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Today at Pender UMC ~ Pentecost

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Wear RED this Sunday, May 15th! It’s Pentecost Sunday, one of the principal days of the Christian year, celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. The Greek word pentecoste means “fiftieth day.”

Pentecost is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem.

It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church.

Pastor Kenny will be preaching on “Fire!” (Acts 2:1-4) at the 8:15 & 11am Services and Pastor Dan will be preaching on “The Spirit Awakens!” (Acts 2:1-13)

Listen to 284 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:

  • May 15: Pentecost
  • May 15: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • May 15: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • May 15: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Egg Noodles and Hamburger Helper
    • 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 15: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 284 sermons available.  More information
  • May 15: The Waitlist is open for Vacation Bible School (VBS).  More information
  • May 15: Registration is open for Music Camp.  More information
  • May 15: Registration is open for Philippi.  More information
  • May 15: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • May 15: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • May 15: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • May 15: New Directions Sunday School Class. New study entitled “Soul Keeping – Caring for the Most Import Part of You” by John Ortberg. 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 15: 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.
  • May 15: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • May 15: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
    Youth Confirmation Sunday
    This Sunday is a special day in the life of our youth where our confirmation students will publicly accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior at the altar during our 11am service and become official members of Pender. All family members and members of our Church family are invited to come and celebrate this important spiritual milestone in their lives!
  • May 15: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • May 15: 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.
  • May 15: Celebration Ringers, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 15: Youth Handbell Ensemble, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 15: Youth Choir, 5:45-6:30 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 15: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30-8:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Sunday is Pentecost. What is it?

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From a historical perspective, Christianity didn’t start with Jesus’ birth, his death or even his storied ascension to heaven. It started with Pentecost — the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each of them, an event which — as my minister uncle tells me — “makes the church the church.”

Although Pentecost is chock full of religious significance, it is a holiday not widely celebrated. Sort of the opposite of Hanukkah, which is widely celebrated but not religiously important. My uncle says Pentecost is a bigger deal in liturgical churches, which follow a formal, standardized order of events (like Catholics). “Non-liturgical” refers to churches whose services are unscripted (like Baptists).

Back Story: At his Last Supper, Jesus legendarily instructed his 12 disciples to go out into the world to minister and heal the sick on their own. It was at that point that they became “apostles.” Fifty days after Jesus’ death, as the story goes, the Holy Spirit (part of the Holy Trinitity — God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit ) descended onto the apostles, making them speak in foreign tongues. This “Pentecostal” experience allowed the apostles direct communication with God, which signaled a major shift in the religious landscape and laid the foundation for what would become Christianity. You’ll notice that the disciples are always depicted in artwork as regular-looking men while the apostles are depicted with halos around their heads. (Several other apostles came later — namely the famous Paul who is credited with writing much of the New Testament.)

Although all the original 12 apostles are important, some get top billing. Here’s why:

  • Peter (also called Simon Peter) established the first church in Antioch and is regarded as the founding pope of the Catholic church. Instrumental in the spread of early Christianity, Peter was said to have walked on water, witnessed the “Transfiguration of Jesus” and denied Jesus (for which he repented and was forgiven.) The Gospel of Mark is ascribed to Peter, as Mark was Peter’s disciple and interpreter.
  • John also is said to have witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus and went on to pen the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John and Book of Revelation. He died at age 94, having outlived the other apostles — all of whom, according to legend/history/whatever, were martyred. John is often described as “Jesus’ favorite” and depicted as the disciple sitting to Jesus’ right at the Last Supper.
  • Thomas (“Doubting Thomas”) is best known for questioning Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it. According to the Bible, Thomas saw Jesus himself several days later and proclaimed “My Lord and my God,” to which Jesus famously responded: “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:28.)

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Pentecost is this Sunday. What is Pentecost?

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From a historical perspective, Christianity didn’t start with Jesus’ birth, his death or even his storied ascension to heaven. It started with Pentecost — the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each of them, an event which — as my minister uncle tells me — “makes the church the church.”

Although Pentecost is chock full of religious significance, it is a holiday not widely celebrated. Sort of the opposite of Hanukkah, which is widely celebrated but not religiously important. My uncle says Pentecost is a bigger deal in liturgical churches, which follow a formal, standardized order of events (like Catholics). “Non-liturgical” refers to churches whose services are unscripted (like Baptists).

Back Story: At his Last Supper, Jesus legendarily instructed his 12 disciples to go out into the world to minister and heal the sick on their own. It was at that point that they became “apostles.” Fifty days after Jesus’ death, as the story goes, the Holy Spirit (part of the Holy Trinitity — God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit ) descended onto the apostles, making them speak in foreign tongues. This “Pentecostal” experience allowed the apostles direct communication with God, which signaled a major shift in the religious landscape and laid the foundation for what would become Christianity. You’ll notice that the disciples are always depicted in artwork as regular-looking men while the apostles are depicted with halos around their heads. (Several other apostles came later — namely the famous Paul who is credited with writing much of the New Testament.)

Although all the original 12 apostles are important, some get top billing. Here’s why:

  • Peter (also called Simon Peter) established the first church in Antioch and is regarded as the founding pope of the Catholic church. Instrumental in the spread of early Christianity, Peter was said to have walked on water, witnessed the “Transfiguration of Jesus” and denied Jesus (for which he repented and was forgiven.) The Gospel of Mark is ascribed to Peter, as Mark was Peter’s disciple and interpreter.
  • John also is said to have witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus and went on to pen the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John and Book of Revelation. He died at age 94, having outlived the other apostles — all of whom, according to legend/history/whatever, were martyred. John is often described as “Jesus’ favorite” and depicted as the disciple sitting to Jesus’ right at the Last Supper.
  • Thomas (“Doubting Thomas”) is best known for questioning Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it. According to the Bible, Thomas saw Jesus himself several days later and proclaimed “My Lord and my God,” to which Jesus famously responded: “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:28.)

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Sunday at Pender UMC ~ May 24, 2015

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Please join us this Sunday, May 24, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

Sermon Series:  STORIES          

May 24 – Pentecost – The Power of Understanding A Story – Acts 2:1-1-41

                                    “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.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

 

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Tonight We Give Thanks Together!

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Join us for our annual combined Thanksgiving Eve Service at Ox Hill Baptist Church (along with King of Kings Lutheran Church & Christ Presbyterian Church) tonight at 7:30 pm.

 

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Today, June 8, at Pender

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The sermon for Sunday, June 8th is “Pentecost for All” (Acts 2:1-13)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given so that we will be prepared for the work of service and the body of Christ will be built up. Each of us has gifts. What are your gifts? How are you using them? On this celebration of Pentecost and confirming our teenagers into faith in Christ, let’s celebrate the Holy Spirit and the gifts He gives.

Also today:

  • Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • picnicEveryone is invited to join us after the 11:00 Service for a “carnival-themed” picnic. We’ll have yummy food, carnival games and other activities.

And then…

  • Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • A FREE Car Wash from 5:00 to 6:00!car-washJLU Youth Group for all 4-6th graders meets this Sunday, June 8th, and our outreach project is to wash your car from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Please be sure to have the kids bring a change of clothes for dinner. We had a great year learning about the 12 disciples and wish everyone the best over the summer break. We will start up again in September with Grades 4 – 6th.

Last but not least:

As usual:

  • June 8: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • June 8: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • June 8: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Snacks & Crackers in Sleeves
    • 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 8: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 147 sermons available.  More information
  • June 8: Music Camp registration is open. More information
  • June 8: Register for VBS Wait list (Registration is closed, waitlist only) http://www.penderumc.org/vbs
 

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Pentecost is Sunday, June 8, 2014

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Pentecost is a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Some Christian denominations consider it the birthday of the Christian church and celebrate it as such.

Originally, Pentecost was a Jewish holiday held 50 days after Passover. One of three major feasts during the Jewish year, it celebrated Thanksgiving for harvested crops. However, Pentecost for Christians means something far different.

Before Jesus was crucified, he told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come after him:

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16–18

And 40 days after Jesus was resurrected (10 days after he ascended into heaven), that promise was fulfilled when Peter and the early Church were in Jerusalem for Pentecost.

Sunday’s Sermon:

Holy Spirit – Power for the JourneyActs 2: 1-13

We belive in the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity who came on Pentecost and began the church.  What does the Holy Spirit do today?  How does the  Holy Spirit get and find Power?

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 2:4 Or languages; also in verse 11

  2. Acts 2:9 That is, the Roman province by that name

 

Seen any symbols of fire around your sanctuary?

Do you know what’s the second most important day of the Christian year?

Chuck messes with candles again and explains Pentecost.

 

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