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Memorial United Methodist Church

A Word From Pastor Karen


Today is the final day of General Conference 2016. Even watching from the other side of the country, it has been a painful, confusing, and frustrating experience. We will wait to hear from Benz, Jayson, Sara, and Siobhan about what it was like to be there.


Our denomination has narrowly avoided further tightening the noose on LGBTQ persons and their allies--by deciding to study for a few more years. As Benz put it, this is nothing to celebrate--it’s no more than a stay of execution.


The New York Times covered the story here:


I have been posting noteworthy updates and commentary on our Facebook page:


Updates, press releases, and legislation tracking can be found at:


As our General Conference delegates and attendees finish their work in Portland and begin to travel home, please hold them  in prayer.

Pastor Karen



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

The youth group will be participating in the breakfast run in May 22nd. The youth group will be giving free food to the homeless people in NYC. We would love it if you could help out the youth group on May 21st starting at 6-8pm and help us prepare or on May 22nd at 6 am to help us finish packing or help provide transportation to the city.

Your help will be appreciated,
Youth group       



 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Food ordering starts at 5:30 p.m. Dorry’s Diner • 468 Mamaroneck Avenue • White Plains • 914-682-0005

 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 24 - Rev. Karen Eiler - Pastor, Memorial United Methodist Church - This June, Pastor Karen Eiler will leave Memorial UMC after three years. We will miss her, and appreciate that she is giving us her time as she prepares to depart. She is being assigned to a church in Rowayton, Connecticut. Karen will speak with us about her time in White Plains, and about what she sees ahead for Memorial and in her own journey. She will also update us on the deep divisions within the larger United Methodist Church over issues concerning LGBTQ people. Karen has been among the courageous clergy defying church regulations against performing same-sex marriages and supporting gay clergy members. She will welcome conversation and questions.


May 31 - Captain David Burpee - White Plains Department of Public Safety -  “Are You Ready?”- Emergency Preparedness. Captain Burpee will include some things we know, some we might not, and how to motivate ourselves to be really ready. His talk will include: What can happen? How to think about this stuff: "Be not afraid!” What you should do now, what you should do if there is warning, and what else you can do. "Prepare softly but carry a big flashlight." How government prepares. What resources are available. How to get involved and be of service. What happens in a disaster or large scale emergency? Resources for everyone to plan, prepare, and learn more. 


Upcoming Events


Details are below.


Saturday, May 21, noon-3:30 p.m.

            Church Women United Friendship Day Luncheon.

            Pastor Karen is one of the honorees.

Saturday, May 21, 3:00 p.m.

            LOFT Kick-Off to Pride (free) concert at Memorial,

with the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, May 22, crack of dawn

            Youth Group making a Breakfast run to NYC!

Sunday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.

Second transition meeting with our new pastor, Siobhan Sargent,

followed by a potluck meal.           

Thursday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.

            Next Moveable Feast, at Brandon and Ivy’s. Discussion starts at 7.

            Topic: Papal encyclical Laudato Si

Sunday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.

            Pastor Karen’s last Sunday at Memorial.

Sunday, June 12, 10:45 a.m.

            Farewell worship with Central Korean, followed by a meal.

Sunday, June 19, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Dads and Grads Sunday.

Sunday, June 26, 11:00 a.m.

            Church Council quarterly meeting, whole church invited.


A Moveable Feast is skipping a week, and will return on June 2 at Brandon and Ivy’s. We’re reading Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si. You can ask John Collins for details. We gather at 6:30, and start our discussion at 7.


Sunday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.

Second transition meeting with our new pastor, Siobhan Sargent

Bishop Middleton has found that using a specific, facilitated transition process has been extremely helpful to pastors and congregations who are going through a pastoral change. This transition process involves two meetings with the incoming and outgoing pastors, a trained pastor transition consultant, and the receiving congregation. A third meeting will take place in the fall between the incoming pastor, District Superintendent, and key church leaders. We are very fortunate to have the Rev. Bill Pfohl as our transition consultant.


In the second meeting, on May 22, an instrument will be used to identify aspects of each pastor’s leadership and conflict management style.  Through this, the congregation will be able to appreciate the unique gifts of each pastor and begin to embrace the adjustments necessary if (and there almost always are) differences exist in aspects of leadership and conflict management styles.


Each meeting will last about an hour and a half. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend.

NOTE: WE WILL CONCLUDE OUR MEETING WITH A POTLUCK. Please bring a dish to share. And keep the standards of the first potluck in mind when you’re planning your contribution!


A Word From the Laity

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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. 


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Volunteers Needed:

As we reorganize our staff to do more with less, we need volunteers to take up some work that was previously done by members of the staff. We are considering various ways of getting the work done, as well as considering what we can leave un-done in the future. If you could volunteer to do any of these things, even on an occasional basis, please email or speak to Mark Davies or Ken McHale.

During the week:

  • Format and print the bulletin.

  • Make slides for worship.

  • Format and send the e-blast.

  • Purchase coffee hour food and supplies.

On Sunday mornings:

  • Unlock all entrances to the building, including the ramp entrance through the ECC. Unlock the Sunday School rooms.

  • Set up for worship--computer, projector, slide clicker, sometimes sound. Move platforms and tables and worship props. Take everything down again afterwards.

  • Coffee hour: set up and clean up.














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