This Week at
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
Tuesday, January 2
10:00 a.m. Community Cupboard
6:30 p.m.  Hooks & Needles -201
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scout Troop 8317 Cookie Training -Sanctuary
7:00 p.m.  UMW -110/Parlor
Wednesday, January 3
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Little Narthex
No Bible Study, Small Groups, Uth, or C.O.O.L. Kids until Jan. 10
Thursday, January 4          
6:30 p.m. Clergy Tax Workshop -FH
7:00 p.m. Choir Practice -Sanctuary
Friday, January 5
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Little Narthex
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
Saturday, January 6
7:30 a.m. Emmaus Prayer Group -110
Sunday, January 7
Epiphany Sunday, Covenant Sunday
Matthew 2:1-12
"Opening Their Treasures"
8:30 a.m. Worship
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
5:00 p.m. Handbells -Choir Rm
6:00 p.m. Men's Group -111
6:00 p.m. Worship -Chapel
6:00 p.m. Trustees Meeting -201
7:00 p.m. Church Leaders Meeting -FH
Upcoming Events
January 19-21: Winter Retreat to Resurrection Youth Conference, Pigeon Forge, TN. There are only a few spots left. See Pastor Jeremy ASAP!
April 27-28: Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater, Lancaster PA, to see the production "Jesus". $220 per person. Sign up at the Connection Center desk; see Don Gatewood with questions .


 January 2, 2018

       Making New Year's Resolutions is a long standing tradition. How can I be a better, healthier person in the coming year? Resolutions range from "I am going to exercise more," to "I will begin to tithe". In 1738, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, gave three simple rules to make clear the connection between saving faith and Christian behavior for his societies, those small groups of those who gathered for study, prayer, and self-examination   First, "Do no harm".   Will this action harm others or myself in any way? Second, "Do good".  Be kind and merciful at every opportunity, doing good in every way you can. And third, "Attend to the ordinances of God". Grow in your relationship with God by being faithful to public worship, prayer, Communion, study of Scripture, and fasting or abstinence.
      "Do no harm. Do good. Attend to the ordinances of God. (Stay in love with God." If you have not yet made any resolutions, these three simple life rules from John Wesley just might be the right for you.
Grace & freedom,
Church Leaders Meeting
Sunday, January 7, 7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Expected to attend include : Church Council, Finance, Staff-Parish, Trustees, Mission Outreach, Nominations & Lay Leadership, COM Board, Building Committee
Wednesday Night Live Classes
Beginning January 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Conley, Cunningham, Delph, & Gatewood Groups
Four of our 5 Wednesday Night Groups will be studying the 12 week "Disciple Fast Track - New Testament" . The 4 different groups will be led by Ellis Conley, Debby Cunningham, Ron Delph, and Don Gatewood. This 12 week study will focus on Key Words such as Disciple, Good News, Least, Life, Power, Conversion, Justified, Love, Freedom, Sacrifice, Victory, and Ministry. Class participants are asked to read assigned Scripture daily to prepare for each week's class.
Chris Clark: Christian Basics - New Testament Overview
Join us as we fellowship together and study the New Testament initially by examining major themes and then by diving into each Book to focus on what the Lord is saying to the Church and how we should respond.
Youth - All Middle School and High School students are welcome each Wednesday night, downstairs from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for fun, fellowship, and small groups. Feel free to come hang out early from 6:00 - 6:30!
Children - Wednesday COOL Kids is a time of fun, music, and growing!  "Dig In" where kids learn from deeper Bible experiences.  Three classes make learning easy for little ones: Preschool (age 2+); K-2 nd grade; and 3 rd -5 th grade.  In Kids Choir, children learn songs and praise God through music.  Come join us on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.!   Nursery for under 2's is provided.
Ellis Conley - Midweek Daytime Bible Study
Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m., begins January 10
Disciples Fast Track - New Testament : This 12 week study will focus on Key Words such as Disciple, Good News, Least, Life, Power, Conversion, Justified, Love, Freedom, Sacrifice, Victory, and Ministry. Class participants are asked to read assigned Scripture daily to prepare for each week's class.
Kyle Goode - Circle of Friends
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m., begins January 11
"The Remarkable Women of the Bible" by Elizabeth George: In this inspiring look at the lives of women in the Bible, bestselling author Elizabeth George reveals refreshing models of faith for today. Stories about Eve, Deborah, Sarah, Ruth, Mary, and other women from Scripture offer testimonies of changed lives and reflections on the remarkable strengths God cultivates in women who love Him.
Registration: Register for classes at the Connection Center in the Narthex, through the church office, 304-562-5903, or just show up! Dinner: With the Kitchen renovations, we will not be able to provide Wednesday dinners. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.
BackPack Buddies 2018 Schedule
We are sending nonperishable food home with over 80 students each weekend. Please remember this ministry as you are doing your grocery shopping. We also accept monetary donations and donations of gently used plastic grocery bags. The gray cart is in the Narthex. The 2018 sign up sheet for packing bags is now available at the Connection Center. Help us be the hands and feet of Christ to these children.
2018 Disciplines
Upper Room Disciplines for 2018 (daily devotional guides) are available for $5 at the Connection Center.
Help Wanted
Forrest Burdette is looking to hire an additional custodian, full time with a flexible schedule. Contact Gary Robson to inquire, 304-552-7521.
Construction Update
Having Christmas over and New Years approaching, work days have been somewhat abbreviated, but the schedule is still in sight. They have been working on the stairs from the second floor of Byrd Hall to the first that will also serve as a fire escape after the demolition. That schedule remains for the northern portion of Byrd Hall to be removed just after New Year's Day. Prayers for Kyle's grandson. Kyle has been on the project since the first day. His grandson was born weighing less than two pounds. The best to all in the New Year.
This Week's Birthdays
1/1 -  Natalie Neville
1/2 - Chris Clark, Kathryn Courtright, Carol Duncan, Michael Kinneer, Butch McCoy, Mark Stutler, Elizabeth Whitten
1/3 - Don Gatewood, Beth Krall, Ashley McCann, Isaac Vance
1/5 - Jackie Alexander, Billie DeLung, Cathy Keeler
1/6 - Keith Midkiff
1/7 - Seth Bowers, Brittany Bowie, Anna Caldwell, Gene Lewis, Tom Plumley
Coming Up this Sunday
January 7, 2018
Epiphany Sunday, Covenant Sunday, Communion
Matthew 2:1-12   "Opening Their Treasures"