Memorial United Methodist Church

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Welcome to Memorial

A Word From Pastor Karen

As we move through Lent, we are taking time to examine our assumptions about our faith, both in worship and in our study time together. Last week, the first Sunday of Lent, we talked about wilderness experiences, and how they can help us see what's important and what we can let go. We also discussed popular images of Jesus, and the responses they call forth from his followers.

First is a fideistic (from the Latin word for faith) image of Jesus, which says that he is important because he is the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, satisfying a God who loves us, but still requires this. The response to this image is to sufficiently believe that this is true, so that we can spend eternity in heaven. This is the most common image of Jesus in 21st-century Western Christianity, and many people find great meaning and comfort in it.

Another popular image of Jesus is moralistic, which removes the layers of Christian dogma and doctrine about Jesus, leaving his brilliant teachings--which, if everyone followed them, would surely lead to heaven on earth. This image of Jesus is often taken up by those who find some of the things we're "supposed" to believe about Jesus, well...unbelievable. The response to this image is to be "good"--to understand and, to the best of our ability, follow these teachings.

Though these are the two most commonly held images of Jesus, they are not the only options. Another is to follow Jesus because he leads us into relationship with God--which is, in fact, what God created us for. This relational image of the life of faith leads to more love of God and our neighbor (relationship) and less arguing about doctrine. We'll be talking more about this in weeks to come.

This week in worship we will explicitly allow our questions into the room, realizing that we can still be in relationship with God, while we bring our doubts and our questions along for the journey.

Pastor Karen

Worship at Memorial

This Sunday is already March! As usual on the first Sunday of the month, we will have a Community Coffee Hour. Everyone is invited to bring something to share. And just wait until you see our new Fireside kitchen!
On February 22, the first Sunday of Lent, we began a sermon series called "Things We Think We Know," in which we are examining our assumptions about our faith, and challenging ourselves to live out our understandings. We also have very special music during Lent--please plan to be with us every Sunday!

Our Lenten study this year is The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith, by Marcus Borg. This wonderful book looks at the elements of our Christian tradition--faith, scripture, God, Jesus--and then asks: how can we be passionate believers today? What does our faith require of us? And what difference does our faith make in our lives? We will meet on Sundays from 11:30 to 12:30 in the chapel, startingMarch 1. The book is available for Kindle for $3.99, and in paperback for $13. 
March 1, second Sunday of Lent
Continuing sermon series: "Things We Think We Know"
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                    Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
11:30 a.m.  Beginning our Lenten book study, The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg
                    with Pastor Karen, in the chapel

March 8, third Sunday of Lent
50th anniversary of the Selma marches
Continuing sermon series: "Things We Think We Know"
8:30 a.m.    Worship and Communion in the chapel
10:00 a.m.  Worship in the sanctuary
                    Scripture: John 2:13-22
11:30 a.m.  Lenten book study, The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg
                    with Pastor Karen, in the chapel

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 - Community Share Table. Please bring a snack to share and 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.
March 3 - Jennifer Nirenberg - The Body as a Self-healing, Self-regulating Machine. Jennifer Nirenberg is Marketing Director with Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York, PC. She will bring us important information which will unfold what she says is the biggest secret in healthcare. The premise for this discussion is that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating machine perfectly designed for health. We will show how Upper Cervical Chiropractic uses the most advanced methods to detect and remove inference from the nervous system and ensure proper communication of all instructions for optimal health and function.
March 10 - Rev. John Collins - Evolutionary Faith:  Can Religion and Science Live Together?

A Word From the Laity

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Three noontime pigeons flutter down to ice,
perked, in spite of white, to courting heat.
Spring's on a holiday...a cleaner sari on our
city gowns its grime - and each sill-brick's
sparkled with a coat of shining rime.

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!


Please join Church Women United (White Plains Chapter)
As we celebrate
Friday,  March 6, 2015
       Held in the Chapel
Memorial United Methodist Church
250 Bryant Avenue
Refreshments after the program
      Everyone is welcome




Automated calling system! We are setting up an automated calling system for people who wish to receive important notifications from the church (such as weather-related closings) by telephone. Thanks to those of you who have already given us your preferred telephone contact information. Our administrator Angela is calling everyone else to ask whether they would like to participate, but you can make this much faster and easier by sending her an e-mail with the phone number you would like us to use. Email Thanks! 



Meet the filmmaker and Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez
Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:30 p.m. at
Memorial United Methodist Church,
250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Westchester Interfaith Connection
Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence

Additional screenings: 
                        Film Premiere: Tuesday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.,
Keating Hall First, Fordham University,
Bronx NY 10458 
Panel and reception to follow
Sunday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.,
 The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, NY, NY 10027
Meet Gayla Jamison and the Rodriguezes
Sponsored by   The Sharing Fund/Densford Fund

Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
7 Saxon Wood Rd, White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 948-1120




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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