A Word From Pastor Karen
Happy Easter! On Easter Sunday we celebrated all day long, beginning at 6:33 a.m. with a beautiful sunrise. Because it was 34 degrees out, we greeted the day out on our front patio with a round of sun salutations, then retreated to the narthex to watch the day continue to dawn while we moved our bodies along with our spirits in prayer.
Thanks so much to Ted, who led us, and Camilla, who baked her amazing Easter bread. (You might want to join us next year for the sunrise service just so that you can have this Easter breakfast!) And so many things during Holy Week would not have been possible without the creativity and hard work of Debbie D, who set things up and took things down day after day. Thanks to Nicholas for our worship slides, week after week, to Antonia for heading up our Easter egg hunt, and to Ellen and everyone else who helped set up for our amazing Easter coffee hour.
At 10:00 we began our "fancy" service (about as fancy as Memorial ever gets) gathered around the font, remembering the connection between baptism and Easter. We are baptized into Christ's resurrected life! We all processed together, singing Charles Wesley's beautiful "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," and decorated the sanctuary with flowers and butterflies. It was good to hear Jayson on the organ again after six weeks of Lent! During the children's time, the children unboxed the Alleluias that we put away on the first Sunday of Lent. Our choir shared beautiful music and energy.
In the sermon, I noted the unfinished story of Mark's gospel--the open, empty tomb that leaves us to figure out what has happened. We talked about the connection between Good Friday and Easter. God says NO to death and to the powers that put Jesus on the cross, and YES to life, YES to love, and YES to love's communal form, justice!
Without Easter, Good Friday is nothing but suffering and horror that leaves us powerless. Without Good Friday, Easter is sentimental and silly. But together, Good Friday shows us the world as it is, and Easter shows us the world as it is made to be!
On Easter we tell the story, again and again, of how God gives us life--again and again--where we thought there was only failure and death. Good Friday and Easter together invite us into God's possibilities.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Worship at Memorial
April 26, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Earth Day celebration
Invite-a-Scientist to Church Day!
8:30 a.m. Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. Worship in the sanctuary,
Rev. John Collins preaching
11:15 a.m. Presentation and Q&A by Dr. Richard Seagar, climate scientist,
Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory,
* * * Plan to stay for this very important presentation! * * *
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 for fellowship and a snack.
Sunday School Notes and News
Thank you all for your generous donations
and support on our bake sale on March 22, 2015.
We made $304 in total. In order to reach our goal, we need $300 more.
Part of the funds will be used to purchase t-shirts, underwear and toiletries for the homeless.
We would be greatful if we could find 10 volunteers to donate $15 each for a dunkin donuts "box of joe" and 3 volunteers to donate $10 for orange juice boxes.
In the name of the Youth Group, thank you in advance
for your continued support and with our best wishes
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:
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 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.
April 21, 2015 - Rev. John Collins
Martin Luther King reminded us that Rio Van Winkle "slept through a revolution." He called for a new "revolution of values." Are we sleeping through a new paradigm shift in our understanding of the universe and of life itself? Rev. John Collins will lead us in a discussion of some of the world-changing discoveries of the last 150 years, from the Ice Age to Darwin and Einstein and Quantum physics and plate tectonics and climate change. While we are not all climate scientists, we can ask how these literally earth-shaking new insights affect the ways we relate to the Earth and our place in it? To our cultural and religious beliefs? What do you think?
April 28 - Kristan A. Connolly, Esq.
Kristan A. Connolly is an attorney with Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C., a litigation and advocacy firm dedicated to protecting the civil rights of children. The firm's practice focuses on the special education needs of children, and getting equal access and equality of instruction and opportunity for children with special needs. They represent parents and students in Committee on Special Education meetings, 504 meetings, impartial hearings, suspension hearings, manifestation determinations, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, and in state and federal Court.
May 5 - Dr. Sheila Collins
TPP – The Trans-Pacific Partnership - As President Obama seeks to "fast-track" this controversial trade agreement, Sheila Collins will tell us why so many see an urgency to fast-track the opposition. Details to follow.
Two excellent plays on Saturday evening, May 2 in Yonkers.
American Muslim Women?s Association
Muslims for the Arts
One unforgettable night.
A Word From the Laity
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New warmth's awakened croci -
yellow, blue, white and pink,
merrily tossing glowing heads
at the sun, our psyches, Spring,
singing alleluias to God's world.
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.
Support Memorial's "250" neighbors
Four organizations are based at Memorial, 250 Bryant Avenue: