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Pender’s Chrismon Tree

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Chrismon Tree. Did you know that Pender has a Chrismon Tree in the sanctuary during Advent and at Christmas time?

Do you know what do those symbols mean on the tree? Who made them and why?

Ornaments made from Christian symbols (or Chrismons, a contraction for ‘Christ monograms’) were first developed by Frances Spencer and the women of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA. Many churches display a Chrismon tree during the Advent and Christmas season decorated with handmade ornaments.

Pender’s ornaments were made by our Prayer Shawl Ministry in 2013 (At that time, it was called Casting God’s Love).  This is a sample of what they made using a technique called counted cross stitch:

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In the video below, Chuck talks about the Chrismon Tree.

 

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Prayer Shawl Ministry News

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prayer-shawl1The Prayer Shawl Ministry (formerly Casting God’s Love) has been busy!

Here is a picture of a recently completed lapghan, held by Mary Ann Hinkle and Betty Kelly.

Someone donated several of the squares to the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  Mary Ann Hinkle finished the rest of the squares and sewed them together.

It is very warm and will make a wonderful gift to someone needing comfort.

 


In addition, the picture below shows a triangle shawl created by Ruth Haynie and modeled by Sue Pierce.  This shawl has already been delivered and is currently providing comfort and support.

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prayer-shawl3Here is another shawl crocheted by Ruth, with Mary Lou and Sue as the models.


If you would like to have your completed shawl shown on the website, please send your picture to Sue LeStrange at lestrangesue@gmail.com.

We continue to meet 6:30-7:30 PM each Wednesday this summer.  Join us!

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC, Photos

 

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Thank you!

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Thanks to all who graciously knitted and crocheted scarves for our deployed military service members.

What a blessing these will be to the service members who will receive them in holiday care packages (sent out via Operation Gratitude at the end of this month).

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Casting God’s Love Ministry

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Please return all finished chrismons to the Church Office by THIS  SUNDAY, September 29th.  If you fee you cannot finish by this date,  please let Priscilla know. 
Mark your calendar and please join us on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Oct 27. at 1:30 pm in Room 200 to help stuff the finished chrismons.

Also, if you would like to knit or crochet prayer shawls, lapghans and other projects for our ministry, contact Priscilla here .  
Please join us at 6:30 pm on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month in Room 200 (or you can work at home at your own pace.) 

 

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Bless Our Military Service Members

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CASTING GOD’S LOVE FOR DEPLOYED MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

Love to knit or crochet? Have a heart for our military service members?

scarfPlease pick up some yarn in the basket near the coat racks and make a hand made scarf for holiday care packages going out via Operation Gratitude.

Crochet and knit patterns provided as a handout near the basket.  Feel free to attach a tag with encouraging words or your email address.

Finished Items will be collected at the end of October. Questions?  Contact Kay Creel or Priscilla Van Steelant

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Plan Ahead…

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Here are some of our upcoming events at Pender UMC.

 

Our address is 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033• 703.278.8023

and our website is http://www.penderumc.org

 

August 1: The Art of Parenting Regular registration begins.  More information

August 1: Lectio Divina small group. (weekly) 6:15-7:00PM More information

August 3: Men’s Bible Study. (weekly)  7:00-9:30AM

August 4: Sunday School continues for the Summer Session.  Read the brochure

August 4: Turning Point Youth Group, (weekly) 7:00PM (no dinner during the summer)

August 4: Book Lovers Club, (monthly) 7:00PM

August 4: Sing ‘n Celebrate, (monthly) 7:00PM

August 7-20: Paraguay Short Term Missions Trip  More information

August 8: ReGift Thrift Executive Board biweekly meeting, 6:30-8:00PM

August 11:  Backpack Collection for Rocky Run

August 11: Blood Pressure Checks 9:15-9:45 and 12:00-12:30

August 11: Turning Point Youth Group, (weekly)  7:00PM

August 12: College/20-Something Bible study  (weekly)  7:30-8:30PM

August 17: Bessie Gooding circle. (monthly) 9:30-11:00AM

August 20: Tuesday evening small group  (weekly) 6:30-8:30PM

August 21: Church Council Meeting (monthly) 7:30-9:30PM

August 25: Backpack Blessing, all 3 services

August 25: Juvenile Detention Center.  More information

August 29: Sanctuary Choir Kickoff.  (weekly) Register for this choir.

September 1: Backpack Blessing, Common Ground service at 9:30am

September 3: Carillon and Joy Ringers Kickoff.  (weekly) Register for these choirs.

September 8: Kick Off Sunday

September 8: Youth Choir and Handbells Kickoff. (weekly)  Register for these choirs.

September 8: Book Lovers Club, 7:00PM

September 10: Revelation Ringers Kickoff. (weekly)  Register for this choir.

September 11:  Ruth Circle  (monthly) 9:00AM-Noon

September 11: Women’s Bible study (weekly) 7:30-9:30PM

September 12: Dinner with Chris Hanak

September 12: Children’s Handbells and Choir Kickoff. (weekly)  Register for these choirs.

September 15: National Back To Church Sunday

September 15: The Art of Parenting.  More information

September 21: Bessie Gooding circle   (monthly) 9:30-11:00AM

September 22: Juvenile Detention Center.  (monthly)  More information

September 26: Casting God’s Love (weekly)  6:30-7:30PM

September 28: UMW Fall Retreat

October 4-6: Local Short Term Mission Trip, one-on-one buddy to a special needs child, Camp Highroad

October 16-31: Short Term Mission Trip to Thailand

October 24-26: Flea Market & Boutique 

November 3: Church Conference

November 3: Youth Orchestra Kickoff. Register for this choir.

December 1: Sing ‘n Celebrate  (monthly) 

December 7: Christmas VBS

December 8: UMW Christmas Brunch

December 8: Book Lover’s Group  (monthly) 

December 11: Ruth Circle  (monthly) 

December 14-15: UMW Cookie Tray Assembly

December 21: Bessie Gooding Circle  (monthly) 

December 22: Juvenile Detention Center (monthly)  More information

December 24: Christmas Eve Services

February 23-March 6, 2014: Trip to Israel with Pastor Kenny

 

 

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Get More Involved at Pender

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There are lots of benefits from being actively involved at Pender UMC. Getting to know people, and serving others gives you a sense of belonging. Being involved can have a very positive impact on your spiritual walk.

Become a member of Pender or at least attend often.  Pender Connections classes are often held to help you with your decision.

There are always needs that have to be fulfilled. Below is a list of some of the ways you can get involved.

  1. Be a greeter.
  2. Become an usher.
  3. Serve in the children’s ministry.
  4. Talk to others around you after services.
  5. If you have handy skills, offer to fix things that are broken.
  6. Serve in the hospitality department coffee, lunch etc..
  7. Join a Sunday School class and/or a Small Group.  We have lots to choose from.
  8. Offer to help with audio/visual
  9. Join the choir or band.  Learn to play handbells.
  10. The Outreach Center can always use a helping hand on Saturdays.
  11. Help with cleaning.
  12. Attend Bible Studies.
  13. Help with fundraisers.
  14. Help out at the Pender ReGift Thrift Store
  15. Invite other people to visit your church.
  16. Join the Men’s group or a Woman’s Circle
  17. Knit or Crochet for those who need encouragement through Casting God’s Love
  18. Go on a Short-Term Missions trip
  19. Sign up for the Prayer Chain
  20. Volunteer in the Church Office
  21. The Flea Market and Boutique can always use sorters and salespeople.
 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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