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Trunk or Treat Saturday

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Registration is Now Open!


Pender VBS, July 10-14, 9 am to noon 

Focus your telescopes! Galactic Starveyors reignites children’s sense of discovery and exploration as they marvel at the wonders of the starry sky. Most of all, they gaze toward the God who created the universe and everything in it learning that He wants to have a personal relationship with them! Come on into the clubhouse and show kids that God is over the moon in love with them!  Kids will rotate through music, recreation, snack, crafts and storytelling!

For ages 3 years (potty trained) through 6th grade.

Adults and 7th through 12th graders are welcome to volunteer.

Click here to register for VBS

Pender Music Camp, July 10-14, 12:30-3:30 pm

The theme for this summer’s  Pender UMC music camp will be “Star Quest.”   We will be exploring music that expresses the goodness of God’s creation, and tells of the truth of His word in the Bible.  Children will be rotating through handbell, Orff, drumming and craft classes.  In addition to these “out-of-this-world” classes, we will be preparing and presenting excerpts from the musical “Star Quest – The Search for the Stolen Scriptures.”  Join us this year as we blast off to fun and song!
For ages rising 2nd grade – rising 6th grade.  Registration is open now.
We are also seeking teens and adults who would like to be a part of our staff.

Click here to register or to sign up to Volunteer


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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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