A Word From Pastor Karen
First, thanks to everyone who came to church on Sunday and FILLED THE CHAPEL! I really didn't think there was any chance I was going to have to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge, because it was the fourth Sunday of August. I didn't even bring a change of clothes with me. You surprised me by turning out in force! (The beautiful violin duet by Alex and Jordan helped, too.) Let's keep that momentum going for worship! Here's a link to the video of the children dumping ice water on my head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVM5r7ed54Y
We had our third and final (for now, at least) Mustard Seed Meeting at the parsonage on Monday. Our topic was our external ministries--our ministries to those who are not currently part of our congregation. We celebrated Memorial's long tradition of involvement with social justice issues and discussed ways of carrying God's light and love into the world.
One thing that's unique about Memorial is the extent to which the world comes to us. Right in our own building we have the thrift store, scores of nursery school families, the Martin Luther King center, the LOFT, Central Korean UMC, Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, the Old Guard, and hundreds of participants in 12-step programs every week. One approach we talked about was to work on strengthening our relationships with all of those people--not for the purpose of getting them to join the church, but to live out our call to share God's love with others.
As our church and our society have made some progress on issues of LGBT equality, we affirmed that we need to continue to be part of this fight (and fly our rainbow flag!). We wondered, though, whether there are other projects that we should become involved with, as a congregation. We tossed around quite a few options--racial justice, food justice, climate change, prison ministry, immigration, interfaith work. These are all such urgent issues, and at one point it was suggested I should just choose one and tell everyone what it is!
I don't feel like we're ready to choose a new, all-inclusive congregational mission focus. So many people in the congregation are involved with really important work in the world, and it was suggested that we regularly take a few minutes in worship to hear from one of them, to celebrate their passion and involvement, and to let them tell us what help they need.
As we continue to work together--loving God, loving each other, and loving our neighbors--we'll continue these conversations. It's such a blessing to be your pastor!
Worship at Memorial
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Chapel, final Sunday of our children's Heifer Project. This is your last chance to participate in our children's Heifer Project fund-raising, so bring your spare change AND your checkbooks! The hymn sing originally scheduled for August 17 will take place in its full glory today. The scripture for the day is Exodus 3:1-15, the story of Moses and the burning bush.
10:00 a.m. Worship, returning to the Sanctuary. Scripture for the day is Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, and Matthew 18:15-20.
Sunday at Memorial
Sunday School -All children ages 3 – 5th Grade are welcome to join the Sunday School every week following the Children’s time.
Fellowship Coffee Hour 11:00am -
Join us for a beverage, snack and fellowship.
ENGAGE: We will not be having ENGAGE in the summer
Sunday School Notes and News
*****Heifer Project--last day this Sunday, August 31, 2014*****
On the first Sunday of their Heifer Project our kids decided that they would like to donate a pig, if we could raise enough money this month, and then maybe a share of a cow, and some chickens, if we had any money left. I'm excited to tell you that we have already raised enough money for a pig AND a cow!
I am so proud of our congregation's generosity and commitment to helping others. If you'd like to contribute, and you won't be in church this month, you can send a check made out to the church, with "Heifer Project" in the memo line.
MUMC Sunday School Heifer Animal Crackers Program in August
We have a special treat for MUMC Sunday School children! During August, teachers and children will use the Heifer Animal Crackers program during Sunday School time. There will be lots of fun-filled lessons and activities as we learn about animals together and explore ways to share God’s many gifts in the global community. Children will make a wish list of Heifer animals to purchase. And each Sunday, everyone can help make this happen by bringing coins (and bills) to fill our Animal Crackers bucket. We are really excited to offer the Heifer Animal Crackers program for all children ages 3 through Grade 5 and encourage any interested Youth to join in. All are welcome!
Life Coaching Services We offer coaching services for persons from all walks of life. We support personal and interpersonal coping and growth for people seeking assistance in daily life challenges. You do not have to be a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in order to seek the services of ‘Memorial Outreach’, everyone is welcome.
Call (phone:914-949-2146 ) or e-mail:
in order to find out whether Memorial Outreach can provide you with what you are looking for and to make an appointment. All information and sessions are confidential. Coaching services are provided free of charge. Donations are welcome. The office is located at 250 Bryant Ave, White Plains, NY 10605.click here for flyer
Tuesdays @ Dorry’s gathers “conversation partners” weekly for informal table talk. There is no charge. Just come and order your food from Sylvia and enjoy the discussion and the company. Please join us. No reservations are needed. Tuesdays @ Dorry’s is coordinated by Dorry’s friends at Memorial United Methodist Church, Congregation Kol Ami, Sisters of the Divine Compassion and The White Plains Examiner.
September 2 - Sam Sussman on The Gaza War - Sam Sussman is the co-director of Extend, an organization that introduces American Jews and Palestinians. Last September, Sam spoke to us about Extend's peacebuilding work. After leading several delegations of American Jews to the Palestinian Territories this summer, Sam will speak to us about what the conflict looked like from the ground, why the current Gaza War was avoidable, and how US policy can better address the mutual aspirations for peace amongst Israelis and Palestinians. Sam has written about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as on-the-ground reporting on human rights issues in China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Athens, Jordan and Zuccotti Park, as a freelance journalist. A native of Orange County, NY, he graduated with degrees in political science, philosophy and literature from Swarthmore College in 2013, and will start graduate work at Oxford University this fall.
September 9 - Omar Lammie, Program Manager -The LOFT: LGBT Community Center
Omar Lammie was our speaker at Dorry’s several months ago, and we invited him again because his story was so compelling about leaving Jamaica and seeking asylum in the U.S. This time he will focus on: Ten ways that we can put our words into actions and advance social justice every day. The goal of social justice, in Omar’s view, is to encourage full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and where all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.
September 16 - Beth Smayda - White Plains Common Council Member - Beth has been a City of White Plains Common Councilwoman since January 2010. She chairs the City’s Budget and Management Advisory Committee and was chosen by her Council colleagues to be Council President for 2012 and 2013. She has been a public finance professional for over twenty years, after working (among other things) as a researcher on intergovernmental and local government fiscal issues for the New York State Legislative Commission on State-Local Relations. In 2006 Beth co-founded the Northeast Women in Public Finance (NEWPF) and still serves as a member of the Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin. Beth will speak at Dorry’s about what prompted her to run for public office, touching on a number of influences: growing up in a Pastor's family on the South Side of Chicago, a longtime interest in politics, a career in financing local infrastructure, and other civic involvements. And, she says, being encouraged to "step up" didn't hurt either!
A Word From the Laity
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Not hard to be grateful
for each gleaming morning star
the sunbeams' brilliant message
of His love for who we are.
Memorial Thrift Shop
is always seeking Volunteers
Shop Location: Memorial United Methodist Church (MUMC) 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 10–2, Fri -Sat 10–4. For More Information Contact MUMC at 914-949-2146 or The LOFT at 914-948-2932. Benefiting Memorial United Methodist Church and The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center.
Fellowship Coffee Hour
Volunteers needed for Coffee hour. Please contact Angela Stone or call her at 914 949-2146. Instructions for Coffee Hour click here.
Memorial UMC Emergency Assistance Program/Good Samaritan Fund Needs Your Help!
Every day 200,000 of our neighbors in Westchester County are food insecure. Members of the Memorial family and the greater White Plains community look to faith communities for critical assistance during times of crisis and struggle. Help us reach out in solidarity to our neighbors in need.
Support Memorial's "250" neighbors
Four organizations are based at Memorial, 250 Bryant Avenue: