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Memorial United Methodist Church

A Word From Pastor Karen

This coming Sunday is Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, when Christians celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised. Last week we heard the reading from Acts 1 in which Jesus tells his followers to stay together in Jerusalem and wait--wait for the power that God will send. Once they receive that power, they will be equipped to live out their purpose: telling the whole world, in word and action, about God's love.
This weekend is also the Jewish Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, when our Jewish sisters and brothers celebrate God's giving the Torah to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai. 
Friends, there is a lot of power coming into the world this weekend. Be prepared. 
Here is the first stanza of our opening hymn for Sunday:
O Spirit of the living God, thou light and fire divine,
descend upon thy church once more, and make it truly thine.
Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace;
'til Christ shall dwell in human hearts, and sin and sorrow cease. 
What will happen if we really mean it when we sing those words? What would a church that truly belongs to the Holy Spirit look like? Come on Sunday to reflect together on this question. Wear red (the color of the Holy Spirit), and bring a helmet if you have one. You never know what will happen when the Holy Spirit arrives...
Pastor Karen 
And an important reminder: Tonight, Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m., we will co-host an important program at Memorial, one that I hope you will all try to attend if possible. Westchester’s second “Islam, ISIS, and the US” event will feature Muslim Imam and Director of Peace Islands Institute Ibrahim Sayer, and Dr. Hasan Arslan, a Turkish resident of Westchester and Pace University Professor of Criminal Justice and Security with a specialization in terrorism. Dr. Arslan will discuss the broad history of terrorism and extremism that stems from religion, while Imam Sayer will discuss a specific demographic of terrorism that currently affects and interests many countries and people worldwide: Muslim radicalism and ISIS.  A Q & A session will follow the program.
Note Worthy: As the United Methodist Church gears up for General Conference, still nearly a year away, many proposals and much discussion are circulating about unity, schism, and "ways forward." Our own Dr. Dorothee Benz wrote this week in Hacking Christianity not about the proposals, but about how we are to discuss the proposals about full LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church. Please read this for yourself. I also recommend that you read the comments.
Check out our Facebook page,, for sermon summaries, social justice notes, and opportunities to connect with our community. While you're there, make sure to "like" our Facebook page! Full videos of our sermons are posted on our website,

Worship at Memorial

Note that worship on June 14 will be at 10:45, halfway between our usual worship time and Central Korean's.
May 24, Pentecost Sunday
               * * * Wear red, and bring a helmet if you have one * * *
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Pastor Karen preaching
                     Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
May 31, Trinity Sunday
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Pastor Karen preaching
June 7
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Sacrament of Baptism for Levi and Noah!
                     Pastor Karen preaching
June 14, Joint worship service with Central Korean
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the Chapel
10:45 a.m.  Worship and communion in the sanctuary
                     Pastor Kim and Pastor Karen preaching
                     Scripture:  Acts 26:28 KJV
June 21, Dads and Grads! 
(Father's Day and celebration of our graduates.)
8:30 a.m.    Worship and communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Pastor Karen preaching

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. 

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.

May 26 -  Dr. Adine Ray Usher, Ed.D -Consultant/Advocate for Students with Physical Disabilities. Dr. Adine Usher is a specialist for students and young adults who live with the conditions of cerebral palsy and allied neuromuscular disabilities. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and earned her M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Usher has experience as a special educator, an administrator and a college professor. She currently serves as a consultant/advocate to school systems and parents and lectures on the educational concerns of students with neuromuscular disabilities. She will help us understand cerebral palsy and will speak about her experiences supporting a good quality of life for those who live with the conditions of cerebral palsy. 



A Word From the Laity

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 Tasks that grow us -
finding beauty inside of us, and out,
aiding our needy neighbors,
teaching ourselves to care,
reaching daily to God.





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!


Dads and Grads Sunday on June 21
We will recognize Memorial's graduates during worship and fellowship hour on Father's Day. Please let us know the names of persons in your family who graduate this year from any level--pre-school up through graduate school--so that we can include them in the celebration! An email to the office ( is the easiest way to tell us. Thanks!
Opportunities to serve the church:
  • As our dear Nicholas prepares to graduate and go off to college, he will no longer be preparing and running our worship slides, taking video of the sermons, and posting those videos to our website. If you would consider taking over any part of these jobs, or would like more information, please speak to Pastor Karen or Debbie DeMerritt. 
  • Would anyone like to be in charge of the coffee hour? Currently, Debbie D. is making the coffee, the church staff is buying the supplies and baked goods, and Pastor Karen has made a sign-up poster. Most Sundays seem to be covered, and most days it's working okay, but a lot of the same people are filling in to make things run smoothly. It would be a great benefit to have someone in charge of coffee hour--not to do all the work, but to coordinate. Could it be you?


Tonight: Islam, ISIS and the US May 21 at 7:30pm at Memorial UMC

MLK Institute, Memorial UMC and the Turkish Cultural Center of Westchester will be hosting an event and discussion called "Islam, ISIS and the US".  I have attached the flyer for your info and distribution.   The information and discussion may be particularly informative in light of recent tensions, particularly at the shooting at the Texas "art exhibit" (article here: 

Click here for flyer




Special Offering for Nepal Relief Fund:  The need is great with over 7000 dead and many more injured, homeless, and ill.  UMCOR is there to help and Outreach is challenging you to meet or exceed  the amount of $1000 that Outreach is sending from our budget.  Any amount will help.  Make checks payable to MUMC with Disaster Relief in the left lower corner or cash may be put in an envelope appropriately marked. Thank you in advance and keep the people of Nepal in your prayers.  



Greeters Needed
Would you enjoy greeting friends and visitors as they enter church on Sunday morning with a smile, give a handshake or a hug, and offer a cup of coffee?  Greeters are needed - the commitment is only one Sunday a month.  Please contact Len Andrew, 914 631-6530.



Sleep Under

The Youth Group will be having a sleep under Saturday, May 23 from 6-9pm.
All children are invited, we will provide dinner, games and a ton of fun! 20$ per child, 30$ per family.
Please RSVP to either Brandon, Ivy, Ellen or any member of the Youth Group if possible.




Camp Olmsted
Sleep-Away Camp
For Boys & Girls age 6 - 14
June 29, 2015 - August 7, 2015
Only $395 Per Session
Register Today!

For More Information Visit

Call For Available Sessions (212) 870-3084
*Scholarships Available For Those Who Qualify

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

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