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Welcome to Memorial

A Word From Pastor Karen

We are now in the middle of a worship series called "Generations," in which we are talking about the past, present, and future of our community.  The first installment of the series focused on our 230-year history:  how have we come to be the congregation we are? 
If you missed the sermon, video is on the website.  If you'd like to read it, the manuscript is here. 
The themes I noted from our history are these:
  • We have been inclusive from the very beginning.  That first "band of six" in Ann Miller's home in 1785 included both black and white people.  Diversity and inclusion of the marginalized has been a theme of this church's ministry for well over 200 years.  
  • We have powerful lay people here.  They built the church--in the beginning, a pastor was only here a few days a month.  Lay people are the ministers here--my job as your pastor is to equip the lay people for your ministries! 
  • Spiritual enthusiasm is a hallmark of our history.  The Methodist movement multiplied like crazy across America in the 1800's.  Even now, there are more Methodist churches in America than post offices!  Those who were searching for meaning in their lives, for community, and for spiritual nurture found it among the Methodists, who clearly showed the power of God in their lives.
  • We are persistent.  This church's first building, built by hand by the members in 1795, burned to the ground on the day it was finished.  Before the embers had cooled, people were out felling trees for the building that still stands as the office of the White Plains Rural Cemetery.
  • We are accustomed to being influential.  By the end of the 19th century, we were already a leading congregation in our conference.  We are still leaders in many areas, especially social justice.  Two among us are delegates to the 2016 General (world-wide) and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church--a claim no other congregation can make!
This past Sunday (10/12) we turned our attention to the present state of our church and community.  (Video of this sermon is also on the website.)  The whole church--not just Memorial, not just the Methodists!--seems to be going through a time of very significant transition, and the ways we are accustomed to doing things don't "work" any more.  People don't turn out for church and our activities they way they used to.
But what is most important has not changed:  
  • Knowing God.
  • Loving God.
  • Allowing God to love us.
  • Allowing God to love others through us.
Over the next couple of weeks we'll talk about what this looks like in practice, in our particular situation--and the part each of us will play in that future through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Pastor Karen

Worship at Memorial

October 19
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary.  The third Sunday of our "Generations" worship series will focus on the future of our church.  "Let's dream together of a day..."  Scripture:  Exodus 33:12-23.
October 26
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary.  On this final Sunday of our "Generations" worship series we will talk about the part that each of us will play as our congregation goes forward into God's future, with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.  Led by our children and youth, we'll also collect SHOEBOX GIFTS for Operation Christmas Child.  More information is here:

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 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.
October 14 - Fr. Gawain de Leeuw  -  Pastor, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
Fr. Gawain has been the pastor of St. Bartholomew's since August, 2001. The focus of his ministry is to build a joyful congregation through hospitality, generosity and a faith based on contemplative spirituality. He is a member of the Order of the Ascension, a fraternal order dedicated to building healthy parishes working for justice. He serves on several boards that work for stronger, healthier communities—Meals on Wheels, the Housing Action Council, and Westchester United. Since 2011 he has been on the board of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, and since 2013 on Planned Parenthood's national Clergy Advisory Board. The congregation will be honored at the annual Planned Parenthood Empower Breakfast on October 23rd for its support. In the culture wars, he believes Planned Parenthood is effective at providing honest, scientific, non-judgmental care for all women who need to make difficult decisions. He is currently writing on the
intersection of the market and Christian discipleship. Fr. Gawain has studied cooking at the International Culinary Center, has two certificates in wine studies, plays violin, and is a salsero. He has also performed comedy at Stand Up NY and the Broadway Comedy Club.
October 21 -Christopher Clouet, Superintendent -Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns
“Common Core: Common Sense or Recipe for Disaster?” 
Chris Clouet will review the Common Core curriculum in the context of the evolution of state and federal influence in local education, and the growing pressures from a global economy and corporate interests. Before serving as Superintendent in the Tarrytowns, Chris led the White Plains City School District from 2009-2013. Currently he is also an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University; is Hudson Valley Director of the Management and School Law Association; was selected to serve in the New York State Council of School Superintendents’ (NYSCOSS) House of Delegates; is a member of the Mercy College Graduate School of Education Advisory Board; and serves in the local chapter of Rotary International. Chris has worked as a superintendent of schools for the past fourteen years and has channeled many millions of dollars of grant funding into the districts he serves. Before that he was a high school principal, a district curriculum coordinator, a technology director, and a bilingual teacher. Chris has chaired a number of international school accreditation team visits to schools in Cuba, Costa Rica, Botswana and Mexico; has established vibrant sister school relationships with several schools in China; and recently worked with UNESCO to train urban principals in Brazil. He speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. He has a track record of creating innovative magnet schools and district choice options for families. Dr. Clouet is a strong believer in open, effective communications. At Dorry’s we will appreciate getting some clarity about the controversial Common Core. There will be ample opportunity for discussion.
October 28 -State Senator George Latimer - on the upcoming election

Upcoming Events

Wed. Oct.15  "Sharing Women's Stories" from 11-2:00 pm- YWCA,White Plains - Ladies only -FREE, lunch served. click here for flyer

Sun.Oct 26 -A Muslim woman defies the Nazis in World War II Paris Interfaith Movie: "Enemy of the Reich:The Noor Inayat Khan Story” -, from 2-4:00 pm-Scarsdale library- FREE and open to all, discussion with director & producer Rob Gardner after the movie-light refreshments
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Wednesday, October 22nd: 
 The Interfaith Connection will receive the Peace and Dialog Award at the 7th Annual Friendship Dinner of the Turkish Cultural Center on Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. Reservations are available at

Save the date: 
Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Interfaith Connection and Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence Present A Concert in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Sunday, January 11, 2015 Hosted by Congregation Kol Ami


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. 

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.

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


Wednesday night book study:
 Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., in the Fireside Room, we will begin a six week study of N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope, led by Mark Davies.  Wright is the former Anglican Bishop of Durham, now a professor at St. Andrews, Scotland.  No preparation or materials needed.  The course consists of a wonderful, short DVD talk by Wright, followed by discussion questions, which will engage everyone, from the newest Christian to the most widely-read elder.  To quote the DVD intro:  "Wright reveals the amazing full scope of what God's Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is."  Wright's approach to Christianity is very traditional, which turns out to be very revolutionary.  Join us!  Auditors are welcome - you don't have to say a word but can just listen if you want. 

Ministry to our Home-bound Members 
Last week a group of volunteers met with Pastor Karen for training in our ministry to the home-bound members of our congregation.  We matched up home-bound persons with volunteers who covenant to visit, call on the phone, and send cards on a monthly basis.  We do not yet have enough volunteers to reach everyone, and we will offer another training event next month.  If you're interested in participating, please speak to Pastor Karen or to Debbie DeMerritt.

New News!

Please Read:
Fellowship Coffee Hour
Our coffee hour after worship is a time to relax and enjoy the company of our church family.  This summer, the church began providing paper goods, snacks and drinks, so that hosts didn't have to spend the time and money to provide these things.  
Even so, it has been difficult to find people to host coffee hour each Sunday.  So starting this coming Sunday, we'll try something new:  we will no longer have designated hosts for each day, unless someone specifically volunteers.   The staff will get the snacks and drinks out--but we need everyone to help clean up after.  If everyone washes their own mug, or helps dry and put away dishes, or puts the milk in the refrigerator,  we can stay "green" and not have to use all paper products.  
This is our church home.  We share it, and we take care of it together.  If we have guests, please make them feel welcome--offer to get them a cup of coffee!
If you would still like to provide a special coffee hour, in honor of someone, to celebrate a special occasion--or if you just enjoy it!--it is always welcomed.  Please let the church office know, so that we can keep the dates straight.   We will continue to have our Community Sharing Table coffee hour on the first Sunday of each month, when everyone is invited to bring something to share.
Together, we can make this work!  Looking forward to seeing you at coffee hour!  

Support Rev. Frank Schaefer
The progressive movement in our church continues to brace for Frank Schaefer’s hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council--our highest authority--on October 22, 2014  in Nashville, Tennessee. At stake are the lengths to which the church will go to punish ministers for being Biblically obedient--in particular, for performing same-sex weddings. The Judicial Council will decide whether Reverend Schaefer will retain his credentials as an ordained Elder, which were restored by the Northeast Jurisdictional Conference in June. Methodists In New Directions (MIND) is committed to showing Frank spiritual, logistical, and material support during this time.  There are at least three ways to get involved:
  1. Attend a vigil.  Our District will hold a vigil on Sunday, 10/19 at 4 p.m. in Union Square, Manhattan.  We will also keep vigil here at Memorial during the hearing on Wednesday, 10/22 starting at 10 a.m.  We'll set up a live Twitter feed in the chapel so that we'll know what's going on, and will watch and pray as the day progresses.
  2. Share Frank’s story with friends and family inside and outside the church
  3. Donate to the cause. Frank and his family are required to absorb the costs of the hearing in Memphis, Tennessee. Please consider making a donation to offset these costs. MIND is promoting RMN’s Clergy Defense and Resiliency Fund to support Frank. 



Knitters and Crocheters!

Keep working on scarves for Anchor House and beyond, especially for women, but for men and children also. Las year we gave away over 125. Watch for a date to bring them in at the end of October. 



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

Memorial is a Reconciling Congregation.
8:30am (Chapel)
10:00 a.m. (Sancturary) 
Opening Hours
Church Office:  Monday  -  Friday 9AM - 4PM. Phone: (914) 949-2146
Thrift Shop:   Monday - Thursday 10-2,  Fri & Sat 10-4

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