Join us tonight, November 29 th for Christmas Tree Trimming!
Christmas Poinsettia Donation and Sticky Bun Order information inside
This Week
TONIGHT! 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
It's time for Sticky Buns for Christmas!!
Sunday, December 2 nd : Place your order!
This Sunday the RISE 2019 team is taking orders for their famous Sticky Buns made by the youth to help fund their summer mission trip to help repair homes in Appalachia.  The buns are sold for $12 per dozen - plain or pecan - and come frozen so that you can pop them in the oven on the day of your choosing and enjoy the wonderful aroma of freshly-baked sticky buns wafting through your home.  Place your order this Sunday, Dec. 2 at the RISE table in Rodda Hall between services.
Questions? email Karen at  
(Orders can be picked up Dec. 16 between services.)
Advent begins Sunday! Small Groups are Meeting
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 are taking 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:
Sundays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Rm. 6
12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23
Co-Facilitators: Ron Yarger and Janice Szarko
Mondays, 12 noon - 1:00 PM Room 7
12/3, 12/10, 12/17
Co-Facilitators: Sue Maher and Melda Pike
Wednesdays, 7PM - 8PM Wesley Room
12/5, 12/12, 12/19
Facilitator: Edit Ostrom
Sunday, December 2 nd Advent Small Group (information above)
Monday, December 3 rd Advent Small Group (information above)
Tuesday, December 4 th Sarah and Rebecca Circles
  • Sarah Circle will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Asbury Room. We will enjoy some Christmas Carols!
  • Rebecca Circle will meet at 1:00 PM at Ruth's House.
Wednesday, December 3 rd Advent Small Group (information above)
Thursday, December 6 th Leaving 12:30 PM
Barbara Bennett and Ruth Moloney will be taking their next delivery of groceries to CUMAC in Paterson on Thursday, December 6 th. The director of CUMAC, Mark, has offered to take anyone that is interested on a tour of the facility. We will be leaving the church parking lot at 12:30 PM. There will have to be carpooling, for our car will be packed with our stairwell donations. Join us!
December Food Needs: canned vegetables, beans, canned meat (chili, stew, has, chicken, tuna). Also canned spaghetti, spaghetti o's, & canned ravioli
~ Many Thanks for your continued support, Ruth and Barb
  • 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 .
Mark Your Calendar...Upcoming Holiday Events
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! 
Wednesday, December 12 th ,
UMW Advent Luncheon, begins at 11:00 AM with the Chatham Methodist Preschool Concert in the Sanctuary. Join us at 11:45 in Rodda Hall for our meeting. Luncheon to follow in Rodda Hall.
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
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Christmas Donations and Thank You
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!
2018 The Winter Warming Giving Tree
Thank You to all that helped generously fill our tree to those in need. Your warm gift of love will help keep those in need warm this winter.
Music News
This Sunday, December 2 nd, the first Sunday of Advent, our Kenaniah Praise Band will lead music in both services including Lauren Daigle’s What Child is This and Casting Crown’s Somewhere in Your Silent Night. During each Sunday in Advent our music groups will perform: next Sunday, Dec. 9 th, the Wind Ensemble, Youth Singers, and Youth Ringers, on Sunday, Dec. 16 th , the Wesley Ringers and Covenant Choir, and on Sunday, Dec. 23 rd, 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

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.
A Message from our Lay Leaders
Dear Friends,

If you have not received the ‘Christmas Gift’ letter, for church staff, that was mailed last week, and you wish to participate in this CUMC tradition, please let one of us know and we will gladly give you a copy of the letter. You can mail your gift to the church office, Attention Lay Leaders, or hand it directly to one of us, between services, before Friday, December 14 th . Checks should be made out to CUMC, with the memo line indicating Staff Christmas Gifts. Thank you,
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 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.
THIS SATURDAY! 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
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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