This Week at
Forrest Burdette
Memorial UMC
2848 Putnam Avenue
Hurricane WV 25526
Monday, August 6
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking   
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Byrd Hall
6:00 p.m. Emmaus Men's Group -110
6:00 p.m. Emmaus Women's Reunion -Little Narthex
6:30 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 236 -Scout Hut
7:00 p.m. Trustees -201
8:00 p.m. AA -308
Tuesday, August 7
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking
10:00 a.m. Community Cupboard
6:30 p.m. Hooks & Needles -Joan Mullins' Home
6:30 p.m. AAU 5th Grade BBall -Gym
7:00 p.m. UMW -110/Parlor
8:00 p.m. Men's Softball -Valley Park
Wednesday, August 8
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Byrd Hall
12:00 p.m. We Care -111
6:30 p.m. Delph Small Group -201
6:30 p.m. Gatewood Small Group -Chapel
7:00 p.m. Praise Band -Sanctuary
Thursday, August 9
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking
8:00 a.m. TOPS 0530 -Byrd Hall
6:30 p.m. Dances Choice -FH
7:00 p.m. Middle School League Basketball -Gym
Friday, August 10
8-9:00 a.m. Open Gym for Walking
9:30 a.m. Preventicare -Byrd Hall
10:00 a.m. Community Cupboard
6:30 p.m. AAU Girls 7yo BBall -Gym
FBUth Camping Weekend
Saturday, August 11
7:30 a.m. Emmaus Prayer Group -110
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Citywide Yard Sale & UMW Hot Dog Sale/Country Store
5:00 p.m. Baby Shower (Cartwright) -FH
Sunday, August 12
Meeting the Disciples Summer Sermon Series
8:30 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
6:00 p.m. Men's Group -111
6:00 p.m. Worship -Chapel
7:00 p.m. Church Council -FH
Upcoming Events
August 15: Back to School Bash, 5:30-7:00 p.m.  


 August 6, 2018

     Yesterday was my 67th birthday and the 19th anniversary of my first day at Forrest Burdette. It was fitting to celebrate that date in church! Looking back at that time in my life causes me to realize all the blessings I would have missed had I not answered the call to come here. I had been serving at Epworth United Methodist Church in Ripley, my hometown, and was enjoying a success with the music ministry there as well as a sought-after private piano studio. The people there were appreciative and loving, and I felt the same way about them. However, as it has been with every job I've ever had, the position came looking for me. I must admit it felt like a leap of faith to move here for a church position as music positions are not usually known for longevity except in exceptional cases.
     Because I answered this call I have come into contact with countless wonderful people both here in the valley and in Charleston and Huntington. I have also had wonderful experiences in two other churches in these past nineteen years. I have been privileged to give two solo concerts on the Harrah Symphonic Organ as well as performing two piano concerts jointly with well-known organists. My growth, both as a person and a musician, have blossomed as a result of my decision to follow God here.
     When I came here in 1999 I was in a struggling marriage which eventually failed. It was an interesting time of birth and death. Although I presumed I would never marry again, I married a Forrest Burdette girl! Donna was on staff when I started here, but soon after she resigned and for a while attended church elsewhere. God led her back to Forrest Burdette, and in the fall of 2002 she indicated a desire to play in the church orchestra. Before I knew it we were making music together in the orchestra and fell in love. We were privileged to do two mission trips to Russia with Volunteers in Mission and as a result decided to adopt. Today we have a beautiful son, Christian, who will be twelve this Friday. We brought him home from his native Guatemala to the the U. S. when he was five months old.
     So maybe yesterday was really Thanksgiving Day for me!
Mike Barnhouse
With Sympathy
Christian sympathy is extended to Joan Henson upon the death of her husband Dr. Sam Henson, on Saturday, August 4. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
We Care Meets This Wednesday
The August We Care meeting will be held this Wednesday, August 8, at noon.
Citywide Yard Sale: August 11, 2018
Spaces are available ($10.00) for residents, residing outside the city limits, to set up for the Annual Citywide Yard Sale in the Forrest Burdette north Parking Lot, on Saturday, August 11. Vehicle parking will be in the Community Cupboard lot and west of the church.   Call 304-562-2053 to make a reservation!
     On the sale day, the United Methodist Women will have the "famous" UMW Hot Dogs (beginning at 8:00 a.m.), drinks, sweets, and other items on sale inside the church. The Official Yard Sale time will be 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Donations for the Country Store will be greatly appreciated.  Please bring to the church on Friday!
Blessing of the School Backpacks
Students, start the new school year off with a blessing!  Bring your backpacks to church this Sunday, August 12, for the Blessing of the School Backpacks.
School Supplies Collection
We are now collecting school supplies for local, elementary aged children.  A bin for supplies is located by the C.O.O.L. Kids table in the Narthex.  Please consider adding some extra items to your back-to-school shopping list:
Backpack, #2 pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, scissors, glue sticks, crayons, highlighters, 12-inch ruler, wide ruled 1-subject notebooks, composition notebook, wide ruled loose leaf paper, folders, pencil box or pouch, pens, colored pencils, markers, watercolor paint, flash drive, ear buds.  Thank you!
Prayer Walk
Please mark your calendars for a Prayer Walk for our BackPack Buddy Schools. This will take place on Saturday, August 18 at 8:30 a.m. We will meet at the church and then go to Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane Town Elementary School, and Culloden Elementary School.
Ice Cream & Bocce at the Parsonage
You're invited to Ellis & Julie Conley's for Ice Cream & Bocce (110 Mulberry Drive, Hurricane)

-Middle School Students (including rising 6th graders): Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.

-High School Students (including rising 9th graders): Sunday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.

You're Invited to a Baby Shower!
Join us Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Fellowship Hall, for a Baby Shower to honor Katie Cook GilesBaby Girl Giles' expected arrival is October 24. Grandpa & Grandma Cook (Steve & Rosemary) can hardly wait!  RSPV: Allison, 304-521-3361 or Rosemary, 304-634-5315.  Gift Registry at
Men's Softball
If you're interested in playing on the Forrest Burdette team, contact J.B. Marinacci, 304-767-1172. Games are played at the Valley Park fields. 
This Week's Birthdays
8/6 -  Jimmy Conaway, Ali Fenerty, Dan Kennedy, Kinley Ogle, Mike Richmond
8/7 - Andrew Johnson, J.B. Marinacci, Meagen Young
8/8 -  Robbie Armstrong, Beth Sauvageot, Don Smith
8/10 -  Katie Jo Andrews, Christian Barnhouse, Terry Mills, Frank Mynes, Andrew Pannell, Randall Tidd
8/11  - Chantil Foster, Taylor Riedel
8/12 -  Bill Romine, Cindy Stickler
Coming Up This Sunday
Meeting the Disciples Sermon Series Continues
Blessing of the School Backpacks