By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God's transformation of ourselves and our world. 
We do so many things for God’s glory - and serving God gives us such joy in so many ways - but what if God calls us into new opportunities in new places - are we flexible enough to go? Are we ready to serve whenever and wherever?

See you Sunday!
Pastor Catharine
Are You Participating in the Challenge?
Bible Study 2
2018 Bible Challenge -- Join in anytime!
Upcoming Scripture Readings:
September 16 - Daniel 7-9
September 17 - Daniel 10-12
September 18 - Ezra 1-3
September 19 - Ezra 4-6, Psalm 137
September 20 - Haggai 1-2
September 21 - Zechariah 1-7
September 22 - Zechariah 8-14
Pender Rocks the Block!
Pender Rocks the Block, September 14th
We're rockin' like a hurricane - Pender Rocks the Block is taking place INDOORS on Friday evening, 6-9pm

Fun for the whole family includes:

  • Food available for purchase from local food trucks, plus sweet treats!

  • "Minute to Win It" games

  • Face painting

  • Balloon sculpting

  • Live music

  • Admission is free!

Invite your friends and neighbors!
Women's Boutique
Women's Boutique, Sept. 27-28
Lots of Help Needed!

Sign up to help out with the Boutique on the sign-up sheets located in the Church Lobby

  • Donations, in excellent condition, will be accepted from Sunday, September 23rd, through Tuesday, September 25th.

Set Up:

  • Set up begins after services on Sunday, Sept. 23rd -- lunch will be provided to help fuel our workers -- through Wednesday. Come for just an hour or two to help organize and prepare for the big sale days.

Boutique and Bake Sale:

  • Sale Hours: Sept. 27th, 8am - 7pm; Sept. 28th, 8am - 2pm --

  • Bake Sale: If you love to bake, we will also have a bake sale during our big sale. Please donate baked goods, wrapped in individual portions and clearly labeled with the name of the item and whether it contains nuts or unusual ingredients.

Clean Up Event:

  • Clean Up will take place on Friday night, Sept. 28th, at 6pm. We will feed you and your family -- kids are welcome to participate! Nursery will be available for our very young ones.
Pender's Recovery Ministry
Dinner and a Movie, October 5th
You come for movie night, we'll buy dinner (and clean up after!). Pender's new Recovery Ministry is hosting dinner and a movie on Friday, October 5th, at 6pm, with a screening of "The Anonymous People," a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. 

Dinner is at 6 pm with the movie to follow. Childcare will be provided; the kids will have their own movie night!

RSVP is required - please register online below.

Women of Pender
UMW Fall Retreat, October 26-28
Our fall women’s retreat will be held on October 26-28, at Manidokin Retreat Center in Knoxville, MD. All women are welcome! Details will be forthcoming concerning registration, but space is limited, so folks need to mark their calendars now!

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawl Meeting
Join us once a month on Saturdays, beginning Sept. 22nd, at 10am to noon, in Room 202.

Current projects:
  • Prayer shawls for chemo bags
  • White baby blankets for baby baptisms
  • Prayer shawls for those who need love and support

For more information, contact Susan LeStrange

Children and Youth Ministries News
Child Protection Policy
Pender takes the safety of our children very seriously. We have a Child Protection Policy in place and require volunteers for Sunday School, nursery and other programs involving children to be trained in this policy and to annually re-certifiy their acknowledgement of the policy.

Please click on the link below to complete your annual re-certification or to complete an application to work with our Pender Children for the 2018/2019 School Year. Please contact Elizabeth Snader if you have any questions.

Paid Nursery Worker Needed
We are looking to hire a new Nursery Worker! If interested, please contact either Gracie Powers or Elizabeth Snader.

Bible Studies and Small Groups
Interested in Growing Closer to God?
Please click on the link below for a list of all of our current Bible Studies and Small Groups, including contact information for more information.

NEW 11am Sunday School Class
Butch Kinerney and Jim Scheurer are leading a book study starting Sunday, September 30th, from 11am – Noon on What's So Amazing About Grace?” by Philip Yancey, in Room 215. If you are interested in attending the book study, please email Jim Scheurer. Hope to see you in the class!

Commission on a Way Forward
General Conference 2019 Q&A
A WAY FORWARD: A Q&A EVENT with Bishop Sharma Lewis, the Rev. Tom Berlin and Martha Stokes, will be held September 26th at 7pm at Reveille UMC, Richmond, VA.  Questions may be submitted now and during the event to 
Questions for the event will be taken via email.
You can start to submit your questions now and during the event by clicking on this link .

For additional questions, please contact conference Director of Communications Madeline Pillow.

Around Our Community
Sanctity of Life Ministries
Volunteer Interest Meeting will be held Sat., Sept. 29, 9am–10:30am, Nova Pregnancy/ Alexandria. Hear about the mission and how to get involved.  Two-day Client Advocate Training on Friday evening, October 12 th and Saturday, October 13 th . For more information contact Kay Gardner at 703-278-5433.
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries ("WFCM")
Current Request for Donations:

Canned Black Beans and Canned Red Beans
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.

September 21 - Golf Tournament
September 23 - JDC Worship
September 27-28 - Women's Boutique and Bake Sale
October 5 - Pender's Recovery Ministry Dinner and a Movie
October 12 - Mystery Dinner Theatre, Hosted by Pended Prime Timers
October 20 - Youth Talent Show
October 26-28 - Women's Retreat
October 28 - JDC Worship
November 4 – All Saints Day
November 9-11 - Men's Retreat
November 11 – Veterans Day Celebration
November 21 - Thanksgiving Eve Service
November 25 - JDC Worship
December 1 - UMW Christmas Brunch
December 7 - A Night in Bethlehem
December 9 - Christmas Cantata (one service @ 10am)
December 15 - Children's Storytelling Time & Gingerbread House
Decorating Event
December 16 - Christmas Handbell Concert
December 23 - JDC Worship