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Missions Update: Ecuador


Please pray for Sharon Ranalli Folkhart serving in Ecuador.

Several years ago Sharon started a Child Development Center in a very poor area, setting up a sponsorship program, so that children can go to school, receive a lunch, afternoon tutoring and a Bible class. A Pastor moved into the area and working with Sharon, they built a church and are presenting the gospel to these people who have never before heard the word. Now they are again praying and planning for the new school year, getting uniforms made and buying shoes, school supplies.

The project will continue this school year with 25 children.  Multiple requests to Compassion International that they take over this project are finally being considered by new leadership in Ecuador. Compassion will ensure that which Sharon and her fellow workers have sown will be taken care of in the years to come. Sharon shares that it is hard to explain in a letter the brokenness of the families of these children, the obstacles and traumas that they face at such young ages.

Ecuador is going through a time of great violence, kidnapping for ransom, and robbing churches and people, gang fighting, drug cartels, store closings, etc. Please pray for Ecuador and for the safety of Sharon as she continues her ministry that began here with a Bible Institute in 1985.

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Posted by on May 23, 2023 in Missions, Pender UMC, Videos


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From our Missions Team in Paraguay





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Jeanne writes: A wonderful morning with the children! Over 30 attendees for songs, prayer, lessons, and crafts.

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Posted by on July 2, 2016 in Missions, Paraguay, Pender UMC


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It’s Christmas Cookie Time Again!


The UMW needs bakers to make cookies for our cookie tray sale. Our goal is to make as many trays as possible, so if you could bake 100 of one kind of cookie that would be great!

Bring the cookies to the church no later than 9 am on Dec. 19, stay and join us for a Christmas Brunch and to help assemble trays. 

Also the UMW is taking pre-orders to purchase Christmas Cookie trays.The trays contain three dozen cookies and the cost is $12 per tray. They will be ready for pick up on Sunday, Dec. 20th from 8am to 12:30pm in Room 206.

All proceeds support UMW missions. Sign-up sheets for both baking and purchasing are located at the Sign-Up Center in the Church lobby.


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Pender Fall Flea Market and Boutique

From the Pender ReGift Store Newsletter:

October 1, 2, 8:00a-8:00p
October 3, 8:00a-noon
12401 Alder Woods Dr.
Fairfax VA 22033
Church Map
Furniture 2Pastor Dan expressed it like this… it is the Pender High Holy Week of the Flea Market and Boutique. Pender United Methodist Church turns itself inside out for this event.
Main HallWe have furniture, household goods, electronics, clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. We have sports equipment, toys, strollers, stuffed animals.
Hawaiian BreadThe Ladies knock themselves out for the bake sale, which includes (but is not limited to) snickerdoodles, lemon tarts, chocolate chip cookies, banana nut bread, pumpkin bread. Do you like brownies? Blondies? Brownies with icing, with m&ms, with sprinkles, or with peanut butter frosting? Gluten free items are also available.
The Men fire it up with the all American grill featuring burgers and dogs.
Kids 3All proceeds are used for Christian missions. Pender UMC supports missionaries in over 100 countries, and has sent small mission teams to over a dozen countries. For example, one missionary supported by Pender’s mission committee is your own Maryann Weber, Director of Pender Regift Thrift Store.
Stuffed ToysAfter the sale, remaining material goods will be distributed to West Virginia and Honduras via other Methodist church partners.



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Dinner Meeting


The Pender United Methodist Men will hold a dinner meeting on 9/23/15 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall. 

There will be no Guest speaker for this meeting we need to focus on some necessary business items. Our agenda will be taken up with the following items: 

  • Upcoming flea market
  • 2016 UMM Budget
  • 2106 calendar
  • UM November retreat

Other Items on the agenda, breaking bread together, devotional time, mission trips and other great bits and pieces.

Everyone is welcome so please come and join us for this time of fellowship.   

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC


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