The Outreach ministry encourages participation in ministries that care for the hungry, the poor, those affected by natural disaster such as tsunamis and hurricanes, and care for those who are in need. Below are just some of the outreach ministries Chatham UMC is currently involved in. Volunteers are always needed for our Outreach Ministry.
Pop Up Outdoor Food Pantry:
Take what you need or leave what you can at our two pantry shelves. The shelves are located across from the CMP Playground. Help keep our shelves filled.
- Bread Ministry: If you would like to be involved in our Bread Ministry, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or Click HERE to Sign Up and help.
- Communities of Care: Chatham UMC has recently set up Communities of Care for those who wish to receive a call, a text or an email from someone at the Chatham UMC community. If you would like to be in such a group, please email the church office by clicking here.
CUMC Family Promise Ministry for 2022 and new Family Promise Motel Shelter Program
Funded by a CARES grant, the Motel Shelter houses three families for one year. All of the shelter guests will be staying in one motel, Sonesta Suites, 100 Candlewood Drive, Morris Plains. Its central location provides an opportunity for all congregations to support the guests. All of the rooms at the Sonesta are equipped with full kitchens, including a full-size refrigerator, cook top stove and microwave, along with dishes, silverware, glassware and more. This creates various options for meal support. Volunteers now have the option of dropping off a homemade meal to the hotel (in a contactless manner), having a meal delivered from a local restaurant, providing gift cards to Uber Eats, Door Dash or Grubhub, or supplying Shop Rite gift cards so that guests may buy ingredients to cook their own meals. Though individuals or families may want to cook for themselves, they may still enjoy a night or two when a meal is provided for them.
Here is a current list of restaurants local to the Sonesta that will deliver:
Szechuan Delite https://www.szechuandelite.com/
Five Guys Burgers https://order.fiveguys.com/menu/denville/
Tabor Pizzeria https://www.taborpizzeriamenu.com/
Up Thai http://www.upthainj.com/
Chipotle Mexican Grill chipotle.com
Two modes of support are needed from us:
1) CUMC 2021 Host Weeks are: August 8 – 15 and November 14 through 21. Host churches provide support for meals and other needs during their scheduled host weeks. About a month prior to each host week I will distribute a Sign-Up Genius link that will allow CUMC and Support Church volunteers to sign-up. The Sign-Up Genius Link will contain all information about the meals to be provided, family profiles, special dietary requirements, etc. In addition to meal support, the Sign-Up Genius will also include sign-ups for provision of essential items and fun ways for volunteers to connect with the families or individuals virtually. All support is provided in a contactless fashion.
2) For open weeks in the 2021 calendar, that is weeks that are not covered by any host church, Family Promise has created a Sign-up Genius link that allows all volunteers from all churches to sign up. Again, the Sign-Up Genius Link contains all information that volunteers would need. Please go to the link below to sign up to help during the open weeks. The first opportunity now seems to be in May.
Also, feel free to pass it along to other who may be interested in supporting the shelter guests. And I invite you to share with this group any information that you think would be helpful or inspiring about your experience volunteering.
At the Coordinator’s meeting a few weeks ago we heard tell of the new guests’ reaction to the outpouring of support from Family Promise staff and volunteers. They were actually skeptical at first having no prior exposure to radical hospitality. They are now beginning to trust us. Thank you for your loyalty to this community of service so desperately needed in these times.
Family Promise programs continue to support families and individuals who need help securing housing and achieving self sufficiency. Amazingly, their programs, partnerships, services, and staff have actually grown significantly in spite of Covid and church closings. Please visit the Family Promise website for more information on their continued efforts. You can also find the wish list for the families’ needs. Items can be dropped off at the Day Center, 91 Central Ave., Morris Plains between 9:00 and 5:00. http://www.familypromisemorris.org