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The Promise of Light

 

You’re invited to a musical celebration of God’s gift of eternal light! The Pender UMC music ministry presents “The Promise of Light”, a cantata (narrative piece of music) composed by Joel Raney. The piece includes Christmas carols and original choral music blended with narration, piano, handbell, and percussion, to tell the timeless story of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.

The production will take place during Pender’s only Sunday worship service on December 9, at 10 a.m. Stay for a delicious brunch after worship!

No RSVP required; all are welcome. Childcare will be available during worship for ages birth through 6th grade.

DATE AND TIME

Sun, December 9, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

LOCATION

Pender UMC

12401 Alder Woods Drive

Fairfax, VA 22033

 

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Sunday December 2 Is the Beginning of Advent

Advent

Sunday, December 2, 2018  is the First Sunday in Advent.

The first Candle of the Advent Wreath is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, on December 2 this year. It is called the Prophecy Candle and reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as the King of Kings.

Suggested Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-38

Chuck Knows Church — ADVENT WREATH. Four candles in a circle with a big one in the middle? Yep, take a moment and learn the basics about the advent wreath. And why is the pink candle…pink?

 

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Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Cairn

Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Cairn

On December 21 at 1:30PM, the Pender UMC Choir traditionally sings for the Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie) Memorial Service at Arlington National Cemetery.

One of the songs we traditionally sing at this service – “Under His Wings” – was composed in memory of the victims.  It can be heard in the videos below.

A few years ago was the 25th anniversary of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. A C-Span video of the anniversary event

http://www.c-span.org/video/?316910-1/pan-flight-103-25th-anniversary-memorial-service

Another video from the anniversary year:

For full remarks about the anniversary service, including speaker’s notes, please see https://www.victimsofpanamflight103.org/events/2013/arlington

Here’s a timeline of the terrible event on December 21, 1988:

Extraordinary Response Pan Am 103

 

 

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Sunday Is the Beginning of Advent

Advent

Sunday, December 3, 2017  is the First Sunday in Advent.

The first Candle of the Advent Wreath is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, on December 3 this year. It is called the Prophecy Candle and reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as the King of Kings.

Suggested Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-38

Chuck Knows Church — ADVENT WREATH. Four candles in a circle with a big one in the middle? Yep, take a moment and learn the basics about the advent wreath. And why is the pink candle…pink?

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

father

Please join us this Sunday, June 18th, at our 8:15, 9:30 & 11am Worship Services.  It’s Father’s Day and our very own Tony Hines will be preaching at all 3 services on “As For Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord” (Mark 5:21-42)

This Sunday is also Graduation Sunday and we will be honoring our high school and college graduates at our 11am Worship Service.  Together we will celebrate this wonderful milestone in their lives!  (All graduates are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns!)    

 

Pender’s Vision Statement: 

By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God’s transformation of ourselves and our world.

Listen to past sermons by Pastors Kenny Newsome, Dan Elmore and others in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Sunday Childcare

Wondering where to take your children on Sunday mornings? Below is a summary. More detailed information is available at the Welcome desk located in the main lobby and here.

  • NURSERY CARE ~ Birth through 2 years, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 1 ~ 2 yrs. – Adults, 9:30 am – 10:40 am
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 ~ Grades 4 – Adults, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • CHERUB CHURCH ~ 3 yrs.- Kindergarten, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP ~ Grades 1-3, 10:45 am – 11:30 am
  • JUNIOR CHURCH ~ Grades 1 – 5, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Calendar of Events

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What’s Happening with our Pender Youth

– Confirmation Class
Come and celebrate our 2017 Confirmation Class!  They will be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th, at the 11:00 am Worship Service.

– Senior Sunday
Our High School Seniors will be recognized at the 11:00 am Worship Service on Sunday, June 18th (when we will also recognize our 2017 college graduates).  Seniors:  please wear your cap and gown!  In addition, our high school seniors will be honored at a dinner along with their parents at 6:30 pm that night in the Fellowship Hall.
 
– Philippi Youth Mission Trip

The youth and all others interested in serving on our annual mission trip to Philippi, WV, will be leaving on Friday, July 21st, at 10:00 am and returning to Pender on Saturday, July 29th. The main project will be to attach a bedroom to an existing home.  Along with other projects and fun, the youth will enjoy white water rafting and a special time of worship and dinner with Mount Vernon UMC.  Contact Tim Lyberger for more details and a registration packet.

– Youth Bible Study
All 7th-12th Graders are invited to join our Youth Bible Study every Tuesday at 7:30-8:30 pm in the Youth Room.

— Rising 7th Graders
All rising 7th graders are invited to start attending our Pender Turning Point Youth Group, for all 7th-12th graders, beginning June 25th!  Bring your friends!

Contact Tim Lyberger, Youth Director

 

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Easter Sunday at PenderUMC

 

 

Easter Worship Services — April 16:

  • 6:00 am “Sonrise” Worship (led by youth followed by a breakfast)
  • 8:00 am Traditional Worship with Organ, Orchestra & Choir (in the Sanctuary)
  • 9:30 am Contemporary Worship with Live Band (in the Fellowship Hall)
  • 9:30 am Traditional Worship with Organ, Orchestra & Choir (with Communion in the Sanctuary)
  • 11:00 am Traditional Worship with Organ, Orchestra & Choir (in the Sanctuary)

Childcare is Available:
Easter Sunday Services: Childcare is available from 9:15-12:15:

Birth to age 3 in the Nursery

Ages 3 – Kindergarten in Rooms. 119 & 121 — The Story of Easter

Easter Offering:
Our Easter Offering this year will support:

2 students at Africa University
WFCM Food Pantry
Pender ReGift Thrift Store

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.  Rev. 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,

Come for this Easter’s Traditional Worship to experience special music (Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus) and a special message brought by Pastor Kenny. 

Come for this Easter’s Contemporary Worship to experience great rock-style music and a special message brought by Pastor Dan.  Our contemporary worship service is called “Common Ground” and is offered at 9:30 every Sunday, including Easter!

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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