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The Offering Plate

Online Giving

Did you know that Pender offers online giving?

Giving is one of the central themes in the Bible.  Jesus talked more about this subject than heaven, hell or prayer.   Pender now offers online giving as an option to our congregation.

The Web has radically changed the way we shop, conduct our finances, get our news, participate in politics and it’s EVEN changing the way we give. These days, most people appreciate the ability to make a financial contribution even when they’re not able to give in person. Many people also appreciate the ability to plan their giving and set it up so that they don’t have to think about it every Sunday as they are running out the door to attend worship service.

If you are one of these people, Online Giving is here to simplify your life!

Giving online is safe and secure. Whether you want to submit a single donation, would like to set up scheduled giving or view giving history, you are able to do it all online. Online Giving processes donations directly from your bank account using the ACH (Automated Clearing House) payment method.  Pender’s program is like the method many of you are now using to pay bills online and manage your bank accounts.  You are completely in control of your giving.  The process is easy to follow and the office staff will be available to give hands on assistance if you need it.

Online Giving also helps Pender by helping to ensure consistent donations throughout the year, particularly when winter storms, vacations or illness lowers attendance.  Everyone benefits and the ministries we have in serving God are not impaired by periods of shortfall giving.

The following is the link to begin using Pender’s Online Giving function.  If this is your first time, you will have to set up an account.  It’s a very easy process and should only take a few minutes.

GIVE NOW

If you need detailed instructions, click here:

Also, as you go through the process and need help, there is a HELP button at the top right side of each page.

Here’s what Chuck has to say about The Offering Plate:

THE OFFERING PLATE. Do you know the history of taking up an offering? Didn’t think so. Chuck gives you the facts and a few blunders. Stay tuned to the very end for a surprise. Smile and learn with Chuck on his SEVENTH SHOW!

 
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Read the Christmas Story… with Everyone in the World

Christmas Tracker

The story of our Savior’s birth has been told and retold for thousands of years, but this year, for the first time, you’ll be able to see how many people are actually reading it.

The Christmas Story Tracker is a fun live map we created to watch the world read about the birth of Jesus. When someone uses the Bible App to read a verse about the Christmas story, the map lights a star on their country. A counter at the top right shows the total number of readings from the YouVersion community since December 1.

Whether you’re reading a Christmas Bible Plan or just a verse about Jesus’ birth, you’ll light up a star on the map and add to the running tally. And it’s easy to get your friends in on the fun: look for the Facebook and Twitter icons.

Go check out christmas.youversion.com!

 
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The Third Sunday of Advent – December 16, 2012

The Third Sunday of Advent

The third candle, lit on the third Sunday of advent (this year December 16, 2012) with the first two, is the Shepherds’ candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His  arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. This candle is pink or rose and represents God’s love and faithfulness.

Suggested Bible reading: Isaiah 52:7 and Luke 2:8-20.

Did you miss the video from Chuck on the Advent Wreath?  View it here.

 
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Christmas Music, Part 12 – Still, Still, Still

Still, Still, Still

Still, Still, Still is an Austrian Christmas carol and lullaby. In German its first line is “Still, still, still, weil’s Kindlein schlafen will!” (Hush, hush, hush, for the little child wants to sleep!)

The melody is a folk tune (authorship unknown) from the State of Salzburg. The tune appeared for the first time in 1865 in a folksong collection of Maria Vinzenz Süß (1802-1868), founder of the Salzburg Museum; it has changed slightly over the years but remains attributed to G. Götsch.

The words, which run to six verses in German, describe the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother as they sleep. There are various English translations.  This is one version:

Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.
For all is hushed,
The world is sleeping,
Holy Star its vigil keeping.
Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.

Sleep, sleep, sleep,
‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth.
The night is peaceful all around you,
Close your eyes,
Let sleep surround you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth.

Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.

 

 
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Pulpit vs Lectern

Ever wonder why there are two podiums inside many church sanctuaries?

Smile and learn with Chuck as he explains the pulpit and the lectern!

 
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