April 11, 2024

Church News

Prayers Lifted on

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

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

requests for prayers...

  • Of healing and concern for Victoria H. who's having open heart surgery on Wednesday. Be with her husband John, and sons John and Jerry

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

at scyarger@optonline.net or at the church office

Adult Discussion Group

This Sunday the Adult Discussion Group discusses Jesus’ words about his being the Good Shepherd (John 10). Here, Jesus says that his sheep know him, and he knows his sheep. He also needs to bring ‘other sheep’ into the fold, and they will follow him, too, so that there will be one flock. Who, or what, are those other sheep? 

Come join us in the Asbury Room

at 11:15 AM after Worship on Sunday. 

Chatham UMC Podcast Spirituality Group

(Continuing through May 15! Join Us!)

Wednesday evenings from 8:00 - 9:00 PM on Zoom (NOTE TIME CHANGE!!)

April 24 and May 1, 8 & 15


Focus of discussion:

Originally only intended to take place through Lent, the discussion group participants have decided to discuss all 13 of the Season 1 podcast episodes, lasting through May 15. JOIN US!


The podcast is called "Another Name for Every Thing" with Richard Rohr, based on his book The Universal Christ. Participants are invited to listen to the podcast episode during the week. During our hour long Zoom meeting we’ll talk about what we found interesting, helpful, challenging and wise about Richard Rohr’s discussion during the episode. Richard Rohr’s book The Universal Christ is steeped in Christian tradition and the natural world, affirmed with good science, neuroscience, astrophysics and illumined with ancient wisdom. Link to register for the discussions below.


Pastor Jeff will be facilitating these online small group discussions.

Tom Franklin will be our technical host with the sign ups.


To participate, register by going to our Humanitix page and reserve your spot:

The CUMC Richard Rohr, Another Name for Every Thing Discussion Group event page


Here are the links to the upcoming podcast episodes:

4/24 Discussion: "From Me to We" (Spotify Link) (Apple Link)

5/1 Discussion: "An Incarnational Way" (Spotify Link) (Apple Link)

5/8 Discussion: "Feast on Your Life" (Spotify Link) (Apple Link)

5/15 Discussion: "Bonus: Roots & Formation" (Spotify Link) (Apple Link)

Sunday, April 21st's service at 10:00 AM will feature Ukulele Orchestra performing 'The Highwomen's Crowded Table.' Please join us! 

The Ukulele Orchestra will next practice together on Saturday, April 20th at

10:00 AM online and in person. For more information contact Peter Hill, Director of Music Ministries at petepiano@mac.com


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 scyarger@optonline.net

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 csmith@chathamumc.org. For more information about our church please visit: www.chathamumc.org

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 Jaimie 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

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

Email: info@chathamumc.org

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