Memorial United Methodist Church

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Welcome to Memorial

A Word From Pastor Karen

Friday is Halloween--you probably know that.  The National Retail Foundation now lists it as one of the more popular "Consumer Holidays."  It can't compete with the "Winter Holidays" (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa), and "Back to School," but it's right up there with Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.  

The whole reason Halloween exists, however, is because of the day that follows it:  All Saints Day, when we remember those who have gone before us--those we know, love, and miss, as well as those unknown to us.  The purpose of "All Hallows' Eve" is to confront the power of death with humor and ridicule.  (Speaking of ridiculous things--peeps (the little marshmallow chicks) now come in bright orange and green, for Halloween.  But I digress.)

On Sunday we will celebrate All Saints with a time of remembrance for those who have passed on in the last year.  We will light candles, ring a bell, and remember the saints of our lives before we have communion together.  We will gather up names at the beginning of worship, but I also invite you to send in names via email or phone call to the church office by Friday at 3:00.

Wishing you a happy, safe Halloween, and a blessed All Saints Day,  

Pastor Karen

Love Wins!
Update from Pastor Karen

The Judicial Council, the United Methodist Church's highest court, has affirmed Rev. Frank Schaefer's reinstatement to clergy status.  Rev. Schaefer was suspended for 30 days in 2013 for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding, then defrocked because he wouldn't promise to "uphold the Discipline in its entirety"--which is code for promising never to perform another same-sex wedding again.  He was reinstated by an appeals court this summer, and now that ruling has been upheld by our highest court.  

Below is the statement released by Methodists in New Directions about Frank Schaefer, written by Sara Thompson Tweedy.

On Monday,] the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church upheld the decision of the Northeast Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals which results in Reverend Frank Schaefer keeping his ordination credentials. We at MIND are thrilled by this decision, especially for our dear friend, Frank, and his family. Without a doubt, this ordeal has been most burdensome on them and with this decision comes great relief.

Yet, even as we celebrate, we should also be aware that this NEVER should have happened in the first place. The complaint was born of malice and revenge. The Bishop of Eastern Pennsylvania showed a blatant disregard for justice and not once, but twice, placed legalism over love. Counsel for the church continued to argue that the church has no place for LGBTQ people.

While we can applaud the Northeast Jurisdiction on Appeals and the Judicial Council’s decision, we also have to cringe at the harm laid on queer people in heaps along the way. How can the church ever make right the spiritual and emotional maiming committed against members of her own body during this process?

All to say, there is work to do...lots of work to do in the name of justice and in the name of love. Thank God we have each other for this journey.

Sincerely Yours in Our Quest for Justice,


Sara Thompson Tweedy
Chairperson of Methodists in New Directions


Worship at Memorial

November 2
10:00 a.m.  All Saints celebration, worship and communion in the sanctuary.  At the beginning of the service we will gather up names of those who have died since last All Saints, so that we can remember them by name.  You are also invited to email names to the church office byFriday.  Scripture:  Matthew 23:1-12

November 9
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary.

November 16
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary. 

November 23
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary.  Christ the King Sunday, Thanksgiving Sunday.

November 30
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary.  First Sunday of Advent. 

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 here for flyer


  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.
November 4 - An Election Day Conversation
Those of us who vote believe it is a chance to make our communities and society a little better. In the big picture, we want our families and everyone else to have a life full of possibilities and choices. How do we think voting helps? To what extent do our votes really influence decision-makers? How else in our lives have we tried to make government more fair, political or societal institutions more responsive, individuals stronger? In addition to political action, how else does change come about? We’ll talk about the things we most care about and why we think they matter.
November 11 - Mitch Polay continues discussing Holocaust education
Mitch Polay, educator about the Holocaust of WWII, gave a presentation so compelling last month that we asked him to return. He opened up themes that made us want to hear more from him and each other. Details to follow.
November 18 - Sally Dunne, UN Representative for the Loretto Community
A report on her trip to the Mexican Border

Upcoming Events

Older Driver Safety Week

December 3, 2014 at 12:15-1pm - FREE Educational Event to helping senior drivers find their ‘Safest Fit’  - Memorial United Methodist Church Chapel- 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605. Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent, but the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age.

Come learn about older drivers' risks on the road and steps you can take to protect yourself or someone you care about. Flyer here

Save the date: 
Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Interfaith Connection and Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence Present A Concert in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Sunday, January 11, 2015 Hosted by Congregation Kol Ami


A Word From the Laity

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A cheerful mind,
gratitude for sunlight
and rain, song for a
neighbor...a good 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. 

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


Wednesday night book study:
 Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., in the Fireside Room, we are in a six week study of N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope, led by Mark Davies.  Wright is the former Anglican Bishop of Durham, now a professor at St. Andrews, Scotland.  No preparation or materials needed.  The course consists of a wonderful, short DVD talk by Wright, followed by discussion questions, which will engage everyone, from the newest Christian to the most widely-read elder.  To quote the DVD intro:  "Wright reveals the amazing full scope of what God's Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is."  Wright's approach to Christianity is very traditional, which turns out to be very revolutionary.  Join us!  Auditors are welcome - you don't have to say a word but can just listen if you want. 

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.

New News!

    Christmas Tree Sale!

We will sell Christmas Trees again this season to benefit our mission work.  Central Korean will participate, and this year, for the first time, we're being joined by our Early Childhood Center!

This year we have decided to give each organization certain days to cover.  Memorial is selling trees on December 6December 13, and December 14.  We will have a community open house on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 to 4:00, with refreshments, music, and a display of nativity scenes.  

We expect the trees to arrive on Saturday, November 28, around 8:00 in the morning.  We need help unloading the trees and setting up the big tree in the sanctuary.

Please sign up in the lobby for:
     Setting up the yard --  Sunday, November 23 

     Unloading trees-- Saturday, November 28

     Selling trees--December 6, 13, and 14


Pledge Cards Being Gratefully Accepted!

Thanks to all of you who have returned your pledge cards for the coming year.  This is essential information for us as we plan our ministries and activities for the coming year.  We will continue to receive pledge cards in worship for the next few weeks, where we will pray over them and consecrate our resources to God's work.  You may also mail your pledge cards in, addressed to our Financial Secretary, Ted Chiappari.  If you'd like to make a pledge and haven't received a card, please contact the church office.

    Blessings to you!

    The Stewardship Committee

    Scott Welliver, Chair


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

Memorial is a Reconciling Congregation.
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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