Monthly Archives: May 2015

UMCOR Health Kit Donations



Mary Martha Circle is collecting the following items for UMCOR Health Kits for our Pastors to take with them to the Annual Conference in June.

Please provide donations by June 7th in the Church Office.

  • 1 hand towel
    • 15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches;
    • Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable.
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb
    • Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long;
    • No pocket combs or picks please;
    • Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth.
  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers
    • No emery boards, please.
  • 1 bath-size soap
    • 3 oz. and larger sizes only;
    • No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content;
    • Do not remove from original packaging.
  • 1 toothbrush
    • Adult size only;
    • Do not remove from original packaging.
  • 6 adhesive bandages
    • ¾ inch to 1 inch-size;
    • Common household Band-Aids.
  • 1 plastic bag
    • One-gallon size sealable bag only.
  • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste

Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes.

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Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC


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Sunday, May 31 at Pender UMC


Please join us this Sunday, May 31, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

Sermon Series:  STORIES          

May 31 – Confirmation – Our Story To Tell – John 9:13-38

                                    The Blind man couldn’t explain all the details of what Jesus had done or how he had done it.  But he did know this, “I once was blind but now I can see.”  The stories we have to tell do not have to be elaborate or involved but simple tell what I know to be true because this is my experience with Jesus.  What is story you have to tell?

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

About Confirmation

Also on Sunday:

  • May 28: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • May 28: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • May 28: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Juices
    • 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.

  • May 31: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 218 sermons available.  More information
  • May31: Online VBS Registration is closing on Sunday, May 31. VBS will run from July 6-10, 2015. Some grades are already full so act quickly to assure a spot.
  • May 31-July 3: Music Camp Registration is open until we reach 60 campers.  Music Camp will run from July 6-10, 2015 in the afternoon.
  • May 31: Confirmation Sunday
  • May 31: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • May 31: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • May 31: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • May 31: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • May 31: 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.
  • May 31: 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.
  • May 31: 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.
  • May 31: Sunday School II for adults. New Study: The Good and Beautiful Community  10:45 am-noon
  • May 31: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • May 31: Pender ReGift Store Volunteer Appreciation Party, 12:30 pm, with light refreshments. More information
  • May 31: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information



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The Pender UMC Website is “Mobile Friendly”

Some of you may know that Google announced that they were going to favor websites that were “mobile friendly” in their algorithms, that is move them higher in the search rankings.

The Pender UMC website is completely mobile friendly.


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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Pender UMC, Webmaster posts


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Pender ReGift Volunteer Appreciation Party



Three Years Old!!!

Volunteer Appreciation Party

Dear Reader,

Well, here we are… three years later and still kicking. We have finally turned the corner of success, primarily through volunteers, and partners, like You! On Sunday, at 12:30pm, we gather once again to remember our journey.  Because we have grown, this party will be in the Fellowship Hall of Pender United Methodist Church.

A time for celebration and fellowship, we have will have

  • stories,
  • games, and
  • light refreshments.


Do I have to dressup? I’m hosting and I’m not.

Do I have to bring something? Not unless you need to.

Can I bring a neighbor, a friend, or my family? Of course.

Does that include children? Of course.

One of my jobs is to be excited about our progress. Whooops!

I am!


Maryann Weber

Pender Regift Thrift Store


Yes, I would like to attend.

So, sorry, I must send my regrets.



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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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Confirmation Sunday



Confirmation is a time to learn about your church, the entire church community and what it means to be a faithful Christian. You will also understand the privileges and responsibilities of church membership.

Confirmation is open to 7th graders and up. Confirmation gives the student a chance to make their own decision to follow Jesus Christ, to be baptized and to join your local church.

The period of study in confirmation classes is a time for the student to learn and know the tenets of the church they are in so that they can make an informed decision about joining the church as an adult.

Confirmation Sunday is May 31, 2015.

Did you attend Confirmation classes when you were young? And do you know why we confirm young people in the church? Chuck tries to confirm his reservation and talk about Confirmation.


Christianity, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant made in Holy Baptism. On this second part of a two-part episode, Chuck gives his own testimony as to why he is a Christian. 


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