This Week at
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
Monday, May 14
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking     
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -FH
6:00 p.m.  Emmaus Men's Group -110
6:00 p.m. E mmaus Women's Reunion   -Little Narthex
6:30 p.m.  Boy Scouts 236 -VA House
7:00 p.m.  Mission Outreach -201
7:00 p.m.  Cub Scouts 236 -Basement
8:00 p.m.  AA -308
Tuesday, May 15
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Ruth Byrd Circle -111
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
6:00 p.m.  Cub/Boy Scout Committee Meeting -111
6:00 p.m.  Men's Softball -Eleanor
6:30 p.m.  Hooks & Needles -201
6:30 p.m.  AAU 4th Grade BBall -Gym
Wednesday, May 16
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -FH
2:15 p.m.  Baccalaureate Rehearsal
6:30 p.m.  Small Groups
7:00 p.m.  HHS Baccalaureate -Sanctuary
Thursday, May 17
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
12:00 p.m.  JOY Fellowship -FH
6:15 p.m.  COM Staff Appreciation Dinner -FH
6:30 p.m.  AAU 4th Grade BBall -Gym
No Choir Practice
Friday, May 18
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -FH
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
6:00 p.m.  Kendall's Heart set up -Gym
Saturday, May 19
7:30 a.m.  Emmaus Prayer Group - 110
10:00 a.m.  Uth Meet at Church for Service Saturday to Heart & Hand, So. Charleston
10:00 a.m.  Kendall's Heart Clothing Giveaway (until 2:00) -Gym
3:00 p.m.  Fellowship Hall Reserved for 60th Birthday Party (Harrison)
Sunday, May 20
Youth Sunday
High School Graduate Recognition
8:30 a.m.  Worship
9:45 a.m.  Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship
5:00 p.m.  Handbell Practice -Choir Rm
6:00 p.m. Men's Group -111
6:00 p.m.  Worship -Chapel
6:00 p.m.  Staff Parish Relations Committee -201
7:30 p.m.  Men's Pick-Up Basketball
Upcoming Events
May 25: American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2:00-7:00 p.m.; Contact Donna Varian at 304-562-9253 to volunteer.
May 29: Conner Street Elementary School 5th Grade Graduation, 6:00 p.m.
May 30: COM 4-yr-old Graduation & Preschool Program, 6:30 p.m.


 May 14, 2018

     If you heard some different sounds coming from the organ the last two times I played an offertory, it's because I have been utilizing the MIDI division of the organ.  MIDI is interfacing the organ with another source of sounds, namely a tone generator that produces sounds that have been sampled from actual acoustic instruments. Yesterday I was able to use two different string samples, an oboe, and a french horn.  I layer those with sounds from the organ, and the effect is a much richer quality of sound.  It gives the instrument a more symphonic orchestral sound. I have continued to use traditional organ sounds for the hymns.  
     I'm sure you know that any pieces I play for worship are my offering to God.  It means a lot that many seem to be enjoying my playing, based on personal conversations with some of you. However, I play what I play as an offering to God, and I know He is satisfied with my best effort any given service.
     I  would like to personally thank all the musicians from the orchestra who volunteer their time to practice and offer their talents as an offering to God in worship services.  You may also often hear my wife, Donna, who plays string arrangements I make to add another dimension to the choir anthems or my offertories.
Mike Barnhouse
JOY Fellowship: This Thursday
Our final Covered Dish Luncheon until next fall will take place this  Thursday, May 17 , at 12:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Special Guest: Jessica Napier Eagle from the Attorney General's Office. Join us!
Christian Community Cupboard Fund Raiser
Every Sunday in MAY , come and support a great cause! 10% of Jersey Mike's Sunday proceeds will be donated to the Christian Community Cupboard. Visit them in the Liberty Square Shopping Center, 6 Liberty Plaza, Hurricane, 304-757-6453.
Help Us Support Ally's Trip to Africa
Ally Lawhon (daughter of Kevin & Tammy Lawhon) will be a short-term missionary to Masindi, Uganda, May 29-June 9, with Love One International.  A basket is in the Narthex for donations of Neosporin, Tylenol, Cortisone/Benadryl Cream, anti-nausea meds, sleep aids, Band-aids, sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes.  To help fund Ally's mission trip, mark your check or envelope "Ally".  Please keep her in your prayers.
Salvation Army Camp Donations
We will be collecting much needed summer play clothes, socks, shoes, and beach towels for Salvation Army campers from May 20-27. This faith-based camp located in the Martinsburg area will be hosting many campers this summer including some local children, aged 7-14, who often don't have the basics needed for summer camp. This ministry touches the lives of many children who may never be exposed to the love of Christ if not for the camp experience.  A  collection basket is in the Narthex for: new or clean, gently used summer play clothing, socks, shoes, and beach towels . Please keep these children in your prayers this summer.
Service of Consecration & Open House
Sunday, June 3 - Service of Consecration 10:00 a.m. (between worship services)                                     Community Open House 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Work is nearing completion on the covered entrance which will finish the church addition. You have been very faithful in your financial support. Through April, over $1,799,483 has been received. Because of your "up front giving" our "construction draw" to date is $1,692,169. Although we will have a few more expenses as we complete the total project, it is not expected that we will need to borrow the total $2 million as once planned. It will not be long until we will have to convert the "draw" to a monthly mortgage. Every gift now will help us lower the total borrowed and the monthly payment. Prayerfully consider making a gift now if you are able. Thank you for your generosity and support.
You're Invited to a Baby Shower
Join us on Saturday, May 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall for a Baby Shower to honor Myra Woodworth-Hobbs.   Baby Aspen Lynn's expected arrival is June 25, and Grandpa & Grandma Woodworth (Clarence & Cindy) can hardly wait!   RSPV: Malinda, 303-633-5879 or
Gift Registry at Target and Amazon
Men's Softball
If you're interested in playing on the Forrest Burdette team, contact J.B. Marinacci at 304-767-1172. Games are played in Eleanor until the Valley Park fields are completed. 
May 15, 6 p.m.; May 22, 8 p.m.
June 7, 8 p.m.; June 12, 8 p.m.; June 21, 8 p.m.; June 28, 8 p.m.
July 3, 8 p.m.; July 9, 6 p.m.;  July 20, 6 p.m.;  July 26, 8 p.m.
(Tournament play July 30-August 4; August 4 Picnic)
Summer Camp
Spring Heights is the camping and outdoor facility of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church , located just north of Spencer. The summer 2018 camp schedule and registration form are available at the Connection Center or online at Forrest Burdette will pay 1/2 of camp fees.
Construction Update
This week the construction group has continued to work on the canopy area to include pouring concrete, completing the sprinklers, beginning the exterior finishes on Byrd Hall and the columns of the canopy. Next week they will continue to work on the concrete and drainage systems as well as the exterior to include lighting. We are getting closer to the end and continuing progress to serve in the future.
This Week's Birthdays
5/14 -  Kathleen Burgess, Thelma Carter, Becky Landin
5/15 - Amy King, Chris McCoy
5/16 - Steve Golden, Jayna Jones
5/17 - Skip Johnson, Keyria Jones, Caleb Turner
5/18 - Jesse Golden, Kristina Painter
5/19 - Randy Mayhew, Joyce Sayre
5/20 - Joshua Harshbarger
Coming Up This Sunday
Youth Sunday &  High School Graduate Recognition