This Week
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
C.O.M.: 304-562-9170
Monday, July 8
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -Byrd Hall
6:30 p.m.  Scouts BSA Trp 236 -Scout Hut
8:00 p.m.  AA -308
Tuesday, July 9
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Y.A.H. Quilters -Byrd Hall
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
7:00 p.m.  Basketball (Stout) -Gym
YOUTH 2019 Group leaves tonight
Wednesday, July 10
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -Byrd Hall
2:30 p.m.  Hooks & Needles -201
6:30 p.m. Clark Small Group -225W
6:30 p.m.  Delph Small Group -219
6:30 p.m.  Gatewood Small Group -Chapel
7:30 p.m.  Praise Band -Sanctuary
Thursday, July 11
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
8:00 a.m.  TOPS 0530 -Byrd Hall
1:30 p.m.  Senior Basketball -Gym
6:30 p.m.  Scouts BSA Trp 360 -Scout Hut
6:30 p.m.  Dancers Choice -Byrd Hall
7:00 p.m.  Choir Practice -Sanctuary
Friday, July 12
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -Byrd Hall
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
6:00 p.m.  Church Softball -Valley Park
Saturday, July 13
7:30 a.m.  Emmaus Prayer Group - 110
Sunday, July 14
Luke 10:25-37
8:30 a.m.  Worship
9:45 a.m.  Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship
6:00 p.m.  Men's Group -201
6:00 p.m.  Worship -Chapel
7:00 p.m.  Adult Basketball -Gym
YOUTH 2019 Group returns tonight
Upcoming Events
7/21-27: TeamEffort Youth Mission Trip to Virginia Beach
7/21-27: Scouts BSA Troops 236 & 360 Summer Camp, Camp Friedlander, Cincinnati, Ohio
7/26: American Red Cross Blood Drive, Fellowship Hall, 2:00-7:00 p.m. To donate blood and/or to donate your time, please call Coordinator Jo Bess (304-545-0096).


 July 8, 2019

     By the time you read this article I will have preached my first sermon and at least gotten a few more names and faces connected. I realize that I am new to most of you and that there is much for me to learn about the church, its ministries, and you the congregation. While much will be learned in the coming days, I want you to know that as your pastor I look forward to getting to know you and serve with you in ministry.
     Perhaps this article is also a good place for me to share with you my heart for ministry. I became a Christian at the age of 14 when I attended a revival meeting at my home church, Emma Chapel UMC. Between my junior and senior year of college I accepted my calling to ordained ministry. Somehow it seems that several others knew I was being called before I did, but once I embraced my calling there was no turning back.
     Shortly after embracing my call, I was asked to preach at a church near Pinch, West Virginia. While being asked to preach made me feel quite nervous because it was something so new, I somehow made it through and asked the Lord that night that if this was truly what He wanted me to do then show me a sign. When the sermon was finished two people accepted Christ, and that was all the sign I needed.
     In my heart to this very day, I still want to lead others to Christ, and more than that, make disciples who will get involved in ministry and lead others to Christ as well.
     Thank you for the opportunity to serve here at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church. As we work together and look to the future, God has great things in store for us. If we are willing to follow God's Spirit in all we do, we will become the beneficiaries of countless blessings.
God Bless!
YOUTH 2019 National Convention
Sixth-12th grade youth and their leaders will gather in Kansas City, Missouri, this Wednesday through next Sunday, to attend the "LOVE WELL" National Gathering of UMC Youth (visit online at Activities will include discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Participants will be given inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ.
       The group will gather around "Heart Verses" Romans 12:9-10: Love others well, and don't hide behind a mask; love authentically. Despise evil; pursue what is good as if your life depends on it. Live in true devotion to one another, loving each other as sisters and brothers. Be first to honor others by putting them first. (The Voice)
Please hold all participants and leaders in prayer during this quadrennial event. The West Virginia delegation, including our folks, leaves for KC this Tuesday evening.
4-Week Summer Small Group Starts 7/10
Join a new, 4-week summer small group starting this Wednesday evening, July 10, at 6:30, and running through July 31.  The title is "Where did I come from? What am I? Where am I going?", based on a painting by Paul Gauguin. We will explore the answers to these questions, comparing and contrasting modern scientific understanding and the Bible. This class will be taught by Chris Clark, in Room 225W (upstairs in the new building).
Operation Christmas Child Workshop
"All Things OCC"
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Kenova Baptist Church in Kenova 
Anyone with an interest in OCC is invited. 
RSVP Beth Sauvageot (304) 542-0601.

-Meet a Full-Circle Speaker - one who received a shoebox gift as a child.  

-Experience a lesson from "The Greatest Journey". This is the disciple-making program offered to children once they receive their shoebox. 

-Be a blessing to others by sharing your ideas and gathering new ways to reach children with the Good News of Jesus Christ through the gift of a simple shoebox.


We Care Ministry Seeking More Teams
The Forrest Burdette "We Care" ministry focuses on monthly lay visitation to our members who are not able to easily leave their homes or care facilities and could use a friendly visit. If you would like to be part of this important ministry, please contact the church office, or talk to one of our pastors.
Name Badges
Help your new pastor get to know you! Order a name badge to wear on Sundays at worship. Each badge costs $5. Click here for the order form, and return it with payment to the church office.
Men's Church League Softball
The 2019 season is in full swing!
Want to play?  Contact Coach J.B. Marinacci, 304-767-1172.  Want to cheer on the team? Catch a game at Valley Park! Here's the schedule:
July 12, 6:00 p.m.
July 16, 8:00 p.m.
July 22, 8:00 p.m.
Shopping Benefits
Shop Amazon - Donate to Children's Outreach Ministries.  By linking your account to our Children's Outreach Ministries (childcare, preschool, & after school programs) through "Amazon Smile", you will be helping COM by simply making your regular purchases. Use this address to sign up:
      Shop Kroger - Donate to the Building Fund.  Register online at to create a Kroger Rewards Account. Enter your Kroger Plus Card number. Enter NPO #86965 (Children's Outreach Ministries) as the organization you support. Or, call 866-221-4141 for set-up help. A percentage of your Kroger purchases will be sent to the Forrest Burdette Building Fund via Children's Outreach Ministries. Renew yearly!
This Week's Birthdays
7/8 -  A.C. Chapman, Mark King, Tim Stinespring
7/9 - Brad Cochran, Sam Holdren, Matthew Sette, Nancy Smith
7/10 - Emily Hanning, Katina Haught, Michelle Holdren, John Martin, Hermitt Stover
7/11 - Quinn Hazelett, Martin Payne, Zack Spurlock, Becky Swisher, Sarah Warner
7/12 - Austin Davis
7/13 - Tyler Akers, Josh Dunlap, Drew McClanahan
7/14 - Steve Cook