Memorial United Methodist Church

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Memorial United Methodist Church


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Open every Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Starting  Saturda, November 28 at 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


A Word From Pastor Karen

There is a lot going on at Memorial these days! We have recently had requests for more information on coming events, so that people can plan to attend. We are adding this "Looking Ahead" section to the e-blast and website. More detailed information on the events is found elsewhere. 
Pastor Karen
Looking Ahead:
Saturday, November 21, 5:00 p.m.  Community Dinner #1
Sunday, November 22  Thanksgiving Sunday and catered celebration meal
Saturday, November 28, 8:30 a.m.  Christmas trees arrive. Many hands (and arms) make light work! Christmas tree sales begin that day and continue on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas.
Sunday, November 29, after coffee hour: Greening of the church. Stay and help us decorate, so that we're ready for...
Saturday, December 5Fair Trade Festival 10-4. HOLIDAY ORGAN CONCERT and community sing-along at 4:00. Invite your friends! Also Community Dinner #2, at 5:30.
Sunday, December 13, after church: Congregational meeting in the Fireside Room.
Tuesday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.Open Finance meeting, to prepare the final draft of our budget for 2016.
Saturday, December 19, 5:00 p.m.Community Dinner #3
SundayDecember 20We will receive new members to the congregation. Please speak to Pastor Karen if you'd like to join the church!
Thursday, December 24Candlelight Christmas Eve services at 5:00 (family-friendly, in the sanctuary) and 8:00 (quieter, in the chapel)


Worship at Memorial

Sunday, November 22, Thanksgiving Sunday
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary,
                    Pastor Karen preaching
                    We will collect and dedicate our pledges and 
                    estimates of giving for 2016
11:15 a.m.  Celebration meal!
Monday-Wednesday, November 23-25
8:00 a.m.    Morning prayer in the chapel
Tuesday, November 24
9:15-10:00 a.m.  Guided meditation class in the chapel
Sunday, November 29, First Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
Monday-Thursday, November 30-December 3
8:00 a.m.    Morning prayer in the chapel
Tuesday, December 1
9:15-10:00 a.m.  Guided meditation class 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 for a snack and fellowship. 

Sunday School Notes and News

food drive

We're collecting food for a local food bank for the next few weeks. Please bring your non-perishable food items to church each Sunday, there a boxes to collect these items in the back of the sanctuary and the narthex. Cash donations are also accepted. Thank you!





  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 24 - Tata Canuelas - Children’s Librarian White Plains Public LibraryTata Cañuelas has been a children’s librarian at the White Plains Public Library for 13 years. Her passion for multiculturalism has led her to incorporate stories from all over the world into her children’s programming, as well as organizing and collaborating with other organizations and groups to offer multicultural programs to the Library’s families. Tata has told stories in the Hudson River Museum, the Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Portugal, Puerto Rico and New York City. She participates regularly on Tellebration and the Rye Storytelling Guild, and is a member of the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Award committee. At Dorry’s Tata will talk about the many programs and services the Library offers to children, teens and adults, and about the ethnic programs she organizes.

December 1 - Sally Dunne - (re-scheduled yet again!) - The Doctrine of Discovery its ongoing implications for human beings and the environment - Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, has called on the peoples of the world to prioritize stewardship of the natural environment in their industrial, economic, political, cultural and personal policies and practices. Many have praised this clarion call for a concerted demonstration of solidarity among all people in the protection of our “shared home.” Still, historians and advocates for the rights of indigenous peoples cannot help but note the irony thatsuch a message should come from the head of an institution that produced (and has never renounced) the “Doctrine of Discovery,” a 15th century series of legal instructions authorizing the enslavement, genocide, and ethnocide of indigenous peoples by European explorers and settlers of Africa and the New World. Join Sally Dunne, Co-member of the Loretto Community and its UN representative, for a discussion of the Doctrine of Discovery, its historical implications, and calls from faith-based groups for the Holy See to finally deal with this history and to demonstrate authentic moral leadership on the issues of human solidarity and environmental protection.



Upcoming Events

UMW of Memorial will meet for their holiday gathering on December 10, 2015 at 6:30 in the Fireside Room.

More details to follow. 


Morning Prayer, Monday-Thursday 8:00-8:30 
Weekday mornings, Monday-Thursday, we gather in the chapel for half an hour for a time of prayer and meditation. We adjust what we're doing to meet the needs of those who attend. We briefly share prayer concerns, and either sit together in silence, seeking Spirit's presence, or pray out loud together. If you are unable to be here in person, please feel free to email me ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with your joys and concerns to share with the group.
Meditation Group Tuesday mornings, 9:15-10:00
Pastor Karen leads a meditation group in the Chapel from 9:15 to 10:00. We will explore different kinds of meditation, centering, and prayer, with an emphasis on practice--and just enough instruction to make the practice possible. Anyone who can be relatively quiet for 45 minutes is welcome! No previous experience with meditation is necessary, nor any affiliation with a religious tradition. 

Peekskill to Paris Rally November 28

Throughout the US, people are gathering in solidarity with climate activists, some of whom have walked from Rome to Paris, in time for the beginning of the UN World Summit on Climate Change, 2015. Please note the diversity of local organizations who will be gathering in Peekskill, NY. Please join in this effort. Peekskill is easily accessible by train. Our gathering will focus on the threat posed by the Spectra AIM Pipeline expansion, which will run right next to the Indian Point Nuclear Facility and North to Boston and Rhode Island, where it is expected that fracked gas will be exported outside the US. Construction on the pipeline expansion has begun. Trees have been felled. Land has been seized.

Thank you for reading this message which has been passed along to me from amazing, dedicated people who are trying to make the world a better place. Please pass it on, too. Please come to the rally. 
Get directions to this event

  • Saturday, November 28, 1:00 PM Peekskill riverfront green

South Street

Peekskill, NY

This will be a gathering of local residents along with many Westchester based environmental organizations ( Clearwater, Intergenerate,SAPE, SANEnergy, Federated Conservationists of Westchester, IPSEC ...and many more) at the riverfront green park in Peekskill. We will be standing together in solidarity with those in Paris- demanding our voices be heard by elected officials and urging for Climate Change legislation. We'll be highlighting urgent local issues- The Spectra AIM Pipeline-and listening to engaging speakers.  Come with your signs/connect with others who want to enact change/and be energized to do more!  All welcome.

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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 .)


Pass on our very best wishes to Memorial, which is truly deeply missed. The community, which we have come to treasure, Karen’s sermons, especially the youth group and all that is connected to it, the lively choir, Jay’s beautiful poems, the rich coffee table and discussions after church……  Yes indeed, Memorial is missed. 

With much love from all of us, warmly Elisabeth and family  


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. 


New News!


 Nativity Display
Nativity scene
We will be having a display of Nativity art as part of our December 5th Concert/celebration. 
If you have a Nativity set you would like to share (especially one from another country),
please contact Helen Andrew Helens contact info
It would need to be dropped off at the office by Friday, December 4th and
would be on display on Saturday,the 5th and Sunday, the 6th



Coat Drive

Do you have a gently used coat or jacket that you no longer wear?

During Advent, Memorial will be collecting coats and jackets for the Open Arms Men’s Shelter in White Plains. 

Please bring your donation during Advent and place it in the crèche at the back of the sanctuary. 

Your donation will ensure that a disadvantaged person will have a warm coat for the winter.





Please put Saturday December 5 on your calendars! You can start the day at the Fair Trade Festival (10:00-4:00). Get your Christmas shopping done, and feel good about the projects and people you support! Memorial will have a table, where we will be selling fair trade coffee and hot chocolate--mostly as an opportunity to meet and talk with people. We need some help staffing our table--could you take a shift?

And you can stay all day! (Lunch is available.) While you're here, pick up your Christmas tree--the Early Childhood Center is staffing our Christmas tree sales that day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wait--there's more! Please plan to attend our free holiday organ concert at 4:00--and bring your friends of all ages! This wonderful event will include refreshments, a display of Nativity scenes and artwork, as well as community choirs and sing-alongs. It is a perfect way to kick off the season, and a great opportunity for young families to introduce their children to organ music.

Memorial’s choir will be singing one song, and we are inviting other groups (the LOFT, Walkabout) to join us. Our community choir will rehearse briefly at 3:00 in the chapel.

And then, after your long day, treat yourselves to our second Community Dinner, starting at 5:30. See below, and go to for details.


Community Dinner! Come one, come all! We're starting up and can't wait to sit down to a meal with you at Memorial. Our first community dinner will begin at 5 pm on Saturday, November 21. A children's meal will be ready to eat. Parents can feed their children, and other adults can mingle. At 5:30 childcare opens and adults will be seated for dinner.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in facilitated conversation toward the end of dinner. We will introduce ourselves, and eventually it will be a time where we share meaningful, positive experiences and thoughts from our week. Meals will be simple, and the menu will be provided at within 5 days of the scheduled date. You can RSVP there, or tell Pastor Karen you're coming. The cost is just $5 per person.

Can't wait to see you there! 


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

Memorial is a Reconciling Congregation.
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