Monthly Archives: February 2015

Lent Quiz: How did the early church observe Lent?



In addition to being a time to remember the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus, the early church used Lent to prepare converts for baptism, and to offer opportunities for those who had been separated from the church to be reconciled.

Today Lent remains an ideal time to remember our baptism and to reconcile relationships with those we may have harmed. All of this signifies to us our sinfulness and the sacrifice of Jesus which makes our forgiveness possible.

Watch a video about baptism in the United Methodist church.

Learn more about ancient traditions that still influence Easter.

Check out all our resources for Lent and Easter.

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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Easter, Holidays, Lent, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest


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Sunday, March 1, at Pender UMC



Please join us this Sunday, March 1, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.


March 1 – Communion at rail – 490 times

Did Jesus really mean we had to keep track and forgive only 490 times?  Surely forgiveness isn’t that legalistic.  What does it mean to live forgiveness for others?  Lets see this week.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also on Sunday:

  • March 1: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • March 1: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • March 1: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Cooking Oil & Salad Dressing

    • 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.

  • March 1: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 199 sermons available. More information
  • March 1-March 4: Sign up for the Women’s Prayer Breakfast More information
  • March 1-March 23: Sign up for the Easter Story Time & Egg Hunt. More information
  • March 1: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • March 1: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • March 1: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • March 1: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • March 1: New Directions Sunday School Class. Mark Batterson’s book entitled “The Circle Maker – Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears”. We meet in Rooms 218-220 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.
  • March 1: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) 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.
  • March 1: 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.
  • March 1: Sunday School II for adults.  10:45 am-noon
  • March 1: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • March 1: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
  • March 1: Sing ‘n Celebrate ~ Celebrating Testimonies, 7 pm

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Lent Quiz: True or False? Sundays are not counted in the 40 days of Lent


The correct answer is True.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

This video “mini retreat” offers you a chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown.”

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Easter, Holidays, Lent, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest


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UMW Prayer Breakfast ~ Sign Up Now.



The UMW Prayer Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 9-11 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Tim and Sally Lyberger and Sandy Tucker will give an informational presentation on human trafficking. Continental breakfast will be served. There is no cost to attend the event, but a love offering will be taken to benefit victims of human trafficking.

More information at

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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Lenten Suppers for the Soul, February 26


Everyone is invited to join us for fellowship during the Lenten season as the Susanna Circle offers “Suppers for the Soul.” Lenten meals will be on Thursday evenings at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall.

A donation of $10 per family is requested.

This evening, February 26th, we will be enjoying a tacos supper at 6 pm and a special time together focused on the meaning of Lent.

Upcoming supper menu:

March 5 Spaghetti
March 12 Baked Potatoes

March 19 Soup for the Soul
March 26 Pancake and Breakfast for Dinner

For details on the suppers or the Susanna Circle, please email Claire Sax by clicking on this link.

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