Sunday Worship:
Online Streaming Services
at 9 am and 11:15 am

This Week at Pender
December 31, 2020
By following Jesus
and reaching out to others,
we seek God's transformation
of ourselves and our world. 
Tonight 7:00 pm - Watch Night Service
John Wesley believed that Methodists and all Christians, should reaffirm their covenant with God annually, so he created a service in which an individual renews his/her covenant with God.

In 1755 Wesley held his first covenant service using words written earlier by Richard Alleine. Wesley published this service in a pamphlet in 1780, and this form was used without alteration for nearly a century in England. It has been modified somewhat in more recent years.

The covenant hymn, "Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine," was written for this service by Charles Wesley. The service is included in The Book of Worship under the title "An Order of Worship for Such as Would Enter Into or Renew Their Covenant with God--For Use in a Watch Night Service, on the First Sunday of the Year, or Other Occasion."

This covenant service is often used in United Methodism as a Watch Night Service on New Year's Eve. The covenant service is observed in some local churches on New Year's Day or on the first Sunday in January. The service focuses on the Christian's renewing the covenant of response to the grace of God in Christ.

Pender's Watch Night Service will be December 31 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9 and 11:15 am
Epiphany Sunday

Rev. Will White will Interview
the Three Wise Guys.

Christmas is not just one day, but a season of twelve days from sunset Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) through Epiphany.

The twelfth day of Christmas, Epiphany, an even more ancient Christian celebration than Christmas, originally focused on the nativity, God's incarnation (God made flesh) in the birth of Jesus Christ and Christ's baptism. Today, it commemorates the visiting of the Christ Child by the Magi (Wise Men) with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

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If you know someone unable to watch or listen to the Traditional service on a computer or device, they may use any phone to listen to the audio at 1-571-200-7103

Each Sunday service is available for about a week, then the latest takes its place.

Sunday online services are:

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Outdoor Communion, January 3!
Welcome to Pender's Outdoor Communion!

So we can plan efficiently, please sign up once for each car, then let us know how many people will be in it. 

Thank you!
On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020
6:30 pm - Special Christmas Music Concert
Our concert featured a variety of styles, as well as both familiar and new Christmas music.

7:00 pm ~ Blended Worship Livestream
A service that included lessons, carols, sermon, and candlelight.

At the close of the service, we heard “Silent Night”, as a candle representing every Pender UMC family will be lighted. 

The benediction was an invitation to participate in a drive through Nativity.
8:30 pm ~ “Drive Through Nativity”

On a looped course through our church’s parking lot, we drove past a Nativity scene of Pender UMC members, staff, and friends. This drive through event was safe and fun way to experience the joy of the Savior’s birth.

Pastor Will lived-streamed the event for those who couldn't get out. 
From last Sunday, December 27
The Fifth Sunday in Advent

Rev. Will White continued his
Worship Series “Company’s Coming”.

The Fifth Sermon was
"Enjoying the Company"

Based on Scripture

There is an inevitable let down after Christmas. This is December 27, only two days after the day that most are still digesting.

The other phenomenon that normally occurs at this time is that folks are starting to depart; families are returning home; people are going back to work. That may all be different now, even as we will still be recovering or enduring the pandemic.

But there is still a shift in thinking, in focus, in direction in these Christmastide worship experiences.

That is why we chose to continue the series through the Sundays after Christmas.
Prayer Requests
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ. " 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Pender is a church committed to the power of prayer. Our "prayer chain" is a group of church members constantly in prayer for the needs of our congregation. To make your prayer needs known, you may email the prayer chain by clicking here to send an email to our group of prayer warriors.
Woman of the Year
We realize that 2020 has been hard on us all; however, have you noticed that despite the challenges some of our Pender family have risen above and continued to serve our church tirelessly? 
We would like to recognize a Pender woman that you think has faithfully served Pender to further God's kingdom.  
Please include your nominee’s name and reasons why you think this person deserves to receive the woman of the year award. Previous recipients are ineligible to receive the award again. 
Please click the link below and complete the form to submit your nomination. 
January 12 - Pender Hill School Reopening
Pender Hill School will open on January 12, 2021 - May 28, 2021. Our school will be on Phase 2 guidelines, because we are under the restrictions of the Methodist Bishop. She is very cautious and keeping us to a limited opening for safety reasons. This means that we will have 3 classes with limited student space.
Sanctity of Life
Pender UMC partners with Sanctity of Life Ministries, which shares the love of Jesus with those in our community seeking help in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. One facet of the ongoing support clients receive is SLM’s "Earn While You Learn" program. Mothers receive a gift of classes so that they can learn how to care for their babies and then receive items they need to prepare for their baby's homecoming.  
Would you like to be a part of helping these young mothers prepare for their baby’s birth? What better way to offer a tangible expression of God’s love as they are told of the birth of His Son Jesus and of his great love for them?
Below is a list of items that Sanctity of Life is in need of at the moment. Will you please consider purchasing one or more to donate?
Diapers (specifically size 4, 5, & 6)
Similac Baby Formula
Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, etc.)
Daily Bread devotional books for clients
Newborn mittens
Baby sleep sacks (since blankets can be a choking hazard for babies in their cribs, we want to give out something else that can keep the baby warm!)
For your convenience, here is a link to SLM’s Amazon Wishlist:

If you prefer to shop in person, you may drop the items off at Pender UMC’s office and Laura Hugo will collect them to bring to Sanctity of Life Ministries.
Community Outreach
Thank you Pender for your generosity in giving to the Santa's Ride toy collection and the book and clothing collection for Greenbriar East Elementary School! 

The police officers and school counselors were thrilled to receive the donations! 


Thank you Pender for your continued generous donations of food for WFCM and the Blessing Box in our parking lot!  Please note these guidelines for donations:
  • Donate only non-perishable items. The donations are not checked daily, and items such as fresh produce or bread products have been going bad before they can be used.
  • Do not put glass containers in the Blessing Box as they can freeze and shatter during winter months.
  • Check the expiration or sell-by dates on food items and do not donate any that are past the date marked.

Thank you for your generous support of all our local outreach projects. Please contact Ann Hines if you have any questions.
Amazon Smile
Did you know that when you shop, AmazonSmile donates to Pender United Methodist Church?

Shop at and Amazon donates with every order, gift for someone else or for yourself!

Last quarter, AmazonSmile donated $46.09 to Pender!
End of Year Contributions Reminder
Thank you to everyone, for your continued support of Pender. And, ESPECIALLY during this unprecedented 2020 year. 

*As we wrap up giving in 2020 & in following suit with IRS contribution guidelines, please make sure that your 2020 donations are officially postmarked prior to or on December 31, 2020 for contribution credit in 2020

*Online donations will be posted using the date received by the church. Please allow your bank 4-5 business days to transfer funds to Pender keeping in mind that the church office is closed December 25, 2020 until January 2, 2020

*Due to the limitations surrounding the pandemic, it is strongly recommended that all contributions be mailed to the church or completed online since we are unable to pass a plate offering at this time. 

Again, thank you for your end of year gifts and keeping these dates on your radar for financial planning/timing. We sincerely appreciate the help and cooperation. Please contact the finance office if you have additional questions or concerns. 

Merry Christmas and Happy 2021!
Monthly Giving Report
You are encouraged to stay current on your giving and, if possible, give extra to help compensate for those who are facing financial hardship.

Mail in Giving:
Pender United Methodist Church
12401 Alder Woods Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033

Text to Give:
Text PUMC to 73256

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries ("WFCM") Current Request for Donations

The WFCM Food Pantry is now accepting outside donations at their address below. There is a greater need for food but fewer donations.

You can also help by ordering from Amazon for delivery to WFCM. Rice, beans, canned fruit, diapers (Sizes 4, 5, 6), pasta, pasta sauce, etc.

                   4511 Daly Drive, Suite J
                   Chantilly, VA 20151

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.
Save the Date

  • Every Sunday Streaming Services.
  • Traditional at 9:00 am
  • Common Ground Contemporary at 11:15 am

Weekly Events

  • Sunday
  • There are 2 children's Sunday School Classes meeting on Zoom at 10:00 am.
  • The Cornerstone Class meets on Zoom at 10:00 am.
  • The Seeker Sunday School Class meets on Zoom at 10:30 am.
  • The Turning Point Youth Group meets at 7:00 pm.
  • Monday
  • Mary Martha Circle meets on Zoom at 7:00 pm.
  • Tuesday
  • Staff Meeting at 11 am.
  • Christian Believer Class at 2 pm (on break until January 12)
  • Adult Handbell Rehearsals (on break until January 5)
  • Christian Believer Class at 7 pm (on break until January 12)
  • Wednesday
  • Ruth Circle meets on Zoom at 10 am
  • Thursday
  • AV and Worship Team Rehearsals
  • Friday
  • Fun with Music meets on Zoom at 10 am (resuming January 8)