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Sunday, March 29, at Pender UMC ~ Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week of the church year. At the other end of Holy Week is Easter, the most important day of the church year.

For Christians, this is the big event! And it’s all about the mystery that somehow Jesus Christ makes us one with God.

The days leading up to Easter often have an understandably somber feel to them, particularly as we contemplate Jesus’ arrest, trial, and execution. It’s easy to forget that the week begins with a joyful event: the Triumphal Entry!

Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we commemorate Jesus’ celebrated entry into Jerusalem just a few days before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

The “palm” in Palm Sunday refers to the palm branches waved by the adoring Jerusalem crowds who welcomed Jesus and proclaimed him King. The event is commonly referred to as the Triumphal Entry. Here’s the account from Matthew 21:1-11:

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,

‘See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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Chuck Knows Church — Palm Sunday. Have you ever waved a palm branch in a worship service? If so, do you know why? Chuckle along and learn about Palm Sunday with Chuck

 

March 29 at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am – PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – Green and Dry Trees – Luke 23:26-31

            This Sunday we look at the cross and its meaning.  The tree had been cut down and was dead when they chose it for a cross.  So what is this about a green tree?  Let’s see the life that is in the Cross!

For more information about our upcoming sermons, click here.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also Sunday:

  • March 29: Palm Sunday – Holy Week Begins More information
  • March 29: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • March 29: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • March 29: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Canned Fruit & Fruit Juice
    • 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.

  • March 29: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 206 sermons available.  More information
  • March 29-April 15: Sign up for Mulch, delivered by the Pender Men. More information
  • March 29: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • March 29: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • March 29: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • March 29: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • March 29: New Directions Sunday School Class. Mark Batterson’s book entitled “The Circle Maker – Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears”. 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.
  • March 29: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) This Focus on the Family’s DVD series, with 26 one-half hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett, is the starting point for looking at life from a Biblical perspective. lesson discusses the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
  • March 29: Sunday School Class: The Good and Beautiful God (began September 21) (Room 205 – Library) A new Sunday School course immediately after the 9:30 am worship service led by Brian and Angie Green will be reading and discussing this book. To sign up or find out more information, please sign up on the Connection Card in the bulletin on Sunday.
  • March 29: Sunday School II for adults.  10:45 am-noon
  • March 29: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • March 29: Youth Confirmation Classes
  • March 29: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Today at Pender UMC ~ March 22, 2015

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Please join us this Sunday, March 22, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

SERIES FOR LENT;  LIVING THE HARD SAYINGS OF JESUS

March 22 –

8:15 and 11:00 am: Be Perfect – You’re kidding Right!Matthew 5:43-48

            Be perfect!  No way that’s gonna happen in my life is it?  Is it impossible or just improbable because we aren’t willing to strive for perfection.  If Jesus lives in us to say perfection in us is impossible means Jesus lied.  Let’s see how its done!

9:30 am:  Seeking Perfection, Embracing Love – 1 John 4:7-21 

For more information about our upcoming sermons, click here.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also Sunday:

  • March 22: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • March 22: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • March 22: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Canned Fruit & Fruit Juice

    • 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.

  • March 22: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 204 sermons available.  More information
  • March 22-March 23: Sign up for the Easter Story Time & Egg Hunt. More information
  • March 22-April 15: Sign up for Mulch, delivered by the Pender Men. More information
  • March 22: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • March 22: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • March 22: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • March 22: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • March 22: New Directions Sunday School Class. Mark Batterson’s book entitled “The Circle Maker – Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears”. 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.
  • March 22: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) This Focus on the Family’s DVD series, with 26 one-half hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett, is the starting point for looking at life from a Biblical perspective. lesson discusses the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
  • March 22: Sunday School Class: The Good and Beautiful God (began September 21) (Room 205 – Library) A new Sunday School course immediately after the 9:30 am worship service led by Brian and Angie Green will be reading and discussing this book. To sign up or find out more information, please sign up on the Connection Card in the bulletin on Sunday.
  • March 22: Sunday School II for adults.  10:45 am-noon
  • March 22: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • March 22: Youth Confirmation Classes begin
  • March 22: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Help Decorate Our Easter Altar!

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Order a plant for Easter in memory or in honor of a loved one. Plants are yours to take after the 11:00 Service on Easter. Order forms are available at the Sign Up Center in the Narthex (payment is requested with order). Deadline to order is March 22nd.

The following plants are available for purchase:

  • Tulips – $11
  • Geraniums – $6
  • Azaleas – $16.75
  • Hydrangeas – $16.75
 

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Holy Week at Pender: March 29-April 5, 2015

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week of the church year. At the other end of Holy Week is Easter, the most important day of the church year.

For Christians, this is the big event! And it’s all about the mystery that somehow Jesus Christ makes us one with God.

March 29 – PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – Green and Dry Trees – Luke 23:26-31

            This Sunday we look at the cross and its meaning.  The tree had been cut down and was dead when they chose it for a cross.  So what is this about a green tree?  Let’s see the life that is in the Cross!

Monday, March 30 – Kids’ Easter Event.  More information and signup

Thursday, April 2 – Holy Thursday Service

Friday, April 3 – Good Friday Service

Lenten Cantata ~ “In My Place” presented by the Pender Sanctuary Choir. 

Sunday, April 5 – Easter – We All Gonna Rise – I Corinthians 15:20-28 ; Mark 16:1-8

            Easter isn’t just a celebration.  It’s a reminder of a coming action.  Because Christ was raised you and me are gonna be raised.  That’s right Easter isn’t just Christ’s story its also OUR story!  Let’s celebrate this Sunday!

  • Sunrise Service
  • Easter Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Traditional Service with Hallelujah Chorus and brass ensemble
  • 9:30 am Contemporary Service
  • 9:30 am Traditional Service with Hallelujah Chorus and brass ensemble
  • 11:00 am Traditional Service with Hallelujah Chorus and brass ensemble
  • Easter plants are yours to take after the last service


What do you mean by Traditional-Blended or Contemporary worship?

We understand that people have different styles for connecting with God in a meaningful and personal way. Pender offers two styles: Traditional-Blended and Contemporary. You will discover the people who attend these worship services are varied in age. 

Traditional-Blended is largely traditional in flavor from a wonderful organ and beautiful hymns, choral, orchestra, children’s or bell music and traditional surroundings in our main sanctuary. Mrs. Theresa Carpenter leads the choir, and several servant volunteers are involved. During these services there is a time for the children on the altar steps at the front, and all children are invited to enjoy!

Contemporary worship is led by our praise band in a rock-and-roll style with many contemporary Christian songs that you might hear on the radio.  Rev. Kevin Havens delivers the message, often enhanced with video or drama.  Our contemporary worship services are more casual in nature, so wear your jeans or shorts if you want to, RevKev does!

Come for this Easter’s Traditional Worship to experience special music (Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus) and a special message brought by Pastor Kenny. 

Come for this Easter’s Contemporary Worship to experience great rock-style music and a special message brought by Pastor Kevin.  Our contemporary worship service is called “Common Ground” and is offered at 9:30 every Sunday, including Easter!

All of our worship is Christ-centered, Biblically-minded and relevant to life today. Pender UMC desires that you feel God’s Spirit nurturing you and that in worship you experience the very real presence of Christ with us. May you be blessed by God as you gather with us.

Where do I enter the building?

First, we want you to know that our church has worked hard to create a building with access for all. Whether you find yourself in a wheelchair or carting babies in a buggy, you’ll find automatically opening doors and large entrances.

As you enter the parking lot, you will notice two doors, both under porticos so that you may get out of the rain if it is wet. To enter through the main sanctuary entrance doors, simply look for the semi-circular driveway.

If instead you enter the sliding glass doors entrance, make a left into the hallway to the end where you will notice the welcome area on your left.

What do my children do?

We invite older children (3rd grade and up) to become fully involved in worship. At the back of the sanctuary are “children’s bulletins” and supplies like crayons.

Our younger children have the option of remaining with their family or being cared for by our wonderful nursery and childcare staff. Childcare is available for children ages birth through 2nd grade in the lower level of our building. Ask an Usher to help you find where to take your children!

Where do I park?

We attempt to have plenty of parking on Easter morning for our guests. However, we suggest you plan to arrive early, and if parking is full on our lot, there is parking on the street. 

What if I need further information?

Our friendly volunteers and staff will welcome your questions! Please call our church office at 703-278-8023 between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Once at Pender, ask any friendly face for help! We are here to assist you.

 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Pender UMC

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Please join us this Sunday, March 22, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

SERIES FOR LENT;  LIVING THE HARD SAYINGS OF JESUS

March 22 – Be Perfect – You’re kidding Right! – Matthew 5:43-48

            Be perfect!  No way that’s gonna happen in my life is it?  Is it impossible or just improbable because we aren’t willing to strive for perfection.  If Jesus lives in us to say perfection in us is impossible means Jesus lied.  Let’s see how its done!

For more information about our upcoming sermons, click here.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also Sunday:

  • March 22: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • March 22: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • March 22: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Hamburger Helper & Chunky Soups
    • 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.

  • March 22: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 204 sermons available.  More information
  • March 22-March 23: Sign up for the Easter Story Time & Egg Hunt. More information
  • March 22-April 15: Sign up for Mulch, delivered by the Pender Men. More information
  • March 22: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • March 22: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • March 22: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • March 22: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • March 22: New Directions Sunday School Class. Mark Batterson’s book entitled “The Circle Maker – Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears”. 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.
  • March 22: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) This Focus on the Family’s DVD series, with 26 one-half hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett, is the starting point for looking at life from a Biblical perspective. lesson discusses the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
  • March 22: Sunday School Class: The Good and Beautiful God (began September 21) (Room 205 – Library) A new Sunday School course immediately after the 9:30 am worship service led by Brian and Angie Green will be reading and discussing this book. To sign up or find out more information, please sign up on the Connection Card in the bulletin on Sunday.
  • March 22: Sunday School II for adults.  10:45 am-noon
  • March 22: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • March 22: Youth Confirmation Classes begin
  • March 22: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Bagels and Coffee! (and mulch…)

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We  will start at 8 am on Saturday morning, March 21. Bagels and coffee will be served.

We need pickup trucks, trailers, men and youth to help deliver mulch with the Pender UMC Men.

Do your youth need service hours?  This is a perfect opportunity to help raise funds for sending short term missionaries and enjoy the weather!

More information at http://www.penderumc.org/mulch

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC

 

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What St. Patrick can teach United Methodists

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A stained-glass window in the United States depicts St. Patrick with his staff and holding a church. ~ From Wikipedia Creative Commons

 

Legends about St. Patrick started to spread during his lifetime.

As John Wesley would some 1,300 years later, Patrick combined evangelical zeal with social teaching. Rev. George Hunter III noted that Patrick was the first well-known man in Europe to stand publicly against slavery.

But it’s for his evangelism that Patrick is most often remembered. Even the famous story about the snakes may be a reference to how Patrick’s ministry supplanted the serpentine symbols favored by Druids.

“Most churches assume that their main priority is taking care of the people we’ve got, and, of course, that job is never finished,” Hunter said. But the calling to make disciples also persists.

Like Patrick, Hunter said, today’s United Methodist churches in the United States need to reach the “pagans in their own communities who are looking for life in all the wrong places.”

Adapted from http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/what-st-patrick-can-teach-united-methodists?j=105382&e=nbannon@umcom.org&l=460_HTML&u=2989219&mid=6206185&jb=14

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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