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This Week at Pender email newsletter ~ February 7, 2013

This Week at Pender

February 7, 2013

Sermon Series ~ Faith Around the Beltway

Are you tired of going nowhere in life?  Do you feel frustrated by the end- less brake lights, leaving you “stuck” and backed up?  Then join us as we explore ways to avoid the delays and move intentionally into God’s expressway.  Get going by knowing and showing there is a better way!

Feb. 10th Sermon:  Road Rage – Anger

Road rage can be found anywhere on the beltway.  What can we do to make sure we are not a part of it?  How do we curb our anger?  Lets talk this Sunday!

This Sunday, February 10th, is Scouting Ministries Sunday!

Is God Calling You?!



We are in the first steps of planning a trip to work with Pender Missionaries,
Charles and Becky Jackson, in the outlying areas of Rio.  The Jacksons work with an interdenominational Church which they helped start 10 years ago, along with several satellite churches.
This is a relational ministry with the main focus being on helping to feed the poor, visiting homes, training leaders and outreach.
The dates of the trip are to be determined (most likely the end of June).  If interested in being part of this awesome ministry adventure, please contact Sarah Hocker .
Race to Nowhere ~ Feb. 8th at 7:00 pm

Turning Point Youth Ministrypresents:  Race to NowhereFeaturing the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids.  Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.


All parents and youth are invited to a showing of this movie on February 8th at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  A small panel discussion will immediately follow the film.

JLU Youth Group ~ February 10th at 5:00 pm

Jesus LOVES You (JLU)

  Pender’s 4th-6th grade Junior Youth Group

 Meets this Sunday from 5-7:00 pm in the Cornerstone Room (Room 215)  

We would LOVE for your child to join us! 
 Our mission project will be a craft for Epiphany jail ministry. 
Book Lover’s Group ~ February 10th at 7:00 pm
Peace Like a RiverThe Book Lovers Group will meet on Sunday, February 10, at 7:00 pm in the home of Jane Allingham.  

We will be discussing Peace Like a River by Lief Enger.


All are welcome, and we’d love to have you join us.  For further information, contact

Joey Kelly.

Next Pender Connections Class ~ Feb. 10th

Join our next

Pender Connections Class on

February 10th from 9:30-noon in the Chapel. 


Hear about the history of our wonderful church and ministries.  You will have the opportunity to make decisions about baptism and/or membership as you explore options to use your gifts and talents for God. 


To sign up, email Joyce Munt .


Change of Date for Sing ‘n Celebrate ~ February 10th


         FEBRUARY 10TH AT 7:00 PM


As we approach the beginning of Lent, and continue to focus on our relationship with God, this SNC will provide for us an opportunity to more fully realize that the depth of our awareness of our Father God’s love for us is key in our growth in the Christian life.  The author, David Eckman, shares that “the focus Person for what is done in the “love relationship” is God, and Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit sustain that relationship.”

Common Ground Worship Service Volunteer Brunch ~ Feb. 17th
On Sunday, February 17th, there will be a meeting for all the wonderful

volunCommon Ground Logoteers and potential servants for our 9:30 Common Ground worship service. If you are currently a volunteer in any capacity, or are considering joining our great group, please plan to attend this brunch, which will start at 10:30 am.

So for all praise team members, greeters, readers, prayers and the list goes on, please mark this date.  It is our hope to bring everyone together, discuss plans for 2013 and celebrate our work here at Pender UMC.

Soup for the Soul Thursday Dinners beginning Feb. 21st
Lent 7Beginning on Thursday February 21st, we will be meeting for dinner and discussion during the period of Lent.  It was a huge success last year and we hope to continue this time of fellowship and learning, in addition to great food, for the duration of Lent.  We will be discussing the sermon from the week prior, as a table group, while enjoying home cooked dinners.

Please plan to attend — the program will begin at 6:00 and be finished by 7:00 so that all may attend other evening events as needed.

Wanted:  A Few Good Women and Men
 Do our military service members and veterans hold a special place in your heart?

Pender UMC is looking to expand our military ministry in 2013.  Are you good at organizing a donation drive? Enjoy sending cards and notes of encouragement? Willing to organize and host a sporting event to benefit our wounded warriors? Crafty and able to knit, crochet, or sew items to donate? Want to support military families in some way? Looking to help out in a small or large way but simply don’t know how to get started? Please stop by the Military Ministry table near the coat racks anytime in February (between and after Sunday church services).  You’ll be able to sign up, get information, share ideas, and ask questions.  Or you can simply email Kay Creel with your area of interest and questions.

God bless those who are serving and have served our country.

Smiles on Wheels
We have wonderful news to share – the Pender UMC Visitation Ministry (aka Smiles on Wheels) is up and running!  It is a blessing to have their services and we are looking to you, our church community, to let us know of folks who might enjoy a visit from our volunteers.  The group of women have been trained by Chris Hanak, and have been busy since the fall bringing smiles and Christ to those who are not able to come to church on a regular basis.

Please contact Joyce Munt in our Church Office with any names or questions you might have concerning visitation and fellowship by this group.


Epiphany Prison Ministry


Don’t forget! In February, a team from Northern Virginia will again go behind the walls at Culpeper Juvenile Correctional Center for an “Epiphany” weekend, a three-day weekend spent showing God’s infinite love and grace to young people in prison. We talk about what Christ has done for us. We talk about what He can do for them, if they let Him inside – past their walls and their rough exteriors, past their fear and their shame, and past their pride and their arrogance – deep inside their hearts.

How can you help? Prayer. Take 30 minutes out of your day to pray for the ministry team and these young men. Sign up here.


Child Protection Policy

CPPCHILD PROTECTION POLICY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORMS FOR 2013 need to be signed by all those working with children.


Forms are available on the Welcome Desk.


Got Mulch?

With the relatively warm winter we’ve had, Spring is truly just around the corner!  


Time to order mulch from your Pender United Methodist Men!

This is our annual fundraiser, enabling the Pender Men to sponsor short-term mission trips for men from Pender to minister in places like Peru, Thailand, Poland, Paraguay, and Philippi, WV. Funds raised also support local missions including the Voices of Youth, FACETS, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, and other vital Pender activities.

This year we will be delivering mulch on Saturday March 16th.

Please place your 2013 order as soon as possible!  Order here..

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Races
We will kick off Lent Pender-style
 with our annual pancake dinner and races!
  Shrove Tuesday
Enjoy a time of fellowship, dinner and the ever-laughable races.
 Feb. 12th at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall
If you would like to help with this event, please contact Merri Carnahan.
Ash Wednesday Service and Spaghetti Dinner
Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner
Hosted by Fairfax American Heritage Girls Troop VA 1907
February 13th at 6 pm
Proceeds from donations to the dinner will help support the needy in our community. The dinner includes a  choice of white or wheat pasta and meat or vegetarian sauce, garlic bread, salad and dessert. A gluten-free option is also available.
Reservations requested to help with planning. Call 703-815-6197 or email the troop by clicking here by Feb. 10 to reserve your spot.

ash wednesday

Our Ash Wednesday service
 will follow the dinner at 7:30 pm
Everyone is welcome to attend!
Fellowship Time Update
As we mentioned previously, our Fellowship Committee has been looking at ways to enhance our Fellowship Time, without making it a burden as far as provisions and clean up.

We are excited about some changes that will take place in early February and will hopefully make the experience better for all concerned. We hope you will plan to visit and spend time with our church family, in between whichever worship service you prefer.

If you are interested in enhancing our fellowship time, you will have the opportunity this Sunday to sign up on the Connection Card to volunteer as a family to bring in extra goodies to share.

New Care Notes
NEW CARE NOTES are available in a rack on the right wall near the Sanctuary entrcare notesance. These 8-page booklets offer spiritual encouragement, help and hope.

Four of the booklets in the rack are:

  • ‘Being There’ for a Frail or Elderly Parent
  • Overcoming Loneliness After Loss
  • Letting the Bible Inspire Your Prayer
  • When Someone You Love Has Cancer
Item of the Week for WFCM

   Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

 is in great need of the following to

distribute to the needy in our area:



Canned Fruit

Canned Fruit


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

 46 oz. bottles of oil & fruit juices are always needed and welcome too!

Ministry QuickLinks


Pender Regift Thrift Store

 Pender’s Calendar

Prayer Request

Upper Room Devotional

Servants Guide

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

Building Use, Resource Request Form, Communication Guidelines

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Save The Date


               Feb. 22-23  Youth Participate in World Vision 30 Hour Famine

        March 1       Youth Ski Trip

        March 3       Sing ‘n Celebrate and Healing Service

 New PUMC Logo

12401 Alder Woods Dr.

Fairfax, VA  22033

(703) 278-8023

(703) 352-3375 fax

Sunday Services at 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Child Care Provided

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Shrove Tuesday!

Shrove Tuesday



Enjoy a time of fellowship, dinner and the ever-laughable races.
Feb. 12th at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Want to know more about Shrove Tuesday?

Ever wonder why there’s almost always a pancake breakfast at church some time before Easter? Well, stick with Chuck because no matter if you call it – Shrove or Fat Tuesday – you’ll be learning about it with a smile.




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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Races


Shrove TuesdayWe will kick off Lent Pender-style with our annual pancake dinner and races!

Enjoy a time of fellowship, dinner and the ever-laughable races.

February 12th at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall

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Save the Date!

Jan. 15 Pender Hill School Registration 2012/2013 at 10:15 am (for current Pender Hill families and Pender UMC members)

Jan. 20 Pender Woman and Man of the Year Announcement

Jan. 23 Pender Man of the Year Dinner

Feb. 3 Woman of the Year Luncheon (after 11:00 Service)

Feb. 3 Sing ‘N Celebrate

Feb. 12 Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Dinner & Races

Feb. 13 Spaghetti Dinner & Ash Wednesday Worship Service

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