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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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Today is Pentecost Sunday!

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Today is Pentecost Sunday! Bring a friend and join us at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.
Sermon Series: STORIES
Sermon Title for May 24 – Pentecost
The Power of Understanding A Story Acts 2:1-41
“Each one heard in his own language.” The true art of story telling is do people hear what you are really saying. The joy of sharing the stories of Jesus is that the Holy Spirit makes sure everyone hears. That is the reminder of Pentecost today, “Everyone can hear in his own language if we will only be used.

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:4)
For more information about our upcoming sermons, click here.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC
Directions to Pender

Also Today:

  • May 24: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • May 24: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • May 24: 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 24: 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
  • May 24-31: Online VBS Registration. VBS will run from July 6-10, 2015. Some grades are already full so act quickly to assure a spot.
  • May 24-July 3: Music Camp Registration is open until we reach 60 campers.
  • May 24: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • May 24: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • May 24: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • May 24: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • May 24: 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 24: 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 24: 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 24: Sunday School II for adults. New Study: The Good and Beautiful Community  10:45 am-noon
  • May 24: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • May 24: Prison Ministry, 12:30 pm
  • May 24: Youth Confirmation Classes, 2:00 pm
  • May 24: Pastor Kenny’s mother, Rosie Hatch Newsome, time of visitation with the family at 2:00 pm at Melrose United Methodist Church, 1317 Lewisetta Rd, Lottsburg, VA 22511.
    A service to celebrate the life of Rosie Newsome will begin at 3:00 pm, with a reception following the service.
  • May 24: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Conference-Wide Day of Prayer ~ May 24th

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Sunday, May 24th, has been set aside as a Conference-wide Day of Prayer.

Our Bishop, Dr. Cho, has invited every church to remember this day and to pour out our hearts and minds to God, asking for a renewal and revival of the churches in our conference and in our entire, beloved United Methodist Church.

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Current Opportunities to Serve the Lord at Pender UMC

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Can you count? We need Counters! 

The counting committee is in need of counters to help count the offerings for all three services.

Counters must be a member of Pender United Methodist Church. All counters must be at least a senior in high school and be proficient in EXCEL.

Counters will be placed on teams of three (no related members on any team). Counter teams should not have to count more than once every two months or possibly less. Counters start counting each Sunday following the 8:15 service at 9:15 and continue to count the Common Ground Service, Sunday school and the 11:00 am service. Counters are usually finished by the time the 11:00 service lets out. Counters will be limited to a three-year term when signing up. The Finance Committee must approve all counters.

If you are interested in signing up, please contact Sue Pierce by clicking on this link.


Do you love babies & toddlers? We need Nursery Workers! 

At Pender, we provide a Nursery where infants and toddlers (newborns through age 4) are cared for in a safe and caring Christian environment.

We are in need of new servants to help staff the Nursery during Sunday Services and other events. Would you prayerfully consider serving as a Nursery Worker?

Contact the Church Office by clicking on this link.

thank-you

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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