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Easter Lilies

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EASTER LILIES AND THE RESURRECTION. Does your church fill up its chancel area with Lilies on Easter? And what do lilies and Easter have in common?

Chuck’s Easter message with a smile.

 

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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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Safety Announcement

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There have been several incidents recently in which non-Pender people have been found in the building when they shouldn’t have been.  The Trustees want to remind everyone of the following regarding church safety & security:

User Organizations have the responsibility to ensure that their events are safe for everyone.  As such, the following rules apply:

  • The Church Buildings shall be kept locked at all times except Sunday mornings.
  • Card keys are available to church members who have a need to access the building during times when it is locked.  A request form must be filled out and turned in along with a $5 refundable deposit in order to receive a key
  • For events at times when the building is locked, the User Organization shall appoint greeters to be stationed at the door(s) to let people in and to direct them to the event.  At NO time shall the doors shall not be left open/unlocked
  • The User Organization will ensure that all members of their Group are contained within the agreed upon area for their event, and that members do not visit other parts of the Church.
  • The User Organization may open internal doors and windows for additional ventilation but must close and secure all doors and windows upon completion of their event.
  • The User Organization must ensure all lights are turned off in the areas they have used and that all external doors are locked when they depart.
 
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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC

 

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Easter Lilies

EASTER LILIES AND THE RESURRECTION. Does your church fill up its chancel area with Lilies on Easter? And what do lilies and Easter have in common?

Chuck’s Easter message with a smile.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Easter, Holidays, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest

 

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Food for Philippi Mission Team

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Help feed the youth and adults from Pender who will be working in Appalachia later this month. Cash donations may be given and designated “Philippi Food.” A list of groceries needed by the mission team is at the Sign Up Center in the Narthex.

Please return donations of nonperishable food (marked “For Philippi”) to the Pender kitchen by Tuesday, July 22nd. Questions? Contact Virginia Patch by clicking here.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC

 

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Easter and Lilies

EASTER LILIES AND THE RESURRECTION. Does your church fill up its chancel area with Lilies on Easter? And what do lilies and Easter have in common?

Chuck’s Easter message with a smile.

 

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Pender UMW Fall Retreat 2013

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Pender UMW Fall Retreat 2013
“Making A Difference”

Please join us on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9:00 to 3:00 for the UMW Fall Women’s Retreat.   All women are welcome, so please invite your friends and family!

Our theme this year will be “Making A Difference,” and we will focus on how we can make a difference in the lives of others near and far.    We will be hearing from guest speakers from within Pender and from the local community about their experiences and about ministry opportunities.   We will spend time during the afternoon working onsite in small groups on mission projects.    Additionally, we will have several breakout discussions and fellowship activities focused on how the UMW can make a difference in our community.

Doors will open at 9:00 am for registration and a light breakfast.   The program will start at 9:30 and will last until approximately 3:00.  The registration fee is $10 per person to cover the cost of breakfast and lunch, payable on the morning of the event.

Please register online or at the sign up table in the narthex.   Childcare is available for the retreat if we are notified of the need in advance.

We look forward to seeing you in September!    Please contact  Ann Hines if you have questions.

Register here: http://www.penderumc.org/fallretreat

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2013 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC

 

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