A Word From Pastor Karen
Last Saturday there were marches all over the country to protest racial profiling, police brutality, and the routine killing of unarmed black men and youth by police officers. More than 25,000 people (unofficial estimates have it at 50,000) marched up New York's Fifth Avenue. A march in Washington D.C. was led by the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Amadou Diallo, and Trayvon Martin.
In White Plains, several hundred people took to the streets, carrying a casket, remembering Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. and so many others who have been killed by local police. Calling for transparency and accountability in Westchester police policies and practices, the group marched through the downtown area. We held a "die-in" in the middle of the intersection of Mamaroneck and Martine, lying down in the street and chanting Eric Garner's last words "I can't breathe."
Methodists joined the throngs of protesters all over the country. The message is clear: change must occur. Police can no longer systematically single out people based on the color of their skin; they must no longer use military tactics against unarmed civilians; they must end the dehumanizing police tactics that suffocate communities of color. This brutality has had economic and social consequences, effectively pinning American citizens under the weight of poverty and second class citizenship.
Eric Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said, “It's just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us today. I mean, look at the masses. Black, white, all races, all religion.... We need to stand like this at all times.”
Memorial has long been part of the movement for LGBTQ rights, and the fight for economic and racial justice is one and the same. The oppressed must stand together, and allies must stand with them. Only in so doing will we dismantle the systemic racism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism inherent in our society.
Voices are rising up, calling for justice, and it is a timely message in the season of Advent. As Christians, we are awaiting the arrival of Emmanuel, God-With-Us. God will arrive, not in a sanctuary or a palace, but at the intersections of injustice and unrest. This movement has the mark of the holy upon it. Like those long ago who sat in the darkness waiting for the light, we have our hope and our ability to take action. So take action.
Pastor Sara and Pastor Karen
Worship at Memorial
For you to do: bring some cookies for the cookie potluck after the 5:00 service on Christmas Eve!
8:30 a.m. Worship and Communion in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. Worship in the sanctuary
Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:15 a.m. Reading of "A Christmas Carol" in the Fireside Room
December 24, Christmas Eve
5:00 p.m. Family-friendly worship in the sanctuary,
with story-telling, Christmas carols, and candle-lighting.
Cookie potluck in the Fireside room, with a visit from St. Nicholas!
8:00 p.m. Worship and Communion in the chapel,
a quieter service than 5:00, with with candles, scripture, and Christmas carols.
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.
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:
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 10605.click 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.
December 23 & 30 - Time out! - Eat at Dorry’s if you’re around—on Tuesday evenings or any time.
Programs will start again on January 6, 2015.
Save the date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
The Interfaith Connection
Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence
o-MUSIC OF FREEDOM
An Interfaith Community Gathering
in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM
at Congregation Kol Ami
252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains, NY
Refreshments following concert
? Congregation Kol Ami Choir
NO ADMISSION CHARGE. THERE WILL BE A FREE-WILL OFFERING.
Please bring non-perishable food items for our Westchester neighbors.
For information contact MLK Institute at 914-949-6555 or
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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!
A Word From the Laity
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Let Yuletide smiles decorate your day,
sweeter than any beribboned gift.
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.
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.
Support Memorial's "250" neighbors
Four organizations are based at Memorial, 250 Bryant Avenue: