A Word From Pastor Bob
“Prayer and Action”
There is a strong connection between prayer and action. There is an African proverb that goes, “When you pray, move your feet.”
We aren’t called to be passive in our praying. If discouragement takes the wind out of our sails, prayer is the wind at our backs. Prayer can move us to take action. Praying for something motivates us to do something about it. If we pray for the hungry, then we’ll be more motivated to donate money to the local food bank or be advocates for programs that help feed the hungry.
Prayer isn't reciting flowery phrases, but is a connection with God that moves us in a direction. To pray isn’t to motivate God to take action for us. God already wants the best for us. God isn’t going to do something for us that we should be doing ourselves. Prayer motivates us.
The chaplain of Cambridge University once wrote, “Prayer as Jesus taught isn’t just a private matter. It’s not personal therapy or a crutch for the weak. Prayer is about refusing to believe that the way things are has to be the way they always will be; prayer is about imagining how the world could be, and gaining the wisdom and energy to bring it about. “
Prayer changes the one praying. Praying can help us discern what we can and can’t control. It can give us the motivation and energy to do the positive things within our control. Praying can also give us the strength and courage we need to not give up and persevere in trying and difficult times. While prayer itself is an action, it also moves us to live as God intends.
Sunday at Memorial
Sunday School -All children ages 3 – 5th Grade
are welcome to join the Sunday School every week following the Children’s word. We use the “Seasons of the Spirit” curriculum. Please feel free to check it out at http://www.spiritseasons.com . See Darlene DiDomineck for more details!
Fellowship Coffee Hour 11:00am - Potluck Farewell for Pastor Bob.
ENGAGE (11:45-12:30) : There will be no Engage discussion on 16.
Youth Group (11:45-1:45 – Youth Coffee House) All youth in Grades 6th-12th are welcome to join us for lunch, fun and planning for the year!
The Week at Memorial
Wednesday Night Book Study 6:30PM Soup 7:00PM Study -
Join us as we study the text Jesus and Empire by Richard Horsley. The text focuses Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom of God and his for justice in ancient Rome. --www.amazon.com See Darlene for a copy of the text or order one from your local bookseller. Soup and fellowship are provided
Tuesdays @ Dorry’s 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: gathers “conversation partners” weekly for informal table talk, and sometimes we hear live music. There is no charge. Just come and order your food from Sylvia, who serves all of us. Everyone is welcome. 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.
June 18, 2013 -Linda Conte-Dangerous childbirth
Because her neighborhood book club read two books about it, Linda Conte became aware of the problem of obstetric fistula, a complication of childbirth that affects up to 50,000 women in undeveloped countries per year, leading to death or abandonment. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 500,000 woman are living with this devastating condition, and the number is growing every year. In America, the condition is largely unknown because of obstetric caesarian surgery which was developed more than 100 years ago. Come & learn about this condition and some of the efforts to change the lives of the women affected by it.
June 25-George Latimer-New York State Senator
George Latimer, who sometimes comes to Dorry’s to speak or to listen to others’ presentations, will be our featured guest again this time.
George will tell us what he thinks we need to be aware of in the State Senate, and we will get to ask him questions.
July & August
As always, we’ll suspend programming for the summer but will eat at Dorry’s and keep each other company whenever we can. See you there!
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
TO BOB, IN TRANSIT
who sees imperfect people kindly,
gleans graciousness from their faults,
vaults my hurts to hopefullness.
Where'er you go in years to come,
we know your trail'll be marked
by peaceful stars, and more -
thanks for your encouragements
to grow in love, laughter, sharing.
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. As the weather gets colder utility bills increase and so have requests for assistance from our neighbors.
Financial donations of all amounts are greatly needed to assist with utility bills, and rent/mortgage arrears.
Gift Cards in $5, $10, $20 increments to:
• Grocery Stores: (Stop and Shop, Pathmark, A&P)
• Gas Stations
• Drug Stores: (Duane Reade, CVS, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid)
The Memorial UMC Emergency Assistance Program is open Mondays from 3PM – 6PM.For more information contact Deaconess Darlene DiDomineck.
Memorial Thrift Shop is always seeking Volunteers
Shop Location: Memorial United Methodist Church (MUMC) 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Hours of Operation: Mon & Wed 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.
Fellowship Coffee Hour
Volunteers needed for Coffee hour. Please sign up online, click here,
or on the form out side the Narthex. contact Angela Stone
or call her at 914 949-2146. Instructions for Coffee Hour click here.
Support Memorial's "250" neighbors
Four organizations are based at Memorial, 250 Bryant Avenue: