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Memorial United Methodist Church

A Word From Pastor Karen

This Sunday, May 1, Reconciling United Methodists across the country will join together in lifting our hearts and voices to God as we anticipate General Conference – the once-every-four-years global gathering of United Methodists at which our policies, practices and stated denominational beliefs are decided. Although the opposition is very strong, the United Methodist Church again has the opportunity to finally end discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people when it gathers May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. As Reconciling people, we believe “It’s Time!” for the church to fully embrace all God’s people. We need you to add your voice to ensure this message is heard at General Conference.


Here are some ways you can help RMN declare “It’s Time”:

  • Follow the General Conference hashtag: #UMCGC on Twitter, and engaging the conversation with RMN’s campaign hashtag #ItsTime

  • Make sure you’ve joined RMN as a Reconciling United Methodist to receive all General Conference related communications from RMN. Go to

  • Watch the livestream of General Conference events by UMC Communications at

  • Support RMN’s Betty Dorr General Conference Fund at

  • Stay connected to RMN’s social media networks on

  • Facebook:

  • Twitter: @rmnetwork

  • Instagram: @rmnetwork


Please keep General Conference and all its delegates in your prayers, including our own Benz, who serves on the New York Annual Conference delegation to GC. Jayson will also be there, representing Reconciling Ministries Network, MIND, and Memorial.

Pastor Karen




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. 


 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Food ordering starts at 5:30 p.m. Dorry’s Diner • 468 Mamaroneck Avenue • White Plains • 914-682-0005

 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.



Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse Concerts


Walkabout Clearwater presents a Coffeehouse concert at the church the second Saturday of each month from October to May.  
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is a sing-along with the chorus at 6:45 p.m.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Preceded by an audience song fest at 6:45 p.m. $18 advance $23 at the door. Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, at Memorial Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Ave.  www.   914-946-1625.


Come join us for the remaining Coffeehouse concerts for this seasons

5/14/16----Vance Gilbert---- Vance is a folk singer/songwriter.  He started as a jazz singer, and switched to folk music.  He has toured with Shawn Colvin and has recorded eight albums.  “Up On Rockfield”  is a land mark album.  Vintage Guitar proclaimed that, “ his fervor for composing is as powerful as a Colorado thunderstorm…accomplishing  the seemingly impossible…”Up On Rockfield should be on your must hear list.”


Upcoming Events


Details are below.


Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.

A Moveable Feast at Brandon and Ivy’s. Discussion starts at 7.

Saturday, April 30, 4:00 p.m.

First transition meeting with our new pastor, Siobhan Sargent

* NOTE: POTLUCK TO FOLLOW. Bring a dish to share.

Sunday, May 1, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

“It’s Time!” Sunday.

Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.

Farewell party for Pastor Karen.

Saturday, May 7, noon

Screening “An Act of Love” in our chapel.

May 10-20

General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland, OR.

Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m.

MLK Center “Celebration of Champions” Awards Dinner,

at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Saturday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.

Open house, dinner, and evening prayer

at the Upper Westchester Muslim Society Mosque in Thornwood

Sunday, May 15, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Pentecost, and a baptism!

Saturday, May 21, noon-3:30 p.m.

Church Women United Friendship Day Luncheon.

Pastor Karen is one of the honorees.

Sunday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.

Second transition meeting with our new pastor, Siobhan Sargent.

Sunday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.

Pastor Karen’s last Sunday at Memorial.

Sunday, June 12, 10:45 a.m.

Farewell worship with Central Korean, followed by a meal.

Sunday, June 19, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Dads and Grads Sunday.



A Moveable Feast meets again tonight, Thursday, April 28, at Brandon and Ivy’s. We’re reading Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, by Marcus Borg. We will gather at 6:30, and start our discussion at 7.


Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.

Transition meetings with our new pastor, Siobhan Sargent

Bishop Middleton has found that using a specific, facilitated transition process has been extremely helpful to pastors and congregations who are going through a pastoral change. This transition process involves two meetings with the incoming and outgoing pastors, a trained pastor transition consultant, and the receiving congregation. A third meeting will take place in the fall between the incoming pastor, District Superintendent, and key church leaders. We are very fortunate to have the Rev. Bill Pfohl as our transition consultant.


In the first meeting, the transition consultant will assist us in recognizing and naming our feelings around the transition. We will be led through an exercise of remembering the history of the church, which proves to be a time of celebration and reflection for the congregation and is especially helpful to the incoming pastor.


In the second meeting an instrument will be used to identify aspects of each pastor’s leadership and conflict management style.  Through this, the congregation will be able to appreciate the unique gifts of each pastor and begin to embrace the adjustments necessary if (and there almost always are) differences exist in aspects of leadership and conflict management styles.


Each meeting will last about an hour and a half. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.


NOTE: WE WILL CONCLUDE THE FIRST MEETING (4/30) WITH A POTLUCK. Please bring a dish to share! If we like having a potluck after the meeting, we’ll have one after the second meeting as well!


Saturday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.

Open house, dinner, and evening prayer

at the Upper Westchester Muslim Society Mosque in Thornwood


The program will be as follows:

Arrival at 6:00 pm

Presentation about Islam at 6:15 pm followed by questions/answers session

Dinner at 7:15 pm

Call for prayer at 8:10 pm

Sunset prayer at 8:15 pm


Guests can stay to observe the prayer or they can leave right after dinner if they wish to do so. The address of the mosque is:

401 Clairmont Rd, Thornwood, NY 10594


The mosque is across the street from the shopping mall, and in the same building and entrance as the self-storage center--but upstairs on the 2nd floor.


It would be lovely, but not necessary, to bring “little somethings” as food offerings--like figs, dates, a pie or some other dessert.

Please let Mark Lerner know if you’re planning to go, so that he can tell our hosts how many people to expect. His email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Film screening


More information on the film can be found at:



A Word From the Laity

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Cheers for earth's awakening,
for sunlit warmth gladdening 
every flowered day!







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!



Volunteers Needed:

As we reorganize our staff to do more with less, we need volunteers to take up some work that was previously done by members of the staff. We are considering various ways of getting the work done, as well as considering what we can leave un-done in the future. If you could volunteer to do any of these things, even on an occasional basis, please email or speak to Mark Davies or Ken McHale.

During the week:

  • Format and print the bulletin.

  • Make slides for worship.

  • Format and send the e-blast.

  • Purchase coffee hour food and supplies.

On Sunday mornings:

  • Unlock all entrances to the building, including the ramp entrance through the ECC. Unlock the Sunday School rooms.

  • Set up for worship--computer, projector, slide clicker, sometimes sound. Move platforms and tables and worship props. Take everything down again afterwards.

  • Coffee hour: set up and clean up.














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