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Memorial United Methodist Church

A Word From Pastor Karen

This Sunday, invite a scientist to church! As I've been telling people about this event, their reaction is usually laughter. How silly--a scientist in church!
This reaction breaks my heart. The assumption that science and faith are enemies is destructive and unnecessary. It is, however, something that many Christians believe, and, it seems, most people outside of Christianity think Christians believe. 
This conflict comes from the attempt to read the Bible literally, which seems to me to be a doomed endeavor from about page two. The Bible is not a history or science textbook. And we can hold it as sacred revelation of God's plans and purposes, God's interactions with humanity across history--without taking it literally. 
So, to celebrate Earth Day, invite a scientist to church on Sunday! In fact, through the connections and persistence of the inimitable Rev. John Collins, Memorial has invited a scientist to church: we will be joined by Dr. Richard Seager, of Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Dr. Seager's research interests are in climate change and variability, and most recently the persistent North American drought. He will make a brief introduction during the worship service, and at 11:30 will present some of his work. He is most interested, however, in our questions.
So get your questions ready, and prepare to turn out in large numbers for Invite a Scientist to Church Sunday!
Pastor Karen 
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

April 26, Fourth Sunday of Easter 
                Earth Day Celebration
                Invite a Scientist to Church Sunday
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Rev. John Collins preaching
                     Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31
11:30 a.m.   Presentation  and Q-and-A by Dr. Richard Seager,
                      Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
May 3, Fifth Sunday of Easter 
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy preaching
                     Scripture: John 15:1-8
2:30 p.m.     MIND annual meeting--at Memorial!
May 10, Sixth Sunday of Easter 
                Mother's Day
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship and Communion in the sanctuary
                     Pastor Karen preaching 
                     Scripture: Acts 10:44-48
May 17, Ascension Sunday
               Pulpit Exchange with First Baptist Church
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Rev. Tim Dalton preaching
                     (Pastor Karen preaching at First Baptist)
                     Scripture: Psalm 47, Acts 1:1-11
                     Sermon title: "Don't Sneeze--Hope's Ascending!"

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 fellowship and a snack. 

Sunday School Notes and News


Thank you all for your generous donations

and support on our bake sale on March 22, 2015.

We made $304 in total. In order to reach our goal, we need $300 more.
Part of the funds will be used to purchase t-shirts, underwear and toiletries for the homeless.
 We would be greatful if we could find 10 volunteers to donate $15 each for a dunkin donuts "box of joe" and 3 volunteers to donate $10 for orange juice boxes.

In the name of the Youth Group, thank you in advance       

for your continued support and with our best wishes

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.

April 28 - Kristan A. Connolly, Esq.
Kristan A. Connolly is an attorney with Gina DeCrescenzo, P.C., a litigation and advocacy firm dedicated to protecting the civil rights of children. The firm's practice focuses on the special education needs of children, and getting equal access and equality of instruction and opportunity for children with special needs. They represent parents and students in Committee on Special Education meetings, 504 meetings, impartial hearings, suspension hearings, manifestation determinations, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, and in state and federal Court.
May 5 - Dr. Sheila Collins
TPP – The Trans-Pacific Partnership - As President Obama seeks to "fast-track" this controversial trade agreement, Sheila Collins will tell us why so many see an urgency to fast-track the opposition. Details to follow.

Upcoming Events


Two excellent plays on Saturday evening, May 2 in Yonkers.


American Muslim Women?s Association


Muslims for the Arts





Two plays.

One unforgettable night.



A Word From the Laity

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                  ANIMALIA   By Jay Albrecht

Ever see a giraffe laugh?
Twine necks with its calf?
Tell birthday jokes raffishly?

Will a warthog stare agog
at a log?  Snooze in a bog?
Yawn at a blog by a frog?

Questions of note, from
a screechy owl's throat
or a golliwog's moat.


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. 

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


New News!


MIND needs YOU! 
Memorial is proud to host the Methodists In New Directions general meeting on Sunday, May 3 at 2:30, and there's no better place to be! Why? Most importantly, meeting with like-minded United Methodists is a big shot in the arm during a time when rampant oppressive tactics are being deployed against our movement in the United Methodist Church. This is all to say, WE HAVE WORK TO DO and every last one of us needs to share in the work.

The power of the collective is the most critical component of MIND’s successes in the past. We have stared down many challenges over the years which would not have been possible had we not stood together. When we show up in force, when our voice is so loud that it drowns out the voices against us, when we are able to mobilize on a moment’s notice—that’s what makes us so powerful. None of us alone could do what all of us can do together.


Please plan to be there and invite a friend. We continue to work hard to ensure that our annual conference is a welcoming place for all LGBTQ Methodists.







Sunday, April 26, 2015


Memorial United Methodist Church


250 Bryant Ave.


White Plains, NY 10605




Earth Day is April 22nd, but we are commemorating it at Memorial on Sunday, April 26.  John Collins will lead the service which will be devoted entirely to earth justice.  After the coffee hour Dr. Richard Seager, the Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University will speak on the science, the dangers and the challenges of climate change in the chapel at 11:30.  He will give a brief introduction to his topic during the service.  Please come and plan to remain for this very important presentation and invite your friends!  Dr. Seager’s research interests include the causes of multiyear droughts around the world and how climate change will impact global hydroclimate.  For more on Dr. Seager, go to his website at:









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.





Are you homebound?


Then let the library come to you.The White Plains Public Library offers Homebound Services for White Plains residents who are unable to come to the Library due to temporary or permanent disability. Through this program, disabled patrons may call the Library to have books, au- diobooks, or compact discs delivered to their home.This service is a joint project with our Friends of the Library group. A volun­teer from the Friends of the Library delivers the items that have been select­ed by a librarian. The Homebound Librarian works closely with each patron to identify favorite authors, genres, or formats, choosing from the Library's large selection of both regular and large print books, paperbacks, audio- books and compact discs. Typically, ten items are delivered to the home- bound patron approximately every six weeks.Please contact the Homebound Services Librarian at 914-422-1485 if you would like to join this program or have any questions about this service.


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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