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



Please join us this Sunday, May 21st, at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services. 

Pastor Kenny will be preaching at all 3 services on Our Life as a Sacrament (Philippians 1:27, 2:5)

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel." (Philippians 1:27) 


A Note from Pastor Kenny...
Pastor Kenny
A Time of Renewal and Learning

Having served Pender for 16 years has been a joy in ministry for me.  Actually, I have been in ministry in the United Methodist Church for 37 years.  One of the ways that our denomination supports pastors is by allowing us to take a renewal leave.  I will be on renewal leave from May 14th until July 9th.  I am grateful to have this opportunity to take the time to renew and learn during this time.  As a part of the leave, I will be spending time on an archeological dig outside of Jericho, Palestine.
 
While I'm gone, Pastor Dan will be on call for any pastoral needs.  I will be preaching at all 3 services on May 21st as Pastor Dan is running a half marathon that day.  Please pray for him and me during this time.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Kenny


An Invitation from the Hugo Family

Dear Pender family,

Please join us for the senior recital of Lydia Marie Hugo on June 3, 2017 at 3 pm in the Sanctuary of Pender UMC. 

Lydia offers her music to the glory of God with thanksgiving to Him for this gift which fills our lives with such joy.  She will be offering a selection of vocal, piano and bell music. 

A dessert reception in celebration of Lydia's graduation will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the recital.  We hope you will come celebrate with us! 

Love in Christ,

The Hugo family


Join Our New Studies
Holy Communion

Did you know the first Christians were thought of as cannibals? We could be accused of the same today, for we still say we eat Jesus' body and drink his blood. What's up with that? Bring all your questions about Holy Communion and gain a deeper understanding in a class taught by Pastor Dan, Wednesdays, beginning May 24th through June 14th at 7-8:30 pm.

Click here to sign up
Balancing Life's Demands

Beginning May 28th, The New Directions 9:30 Sunday School Class invites you to join them for a DVD study entitled Balancing Life's Demands, by Chip Ingram.  This study will provide us with some tools to help us get a handle on our busy lives and to bring our priorities under the submission of God for His glory and our good.  We meet on Sundays in Rooms 218-220.

Click here to contact Carol Wilson for more info


Building in Faith for the Future Campaign
You Shop.  Amazon gives!

Pender United Methodist Church was recently issued a $65.18 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of Pender's AmazonSmile program activity between January 1 and March 31, 2017.  Don't forget to use Amazon Smile when you do your shopping. It's FREE to you and beneficial to Pender's Capital Campaign!  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases.

Link to Amazon Smile


What's Happening with our Pender Youth
- Confirmation Class 
Come and celebrate our 2017 Confirmation Class!  They will be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th, at the 11:00 am Worship Service.   
 
- Senior Sunday
Our High School Seniors will be recognized at the 11:00 am Worship Service on Sunday, June 18th (when we will also recognize our 2017 college graduates).  Seniors:  please wear your cap and gown!  In addition, our high school seniors will be honored at a dinner along with their parents at 6:30 pm that night in the Fellowship Hall.
 
- Philippi Youth Mission Trip
The youth and all others interested in serving on our annual mission trip to Philippi, WV, will be leaving on Friday, July 21st, at 10:00 am and returning to Pender on Saturday, July 29th. The main project will be to attach a bedroom to an existing home.  Along with other projects and fun, the youth will enjoy white water rafting and a special time of worship and dinner with Mount Vernon UMC.  Contact Tim Lyberger for more details and a registration packet.

- Youth Bible Study
All 7th-12th Graders are invited to join our Youth Bible Study every Tuesday at 7:30-8:30 pm in the Youth Room.

-- Rising 7th Graders
All rising 7th graders are invited to start attending our Pender Turning Point Youth Group, for all 7th-12th graders, beginning June 25th!  Bring your friends!

Contact Tim Lyberger, Youth Director


Mary Martha Circle
Health Kits for UMCOR

The Mary Martha Circle has already put together Health Kits for UMCOR to be sent to the Annual Conference with our pastors.  ALL WE NEED is help with the $168 to cover the cost of shipping and the cost of toothpaste which needs to accompany our kits.  The deadline to donate is Sunday, May 28th.

Click here to contact Sue Pierce to help with this need


It's Not Too Late to Pledge!
Thank you for supporting our missionaries!
 
We are rejoicing and praising God for faith promises so far totaling $307,479 towards the goal of $350,000. Thank you to everyone who has pledged! The Faith Promise budget supports 145 missionaries, 11 mission organizations, and 8 mission projects in 36 countries worldwide. Until the end of May, we welcome additional pledges towards our goal. If you have not had the opportunity to pledge and would like to participate please see an usher to receive a pledge card or stop by the church office.

Questions? Click here to contact the Shupings.


Pender ReGift Thrift Store
Volunteer Opportunity Available

Pender ReGift Thrift Store (PRTS) is in need of a volunteer cashier.  Hours are flexible.   If interested and for more information, please contact Maryann Weber, Director of PRTS.


Click here to contact Maryann Weber

1st Graders & Graduates
First Graders
Our first graders will be receiving a Bible on June 11th during the 11:00 am service. Those 1st graders who are not currently attending a Sunday School Class but would like to receive a Bible, please email the name of the first grader and their parents' names to the Church Office.

2017 Graduates
June 18th is Senior Sunday and our 2017 High School & College Graduates will be recognized during the 11:00 am service. Our graduates are invited to wear their Caps/Gowns.   Please email the Church Office with the following information regarding your graduate: Name, High School or College/Degree, and Parents' names.

Email Church Office


Sing 'N Celebrate
Celebrating Testimonies
June 4, 5-6pm in the Fellowship Hall
 
Save this hour of worship as a joyous opportunity to hear Pender folks sharing their salvation stories!

  As in the words of Carol Purves in the Upper Room - "Because Jesus paid the price for our sins, we are forgiven and free to live a new life following the way of Christ!"

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.   You can communicate your interest by emailing Theresa Carpenter below. 

Click here to register or to sign up to Volunteer


Help the Needy In our Community

WFCM's Current Request for Donations:
  
Personal Products:
 Shampoo, Toothpaste, Deodorant, 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      

Click here for more info about WFCM


   
May 28         PRTS Volunteer Party at 12:30
June 4         Pentecost Sunday
June 4         Confirmation Sunday
June 4         Celebrating Testimonies (SNC) 
June 11       "In The Big Inning" Children's Musical
July 10-14    Vacation Bible School & Music Camp
June 18       Senior Sunday
July 21-29    Philippi Youth Mission Trip

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