Memorial United Methodist Church

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Welcome to Memorial

Important Notice

 
 
 
Last weekend for Christmas Tree Sales.
 Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm



 
 

A Word From Pastor Karen

Last Saturday there were marches all over the country to protest racial profiling, police brutality, and the routine killing of unarmed black men and youth by police officers. More than 25,000 people (unofficial estimates have it at 50,000) marched up New York's Fifth Avenue. A march in Washington D.C. was led by the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Amadou Diallo, and Trayvon Martin. 

In White Plains, several hundred people took to the streets, carrying a casket, remembering Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. and so many others who have been killed by local police. Calling for transparency and accountability in Westchester police policies and practices, the group marched through the downtown area. We held a "die-in" in the middle of the intersection of Mamaroneck and Martine, lying down in the street and chanting Eric Garner's last words "I can't breathe."

Methodists joined the throngs of protesters all over the country. The message is clear: change must occur. Police can no longer systematically single out people based on the color of their skin; they must no longer use military tactics against unarmed civilians; they must end the dehumanizing police tactics that suffocate communities of color. This brutality has had economic and social consequences, effectively pinning American citizens under the weight of poverty and second class citizenship.

Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said, “It's just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us today. I mean, look at the masses. Black, white, all races, all religion.... We need to stand like this at all times.” 

Memorial has long been part of the movement for LGBTQ rights, and the fight for economic and racial justice is one and the same. The oppressed must stand together, and allies must stand with them. Only in so doing will we dismantle the systemic racism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism inherent in our society.

Voices are rising up, calling for justice, and it is a timely message in the season of Advent. As Christians, we are awaiting the arrival of Emmanuel, God-With-Us. God will arrive, not in a sanctuary or a palace, but at the intersections of injustice and unrest. This movement has the mark of the holy upon it. Like those long ago who sat in the darkness waiting for the light, we have our hope and our ability to take action. So take action.


Pastor Sara and Pastor Karen

Much of the above post appeared in this week's "Do You MIND?" newsletter, written by Sara Thompson Tweedy. To subscribe, go to http://www.mindny.org/get-involved/newsletter/

 

Worship at Memorial

For you to do: bring some cookies for the cookie potluck after the 5:00 service on Christmas Eve!

 
December 21
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:15 a.m.   Reading of "A Christmas Carol" in the Fireside Room

 
December 24, Christmas Eve
5:00 p.m.    Family-friendly worship in the sanctuary, 
                       with story-telling, Christmas carols, and candle-lighting.
                       Cookie potluck in the Fireside room, with a visit from St. Nicholas!
8:00 p.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel,
                       a quieter service than 5:00, with with candles, scripture, and Christmas carols.
 
 

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.
 

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 10605.click here for flyer
 

TUESDAYS@DORRY'S

  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.
December 23 & 30 - Time out!Eat at Dorry’s if you’re around—on Tuesday evenings or any time.
Programs will start again on January 6, 2015.
 

Upcoming Events

 
 

Save the date: Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Interfaith Connection

and
Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence

Present

o-MUSIC OF FREEDOM 

An Interfaith Community Gathering

in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

at Congregation Kol Ami

252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains, NY

Refreshments following concert

? Congregation Kol Ami Choir

NO ADMISSION CHARGE. THERE WILL BE A FREE-WILL OFFERING.

TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE.

Please bring non-perishable food items for our Westchester neighbors.

For information contact MLK Institute at 914-949-6555 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Click here for Flyer


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Save Another Date! Our Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Please put this on your calendars now, so that you won't miss it: Memorial's Annual Meeting after church on January 25, 2015. We will review the previous year, adopt our 2015 budget, affirm our officers and committees, and talk about our way forward into the future God plans for us. Two important things will be provided: food and child care!


 

A Word From the Laity

(Editor’s note: this is a place for members and friends of Memorial to make written contributions to the eblast. Space is limited and cannot be used to promote a business. Please send your submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

            Let Yuletide smiles decorate your day,
               sweeter than any beribboned gift.      
                                                    Jay
 
 

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. 
 

Volunteer Opportunities

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.
Wish List
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THIS WEEK AT MEMORIAL

 

 

Wednesday night book study: The Evolutionary Faith book group will not meet for the next two weeks. We resume  January 7, 2015.  We are few in number, but having great discussions on faith science, spirituality and the cosmos!


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Memorial United Methodist Women Christmas Gathering

Memorial United Methodist Women will have their Christmas gathering on Thursday, December 18 at 6:30 PM.  We will meet in the Fireside room .

Our program will begin as we gather in the chapel.

Our storytellers, Rev. Richard Rice and Nancy Rice will tell the birth of Jesus from the book of Luke.

We will be blessed with a musical presentation from Pastor Yasmin Harris.

 

 Please join us for devotions, carols, fellowship and a good food.

 Please bring  a friend and your favorite Christmas dessert to share 

 RSVP to Debbie or the church office 914 949-2146.


 
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Dec. 21 - Immediately after the worship service, join us for some light refreshments and a specialreading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by John Collins (narrator), Antonia Chiappari (Scrooge), Mercy Nyamekye (The Ghosts), Ivy Juarbe (the women), and Mark Davies (the other men). This is the version that Dickens himself wrote for his own readings - and it has all the best stuff in it. It's about 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours long, but feel free to come and go as you please.

 
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Christmas Eve services: December 24, 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
At 5:00 we'll have a family-friendly service with story-telling, Christmas carols, and candle-lighting. Our 8:00 service will be more restrained, with candles, scripture, Christmas carols, and Communion


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Ministry to our Home-bound Members 
Early in October a group of volunteers met with Pastor Karen for training in our ministry to the home-bound members of our congregation.  We matched up home-bound persons with volunteers who covenant to visit, call on the phone, and send cards on a monthly basis.  We do not yet have enough volunteers to reach everyone, and we will offer another training event next month.  If you're interested in participating, please speak to Pastor Karen or to Debbie DeMerritt.
 
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New News!

                         Online shopping for good!
We are asking you to take a moment and please sign up on the
UMCmarket site  (www.umcmarket.org) for your online purchases. You can use it all year but the holidays is a great time to get started.  It is easy and doesn't change how you shop online or cost you anything. Our church will get a donation for every purchase you make through the site. It has stores like Best Buy, Amazon, Kohl's, Macy, Expedia and many many more. Important note: When choosing our church, Memorial United Methodist Church is listed as White Plains: Memorial.  Also a helpful hint is to add the app to your toolbar to make it even easier.

Go to  http://www.umcmarket.org/  to sign up. If you have any questions or need assistance feel free to contact the church office, 914 949-2146.  Thank you!

Poinsettia Orders Advent 2014
Poinsettias will be placed in the church during the 2014 Advent season.  The poinsettias can be purchased in memory or in honor of loved ones. Forms are in the bulletin or you can pick one up in the church office. A list of those for whom the poinsettia was purchased and the contributor will be place in the bulletins on Christmas Eve. The poinsettias can be picked up by the purchaser Sunday, December 28, after worship. The cost of each poinsettia is $20.

Thanks and gratitude:


Thanks to everyone who helped make our first Christmas Open House a success! The display of nativity scenes from around the world was fascinating and spiritually moving. Jayson Dobney's organ recital was a welcome time of transcendent beauty in the middle of our hectic holiday season, followed by a Christmas carol sing with very enthusiastic participants. And the refreshments were fantastic!


And thanks to everyone who has sold Christmas trees! Central Korean is covering the final weekend of sales, and there are only a few trees left. (No more requests for help, until it's time to take down the set-up in the yard...) The proceeds from this work go to local and church-wide mission, as support for our emergency assistance program, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and others. Our Early Childhood Center is using their portion of the proceeds to sponsor a family for Christmas, with the Part Of The Solution (POTS) program.  



Please read this plea for help from those who serve at Bedford Hills. Wouldn't it be great to see some snow suits in our coat collection "manger"? 

From Rev. Annie Bovian, chaplain at Bedford Hills:

BEDFORD HILLS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY NURSERY IS IN DIRE NEED OF SNOW SUITS FOR THE BABIES. THEY WILL ACCEPT NEW AND NEARLY NEW SNOW SUITS DURING THIS DESPERATE PERIOD. SIZES NEWBORN TO 2 TODDLER ARE NEEDED. THE MOTHERS ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE THE BABIES OUT AS NEEDED. PRESENTLY THERE ARE 16 BABIES IN THE NURSERY.
 
THE NUMBER OF BABIES IS VERY FLUID, WHICH CAN REACH THE INTO THE TWENTIES AT ANY GIVEN TIME. PLEASE BE GENEROUS IN HELPING TO ALLEVIATE THIS SITUATION. WE HAVE A LONG WINTER AHEAD OF US. MAY GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY.  

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR,
ARTHUR MCLEAN AND EMMA DOCTOR
DCOM PRISON MINISTRY


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

 
Memorial is a Reconciling Congregation.
      
 
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
8:30am (Chapel)
10:00 a.m. (Sancturary) 
Opening Hours
Church Office:  Monday  -  Friday 9AM - 4PM. Phone: (914) 949-2146
Thrift Shop:   Monday - Thursday 10-2,  Fri & Sat 10-4

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