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Sunday Is the Beginning of Advent

Advent

Sunday, December 3, 2017  is the First Sunday in Advent.

The first Candle of the Advent Wreath is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, on December 3 this year. It is called the Prophecy Candle and reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as the King of Kings.

Suggested Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-38

Chuck Knows Church — ADVENT WREATH. Four candles in a circle with a big one in the middle? Yep, take a moment and learn the basics about the advent wreath. And why is the pink candle…pink?

 

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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
  • 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
  • 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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Today, November 27, 2016 at Pender UMC

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Christmas at the Movies.

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

 

Please join us this Sunday, 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
  • 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
  • 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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Today, December 11, 2016 at Pender UMC ~ ONE Unified Service at 10:00 am

 

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Please join us this Sunday, December 11th, as we celebrate Building in Faith for the Future. We will come together for one service at 10amfollowed by a luncheon and dessert reception.

PLEASE NOTE: Nursery and Sunday school for ages 2 through 6th grade will be open at 9:45 am.

December 11, the third Sunday in Advent

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Theme: What lies ahead in life, kingdom and church will require patience, but also hope.

Movie Clip: A Christmas Story

Scripture: James 5:7-10

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

Calendar of Events

Also today:

  • 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:
    • Apples, Oranges, Onions & Potatoes

    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 11: Building in Faith for the Future Pledge Sunday, More information
  • December 11: Unified Service & Church-wide Luncheon, 10 am
  • December 11: Carols, Cookies & Coffee, 4:30 pm
  • December 11: Turning Point Youth Group, 7:00-8:30 pm. Fr

 

 

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Today, December 4, 2016 at Pender UMC

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“Invitation to a Miracle: A Cantata for Christmas”  by Joseph Martin
Presented by: The Pender UMC Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra

Sunday, December 4  All 3 Services

Joyful sounds abound in this colorful Christmas gift for choirs. Through poetic narration, scripture passages and creatively arranged carols, the timeless story of the birth of Christ is presented. Gathered around the wonders that accompanied Jesus’ birth, this cantata journeys from the miracle of prophecy to the incarnation and proclamation of this most significant moment. 

More info at http://www.penderumc.org/cantata

December 4, the second Sunday in Advent

Choir CantataInvitation to a Miracle: A Cantata for Christmas

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.


Movie Clip:
Elf

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:

  • 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:
    • Apples, Oranges, Onions & Potatoes

    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 4 Cantata Sunday, all 3 services
  • December 4: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • December 4: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • December 4: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • December 4: 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 4: 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.
  • December 4: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • December 4: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • December 4: Building in Faith for the Future (BFF), 12:30 pm Q and A session in the Fellowship Hall
    More information
  • December 4: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • December 4: JLU, 5:00-7:00 pm.  More information
  • December 4: Sing ‘n Celebrate, 5 pm in the Fellowship Hall
    More information
  • December 4: 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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Today, November 27, 2016 at Pender UMC

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Christmas at the Movies.

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

November 27,  the first Sunday in Advent

Keep watch over your heart, lest it grow two sizes too small.

Movie Clip: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44

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:
    • Canned Fruit

    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
  • Now through tomorrow November 28: Register for Christmas VBS More information
  • November 27: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • November 27: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • November 27: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • November 27: 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.
  • November 27: 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.
  • November 27: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • November 27: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • November 27: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • November 27: Prison Ministry, 1:00 pm More information.
  • November 27: 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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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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