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Sunday June 4 is Pentecost

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From a historical perspective, Christianity didn’t start with Jesus’ birth, his death or even his storied ascension to heaven. It started with Pentecost — the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each of them, an event which — as my minister uncle tells me — “makes the church the church.”

Although Pentecost is chock full of religious significance, it is a holiday not widely celebrated. Sort of the opposite of Hanukkah, which is widely celebrated but not religiously important. My uncle says Pentecost is a bigger deal in liturgical churches, which follow a formal, standardized order of events (like Catholics). “Non-liturgical” refers to churches whose services are unscripted (like Baptists).

Back Story: At his Last Supper, Jesus legendarily instructed his 12 disciples to go out into the world to minister and heal the sick on their own. It was at that point that they became “apostles.” Fifty days after Jesus’ death, as the story goes, the Holy Spirit (part of the Holy Trinitity — God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit ) descended onto the apostles, making them speak in foreign tongues. This “Pentecostal” experience allowed the apostles direct communication with God, which signaled a major shift in the religious landscape and laid the foundation for what would become Christianity. You’ll notice that the disciples are always depicted in artwork as regular-looking men while the apostles are depicted with halos around their heads. (Several other apostles came later — namely the famous Paul who is credited with writing much of the New Testament.)

Although all the original 12 apostles are important, some get top billing. Here’s why:

  • Peter (also called Simon Peter) established the first church in Antioch and is regarded as the founding pope of the Catholic church. Instrumental in the spread of early Christianity, Peter was said to have walked on water, witnessed the “Transfiguration of Jesus” and denied Jesus (for which he repented and was forgiven.) The Gospel of Mark is ascribed to Peter, as Mark was Peter’s disciple and interpreter.
  • John also is said to have witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus and went on to pen the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John and Book of Revelation. He died at age 94, having outlived the other apostles — all of whom, according to legend/history/whatever, were martyred. John is often described as “Jesus’ favorite” and depicted as the disciple sitting to Jesus’ right at the Last Supper.
  • Thomas (“Doubting Thomas”) is best known for questioning Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it. According to the Bible, Thomas saw Jesus himself several days later and proclaimed “My Lord and my God,” to which Jesus famously responded: “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:28.)

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Today at Pender UMC ~ June 5

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Please join us June 5, 2016 at the 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00 am worship services

The Children’s Musical “The Story-Tellin’ Man” will be performed at all 3 services. It will be presented by  our Wesley & Asbury Choirs in the Sanctuary

Listen to 287 past sermons by Pastors Kenny Newsome, Dan Elmore and others in the Pender Podcast.

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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

Also today:

  • June 5: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • June 5: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Flour and Sugar
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!

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

  • June 5: The Waitlist is open for Vacation Bible School (VBS).  More information
  • June 5: Volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School (VBS).  More information
  • June 5: ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT! Registration is open for Music Camp.  More information
  • June 5: Volunteer to help with Music Camp.  More information
  • June 5: Registration is open for Philippi.  More information
  • June 5: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • June 5: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • June 5: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • June 5: New Directions Sunday School Class. New study entitled “Soul Keeping – Caring for the Most Import Part of You” by John Ortberg. We meet in Rooms 218-220 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • June 5: The 10:30am Sunday School Class is reading a new study by Adam Hamilton entitled Seeing Gray in A World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics. Contact Angie Green for more information.
  • June 5: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • June 5: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • June 5: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • June 5: Pizza With the Pastors, 12 pm More information
  • June 5: The Pender Youth Orchestra, 4:15-5:00 pm. The Youth Orchestra is open to all youth grades 7 through 12 who play a wind, brass, stringed or percussion instrument. New members are always welcome! The Orchestra plays 4-5 times during Sunday morning worship from December-June. More information.
  • June 5: Sing ‘n Celebrate, 5 pm More information
  • June 5: Celebration Ringers, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • June 5: Youth Handbell Ensemble, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • June 5: Youth Choir, 5:45-6:30 pm.  Register for this choir
  • June 5: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30-8:30 pm, with dinner. More information

 

 

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Today at Pender UMC ~ May 22, 2016

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Please join us today Sunday, May 22nd, at our 8:15, 9:30 & 11am Services. Pastor Kenny will be preaching at all 3 services on “Our Vision” (Matthew 28:16-20).

The Great Commission

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

Pender’s Vision Statement: 

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

Listen to 286 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

Also Today:

  • May 22: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • May 22: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • May 22: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Canned Fruit and Condiments
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!

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

  • May 22: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 286 sermons available.  More information
  • May 22: The Waitlist is open for Vacation Bible School (VBS).  More information
  • May 22: ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT! Registration is open for Music Camp.  More information
  • May 22: Registration is open for Philippi.  More information
  • May 22: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • May 22: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • May 22: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • May 22: New Directions Sunday School Class. New study entitled “Soul Keeping – Caring for the Most Import Part of You” by John Ortberg. We meet in Rooms 218-220 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • May 22: The 10:30am Sunday School Class is reading a new study by Adam Hamilton entitled Seeing Gray in A World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics. Contact Angie Green for more information.
  • May 22: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • May 22: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • May 22: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • May 22: Prison Ministry, 12:30 pm More information.
  • May 22: The Pender Youth Orchestra, 4:15-5:00 pm. The Youth Orchestra is open to all youth grades 7 through 12 who play a wind, brass, stringed or percussion instrument. New members are always welcome! The Orchestra plays 4-5 times during Sunday morning worship from December-June. More information.
  • May 22: Celebration Ringers, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 22: Youth Handbell Ensemble, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 22: Youth Choir, 5:45-6:30 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 22: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30-8:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Today at Pender UMC ~ Pentecost

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Wear RED this Sunday, May 15th! It’s Pentecost Sunday, one of the principal days of the Christian year, celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. The Greek word pentecoste means “fiftieth day.”

Pentecost is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem.

It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church.

Pastor Kenny will be preaching on “Fire!” (Acts 2:1-4) at the 8:15 & 11am Services and Pastor Dan will be preaching on “The Spirit Awakens!” (Acts 2:1-13)

Listen to 284 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

Also Today:

  • May 15: Pentecost
  • May 15: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • May 15: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • May 15: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Egg Noodles and Hamburger Helper
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!

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

  • May 15: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 284 sermons available.  More information
  • May 15: The Waitlist is open for Vacation Bible School (VBS).  More information
  • May 15: Registration is open for Music Camp.  More information
  • May 15: Registration is open for Philippi.  More information
  • May 15: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • May 15: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • May 15: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • May 15: New Directions Sunday School Class. New study entitled “Soul Keeping – Caring for the Most Import Part of You” by John Ortberg. We meet in Rooms 218-220 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • May 15: The 10:30am Sunday School Class is reading a new study by Adam Hamilton entitled Seeing Gray in A World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics. Contact Angie Green for more information.
  • May 15: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • May 15: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
    Youth Confirmation Sunday
    This Sunday is a special day in the life of our youth where our confirmation students will publicly accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior at the altar during our 11am service and become official members of Pender. All family members and members of our Church family are invited to come and celebrate this important spiritual milestone in their lives!
  • May 15: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
  • May 15: The Pender Youth Orchestra, 4:15-5:00 pm. The Youth Orchestra is open to all youth grades 7 through 12 who play a wind, brass, stringed or percussion instrument. New members are always welcome! The Orchestra plays 4-5 times during Sunday morning worship from December-June. More information.
  • May 15: Celebration Ringers, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 15: Youth Handbell Ensemble, 5:00-5:45 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 15: Youth Choir, 5:45-6:30 pm.  Register for this choir
  • May 15: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30-8:30 pm, with dinner. More information
 

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Sunday is Pentecost. What is it?

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From a historical perspective, Christianity didn’t start with Jesus’ birth, his death or even his storied ascension to heaven. It started with Pentecost — the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each of them, an event which — as my minister uncle tells me — “makes the church the church.”

Although Pentecost is chock full of religious significance, it is a holiday not widely celebrated. Sort of the opposite of Hanukkah, which is widely celebrated but not religiously important. My uncle says Pentecost is a bigger deal in liturgical churches, which follow a formal, standardized order of events (like Catholics). “Non-liturgical” refers to churches whose services are unscripted (like Baptists).

Back Story: At his Last Supper, Jesus legendarily instructed his 12 disciples to go out into the world to minister and heal the sick on their own. It was at that point that they became “apostles.” Fifty days after Jesus’ death, as the story goes, the Holy Spirit (part of the Holy Trinitity — God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit ) descended onto the apostles, making them speak in foreign tongues. This “Pentecostal” experience allowed the apostles direct communication with God, which signaled a major shift in the religious landscape and laid the foundation for what would become Christianity. You’ll notice that the disciples are always depicted in artwork as regular-looking men while the apostles are depicted with halos around their heads. (Several other apostles came later — namely the famous Paul who is credited with writing much of the New Testament.)

Although all the original 12 apostles are important, some get top billing. Here’s why:

  • Peter (also called Simon Peter) established the first church in Antioch and is regarded as the founding pope of the Catholic church. Instrumental in the spread of early Christianity, Peter was said to have walked on water, witnessed the “Transfiguration of Jesus” and denied Jesus (for which he repented and was forgiven.) The Gospel of Mark is ascribed to Peter, as Mark was Peter’s disciple and interpreter.
  • John also is said to have witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus and went on to pen the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John and Book of Revelation. He died at age 94, having outlived the other apostles — all of whom, according to legend/history/whatever, were martyred. John is often described as “Jesus’ favorite” and depicted as the disciple sitting to Jesus’ right at the Last Supper.
  • Thomas (“Doubting Thomas”) is best known for questioning Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it. According to the Bible, Thomas saw Jesus himself several days later and proclaimed “My Lord and my God,” to which Jesus famously responded: “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:28.)

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ 1 Peter 3:8

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Today’s Bible Verse
“[Suffering for Doing Good] Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” –1 Peter 3:8

 

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Today at Pender UMC ~ June 7, 2015

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Please join us today Sunday, June 7, in worship at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 Services.

Sermon Series:  STORIES          

June 7 – The Children’s Musical, The Sailor’s Bible, will be presented by the Asbury and Wesley Choirs of Pender UMC.

This new children’s musical includes three Bible stories: Noah and the Great Flood, Jonah and the Great Fish, and Paul’s Shipwreck. Each story features the ocean as a symbol for the chaos of life and shows how only the power of God is greater than the natural forces of wind and wave.

It’s all done with a childlike playfulness full of humor and songs rich with catchy melodies.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also Today:

  • June 7: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • June 7: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • June 7: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Juice, Canned Fruit, Yellow Rice, Syrup, Condiments, Breakfast Foods (Pancake Mix, Cereal)
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!
  • Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.
  • June 7: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 218 sermons available.  More information
  • June 7-July 3: Music Camp Registration is open until we reach 60 campers.  Music Camp will run from July 6-10, 2015 in the afternoon.
  • June 7: Philippi, West Virginia mission trip permissions forms. More information
  • June 7: UMCOR Health Kits due today
  • June 7: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • June 7: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • June 7: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • June 7: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • June 7: New Directions Sunday School Class. Mark Batterson’s book entitled “The Circle Maker – Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears”. We meet in Rooms 218-220 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • June 7: Sunday School Class: The Truth Project (began September 21) This Focus on the Family’s DVD series, with 26 one-half hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett, is the starting point for looking at life from a Biblical perspective. lesson discusses the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.
  • June 7: Sunday School Class: The Good and Beautiful God (began September 21) (Room 205 – Library) A new Sunday School course immediately after the 9:30 am worship service led by Brian and Angie Green will be reading and discussing this book. To sign up or find out more information, please sign up on the Connection Card in the bulletin on Sunday.
  • June 7: Sunday School II for adults. New Study: The Good and Beautiful Community  10:45 am-noon
  • June 7: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • June 7: Turning Point Youth Group, 6:30 pm, with dinner. More information
  • June 7: Sing ‘n Celebrate, 6:30 pm. More information
 
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