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A Word From Pastor Karen

Last week I said my "Word from Pastor Karen" was probably my last one, but I was mistaken. This morning I read the sermon Dr. Dorothee Benz preached yesterday at St. John's UMC in Austin, TX, on the first anniversary of their becoming a reconciling congregation, and I want all of you to have the opportunity to read it too. Benz says it got a standing ovation and lots of "amens" and brought people to tears. (It had the same effect on me in my dining room.) It is posted with our other sermon manuscripts and videos on our website. You can also find it at this link:

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I posted the manuscript from my sermon yesterday, as well, but if you only have time to read one, read Benz's. You can find mine at this link:

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And in this extra-bonus "Word," I'll take another moment of your time to again say “thank you.” It meant so much to me to see so many of you yesterday, along with friends from the community and the LOFT and AMWA (on the very busy day before Ramadan!). There were balloons and flowers and ice cream and gluten-free cake! But more important, there were your beautiful faces, with smiles and some tears, and words of grace and encouragement.


For those of you who were not there, here is the "Order of Farewell" that we used yesterday.


An Order of Farewell to a Pastor

Karen: The time has come for us to say goodbye, and Godspeed;

to release each other into God’s care and guidance for the future.   

I thank you, members, staff, and friends

of Memorial United Methodist Church,

for the love and support you have shown me

while I have ministered among you these last three years.

I am grateful for the ways in which you have accepted my leadership.

I ask forgiveness for the mistakes I have made.

As I leave, I carry you with me in my heart,

along with all I have learned here.

All: We receive your thankfulness,

offer our forgiveness,

and accept that you now leave to minister

at the Rowayton United Methodist Church.

We are grateful for your time among us.

We ask forgiveness for our mistakes.

Your influence on our faith and our faithfulness

will continue beyond your departure.

Karen: I accept your thanks and your forgiveness,

and I forgive you.

I trust that our comings and our goings are in God’s hands.

I release you from turning to me

and depending on me as your pastor.

I encourage your continuing ministry here,

and I will pray for you and for your new pastor, Siobhan.


Let us pray.

All: Eternal God, whose steadfast love is from everlasting to everlasting,

we give you thanks for our cherished memories

and commend one another into your care as we move in new directions.

Keep us forever united in your love, through the power of your Spirit. Amen.



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

  • June 26 Sunday School break
  • July 3 through August 28: Summer Sunday School program. Children and youth are welcome to participate each week in a kids-friendly time including bible stories, activities, snacks, and fun!
  • Congratulations to Memorial's 2016 Graduates - Bethany (Middle School), Isabel & Antonia (High School) and Ryan (Graduate School) - hats off to you!!     


 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.


June 28 - Building on Our Tuesdays at Dorry’s Programs A Conversation - For all of our ten years, with the exception of July, August and some holidays, our format for Tuesdays has consisted of presenters on things we want to learn, interspersed with occasional facilitated conversations. Many of us have enjoyed this format. But is this the way we want to move into the future? For this last organized session of the season, let’s talk about whether we want changes to our Tuesdays, and in what ways. Would you like more conversations among ourselves; or fewer? More pursuit of particular subjects that interest you—and you’d help locate knowledgeable people to guide us? What about reading a book now and then, and talking about it together? What other ideas do you have? Michael Hackett will facilitate the discussion. 


July and August - No Presentations, but we’ll come to Dorry’s on Tuesdays whenever we can for dinner and good company


Upcoming Events

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

Church Council quarterly meeting, whole church invited.




A Word From the Laity

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All the world sings summer
when bird and kid and cricket
chirp sun and greengrown fun.
There's triumph in your birthday
and cakes and hugs and glee -
friends and loves and cheery song
surrounding you and me.    

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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