Memorial United Methodist Church

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Welcome to Memorial

A Word From Pastor Karen

As Thanksgiving approaches, I have been thinking of my mother, Barbara. She died the day after Thanksgiving 21 years ago, three years after my father, Bob. The following spring my brother Mark and I met at our house in Speedway, Indiana, to start the process of sorting stuff and preparing the house to be sold. 

The first task we took on was the food: a double-wide closet in the kitchen that served as a pantry, as well as four sets of utility shelves in the basement, and a chest freezer the size of my 1969 Volkswagen Bug. After we got rid of everything that couldn't be donated, we still had 36 grocery bags--full-size paper bags--filled with food. For one person--though the precautionary food-storing dated back to my earliest memories, when there were five of us in the house.

I learned very young that it's smart to have multiples of things I need. And it's easy to get carried away. Recently I cleaned out my desk and found several packages of mechanical pencils--packages of 48, that is. My children have told me they don't need Santa to put any more mechanical pencils in their stockings, because they already have a lifetime supply. 

I don't think I'm the only person who does this. What is this urge to keep more than we need, when others don't have enough? Something to ponder, as we give thanks for God's bounty.

Pastor Karen

Worship at Memorial

For you to do...
On November 23, Thanksgiving Sunday, you are invited to bring fresh produce or non-perishable canned items (nothing requiring refrigeration) to church for our Thanksgiving procession. All the food will be donated.

On November 30, we'll have a potluck in between the end of our service and the end of Central Korean's service, when together the congregations will start decorating the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas. Please bring a dish to share. The children will have the opportunity to make paper decorations for our Narthex Christmas tree.
November 23
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Thanksgiving Sunday
                        --bring produce or non-perishable food items
                     Christ the King Sunday
                     Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46
November 30
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     First Sunday of Advent
                     World AIDS Day Remembrance
11:00 a.m.   Potluck in the Courtyard Room
12:45 p.m.   Hanging of the Greens in the sanctuary

December 7
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Second Sunday of Advent
December 14
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                     Third Sunday of Advent
                     Our youth will be leading the service!

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.
November 18 - Sally Dunne - A report on her trip to the Mexican border. Sally Dunne has presented at Dorry’s in the past, and comes to listen when she can. She is a member of the Loretto Community, and serves as Loretto’s representative to the United Nations. She represents Loretto’s values of peace and social justice by advocating for a human rights based framework for global policy. Sally belongs to, among others, the NGO Committee on Migration, which focuses on the human rights of migrants and their families. The Loretto Community actively lobbies for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. and takes groups to the border with Mexico to bear witness to the treatment of migrants as they are being deported. Sally has just returned from such a trip and will report to us on it.
November 25 - Reflecting on the election: A conversation
What can we learn from the results of the recent election? What messages were the voters sending? Michael Hackett and Julie Carran will facilitate a discussion to process the midterm election, three weeks later. Please bring your concerns, ponderings or speculations. Some of our questions: Do the election results reflect economic insecurities or a cultural backlash? Were the results a rejection of Obama or an embrace of the Republicans? To the extent that they were a rejection of President Obama, what was about his policies and what was about his race? Were the voters tired of the gridlock in Washington? Why are the Democrats doing so poorly among working class white voters? Why do voters appear to vote against their own economic interests? And—or—what are YOU thinking about all this?

Upcoming Events

November 19 - The Transplant Support Organization is sponsoring a interfaith panel discussion of organ donation on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Greenburgh Town Hall177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY.November is Donor Sabbath Month during which many religious institutions promote organ, eye, and tissue donation. The Transplant Support Organization [TSO] is hosting a panel of leaders from across the major religious spectrum to discuss the varying views of support for organ donation. The TSO panel will include the following religious viewpoints:  Judaism, Islam, Catholic, and Lutheran.  Please plan to attend this very important meeting and bring your friends, family, and your questions.  

Panelist will include:
- Rabbi Charles Sheer, Director, Cultural Competency Education at Westchester Medical Center;
- Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan, Board Certified Plastic surgeon, Senior Attending at Phelps Memorial and St John's Riverside, Co-Founder/ Board Member of Center for Jewish Christian  Muslim Understanding, Founder/Board Member of American Muslim Women's Association;
- Rev. Dr. Robert J. Norris, Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Elmsford, NY and Living Kidney Donor; 
- Pastor Paul Egensteiner, Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pleasantville, New York.


The LOFT LGBT Center’s 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, November 22nd
From 4pm to 8pm in Asbury Hall
Free to al
As The LOFT celebrates its 31st anniversary, it is giving back to the community that has supported it for so many years through a free Thanksgiving Dinner. Local restaurants in White Plains are donating the food.  All our MUMC family are welcome to join us as we give thanks, RSVP to 
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For White Plains Residents--by November 30
The City of White Plains Needs Your Help! White Plains is currently embarking on the planning process for the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. White Plains is a designated Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement community and is required to develop a Consolidated Plan every five years. This plan helps us understand the current affordable housing, social programs and workforce needs for White Plains.


Visit to take the survey or take it directly by using the following address:


Fair Trade Festival -Saturday, December 6 from 10am - 4pm
Memorial United Methodist Church Asbury Hall, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY

 30+ International & local fair trade arts & crafts vendors
 Vendor/Artisan led workshops about their trade
 Hot lunch and homemade baked goods for sale
 Suggested admission $2 - $5 (A portion of your admission
 will be donated to a fair trade cause in honor of Margaret Eberle)
 Free parking or Bee-Line bus #5 & #60
 Live music and more...

Fair trade seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and securing the rights of marginalized producers and workers both locally and globally. click here for flyer 

Older Driver Safety Week

December 3, 2014 at 12:15-1pm - FREE Educational Event to helping senior drivers find their ‘Safest Fit’  - Memorial United Methodist Church Chapel- 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605. Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent, but the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age.

Come learn about older drivers' risks on the road and steps you can take to protect yourself or someone you care about. Flyer here


Advent Concert scheduled on December 13 at Chatterton Hill Church to benefit SHORE (Sheltering the Homeless Is Our Responsibility) Click here for flyer


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

(Editor’s note: this is a place for members and friends of Memorial to make written contributions to the eblast. Space is limited and cannot be used to promote a business. Please send your submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

From Sheila

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With every shopping trip, we could be spending our hard-earned money supporting the Koch brothers' radical anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-democratic agenda.

But knowledge is power and your dollar is your vote. We can become informed purchasers and refuse to support their political agenda by refusing to purchase their wares.

Use your purchasing power to stop adding to the Koch empire, avoid the following products as much as you can. 

Click here to see a list of commonly available Koch products and sign the pledge.

Keep fighting,
Monique Teal, Daily Kos

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


Wednesday night book study: “The Wednesday nite book group meets at 7 pm. We are reading a very interesting book: Evolutionary Faith: Rediscovering God in our Great Story, by the Irish priest and social psychologist Diarmuid O’Murchu. “A deeply reverent approach to the divine in its eternal unfolding. A must for anyone interested in understanding the shifting worldview of our time.”’  For those interested in the intersection of science and religion, you will find this an exciting book. Join us for Tea and snacks and stimulating conversation.


Rev. John Collins”

Ministry to our Home-bound Members 
Early in October 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!

Community Vigil this evening, Wednesday November 19, 6 p.m.
Three years after the tragic death of Mr. Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. by the guns of White Plains police officers, the fight for justice continues. To honor his life we will gather and renew our pledge to advocate and educate, to build trust between communities of color and law enforcement. Please join his family, friends and community to commemorate his life on Wednesday, November 19, 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 77 South Lexington, White Plains.

Christmas Open House at Memorial, Saturday, December 13, 1-4 p.m.

While we're selling Christmas trees outside, inside will be warmth, refreshments, a display of Nativity scenes, and an organ concert! Please plan to come, and invite your friends!

Nativity Art Display

We will be having a display of Nativity Art as part of the Open House Memorial will be holding on Saturday afternoon, December 13.  If you have a nativity set or crèche--especially one from another country--that you would be willing to loan us for the day, please contact Helen Andrew ( or 914-631-6530).

Save the Date! #LightForLIMA vigil Sunday evening, December 7

Memorial is a co-sponsor of this vigil, which will coincide with vigils around the world as representatives of the world's governments gather in Lima, Peru, to discuss climate change. Our leaders need to hear a message of hope, as we encourage them to set outside politics as usual. We will gather to pray for them to be bold and do what is right. Details on the exact time and place will be forthcoming, but please plan to attend. For more information see


Save Another Date! Our Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Please put this on your calendars now, so that you won't miss it: Memorial's Annual Meeting after church on January 25, 2015. We will review the previous year, adopt our 2015 budget, affirm our officers and committees, and talk about our way forward into the future God plans for us. Two important things will be provided: food and child care!

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Christmas Tree Sale! 

We will sell Christmas Trees again this season to benefit our mission work: the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), our own Emergency Assistance Fund, and the Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence. Central Korean will participate, and this year, for the first time, we're being joined by our Early Childhood Center!

This year we have decided to give each organization certain days to cover.  Memorial is selling trees on December 7December 13, andDecember 14.  We will have a community open house on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 to 4:00, with refreshments, music, and a display of nativity scenes.  Many thanks to Kathleen Cotter, who has volunteered to oversee the money and bookkeeping for the sale, and to Helen Andrew and Kim Honig, who are coordinating the Open House.

We expect the trees to arrive on Saturday, November 29, around 8:00 in the morning.  We need help unloading the trees and setting up the big tree in the sanctuary.  On the Sundays before that, we will be working to get the yard set up for the sale.

There are plenty of opportunities to help, and to interact with our neighbors who have bought their trees from us for so many years. And what gets you in the mood for Christmas faster than a little cold air and the smell of evergreen trees??

Please sign up in the lobby for:

     Completing set-up in the yard--Sunday, November 23.

          (Central Korean did a lot of that work on November 16.)

     Unloading trees--Saturday, November 29, 8:00 a.m.

     Selling trees--December 7, 13, and 14


Thank you for your support of our church!

Summary Pledge Report on November 23

Thanks to all of you who have returned your pledge cards for the coming year. This is essential information for us as we plan our ministries and activities for the coming year.  


On November 23, Thanksgiving Sunday, we'll give a quick summary report of where we stand compared to 2014 and to our draft budget for 2015. If you'd like to make a pledge and haven't done so yet, please contact the church office.


Blessings to you!

The Stewardship Committee

Scott Welliver, Chair


Youth Group Sponsored Food Drive
The youth group will be collecting non-perishable food items on November 16th, 23rd, and the 30th to help hungry families in Westchester. The food pantry is in New Rochelle and it serves 900 families. We will also collect cash donations and the Youth will go shopping for additional groceries.  Please donate food or money to help this project be successful. Boxes will be stationed in the back of the sanctuary and throughout the building. Thank you for your support! 

Attention all knitters: Please drop off scarves during worship or at the church office before Dec 7, 2014. Thank you for all your work. 


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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