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New Care Notes

New Care Notes

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

Three of the booklets in the rack are:

  • Discovering the Healing Power of Laughter
  • Journeying Through Loneliness
  • Volunteering – To Help Others and Yourself

These Care Notes are for you and others you know who might receive help from them.

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Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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Les Esmond wins Fairfax County Senior Volunteer of the Year Award 2016

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Les Esmond has acted as chief cashier at Pender Re-Gift Thrift Store since May 2012, volunteering forty hours a week, fifty weeks a year.  Pender Thrift Store, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pender United Methodist Church, accepts clients from government, nonprofits, and other churches for the distribution of material goods.

When Les comes to work every day, he tries to make each and every person feel better — he talks and laughs with the lonely.  He has overcome computer phobia to learn two new software systems. He instructs others on how to “cashier.”   He is diligent about learning the names of the customers, and if they have a minute, he regales them with a history lesson or relates a story of pride in his family of three children, two grandchildren.

What this description doesn’t tell you is that Les Esmond has battled serious health issues for over fifteen years; however, despite adversity, but he tackles life with gusto!  He buys lunch for others, provides bags and paper products for the store, offers rides and picks up groceries for others at the independent senior living facility where he stays.

Maryann Weber, Executive Administrator of Pender Re-gift Thrift Store is certain that their capacity to accomplish their mission would be diminished, if not impossible without Les Esmond’s continued and diligent service.

Maryann Weber says, “My own life has been enriched by knowing him.  He reminds me of everything I take for granted, and retains a positive attitude in spite of all circumstances….My favorite quote is his favorite quote, ‘In life, you will experience some pain, discomfort, and disappointment.  Misery, however, is optional!’”


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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in Ministries, Missions, Outreach, Pender UMC


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VBS 2016 Registration is Now Open!



Prepare to embark on an adventure like no other, scouring the mysterious fathoms of the deep sea. Thrilling discoveries await just beyond the portholes of your submarine. Things look very different once you get below the surface – and that’s true for life above the surface, too.

As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus saw people differently. He didn’t just see what’s on the outside; He saw who people were down deep.

As kids learn to see themselves and others as Jesus sees them, they can realize that everyone needs a Savior – even those who look like they have it all together. A relationship with Jesus Christ changes everything! All you have to do is dive in!

Kids will rotate through music, recreation, snack, crafts and storytelling!

  • Registration is open online now! 
  • Please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • There is a total limit of 250 children.
  • The charge will be $30 per child and $60 max per family.
    NOTE:  Be sure to check the box that asks if you are registering 3 or more siblings to get a refund (Are you registering 3 or more siblings (brothers or sisters)?)



  • July 11-15, 9:00 to 12:00 each day at Pender UMC, 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Music Camp will be from 12:30-3:30 the same dates.  Registration information coming soon.
  • Kids age 3 through 6th grade are welcome – note all children must be potty trained, teachers will NOT change diapers

.Please contact Jami Flemmons or Ann Hines if you have questions or want to volunteer.

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Child Protection Policy 2016 – It’s a New Year!!

Child Protection Policy


New Volunteers who work with children must

  1. View the CPP Training Presentation
  2. Complete the Initial Training Form
  3. Read the Policy
  4. Complete the CPP Application and Annual Renewal Form. 

Returning Volunteers must

  1. Read the Policy
  2. Complete the CPP Application and Annual Renewal Form.

The CPP policy, training & all the forms can be found on our website, or you can search for CPP in the search box in the upper right corner of the home page.  You will be able to view and/or download the policy and print out the applicable forms. Return completed the forms to the box on the welcome center in the narthex.  There is a informational letter as well as all necessary CPP forms located in the narthex.  

If you are a cluster lead or heading up a youth program, please use the informational letter as a reference.  After March 1st, if you haven’t completed your forms, you will no longer be able to volunteer with children.  If you have any questions call Heather Amos at (703) 266-2424.  

Please know that the safety of our children is the reason the policy exists.  Thank you for your time and talents given to the children’s programs of Pender UMC.     

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Posted by on December 29, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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Kick-Off Sunday



Pender is seeking a Kick-Off Sunday Coordinator!

Every Year Pender kicks off our church year in September with fun, food and a time of fellowship. It’s a time to welcome everyone back to church after a busy summer and to re-connect with the activities in the life of the church. It is also a time to welcome newcomers and introduce them to Pender!

 Pender is in need of a servant to coordinate this awesome church-wide event which will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2015, following the 11:00 service. We have many servants willing and eager to serve along side of you!

Contact Joyce Munt or indicate your interest on the Connection Card on Sunday.

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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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Save the Date ~ Pender UMC



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Music Camp Registration is Open!



Pender’s annual summer Music Camp will be held on July 6-10 from 12:30pm-3:30pm. Our theme this year is “The Amazing Grace Race.” Children in rising 2nd through rising 6th grade are invited to participate. Rising 7-12th graders who are interested in volunteering can also sign up online on our website starting today

The cost is $25 per child, $50 per family (siblings only).

If you have any questions about Music Camp, please contact Theresa Carpenter or Nicole Parrish.

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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Get Involved!, Music, Pender UMC


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