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What’s Happening with our Pender Youth

– Confirmation Class
Come and celebrate our 2017 Confirmation Class!  They will be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th, at the 11:00 am Worship Service.

– Senior Sunday
Our High School Seniors will be recognized at the 11:00 am Worship Service on Sunday, June 18th (when we will also recognize our 2017 college graduates).  Seniors:  please wear your cap and gown!  In addition, our high school seniors will be honored at a dinner along with their parents at 6:30 pm that night in the Fellowship Hall.
 
– Philippi Youth Mission Trip

The youth and all others interested in serving on our annual mission trip to Philippi, WV, will be leaving on Friday, July 21st, at 10:00 am and returning to Pender on Saturday, July 29th. The main project will be to attach a bedroom to an existing home.  Along with other projects and fun, the youth will enjoy white water rafting and a special time of worship and dinner with Mount Vernon UMC.  Contact Tim Lyberger for more details and a registration packet.

– Youth Bible Study
All 7th-12th Graders are invited to join our Youth Bible Study every Tuesday at 7:30-8:30 pm in the Youth Room.

— Rising 7th Graders
All rising 7th graders are invited to start attending our Pender Turning Point Youth Group, for all 7th-12th graders, beginning June 25th!  Bring your friends!

Contact Tim Lyberger, Youth Director

 

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Registration is Now Open!

 

Pender VBS, July 10-14, 9 am to noon 

Focus your telescopes! Galactic Starveyors reignites children’s sense of discovery and exploration as they marvel at the wonders of the starry sky. Most of all, they gaze toward the God who created the universe and everything in it learning that He wants to have a personal relationship with them! Come on into the clubhouse and show kids that God is over the moon in love with them!  Kids will rotate through music, recreation, snack, crafts and storytelling!

For ages 3 years (potty trained) through 6th grade.

Adults and 7th through 12th graders are welcome to volunteer.

Click here to register for VBS


Pender Music Camp, July 10-14, 12:30-3:30 pm

The theme for this summer’s  Pender UMC music camp will be “Star Quest.”   We will be exploring music that expresses the goodness of God’s creation, and tells of the truth of His word in the Bible.  Children will be rotating through handbell, Orff, drumming and craft classes.  In addition to these “out-of-this-world” classes, we will be preparing and presenting excerpts from the musical “Star Quest – The Search for the Stolen Scriptures.”  Join us this year as we blast off to fun and song!
For ages rising 2nd grade – rising 6th grade.  Registration is open now.
We are also seeking teens and adults who would like to be a part of our staff.

Click here to register or to sign up to Volunteer

 

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Preaching on Sunday at Pender UMC

Please join us this Sunday, May 28th, at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services. We welcome our guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert, who will be preaching at all 3 services on “In Your Neighborhood” (John 1:14; Matthew 10:5-15)
Sarah is a United Methodist elder beginning her fourth year serving the Arlington and Alexandria districts as the Bi-District Coordinator for Church Revitalization and Leadership Development.  Sarah says you can shorten the title to: “I’m from theDistricts, and I’m here to help!”

Sarah grew up all over as a military kid, ending up in Fairfax, Va. She has a BA in Economics from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg followed by J.D. from George Mason Law School, opening a law firm in Fairfax as her first career.After an overwhelming and literal calling from God, Sarah attended Wesley Theological Seminary for her Masters of Divinity and then again a few years later for her Doctorate in Church Leadership. Her dissertation work was on clergy support groups.

Sarah served as associate pastor for 6 years at a large church in Loudoun, planting an offsite for them and developing outreach into the community. She then spent 3 years as a sole pastor, helping grow a small church in Luray, Virginia. She now lives in Fairfax with her boxer Sugar Ray and has one 23-year-old son, Matthew.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  ~ Proverbs 31:26

 

Statistics say that 20.7 billion dollars will be spent on moms in honor of the U.S. holiday that falls on the second Sunday in May: Mother’s Day.  All that cash and commercialism goes against everything the women who originated the idea wanted.

In this video, meet the Methodist mother and daughter team who worked to create a day to honor a mother’s love and to emphasize how important a mother’s role is in building a peaceful world.

 

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Have You Ever Wondered About the Beliefs of Other Major World Religions?

 

For example, what exactly is Hinduism? And what is the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite Muslim? Do you ever wish that you were better equipped to have a respectful conversation with people of different faith traditions about your own beliefs? If so, then this new study is for you!
Join us for a course in Christianity and World Religions, beginning Sunday, April 30 at 10:50 am in the Cornerstone classroom (Rm. 215).

More information about how to sign up at http://www.penderumc.org/newsletter

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2017 in Bible Study, Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Why is the Easter season 50 days long?

 

Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).

Easter is also more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of new Christians.

Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. It’s the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, “incorporated into Christ’s mighty acts of salvation.” As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.

From http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/why-is-the-easter-season-fifty-days-long

 

 

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Easter Sunday at PenderUMC

 

 

Easter Worship Services — April 16:

  • 6:00 am “Sonrise” Worship (led by youth followed by a breakfast)
  • 8:00 am Traditional Worship with Organ, Orchestra & Choir (in the Sanctuary)
  • 9:30 am Contemporary Worship with Live Band (in the Fellowship Hall)
  • 9:30 am Traditional Worship with Organ, Orchestra & Choir (with Communion in the Sanctuary)
  • 11:00 am Traditional Worship with Organ, Orchestra & Choir (in the Sanctuary)

Childcare is Available:
Easter Sunday Services: Childcare is available from 9:15-12:15:

Birth to age 3 in the Nursery

Ages 3 – Kindergarten in Rooms. 119 & 121 — The Story of Easter

Easter Offering:
Our Easter Offering this year will support:

2 students at Africa University
WFCM Food Pantry
Pender ReGift Thrift Store

What do you mean by Traditional-Blended or Contemporary worship?

We understand that people have different styles for connecting with God in a meaningful and personal way. Pender offers two styles: Traditional-Blended and Contemporary. You will discover the people who attend these worship services are varied in age.

Traditional-Blended is largely traditional in flavor from a wonderful organ and beautiful hymns, choral, orchestra, children’s or bell music and traditional surroundings in our main sanctuary. Mrs. Theresa Carpenter leads the choir, and several servant volunteers are involved. During these services there is a time for the children on the altar steps at the front, and all children are invited to enjoy!

Contemporary worship is led by our praise band in a rock-and-roll style with many contemporary Christian songs that you might hear on the radio.  Rev. Dan delivers the message, often enhanced with video or drama.  Our contemporary worship services are more casual in nature, so wear your jeans or shorts if you want to,

Come for this Easter’s Traditional Worship to experience special music (Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus) and a special message brought by Pastor Kenny. 

Come for this Easter’s Contemporary Worship to experience great rock-style music and a special message brought by Pastor Dan.  Our contemporary worship service is called “Common Ground” and is offered at 9:30 every Sunday, including Easter!

All of our worship is Christ-centered, Biblically-minded and relevant to life today. Pender UMC desires that you feel God’s Spirit nurturing you and that in worship you experience the very real presence of Christ with us. May you be blessed by God as you gather with us.

Where do I enter the building?
First, we want you to know that our church has worked hard to create a building with access for all. Whether you find yourself in a wheelchair or carting babies in a buggy, you’ll find automatically opening doors and large entrances.

As you enter the parking lot, you will notice two doors, both under porticos so that you may get out of the rain if it is wet. To enter through the main sanctuary entrance doors, simply look for the semi-circular driveway.

If instead you enter the sliding glass doors entrance, make a left into the hallway to the end where you will notice the welcome area on your left.

What do my children do?
We invite older children (3rd grade and up) to become fully involved in worship. At the back of the sanctuary are “children’s bulletins” and supplies like crayons.

Our younger children have the option of remaining with their family or being cared for by our wonderful nursery and childcare staff. Childcare is available for children ages birth through 2nd grade in the lower level of our building. Ask an Usher to help you find where to take your children!

Where do I park?
We attempt to have plenty of parking on Easter morning for our guests. However, we suggest you plan to arrive early, and if parking is full on our lot, there is parking on the street. 

What if I need further information?
Our friendly volunteers and staff will welcome your questions! Please call our church office at 703-278-8023 between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Once at Pender, ask any friendly face for help! We are here to assist you.

 

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