This Week
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
C.O.M.: 304-562-9170
Monday, October 12 
11:00 a.m. Jim Fisher Funeral Service
Tuesday, October 13
10:00 a.m. Community Cupboard  
Wednesday, October 14 
10:45 a.m. Midweek Bible Study with Ed Grant in the Sanctuary
Thursday, October 15
6:30 p.m. PipeSounds Board Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Friday, October 16 
10:00 a.m. Community Cupboard
Saturday, October 17
No Activities
Sunday, October 18
20th Sunday after Pentecost
10:30 a.m. Worship (by reservation, or live streamed on Facebook)
6:00 p.m. Worship (by reservation)
6:00 p.m. Youth Night! (middle and high school youth) 


October 12, 2020

Dear Friends In Christ,
     On Wednesday of this week I will be offering in-person Bible study for the first time in several months. We will meet in the Sanctuary where we can spread out and learn from God's Word. Our start time will be 10:45 a.m., and we will be studying I Thessalonians.
     Paul spent far less time in Thessalonica than any other place, yet there were converts among the Jews and the Greeks. Paul wasn't about to leave them helpless in these early days of their faith journey. As a result, he will write two letters to the church at Thessalonica. Join us to see what he had to say.
     I am truly looking forward to this study, and if you feel comfortable in joining me on Wednesday mornings, we will enjoy together these fascinating letters. There's no need to let us know you're coming. See you Wednesday morning!   
God Bless! 
Ed Grant, Senior Pastor 
Sunday Night Uth
October 18th - Outdoor Night for Middle School and High School, 6:00-7:00ish. Meet on side parking lot. Join us as we will be hanging out, talking scripture, and helping out with our Backpack Buddies Program.
October 25th - Halloween Gathering (on Side Parking Lot) - Join us for fellowship and fall fun with Costumes/Food/Fire Pit! (6:00-7:00ish) Plan ahead! 
Donations for Care Packages
Young Adult Care Team Requests Donations
We are asking for your help to collect small treats and items to be included in care packages mailed to college students prior to final exams. Examples of items are gift cards for coffee or food, lip gloss, bath bombs, snacks and candy, and other small pick me up items, to name a few. For more information, contact Jennifer Sette or Jeremy Daniels, or just bring your marked donations to the church office. Donations are being accepted now until Wednesday, October 21. Thank you!
Our FB Blood Drives Need a New Coordinator
We are thankful that Jo Bess served as our blood drive coordinator over the past few years, and now she has retired from this volunteer position. Would you be interested in coordinating our drives? We hold anywhere from 2-5 drives per year. The coordinator is the liaison between the American Red Cross and the church. Before each drive, the coordinator schedules some of the appointments and finds volunteers in the church to help out on the day of the drive. Lastly, the coordinator is available during the drive to help as needed, from the time of set up to clean up (drives are usually scheduled on a weekday, 2:00-7:00 p.m.). If you are interested, please contact the church office. Our next blood drive is October 30.                       
Heart + Hand Hike for Hunger
Thanks everyone for your donations and support of this year's Hike for Hunger! The Little Free Library we donated has been installed outside the Heart + Hand Thrift Store, so we made sure to show it to you in this photo, along with our Forrest Burdette hiking team. 
Backpack Buddies Packing Volunteers!
With the school year having started, we are again serving our neighbors through our Backpack Buddy Ministry. Please consider signing up for weekly packing for our 3 schools. You can find the online sign up sheet by clicking here. Thank you to those who have signed up. 
     Through generous donations during the Covid-19 Crisis, we've been able to help stock up on our normal items for packing, but we always welcome any donations during the week and on Sundays before or after our live worship service at 10:30 a.m. This school year may prove to be the most needed year for this ministry, and we can always use your help and support, both financial and prayerful.
Missed Anniversaries
Apologies from the Office for leaving out of the Visions newsletter two recent wedding anniversaries. We're celebrating (late) with you!
September 14: Don & Jane Held Collins (1 year!) 
October 3: Danny & Sandra Simms (45 years!)                                
On Hold: Cardboard Box Donations
Many of you are generous in donating your empty food boxes for Haiti missions, but since there aren't any trips planned at this time, we're going to hold off on collecting these boxes here at the church. Stay tuned for when they are needed in the future!        
Operation Christmas Child
The need to send a shoebox gift to a girl or boy is greater than ever. Many people are going without essential needs. Due to COVID restrictions, we encourage you to send your box (or several boxes) online this year.  
Click here: Building online is very quick and easy to use.  $25 includes contents and shipping. An additional $6 to add The Greatest Journey Discipleship 22 lesson Training, which multiplies the number who hear the Gospel. Another plus to personalize your gift is to write your letter and send a photo online. Pray for the child receiving your box. For those making a donation to OCC, a box will be built online for you by Beth Sauvageot. The amount sent can be noted on your church envelope.
     The traditional option to pack your box is also available again this year. "To go" boxes and OCC information are available in the narthex.
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,  
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.  
Volunteers Needed for Quilting
The construction of baby quilts and Christmas Family quilts (Young At Heart Quilters and the Ruth Byrd Circle) has safely resumed on Tuesday mornings. If you are able to help with tacking and binding the quilts, please contact Karen Lilly at 304-562-9241. Thank you!  
Remember the Cupboard
The Christian Community Cupboard continues to serve our community. Please remember them when shopping. Especially needed from Forrest Burdette are canned peas and canned carrots.   
Would you like a set of offering envelopes?
Please contact the church office if you would like us to prepare a set of undated offering envelopes for your household (304-562-5903, or We will mail the set to you.        
Visit Our YouTube Channel  
Our FBKids and FBUth Ministries have continued 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's Birthdays
10/12 - Brian Faulknier, Reg Hart
10/13 - Matthew Brown, Garrett Dilley
10/14 - Richard Lane, Molly Pauley, J.D. Philyaw, Mike Richardson, Aaron Vickers
10/15 - Andrew Dean, Kathy James, Alyssa Marinacci
10/16 - Jane Held Collins, Maurice DeLung, Meredith Greene, Olivia Keen, Debbie Romine, Cindy Woodworth
10/17 - Meg Barker, Ginny Cunningham, Jack Sturgeon
10/18 - JoAnn Kennedy, Joe McMillion, Cheryl Riedel, Jan Rowsey, Amber Vickers, Courtney Young