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Les Esmond wins Fairfax County Senior Volunteer of the Year Award 2016

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Les Esmond has acted as chief cashier at Pender Re-Gift Thrift Store since May 2012, volunteering forty hours a week, fifty weeks a year.  Pender Thrift Store, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pender United Methodist Church, accepts clients from government, nonprofits, and other churches for the distribution of material goods.

When Les comes to work every day, he tries to make each and every person feel better — he talks and laughs with the lonely.  He has overcome computer phobia to learn two new software systems. He instructs others on how to “cashier.”   He is diligent about learning the names of the customers, and if they have a minute, he regales them with a history lesson or relates a story of pride in his family of three children, two grandchildren.

What this description doesn’t tell you is that Les Esmond has battled serious health issues for over fifteen years; however, despite adversity, but he tackles life with gusto!  He buys lunch for others, provides bags and paper products for the store, offers rides and picks up groceries for others at the independent senior living facility where he stays.

Maryann Weber, Executive Administrator of Pender Re-gift Thrift Store is certain that their capacity to accomplish their mission would be diminished, if not impossible without Les Esmond’s continued and diligent service.

Maryann Weber says, “My own life has been enriched by knowing him.  He reminds me of everything I take for granted, and retains a positive attitude in spite of all circumstances….My favorite quote is his favorite quote, ‘In life, you will experience some pain, discomfort, and disappointment.  Misery, however, is optional!’”

From http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/non-profits/Breakfast-winners.php

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in Ministries, Missions, Outreach, Pender UMC

 

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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 with Time for Healing ~ April 7 at 7pm

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Sing ‘n Celebrate with Time for Healing ~ April 7 at 7pm

When this SNC arrives, we will be one week past Easter. What a great time to celebrate the Risen Lord and all that means to us and every Christian!! Jesus’ words of “Fear not”are now more relevant than ever before.

Join us as we consider this message here in Fairfax, VA, wherever there are needs for physical, emotional or spiritual healing. Jesus would be overjoyed to see us trusting in His power to heal and glorify His Father.

If healing is needed, feel free to come forward when Pastor Kenny invites you to come to the Time For Healing.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in Get Involved!, Music, Pender UMC

 

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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

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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 November 29, 2012 in Pender UMC

 

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Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols ~ Dec. 1st

Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols

Come listen to Pender’s Handbell Choir ring new and old Christmas Music in downtown Fairfax City on December 1st at 5:00 pm.

Join the City of Fairfax for the annual Festival of Lights and Carols on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Be sure to get your reservations for ‘Lunch with Santa’. Enjoy a cup of hot cider and warm up by the yule log as you join in caroling with the Fairfax Jubil-aires and The Joy Ringers beginning at 5 pm in Kitty Pozer Garden followed by the lighting of our Christmas Tree.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Music, Pender UMC

 

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