Safety First!



The Pender Trustees are establishing a Security Committee to ensure the church facilities and those using the church are safe. If you are interested in participating or simply have inputs or ideas, contact Brian Shaub by clicking on this link, or come to our first open meeting on Saturday, July 11th, at 10 am at Pender.

Brian Shaub & Tom McDonald will present their approach and purpose, take inputs and establish a small committee.

We can really use those who are knowledgeable and experienced in physical and personnel security!

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Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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Curious about the Virginia Conference last month?

Watch this video to experience the 233rd Virginia Annual Conference held June 19-21 in the Berglund Center in Roanoke. Attendees elected 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates and voted to petition General Conference to remove the “incompatibility” statement from the Book of Discipline. You can also view highlights of the memorial service, ordination, mission worship service, Imagine No Malaria report, “fixing” of clergy appointments and more.

Pastor Dan was definitely there!

Dan at Conference


From Chuck Knows Church: An Annual Conference is a regional body that governs much of the life of the “Connectional Church.” Sound confusing? We agree. Chuck will try to make sense of “Annual Conferences” when he makes a conference call.


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Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Chuck Knows Church, Pender UMC, Videos


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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Isaiah 12:4


Today’s Bible Verse

“In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” –Isaiah 12:4

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Today, Sunday, July 5 at Pender UMC


Pastor Dan Elmore is back with us.  Dan became our Associate Pastor, again, in 2015 after serving here previously 2010-2012.

During the time in between, he started a church from scratch, and then helped another existing congregation reach out to new people, especially those who don’t “do church.” He brings those same goals to Pender.

He is passionate about leading people to discover more about God. In doing so, we always discover more about ourselves (funny how it never works the other way around).

When Dan isn’t thinking “church,” he’s enjoying time with his family; his beautiful wife Bekah, his daughter Chloe and his son Mark. They love to take advantage of all the great family activities in the NOVA/DC region.
Twitter: @revdanelmore

Please join us this Sunday, July 5, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

Pastor Dan Elmore will be preaching at all three services.

Title: “Don’t Believe Me, Just Watch”
Scripture: Proverbs 16:9
Description: When Pastor Dan left 3 years ago, little did he know he’d be returning to serve at Pender again! Join us as he shares about what he’s been up to and where he senses God leading into the future.

Listen to 224 past sermons by Pastors Kenny Newsome, Kevin Havens and Dan Elmore and others in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also on Sunday:

  • July 5: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • July 5: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • July 5: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Body Soap, Shampoo & Deodorant
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!

    Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.

  • July 5: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 224 sermons available.  More information
  • July 5: Philippi West Virginia mission trip permissions forms. More information
  • July 5: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • July 5: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • July 5: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • July 5: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • July 5: NO Children’s Sunday School Classes.
  • July 5: NO Junior Church during the summer.
  • July 5: New Directions Sunday School Class. We will study the book entitled “The Holy Spirit – An Introduction” by John Bevere. We meet in Rooms 218-220 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • July 5: Sunday School II for adults. New Study: The Good and Beautiful Community  10:45 am-noon
  • July 5: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • July 5: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Psalm 33:12


Today’s Bible Verse

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” –Psalm 33:12



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Happy Fourth of July!



Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and “Dixie” in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.

A bit of audio for your listening pleasure, as played by Vladimir Horowitz…


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July 5th & July 12th are “Connection Card Sundays!”



The word “Connection” means “to come together / be involved with.” The Connection Card is used to help the Pender family stay connected. These are very important communication tools. You’ll find them in the bulletins each Sunday.

It’s important that you fill out your Connection Cards each week so that:

    • You can let us know you are here!
    • You can be welcomed!
    • You can be cared for if you’re in need
    • You can give or update your contact information
    • You can express interest in Pender’s ministries
    • You can send prayer requests to our prayer team
    • You can sign up for events, etc. etc. etc.
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Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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