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Welcome to Memorial

A Word From Pastor Karen

We had our first Mustard Seed Meeting on Monday, and it was very encouraging.  Ten people gathered at the parsonage to discuss our internal ministries.  We began by talking about what makes Memorial special.  We agreed that several things set us apart from many churches:  our active welcome of absolutely everyone, and our embrace of progressive ideas, social justice, and intellectual inquiry, including science.  We are a diverse, welcoming, thinking group of people, on a meaningful journey together--and we have a lot of fun along the way!  

We discussed ways to connect with those who share in our mission as users of our building:  the Early Childhood Center, the LOFT, Central Korean, the 12-Step Programs, and Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, to name a few.  We agreed that our website is a crucial part of our plan to communicate who we are and what we do, both within the congregation and beyond.

Our primary focus was to think about ways of connecting us more closely and intentionally to one another.  We thought it would be a good idea to host a ministry fair on a Sunday in October or November, to introduce all our internal activities and working groups to the whole congregation.  We talked about various kinds of small groups--in homes and at church, for study or mediation or prayer, for meals or discussion, for work or play.  Attendance has not been great at many of the classes and groups we've offered in the last year (ENGAGE, in particular).  Please tell me:  are you looking for a small group connection?  If so, what kind?

One seed that has been germinating for a while is a ministry to the home-bound members of our congregation.  I'm delighted to tell you that our United Methodist Women will prepare for this in September and launch it in October!  The women are leading the way, but men, you are welcome to participate.  Please speak to me or to Debbie DeMerritt for more information.

We will have two more Mustard Seed Meetings at the parsonage, the next two Mondays at 7:00.  
  • August 18:  children and youth

  • August 25:  outreach ministries

Please let me know if you'll be there!

Pastor Karen

Worship at Memorial

August 17
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the Chapel, third Sunday of our children's Heifer Project.  The gospel reading for the day is Matthew 15:10-20, in which Jesus tells his followers that people are not defiled by what goes into their mouths, but by what comes out.  We will celebrate our heritage--and have joy and praise coming from our mouths--with a hymn sing!  Think about your favorite hymn or song, and be prepared to share why it is important to you.

August 24
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the Chapel, fourth Sunday of our children's Heifer Project.  The gospel reading for the day is Matthew 16:13-20, in which Simon Peter correctly identifies Jesus as the Messiah.

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 -
 Join us for a beverage, snack and fellowship.  
ENGAGEWe will not be having ENGAGE in the summer

Sunday School Notes and News

On the first Sunday of their Heifer Project our kids decided that they would like to donate a pig, if we could raise enough money this month, and then maybe a share of a cow, and some chickens, if we had any money left.  I'm excited to tell you that we have already raised enough money for a pig AND a cow!  

I am so proud of our congregation's generosity and commitment to helping others.  If you'd like to contribute, and you won't be in church this month, you can send a check made out to the church, with "Heifer Project" in the memo line.  

MUMC Sunday School Heifer Animal Crackers Program in August

We have a special treat for MUMC Sunday School children! During August, teachers and children will use the Heifer Animal Crackers program during Sunday School time. There will be lots of fun-filled lessons and activities as we learn about animals together and explore ways to share God’s many gifts in the global community. Children will make a wish list of Heifer animals to purchase. And each Sunday, everyone can help make this happen by bringing coins (and bills) to fill our Animal Crackers bucket. We are really excited to offer the Heifer Animal Crackers program for all children ages 3 through Grade 5 and encourage any interested Youth to join in. All are welcome! 




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.
August 19 & 26, 2014 - No programming as we finish out the summer, but join us for company and hanging out at Dorry’s! We plan to be there.
September 2 - Sam Sussman on The Gaza War -Sam Sussman is the co-director of Extend, an organization that introduces American Jews and Palestinians. Last September, Sam spoke to us about Extend's peacebuilding work. After leading several delegations of American Jews to the Palestinian Territories this summer, Sam will speak to us about what the conflict looked like from the ground, why the current Gaza War was avoidable, and how US policy can better address the mutual aspirations for peace amongst Israelis and Palestinians. Sam has written about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as on-the-ground reporting on human rights issues in China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Athens, Jordan and Zuccotti Park, as a freelance journalist. A native of Orange County, NY, he graduated with degrees in political science, philosophy and literature from Swarthmore College in 2013, and will start graduate work at Oxford University this fall.
September 9- Omar Lammie, Program Manager The LOFT: LGBT Community Center -We’ve invited Omar again because his story was so compelling about leaving Jamaica and seeking asylum in the U.S. He’ll speak with us about other, related matters. Details to follow.
September 16 - Beth Smayda - White Plains Common Council Member
September 23 - Heather Miller - Executive Director, Thomas H. Slater Center  - We’ve had to cancel Heather twice because of weather. It won’t snow in September, will it?

Upcoming Events

August 17, 2014 "Mountains of Hope for Haiti" Meeting - 2 to 5 pm.  Newtown United Methodist Church,  92 Church Hill Road,  Sandy Hook,  CT  06482. Before the meeting, we will send a brief agenda to everyone, so that you have an idea about what the current, as well as projected, activities in Furcy are. If you are able to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Wendy Vencuss at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   If you have any questions, please call Wendy @ 860 324 1429 or Tom @ 860 324 1424.  

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)
Not hard to be grateful
for each gleaming morning star
the sunbeams' brilliant message
of His love for who we are.

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. 

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.

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


Please  Note: 
No Wednesday Evening Bible Study - will resume in September

New News!

 Mustard Seed Meetings  

It’s summertime, and things have wound down a little.  The pace is slower, the meetings fewer. People are traveling. We have a chance to rest up a bit, perhaps to reflect in a way that's not possible when we're just dashing from one thing to the next. We can ponder how things have been, how they are, and how we would like them to be.  

The Bible is always a rich source of things to ponder. Jesus tells parables about tiny things that have a big impact--like the mustard seed that grows into a bush so large that birds can nest in it!

Most of the things that happen in a church are like mustard seeds.  They don’t look like much to start with.  A few people do a little thing.  If it goes okay, maybe they do it again. Some of those seeds don’t grow, for different reasons, though we don't know when we start which ones will grow and which won't.  

But some of them grow.  Really grow!  This church--the building itself--is evidence of that.  Our congregation started out as a few people gathering for Bible study, called a “class meeting,” in North White Plains in the late 1700’s.  And here we are more than 200 years later, in this giant building, with 1000 people coming through our doors every week--a number that far outstrips the number of people gathered for worship on any Sunday.  

We’ve been working together, pastor and congregation, for a year now. It's time to ponder together: What mustard seeds do we need to plant?

To that end, I’m hosting three Mustard Seed Meetings at the parsonage on Monday nights in August.  Nothing fancy or official--just a chance to talk about where we are, and dream together about where we might go.  We’ll do this three Monday nights in a row,  August 11, 18, and 25, at 7:00.  We will have three different topics.

  • August 11:  interior ministries

  • August 18:  children and youth

  • August 25:  outreach ministries

It’s summer, and not everyone who’s concerned with these topics can be here.  And that’s okay--this is just an opportunity to brainstorm, to connect, and to dream. We'll take what comes out of these discussions into our planning in the fall.

If you’d like to come, please let me know and I’ll make sure you have the directions. Pray for our church--not that God will bless our plans, but that God will lead us into what God desires to bless!

Pastor Karen



Improved Coffee/Fellowship Hour
Our time together after worship service just got better!
Beginning July, MUMC will provide the food and beverages for coffee/fellowship time. We hope that this will allow everyone to be involved and ask volunteers to signup for setup and cleanup. Please know that we will continue our Community Sharing table at the beginning of each month. Of course, anyone who would like to contribute additional food to any of the Sunday coffee hours is welcome to do so.  Please see Louise  (or call 845-239-5842) for more information on how you can participate. Thank You!

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

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Thrift Shop:   Monday - Thursday 10-2,  Fri & Sat 10-4

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