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Memorial United Methodist Church

A Word From Pastor Karen

Today, better words than mine:
"I Worried," by Mary Oliver
I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?
Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.
From Swan: Poems and Prose Poems. © Beacon Press, 2010.  


Worship at Memorial

Sunday, October 11
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary, Pastor Karen preaching
                     No choir
                     No Sunday School--children included in worship
10:50 a.m.  Congregational meeting in the Fireside Room
Sunday, October 18
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary,
                    Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy preaching
2:30 p.m.    Fall MIND general membership meeting
                    Asbury Crestwood UMC, 167 Scarsdale Rd, Tuckahoe, NY
Sunday, October 25
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary,
                    Pastor Karen preaching
Wednesday, October 28
7:00 p.m.  Charge Conference with our District Superintendent.

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 - Please join us in the Fireside room for a snack and fellowship. 

Memorial Outreach

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:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 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.

Oct 13 - Mitch Polay-What Mitch Learned in China about World War II - The period from the mid 1930s to 1945 was arguably one of the bloodiest periods in human history. The NAZI genocide called the Holocaust (or Shoah) is well documented but sadly it was not the only mass atrocity that took place. The Japanese Occupation of China, Korea and the Philippines rivaled in brutality the Germans’ occupation of Europe. Mitch Polay spent the summer in China studying the Japanese atrocities in China and specifically in the then capital city of Nanjing, where approximately 300,000 people were slaughtered. He will discuss the events of his study tour as well as talk about an unlikely hero: a German citizen who saved hundreds of Chinese civilians. His name is John Rabe. Mitch Polay has been widely acclaimed for his teaching about the Holocaust, and has spoken at Dorry’s several times, teaching about events and asking us to think what they mean for us today. Lively debate is encouraged.


October 20 - Judy Troilo, Executive Director, The LOFT: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Judy Troilo joined The LOFT team as Executive Director in November 2014. At Dorry’s she will discuss the organization’s mission, vision, programming and accomplishments, and she will provide an overview of LGBT history and timely topics such as marriage equality and transgender awareness. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts (BFA) in NYC, Judy is an artist, filmmaker, musician, activist, and executive.  She brings a wealth of experience in both the not-for-profit sector and arts and entertainment industry to her position at The LOFT. She believes in a purposeful life and feels strongly that by working there she is achieving her goal to (as The LOFT states) “Advocate for, Educate, and Celebrate” her own LGBT community.


A Word From the Laity

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On October 14, the People’s Climate Movement is holding a national day of action to build pressure for the international climate negotiations in Paris later this year. If enough people join us, we can show the world that Americans are serious about climate action and a just transition to a clean energy economy at home and globally.

There are over 60 actions planned around the country. We want more and more faith communities to be part of this important day. And, we want to see more than 100 actions nationwide.

Find an action near you.

Help organize an action in your community.







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. 


New News!

Meditation Group Tuesday mornings, 9:15-10:00

Starting Tuesday morning, October 20, Pastor Karen will lead a meditation group in the Chapel from 9:15 to 10:00. We will explore different kinds of meditation, centering, and prayer, with an emphasis on practice--and just enough instruction to make the practice possible. Anyone who can be relatively quiet for 45 minutes is welcome! No previous experience with meditation is necessary, nor any affiliation with a religious tradition. 


Congregational Meeting October 11, 10:50 a.m.:
We will meet again after church this Sunday, October 11, to discuss our situation, our dreams, and our options as a congregation. An analysis of our finances will be included. Worship will be a little shorter than usual, and we'll meet in the Chapel during coffee hour. We'll be done by noon. The results of the discussion will be shared with the congregation--but it's even better if you're there to take part! 


An Evening with Gideon Levy and Suheil Khalilieh
How Can We Be Agents of Change to Secure Human
Rights in Israel and the Palestinian Territories?

Monday, October 19th at 6:30pm
Greenburgh Town Hall
177 Hillside Avenue
Greenburgh, NY 10607

This event is free and open to the public.  Contributions will be requested to cover honoraria and travel costs.  The evening is co-sponsored by JVP - Westchester and WESPAC Foundation.  For more information, contact or call 914.449.6514.




MIND General Membership Meeting, Sunday October 18, 2:30 p.m.

Methodists in New Directions (MIND) will gather for our fall general membership meeting on Sunday, October 18 at 2:30, at Asbury Crestwood UMC (167 Scarsdale Rd, Tuckahoe, NY). We are celebrating the four-year anniversary of the Covenant of Conscience, in which clergy, laypeople, and congregations pledge to minister equally to all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. We will also look ahead to General Conference in May, 2016, and talk about how everyone can support the important work of justice and inclusion for all people in our beloved denomination. Sara, Jayson, and Karen are on the MIND steering committee, so getting a ride to the meeting will be easy! 



Charge Conference, Wednesday October 28, 7:00 p.m.

We will have our annual Charge Conference with our District Superintendent Denise Smartt Sears on Wednesday evening, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. We will review the year so far, elect our officers and leaders for 2016, and adopt several budget items. This is an opportunity to discuss our future with our District Superintendent--please attend if you can!



Memorial United Methodist Church
Click here for directions.250 Bryant Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 949-2146

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