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Our 2014 Easter Event was a Huge Success!

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We had 150 children plus their families attend on Monday and everyone had a great time learning about the true meaning of Easter and enjoying egg hunts, crafts, and the Easter Bunny. To see the happy faces and the great joy of this most beautiful day, click on this link.

Special thanks to Sowmya Subramanian and Harmonie Taddeo for heading up this event and to ALL of the many volunteers who helped make this day so special.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Easter, Holidays, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest

 

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Bring a Friend and Join us this Easter!

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STORY TIME & EASTER EGG HUNT
MARCH 27TH at 10:00 AM

Lots of fun for all, including an egg hunt, snacks and you can even take pictures with the Easter Bunny! (Don’t forget your camera!)

Come rain or shine — no RSVP necessary.

William Blake's Holy Thursday (1794).

William Blake’s Holy Thursday (1794). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE WITH COMMUNION
MARCH 28TH AT 7:30 PM

Theme: Questions of the Passion
The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting special music concerning “Questions of the Passion.” The music will address questions that were asked of and by Jesus on His final night on Earth.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
MARCH 29TH AT 7:30 PM

Theme: The Great Love God Showed Through the Cross
The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting special music as a meditation following in Jesus’ footsteps on his walk to the cross. It will focus on His love for us, as well as our adoration of Him and the sacrifice He made for us. We will have a time of “Adoration at the Cross” where a large cross will be erected for people to come for a time of prayer at the altar.

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
– 6:00 am Sunrise Service with breakfast after
– 8:00 am Traditional Service
– 9:30 Contemporary Service with Communion
– 9:30 Traditional Service with Communion
– 11:00 Traditional Service

Bring a flower to place on the Easter Cross in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday.

Our Easter Offering this year will be split between Western Fairfax Christian Ministries and Pender ReGift Thrift Store.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Lent, Music, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest, Sermon

 

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Holy Week at Pender

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week of the church year. At the other end of Holy Week is Easter, the most important day of the church year.

For Christians, this is the big event! And it’s all about the mystery that somehow Jesus Christ makes us one with God.

Sunday, March 24 – Palm Sunday – Why did Jesus have to die?

Jesus was a good man.  He was compassionate and caring.  He helped the poor and needy.  He should have continued to live as our example but they killed him!  Jesus died!  Why did it have to happen?  What difference does it make for me?  Let’s talk about the cross and death this Sunday.

Each year on Palm Sunday, the children of the congregation help to lead worship, as they sing and wave palms while processing around the Sanctuary.  This joyous Sunday morning service recalls Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and marks the beginning of Holy Week.  With our palms and sung ‘Hosannas’ we pray for Christ’s saving power in our lives and in our world today.

Wednesday, March 27: Story time and Easter Egg Hunt.
The event kicks off with story time in the Sanctuary.  Lots of fun for all, including an egg hunt, snacks and you can even take pictures with the Easter Bunny!  (Don’t forget your camera!)  Come rain or shine — no RSVP necessary. More information

Thursday, March 28: Holy Thursday Service
This service commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and through sermon and sacrament. 

The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting special music based on the “Questions of the Passion.”  Through the music, we will focus on the hard questions that were asked of and to Jesus during the last week of His life on earth.  We will also participate in communion as we commemorate the Last Supper.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday Service
Father, into Your Hands, I commend my Spirit.”  Having said this, Jesus breathed His last. – Luke 23:46

Jesus died for us, for our sins, and for the world.  On Good Friday, we gather with grief and gratitude for a service of worship that remembers and reflects upon the redemptive power of Christ’s sacrificial death and suffering, for our salvation.

The Good Friday service will focus on the “Wondrous Love” of Christ and how that love manifested itself in His sacrifice on the cross.  The service will include special music from the Sanctuary Choir.

Sunday, March 31: Easter – Why did Jesus have to be raised from the dead?
EasterJesus story is acceptable until you begin to talk about his resurrection.  Surely this isn’t true.  The dead are made alive and a tomb is empty!  How could it be?  Yet, it is necessary!  It is the reason we are here!  Let’s see if we can discover what that means for the world this Easter and what we have to share because of it.

  • Sunrise Service
  • Easter Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Traditional Service
  • 9:30 am Contemporary Service
  • 9:30 am Traditional Service
  • 11:00 am Traditional Service
  • Easter plants are yours to take after the last service

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.  Pastor 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, Pastor Dan does!

Come for this Easter’s Traditional Worship to experience special music (Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus) and a special message brought by Pastor Kenny.  Why did Jesus have to be raised from the dead? Jesus story is acceptable until you begin to talk about his resurrection.  Surely this isn’t true.  The dead are made alive and a tomb is empty!  How could it be?  Yet, it is necessary!  It is the reason we are here!  Let’s see if we can discover what that means for the world this Easter and what we have to share because of it.

Come for this Easter’s Contemporary Worship to experience great rock-style music and a special message brought by Pastor Kevin.  Our contemporary worship service is called “Common Ground” and is offered at 9:30 every Sunday, including Easter! Why did Jesus have to be raised from the dead? Jesus story is acceptable until you begin to talk about his resurrection.  Surely this isn’t true.  The dead are made alive and a tomb is empty!  How could it be?  Yet, it is necessary!  It is the reason we are here!  Let’s see if we can discover what that means for the world this Easter and what we have to share because of it

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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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Lent, Music, Pender UMC, Sermon

 

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This Week at Pender ~ March 14, 2013

    

 This Week at Pender

 

March 14, 2013

 
 
Sermon Series ~ Hard Questions
March 17th Sermon:
There is only ONE God and he just has different names RIGHT?
The Bible says there is ONE God.  But the Gods people talk about and believe in are so different.  One is involved in everything.  One never does anything but create what is.  One only judges.  Another only loves.  Are they all the same and it doesn’t matter what we believe as long as we believe in God?  Let’s see what the ONE and ONLY God is like and you can decide.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

 (Deuteronomy 6:4)
 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me.”
(Exodus 20:1-3)
 
Supper for the Soul Thursday Dinner TONIGHT!
 

Join us for a delicious dinner at 6:00-7:00 pm and a discussion based on the sermon from the previous Sunday. 

 

What’s for dinner TONIGHT? 

 Baked Macaroni & Cheese AND

 Baked Macaroni w/Ham & Peas served w/fruit

 

          What’s for dinner on March 21st?

Sandwich Night – Egg Salad, Tuna Salad & assorted deli meats served with chips and fruit
Empty Your Pockets!   Help Fight World Hunger! 
Pender Turning Point Youth Group

 is putting on a Penny War

 to raise money for the World Vision 30 Hour Famine!

Each high school represented in the youth group has their own jar in which to collect the money. The jar that ends up with the highest number of points wins, and the youth who participated in the famine from that school gets a prize!

How it works:

Pennies and paper money are positive points.

(For example a penny would be +1 point and a $5 bill would be +500 points)

All silver change is counted as negative points.

(So nickels are -5, dimes are -10, and quarters are -25.)

Put your pennies and paper money in your own high school’s jar!

 Put silver change in your rival’s jar!

The jars will be out until the end of March.

Pender’s Annual Mission Conference ~ April 12-14th
Housing Needed for Visiting Missionaries

Pender’s Annual Mission Conference is fast approaching!

We will have activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Including two themed pot luck suppers of South American and Asian/Indian Food, South American Dance Demonstrations, as well as, missionary speakers and wonderful music. A full agenda will be provided soon!

 

We need to provide housing for the keynote speaker and visiting missionaries. If you would be willing to open up your home to bless a visiting missionary during the conference, please contact Beryl Marin

Easter Plants for the Altar 

 

Order plants to be placed on the altar on Easter in memory or in honor of a loved one. 

 

 Plants are yours to take

 after the last service on Easter Sunday. 

 

Order forms are at the Sign-up Center

(Payment is requested with order) 

 

Tulips and daffodils ~ $11

 

Azaleas ~ $16.75

 

Hydrangeas ~ $16.50

Confirmation Class Begins this Sunday at 2:00 pm
Confirmation Class starts this Sunday, March 17th
at 2:00 pm
For all 7th graders & up
 who have not joined as members of Pender  
For more information, please contact Tim Lyberger here .
Story Time and Easter Egg Hunt, Wed., March 27th at 10:00 am
   

The event kicks off with story time in the Sanctuary.  Lots of fun for all, including an egg hunt, snacks and you can even take pictures with the Easter Bunny!  (Don’t forget your camera!) 

Come rain or shine — no RSVP necessary.

Pender Men’s Dinner ~ March 27th at 7 PM
 

You are invited

 to our

Pender United Methodist Men’s March Dinner

Wednesday, March 27 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall

To sign up, please stop by the Sign Up Center in the Narthex or e-mail  S.E. Nunamaker here.

 

Please make your reservations by Sunday, March 24, 2013.  Everyone is welcome.   Hope to see you at the dinner!

Bless Our Missionaries this Easter!
 

 

Sign Easter Cards to bless the missionaries supported by Pender.  Stop by the area near the coat racks this Sunday to sign the cards.
Help Wanted!

 

 

Volunteer needed: 

Immediate opening for backup Assistant Manager

Pender ReGift Thrift Store

 

We will train you on the cash register software and store procedures.  Duties include:  cover the store when Maryann Weber is not available, help customers, answer the phone and be a witness to those we help with this important ministry.  Email Dave Cacner if interested.

Have You Noticed the New Sign on Our Outreach Center?

 

The Pender United Methodist Men and the Pender Outreach Team would like to thank Troy Osborne for his design and installation of the wonderful sign that is now on the Outreach Center.  This is a welcome addition that conveys important information to contributors, clients, and customers.

Troy, thank you and a job well done!

 

Item of the Week for WFCM

   Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

 is in great need of the following to

distribute to the needy in our area:

 

PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS

Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section. 

 46 oz. bottles of oil & fruit juices are always needed and welcome too!

Ministry QuickLinks

Website

Pender Regift Thrift Store

 Pender’s Calendar

Prayer Request

Upper Room Devotional

Servants Guide

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

Building Use, Resource Request Form, Communication Guidelines

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Save The Date

        March 16     Mulch Delivery

        March 23     Arlington District Methodist Men’s Executive Board Meeting

        March 24     Palm Sunday

        March 27     Men’s Dinner

        March 27     Easter Story Time and Egg Hunt

        March 28     Holy Thursday Service

        March 29     Good Friday Service

        March 31     Easter Sunday Services:

                                  – Sunrise

                                  – 9:30 Contemporary Service

                                  – 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am Traditional Services

        April 7          Sing ‘n Celebrate Service with Time of Healing

 New PUMC Logo

12401 Alder Woods Dr.

Fairfax, VA  22033

(703) 278-8023

(703) 352-3375 fax

Sunday Services at 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Child Care Provided

www.penderumc.org

church.office@penderumc.org

 

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