By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God's transformation of ourselves and our world. 
Jesus Is In the House

It’s Mother’s Day weekend! It’s a time to gather our households to celebrate moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, daughters, and all those women who have nurtured us in life and especially in faith. It’s a day when typically  we try to act like everything is fine. We try to stay on our best behavior. Yet, we don’t need reminding that everything is not always fine. In fact, often if Mom says she’s “fine", be careful! Reality is that many households are less than fine. Many struggle with great brokenness. What does the Bible say about how God would have us deal with brokenness in our households at home and as the church? Did you know our households can be better than fine? Join us as we worship God and hear again the difference Jesus makes when he is in our house!
Are You Participating in the Challenge?
Bible Study 2
2018 Bible Challenge -- Join in anytime!
Upcoming Scripture Readings:
May 13 - 2 Samuel 11-12, 1 Chronicles 20
May 14 - Psalms 32, 51, 86, 122
May 15 - 2 Samuel 13-15
May 16 - Psalms 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55
May 17 - 2 Samuel 16-18
May 18 - Psalms 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64
May 19 - 2 Samuel 19-21
A Note From Pastor Jay and Harriett
On a Mission...
Jay and Harriett Hanke are part of a 10 person mission team working on homes in eastern Kentucky as part of the Red Bird Missionary Conference of the UMC. They ask for your prayers as they travel and work. They will return on Saturday, May 19 th.
Pender Church Conference
Called Church Conference
June 3rd at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall
Our District Superintendent, Rev. Cathy Abbott, has authorized the calling of a Church Conference for Pender Church for the sole purpose of instructing the Pender Church Trustees on the potential sale of the Pender Parsonage. All members of Pender are invited to attend and to vote by written ballot. Pastor Jay will preside at the Church Conference. A letter has been mailed to the church membership regarding this decision.

Faith Promise Update
Many thanks...
We have faith promises so far totaling $206,326 towards our goal of $350,000 for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Thank you to everyone who has pledged! For the next few weeks we welcome additional pledges towards our goal. Please be sure to see an usher to receive a pledge card or stop by the office. Questions? Contact Ivelisse Caceres and Armando Mieles.

Job Opening at Pender
Church Executive
Our Staff-Parish Relations Committee announces that the Church Executive staff position here at Pender is open for interviews.  Job descriptions are available in the church office for any interested persons you might know.

All Graduating High School & College Seniors
Senior Recognition Sunday
June 3rd at 11am Service
All graduating high school and college seniors will be recognized on Sunday, June 3rd, at the 11am Service in the Sanctuary. Our graduates are invited to wear their caps/gowns. Please email Joyce Munt with the following information regarding your graduate:

  • Name
  • High School or College/Degree
  • Parents' names

Decisions Before Our Church
Canoeing the Mountains
Pender Church stands at the edge of a great adventure and opportunity! The transition in pastoral leadership presents the chance for you, the people of Pender, to think deeply and adaptively, and to act bravely and decisively. Many have pointed out that some of our ways we have been doing church are not serving us well anymore. Our neighborhood has changed as has the culture around us. In many respects, we are not prepared for what lies ahead. How shall we proceed? Your church leadership has found a guide in Tod Bolsinger’s book, Canoeing the Mountains. Copies are available in the church office. Join us on Wednesday, May 16th, at 7:30pm in the Cornerstone Room (Room 215). All are welcome as we discern through discussion led by our Pastors.
All Ladies are Welcome....
Mary Martha Circle Meeting
The Mary Martha Circle will meet on Monday, May 14th, at 7 pm in Room 202. Health Kits for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) will be assembled. These kits will be taken by our Pastors to the Annual Conference in June.

All women are invited to attend.
Interested in Learning Sign Language?
American Sign Language Introductory Class
Amanda Kronimus, 3rd year ASL student, is teaching basic, conversational ASL on Wednesdays at 7-8pm in Room 200 now through first week in June. The class will be informal, and all are welcome. Please email Amanda  so she knows how many to expect.
Pender Has Been So Blessed!
It's So Hard to Say Goodbye...
Please mark your calendars and join us on June 10 after the 11:00 service for a luncheon to celebrate the ministries at Pender of Pastor Dan and Pastor Jay. 

Love offerings are being accepted and may be given online or by check (checks must be made payable directly to Dan or Jay and are not tax deductible).  Everyone is also encouraged to bring cards that express your appreciation to the event.
Thank You!
Women's Boutique Update
Praise God for a very successful Women’s Boutique last week! 

  • Almost $7,000 was raised for missions.
  • Several needy families were allowed to shop for free at the end of the event.
  • One of our members, Debbie McKamey, took clothing and jewelry to Sunrise Assisted Living to bless the Alzheimers residents.
  • Pastor Jay and Harriett are taking clothing for needy families to Kentucky on their upcoming mission trip.
  • So many women and men (many who were new) showed up to help set up, serve and take down the event. 
  • What a wonderful time of fellowship as we united together for a common purpose. 
  • Praise for the abundance of prayers and donations, including baked goods and food for our workers!

If you have any feedback, especially concerns, about how the event went, we would love to hear from you. We are always looking for ways to improve our events.

Around the Community
Help for Recent Fire Victims
WFCM is working with Fairfax County and is accepting donations of gift cards to help some of the many people who were impacted by the recent fires in Centreville. In two separate fires, over 100 people lost their homes at a senior living apartment complex; and two rows of townhouses burned down.

Gift Card donations can be dropped off in the basket located in the Church Lobby or on the front desk in the Church Office. (Please write amount on card.)
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries ("WFCM")
Current Request for Donations:
Personal Care Products (Shampoo, soap, etc.)
All donations may be left in the blue grocery cart located in the coat rack area. Financial contributions are also accepted (cash, check or through our website). Please mark your tax deductible donation "WFCM Food Pantry." This will be recorded on your giving statement.

Please note: We do not accept any items that have been opened.

Infant Memorial Service
Divine Mercy Care's Interdenominational Infant Memorial Service will be held at Truro Anglican Church on Saturday, May 17th, at 7pm. This free service is for all families who have lost a child. All are welcome, including friends, family and children. The service will include scripture readings, prayer, a sermon, music and a ceremony to honor each child, including an opportunity to share your personal story. The service is Christian but all are welcome regardless of background.

May 30 - Town Hall Meeting in the Sanctuary, 7-9pm
June 3 - Children's Spring Musical at 9:30am Service
June 3 - Senior Recognition Sunday at 11:00am Service
June 3 - Church Conference at 10:30am in Fellowship Hall
June 10 - First Grade Bible Presentation
June 10 - Celebration Lunch for Pastor Dan and Pastor Jay
July 9-13 - Vacation Bible School