Daily Archives: November 27, 2012

Why Was Jesus baptized?

An excerpt from Adam Hamilton’s new book, The Way:

One day, as John was baptizing in the Jordan, he looked up to see a familiar face. He smiled as Jesus approached, and the two men embraced. These men had known one another their entire lives. They had played together as boys and dreamed together as young men. John was six months older, but he always knew it was his younger cousin who would play the greater role in God’s plans. The two had shared long walks and conversations both in Jerusalem and in the monastery by the Salt Sea. They had stayed up long into the night discussing the Scriptures and the kingdom of God. John’s preaching and baptism at the Jordan would officially set in motion a chain of events that would lead to John’s own death in a matter of months, and to Jesus’ crucifixion just three years later.

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Christmas VBS at Pender ~ December 8th at 4:00 pm

Christmas VBS

We’d love to lighten your load this holiday season and give your children a night of fun!

Your children will have a wonderful time learning about the true meaning of Christmas while moving through different rotations of crafts, snack, music, recreation and bible lessons. They will enjoy a Christmas-themed movie and pizza and fruit for dinner.

Children ages 3 (potty trained) through Grade 6 can sign up online.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer please contact Jami Flemmons.

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Start your Christmas Shopping Early, Part 2

JC Reigns CD

“Just in Time for Christmas” by JC Reigns
(RevKev’s Praise Band).  RevKev, aka Rev. Kevin Havens is the associate pastor at Pender.

Just In Time For Christmas, is a compilation of traditional Christmas favorites and our newest JC Reigns originals. We are excited to share this project with you as we believe that it has something for everyone.

Stop by the Welcome Center to purchase a new CD for $10.

All proceeds to benefit Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

From another JC Reigns album, “Jesus Christ…All Access”


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Christmas caroling accompaniments are available for free download from Save to disk or drive, take the “piano” with you.

From that link:

These piano accompaniments of familiar hymns are provided as free downloads as a joint project of The General Board of Discipleship and United Methodist Communications. They are intended to provide accompaniments for congregational singing for those churches which, for whatever reason, are unable to provide accompaniment for singing. You may find that you can also use them for choir, solo, or Sunday School use, Christmas caroling, or singing at any group setting. All accompaniments are provided without copyright. You may use them for any purpose without charge or having to seek permission.

In almost all cases, we have provided accompaniments from The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), with an introduction and multiple stanzas in the key provided in the hymnal. Occasionally an alternate harmonization is included. Watch for new hymns to be added in the future.

Also most of the Methodist Hymnal is available as sheet music (I guess that term is now defunct!) for the iPad. The app plays each hymn, as well.

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Learn More About Pender

Pender Connections Class

Our next Pender Connections Class for those interested in joining Pender will be held on December 2 from 9:30-noon in the chapel.

Hear about the history of our wonderful church and ministries. You will have the opportunity to make decisions about baptism and/or membership as you explore options to use your gifts and talents for God.


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