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The picture above is of our Chatham UMC lit up in orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day in 2021. Beginning tonight and through this weekend, our church will once again turn orange in support of ending gun violence.

Thousands of Brands, Media Partners, Non-Profit Partners, Municipalities, Buildings and Landmarks including the Borough of Chatham and the United Methodist Board of Church and Society have endorsed Friday, June 3, 2022 as

National Gun Violence Awareness Day and this weekend as Wear Orange Weekend, and encourage supporters to wear orange on Friday, June 3rd, among other actions.

To find a Wear Orange event in Chatham, Madison, Morristown or elsewhere this weekend, please Click Here.


The United Methodist Church as a denomination stands in the name of Jesus to work towards more just, effective and wise gun legislation in our country, and voted the following language and vision into the

2016 Book of Resolution of the UMC, #3428

Please click here to read: Our Call to End Gun Violence

In Our Prayers

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During the last Sunday's worship service, we received the following requests for prayers...

  • For those who lost lives in gun violence and war.
  • On this Memorial Day weekend, we pray for families who still grieve loved ones who have died in wars. Comfort them. Bless them. Send your healing touch to them.

More News...


Dear Friends,

We have 9 youth and 4 adults who will represent Chatham UMC on this year’s RISE mission trip. We are sending two teams that will help make homes safer, warmer and drier in northern Appalachia. This is the 41st year of sending teams from Chatham UMC. It has been a mutual blessing for those who are giving and receiving for every youth and adult who have participated in this vital ministry.

We are in need of some serious fundraising support. We need to raise over $9,000 each year to send two teams to RISE for a week. If you would like to support this ministry, click on the Make a Donation below and you will be directed to our website donation page. Please choose RISE Youth to input your tax deductible contribution. Checks can also be made payable to CUMC, and earmarked RISE 2022. Thank you!

Make A Donation
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Ministry Opportunity at CUMC!

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is looking to hire a Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. This is a part time job of 25-27 hours per week, with salary commensurate with experience. The SPRC would also entertain the separation of these roles and the hiring of someone who is solely interested in serving as Youth Ministries Coordinator for 10-12 hours per week.

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

Questions, interest, and resumes can be sent to:

Rev. Jeff Markay, Senior Pastor

460 Main Street

Chatham NJ 07928

office: 973-635-7740


6th Annual Jaime Pinaire's Live &

Virtual 5K Race & Fun Run

June 4th-12th

Jim Pinaire, one of our volunteers at the Chatham Community Food Distribution, has invited all members of the Chatham UMC to an event in memory of his son, Jaime. Jim has also been an a wonderful resource in helping our CUMC Community Food Pantry link with Table of Hope in Morristown. Each week, Jim supplies our pantry with much needed cases of protein and non perishable essentials. 

For more information about this event and to see the flier, Click Here.


The Memorial Service for longtime CUMC member, Jerry Cunningham, has been planned for Friday, June 10th at 1:00PM in the CUMC Memorial Garden. Jerry entered Life Eternal on January 14, 2021 at the age of 88.

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Save The Date!

Please join us on Saturday, June 11th from 9:30 AM -12 noon for a little facility TLC, community, and a fellowship lunch at a Trustee Family Work day! We ask everyone to wear comfortable clothes while we work together on “housekeeping and fix up” projects for all ages and abilities. We will finish our morning and grill up some hamburgers and hot dogs and enjoy each other’s company in our spruced up space! We ask you to sign up so we know how to prepare for projects and lunch. Click Here to Sign Up with Sign Up Genius. There is also a Sign Up sheet on the bulletin board outside Jeff's Office if you prefer. Questions, contact Meghan Muccilli at


Time to Celebrate Our Graduates!

Deadline: Monday, June 13th

If you are graduating or have a loved one that is graduating from Middle School level or above, please notify the church office. You may call (973) 635 -7740 or email your news to Meghan Muccilli at

Please include: the individual's name, from where they are graduating, if their studies are continuing, and the name of the next school they will be attending. Please send in your information no later than Monday, June 13th to be included in the special graduate insert on Sunday, June 19th.


Last Wednesday, the Wednesday Food Distribution, held at CUMC, hosted Karen Kiefer from RWJ Barnabas Health to offer Stroke Information for our neighbors.  Karen has shared a list of resources for us to use. You can access this list of resources by Clicking Here

This Week

Sunday, June 5th Pentecost 


In-Person Sunday School/

Christian Education takes place on Sunday mornings

at 11:00 for ages 4 and up!

(If you would like a Zoom option please let Pastor Sharon know at

Whirl Kids (age 4 – 4th grade) 

Sundays at 11:10am , upper level in Room 6.


Submerge (5th-8th grade) –Sundays at 11:10am meet with Pastor Sharon in the Wesley Room. 


High School DiscussionSunday at 11:10am meet with Matthew Beland in Room 7.


This Sunday we will continue our 6-week study of "The Acts of the Apostles and Paul's Journey". After an introductory video on the Life of the Apostle Paul and a discussion of the Book of Acts , Sunday’s session will cover 1 Corinthians, led by Anita Hoffman. A video will be shown, and our discussion will follow. We encourage you to read this epistle before the meeting and hope you will join us at 11:15am (following worship) in the Asbury Room!


Sunday’s June 5th Pentecost Service at 10:00 a.m. will include the Covenant Choir singing Holy Spirit, Hope and Healer by Mary Kay Beall and John Carter. During the Time for Young Christians, the children will teach the congregation to sing and sign: Spirit of the Living God. Join us!

The Ukulele Orchestra will next practice online and in-person on Saturday, June 4th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Asbury Room. For Zoom information contact Peter Hill at the below email address.

Let us know how we can minister to you through Chatham UMC’s music program and our music groups: the Covenant Choir, the Praise Band, the Wesley Ringers, and the Ukulele Orchestra. Contact music director, Peter Hill at

Chatham UMC has begun an effort to collect funds and then distribute those donations as reparations each time the congregation sings a Spiritual during the Sunday service. Early American Black Hymns and Spiritual Songs whose authors were not recorded never received the payment that they deserved when their music was published. This effort on their behalf is a small, but powerful, way to honor their enormously important contributions to the lexicon of hymnody. CUMC will soon send our first donation to the Newark Boys Chorus School. Our efforts in this manner will be ongoing.

Our program season will soon finish until the Fall. We will thank our musicians, artists, and educators on Sunday, June 12th with Music, Arts, and Education Sunday. Thank you to all of our musicians throughout our year for making each Sunday special with your music, art, and teaching!

CUMC Ministry Opportunities

Online Worship Liturgists Needed!

Please sign up to read and record yourself reading scriptures, this will be a blessing to our online worshiping community. We have open weekends through Pentecost.

Click Here to Sign Up

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Can You Help the Bread Ministry?

The bread ministry is looking for more volunteers to assist in collecting bread from Panera. Sign Up Here


Communities of Care

If you wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community?

 Email Church Office Here

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CUMC Community Food Pantry

The community support and need of

our 24/7 pantry has grown.

 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 Here.

Community Opportunities


The Senior Center of the Chathams is an independent, 31-year old non-profit organization located here in town and offer a wide range of programs, activities, and services to older adults in Chatham and the surrounding areas. Click Here to read the latest newsletter and learn about their fantastic programs. 

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Now Hiring!

The Arc of Essex County’s Camp Hope has been providing an exceptional camp experience for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1956. 

The success of the Camp Hope program is due in large part to the quality staff that supports the campers who attend each summer. Camp Hope is now hiring high school aged students on up for counselors and volunteer counselors in training. For more information Click Here. Original flier can also be found on the bulletin board near the CUMC Library.

FREE Lunch And Learn


Presented by Bradley Funeral Home from 11:30 to 1:00 PM

Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home

299 Morris Ave. Summit.

Please RSVP as seats are limited. Original flier can be found on the bulletin board near the CUMC Library.

For more information please call,

(973) 635-2428 ext. 140

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Chatham United Methodist Church|

460 Main Street Chatham NJ 07928

(973) 635-7440

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