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Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Pender

Sunday, September 13, 2020

 

Rev. Will White will begin a new Worship Series
“Through the Wilderness”

A tweet is floating around that simply says, “I miss precedented times.” How often do you hear that these are unprecedented times?

Of course, like all broad statements of that kind, this is both true and untrue. It is true that most of us haven’t lived with a pandemic. The natural disasters and the political and racial unrest all roll together to create a miasma of despair unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Except we have. Maybe not exactly this, but we know the experience.

We’ve been here before. We call it wilderness. It is a regular occurrence in the lives of followers of Jesus. One might say it is standard operating procedure. But familiarity doesn’t mean ease. Wandering through the wilderness is a difficult journey at the best of times. Other times, it can seem impossible.

Our task in this series is to help us find our way through the wilderness of this time by allowing the first of God-wanderers in the book of Exodus to speak to us. The stories of the people of God, along with the hymns of the faith in the Psalms, become our guides through the wilderness today.

 


The first Message will be “Into the Sea”

 

The Scriptures for Sunday are
Exodus 14:19-31 and Exodus 15:1-4

 

There is an irony in the selection of texts for this week. We are two days past 9/11, a date when we mourn the loss of life in such large numbers in the terrorist attack on New York and Washington DC and Pennsylvania. And we read a story of a miraculous rescue through an impossible barrier and the subsequent loss of lives of the pursuing nation, while a song is sung in praise of the victory. We remember the false reports of Muslims in this country singing and dancing with joy at the devastation on 9/11. We were outraged that such a celebration should occur. Those lies were exposed, but some still cling to that image. So, how do we as the people of God celebrate the destruction of the Egyptian enemy in the sea with dancing and singing and feel good about ourselves? There is a rabbinic teaching that says that when the Israelites crossed the sea and were safe, a cheer broke out in heaven. Then when the sea crashed down on the pursuing Egyptian army, another cheer went up in heaven. But God turned to the angels and said, “Why do you rejoice when my children have drowned in the sea?”

 

We cannot resolve all these issues in one act of worship this month, any more than we can “explain” how the sea parted and the people were set free. But we can be aware of the implications of our celebrations and our praise. We can be aware that praying for freedom is threatening to the status quo and unsettling for many; some will be hurt in the struggle for liberation; blood will be shed. It is happening around us all the time. We cannot ask for an easy road; we cannot ask for painless transformation.

 

But we can, and we should, indeed we must, ask for God to go with us. That is the focus of our worship today—not a celebration over enemies, but a recognition that in the difficult times, and in the comfortable ones, God is with us. God goes before and God follows behind. So, like the people of God on the shores of the Sea of Reeds, let us rejoice that God is with us; when there seemed to be no way, God makes a way. When there seems to be no hope, God is our hope. And God continues to be our hope, the hope we live out in our moving forward, even when lying down and giving up seems like the logical thing to do.

 

Remember, we are in the wilderness. The people standing on the shore, amazed at what God had accomplished, were not done with their journey. They had only just begun. We are on a journey too, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. And we have only just begun. We are still wandering, no matter how focused our mission and our goals might be, we are still wandering in the wilderness.

 

 

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Radically Engaged, August 23, 2020

 

August 23, 2020 Rev. Will White will preach a sermon titled, “Radically Engaged” based on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 and Matthew 22:37-39.

The online services are at 9:00 am (Traditional)

 

 

If you know someone unable to watch or listen to the Traditional  service on a computer or device, they may use any phone to listen:

1-571-200-7103.
Each Sunday service is available for about a week, then the latest takes its place.

 

And 11:15 am (Common Ground Contemporary)

You can also watch our services on https://www.facebook.com/PenderUMC/live/

Please listen to the archived services as we continue our worship series regarding “The Way of Salvation“.
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Grace and Peace, Rev. Will White,
Lead Pastor of Pender UMC

 

 

 

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Today at Pender UMC ~ October 15, 2017

Please join us today at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11am Worship Services.
Pastor Dan will be preaching his final sermon in his series based on our church-wide study, “Solve: Finding God’s Solutions in a World of Problems” entitled ” The Beauty of Name-Dropping” (Nehemiah 3:1-5).

Last week’s sermon:

Flea Market and Boutique Set Up Begins today.

Enjoy a BBQ luncheon (provided by the UMW) immediately following the 11am service and then help us get a start on all of the set up and unpacking of boxes!
Our Pender men will return from their retreat later in the day, so we really need as many hands on deck as possible to make this happen! Please remember, these are the biggest fundraisers for the UMW and UMM and allow us to raise all of our budget for missions throughout the year!
Of course we will continue to need help throughout the week with getting everything in its place, so consider helping then as well or you can be a cashier during the event.
We would also love to have extra bakers for our women’s bake sale. Donations for the flea market will be accepted beginning this Sunday through Wednesday.
We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact our leaders below:

 

WFCM’s Current Request for Donations:
Fresh Oranges, Apples, Potatoes & Onions
All donations may be left in the blue grocery cart located in the coat rack area. Financial contributions are also accepted (cash, check or through our website). Please mark your tax deductible donation “WFCM Food Pantry.” This will be recorded on your giving statement.
Please note: We do not accept any items that have been opened.

Save the Date

Oct. 15-18 – Flea Market/Boutique Setup
Oct.19-21 – Flea Market/Women’s Boutique
Oct. 27 – Women’s Movie Night
Oct. 28 – Dinner & Movie in the Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 29 – Farewell Celebration for Pastor Kenny & Mary Dale
Nov. 5 – Deadline for Donations for Operation Christmas Child
Nov. 11 – Rise Against Hunger
Nov. 12 – Chicken Chili Lunch sponsored by Ruth Circle
Nov. 13-20 – Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Collection
Nov. 17 – Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Pizza Dinner
Nov. 19 – Thanksgiving Basket Assembly
Nov. 20 – Thanksgiving Basket Distribution
Nov. 20 – Charge Conference
Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving Eve Service at Pender
Dec. 3 – Christmas Cantata
Dec. 8 – Gingerbread House Decorating – Session 1
Dec. 9 – Gingerbread House Decorating – Session 2
Dec. 10 – Carols, Cookies & Coffee
Dec. 13 – Christmas Comfort Worship Service
Dec. 16 – UMW Christmas Breakfast
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Services: 10am (followed by potluck lunch), 5:30, 7:30,11:00pm
 

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Today, August 27, at Pender UMC

Please join us this morning, August 27th, at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11am Worship Services.

Pastor Kenny will continue his sermon series at our 8:15 & 11am services on “The Games We Play.”
At our 9:30 Service, Pastor Dan will continue his sermon series entitled “Playlist” and will be preaching on “Scars to Your Beautiful” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
From last weeks message in this series. At our 9:30 Service, Pastor Dan began a new sermon series entitled “Playlist” and preached on “Million Reasons” (Hebrews 12:2-3). Your life has a soundtrack. Every peak, every low note, and every rhythm make up a part of who you are. Don’t just shuffle through your days — create a Playlist worth listening to!

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Today, December 18, 2016 at Pender UMC

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Christmas at the Movies.

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

Please join us today December 18th, the fourth Sunday in Advent, as we continue our sermon series, Christmas at the Movies.

Have you ever had a dream that caused you to do something different, make a change, or go in a different direction?  Have you ever had a dream that changed your perspective, gave you a new insight, or resolved something for you?

Movie Clip: It’s a Wonderful Life

(Scripture: Matthew 1:19-25)

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
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  • 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
  • NEW! Opt-in to Text Messaging for important Pender Announcements! Sign up here.
  • Registration is open for Music Groups.  More information
  • December 18: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • December 18: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • December 18: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • December 18: 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.
  • December 18: 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.
  • December 18: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • December 18: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • December 18: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • December 18: 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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