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Register for the Men’s Stepping Up Weekend



Early Bird Discount Registration Price of only $80 for entire weekend! Covers room, board, materials and a t-shirt! Discount ends soon.


Join Pender United Methodist Men near the Chesapeake Bay for a 3-day Stepping Up event designed for everyday guys who want more. The weekend is designed to empower guys to Step Up — at home, in friendships, in their marriages, at work, at church, in their faith.

You’ll meet ordinary guys and hear their stories of how they’ve stepped up and the remarkable benefits of getting more from life than they ever imagined. We’ll laugh, we’ll talk, we’ll play and we’ll challenge each other to Step Up.

Format: The Stepping Up Weekend will be led by Pender guys from all walks of life. Different ages, different perspectives, different experiences will mean that every man will be able to connect with one or more weekend leaders. We took the best of the FamilyLife’s four-part “Stepping Up” video event, which features experts like Dennis Rainey and Tony Dungy, and modified it to fit our weekend and church. We’ll be working from the video and accompanying workbook as well as adding in more stories from guys you know, and guys you’ll meet, on how their trusting God and following God and stepping up in their own lives.

But it’s not all heavy discussion, we’ll also have plenty of time to kick back and relax with other guys. Some guys (not me) will start each morning with an optional warm-up hike/run. We’ll have access to a low ropes course, a giant swing, hiking trails and we’ll most likely pull together a cut-throat game of touch football (weather depending – Ok, we’ll play even if it’s raining – mudball!). During Rec Time, guys will compete to the finish in cornhole, Kan Jam, or horseshoes. At night, we’ll hang out by the campfire, maybe sing a song, tell a couple of jokes (clean, hopefully, but not guaranteed), and catch up on the day’s events. There’ll be plenty of food throughout the weekend prepared by the expert chefs (Ok, it’s cafeteria food and they’re high school kids, but it’s not bad). And you’ll stay in luxurious 4-star accommodations (ok, it’s a cabin and BYO sleeping bag and pillow). But you’ll never find a better time to connect with other guys and learn about how God calls each man to Step up!

Pender Men’s Stepping Up Weekend Event

Location: UMC Retreat Center — West River, Maryland

Date: From Friday, October 21 at 4:00pm to Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 1:00pm

Registration: ends October 21


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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Get Involved!, Ministries, Pender Men, Pender UMC


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Pender’s Prison Ministry

Pender Prison Ministry

Curious about Pender’s Prison Ministry or Epiphany Weekends?

Check out Butch’s Blog at

From the most recent post:

Tonight, as we were ready to head home, we heard from this week’s big boss, Doug, that he’d seen miracles take place this weekend. He went on to list the miraculous things he’d seen – not the least of which was getting to go in in the first place, or watching as the Corrections Officer, sent to monitor us and the Stars, joined us in a very important worship activity. I agree with him, but I am going to offer a different set of reasons.

Prison ministry the way we do it – a group of about 30 adult volunteers of all shapes, sizes, races, backgrounds descending on a facility for three days – is an odd beast. All over this world, there are called believers who toil away in ones and twos, entering into the world’s darkest places to shine the light of Christ. We don’t do it that way. We’re a pretty loud bunch when we arrive and many of us are close friends. We’re definitely a family with all the joys and annoyances families bring. And that’s where I saw miracles today. I see them every time we gather to get our team set or to go in for a weekend, but today I realized what a miracle I’ve really been given…

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC


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