This Week at
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
C.O.M.: 304-562-9170

Monday, March 4
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
7:00 p.m.  Cub Scout Pack 236 -Basement
8:00 p.m.  AA -308
Tuesday, March 5
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Quilters -Byrd Hall
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
6:00 p.m.  Hurricane Amateur Basketball League -Gym
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts 8317 -Byrd Hall
6:30 p.m.  Daisies (S. Flick) -111
7:00 p.m.  UMW -110/Parlor
7:00 p.m.  Civic Chorus -Sanctuary
Wednesday, March 6
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -Byrd Hall
No Midweek Morning Bible Study today
12:00 p.m.  We Care -201
2:30 p.m.  Hooks & Needles -J. Mullins home
No Fellowship Dinner, Small Groups, Uth, or C.O.O.L. Kids
7:00 p.m.  Ash Wednesday Worship
Thursday, March 7
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
8:00 a.m.  TOPS 0530 -Byrd Hall
9:30 a.m.  Circle of Friends -211
6:00 p.m.  Hurricane Amateur Basketball League -Gym
6:30 p.m.  Scouts BSA Trp 360 -Scout Hut
6:30 p.m.  Dances Choice -Byrd Hall
7:00 p.m.  Choir Practice -Sanctuary
Friday, March 8
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -Byrd Hall
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
6:30 p.m.  Basketball (Thompson) - Gym
Saturday, March 9
7:30 a.m.  Emmaus Prayer Group - 110
2:00 p.m.  Girl Scouts World Thinking Day -Gym
Sunday, March 10
Daylight Saving Time begins
First Sunday in Lent
Girl Scout Sunday
Luke 4:1-13
"Three Things Jesus Lost in the Wilderness"
8:30 a.m.  Worship
9:45 a.m.  Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship
4:00 p.m.  Confirmation -111
5:00 p.m.  Handbell Practice -Choir Rm
6:00 p.m.  Men's Group -111
6:00 p.m.  Worship -Chapel
7:00 p.m.  Adult Basketball -Gym


 March 4, 2019

Ash Wednesday Worship Service
March 6, 7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation before Easter. We'll begin our journey with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.
I  was grateful to know that many of you were praying for me as I  headed to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. The Gene ral Conference is the highest legislative body in the church. Only the GC can make changes to the Book of Discipline and  speak officially for the denomination. Bishops have no vote. Let me share a quick summary.
    By a 438-384 vote, the General Conference passed the "Traditional Plan". The existing language of the Discipline does not change affirming, "all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. God's grace is available to all. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons." All persons are entitled to human and civil rights and to be protected against violence.  Marriage is defined as a covenant between a man and a woman. Pastors are prohibited from celebrating homosexual marriages, and they shall not be conducted in our churches. Self-avowed practicing homosexuals may not be candidates, ordained, or appointed in ministry. The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
     The whole of the "Traditional Plan" will be reviewed by the Judicial Council in April to be sure all parts that were added concerning Conference Boards of Ordained Ministry, resolutions of complaints against clergy, minimum penalties, and church exit plansare in line with the United Methodist Constitution.
     None of the legislation passed requires any action or vote by a local congregation or annual conference.
     Just as this legislative body was not of one mind concerning LBGTQ persons, so it is in most of our UM congregations, as it is here. My prayer is that although we may disagree on this one issue, we can still worship, pray, and work together seeking unity in Christ.
Grace & freedom,

Lenten Purple Bows
Be sure to take home a purple bow to hang from your lamppost, mailbox, or door to designate your home as a part of the Forrest Burdette family during Lent (March 6-April 20).
Lenten Study Booklets
Our Conference Office of Connectional Ministries has produced a new FREE 6-week study for use during Lent and beyond.  This study is Written by Rev. Jonathan Dierdorf (Rainelle & Bascom UMCs, Greenbrier District) with weekly reflections from WVUMC Director of Discipleship, Leadership and Congregational Vitality Ken Willard, "Seeds of Hope: Where Faithfulness Grows" is a 6-week study which includes scripture, commentary, stories, and personal witness to help spark conversations and encourage growth in discipleship. If you are interested in this study, feel free to take a copy at the Connection Center.
Wednesday Night Live
Just a reminder that our regular Wednesday evening programming will not be held this week due to our Ash Wednesday worship service at 7:00 p.m.  This includes the fellowship dinner, small groups, Uth, and C.O.O.L. Kids. The Wednesday morning midweek Bible study will not be held either.  All programming resumes next week.
Pigment of My Imagination Classes
Julie Conley is offering painting classes on Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and Monday evening, March 11, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., both in the Fellowship Hall. Come and paint this beautiful bird's nest!  Cost: $20, with proceeds going to the building fund. Please sign up at the Connection Center. No talent required!  
Cub Scout Pancake Breakfast
Support our Cub Scout Pack 236 at their annual Pancake Breakfast, this  Saturday, March 9. The Cubs will be serving pancakes, 8:00-10:00 a.m., at the Teays Valley Applebee's, $5 per person. Tickets are available at the door.
PipeSounds Presents...
A Silent Movie Classic
"The Phantom of the Opera"
With Guest Organist Todd Wilson on the Harrah Symphonic Organ
Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 (students are free)
John Marra's Famous Spaghetti Dinner
This year's Stewards of Fellowship Spaghetti Dinner will be held Sunday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Featured again will be John Marra's famous Italian flare of family handed-down spaghetti sauce, meatball, and salad dressing recipes. Along with the main meal, come enjoy fresh, delicious Italian garlic bread from a Clarksburg Italian bakery and a traditional Italian dessert of spumoni ice cream. New this year, you can try Oliverio's Italian Restaurant of Bridgeport's own "dipping oil" delight. Meals are $12 for adults, $6 for children, and no immediate family pays more than $30 total. Tickets are for sale on Sundays in the Narthex. All proceeds go to supporting Uth mission trips.
Please Vote!
Friends, I belong to a group of pianists called Enlightened Piano Radio. Every year the group honors members with an Awards Concert. I'm eligible for a nomination based on votes from friends & fans. If you have a minute, please send an email nominating me to . All you have to write is, "I would like to nominate Marshall Barnhouse for Best Solo Piano Album for his album 'Awakened'" . One vote per person. Thanks so much! 
-Mike Barnhouse
Spring & Summer Trip Deadlines
Our Team Effort Mission Trip to Virginia Beach is July 21-27! Sign ups are due by March 17 . A $100 deposit is due at the time of sign ups. Adults who want to go as a chaperone and helper please see Pastor Jeremy ASAP!
      Youth 2019  sign ups are due March 17 . A $100 deposit will guarantee you a spot on this wonderful, quadrennial trip to Kansas City, Missouri, July 9-14 . Join us as we gather and worship with UMC youth from all over the United States! We will caravan with other WV UMC youth via charter buses.
     More information on our Roller Coaster-A-Thon trip (May 24-26) will be available soon!
      A meeting for all Spring and Summer trips will be held on March 24, at 6 p.m.
UMW Spring Crafts & Book Festival
Applications for the UMW Spring Crafts & Book Festival are available at the Connection Center, or click here to print an application. This year's festival is on Saturday, April 13. Crafters and vendors welcome!
Children's Outreach Ministries is Hiring...
... for substitutes, an after school position, and for our summer program staff.  Let us know of anyone who meets the following expectations:
  • Position requires flexible schedule, with range of availability from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
  • Will be required to be engaged with children in a play-based learning environment
  • Must be flexible and willing to work within any age group of children
  • Must pass a national background check
  • Preference will be given to those who have previous experience working in a licensed child care setting
  • Must provide previous employers as references
  • Must be at least 18 years old
Amazon Smile for COM
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:
This Week's Birthdays
3/4 -  Bridget Bradley, Jim Cunningham
3/5 - Jennifer Billups, John Clark, Darren Fearing, Terry Hanning, Alexandria Hinshaw, Alicia Hinshaw, Bob Roberts, Greenlee Williams
3/6 - Tene Barcroft, Josh Imhoff, Tim Landin, Toni Soto
3/7 - Candy Call, Jeff Harbour, Jennifer Marinacci
3/8 - Joe Bailey, Carrie Parsons, Mark Peterson, Jan Ramey, Sheila Treadway
3/9 - Faye Brinkman, Alan Carlstrom, Jill Gilbert, Sam Holdren, Cameron Kimble, Cathy McClanahan
3/10 - Terry Floyd, Scott Ramey, Tim Stanley
Coming Up This Sunday
March 10, 2019
Daylight Saving Time begins
First Sunday in Lent,  Girl Scout Sunday
Luke 4:1-13,  "Three Things Jesus Lost in the Wilderness"