Memorial United Methodist Church

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Welcome to Memorial
 

A Word From Pastor Karen

Last week when I heard that the scholar Marcus Borg had died, I was sitting with one of his books in my lap, re-reading Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time in preparation for Lent. (Hmmmm... coincidence?) Professor Borg was a leader of the Jesus Seminar, a group that has attempted to discern which words and acts of Jesus recorded in the Bible are historically true, and which are probably myths added by Jesus' followers, separating the "Jesus of history" from the "Christ of faith."

Through the Jesus Seminar, Professor Borg was led not away from Christianity, but toward a deep spirituality, and abiding belief in Jesus as a teacher, healer, and prophet who continued to be experienced personally by his community after his death. Though Professor Borg did not seem to intend it, by his gentle insistence that following Jesus matters, he became a leading evangelist for progressive Christianity--a faith that calls us to work for love and justice. He showed us that it's possible to believe rationally and doubt faithfully, while moving into relationship with God.

Several times in the last week I have seen this beautiful quote from Professor Borg's last book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most: "Imagine that Christianity is about loving God. Imagine that it's not about the self and its concerns, about 'what's in it for me,' whether that be a blessed afterlife or prosperity in this life."

Imagine that. 

Pastor Karen 
 

Worship at Memorial

February 1
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship and communion in the sanctuary
                   Mark 1:21-28: Jesus goes to the synagogue at Capernaum and teaches, 
                   with a kind of authority nobody has ever seen before. 
 
February 8, rescheduled Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary, Sara Thompson Tweedy preaching
                   John 1:43-51
 
February 15, National Preach-In on Global Warming
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary

February 22, first Sunday of Lent
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary

 
 

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.
February 3 - Sheila Collins - Militarism and Climate Change: Time to Connect the Dots
Militarism and climate change are symbiotically related. Climate change is both a catalyst of conflict within and between nations as well as a multiplier of conflicts. Yet the world’s continued resort to militarism to resolve such conflicts ends up creating more environmental destruction resulting in further conflict, creating a vicious circle. Despite this interrelationship, militarism is being ignored as a significant contributor to climate change. Neither the U.N. in its climate negotiations nor the environmental or peace movements, for the most part, have raised this concern. Without addressing the need to end our commitment to militarism the climate change negotiation process is called into question. It is time to connect the dots.
February 10 - Felice Petrello - Community Health Specialist and Operations Manager at BrightStar Care
Felice Petrello discovered us at Dorry’s in January, when Jonelle Ward and her colleagues presented on the Alzheimer’s Association. She would like to join the group to discuss aging in place. She will discuss available options ranging from nursing homes to home care. Felice knows that choosing a home care agency is an important decision and she would like to offer tips on what to look for and how to choose wisely. She will also speak about what Medicare actually offers regarding home care.
February 17 - A Conversation About Implicit Racism
"Implicit Racial Bias." Despite our best intentions and without our awareness, racial stereotypes and assumptions can creep into our minds and affect our actions. Would you be surprised to learn that you unconsciously favor one racial group over another? What causes implicit racial bias? Does it matter?
What can we do about it? Want to see if you have an implicit racial bias? Take the test at www.understandingprejudice.org/iat/. At Dorry’s Michael Hackett will help us
explore implicit bias – other people’s and our own – and its implications.
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
 

Sunday, Feb 15, 2014  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 Feb 15,, 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

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Missed worship, as frosted roads
glazed by winter's kiss.
Tough to miss good folks' glad
hello's and hi's...warm ties
to their summery love.
                                    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:   7pm The Evolutionary Faith book. We are few in number, but having great discussions on faith science, spirituality and the cosmos!


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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!

 

Automated calling system! We are setting up an automated calling system for people who wish to receive important notifications from the church (such as weather-related closings) by telephone. Thanks to those of you who have already given us your preferred telephone contact information. Our administrator Angela is calling everyone else to ask whether they would like to participate, but you can make this much faster and easier by sending her an e-mail with the phone number you would like us to use. Email angelastone@memorial4all.org. Thanks! 






SPECIAL SCREENING

Meet the filmmaker and Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez
Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:30 p.m. at
Memorial United Methodist Church,
250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Westchester Interfaith Connection
Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence
mlkwestchester.org

Additional screenings: 
                        Film Premiere: Tuesday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.,
Keating Hall First, Fordham University,
Bronx NY 10458 
718-817-1000
Panel and reception to follow
 
Sunday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.,
 The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, NY, NY 10027
Meet Gayla Jamison and the Rodriguezes
Sponsored by   The Sharing Fund/Densford Fund

Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
7 Saxon Wood Rd, White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 948-1120
 


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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!

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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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