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Welcome to Memorial
 

A Word From Pastor Karen

 

 
As we move through Lent, we are taking time to examine our assumptions about our faith, both in worship and in our study time together. On February 22, the first Sunday of Lent, we talked about wilderness experiences, and how they can help us see what's important and what we can let go. We also discussed popular images of Jesus, and the responses they call forth from his followers.

This week in worship we explicitly allowed our questions into the room. Our call to worship was made up of questions from the congregation, which we did not attempt to answer on the spot. Instead, we hung them up in our worship space, as fitting decorations for the journey that Jesus leads us on.

Some of the questions were:
• Why?
• Why is there a Trinity?
• What did Jesus's death do, if anything?
• Why would a benevolent God allow so much suffering?
• Why do we have bishops?
• Will God heal me?
• How do we know what is God's will?
• Is there a Bible written in fully inclusive language?
• Does God intervene in our daily lives?
• How does the labyrinth fit into Easter?
• What is Lent teaching us?
• What is God's real name?
• How did our ancestors come up with a name for God?
• What happens when we die?
• What is grace?
• How many people are in church?
• What worries you about the growth of our church?
• Why is there so much bloodshed in the Old Testament?
• How do I increase my faith?
• What does heaven look and feel like?
• What do the liturgical colors mean?
• How are Methodists different from other religions?
• Why did Jesus have to die?
• Why is God everything?
• Is God invisible?
• How do we deal with the fact that so many people think their faith tradition is the only way to know God?
• What was the major religion before ours?
 
When we hold back our questions, it's usually because we're afraid: of looking foolish; that we won't like the answer; of being punished; or, worst of all, that there is no answer, and the world doesn't make any sense at all.
 
But we don't need to be afraid of bringing our questions with us on our journey with Jesus. Our scripture on Sunday included the story where Jesus says to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan!" because Peter has doubts and questions about things Jesus is saying. Though I wouldn't like Jesus calling me Satan, I do notice something very important. Jesus does not say, "Go away, Peter! You are not worthy to be one of my disciples any more. We can't have questions and doubts around here." Instead, Jesus tells Peter to get behind him--where he can follow him.
 
So bring your doubts and questions along, and let's get going.

Pastor Karen 
 

 
 

Worship at Memorial

An invitation to speak in worship:
We have recently added a feature to our services called the "Work Report." It is an opportunity for someone in the congregation to tell a little bit (2 minutes max) about work they do that is part of God's work--in the world or in the church, for pay or as volunteers. This is in the service after the offering and before the doxology and offering prayer, so that when we sing and pray, we're giving thanks and offering up the work as well as the collection. If you're interested in participating, please speak to Pastor Karen or Orlando Rodriguez.

Our Lenten study this year is The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, by Marcus Borg. This wonderful book looks at the elements of our Christian tradition--faith, scripture, God, Jesus--and then asks: how can we be passionate believers today? What does our faith require of us? And what difference does our faith make in our lives? We will meet on the five Sundays of March from 11:30 to 12:30 in the chapel. You are welcome to join us at any point. 
 
March 8, third Sunday of Lent
50th anniversary of the Selma marches
Continuing sermon series: "Things We Think We Know"
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                    Scripture: John 2:13-22
                    Theme: challenging authority
11:30 a.m.  Lenten book study, The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg
                    with Pastor Karen, in the chapel

March 15, fourth Sunday of Lent
Continuing sermon series: "Things We Think We Know"
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                    Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21
                    Theme: challenging Christian exceptionalism
11:30 a.m.  Lenten book study, The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg
                    with Pastor Karen, in the chapel

March 22, fifth Sunday of Lent
Continuing sermon series: "Things We Think We Know"
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                    Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 12:20-33
                    Theme: challenging ourselves
11:30 a.m.  Lenten book study, The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg
                    with Pastor Karen, in the chapel
 
 
 

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 10605.click here for flyer
 

TUESDAYS@DORRY'S

  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.
March 10, 2015 - Dr. George Gertner - The Body as a Self-healing, Self-regulating Machine. Dr. George Gertner, of Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York, PC, will bring us important information which will unfold what he says is the biggest secret in healthcare. The premise for this discussion is that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating machine perfectly designed for health. He will show how Upper Cervical Chiropractic uses the most advanced methods to detect and remove interference from the nervous system and ensure proper communication of all instructions for optimal health and function.
March 17 - Laura Newman -Director of Development -Neighbors Link -Located in Mt. Kisco, Neighbors Link’s mission is “to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants.” Laura Newman will tell us much more about the organization and her role in it.
March 24 -Rev. Doris K. Dalton, Executive Director -Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence.
March 31 -Sheila Dauer -Adjunct Professor, New School for Public Engagement, and advocate for women's human rights EPES, Popular Education for Health (Educación Popular en Salud), was founded in 1982 as an emergency health team for poor communities in Santiago, Chile. It has grown to be a leader in training and mobilizing community members to provide health services, awareness and empowerment. Sheila Dauer is an active volunteer with EPES. She will discuss the group's popular education model, describe some of the stories of women who became health promoters, and talk about EPES' exciting International School for training health promoters from Latin America and, most recently, East Africa.
 

Upcoming Events

 

Please join Church Women United (White Plains Chapter)
As we celebrate
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday,  March 6, 2015, 12:00pm
       Held in the Chapel
Memorial United Methodist Church
250 Bryant Avenue
Refreshments after the program
      Everyone is welcome

 


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In Our Son's Name
Reconcilation in the Aftermath of Violence 


Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
7 Saxon Wood Rd, White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 948-1120
  


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Ann Fisher Miller is the "mother" of Memorial United Methodist Church--the Methodist class meeting that became our church started in her home.

A re-enactor in period attire will discuss local women who stood up for the cause of liberty against King George's might army at the risk of certain death or loss of their homes. A special guest, Mrs. Ann Fisher Miller, who was born in 1738 and lived in Westchester, will be here to give her first hand account of what life was like for her and her family in those dramatic times. Plan on joining us for this enjoyable, historic event at The Peekskill Museum, Sunday, March 15th starting at 2pm. Admission is Free to Museum members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public. 






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Two excellent plays on Saturday evening, May 2 in Yonkers.

 

American Muslim Women?s Association

&

Muslims for the Arts

 

SPONSOR

 

 

Two plays.

One unforgettable night.

 

 

A Word From the Laity

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Wintering
Three noontime pigeons flutter down to ice,
perked, in spite of white, to courting heat.
Spring's on a holiday...a cleaner sari on our
city gowns its grime - and each sill-brick's
sparkled with a coat of shining rime.
                                                        Jay
 

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
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THIS WEEK AT MEMORIAL

New News!

New members-and-friends directories are available! We have made a copy for each family, and they will be in the Narthex on Sunday morning. Please take the one with your name on it, so that we know who we still have to mail them to. As always, the directory is a work in progress--please send any updates, additions, or corrections to the church office. 

 

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Please join Church Women United (White Plains Chapter)
As we celebrate
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday,  March 6, 2015  12:00pm
       Held in the Chapel
Memorial United Methodist Church
250 Bryant Avenue
Refreshments after the program
      Everyone is welcome

 

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Game Night
 
Friday March 13.  7pm or when you are able. 
We have board games but if you have a favorite one, bring it if you wish. 
Also please bring snacks and drinks.
Questions, contact Kathleen (428-8126) or Cathlene(374-0078).






 

 
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