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Christmas Cantata

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“Invitation to a Miracle: A Cantata for Christmas”  by Joseph Martin
Presented by: The Pender UMC Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra

Sunday, December 4  All 3 Services

Joyful sounds abound in this colorful Christmas gift for choirs. Through poetic narration, scripture passages and creatively arranged carols, the timeless story of the birth of Christ is presented. Gathered around the wonders that accompanied Jesus’ birth, this cantata journeys from the miracle of prophecy to the incarnation and proclamation of this most significant moment. 

More info at http://www.penderumc.org/cantata

 

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Today, November 27, 2016 at Pender UMC

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Christmas at the Movies.

In this Advent series we’ll be looking at some memorable Christmas movies to help us prepare for the coming Christ.

November 27,  the first Sunday in Advent

Keep watch over your heart, lest it grow two sizes too small.

Movie Clip: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44

Pender’s Vision Statement: 

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

Listen to 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:

  • Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • Get your event on the Pender UMC Calendar
  • This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Canned Fruit

    Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.

  • The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  More information
  • Shop using AmazonSmiles and benefit the Capital Campaign! More information
  • Quick Link to My Pender Page
  • NEW! Opt-in to Text Messaging for important Pender Announcements! Sign up here.
  • Registration is open for Music Groups.  More information
  • Now through tomorrow November 28: Register for Christmas VBS More information
  • November 27: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • November 27: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • November 27: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • November 27: 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.
  • November 27: 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.
  • November 27: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • November 27: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • November 27: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • November 27: Prison Ministry, 1:00 pm More information.
  • November 27: Turning Point Youth Group, 7:00-8:30 pm. Friends are definitely welcome, so feel free to invite as many as you like! More information

 

 

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Christmas VBS

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Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 – 2:00

Pender is excited to once again host Christmas Vacation Bible School!

We’d love to lighten your load this holiday season and give you the gift of time to prepare for Christmas. Your children will have a wonderful time learning about the true meaning of Christmas while moving through different rotations of Christmas Story, craft, music and recreation.   The children will be served lunch, so please note any allergies your child has on the registration form.

Children ages 3 through 6th grade are welcome.   Please note that all children attending MUST be potty-trained.

Please note: 2 adults per classroom are needed to help shepherd children at each rotation. Sign up to help by emailing Joni or on the Connection Card on Sunday.

The fee for this event is $10 per child or $20 per family, to cover the cost of food and craft materials.   The fee is payable during registration.

Registration closes November 28.  Don’t miss out!

Since it is Jesus’s Birthday we ask each participant to consider bringing a NEW toy / book as a gift for the “TOYS FOR TOTS” Campaign. The Marines will distribute all your donations to less fortunate children before Christmas. Please don’t bring any food or toy guns/weapons and also gift needs to be unwrapped.

More information and link to register at http://www.penderumc.org/christmasvbs

 

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Help us Decorate our Christmas Altar

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Order Poinsettia plants in honor or in memory of a loved one. Cost is $10 per plant. Sign-up slips are at the Sign-Up Center in the church lobby and payment must accompany order. Plants are yours to take after the 11pm Christmas Eve Service.

Deadline to order is December 11th.

 

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Advent Devotional Materials

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Recommended Advent Devotional Materials from Pastor Dan:

  • Top recommendation is written by JD Walt, “Sower-in-Chief” at Seedbed, which is the publishing arm of Asbury Seminary. You can find more details by clicking on this link.
  • If you use the Bible app from You version (available on App and Play stores), go to “Plans,” then in the search box, type in “Advent”. Many available plans should come up. One Pastor Dan recommends that he’s used before is “Rediscovering the Christmas Season” from Life.Church.
  • There is another online devotional called d365, found here. It’s a bit more focused toward youth and young adults, sometimes more obviously so than others. As the season turns to Advent, he expects their devotions will take up the theme as well.
  • Another resource Pastor Dan turned to many years is a book called, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons.” It begins with some of his Advent thoughts and turns to Christmas. If you search for your favorite theologian, or preacher, they might have a similar volume.

Be sure to invite a friend during this Advent/Christmas season as we celebrate “Christmas at the Movies!” Check out the bulletin, weekly email, and cards in the pew racks in the sanctuary for the many events at Pender in the weeks to come as we celebrate Messiah’s incarnation and second coming!

Grace and peace, from Pastor Dan!

 

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#GivingTuesday

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You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of #GivingTuesday?  

Since 2012, #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, has become a global movement promoting generosity and charitable giving. It has been using the power of social media and online giving to inspire people to give back. More than 40,000 organizations participate in this annual event and this year Pender will be joining this movement. 

On #GivingTuesday, you can give back to Pender by giving a special gift online.   There are 3 easy options to do so:

  • Go to the Pender website  and follow the Online Giving Link on the right side of the home page.
  • If you have set up a My Pender Page, go to the Pender website at the above address & give through MPP – also located on the home page.
  • Give through the Church Life App if you have it set up on your mobile device.

We’re excited to be a part of this amazing movement. Let’s begin this holiday season by focusing on what really matters.

 
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Give Thanks

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While November marks a celebration of thanksgiving in the U.S., finding time to thank God is part of our daily discipline as United Methodists.

This video meditation features a shortened version of a prayer of thanksgiving.

You are encouraged to share or download this video to use in Sunday School classes, before or during worship, or with your friends and family.

 

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