Monthly Archives: October 2014

Does The United Methodist Church have a position about Halloween?



The United Methodist Church does not have an official statement or position regarding Halloween.

Church members are free to make their own decisions about their participation in Halloween activities.  Local churches can decide if they wish to offer traditional or alternative activities for children at Halloween.

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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Halloween, Holidays, Posts of Interest, Videos


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Christmas VBS



Saturday, December 6, 2014

10:00 – 2:00

Pender is excited to once again host Christmas Vacation Bible School!

We’d love to lighten your load this holiday season and give you the gift of time to prepare for Christmas. Your children will have a wonderful time learning about the true meaning of Christmas while moving through different rotations of Christmas Story, craft, music and recreation. The children will be served lunch, so please note any allergies your child has on the registration form (available October 31 through My Pender Page).

Children ages 3 through 6th grade are welcome. Please note that all children attending MUST be potty-trained.

The fee for this event is $10 per child or $20 per family, to cover the cost of food and craft materials. The fee is payable during registration.

Registration begins October 31 and ends November 30, 2014.  Get the link at


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Sunday at Pender UMC ~ All Saints’ Sunday



Nov. 2 – All Saints Sunday
Living As Saints – Rom. 12:9-21
All of us are saints. What does that look like? How do I live? Lets see!

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

Also on Sunday:
  • November 2: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • November 2: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • November 2: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Anything and Everything!
      The shelves are BARE!
    • 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.

  • November 2: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 174 sermons available.  More information
  • November 2: Register for Christmas VBS. More information
  • November 2: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • November 2: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • November 2: Common Ground Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • November 2: Sunday School Classes.  More information
  • November 2: New Directions Sunday School Class, “All In” by Mark Batterson. The following is a brief synopsis regarding the study – “Nothing belongs to you — not even you! Discover the radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King of your life!” New members are always welcome!! We meet in Room 206 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.
  • November 2: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) (in the Genesis to Revelation Sunday School Class in Room 218-220) 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.
  • November 2: 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.
  • November 2: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • November 2: Celebration Ringers, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • November 2: Youth Handbell Ensemble, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • November 2: Youth Choir, 5:45-6:30 pm.  Register for this choir
  • November 2: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
  • November 2: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm More information The SNC family is hoping to get to know some more Pender folks we don’t already know at our potluck supper. We know that Methodists enjoy good food, so we are joining Family Ministries in sponsoring the potluck. We will then move to the sanctuary where we will praise our Lord in song along with hearing testimonies of Martin Patch and Diane Wilhite. Also, keep in mind that we will close our service with a Time for Healing. Please know that all are welcome. Are you or a friend in need of any type of healing?

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Operation Christmas Child


Pender will once again be collecting filled shoe boxes, as well as items for shoe boxes, donations for shipping, and collected boxes from the community. Now is a great time to start collecting items for shoe boxes. Look for sales on school supplies, toiletry items, small toys and candy.
Look for a display and more information later this month.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, click onthis link.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC


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Sing ‘n Celebrate November 2


Sing ‘n Celebrate is Pender Church’s informal evening worship service that has a focus on contemporary Christian music and original dramas and testimonies. Dress is casual and the atmosphere offers a wonderful means to start the week with God in mind.

In addition to music and testimonies, prayer is offered. Communion is served periodically.

Sing ‘n Celebrate ~ November 2 at 7:00 PM

We’ll begin the evening with a potluck supper at 6 PM in the Fellowship Hall which will be followed at 7 PM with our service in the sanctuary. Pastor Kenny will conclude the service with a Time of Healing.

In his book, “ALL IN”, Mark Batterson shares that “Jesus is in the business of turning bad beginnings into happily ever afters”. We all have special stories, as to what Jesus has done in our lives, which are our testimonies. Please plan to join us for food first and then in support of the Pender folks who will be sharing their stories with us.

JC Reigns leads worship with both modern Christian songs and a selection of old church hymns – the aim is to meet the needs of all who attend. JC Reigns has been together for 14 years and over the course of that time, has recorded five Christian CDs and used all the proceeds to benefit world wide and local charities.

Whether you are a new Christian, or have been following Christ for years, this is just a wonderful way to gather in fellowship, sing songs to God and listen to your brothers and sisters as they share their faith. We invite you to come and bring a friend, meet other Pender People and leave with a song on your heart and the Son in your eyes.

A Way to Serve the Lord…

Carol Wilson needs members of the laity to train this year to serve as the Lay Director or a Co-Lay Director for our Sing ‘n Celebrate Service. If interested in finding out more information, please contact Carol by clicking here.


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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Get Involved!, Music, Pender UMC


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