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November 9, 2020
Mike Barnhouse, Director of Music
Being a music director is kind of like being in retail sales. Christmas season has yet to begin, but the products the musicians need to prepare for the season are already being made available. For the rest of this month of November more and more Christmas music will be distributed to the singers and musicians of our church. This year we must handle things a bit differently than in the past because of the pandemic, so we are offering different combinations than we would in a Christmas cantata where the singers constantly sing and the orchestra is constantly accompanying. Instead one combination will be flute, chimes, strings, and organ. Another will be clarinet with accompaniment. Women’s Chorus. Men’s Chorus. Keyboard combinations. Handbells with accompaniment. Vocal solos. And on December 20, the Sunday before Christmas, we hope to have the entire choir socially distanced to sing a medley of Christmas carols. So this may just be the beginnings of the Forrest Burdette Christmas Festival for years to follow. We will see! Keep us in your prayers.
Service Saturday: This Weekend, November 14
The Uth monthly Service Saturday is this weekend! This event is always open to YOUTH OF ALL AGES! We meet at the church at 9:30 a.m., and ride together. We work at the Heart & Hand Thrift Store in So. Charleston from 10:00 a.m. - noon, and then we take a lunch stop on the way home. These are great times serving together. Join us!
Wednesday Bible Studies
Three Wednesday Bible studies are now offered for your spiritual growth! Pastor Ed's morning study meets at 10:45, in the sanctuary. The group is studying I Thessalonians, and you are welcome to join in! Please bring your Bible and a mask.
    Chris Clark's Wednesday evening Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome as the group studies Philippians and "Finding Joy in Difficult Times". Bring your Bible and a mask.
    Starting this Wednesday, Malinda Shanklin will lead an evening class, using the book Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam by James W. Moore and Joseph Crowe. This class will also meet at 6:30 p.m., in room 111. If you are interested in signing up for this class, please contact Malinda or the church office so that we order enough books (office@forrestburdette.com, 304-562-5903).
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Angel Tree Update
This year's Angel Tree is now up in the Narthex with 75 children from 35 families assigned to us by Heart & Hand! You may pick an Angel off the tree as normal, or you may call the church office (304-562-6103) to request that an Angel be mailed to you. Unwrapped gifts, with your Angel attached, are due by December 15. Contact JoAnn Kennedy (304-561-7100) or Lisa Fawcett (304-539-2860) if you need us to pick up your gifts from your home. If you would rather we shop for you, please mark your donation check "Angel Tree". Donations of new rolls of wrapping paper or gift bags are welcome as well.
Undie Sundays in November
This month, every Sunday is Undie Sunday! Our annual collection of NEW underwear and socks for all ages will run throughout the month. This collection benefits our wider community through our friends at Heart & Hand Outreach. Items will be gathered in the Narthex. Many thanks!
Gen Z Devo Challenge
There are 30 Days in November, and there are 30 Days in our new Devotional! Join FBUth all month long as they team up with their friends Carll and Andy from Sunday Cool in “The Word According to Gen Z: A 30-Day Devo Challenge Using a Made-Up Language for a Real Generation”.
      The challenge will be met, and for those who compete it with us, enter into a chance to win their very own Sunday Cool Tee/Gen Z merch!
      We will be meeting twice a week (in person on Sundays from 6-7; upstairs in the Uth Rooms and on Zoom on Wednesdays, from 6:30-7:30) plus discussing daily on a separate Remind text messaging group. To sign up for the Devo go to: 
https://forms.gle/YAMe5DAcrZcW8H8s5 ($5 charge for devotion),
and sign up for the separate Remind text group by texting @fbgenz to #81010. We’ll even be teaming up with some friends around the West Virginia Annual Conference during our Zoom calls, as they are accepting this challenge to dive deeper into God’s Word too.
Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Baskets
In lieu of the Sunday school Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, we are having a churchwide non-perishable Food Drive, now through December 15. Food bins are located in the Narthex, or we can pick up food items upon request. Thanksgiving food will be distributed to our 35 local families from Heart & Hand on Nov. 22, and Christmas food will be distributed along with the Angel Tree clothing and toys no later than Dec. 20.
PipeSounds Presents... "Caroling! Caroling!"
Sunday, November 29, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Guest artist Rodney Barbour returns to play beloved, familiar carols and songs of Christmas on the Harrah Symphonic Organ. There are two ways to enjoy this holiday tradition. 1) 100 people may safely attend this free concert by reserving a seat in advance. Call the church office at 304-562-5903. First come, first served. 2) The concert will be live-streamed on Facebook, so you may enjoy it from your home! Visit: www.facebook.com/forrestburdettemumc and click on the event at 3:00 p.m.
Operation Christmas Child
It's easy to learn "How to Build a Shoebox Online". We challenge you to do this today. This gift can be personal as you can select the option to choose boy or girl, age group, items to go in the box, and send a note and photo. Begin by going to samaritanspurse.org and scroll to Build a Box Online. If you are building a shoebox the traditional way, please return it to the sanctuary by November 16.
   
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Live Stream Tech Volunteers Needed
To help continue our Facebook-Live presence for our 10:30 a.m. worship services, we need several volunteers to train and learn the process to help this outreach. We are blessed with the technology to be able to reach others for Christ in this new way. Please consider being a part of this team! Please contact Karen in the office or Pastor Jeremy
Please Continue to RSVP for In-Person Worship
Remember to call or email the church to reserve a spot at one of our in-person worship services each week. Services are offered Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please contact the office by Friday afternoon for Sunday reservations. (304-562-5903, office@forrestburdette.com
Visit Our YouTube Channel
Our FBKids and FBUth Ministries continue to provide instruction and entertainment for our children and youth, and all the videos can be found on our YouTube channel. Past worship services and devotionals are available as well. If you have some free time, check out our channel by clicking here! 
Your Prayers & Thanksgivings
We welcome your regular prayers and continued giving. Click here to access the online giving instructions from the Forrest Burdette website. Your continued giving to the church, as you are able, is important for us to keep paying our expenses. Thank you so much for sending your offerings! If not online, then please mail your regular offering to 2848 Putnam Avenue, Hurricane WV 25526. To save a stamp, you may deposit your offering in our locked mailbox on Putnam Avenue. Open the top door, and slide your envelope all the way to the back of the box, where it will fall into the locked area. Thank you for your support of this ministry. 
This Week at Forrest Burdette
Monday, 11/9: 6:30 p.m. Scouts BSA 236, 7:00 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 236
Tuesday, 11/10: 9:30 a.m. Sewing Group, 10:00 a.m. Cupboard
Wednesday, 11/11: 10:45 a.m. Midweek Bible Study, 2:30 p.m. Hooks & Needles, 6:30 p.m. Clark Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. Shanklin Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. Uth Gen Z ZOOM
Thursday, 11/12: No Activities
Friday, 11/13: 10:00 a.m. Cupboard
Saturday, 11/14: 9:30 a.m. Uth Service Saturday
Sunday, 11/15: 24th Sunday after Pentecost; 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Worship, 6:00 p.m. Uth Gen Z
This Week's Birthdays
11/9 - Traci Brown, Deloris Rooper, Luke Sergent
11/10 - Martha Carlstrom, Jeanie Jarvis, Maggie O’Dell, Brian Slappe, Drew Whitten
11/11 - Zachary Daniels, Maria Folio, Sharon Smith
11/12 - Jenna Johnson, Lois Kinneer, Joe Miller, Tristen Nesmith, Ashley Stalnaker, Sarah Stark
11/13 - Ginger Dunlap, Jack Gibson, Sandra Johnson, Kierstin Marsh
11/14 - Jennifer Bonham, Lorn Limanen, Kris Pyles
11/15 - No birthdays today