Please look inside for important information including:
  • Weekly events
  • Urgent Holiday Needs
  • End of the year charitable giving
Sunday, November 11 th is Veterans Day. We are grateful to those who have served.
This Week
Memorial Service for Jennifer Kennedy
Saturday, November 10 th 2:00 PM, Sanctuary
Jennifer Kennedy, who grew up in the Chatham UMC, entered Life Eternal on Sunday, October 21, 2018 after a battle with cancer. She was 53 years old. A Service will be held for Jennifer on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM in our sanctuary. The Kennedy Family invites people to wear something pink to the service. There will be a light reception in Rodda Hall after the service.

Let us keep Jennifer’s daughter Marissa, Jennifer’s parents Rich and Faye, and Jennifer’s sister Leslie in our prayers. Words of love and support can be sent to:
Faye and Rich Kennedy
270 Heath Village
Hackettstown NJ 07840
John Hadamuscin's Party Eternal
~ A party celebration of
John Hadamuscin's life!

Saturday, November 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Meyersville Grange #188
500 Meyersville Rd,
Meyersville, New Jersey 07933

Our dear friend John passed away on September 1 st, and we're all very sad that he is no longer with us. BUT!!! He wanted us to have a BIG PARTY (imagine THAT!!) to celebrate his life! As requested by John, this will be a fun, casual gathering filled with food, drinks, and dancing!! We'll reminisce and tell each other hysterical John stories and recall all the kindness and love he brought into our lives and the world! PLEASE BRING A DESSERT TO SHARE! You know how John loved potluck things! Please feel free to share this invitation with others that knew and loved John and may not receive this email.
Monday Noontime Bible Study
November 12 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 or Dr. SuJung Shin at . Hope to see you there!
Taizé Prayer Service
Wednesday, November 14 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. 
Final Bible Study on Thursday Evening
November 15 th 7:00 - 8:00 PM 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 15). The group will meet on November 15 from 7–8 pm in Room 7. Questions? Contact Dr. SuJung Shin at Hope to see you there! 
Music News
This Sunday, November 11 th, for the 9:00 a.m. service, the Covenant Choir will sing Dan Forrest’s arrangement of Be Thou My Vision. Please join us!

Also this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in our sanctuary, the Suburban Music Study Club will host their Young Artists Invitational Concert: a classical recital of up and coming middle and high school musicians from our area. All in the CUMC congregation are invited to the free recital! 

Sunday, November 18 th 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. 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

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 or contact Peter Hill at
Looking Ahead (Volunteers Needed Sign Up Links below!)
  • Saturday, November 17th Annual Holiday Turkey Drive, 9am - 2p (See information below in Holiday Needs)

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tuesday, November 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service 7:30 PM at CUMC This year we will be hosting. Please hold the date to attend but we will also need about 10 CUMC members to welcome and extend hospitality to our Chatham neighbors as they arrive for the service. To Volunteer: Please Click Here to sign up!

  • Sunday, November 25th , last day for Giving Tree (See Holiday Needs below)

  • Wednesday, November 28th , UMW Planning Meeting, 10:00 AM Asbury Room (please note the new date)

  • 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!

  • Saturday, December 15th  Blue Christmas Service - Sanctuary, 2:00 PM 
Holiday Needs
Community FoodBank of New Jersey Annual Turkey Drive

9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.


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.
In Search Of...
Turkey Drive Coordinator for CUMC (for 2019)
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 9-2pm) 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!
  • 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: You might want to stop by and observe this year's turkey drive, November 17 th.
2018 The Winter Warming 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
With Thanks:
Rummage Sale: Thanks to all for helping make our recent Rummage Sale a success. We were challenged by the weather but fine fellowship was had by all. We donated a portion of the sale to PFLAG in honor of John Hadamuscin. Thanks again !!!!! Mark your calendar: Our next sale will be on FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 
Welcome and Hospitality Ministry Volunteers: Thank you to our many volunteers who welcomed over 300 United Methodists into our facilities for the Gateway North District Super Church Conference meetings last Saturday. We are grateful for your time and energy!
Coat Drive Results! 40 Coats and more than 10 bags of hats, scarves, and mittens were collected and donated to Market Street Mission in Morristown! Thank you to all of those that donated. Your generosity and care for those in need is greatly appreciated. We are so grateful! ~Barbara Bennett and Marie Watt
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.
As Penny Sutterby remains in our prayers, cards of love and support can be sent to her at the following address: 412 West Main Street Waterloo, NY 13165
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
Local senior citizens are invited to the final dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 15 th at 3:30 PM. Immediately following the performance, seniors are invited to stay for a complimentary dinner. Seating is unrestricted however, dinner reservations are limited to 80. To RSVP to the senior dinner, call Debbie Haeringer at 973.701.8037 or email by Thursday, November 8 th. Diners will receive a confirmation call or email.Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online starting Tuesday, October 30 th 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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