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United Methodist Women’s Annual Cookie Sale

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Do you like to bake? Sign up in the Narthex to make cookies for the annual cookie sale. Please make 100 of each type of cookie and deliver to the Church kitchen labeled “UMW Cookie Trays” before 9 am on Saturday, December 15th. We will be assembling the trays that day and would love help too!

Now is the time to order your Christmas Cookie Trays! We can’t guarantee there will be extra trays available, so please preorder to reserve yours! To preorder, sign up at the Sign Up Center in the Narthex.

Cookies will be available on Sunday, December 16th. Please make checks payable to PUMW. Cookie Trays: $10 Jars: $5

 
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Christmas Cantata – Night of the Father’s Love


All of the mystery, the awe, and the palpable excitement of that night are imaginatively captured in a Christmas mosaic that combines fragments of the familiar with Pepper Choplin’s always-unique perspective in word and music. “Night of the Father’s Love” skillfully guides the listener through the Christmas story, as though hearing it again for the first time.

Three narrators interject with familiar scripture passages and personal reflections, while an intriguing array of musical styles beautifully express the essence of Christmas: the gift of the Father’s love.

The Cantata will be presented by Pender’s Adult Choir and orchestra on December 16, 2012 at the 8:15 and 11:00 Services.

 
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The Heavens are Telling

 

The opening verses of Psalm 19 present the heavenly bodies and their movement as a universal witness to the glory of God that is understood by people of every language. The language connects day and night as a continuous presentation. The words suggest energy, strength, joy, and light.

So many of the Psalms and scriptures have been made into wonderful works of classical music.  Franz Joseph Haydn was one of these composers.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” ~ Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

A setting of ‘The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God’ from Haydn’s  Creation.

More about Haydn’s work, The Creation, can be found on Wikipedia

 

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Welcome to Pender!

What can I expect on a Sunday?
Who are we?
What if I haven’t been to church much?
Getting to know people at Pender?

What can I expect on a Sunday?

  •  Three Worship Styles – Learn more about each Worship Time here
  •  Real People
  •  Lots of Children.  Children are welcome during the services or our nursery is located downstairs.  We provide infants and toddlers (newborns through age 4) with a safe and caring Christian environment
  •  An Opportunity to Connect with Others
  •  Time to Reflect Upon Jesus in our Lives
  •  Outstanding and Varied Music
  •  A Sense of Having Done Something Important with your Day

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We are an “Access for All” church, meaning it is important to us for people with wheelchairs or other challenges to have easy access to doorways, hallways, bathrooms, ramps and elevator, seating (places for wheelchairs), and kid friendly (coloring books, booster steps for toddlers, high chairs).

Hearing aid and large-print hymnals are available during the service.  (See one of our ushers.)

Who are we?

Our hearts cry out for more of God. Pender is a “big place” with a “huge heart.” We care about being a community.

In Fairfax, we know it’s possible for us to live a totally anonymous, distant-from-one-another life. At Pender, we desire a different kind of community and life together. We believe Jesus has called us to be a very special community who cares about the world. It’s the essence of what “makes us tick.”

Our mission statement says it this way, we exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ. For us, that takes a very special passion for real community.

What if I haven’t been to church much?

Pender is a warm and inviting place. We actually want to meet you!

Many of our folks started coming to church more recently as adults rather than as children. Some of our people have come all of their life. Some seem to know a lot about the Bible and faith. Others are just beginning that interesting journey.

Getting to Know People at Pender!

We would love to help you “get plugged in” and feel like you know other people. The best way is to jump into a Sunday School class, small group or join the next “Welcome to Pender” or “Coffee with the Pastors” time.

Our “Welcome to Pender” or “Coffee with the Pastors” times are opportunities to get to know the pastors and a few key leaders – as well as other newer folks at Pender. These class times are advertised in the bulletin, and generally held in the Fall and Spring.

Pender has many vibrant small groups who meet together weekly or bi-weekly to support, encourage, pray and be great friends together in faith. We believe everyone needs a place where they are cared for and known more deeply. To help newer people “get into” a group, new groups are starting just about every month.

We are the kind of church where you can earnestly explore, ask questions, and discover new pieces about God throughout your lifetime. None of us “have arrived.” Some can help others; some need the “basics” explained.

The messages are geared towards explaining the Bible and how it applies to real life. And, several of our classes are “for beginners only.”

If you feel like you need help when you arrive, please know that there is a “bulletin” that lists out what pages the songs are on from the hymnal book (song book) in the pew racks.

Also, there is an “offering” time at all of our worship times. Please do not feel obligated to give money, but do know that the money given is used to provide services to the congregation, community and world. You’ll see when other people stand (for singing) and sit (for prayer and listening). And, always feel invited to ask someone about what’s going on. They’ll love being asked!

This community takes Jesus seriously.  How can we live our lives faithful to God? How can we know and act upon what the scriptures say? Where is Jesus at work, and how can we glorify Him?  How can we love God with everything we’ve got, and also love one another just like Jesus?

We are people on a journey following Jesus to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

 
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