Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
  his love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1
This Week
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 
Funeral Service for Willie May Underhill Saturday, November 24 th 11:00 AM, Sanctuary
Willie May Underhill, of Morristown, NJ, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 with her loving family at her side. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Underhill was the mother of our beloved friend and Maintenance Manager, Donald Underhill. We who know and love Donald are the direct beneficiaries of her love for Donald and her family. Donald has cared for so many of us throughout his decades of ministry here at Chatham UMC. This is an opportunity for us to express our love and care for him and his family.  
Visitation Hours: 
A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 9:30-11:00 at the Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street in Chatham, New Jersey. 
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 11:00 at Chatham United Methodist Church - 460 Main Street, Chatham, NJ, with Pastor Teresa Rushdan of the Bethel AME Church in Madison officiating.
A burial will follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.
Lunch and Reception:
A covered dish lunch will be held in Rodda Hall after the burial. It will likely begin at about 1:30pm. We asked Donald how we can help, and he said we could bring a dish, salad or dessert to share. It would also be helpful for Chatham UMC to provide welcome and assistance to Donald’s family, friends, and our Brothers and Sisters in Christ from the Bethel AME Church who will be arriving to our church on Saturday morning and throughout the day.  
Cards of love and sympathy can be sent to Donald’s sister:
Betty Taylor
97 Ketch Road
Building 3 Apt C7
Morristown NJ 07960
Sunday, November 25 th
“United Methodist Student Day calls the Church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge.” (Par. 263.4, The Book of Discipline 2008)
Offerings provide scholarships and loans to deserving United Methodist students.
Right now there are UMC young people—who might not have had the resources to attend a school of their choice, or, for some, any school at all—who’ve been sent by you into the world God loves because of your giving to United Methodist Student Day. When you give generously you are support these students as they prepare for a life that unites faith with knowledge. Please click on image below to donate.
Sunday, November 25 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. This will be our final Adult Discussion meeting until January 2019. Join us for Advent Small Group!
2018 The Winter Warming Giving Tree
Gloves, Mittens, Scarves & Hats!
This Sunday, November 25 th i s our final day
and our delivery day!
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
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Advent Small Groups Begin, Monday, November 26 th !
We’re excited to again offer a seasonal opportunity to grow in faith - deepening our relationships with God and one another by being part of a small group. For Advent 2018 we’re using the DVD-based study Home for Christmas, Tales of Hope and Second Chances. “Author and United Methodist pastor Rev. Justin Coleman matches real life stories of struggle and triumph to the Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace to show how the light of Christmas shines brightly even in hard times.”
 Small Groups will begin meeting on Monday, November 26 th and will take place on various days and times to accommodate a range of schedules. Signup sheets are available across from Pastor Jeff’s office, and books are available for purchase for $10.00 each. For further information contact Associate Pastor Sharon Yarger at the CUMC office or at
Groups are offered at the following dates and times:
Mondays, 12 noon - 1:00 PM Wesley Room
11/16, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Co-Facilitators: Sue Maher and Melda Pike
Wednesdays, 7PM - 8PM Wesley Room
11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
Facilitator: Edit Ostrom
Sundays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Rm. 6
12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23
Co-Facilitators: Ron Yarger and Janice Szarko
Wednesday, November 28 th , UMW Planning Meeting, 10:00 AM, Asbury Room
Thursday, November 29 th , E vening Bible Study, 7PM, Room 7
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 Hope to see you there! 
Thursday, November 29 th - Christmas Tree Trimming , 5:00-7:30 pm Sanctuary
Let’s all pitch in to help prepare the sanctuary for the Christmas season! On Thursday Nov. 29 from 5:00-7:30pm we will set up trees, string lights, hang the big wreath and the “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel” banners, and decorate trees in the Asbury room and Rodda Hall. ( Come for an hour or stay the whole time! ) There will be festive music and hot chocolate for all, and family-friendly holiday movies and a Christmas craft or two for kids.
Questions? Contact Karen at or Tom Kitson at
Music News
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.

During Advent, each our music groups will be contributing special music throughout the month of December: Youth Singers, Youth Ringers, the Covenant Choir, the Praise Band, the Wesley Ringers, the Wind Ensemble, and the Ukulele Orchestra. If you aren’t already part of our music program, but would like to know more or participate this season contact Peter Hill at  
Looking Ahead
  • Sunday, December 2nd, First Sunday of Advent
  • Tuesday, December 4th, Sarah Circle, 9:30 a.m. Asbury Room
  • 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!
  • Sunday, December 9th,  Advent Gathering at the Parsonage 4:30-6pm
  • 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 
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 .

Chatham United Methodist Church

Blue Christmas ~ a Worship Service of Comfort and Hope

Saturday, December 15th, at 3:00 pm

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
A Message from our Lay Leaders:
Dear Friends,
With stormy weather behind us, last Thursday’s unexpected snow storm, we hope you have received our letter regarding CUMC’s Congregation’s longtime tradition of giving a Christmas gift to each member of our church staff. If you haven’t received the letter, and you wish to participate, please let Jerry or I know. You can mail your gift, in the envelope provided with the letter, or hand it directly to one of us before Friday, December 14th. Checks should be made out to CUMC, with the memo line indicating Staff Christmas Gifts.
Blessings and Peace during this Holiday Season!  Chris Fillimon & Jerry Cunningham, Lay Leaders
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! 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:
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 51th annual Christmas Tree Sale.  It will begin on Saturday, November 24th and 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 have included the following: Chatham Education Foundation, Chatham Emergency Squad, Chatham Fire Department, Chatham Community Garden, the ECLC, Chatham League of Women Voters, Chatham Community Band, Chatham Boy Scout Troops 8 & 28, Chatham Girl Scouts, Chatham Library, and Chatham Senior Services, as well as various PTO’s, religious organizations and athletic clubs. 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.
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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