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Memorial United Methodist Church

A Word From Pastor Karen


Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting last Sunday! We reviewed all we accomplished in 2015, especially the mission work of our wonderful youth group. Sleep Under, Breakfast Run, Food Drive, Shoeboxes--our youth are awesome!

We reviewed and passed our budget for 2016 with a 4% deficit. We are unlikely to be able to cut costs much further, so closing that gap will come from income, either from donations or from building use. Our building use numbers are uncertain, as Central Korean may be moving, but for these purposes we assumed they will pay us for the whole year. Our Trustees are already working hard on new possibilities for our building.

To be able to decide the best use for our building, we need to know who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do. Therefore, we will have two more follow-up congregational meetings in the next month, on February 21 and March 6, right after church. I’m delighted to say that these meetings will be facilitated by Rev. Arlin Roy, LCSW, of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health and the Northeast Counseling Center in Pleasantville. His biography is below.

On February 21 we will gather as a large group, receive some guidance and directions, and then break into small groups to discuss the needs of our congregation and community as we understand them. Those will be brought back to the whole group, combined, and shared.

On March 6 we will again gather as a large group, and break into smaller groups (with different people than before) to discuss the five things we think our church should do in the next five years. Those lists will be brought back to the whole group, and given to our Church Council to evaluate and expand.

Please put these meetings on your calendar and make every effort to attend.

Pastor Karen

Rev. Arlin Roy: After graduating from Goddard College, Arlin Roy attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. School for Social Change and graduated from the Stevens-Gesner Project to Prepare Candidates for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. He received Pastoral Care, Pastoral Psychotherapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Group Psychotherapy certificates from Blanton-Peale Institute, a Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, and a Certificate in Supervision of the Psychoanalytic Process from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Rev. Roy taught and supervised for fifteen years at Blanton-Peale Institute in New York City, a postgraduate psychotherapy training institute, and is past President of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work Rev. Roy is a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association and has Full Fellowship in Unitarian Universalist Parish and Community Ministries. Rev. Roy has published in popular periodicals and professional journals ranging from The New York Times and Critical Mass to Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Journal of Religion and Health, and Group: Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society.

Worship Planning for Lent! Most people who come for worship participate in the liturgy as it is presented, but don’t participate in crafting the liturgy itself. It doesn’t have to be that way! Our worship planning mini-retreat was postponed to tomorrow, Saturday, February 6 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Gardner Room. We will plan our worship services for Lent (beginning February 14), Holy Week, and Easter (March 27). Everyone who’s interested in the process is welcome. Bring your ideas--we’ll provide coffee, tea, and a light breakfast!

If you have questions, please feel free to speak to Pastor Karen, or to Debra DeMerritt, our Worship chairperson.

The UMW lunch and planning meeting originally scheduled for Sunday, January 31, has been moved to Sunday, February 21 at 11:30.

Flea Market! On Saturday, February 6, from 10 to 4, the Thrift Store (a joint venture of Memorial and the LOFT) will have a blow-out clean-out-our-closets Flea Market in Asbury Hall. (We have a lot of closets--and they’re really full.)

To make this possible, we need LOTS OF HELP. TODAY, Friday, February 5, we’ll pull everything out and put it on tables in Asbury Hall. On Saturday, we need help all day, starting with the Early Bird Hour ($5 admission) at 9:00, and ending with the clean up after 4:00.


Worship at Memorial

Sunday, February 7

Transfiguration Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday (when did this become an American holiday?)

8:30 a.m.     Worship and communion in the chapel

10:00 a.m.   Worship and communion in the sanctuary

Intercept the Traffickers photo campaign

                Scripture: Luke 9:28-36


Wednesday, February 10

Ash Wednesday

7:30 p.m. Ecumenical worship at Mt. Hope AME Zion Church


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.

February 9 - Hasan Arslan - Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Security Department - Pace University, Pleasantville.  Dr. Arslan returns to discuss another topic with us, in an interactive discussion on issues concerning violence in our communities and our world. Details to follow.

February 16 -  Shahida Qadir - American Muslim Women’s Association - (Details to follow)



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!

Join us for A Moveable Feast!

 On Thursday evenings in various homes and public places, we will gather for a light meal and discussion of faith and ideas. We will continue next Thursday, February 1, with the third chapter of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis Collins. We'll gather at 6:30, and discussion will start at 7. We'll meet at Brandon and Ivannette's house--you can ask one of them, or Pastor Karen, for directions.







Male and female victims of human trafficking can be found in all types of establishments and locations--in rural, suburban and urban settings in the United States and worldwide.  Victims are exploited by the service industries in restaurants, bars, strip clubs, nail salons, and similar businesses.  Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world.  Like any big sporting event, the Super Bowl can lead to increased demand for trafficking in persons for labor and sexual exploitation.


This Super Bowl Sunday, help us stop modern day slavery. Let’s intercept the traffickers and reverse the momentum.


United Methodist Women has asked church members to join the Intercept the Traffickers photo campaign and OPEN YOUR UMBRELLAS to raise awareness of human trafficking.


Under an umbrella, we are shielded from the storm and from the heat. Our Umbrella Defense will shield trafficked women and girls from the glare of insensitive bystanders, show that we care and encourage survivors to hold on a little longer and will form colorful ribbons of hope for more beds, more money and more prosecutions.



On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, bring your umbrella to church so that we can bear witness to the strength of survivors and to our partnership in their journey to wholeness. We will take photos after the service.


Join us to open your umbrella and take your defensive position to intercept the traffickers so that justice can reign.    






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Memorial Thrift Shop

Indoor Winter Flea Market

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Free Admission 10am to 4pm

Early Bird Entrance 9am to 10am $5.00

Rain or Shine in Asbury Hall

250 Bryant Ave, White Plains, NY


Volunteers Needed
Please help us sort and set up on Friday February 5th

 or help sell on Saturday, February 6th

contact the church office 914 949-2146 or the LOFT 914 948-2932



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