By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God's transformation of ourselves and our world. 
In Monopoly, we know we’re doing well when we have lots of money, houses, and hotels. In Checkers, we know we’re doing well when we have more of our opponent's pieces than they have of ours. And when we play Follow the Leader, we know we’re doing well when we do what they do and go where they go. How do we know we’re doing well in real life, though? Is it by how much money and property we have? Is it how much we’re defeating our opponents? Or is it when we do what our leaders do, and go where they go? And what does that look like if we claim to follow Jesus Christ?

Our message series, “Follow the Leader: Will We Play?” continues this Sunday by looking at Jesus’ measures of success in Matthew 5:1-12. Invite a friend!
Thank you for your generosity!
Our Christmas Offering will be a blessing!
The total we received for our Christmas offering was $11,603. This offering will support two important ministries:

  • Pender's Hypothermia Center, March 11-18
  • UMCOR Hurricane Relief

Are You Participating in the Challenge?
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2018 Bible Challenge
This year, Bishop Lewis challenges all of us to participate in daily readings from Genesis to Revelation. Bible study is very essential to building our faith. Through God’s Word, we gain an understanding that God is the one who gives the gift of knowledge for us to live

Upcoming Scripture Readings:
January 14 Job 38-39
January 15 Job 40-42
January 16 Genesis 12-15
January 17 Genesis 16-18
January 18 Genesis 19-21
January 19 Genesis 22-24
January 20 Genesis 25-26
Night of Worship
Worship with Brothers McClurg
Join the community at Pender UMC for this anticipated worship concert. Brothers McClurg is a southern folk style group whose legacy spans three generations and has a rich heritage of serving the local church. 
“Our goal is to rally the church to action, loving one another and also loving the ‘unlovely’ and replicating this passion in every city and community we encounter.”

Admission: Free with a non-perishable food item donation to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Don't Miss this Sunday!
Announcement of
Pender's 2017 Woman and Man of the Year
Our Pender Man and Woman of the Year will be announced this Sunday, January 14th, at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services.
JLU (Jesus Loves You)
JLU (Jesus Loves You)
Pender's Junior Youth Group for Grades 4-6
Bring a friend and join us on Sunday, January 14th, in the Cornerstone Room (Room 215) from 5 - 7 pm. We will continue our study of places in the Bible. Questions? Contact Theresa O'Brien.
Is God Calling You?
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Join our Poland Short-Term Mission Team
Enjoy sports, music, crafts and sharing the love of Christ? Then the Poland Short-Term Mission Team is for you! The team will depart on June 29 and return on July 8. This is a great opportunity for youth and their families to experience missions together. Please contact Mike Dingman for more information.

Gathering the Team for Pender Hypothermia 2018
In preparation for Pender’s week of hosting hypothermia (March 11-18), there will be a Team Meeting of persons who want to be instrumental in the success of this great mission project within our own walls! This is an open meeting which we hope will be attended by “veteran” hypothermia servants, and persons who want to get involved. 

Hypothermia Team Meeting: Wednesday, January 17, 7 pm, in the Library.

Staff-Parish Relations Committee Announces Staff Openings
Join Our Pender Team!
T he SPRC is now collecting resumes from interested persons for several church staff positions: 

  • Church Executive (full-time)
  • Director of Children and Youth Ministries (full-time)
  • Bookkeeper (part-time)

Church members are invited to respond and are encouraged to spread the word to others who may be interested. 

Job descriptions are available from the church office. 

All Readers are Welcome!
Book Lover's Group
Join us on Sunday, January 14 th at 3 pm at Roberta Pont’s house for our monthly meeting. Each member is reading a different book by John Grisham. Please join us if you would like to participate!

Fun With Music
Fun With Music, Playing and Fellowship
Join us on Fridays in the Cornerstone Room at 10 am through 11:30 am. This program is for parent, grandparent/guardian and their children ages 0 to 5. There is a $25 per semester charge per family to help with the food and supplies. The program consists of 30 minutes of singing, followed by a snack. Then the children can play while their parents enjoy breakfast and fellowship. 

Pender Hill Preschool News
2018-2019 School Year
Registration & Enrollment
Open House: January 17 & 24, 2018 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
No need to make an appointment

Open Registration: February 7, 2018 at 10:00 am
( no appointment necessary) Registration is open to the public.
Memorial Celebration for Pender's Former Music Director
If you have any questions regarding the Memorial Celebration for Diane Kulp, or if you plan to attend the service, please click on this link to contact Theresa Carpenter.
New Care Notes
New Care Notes are now available
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: 

  • “Dealing with Anger”
  • “What to Say to Someone Who Has Cancer”
  • “Wondering What’s Best for an Aging Parent”

These Care Notes are for you and others you know who might receive help from them.
Thank you!
Thank you from Vivian Panaggio
THANK YOU to all the wonderful people at Pender for the cards and best wishes on my retirement. For me, retirement from Pender was a difficult decision. I was blessed with a job that I loved. I did not struggle to get up and go to work every day, but looked forward to it. Not many people can say that. I never imagined I would stay at my job for 44 years and come to call the people I worked amongst, my second family. But, that is truly what happened. We will always hold the congregation and staff of Pender close to our hearts and I thank you for the wonderful years and memories you have provided me with. Ron & I still look forward to joining the “Primetimers” on their get-togethers and visiting with the staff and congregation. I’m not saying Good Bye, but I’ll be seeing you!  God Bless you all, Love Vivian
Around Our Community
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries ("WFCM")
Current Request for Donations:
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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.

January 28 - Night of Worship with Brothers McClurg
February 9 - Youth Ski Trip
February 13 - Shrove Tuesday Dinner & Pancake Races
February 14 - Ash Wednesday Service
March 10 - Pender Men Mulch Fundraiser Delivery
March 11-18 - Hypothermia Center at Pender
April 13-15 - Pender Missions Annual Celebration
July 9-13 - Vacation Bible School