Worship at Memorial
April 17, Holy Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Worship with Central Korean in the Youth Room. A service of hand-washing, communion, and Tenebrae.
April 18, Good Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Worship in Asbury Hall, with our beautiful labyrinth.
April 20, Easter Sunday!
6:10 a.m. (actual time of sunrise) Easter Sunrise Yoga on the front patio!
8:30 a.m. A service of Word and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m. Easter Celebration service in the sanctuary
April 27, Bright Sunday a.k.a. Holy Humor Sunday
10:00 a.m. We will enjoy the ancient tradition of Bright Sunday the week following Easter. This custom dates back to the early Greek Christians, who celebrated a week of joy and laughter following the resurrection of Jesus.
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 - This week we will have a special "community" coffee hour in the Courtyard room downstairs, while the children have their Easter Egg hunt in the courtyard. Please bring some food to share as we celebrate together.
New Members! We will receive new members on April 20, EasterSunday.
Starting April 8th - Mindfulness Mediation 8 week series
FEELING STRESSED? OVERWHELMED? IN PAIN? JUST NOT QUITE RIGHT? INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN YOUR OWN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING? WANTING TO CULTIVATE TOOLS THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO LIVE WITH GREATER EASE, BALANCE, DEPTH AND RESILIENCE?
Consider giving yourself the Gift of Mindfulness
The 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is modeled after the renowned Stress Reduction Program founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMMC).
The 8-week course will be held at Memorial, on Tuesday mornings from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm, starting on April the 29th to June 17th.
A 5 hrs. retreat will be held on Saturday, June 7th.
Cost: $370 (includes materials and a total of 26 hrs of training). Scholarships available!
For further details and registration please contact Mindfulness Teacher and Mental Health Counselor Elisabeth Janz Mayer-Rieckh, M.A.: Tel: 646-578-2506,
and visit www.mindfulnessmeditationnyc.com.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 5 pm - Come for Potluck and Discussion with Great Company!
at the White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 North Broadway. Join a gathering of people from different faith traditions to explore what it means to be spiritual partners with each other and the earth.
Click here for the flyer and more info.
May 15 The MLK Center Annual Awards Dinner is Thursday, May 15, at 5:30 at the Community Unitarian Church at White Plains, 468 Rosedale Avenue. Seats are $75 each. If you'd like to go, please let Pastor Karen know so that we can coordinate a table.
Sunday, June 8, we will be celebrating Pentecost with Central Korean, worshiping together and then sharing a meal and a time of fellowship.
A Word From the Laity
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Go far down inside to meet my muse
amongst those errant memories,
meld new rhythms to old songs,
cool my urge for hot touches,
replace love tales with affection,
Surely, now, it's time...
A chance to tell the truth,
forgive so many stumbles,
show many hidden beauties.
From Sheila Collins
You may be interested in reading some of my recent blogs:
“The West’s Coming Tragedy of the Commons”
“When Art Coaxed the Soul of America Back to Life”
“What Kerry and Obama Could Learn from FDR on the Environment”
“Public Education and the Arts: Lessons from the New Deal”
“Aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
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.
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.
A Word From Pastor Karen
Early Tuesday morning there was a lunar eclipse. The sun, earth, and moon were perfectly aligned, so that the earth passed directly between the sun and the moon. This blocked the full-spectrum light that reflects to earth from the surface of the moon, leaving the low-wavelength red light. The moon turned a dark orange-red color.
The April full moon is normally called the Pink Moon, because of the flowers that begin to bloom this month. This week it became for a few hours a Blood Moon--on the first night of Passover, when our Jewish friends were remembering how the Israelites enslaved in Egypt placed lamb's blood on their doors so that the Angel of Death, sent to kill the firstborn sons of their Egyptian captors and prompt their release from bondage, would know to pass over their homes.
I believe there was a lunar eclipse, though I couldn't see it. I checked on the moon at bedtime, and it was bright and white, though surrounded by a little haze. When I went to look at 3 in the morning, the only light was from the streetlight on the corner. The sky had completely clouded over, with the clouds that would bring rain all day on Tuesday.
But I still believe the moon turned red early Tuesday morning. Friends from other parts of North America took pictures and told wonderful stories. And I've seen total lunar eclipses before, standing in the yard in the middle of the night with my children. So even though I couldn't see it (and I was disappointed that I couldn't see it), I still believe it happened.
My life of faith is like that sometimes. I believe in God's love and grace and mercy, even when I can't see it myself right this second. I believe because my friends tell me. I believe because I've experienced God before.
I believe in God's love, even when a hate-filled man with a gun kills people in the parking lot of a Jewish community center. I believe in God's grace, even when politicians tell lame stories to cover up their true motives. I believe in God's mercy, even when I'm afraid we're destroying our planet and I feel powerless.
I believe in Easter: the victory of life over death, of light over darkness, of love over fear. And because I believe, I can go on.
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.
Stories of United Methodists Living Marriage Equality
MIND is excited to announce a new initiative. We Did will publish the story of a same-sex wedding performed by a United Methodist clergy person every week as an ongoing witness.
We Did is the next step in the ministry that we started two years ago with the launch of We do! Methodists Living Marriage Equality
. Most of the stories will be written by the clergy who performed the wedding; some will be written by the couple. Most will come from our own conference, with occasional “guest” voices from other conferences. The stories will be published Monday mornings in MIND’s weekly newsletter RMN blog
April 22 -New York State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer
Born and raised in Yonkers, Shelley Mayer has served the city’s 90th Assembly district since 2012. She has spent her career as an advocate for New Yorkers. She is an experienced and progressive leader, dedicated to charting a new course for Yonkers and New York. Shelley is Chair of the Subcommittee on Students with Special Needs, and a member of the Committees on Labor, Social Services, Health, and Cities, among others. Before being an Assemblymember, she was was a Senior Counsel at the National State Attorney General Program at Columbia Law School, where she focused on health care and labor law rights. For over seven years, she was Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Continuum Health Partners, working to protect Medicaid and Medicare services and improving the relationship between New York City’s diverse communities and the hospital system. From 1982 to 1994, Shelley was an Assistant Attorney General in the office of New York Attorney General Bob Abrams. In Westchester she now is a member of the Yonkers NAACP, Yonkers YWCA, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and Westchester Women’s Agenda. At Dorry’s she will make us aware of the issues she believes are most pressing and important for us to understand.
Lineage Farm Vegetable CSA Shares
All vegetables are grown using biodynamic and organic farming practices. Vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizer, and in a way that seeks to replenish the soil and return the land to full health. Shares run for 23 weeks, from early June through early November. Click here for information and membership form.
Fellowship Coffee Hour
Volunteers needed for Coffee hour. Please 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: