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Welcome to Memorial

A Word From Pastor Karen

Many of you have heard about the unexpected death on Saturday of our Bishop, Martin McLee.  Along with Methodists all over the world, we are grieving and in shock.  Bishop McLee was an ally in so many causes that we hold dear at Memorial, including LGBTQ equality, and justice for all marginalized persons and outsiders.  His death is a loss for us, for our Conference, and for the United Methodist Church.  I will miss his inspired and inspiring leadership.  
Bishop McLee's funeral is scheduled for Monday Sept 15, 2014. click here for more informaion.  In the mean time, keep his family and friends in your prayers.
Here is a link to a celebration of his life and accomplishments on our Conference website:
Pastor Karen

Worship at Memorial

September 14
10:00 a.m. Homecoming Sunday! We'll celebrate the start of our program year with worship in the Sanctuary, complete with the return of our choir from their summer break. We'll follow our worship with a POTLUCK (YUM!) LUNCH! We still need some help with set-up and clean-up for our meal. Please contact the church office if you can help.
Scripture for the day is Exodus 14:19-31, the people of Israel crossing the Red Sea.

September 21
10:00 a.m. Worship in the sanctuary, Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy preaching. After worship we will hustle over to the White Plains train station to get into the city to take part in the People's Climate March. This is one of those events you will be telling people about for decades to come. "I was there, in New York, for the People's Climate March..." Join us for worship and witness!

September 28
10:00 a.m. Worship in the sanctuary, Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy 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 - Homecoming Sunday Potluck. 
ENGAGEWe will not be having ENGAGE in the summer

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.
September 16 - Beth Smayda - White Plains Common Council Member - Beth has been a City of White Plains Common Councilwoman since January 2010. She chairs the City’s Budget and Management Advisory Committee and was chosen by her Council colleagues to be Council President for 2012 and 2013. She has been a public finance professional for over twenty years, after working (among other things) as a researcher on intergovernmental and local government fiscal issues for the New York State Legislative Commission on State-Local Relations. In 2006 Beth co-founded the Northeast Women in Public Finance (NEWPF) and still serves as a member of the Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin. Beth will speak at Dorry’s about what prompted her to run for public office, touching on a number of influences: growing up in a Pastor's family on the South Side of Chicago, a longtime interest in politics, a career in financing local infrastructure, and other civic involvements. And, she says, being encouraged to "step up" didn't hurt either!
September 23 - Heather Miller - Executive Director, Thomas H. Slater Center
For 33 years Heather Miller has worked at the Slater Center, the community center located beside the Winbrook public housing complex in White Plains. She has served as its Executive Director since 2005.
Under her leadership several programs for young people and other community members have been
created, including the Step Up Girls Program, Next Generation Boys Group, Health and Fitness, Summer Enrichment Program, Summer Youth Employment Program and the Gardening Project. Most recently,
Heather co-founded the Haitian Resource Center and started an after-school enrichment program to serve children of Haitian descent. She began working with children at the age of 17 when she joined a
government-run volunteer program in her hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. Heather will speak with us
about the passion that continues to motivate her commitment to the development of children and youth,
and to the enrichment of White Plains’ communities.
September 30 - Mitchell Polay - Educator about the Holocaust
Mitchell Polay is a 6th grade Social Studies/ELA teacher in the Yonkers Public School District. He is a Teacher Fellow at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. He also teaches History of the Holocaust classes at the Yonkers Teacher Center and at Westchester Community College. He is determined that this history not be forgotten, and those who have taken his course report that he presents the subject with knowledge and sensitivity. This past summer, for the second time, Mitch traveled and studied in Germany and Poland with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of White Plains. At Dorry’s he will discuss his recent experiences in Europe and the methods he uses to teach this subject.

A Word From the Laity

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So much inhumanity at home and abroad, yet hold onto start is to forgive my wrongs and right them, then ease others.

Dear Friends,
The week of September 15th in NYC is shaping up to be the largest outpouring of public sentiment for a safe and sustainable environment in the history of the country.  It coincides with a UN summit on the environment being held the next week.  There will be a week full of activities leading up to a massive Peoples Climate March through midtown Manhattan on Sept. 21st.  It is hoped that all of this will put some pressure on the heads of state who will be meeting in NYC to take bolder steps toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions.  I will be marching with the National Jobs for All Coalition, an organization on whose board I sit.  We have been advocating for green jobs at living wages.  If you haven’t already made plans to march with another group, I invite you to join our contingent.  Please let me know by email if you can join us and I will send you the information about when and where to meet up.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is organizing a march of scientists that will start earlier in the day (on Sept. 21), leaving from the Museum of Natural History and joining the march at Columbus Circle.  This is really unprecedented!  The scientific community is finally becoming politicized.
For  further information:  -please sign up for the march on this website – comprehensive listing of events throughout the week
for a green and sustainable earth,
Sheila Collins

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


Please  Note: 
No Wednesday Evening Bible Study - will resume in September

New News!

New Yorkers Against Fracking Kick Off Meeting! 

WHERE: Good Counsel, 52 North Broadway, White Plains 

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17th, @ 7:00pm


Fracking is a dirty and dangerous process for extracting oil and gas from the earth. Fracking threatens our rivers, streams and our drinking water with toxic chemicals. Leading up to the election, Governor Cuomo could decide any day that fracking can take place in New York.


This decision would have disastrous effects on our rivers and drinking water, as well as adding tons of harmful methane gas to the atmosphere, intensifying climate change. Governor Cuomo needs to hear from his constituents in Westchester that fracking is too dirty and dangerous for New York.


New Yorkers Against Fracking is launching in Westchester County on September 17th. You can protect our drinking water and our public health! Come to our kick off meeting to find out how!


Come join other concerned residents and local organizations to find out how to stop fracking in New York State! To learn more about how to get involved before the meeting, please contact Jack Miller at or visit


See you there!



Memorial will be proud to send a delegation to the massive People's Climate March (1 million people expected) on SundaySeptember 21 in New York City. This will be the largest-ever mobilization for action against climate change. Don't miss it! Let's send a message to all the heads of state who will be meeting with Ban-Ki-Moon at the United Nations that week. We need lots of folk from Memorial! At present, we plan to take the train from White Plains, unless there is a bus from Westchester. For more info, contact John Collins, Sheila Collins or Orlando Rodriguez, or the church office at 914-949-2146.  You can also find information about the event at

Ministry to the home-bound:

This summer we had three Mustard Seed Meetings at the parsonage.  One seed that has been germinating for a while is a ministry to the home-bound members of our congregation.  Our United Methodist Women will prepare for this in September and launch it in October!  The women are leading the way, but men, you are welcome to participate.  Please speak to Pastor Karen or to Debbie DeMerritt for more information.

Please Note:


Our time together after worship service just got better! 

This summer MUMC began providing all the food and beverages for coffee/fellowship time after worship.  We hope all of you are enjoying it!   If you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to bring in something you are welcome to do so.  Please note that we will continue to have our Community Share potluck coffee hour on the first Sunday of every month.

We are looking for volunteers to help with set up and clean up. Please call the office 914 949-2146 to sign up for set up/clean up soon for one Sunday this fall or winter. Thank you!


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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