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September Worship Schedule

September 9 th 10:00 AM Sanctuary, join us for a Recognition Reception for Yang-Hee Song in Rodda Hall immediately following worship service
September 16 th 10:00 AM Sanctuary, Rally Day! (Blessing of the backpacks, Fix It & Fellowship Picnic)
September 23 rd 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM Sanctuary, Religious Education Resumes
Remembering in Our Prayers
On Saturday, September 1 st , Chatham UMC member, John Hadamuscin , entered Life Eternal after a few days on hospice in Ohio. John was a faithful member of the Chatham UMC for many years. He loved to cook and host large and festive events in Rodda Hall. He was cared for well by so many of his friends, some of whom traveled to Ohio to see him one last time. His wish was that after he died, we would host a large party to celebrate his life. His close friends will plan such an event on a date yet to be determined. We will provide details once a date is determined. We continue to keep John's family and friends in our prayers.
This Week
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Join us for a reception recognizing Yang-Hee Song
Following our 10:00 AM Worship service in the Sanctuary, join us in Rodda Hall where we will gather to recognize our organist, Yang-Hee Song and her 18 years of exquisite musicianship and ministry.
If you would like to write letters or cards of appreciation, they can be sent to the church office. If you would like to send a monetary gift, please make checks payable to CUMC and earmarked: Yang-Hee's Gift.
Wednesday, September 12 th
Taizé Prayer Service,  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. For more information, you may call the church office at (973) 635-7740.
Saturday, September 15 th
Welcoming Ministry Training Event
9:30-11:30 AM - Rooms 6 & 7
We will be having conversations about best practices that churches use to welcome new guests and visitors. We are especially hopeful that ushers and greeters and those invested in welcoming the guest as we would welcome Christ, can come to this ministry training event.  Please RSVP to the church office. (973) 635-7740 or email churchsecretary@optonline.net
This event will be co-facilitated by Becky Meyer, Steve Davis, and Jeff Markay.
Next Week
Rally Day 2018: Sunday, September 16 th
Join us for worship at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary. Immediately following worship, enjoy a church family lunch followed by an afternoon of giving our CUMC building and grounds a little "TLC spruce up." Look for more information about our Rally Day "Fellowship and Fix Up" this week!
We invite  all  students (pre-school through grad-school) and educators to bring their literal or figurative school bags to worship on Sunday September 16 th to receive a blessing. 
Monday Noontime Bible Study Resumes!
September 17 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!

UMW Planning Meeting
Wednesday, September 19 th 10:00 AM
Asbury Room
Practice Calm through Mindfulness
Wednesday, September 19 th 7:30 PM Asbury Room
On Wednesday, September 19 th we will gather in the Asbury Room from 7:30-8:30 pm for some conversation about, and experience of practices that can calm our fears, center our selves 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
This Sunday, September 9 th for the 10:00 a.m. service’s Special Music, the Covenant Choir will sing Mark Miller’s Beloved. Join us!

All of our music groups are beginning again! The Wesley Ringers and Covenant Choir will resume rehearsals today, Thursday, September 6 th at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. respectively. The Ukulele Orchestra’s first practice time will be Saturday, September 8 th at 10:30 a.m.  Youth Musicians (Ringers and Singers) will begin on Sunday evening of September 23 rd at 5:45 p.m. More info to come!
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 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

CUMC Ministries Need You!
Join Our Liturgists and Raise Your Voice!
CUMC needs more voices bringing the Word of God in worship! Disciples are needed to raise their voices at both the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services; there are open time slots through January 2019. As we begin our fall worship, there are opportunities for leadership in all positions from September - January. 
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.net
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 Needs
This Saturday, September 8 th
The Chatham Emergency Squad will be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the C hatham Sustainability Fair/Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 8 th. The farmer’s market is in the south parking lot of the Chatham Train Station.  Hours of donation will be from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Donors, ages 17 - 76, should be in good health and have a form of identification. Sixteen year olds may donate with parental permission - forms will be available on-site. Anyone with donation questions or who like to make a reserved donation time can call the NY Blood Center at 800.688.0900.

Blood donations typically fall during the summer while the need remains high. Additionally, local blood may find its way across the nation to areas with extreme need due to natural disasters or extreme medical emergencies. 

Thank you for your assistance in providing critical blood donations.
Help Us "STAMP OUT DESPAIR”
Chatham UMC is continuing to support First Friends of NJ and NY in their efforts to "Stamp Out Despair". At this time we are collecting writing materials for detainees, asylum seekers, and refugees who are being held in detention centers in NJ so that they may be able to keep in touch with family members. Chatham UMC is supporting with the collection of the following: PAPER, ENVELOPES, STAMPS, and PHONE CARDS. Supplies can be dropped off at the Chatham UMC, at information ledge, 1st floor; please look for the collection box. More information may be found on our website www.chathamumc.com
Bags to Benches Update
Please continue to recycle your plastic bags and plastic film! 
The next collection site will be Gloria Dei Lutheran Church located at 300 Shunpike Road, Chatham Township, beginning in September 2018.  We will update as we get more information from Gloria Dei.
Thank you for helping us care for the Creation!
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