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Today at Pender UMC ~ January 1, 2017

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Please join us this Sunday, January 1, 2017, at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am Worship Services
Title: Starting Off Right
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-2:3
We’ll be using Wesley’s Covenant Prayer.

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

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:
    • None: WFCM will be closed from 12/22-12/31.
      No donations will be accepted during that time period.

    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
  • Registration is open for Music Groups.  More information
  • January 1: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • January 1: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • January 1: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • January 1: 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.
  • January 1: The 11:00am Sunday School Class is very excited to announce its new study of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters.” This is a timeless Christian classic that is as thought provoking today as it was when it was first released, and promises to spur great discussions about our faith, our church, and our nation. Contact Angie Green for more information.
  • January 1: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • January 1: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • January 1: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
 

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Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is partnering with Pender’s Military Ministry

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We are providing lap afghans for wounded warriors who visit Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, VA. Hand knitted and crocheted lap afghans can be dropped in the camo box located in the Narthex before Feb. 28, 2017.

For questions contact Kay Creel.

God bless all crafty ladies of the church who contribute!

 

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Tomorrow – VBS and Music Camp Final Programs

They’re always a lot of fun and the kids have worked hard to show you what they’ve learned.

Please come and support the children – and the teachers – after a great week of fun and learning.

 

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VBS (Vacation Bible School) final program is Friday, July 15 at 11:00 am.  More information at http://www.penderumc.org/vbs


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Music Camp final program is Friday, July 15 at 3:00 PM.  More information at http://www.penderumc.org/musiccamp

 

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Memorial Day 2016

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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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Veterans Day

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The observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, began almost a century ago.

In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Allied nations and Germany declared an armistice – a temporary cessation of hostilities – in World War I. Commemorated as Armistice Day the next year, Nov. 11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to U.S. veterans of all wars.

Now is the perfect time for congregations to engage in ministry with active troops and the families left behind.

Click here for 20 ideas.

 

 

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Later Today: Sing ‘n Celebrate ~ Celebrating Military

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November 8th at 5-6pm in the Fellowship Hall

We have been glad to hear that our new earlier hour of meeting is very popular! This upcoming SNC will give all of us the opportunity to express our appreciation for our members of the military.

We not only are inviting all Pender military members to attend this service, but we will also have the privilege of hearing two members of the military share about their experiences in serving our country.

In addition, Kay Creel of Pender’s Military Ministry will present some scarves and lap afghans knitted by our Prayer Shawl Ministry, which will be blessed by Pastor Kenny before being sent to deserving members of the military.

 

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Sing ‘N Celebrate ~ Celebrating Military

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November 8th @ 5-6pm in the Fellowship Hall

We have been glad to hear that our new earlier hour of meeting is very popular! This upcoming SNC will give all of us the opportunity to express our appreciation for our members of the military.

We not only are inviting all Pender military members to attend this service, but we will also have the privilege of hearing two members of the military share about their experiences in serving our country.

In addition, Kay Creel of Pender’s Military Ministry will present some scarves and lap afghans knitted by our Prayer Shawl Ministry, which will be blessed by Pastor Kenny before being sent to deserving members of the military.

 

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