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UMCOR Health Kit Donations

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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

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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

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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.

FAQ…

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!

Sincerely,

Maryann Weber

Pender Regift Thrift Store

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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

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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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Poland Bingo Night

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The Poland Short-term Mission team going to Poland at the end of June is hosting a Bingo Night Fundraiser on May 30th at 6:00 until 8:00 pm. Enjoy dinner (pizza and hot dogs) and homemade desserts, with games beginning shortly after. Excellent prizes (Redskin tickets / Nationals tickets / Restaurant Gift Cards / FitBit). Please come out and support our mission trip. Bingo cards sold for donations.

 

The Poland mission team is also collecting the following donations:

  • any size color beads and charms to make necklaces and bracelets
  • tennis racquets that are still in good condition

Please drop off your donations in the box in the Narthex marked “Poland Sports Camp.”

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Get Involved!, Missions

 

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Memorial Day

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A UMNS Report by Barbara Dunlap-Berg*

From sea to shining sea, United Methodists are finding special ways to observe Memorial Day in the United States. Here is a sampling of ideas.

  1. Pray for all who have given their lives for our freedom. “The major emphasis of the Memorial Day worship time,” said the Rev. Alan Brown, Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church, Fremont, Ohio, “is not on a secular observance; rather, it is the message of the gospels and the sacraments of the church.”
  2. Read the names of fallen veterans, and toll a bell after each name is read. The Rev. Walter L. Graves encourages people to read the names when they see a war memorial. “Remember,” said the pastor of Reelsboro United Methodist Church, New Bern, N.C., “that was a person who had… dreams and desires.”
  3. Provide special worship music with a PowerPoint presentation. “My church has a slide show of friends and family, living and dead, who have served in the military,” reported Leslie Haggs, lay leader at Angelica United Methodist Church in New York.
  4. Offer a candlelight service. Bishop James Swanson of the Holston Annual (regional) Conference will preach at joint services of three congregations — Mount Wesley and New Victory, Telford, Tenn., and Mayberry, Jonesborough, Tenn. A candlelight service for those interred in the church cemetery will be part of worship.
  5. Wave a flag. Youth of First United Methodist Church, Koppel, Pa., raised money to buy an American flag for all 225 residences in the little town. “I’m a flag-waver,” admitted the Rev. Donald A. Anderson. Quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he expressed hope that the flags would “bring Koppel a sense of pride in participating in this great holiday honoring those who fought to protect our freedoms.”
    At Arlington (Va.) National Cemetary, flags decorate the tombs of those who died in the service of their country. Photo courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery.

    At Arlington (Va.) National Cemetary, flags decorate the tombs of those who died in the service of their country. Photo courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery.

  6. Lay a wreath. In Illinois, Malta United Methodist Church will have a special worship service. The congregation invites veterans of the community to pay tribute to fellow soldiers by marching as a unit from the church to the township library, where a wreath will be dedicated.
  7. Decorate veterans’ graves. “After Sunday service,” said the Rev. Charlie Johnson Jr., a local pastor serving three congregations in the Lynchburg, Va., area, “we go into the church cemetery, remove the old flags placed on the graves of veterans last Memorial Day and replace them with new ones…We remember our active-duty military every Sunday during prayer.”
  8. Do a project for active troops. In Maine, the North Searsport United Methodist Church is recruiting the community to join parishioners in a mission project to benefit soldiers going overseas. Participants will sew small pillows for military personnel. The project is in response to recent articles about soldiers having to pay for pillows on their flights.
  9. Make military care packages.  The congregation of First United Methodist Church, Alice, Texas, brought items for military care packages to mail to troops serving overseas. “Many of us have loved ones who are serving in the military,” member Stefany Simmons explained. “Each of us signed cards to include for the troops.”
  10. Be part of a community-service day. Manatee United Methodist Church is one of two Bradenton, Fla., locations for the Journey of Remembrance, an annual community-service day honoring U.S. military veterans and their families for their care and sacrifice.
    Parades are one way to honor those who sacrifice daily for our freedom. A web-only photo by Dee Dee Cobb.

    Parades are one way to honor those who sacrifice daily for our freedom. A web-only photo by Dee Dee Cobb.

  11. Learn about issues affecting veterans. At Christ United Methodist Church, Troy, N.Y., a guest speaker will focus on the history and social justice issues related to military mental illness. “At Christ Church,” said the Rev. Nina Nichols in the Bennington Banner, “we honor those who serve their country, who served with the hope of bringing justice on behalf of our nation. But as a people of faith, we must not fail to call for a better way to peace than war. This Memorial Day we pray for peace for the war-weary.”
  12. Glorify Jesus as the Prince of Peace and reach out to those whom others may forget. On Memorial Day – as he does throughout the year – John Alexander, a member of East Lake United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Ala., will be involved with Kairos Prison Ministries. A Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, volunteer, international prison ministry, Kairos brings Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and their families.

*Dunlap-Berg is internal content editor for United Methodist Communications.

News media contact: Barbara Dunlap-Berg, Nashville, Tenn., 615-742-5470 ornewsdesk@umcom.org.

From http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/twelve-ways-to-observe-memorial-day

 

 

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