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

Monday, January 21
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Church Office is Closed
COM Programs are Open
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
No Preventicare today
No Boy Scouts tonight
No Cub Scouts tonight
8:00 p.m.  AA -308
8:00 p.m.  Putnam Storm Lacrosse -Gym
Tuesday, January 22
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
6:00 p.m.  Hurricane Amateur Basketball League -Gym
7:00 p.m.  Civic Chorus -Sanctuary
Wednesday, January 23
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -Byrd Hall
10:45 a.m.  Midweek Bible Study -207
2:30 p.m.  Hooks & Needles -J. Mullins home
5:15 p.m.  Fellowship Dinner -FH
6:30 p.m.  Small Groups
  Clark: Room 225W, upstairs
  Conley: Room 207, upstairs
  Cunningham: Rm 211, upstairs
  Delph: Room 219, upstairs
  Gatewood: Chapel
6:30 p.m.  Uth -111/Gym
6:30 p.m.  C.O.O.L. Kids -Sanctuary
7:30 p.m.  Praise Band -Sanctuary
8:00 p.m.  Putnam Storm Lacrosse -Gym
Thursday, January 24
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.  Scouting Recruitment -FH
6:30 p.m.  Dances Choice -Byrd Hall
7:00 p.m.  Choir Practice -Sanctuary
Friday, January 25
8-9:00 a.m.  Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m.  Preventicare -Byrd Hall
10:00 a.m. C ommunity Cupboard
12:00 p.m.  Youth & Leaders leave for Winter Retreat: Resurrection 2019, Pigeon Forge TN
6:30 p.m.  Basketball (Thompson) - Gym
Saturday, January 26
7:30 a.m.  Emmaus Prayer Group - 110
10:00 a.m.  Basketball (Stout) -Gym
Sunday, January 27
I Corinthians 12:12-31a
"Diversity: the Gift of the Spirit"
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
7:00 p.m.  Adult Basketball -Gym
Upcoming Events
1/25-27: Uth & Young Adult Winter Retreat, Resurrection 2019, Pigeon Forge, TN
2/1: ARC Blood Drive, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
2/3: Confirmation Class begins, 4:00 p.m.


 January 22, 2019

      Many of you have a spirit of anxiety about the future of Forrest Burdette. Some is related to the upcoming General Conference concerning differing understanding of human sexuality that have threatened to split the denomination. More of you are anxious about who the next senior pastor will be and the process moving forward. All 12 members of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee (Reg Hart, chair) met with Dr. Frank Shomo, the Midland South District Superintendent, last Thursday. A profile of the church was developed which included church ministries, pastoral needs, the Hurricane community, as well as opportunities and challenges moving forward. Dr. Shomo will share that profile with the Bishop and eight other District Superintendents, and after much prayer and discernment will determine the right person to be appointed to Forrest Burdette. (As UM pastors we are appointed to a congregation/s not hired by the church.) I was a part of that process for 5 years as a District Superintendent, and know how seriously the Bishop and Cabinet take this work. You can rest assured that an effective, faithful pastor will be appointed here. You have trusted the process in the past; you can trust it now. When the appointment has been determined it will be shared with the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and then with the congregation. As Jesus spoke to his disciples, "Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid" might be good words for you to remember during these times of transition.
Grace & freedom,
Upcoming Meeting of the Church
On Sunday afternoon, February 3, 2-4 p.m., you are invited to attend a gathering in the Fellowship Hall concerning the upcoming Special General Conference in February concerning the church's understanding of human sexuality.  Ellis will present a short overview, basis for perceived differences, our United Methodist polity, and how any changes might effect Forrest Burdette.  You will be home before the Super Bowl begins!
Wednesday Night Live
Be a part of a Wednesday evening small group! Groups begin at 6:30 p.m.
Chris Clark- -"The Foundations of Our Faith: A Study in the Book of Hebrews", Room 225W, upstairs
Ellis Conley--"The Gospel of Matthew", Room 207, upstairs
Debby Cunningham --"Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet", Room 211, upstairs
Ron Delph --"Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God", Room 219, upstairs
Don Gatewood --"The Book of Romans", Chapel
Uth --Middle & High School (6-12th grades), Room 111
C.O.O.L. Kids --age 2 through 5th graders, Sanctuary; nursery provided for those under 2 yrs.
Fellowship dinner is served from 5:15-6:00 p.m. Reservations may be made by signing up at the Connection Center or by calling the church office (304-562-5903).  Reservations are appreciated but not necessary.  Adults $6, Children (under 12) $5; no family pays more than $20.  This week's menu: spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and dessert.
Prayers for Resurrection 2019
We have 17 youth and adults heading out this Friday at noon, to attend our annual Winter Retreat in Pigeon Forge, TN: Resurrection 2019.  Please keep this group in your prayers as they travel and discover more about their faith: Molly Backus, Jimmy Conaway, Pastor Jeremy Daniels (and family), Davey Freeman, Tori Green, Lauren Milton, Abby Mills, Stephanie Mills, Dakota Rice, Harlee Rice, Heidi Rice, Jeramy Rice, Tristan Rice, Jennifer Sette, Matthew Sette, Hannah Spiker, and Anastasia Totten.
Confirmation Classes
Sixth graders and above who are not yet members of the church are invited to our annual Confirmation classes, Sunday afternoons, 4:00-5:30 p.m., February 3 through April 7 (no class March 31). Confirmation service will be held on Palm Sunday, April 14, for those who complete the course. To sign up, call Karen in the church office, 304-562-5903.
Donations for Surgery Mission Trip
Annette Cartwright and Kirstyn Bess will be participating in a surgery mission trip to Haiti, leaving February 9.  They are looking for "good used" twin sheets to be used on O.R. tables and recovery beds and "NEW" ladies underwear (in a variety of sizes).  These items are being collected now through January 27, in a basket in the Narthex.  Many thanks!
Souper Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl LIII will be a battle between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, and it's time to bring in cans of soup to "vote" for your favorite team!  The big game is on Sunday, February 3, so bring your soup to the front of the Sanctuary, and place it in front of the sign for the team you hope will win.  Soup will be donated to the Community Cupboard.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, February 1, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Forrest Burdette Fellowship Hall
To donate blood and/or to donate your time, please call Coordinator Jo Bess  (304-545-0096).
Children's Ministry Work Day
Saturday, February 9th, at 9:00 a.m.
Calling helping hands to clean out and fix up Byrd Hall!  We need people to help clean out the closets in Byrd Hall and carry things up from our current closet in the basement.  There are a couple walls to be painted and bulletin boards to be hung up, all so the room can function as the hub for our Children and Family Ministries.
2019 Upper Room Disciplines
The 2019 Upper Room daily devotional guide is available at the Connection Center for $5 (originally sold for $12). Stop by to look at one of the books, and s tart the new year with a new daily habit!

PipeSounds CDs for Sale
Rodney Barbour recently recorded a CD in conjunction with PipeSounds called "Repeat the Sounding Joy", filled with holiday classics on the Harrah Symphonic Organ.  This CD is available to purchase in the church office, Monday-Friday.  $15 each, 2 for $25, or 5 for $50. 
This Week's Birthdays
1/21 -  Tammy Lawhon, Margaret Logan
1/22 - Katy Limanen
1/23 - Laura Harrison, Joann Walker
1/24 - Kevin Mullins, Olivia Newhouse, Gerry Simmons
1/25 - Lola Vance
1/26 - John Bowie, Mandy Crawford, Don Jacobs, Scott Riedel, Dan Russell, Andy Wendel
1/27 -  David McBrayer, John Neville, Laura Stewart, Hunter Vance
Coming Up This Sunday
January 27, 2018
I Corinthians 12:12-31a    "Diversity: the Gift of the Spirit"