Monthly Archives: December 2012

Full, But Still Hungry, Sermon December 30, 2012

Journey to Bethlehem


Kevin Havens preaches: Full, But Still Hungry.

Have you ever eaten so much, that you thought you might pop, only to realize that you were still hungry? Often times, Christmas is just like that, so lets look at some means of moving past that feeling, for the coming year.

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Pender UMC, Sermon


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The Narthex – Chuck Knows Church

Chuck Knows Church

When’s the last time you heard, “meet me in the narthex?” Then you say, “uhhh, what?

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Chuck Knows Church, Videos


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Sing ‘N Celebrate, January 6, 2013

Sing "N Celebrate

We will begin our 17th year of Sing ‘N Celebrate with an opportunity to look back, as Christians, at our personal relationships with our Lord in 2012 – hoping that a fresh focus on strengthening these relationships will be realized and maintained during the New Year.

Even if we feel determined to keep our relationships with the Lord fresh and thriving, ALL Christians can fall short of where we expected to be in our spiritual walks. Andy Murphy will return to our Pender Stage as he portrays this circumstance which can enter our lives. But at any given time, we can start afresh, empowered by grace to return to an even deeper, more memorable, eternal life.

Join us as we come together with the full realization that Jesus couldn’t care more about our relationships with Him!!

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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Christmas Music, Part 26 – Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

“Good King Wenceslas” is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of Good King Wenceslas braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king’s footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935).

In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the “Wenceslas” lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853. Neales’ lyrics were set to a tune based on a 13th century spring carol “Tempus adest floridum” (“The time is near for flowering”) first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel

“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my foteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

The Mannheim Steamroller version:


Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Christmas Music, Posts of Interest, Videos


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Have a Blessed Christmas!

Blessed Christmas


The Pastors and Staff of Pender wish you and your family the most blessed of Christmases.

May the peace of that night, the news of the angels, the joy of the shepherds and the love of the Christ Child be yours as you make room for the Christ Child all year long.

Merry Christmas!

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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Pender UMC, Posts of Interest


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