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The Night Before

We all got together last night to pack and get ready for our trip. We are all very excited to leave on this fine Thursday afternoon. Please keep us in your prayers while we travel!

 

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Marking John Wesley’s Birthday in his Words

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A UMNS Commentary by the Rev. Robert J. Williams

As John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, grew older, he frequently commented on his birthday how he was still in good health and this was largely due to the way God had blessed him.

Wesley was born on June 17, 1703, while England was still using the Julian calendar. England adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 and thus Wesley’s birth date became June 28.

His birthday reflections give us a glimpse into how he viewed his life, health and ministry. On June 28, 1770, he wrote:

I can hardly believe that I am this entered into the sixty-eighth year of my age! How marvelous are the ways of God! How has he kept me, even from a child! From ten to thirteen or fourteen, I had little but bread to eat, and not great plenty of that. I believe this was so far from hurting me that it laid the foundation to lasting health. When I grew up, in consequence of reading Dr. Cheyne, I chose to eat sparingly and drink water. This was another great means of continuing my health, till I was about seven and twenty…; (He then speaks of various ailments.); Since that time, I have known neither pain nor sickness, and am now healthier than I was forty years ago! This hath God wrought!

He started to set a pattern for indicating his age and his good health. One year later, he wrote:

This day I entered the sixty-ninth year of my age. I am still a wonder to myself. My voice and strength are the same as at nine and twenty. This also hath God wrought.

In 1774, he wrote:

This being my birthday, the first day of my seventy-second year, I was considering. How is this, that I find just the same strength as I did thirty years ago? That my sight is considerably better now and my nerves firmer than there were then? That I have none of the infirmities of old age and have lost several I had in my youth? The grand cause is the good pleasure of God, who doth whatsoever pleaseth him. The chief means are: (1) My constantly rising at four, for about fifty years. (2) My generally preaching at five in the morning, one of the most healthy exercises in the world. (3) My never travelling less, by sea or land, than four thousand five hundred miles in a year.

In the intervening 10 years, he repeated these sentiments numerous times, and even in 1784, he wrote:

Today I entered on my eighty-second year and found myself just as strong to labour, and as fit for any exercise of body or mind, as I was forty years ago. I do not impute this to second causes, but to the sovereign Lord of all…; I am as strong at eighty-one, as I was at twenty-one, but abundantly more healthy, being a stranger to the head-ache, tooth-ache, and other bodily disorders which attended me in my youth. We can only say ‘The Lord reigneth’ While we live, let us live to him!

In 1788, after praising God “for a thousand spiritual blessings,” Wesley listed as questions what may be some of the “inferior means” for achieving such good health into old age.

To my constant exercise and change of air? To my never having lost a night’s sleep, sick or well at land or at sea, since I was born? To my having sleep at command, so that whenever I feel myself almost worn out, I call it and it comes, day or night? To my having constantly, for above sixty years, risen at four in the morning? To my constant preaching at five in the morning for above fifty years? To my having had so little pain in my life and so little sorrow or anxious care?

Finally, on June 28, 1790, less than a year before his death, he wrote:

This day I enter into my eighty-eighth year. For above eighty-six years, I found none of the infirmities of old age: my eyes did not wax dim, neither was my natural strength abated. But last August, I found almost a sudden change. My eyes were so dim that no glasses would help me. My strength likewise now quite forsook me and probably will not return in this world. But I feel no pain from head to foot, only it seems nature is exhausted and, humanly speaking, will sink more and more, till ‘The weary springs of life stand still at last.’

As this remarkable man aged, he reflected on God’s blessings and how his lifestyle contributed to his good health. This is but a brief glimpse into his humanity and can call on us to do likewise on our birthdays.

Editor’s Note: This story was first published on June 25, 2012.

*Williams is the top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History in Madison, N.J.

From http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/marking-john-wesleys-birthday-in-his-words

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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Today at Pender UMC ~ June 26, 2016

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Please join us this today, June 26th, at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am Worship Services. Pastor Kenny will be preaching at the 8:15 and 11:00 am services on “How to Handle Anxiety as a Christian” (Philippians 4:4-9). Pastor Dan will be preaching on the same subject at the 9:30 service.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:4-7)

Check out this summer video greeting from Pastor Dan:

 

Pender’s Vision Statement: 

By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God’s transformation of ourselves and our world.

Listen to 294 past sermons by Pastors Kenny Newsome, Dan Elmore and others in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Sunday Childcare

Wondering where to take your children on Sunday mornings? Below is a summary. More detailed information is available at the Welcome desk located in the main lobby and here.

  • NURSERY CARE ~ Birth through 2 years, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 1 ~ 2 yrs. – Adults, 9:30 am – 10:40 am
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 ~ Grades 4 – Adults, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • CHERUB CHURCH ~ 3 yrs.- Kindergarten, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP ~ Grades 1-3, 10:45 am – 11:30 am
  • JUNIOR CHURCH ~ Grades 1 – 5, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Calendar of Events

Also Today:

  • June 26: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • June 26: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • June 26: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Healthy Snacks
    • 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.

  • June 26: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 294 sermons available.  More information
  • June 26: Shop using AmazonSmiles AmazonSmiles and benefit the Capital Campaign! More information
  • June 26: Registration is open for Summer Sports Recreation Camp.  More information
  • June 26: Registration is open for Philippi.  More information
  • June 26: Vacation Bible School (VBS). Registration is at capacity! Please contact Ann Hines with any questions.  More information
  • June 26: Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School (VBS).  More information
  • June 26: Volunteer to help with Music Camp.  More information
  • June 26: Summer Sunday School begins. More information
  • June 26: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • June 26: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • June 26: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • June 26: New Directions Sunday School Class. 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.
  • June 26: The 10:30am Sunday School Class is reading a new study by Adam Hamilton entitled Seeing Gray in A World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics. Contact Angie Green for more information.
  • June 26: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • June 26: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • June 26: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • June 26: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30-8:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Summer Sunday School begins this Sunday, June 26th!

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Summer Sunday School begins this Sunday, June 26th!

Summer Sunday school begins this Sunday for 3 year olds through 6th grade. We have a full staff of teachers throughout the summer!  We would like many children to come and continue learning about God’s Word, the Bible, and how to apply what they learn in their lives.

Visitors are always welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: July 3rd Children’s Sunday School classes will NOT meet on this holiday weekend.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2016 in Ministries, Pender UMC, Sunday School

 

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Mark 8:36

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Today’s Bible Verse

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” –Mark 8:36

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

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This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day. Our Pastors will still be away at the Annual Conference. God has blessed us 3 gifted people from our congregation who will be preaching in their place at our worship services:

8:15 Javaid Haroon – “Father’s Day”
Scripture: Matthew 6:9, Exodus 20:12

9:30 Angie Green – “What’s So Wrong with Wanting to be Right?”
Scripture: Micah 6:6-8

11:00 David Raich – ” ’68 Pontiac Grandville Convertible”
Scripture: Ephesians 6:4, Psalm 136:2

 

Pender’s Vision Statement: 

By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God’s transformation of ourselves and our world.

Listen to 291 past sermons by Pastors Kenny Newsome, Dan Elmore and others in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Sunday Childcare

Wondering where to take your children on Sunday mornings? Below is a summary. More detailed information is available at the Welcome desk located in the main lobby and here.

  • NURSERY CARE ~ Birth through 2 years, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 1 ~ 2 yrs. – Adults, 9:30 am – 10:40 am
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 ~ Grades 4 – Adults, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • CHERUB CHURCH ~ 3 yrs.- Kindergarten, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP ~ Grades 1-3, 10:45 am – 11:30 am
  • JUNIOR CHURCH ~ Grades 1 – 5, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Calendar of Events

Also Today:

  • June 19: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • June 19: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • June 19: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Breakfast Foods (Syrup, Pancake Mix, breakfast bars, etc.)
    • 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.

  • June 19: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 291 sermons available.  More information
  • June 19: Shop using AmazonSmiles AmazonSmiles and benefit the Capital Campaign! More information
  • June 19: Registration is open for Summer Sports Recreation Camp.  More information
  • June 19: Registration is open for Philippi.  More information
  • June 19: Vacation Bible School (VBS). Registration is at capacity! Please contact Ann Hines with any questions.  More information
  • June 19: Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School (VBS).  More information
  • June 19: Volunteer to help with Music Camp.  More information
  • June 19: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • June 19: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • June 19: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • June 19: New Directions Sunday School Class. 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.
  • June 19: The 10:30am Sunday School Class is reading a new study by Adam Hamilton entitled Seeing Gray in A World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics. Contact Angie Green for more information.
  • June 19: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • June 19: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • June 19: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • June 19: The Pender Youth Orchestra, 4:15-5:00 pm. The Youth Orchestra is open to all youth grades 7 through 12 who play a wind, brass, stringed or percussion instrument. New members are always welcome! The Orchestra plays 4-5 times during Sunday morning worship from December-June. More information.
  • June 19: Celebration Ringers, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • June 19: Youth Handbell Ensemble, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • June 19: Youth Choir, 5:45-6:30 pm.  Register for this choir
  • June 19: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30-8:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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The Pender Prime Timers

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Next meeting on Wednesday, June 29th, at noon for a potluck lunch.

Bring your favorite dish to share and join us as we discuss our summer and fall plans.

If you have ideas for speakers or outings, please bring those or email them to Cheryl.

We will have a short talk on how to retain and enhance the beneficial nutrients in the foods we eat. Attendees will come away with a handy dandy reference guide.

Questions? Email Cheryl.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2016 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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