May 09, 2024

Church News

Prayers Lifted on

Sunday, May 5th, 2024

During last Sunday's worship service, we received the following

requests for prayers...

  • For Jackie B, Oklahoma, who's in hospital with pneumonia - H.
  • For Steve H. who suffered a heart attack on Sunday morning. Be with his wife Julie as she stays by his side.
  • For the family of Laurie H, from the Madison UMC, who entered Life Eternal on Tuesday.
  • For Nancy Holt who entered Life Eternal last Friday. We give thanks for her life that in Christ lives on.
  • Prayer for healing and peace for a friend as she goes through medical tests.
  • For Len, as he recovers from surgery.
  • Of healing and concern for Lenny, following more surgery and complications.
  • For the UMC as we live into a future filled with hope.
  • Of gratitude for Miriam's college graduation this Saturday.

Chatham UMC Men’s Breakfast

The next CUMC Men’s breakfast will be held at the parsonage on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 9 - 10 AM. We hope you can come! The parsonage is located at 48 Elmwood Ave, Chatham NJ. If the weather is nice we’ll eat on the back deck. If not, we’ll eat in our dining room. See pictures above, and below, of previous CUMC Men’s Breakfasts at the parsonage, both indoors and outdoors.

Mother's Day Brunch Church

Chatham UMC invites all to our Mother’s Day Brunch Church on Sunday, May 12th at 10:00 am! Whether you are a member, a friend, or a first-time guest, the community and congregation are invited to join us for a service in our fellowship hall, with brunch. The Men’s Group, and males of the church, will be preparing dishes and serving. Please join us!

Guests are invited to RSVP at:

No Faith Formation this Sunday!

In honor of Brunch Church and Mother's Day,

our Faith Formation Groups for children and youth will not meet this Sunday, May 12.

Sunday Morning

Faith Formation Groups

K – High School

11:15 AM - noon


Whirl Kids

K – 4th Grade, meets in Room 6

Music, a fun video, and activities

 based on the day’s Bible reading


Middle School

5th-8th grade, meets in the Library

 Exploring the day’s scripture reading through conversation and activities designed for growing together in our faith


High School Discussion Group

Meets in the Wesley Room. This group gathers for conversation around the day’s scripture reading and current event topics, as we seek to grow together in our faith



Contact Rev. Sharon Yarger, Associate Pastor


or at the church office

Adult Discussion Group

The Adult Discussion Group will not meet this Sunday, May 12th, Mother's Day. We'll take a brief break to honor all Mothers and people who have been mothers to us. We'll resume our sessions on May 19th, when Peter Hill continues his discussions about hymn writing. 

Come join us in the Asbury Room at 11:15 AM after worship on Sunday May 19th.

Library News

Five new books have been added recently to our church library, and they are displayed on the cart just outside the library, adjacent to Rodda Hall. The books are: How To Know A Person by David Brooks, This Land Is Their Land by David Silverman, Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott, On The Threshold Of Transformation by Richard Rohr, and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Macksey.

The CUMC Library has more than 2,200 books and DVDs, all of which are listed in a searchable PDF file that you can access and download at, by clicking on CUMC library

Each book is shelved and categorized (e.g., inspiration, prayer, history, biography, fiction). An old-fashioned card file is located in the top drawer of the left cabinet, where you can search by title or author.  

Come in and browse. You might find a good summer read! Just sign and place the library card in the box on the cart. Any questions? Contact Ron Yarger at Happy reading!

This Sunday, May 12th's 10:00 a.m. MotherisDay Brunch Church service will include the Covenant Choir singing A Heart To Serve by Valerie Showers Crescenz. Join us! 

The Ukulele Orchestra will next practice together on Saturday, May 18th at 9:45 a.m. online and in person. For more information contact Peter Hill, Director of Music Ministries at

The next concert in Chatham UMC’s sanctuary will be the Masterwork Chorus’ singing “A Decade of Choral Favorites,” on Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

This Sunday, May 12th, the 10:00 AM Mother's Day Brunch Church service will include the Covenant Choir singing 'A Heart to Serve,' by Valerie Showers Crescenz. Join us! 

The Ukulele Orchestra will next practice together on Saturday, May 18th at 9:45AM, online and in person. For more information contact Peter Hill, Director of Music Ministries at

The next concert in the Chatham UMC sanctuary will be the Masterwork Chorus singing "A Decade of Choral Faborites," On Saturday, May 11th, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at

Nancy Holt R.I.P.

There will be a funeral for Nancy Holt, former member of the Chatham UMC and Covenant Choir, at Bradley Funeral Home on Friday, May 10th, 2024. Visitation will be at 10 AM, followed by a service at 11 AM.

If you would like to write a note of care and condolence to Nancy's family, you can send it to her daughter:

Deb Ahsler

30 Berkeley Sq.

Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Sanctuary Flowers

We encourage all to sign up on our Flower Calendar

(located across from Pastor Jeff's office)

and help to beautify our Sanctuary on a Sunday morning of your choosing.

You may either request an arrangement provided by Sunnywoods Florist, at a cost of $50, or provide the flowers yourself. Flowers may be dedicated in honor or in memory of special person/s or a special occasion.

After the service, you may take the flowers if you wish, or the Congregational Care Ministry Team will deliver them to homebound or hospitalized CUMC folks, as an expression of God's love, and ours.

Questions? Contact Associate Pastor Rev. Sharon C. Yarger at

Church Office Administrative Assistant

The Chatham United Methodist Church is actively seeking an organized and detail-oriented Church Office Administrative Assistant to keep our church running smoothly and efficiently. This is a great opportunity to assist the church staff, congregation and ministries with its diverse activities and provide general administrative support on a part time basis (22 hours/week).

Applicants should possess strong communication and recordkeeping skills along with financial and light bookkeeping skills to assist the Financial Manager. Solid computers skills are also required- working knowledge in Word, QuickBooks, and Excel. This position will also support the Community Relations & Communications Coordinator with the church's interface with outside groups and the greater community. Resumes may be sent to our church office at Chatham UMC, 460 Main Street, Chatham NJ 07928, or to our Office Manager at For more information about our church please visit:

Ministry Opportunity at CUMC!

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is looking to hire a Director of Children's Education and Youth Ministry. This is a part time job of 25-27 hours per week, with salary commensurate with experience.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you believe may be interested in this position and in becoming a part of the new thing that God is doing here at CUMC!

Click here for job description.

Questions, interest, and resumes can be sent to:

Rev. Jeff Markay, Senior Pastor

460 Main Street

Chatham, NJ 07928

office: 973-635-7740

Community Events

8th Annual Jaime Pinaire

5K Race and Fun Run

Saturday, June 1

The Jaime Pinaire 5K Race & Fun Run is named for the son of Joan and Jim Pinaire, the founders of the James A Pinaire III Foundation. Jaime tragically lost his life in a terrible car accident in December 2014 on his way home from teaching Saturday classes at the Robert Treat Academy in Newark. His dad, Jim, is a valued volunteer at our Food Distribution on Wednesday afternoons.

Jaime played football and baseball during his time at Chatham High School. He remained an avid athlete throughout college and afterwards. He became interested in endurance events, particularly Spartan races. He completed a Sprint, Super, and Beast in one year to conquer Spartan's ultimate challenge — the Trifecta.

Holding a 5K race and Fun Run is a fitting celebration of Jaime's interests while raising money to continue his work in helping educate students with a financial need.  All proceeds of the race benefit the James A Pinaire III Foundation which provides scholarships to graduates of Chatham High School and the Robert Treat Academy.

The USATF certified 5K course is flat and fast, starting and finishing at Chatham High School on Lafayette Avenue, and passing by Jaime's childhood home and through the beautiful Rolling Hills neighborhood of Chatham. There are splits every mile and one water stop at roughly the half-way mark.

The 1 Mile Fun Run is on and around Chatham High School grounds and available for those who want a shorter distance. All ages are welcome!

To register for the 5K or the 1 Mile Fune Run, click HERE

CUMC Food Pantry

Thank you

Center Street Chiropractic

Last year, Center Street Chiropractic on Main St., Chatham donated a $500 Shoprite gift card to help support those in our community who are food insecure. Below is a picture of the shopping cart full of peanut butter, tuna, pasta, rice, etc. which we purchased last week using some of the gift card. These items were handed out at the CUMC Food Distribution last Wednesday afternoon. Food insecurity continues to be a problem in our area and we are very grateful to all those who donate food items, gift cards, money, time, and effort.

Help keep our food pantry and weekly distribution sustained.

 Click Here to donate online!

Want to know more about our Pop Up Pantry and how to help? Check out our webpage.

Or, if you wish, you can contribute directly online by visiting our donation page.

Online Worship Liturgists Needed!

Please sign up to record yourself reading scriptures; this will be a blessing to our online worshiping community. 

Sign up here.

Bread Ministry

The bread ministry is looking for more volunteers to assist in collecting bread from Panera. Please contact the church office for more information.

Communities of Care

If you wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community please contact the church office.

Chatham United Methodist Church

460 Main Street

Chatham, NJ 07928

(973) 635-7740


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