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Welcome to Pender!

Welcome to Pender!

What can I expect on a Sunday?
Who are we?
What if I haven’t been to church much?
Getting to know people at Pender?

What can I expect on a Sunday?

  •  Three Worship Styles – Learn more about each Worship Time here
  •  Real People
  •  Lots of Children.  Children are welcome during the services or our nursery is located downstairs.  We provide infants and toddlers (newborns through age 4) with a safe and caring Christian environment
  •  An Opportunity to Connect with Others
  •  Time to Reflect Upon Jesus in our Lives
  •  Outstanding and Varied Music
  •  A Sense of Having Done Something Important with your Day

We are an “Access for All” church, meaning it is important to us for people with wheelchairs or other challenges to have easy access to doorways, hallways, bathrooms, ramps and elevator, seating (places for wheelchairs), and kid friendly (coloring books, booster steps for toddlers, high chairs).

Hearing aid and large-print hymnals are available during the service.  (See one of our ushers.)

Who are we?

Our hearts cry out for more of God. Pender is a “big place” with a “huge heart.” We care about being a community.

In Fairfax, we know it’s possible for us to live a totally anonymous, distant-from-one-another life. At Pender, we desire a different kind of community and life together. We believe Jesus has called us to be a very special community who cares about the world. It’s the essence of what “makes us tick.”

Our mission statement says it this way, we exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ. For us, that takes a very special passion for real community.

What if I haven’t been to church much?

Pender is a warm and inviting place. We actually want to meet you!

Many of our folks started coming to church more recently as adults rather than as children. Some of our people have come all of their life. Some seem to know a lot about the Bible and faith. Others are just beginning that interesting journey.

Getting to Know People at Pender!

We would love to help you “get plugged in” and feel like you know other people. The best way is to jump into a Sunday School class, small group or join the next “Welcome to Pender” or “Coffee with the Pastors” time.

Our “Welcome to Pender” or “Coffee with the Pastors” times are opportunities to get to know the pastors and a few key leaders – as well as other newer folks at Pender. These class times are advertised in the bulletin, and generally held in the Fall and Spring.

Pender has many vibrant small groups who meet together weekly or bi-weekly to support, encourage, pray and be great friends together in faith. We believe everyone needs a place where they are cared for and known more deeply. To help newer people “get into” a group, new groups are starting just about every month.

We are the kind of church where you can earnestly explore, ask questions, and discover new pieces about God throughout your lifetime. None of us “have arrived.” Some can help others; some need the “basics” explained.

The messages are geared towards explaining the Bible and how it applies to real life. And, several of our classes are “for beginners only.”

If you feel like you need help when you arrive, please know that there is a “bulletin” that lists out what pages the songs are on from the hymnal book (song book) in the pew racks.

Also, there is an “offering” time at all of our worship times. Please do not feel obligated to give money, but do know that the money given is used to provide services to the congregation, community and world. You’ll see when other people stand (for singing) and sit (for prayer and listening). And, always feel invited to ask someone about what’s going on. They’ll love being asked!

This community takes Jesus seriously.  How can we live our lives faithful to God? How can we know and act upon what the scriptures say? Where is Jesus at work, and how can we glorify Him?  How can we love God with everything we’ve got, and also love one another just like Jesus?

We are people on a journey following Jesus to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Get Involved!, Missions, Music, Pender UMC, Sermon

 

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Sing ‘n Celebrate, Tonight at 7:00 PM

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In view of the way we hear about turmoil and divisive occurrences on practically a daily basis in our world, we believe you will want to hear more about “A Love That Unites Us.”

Saint Augustine taught that faith in Christ implies community in the church, and that the goal of Christians should be the unity of mankind.

 More about Sing ‘n Celebrate

Sing ‘n Celebrate is Pender Church’s informal evening worship service that has a focus on contemporary Christian music and original dramas and testimonies. Dress is casual and the atmosphere offers a wonderful means to start the week with God in mind. 

In addition to music and testimonies, prayer is offered. Communion is served periodically.

Sing ‘n Celebrate ~ February 8  at 7:00 PM

So that you can watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, if you wish, Pastor Kenny has agreed that we will meet for SNC on Feb. 8.  We will focus on our theme of “A Love That Unites Us” with inspiring praise music and the words of our speaker.  This quote of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought this theme to mind:  “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.  Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes.  Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

We hope you are planning to return this evening for a casual time of worship when the possibility of a love that unites us can become more real through the music of JC Reigns, the words of Lloyd Rollins and the prayers lifted up by our congregation.

JC Reigns leads worship with both modern Christian songs and a selection of old church hymns – the aim is to meet the needs of all who attend. JC Reigns has been together for 14 years and over the course of that time, has recorded five Christian CDs and used all the proceeds to benefit world wide and local charities. 

Whether you are a new Christian, or have been following Christ for years, this is just a wonderful way to gather in fellowship, sing songs to God and listen to your brothers and sisters as they share their faith. We invite you to come and bring a friend, meet other Pender People and leave with a song on your heart and the Son in your eyes.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Get Involved!, Music, Pender UMC

 

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Sing ‘n Celebrate, Sunday February 8 at 7:00 PM

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In view of the way we hear about turmoil and divisive occurrences on practically a daily basis in our world, we believe you will want to hear more about “A Love That Unites Us.”

Saint Augustine taught that faith in Christ implies community in the church, and that the goal of Christians should be the unity of mankind.

 More about Sing ‘n Celebrate

Sing ‘n Celebrate is Pender Church’s informal evening worship service that has a focus on contemporary Christian music and original dramas and testimonies. Dress is casual and the atmosphere offers a wonderful means to start the week with God in mind. 

In addition to music and testimonies, prayer is offered. Communion is served periodically.

Sing ‘n Celebrate ~ February 8  at 7:00 PM

So that you can watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, if you wish, Pastor Kenny has agreed that we will meet for SNC on Feb. 8.  We will focus on our theme of “A Love That Unites Us” with inspiring praise music and the words of our speaker.  This quote of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought this theme to mind:  “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.  Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes.  Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

We hope you are planning to return this evening for a casual time of worship when the possibility of a love that unites us can become more real through the music of JC Reigns, the words of Lloyd Rollins and the prayers lifted up by our congregation.

JC Reigns leads worship with both modern Christian songs and a selection of old church hymns – the aim is to meet the needs of all who attend. JC Reigns has been together for 14 years and over the course of that time, has recorded five Christian CDs and used all the proceeds to benefit world wide and local charities. 

Whether you are a new Christian, or have been following Christ for years, this is just a wonderful way to gather in fellowship, sing songs to God and listen to your brothers and sisters as they share their faith. We invite you to come and bring a friend, meet other Pender People and leave with a song on your heart and the Son in your eyes.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2015 in Get Involved!, Music, Pender UMC

 

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Celebration of Advent – TONIGHT!

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Sing ‘n Celebrate, Tonight at 7pm

Now is a good time to reserve the evening of December 7 for Sing ‘NCelebrate’s time for Celebration of Advent.

Our drama will set the scene and the theme for this time of worship — reminding us of how totally gracious Mary was when first viewing the rustic surroundings where her baby would be born. We will also be reminded that God’s timing for everything, even the birth of His Son, Jesus, is always perfect!

Sing ‘n Celebrate is Pender Church’s informal evening worship service that has a focus on contemporary Christian music and original dramas and testimonies. Dress is casual and the atmosphere offers a wonderful means to start the week with God in mind.

In addition to music and testimonies, prayer is offered. Communion is served periodically.

JC Reigns leads worship with both modern Christian songs and a selection of old church hymns – the aim is to meet the needs of all who attend. JC Reigns has been together for 14 years and over the course of that time, has recorded five Christian CDs and used all the proceeds to benefit world wide and local charities.

Whether you are a new Christian, or have been following Christ for years, this is just a wonderful way to gather in fellowship, sing songs to God and listen to your brothers and sisters as they share their faith. We invite you to come and bring a friend, meet other Pender People and leave with a song on your heart and the Son in your eyes.

 

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Celebration of Advent

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Sing ‘n Celebrate, Dec. 7th @ 7pm

Now is a good time to reserve the evening of December 7 for Sing ‘NCelebrate’s time for Celebration of Advent.

Our drama will set the scene and the theme for this time of worship — reminding us of how totally gracious Mary was when first viewing the rustic surroundings where her baby would be born. We will also be reminded that God’s timing for everything, even the birth of His Son, Jesus, is always perfect!

Sing ‘n Celebrate is Pender Church’s informal evening worship service that has a focus on contemporary Christian music and original dramas and testimonies. Dress is casual and the atmosphere offers a wonderful means to start the week with God in mind.

In addition to music and testimonies, prayer is offered. Communion is served periodically.

JC Reigns leads worship with both modern Christian songs and a selection of old church hymns – the aim is to meet the needs of all who attend. JC Reigns has been together for 14 years and over the course of that time, has recorded five Christian CDs and used all the proceeds to benefit world wide and local charities.

Whether you are a new Christian, or have been following Christ for years, this is just a wonderful way to gather in fellowship, sing songs to God and listen to your brothers and sisters as they share their faith. We invite you to come and bring a friend, meet other Pender People and leave with a song on your heart and the Son in your eyes.

 

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Sunday, February 9, at Pender UMC

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What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender 

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 Series: Spicing Up Your Love Life: Loving Like Jesus

February 9.  What Kind of Love ~ 1 Corinthians 13.
It’s easy to say I love you if or I love you when but that’s not Jesus love.  His is unconditional.  Let’s look at what that really means this Sunday.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

Also on Sunday:

  • February 9: Ruth Circle will be selling necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, 8:00 am-12:00 pm. This is a good time to think about your favorite Valentine. We will also have a few handmade little boxes. All items will be $5.00 each. Again, all proceeds will go to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries and the Backpack program.
  • February 9: Blood Pressure Checks, 9:15-9:45 am and 12:00-12:30 pm
  • February 9: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • February 9: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • February 9: How to Study the Bible, 9:30 am
  • February 9: Women of the Year & Man of the Year Luncheon, after the 11:00 Service.
  • February 9: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • February 9: Youth Orchestra, 4:15-5:00 pm.  Register for this orchestra.
  • February 9: Celebration Ringers, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • February 9: Youth Handbell Ensemble, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • February 9: Youth Choir, 5:45-6:30 pm.  Register for this choir
  • February 9: JLU, 5:00-7:00 pm.  More information
  • February 9: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
  • February 9: Book Lover’s Group, 7:00 pm
  • February 9: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm

 

 

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Common Ground Service in the Sanctuary ~ January 19, 2013

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Our 9:30 Common Ground Contemporary Service will be held in the Sanctuary this Sunday, January 19th.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Get Involved!, Music, Pender UMC, Sermon

 

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