Join us for Dinner and Cookies4Life this Saturday!
Christmas Poinsettia Donation information inside
Chatham United Methodist Church
2018 Christmas Week Worship Service Schedule

Sunday, December 23 rd  • Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:00 AM Worship Service
11:00 AM Worship Service

Monday, December 24th • Christmas Eve
5:00 PM Family Worship Service
8:00 PM Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 30 th   
10:00 AM Worship Service
All Are Welcome at Communion
This Week
Coming Home: The Hope of Advent: A Weekend Retreat with Fr. Laurence Freeman
Friday, December 7 th , 7:30 - 9pm
Saturday, December 8 th , 9:30 am- 4pm at the Chatham UMC 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! 
Dinner and Cookies4Life!
All-ages, Intergenerational Event
Saturday, December 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
All are invited for an evening of food, fellowship, and cookies! We’ll begin with a potluck/covered dish supper and end with cookies! CUMC has been asked once again to provide 500 cookies for the inmates and staff at the Morris County Correctional Facility as part of the Chaplaincy’s Christmas Gift Collection. After enjoying supper and fellowship we’ll bake cookies, decorate plain, pre-baked, homemade cookies (no frosting this year), and package the cookies in Ziploc bags. It will be a wonderful time for all ages, and a great opportunity to bring a friend! Can’t be there? Consider donating plain homemade cookies for us to decorate.
For further information contact Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger at the church office or at .
Sunday, December 9 th Advent Small Group:
10:15 AM, Room 6
Co-Facilitators: Ron Yarger and Janice Szarko
Sunday, December 9 th   
Annual Advent Gathering at the Parsonage
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
48 Elmwood Ave, Chatham NJ
This has become a great opportunity for our congregation to enjoy good food, fellowship, and signing favorite Christmas carols together. All are invited to bring hors d'oeuvres to share, a good appetite, and your signing voice! 
Monday, December 10 th Advent Small Group:
12 noon, Room 7
Co-Facilitators: Sue Maher and Melda Pike
Wednesday, December 12 th , Rodda Hall
UMW Advent Luncheon, begins at 11:00 AM with the Chatham Methodist Preschool Concert. Following the concert, we will have our meeting. Luncheon to follow. Join us!
Please note the location change! Concert will now be held in Rodda Hall.
Taizé Prayer Service
Wednesday, December 12 th - Asbury Room, 7:30 PM 
In the midst of the frenetic pace of news, work, life and stress, it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the music, beauty, stillness, scriptures, and prayers of a Taizé Prayer Service. All are invited to come and enjoy the serenity. For information, you may call the church office at (973) 635-7740. 
Wednesday, December 12 th Advent Small Group:
 7:00 PM, Wesley Rm
Facilitators: Edit Ostrom
Saturday, December 15 th , at 3:00 pm Sanctuary
Blue Christmas ~ a Worship Service of Comfort and Hope
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 followed by light refreshments and shared fellowship. Please join us, and bring a friend. ~ Stephen Ministers Care
CUMC Family Promise Host Week is Coming Up

January 20 th - January 27, 2019. Please look for notices regarding sign-up starting December 15, 2018. 
Christmas Donations and Special Giving
Christmas Poinsettias
Donations & Special Giving for 2018
Dedication forms due by Sunday, December 16 th
The poinsettia display at Christmas time has always been the hallmark of the Advent celebration. As we at CUMC prepare for the joyous arrival of the Christ child, we all have the opportunity to contribute to the preparation of our sanctuary by donating a poinsettia. The CUMC Missions Committee has selected the following organizations to receive this year’s contributions: Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, Morristown, UMCOR US Disaster Response: California Wildfires and Hurricane Michael, and HAIS- the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. Look for the Green Poinsettia Forms available today on the information ledge and at Sunday services.
The cost is $12 per poinsettia. Checks and forms must be returned to the church office by December 16 th
Sock Tree: Now Collecting until Sunday, December 23 rd

Please bring in new socks of all sizes and for all ages to hang on our Sock Tree. The gift of a new, warm pair of socks this cold winter season is so important for those in need. Please hang your gift on our Christmas Tree located near the upstairs elevator. Thank You!
Looking Ahead...
Epiphany Sunday White Gift Service
Sunday, January 6 th , 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Worship Services
A decades-long tradition at CUMC! This year benefiting Our Promise. Our Promise (formerly Our Place) is a day center for people living on the street in Morristown.( It is now under the umbrella of the Family Promise organization.)
As the three kings bring gifts to baby Jesus, please come with your gift wrapped in white paper. The suggested list for White Gift donations are:
- umbrellas -rain ponchos -chapstick -men's undershirts (L and XL)
- men's boxer shorts (L and XL) -socks -ladies' underpants (L and XL)
-hand warmers (chemical packets) -granola bars -small packages of tissues
-small water bottles -individual snack packages (chips, cookies, etc.)
-hand sanitizer -reusable (cloth) grocery bags -wipes -Dr. Schol's shoe inserts
-cans of soda -gum -foot powder -protein bars -hot chocolate packets
-travel coffee mugs
-cash donations will be used for bus passes and gift cards for food and coffee

Any questions about donations should be addressed to Carol Lang, 201-312-5524
Holiday Shopping
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Music News
This Sunday, December 9 th, the Youth Singers will sing Come Now Our King by Chris August and the Youth Ringers will ring Peace by Kevin McChesney in the 9:00 a.m. service. For the 11:00 a.m. service, the Covenant Choir will sing Love Came Down, arranged by Ruth Morris Gray. 

The next concert to take place in our sanctuary will be the CAFE (Creative Aging For Everyone) Choir sponsored by the NJYS’ Wharton Institute. The CAFE choir was made possible by a HEART grant from Union County and reaches out to those 55 and older who wish to take part in a quality choral program; the concert at CUMC is the culmination of the 12-week Fall program. All are invited to this free concert on Friday, December 14 th at 5:00 p.m.!

The Ukulele Orchestra will next meet on Saturday mornings of December 15 th and December 22 nd, at 10:30 a.m. in the Music Room.

Our music program welcomes all newcomers to the the Covenant Choir, the Wesley Ringers, the Kenanaiah Praise Band, the Youth Singers, the Youth Ringers, Kids’ Music, the Wind Ensemble, and the Ukulele Orchestra! If you would like to know more about music@CUMC see our page at or contact Peter Hill at
A Message from our Lay Leaders
Dear Friends,

Thank you to those you have responded to the Staff Christmas Gifts letter, and just as a reminder to those who wish to participate, there is still time. You may either mail your check (Attention Lay Leaders), or drop it off at the church (placing it in the co-lay leaders box), or you can hand it to Chris or Jerry between services, the choice is yours, but please before Friday, December 14 th. Checks should be made out to CUMC, with the memo line indicating ‘Staff Christmas Gifts’.

Chris Fillimon & Jerry Cunningham , Lay Leaders
A Message from The Stewardship Committee:
On behalf of the Stewardship Committee, thank you to all who submitted their 2019 Pledge Card.   If you did not receive the letter and pledge card, please go to the CUMC website; you may do so by clicking here . All information is available there for you to review and print. You may also pick up these items on the information ledge and return to the church office. 

The Stewardship Committee - Hal Burlingame, Doug Bryant, Ronald Yarger, Anne Fullarton, Katie Hill, Edit Ostrom, and Bruce Torkelson                    
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:
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
The Chatham Jaycees would like to announce their 51 th annual Christmas Tree Sale.  It will continue through Sunday, December 23rd, at our tree lot on the corner of Main Street and Brooklake Road. Weekend hours are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (weeknight times are approximate). All proceeds from the Tree Sale and our Fishawack Race benefit civic and charitable organizations in Chatham. Past recipients include Our RISE Program among many others! In addition, we provide a major scholarship for a graduating Chatham High School senior. We are always in need of adults to help us supervise the sale. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Bill Heap at 973.635.6134 (or e-mail: or Jim Connelly at 973.635.0530 (or e-mail: for details.
Don't Miss Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall!
Thursday, December 20 th at 7:30 PM
Handel's Messiah and Christmas are Perfect Together. There is no better way to enjoy the Christmas season than hearing The Masterwork Chorus' presentation of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City. it's one of the best shows in town. When combined with the window displays on 5th Ave., the tree at Rockefeller Center, and dinner with family and friends, it is a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas and the holiday season.
Masterwork's Messiah features orchestra, top-notch soloists, and the glorious sound of the chorus singing the beauty of Christ's birth, passion, and resurrection. The concert is on Thursday, Dec. 20 th at 7:30 PMTickets are available through Carnegie Hall's website, , through CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, and at the Carnegie Hall box office at 7th Ave. and 57th St. Or talk to your favorite Masterwork Chorus member. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
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