A Word From Pastor Karen
First, we begin where we are. We don’t wait until the conditions meet our approval. We start now, as things are. We bear witness.
Then we get informed. These situations are complicated, and we seek to understand what's going on, so that we can...
I have a lot to say this week! Below are three topics:
- Ice Bucket Worship (and ALS) Challenge
- Further information on the work of the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform (WCPR), as a follow-up to last week's sermon
- Notes from this week's Mustard Seed Meeting
Okay, let's get started!
First: a challenge for you. Last Saturday I received an Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS (also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease") from Neal Bowes, the youth minister at Jesse Lee Memorial UMC in Ridgefield. If you haven't seen this on Facebook, here's how it works: Once you are challenged, you have 24 hours either to make a donation to ALS research and support, or make a video of a bucket of ice water being dumped over your head. (Thanks, Neal!) Neal challenged a couple of pastors, and gave us an extension because of Sunday. I have already donated to support a friend of my daughter who is running the Chicago and New York Marathons to raise money for ALS. HOWEVER: IF THE CHAPEL IS FULL (of people) THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, I'LL STILL DUMP THE ICE WATER OVER MY HEAD. I'm giving you an extension--I said I would do it last week (with Joe Agne doing the honors), but the chapel wasn't full. So turn out this week for wonderful worship, followed by the dunking of your pastor. Call your friends, get everyone to church!
Worship at Memorial
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Chapel, fourth Sunday of our children's Heifer Project, and ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE! If you fill the chapel today, Pastor Karen will dump a bucket of ice water over her head after church. (See above for explanation.) The scripture reading for the day is Exodus 1:8-2:10, the story of the birth of Moses. We'll all get involved in telling the story! Other scriptures for the day are Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8, and Matthew 16:13-20.
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Chapel, final Sunday of our children's Heifer Project. This is your last chance to participate in our children's Heifer Project fund-raising, so bring your spare change AND your checkbooks! The hymn sing originally scheduled for August 17 will take place in its full glory today.
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.
ENGAGE: We 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!
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:
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 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?
A Word From the Laity
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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.
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.
Support Memorial's "250" neighbors
Four organizations are based at Memorial, 250 Bryant Avenue: