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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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Today at Pender ~ The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 21, 2014

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Please join us this Sunday, December 21st, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

8:15 & 11:00 Services Sermon Title: “If you take the CHRIST Out of Christmas, What Do You Have Left?” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

9:30 Common Ground Sermon Title: “Celebrate Jesus!” (Luke 1:46-56)

For more information about our upcoming sermons, click here.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

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Also Today:

  • December 21: The Fourth Sunday of Advent Do you know the meaning of the Chrismons on the Advent Tree? Find out here: More information
  • December 21: In the spirit of Advent we are excited to offer devotionals written by the congregants here at Pender church. We hope that in these busy and hectic times, you will return each day, to find peace and Christ in the stories you will find here. Pender Advent Devotions
  • December 21: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • December 21: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • December 21: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Cooking Oil
    • 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.

  • December 21 The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 184 sermons available.  More information
  • December 21: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • December 21: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • December 21: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • December 21: Sunday School Classes.  More information
  • December 21: New Directions Sunday School Class, “All In” by Mark Batterson. The following is a brief synopsis regarding the study – “Nothing belongs to you — not even you! Discover the radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King of your life!” New members are always welcome!! We meet in Room 206 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 21: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) (in the Genesis to Revelation Sunday School Class in Room 218-220) This Focus on the Family’s DVD series, with 26 one-half hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett, is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. lesson discusses the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
  • December 21: Sunday School Class: The Good and Beautiful God (began September 21) (Room 205 – Library) A new Sunday School course immediately after the 9:30 am worship service led by Brian and Angie Green will be reading and discussing this book. To sign up or find out more information, please sign up on the Connection Card in the bulletin on Sunday.
  • December 21: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
 

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Today at Pender ~ the Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 14, 2014

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

8:15 & 11:00 Services Sermon Title: “Christmas is Not Your Birthday”

9:30 Common Ground Sermon Title: “Keeping Christ in Christmas”

For more information about our upcoming sermons, click here.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.
  • December 14: The Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 14: In the spirit of Advent we are excited to offer devotionals written by the congregants here at Pender church. We hope that in these busy and hectic times, you will return each day, to find peace and Christ in the stories you will find here. Pender Advent Devotions
  • December 14: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • December 14: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • December 14: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Juice, Coffee and Hot Cocoa
    • 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.

  • December 14: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 182 sermons available.  More information
  • December 14: Christmas Cookie Tray distribution
  • December 14: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • December 14: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • December 14: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • December 14: Sunday School Classes.  More information
  • December 14: New Directions Sunday School Class, “All In” by Mark Batterson. The following is a brief synopsis regarding the study – “Nothing belongs to you — not even you! Discover the radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King of your life!” New members are always welcome!! We meet in Room 206 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 14: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) (in the Genesis to Revelation Sunday School Class in Room 218-220) This Focus on the Family’s DVD series, with 26 one-half hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett, is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. lesson discusses the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
  • December 14: Sunday School Class: The Good and Beautiful God (began September 21) (Room 205 – Library) A new Sunday School course immediately after the 9:30 am worship service led by Brian and Angie Green will be reading and discussing this book. To sign up or find out more information, please sign up on the Connection Card in the bulletin on Sunday.
  • December 14: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • December 14: Carols, Cookies, and Coffee Handbell program, 5:00 pm More information

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Pender Advent Devotions

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In the spirit of Advent we are excited to offer devotionals written by the congregants here at Pender church. We hope that in these busy and hectic times, you will return each day, to find peace and Christ in the stories you will find here:

http://www.penderumc.org/devotional

A new devotion will be found each day (except Sunday).

Today’s is by Ken D and is available now.  The reading is “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NIV)

Enjoy the rest of the devotion here:  http://www.penderumc.org/devotional

 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 Will be the Second Sunday of Advent

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This Sunday, December 7, marks the Second Sunday in Advent. Have you made an Advent wreath for your home or church?

The wreaths often consist of a circle of evergreens with four purple candles and a white one in the center, but it’s fun to  be creative with the use of natural materials.

Learn more in the article for the Advent Wreath Lighting Devotion 2012. http://www.umcmission.org/Learn-About-Us/News-and-Stories/2012/October-/Advent-2012

More about Advent Wreaths from Chuck Knows Church

 
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Pender 2013 Advent Devotional

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Our Pender 2013 Advent Devotional, Keeping Christ in Christmas (written by members of our Church family), is now available on our website by clicking on this link.

Just a few moments of prayer, scripture reading and reflection in the quiet of Advent will lead you and yours into a true celebration of Christmas.

Let’s prepare our hearts and make Jesus the reason for the season!

 

 

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