This Week at
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
Monday, November 27
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -FH
6:00 p.m.  Emmaus Men's Group -110
6:00 p.m.  Emmaus Women's Reunion -Little Narthex
6:00-8:00 p.m. Cub Scout Pk 236 -Basement
 6:30 p.m.  Boy Scout Tp 236 -VA House
7:00 p.m. Putnam Piece Makers -FH
8:00 p.m.  AA -308
Tuesday, November 28
9:30 a.m. Y.A.H. Quilters -111
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
6:00 p.m. COM Board Mtg -110/Parlor
6:30 p.m. Hooks & Needles -201
7:00 p.m. Beyond Recovery -111
7:00 p.m. "Good Grief" Group -Chapel
7:00 p.m. Civic Chorus -Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Uth Leader Mtg -Basement
7:00 p.m. Lacrosse Mtg -FH
Wednesday, November 29
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -FH
10:45 a.m. Morning Bible Study -111
5:15 p.m. Fellowship Dinner -FH
  6:30 p.m. Small Groups
6:30 p.m. Uth -Basement
6:30 p.m. C.O.O.L. Kids -Sanctuary
Thursday, November 30
10:00 a.m. Circle of Friends -111
6:00 p.m. Orchestra Practice - Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Choir Practice - Sanctuary
Friday, December 1
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -FH
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
Saturday, December 2
7:30 a.m. Emmaus Prayer Group -110
9:00 a.m. Musical Dress Rehearsal -Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. Children's Christmas Party -FH
7:30 p.m. Hurricane Civic Chorus Concert -Sanctuary
Sunday, December 3
Mark 13: 24-37
"Keep Awake"
8:30 a.m. Worship
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Handbell Practice -Choir Room
5:00 p.m. Church Family Christmas Dinner -FH
6:30 p.m. Christmas Musical "The King and Me" -Sanctuary
No Evening Worship Service, Men's Group, or Orchestra tonight
Upcoming Events
December 10: Render the Hearts "2017 Christmas Tour" Concert, 6:00 p.m., at Forrest Burdette
April 27-28: Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater, Lancaster PA, to see "Jesus"


 November 20, 2017

     I want to say a great big THANK YOU to all of you for welcoming me and my entire family back to Forrest Burdette.  You kind words have meant so much to all three of us.  Not only am I busy with the music of the church, but Donna is playing with the orchestra and Christian is involved in the Christmas play the children are doing under JaynĂ©'s direction.  We feel like we have come home.  
     For me, the last eleven years have been like an odyssey of sorts with many rich experiences.  I served at St. George Orthodox Cathedral for six years, Charleston Baptist Temple for five years, and learned to love many people with whom I worked and served.  It was a pleasure to learn the history of each congregation and to learn their traditions.   I came to Forrest Burdette in 1999 as the first full-time music minister and served until 2006.  Now returning to serve here truly feels like coming home to me and to Donna who was here many years before me.  I want to thank David Shanklin for getting in touch with me and for Pastor Ellis, both of whom made the transition an enjoyable experience.  The staff as a whole has been very accepting and kind; I'm very glad to be a part of a very good team.
     I have always known music is my calling and have regularly served in churches since I was ten years old.  At age 66 I know I am in the autumn of my life and am thankful that in this era I will be able to make beautiful music for the people of Forrest Burdette.  I want to take a moment an honor Allen Harrah for designing a world-class organ and placing a concert grand piano for use in our sanctuary.  I remember saying in my early years here at the church that I could spend all of my time devoted to making music on these instruments.  However, at that time I had many more responsibilities! Now I will be able to devote more energy to creating arrangements to offer in worship on these wonderful instruments.  I must say it is a joy hear the congregation and choir singing to the accompaniment I provide, and I look forward to a very bright future at Forrest Burdette!
Mike Barnhouse
Church Family Christmas Dinner
This Sunday, December 3rd
Serving: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ticket sales are open through this Thursday!  Roasted turkey or smoked ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, and assorted desserts.  $10 per adult; $5 per youth age 4-12; age 3 and under free.  The children's Christmas musical "The King and Me" will follow at 6:30 p.m. 
Children's Christmas Musical
This Sunday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., meet us at the Grand Opening of Bethlehem's very first theme park "Royal World" - where families can visit the hometown of King David for a great family vacation... IF the park can pass the inspection! The excitement builds as a prophecy is fulfilled in "The King and Me".  Children & families: remember dress rehearsal on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., followed by our Christmas party!
On November 28, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of United Methodist missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Consider supporting a project in an area you care about, such as food and agriculture, church development, disaster response and relief, education, health, economic empowerment, social justice, WASH/Water and Sanitation, women and children, and mission personnel. For a complete list of projects, visit
Wednesday Night Live Dinner & Small Groups 
Wednesday Night Live Fellowship Dinner is served from 5:15-6:00 p.m. The menu for Nov. 29 is spaghetti, garden salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Make your reservation today by signing up at the Connection Center, or call the church office at 304-562-5903 by noon on Mon., Nov. 27 . Cost is $6 adults, $5 children under 12. No family pays more than $20. Dinners will be extended two weeks into December.  
Hurricane Civic Chorus Winter Concert
Celebrate the Season
with the
Hurricane Civic Chorus Winter Concert,
this Saturday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Forrest Burdette Memorial UMC
Branita Holbrook-Bratka, Director
Angel Tree
Once again, our church, via the Mission Outreach Team, is sponsoring and Angel Tree for needy families in our community.  The tree has 19 more Angels for you to stop by and take.  Instructions are available in the bulletin and by the tree.  Gifts are due on Dec. 10. The Mission Outreach Team thanks all of you for your generous participation in this program.  What a blessing it is to be able to give!
Advent Candle for Mission
Beginning December 3, the 1st Sunday in Advent, we will keep a candle burning on the Communion Table for missions. For each dollar donated, the candle will remain lit one hour. This year, the candle donations will support Living Hope High School, Bungoma, Kenya, which was begun by Marilyn Uhl, a WV United Methodist. An $88/month sponsorship gives an orphan an opportunity in the name of Jesus Christ, raising and educating Christian leaders of tomorrow Let's keep the candle burning during Advent and the 12 days of Christmas. Mark your check or envelope "candle".
That's My Pan!
That's My Pan! Fundraiser is going strong. To guarantee Christmas Delivery, please have all orders submitted online or turned into Pastor Jeremy by the end of the month. All other orders are welcome after that date, as there is no cut off. Each order will not only help our youth raise money for their upcoming Mission Trip to Virginia Beach next July, but they can also double up as a wonderful Christmas gift for someone you love. Brochures are available at the Connection Center desk. As always, the youth and the leaders of the youth want to thank everyone for your continued support as we go out and make a difference in Jesus' name.
Deck the Halls!
Persons who would be willing to help decorate the church for the Advent/Christmas season, please contact Jo Bess at 304-562-9561.
December College Graduates
Please contact the church office with the name, school, and degree of our December college graduates ( or 304-562-5903).
Construction Update
Phase 1 of our building project is finished! There is minor clean-up to do before moving in on December 1. Children's Outreach Ministries will be moving the weekend of December 2-3 and welcomes your assistance. The fire marshal and City of Hurricane inspections have been signed off on occupancy. DHHR has partially signed off and will return to finish their work on December 4. The elevator, fire system, and security system are certified. 
This Week's Birthdays
11/27 -  Kim Davis, Cassie Holdren, Jacob Lilly, Angie Nesmith, Tracey Patterson, Benjamin Russell
11/28 - Jack Wilson
11/29 - Andy Bennett, Timmy Burlingame, Danielle Ray
11/30 - Jamie Levy, Sophia Richmond
12/1 -  Kambrie Cantebury, Lucy Huggins, Sandy Nesmith, Meredith Vance
12/2 -  Karen Hyre, Gary Newman, Becky Williams
12/3 - Jane Bogan, Todd Landin
Coming Up this Sunday
1st Sunday in Advent; Communion
Mark 13: 24-37   "Keep Awake"