aware. Some call this mindfulness. Some call it good mental health practice. Some call it spiritual formation. Some call it prayer. Either way, it can be very beneficial, healthy, practical and good. All are welcome. No experience necessary. Facilitator: Rev. Jeff Markay 
Music News (All Music Groups are cancelled this evening due to winter weather)
This Sunday morning, November 18 th, the Praise Band will lead music for the 9:00 a.m. service. Music will include Billy Bragg’s I Keep Faith. The praise band will also perform The Thanksgiving Song by Mary Chapin Carpenter with the Covenant Choir for the 11:00 a.m. service

This Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. the Wharton Institute will host a recital of young musicians from the New Jersey Youth Symphony in our sanctuary. The recital will benefit our friends, the Interfaith Food Pantry. The recital is free; all are invited to bring an in-kind donation of a non-perishable food item. 

On Tuesday, November 20 th at 7:30 p.m., Chatham UMC will host the Chatham Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. All singers in our congregation and the local area are invited to sing with our own Covenant Choir for the anthem: The Thanksgiving Song by Mary Chapin Carpenter. For more information please contact, Peter Hill at petepiano@mac.com.

Our music program welcomes all newcomers to the Covenant Choir , the Wesley Ringers , the Kenanaiah Praise Band , the Youth Singers , the Youth Ringers, Kids Music, the Brass & Wind Ensemble , and the Ukulele Orchestra! If you would like to know more about music@CUMC see our page at www.chathamumc.com/music or contact Peter Hill at  petepiano@mac.com
Notes from Friends
Jeff recently received the following email from Penny Sutterby:

Hi Jeff,

I am doing well and I did receive the package that the Chatham folks sent. There are not enough words to say thank you or even to express my gratitude for all the cards, gifts, thoughts, prayers, and support. I appreciate all of you and I miss you all. 

I'm taking it one day at a time and I'm enjoying being home with my family. My relationship with the Trinity has deepened greatly. I am co-leading Adult Sunday School; the God's Not Dead Trilogy. I will be preaching on the 18th at a local church. I'm excited about that because it ties right into the study I am co-leading. It would be great for my Adult Study class to hear but they'll be at their own church with my co-leader learning that week's lesson.

I have learned so much more about myself and my relationship with God since August! I am no longer in the wilderness. God is right next to me guiding me through each and every day.

Please feel free to share this email with my Chatham UMC family and friends.

Peace and Blessings,
Penny
We received a lovely thank you letter from Skylands Outreach Center for our most recent "Flood Bucket" initiative. A copy of this letter can be read by Clicking Here.
The original letter is on our bulletin board.
Looking Ahead
  • Sunday, November 25th , last day for Giving Tree (See Holiday Needs below)
  • Wednesday, November 28th , UMW Planning Meeting, 10:00 AM Asbury Room
  • Thursday, November 29th - Christmas Tree Trimming, 5:00-7:30 pm Sanctuary
  • Friday, December 7th, 7:30 - 9pm - Saturday, December 8th, 9:30 am- 4pm at the Chatham UMC Coming Home: The Hope of Advent: A Weekend Retreat with Fr. Laurence Freeman Registration is now open for this retreat. This retreat is coordinated by The World Community for Christian Meditation.
This Retreat will sell out quickly and space is limited!
  • Wednesday, December 12th, UMW Advent Luncheon, begins at 11:00 AM with the Chatham Methodist Preschool Concert in the Sanctuary. Meeting and Luncheon to follow in Rodda Hall.
  • Saturday, December 15th  Blue Christmas Service - Sanctuary, 2:00 PM 
Holiday Needs
2018 The Winter Warming Giving Tree
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
Gloves, Mittens, Scarves & Hats!
Now - November 25 th
It is that time of the year to think of giving and helping others. The CUMC Youth are coordinating our annual Christmas Giving Tree again this year under the guidance of Dave and Becky Meyer. The tree is up so that we can meet our November 25 th deadline for delivery to CUMAC. 
This year is different!!!!
CUMAC will collecting new winter accessories such as new warm hats, scarves, mittens and gloves which can be distributed to children of all ages.  
CUMAC has recently connected with a new partner who will be fulfilling over 300 wishes for their partner agencies. As a result of this new partnership, CUMAC will be hosting a two-day event which will provide children of various partner agencies the opportunity to join them for a holiday party, choose a gift, take pictures with Santa and part-take in other fun activities.
To that end they have asked us to help with winter accessories for the youth
The tree, which you’ll find near the top of the stairs by the elevator, is decorated with gift tags containing info about the new gifts requested by families in need. This year the tags will have ages of the children and you can choose to buy gloves, mittens, hat or scarf. (we will be sponsoring infants, toddlers, grade school and middle school children.) Here’s what you do:
  • Take a “warming” gift tag (or two!) from the tree
  • Return the appropriate glove, hat or scarves for the child age designated
  • Return to the tree by Sunday, November 25th.
A donation box will be available in the office as donations are also accepted as CUMAC can always use food. Checks can be made out to CUMC noting Giving Tree in the memo.  If you have further questions please contact David or Becky Meyer at 973.701.6965 Thank you and Bless You
This November, as we fill our stairwell for CUMAC, please keep in mind that the following goods are especially needed before the holidays:
Canned Vegetables
Beans
Proteins
Important End of The Year Information from the Church Office!
Donations at year-end
Due to church office closures between Christmas Eve and New Year, it would be great if those intending to donate via charitable securities would do so earlier in December. If you would like to print out a Charitable Securities Form you may print one out by Clicking Here; forms are also located on the information ledge at the top of the stairs.

For those pre-paying 2019 pledges: For those that intend to pre-pay your 2019 pledges, either through checks or securities, please clearly indicate your donation is a prepayment.
CUMC Ministries Need You!
Join Our Liturgists and Raise Your Voice!
Disciples are needed to raise their voices at both the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services.  Please consider where you might be called and sign up! If you have any questions about this ministry or would like to sign up, please feel free to contact Barbara Babbitt at  bbabbitt@optimum.netClick Here to Sign Up
Bread Ministry
Volunteers are needed in brief shifts to help Saturday nights and Sundays to ensure that this ministry continues to be successful. 
More information can be found on our website: www.ChathamUMC.org
Care Corps
CUMC remains committed to our neighbors in need throughout the year with our Care Corps Ministry. If you or someone you know needs meals or transportation, please call the CUMC office at (973) 635-7740 or Marie Watt at (973) 635-7326.
Community News and Needs
Chatham High School presents Radium Girls
Friday, 11/16 and Saturday, 11/17 at 7:30 PM
Newly Renovated CHS Auditorium
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online starting by clicking here. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Give the Gift that Keeps On Living!
The Chatham Emergency Squad will be holding a Blood Drive on Saturday, December 1 st . Blood supplies are quite low right now; every donation makes a difference. Eat and Drink before hand, walk-ins welcome, bring identification! 16 year olds must have signed NJBS Parental Consent Form. Drive will be held at:
Chatham Emergency Squad
31 North Passaic Ave
8:30 AM- 2:30 AM
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