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

This Week at Pender
June 18, 2020
By following Jesus
and reaching out to others,
we seek God's transformation
of ourselves and our world. 
Sunday June 21, 2020
Pastor Marg will preach on  Restoring the Locust Years based on Philippians 3:4b-16 and Joel 2:25.

Sunday online services are:
  • 9:00 am Traditional Worship
  • 11:15 am Common Ground Contemporary worship

Please take a moment to fill these out:

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 by dialing 1-571-200-7103 beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing through the week.
Watch the Sunday, June 14 Services again
Pastor Marg preached on  It All Goes Back in the Box  based on Luke 12:15-21.

Sunday online services are:
  • 9:00 am Traditional Worship
  • 11:15 am Common Ground Contemporary worship

We had a parade on  Sunday, June 14th at 12 NOON.   It was similar to the confirmation parade. The graduates that were able to attend spread out around the front of the church. This parade can be seen near the end of the Common Ground video .
Father's Day
Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.

Then he taught me, and he said to me, "Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live." Proverbs 4:1-4

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at  and Amazon donates to Pender United Methodist Church.
A Note from Pastor Marg
Please Send Cards of Support

One of our beloved Pender members, Russell Delph, who is also one of our Trustees, is heading to Atlanta, Georgia, this coming Tuesday, June 23 rd , to begin cancer treatment. 

As this will be both a financial and emotional strain on him and his family, let’s send them off with our Pender love by providing cards of encouragement and gift cards as a reminder that God is with him wherever he goes; and his Church family is interceding in prayer for them all. 

Drop off your cards in the Church Office, or in the box out front under the portico. (Staff members will be checking the box daily.)

Wednesday Night Study Final Meeting

Nearly 50 households are participating in the 4-week study of LGBTQ. 

This week we examined 4 of the 5 “prohibitive passages”. 

Next week we will look at Romans 1, the 5 th  prohibitive passage, as well as other scripture related to human sexuality.

The discussions have been honest, civil and formative. 

Please join us.

Topic: Study on UMC and LGBTQ
Time: Jun 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Called Charge Conference 

A Charge Conference has been called for Monday, June 22, 7:00 pm for the purpose of voting on leadership. 

Only members of the Church Council are eligible to vote.

United Methodist Respond to Cries for Racial Justice      
The bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction have written a pastoral letter. This is an exert from that letter

We call on the people called Methodists to live fully into our baptismal vows to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. We believe that the would of our nation needs to be examined which means that each person, individually, needs to engage in self-examination. Self-examination includes educating oneself about the roots of racism from slavery to lynching to racial segregation and Jim Crow to contemporary presumptions of guilt, incarceration, and police violence. God calls us individually and collectively to take action. In our Baptism we are called to accept the freedom and power given by God to resist evil, injustice, and oppression, however, wherever, and wherever they are present.
Study on LGBTQ and The United Methodist Church
On Wednesday Pastor Marg will conclude a 4-week study on the issues facing the United Methodist Church around LGBTQ inclusion.

From the survey conducted by Just Peace and our team and from the on-going affinity group discussions, the congregation has expressed an interest in such a study. This will be done via zoom. The audio can also be accessed through phone. 

We are hoping for a large group so will likely ask everyone to be on mute and raise their questions or make their comments in the chat section. Our presenter will refer to those and include as much as time allows.

Use this link. Topic: Study on UMC and LGBTQ
Time: Jun 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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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.
Pender "Return to Church" Survey Results
13 June 2020

168 people started the survey
146 people completed the survey

Survey Synopsis : Livestream services are well-attended, and is something that Pender is doing very well. Pender congregants feel that with distinct milestones met indicating reduced risk to COVID-19 exposure, limited “in church” services might be held; however, a high percentage of respondents would still likely opt to remain at home and attend services virtually to assure their safety.  The church is split down the middle on plans for attendance at proposed drive-in worship services.

Analysis : Continue livestream services, delay opening the church for worship (under strict self-imposed milestones), and consider the effort vs. benefit of drive-in worship venues.

Survey Details :

  • Overall, the Pender congregation feels healthy and relatively stress-free in regards to health and personal finances during the COVID-19 virus quarantines.
  • 100% of the respondents said they watch livestream services on Sunday morning, or watch livestream services and participate in Zoom calls.
  • A large percentage of the Pender congregation plans to wait several weeks or longer beyond state and UMC “return to normal” guidance before returning to church - and only with the following signals for return and preventative actions in place:
  • An effective vaccine is widely available
  • The number of COVID-19 cases in Fairfax County have significantly dropped
  • Phase 2 (35% of respondents) or Phase 3 (24% of respondents) reopening guidelines met.
  • Masks mandatory and hand sanitizer stations available
  • Temperature checks
  • Continued social distancing and limited foot traffic in church
  • Limit passing or touching things (Lord’s Supper, offering plates)
  • Should we return to “in church” services, 66% of the respondents said they would attend a worship service at a different time if required (one service, evening service, more services to assure social distancing, etc.)
  • Respondents generally agreed that stricter guidelines should be assured for children’s and student ministries when we resume “in church” services.
  • 64% said that when Pender receives clearance for public gatherings, we should either limit gathering size or simply keep all activities online only, to see what happens.
  • 52% said they would “not likely” or “maybe” attend a drive-in worship service.  48% said they would “probably” or “definitely” attend a drive-in worship service.
New Survey! Due June 21, 2020
This survey is time sensitive. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday, 21 June - in time for reporting to the Church Council meeting on Monday night, 22 June.
Text AHZR_TEST to 90888 to start the assessment.
Position Opening
SPPRC is currently recruiting for one position: Contemporary Worship Leader.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. If you know someone that would be a good addition to the Pender family in this key music ministry position - tell them to apply.

Job requirements are stated in position descriptions that you can obtain from  Pastor Marg .

To apply, submit a resume to the church office and include a statement of how your experience and qualifications meet the job requirements.
Hail and Farewell
Dear Pender Family,

It is hard to believe that we are near the end of Pastor Marg’s tour with Pender. But we are in her eleventh hour. The official transition to Pastor Will White will occur at high noon on June 30. Pastor Marg’s last Sunday with us will be July 5.

What a ride we have had under her spiritual guidance! She has been instrumental in putting Pender on a positive trajectory notwithstanding many trials.

We survived a change in worship schedules, the effects of a global pandemic that may have caused us to shut our doors but not our hearts for worship, and the transformation of our worship practices to take advantage of technology to bridge the “stay-at-home” gap between us.

She re-introduced Stephen Ministries to us as an important care-giving ministry. She was the face of comfort to our families who lost loved ones, like Beryl and Katie, while the congregation waits for the easing of meeting restrictions to celebrate the lives of our saints.

She resurrected the Confirmation class that led to six new members on Pentecost. And the list goes on and on as she has tirelessly pursued her calling on our behalf and in service to Christ Jesus.

It is time for us to say thank you.

You have three opportunities in addition to any personal thank-you’s you may offer:

1 – You can make a love offering designated for her - Use Love Offering Gift in the memo of your check or  online giving   .

2 – You can participate in a drive by parade at Pender church to make a fuss over her after her last Sunday in the pulpit – July 5.

3 – You can provide input for an album we are making for her as a parting gift. The album will consist of pictures and notes from the congregation. We will be incorporating pictures of Pender families as you have seen them at the beginning of our worship services, and we would love to supplement that with any pictures of your family you would like to provide. 

Please provide these as 4x6 prints to Kelly Lucero (10666 John Ayres Dr, Fairfax 22032) along with any personal notes on 4x6 paper you would like to have included.

We will be making a similar album to welcome Pastor Will. Keep him in mind for any personal notes to go with your picture(s).

And one more parade – July 12 after the second service.

We have been so blessed, and we are poised for a period of growth and stability. Praise God!

Verne McKamey
Send a Card of Support
If you can send a card to the Elmores this week that would be great. Dan Elmore is a past Associate Pastor at Pender.

Bekah’s mom passed away from cancer. She had been battling it for quite some time.
Their address is 326 S Church St, Smithfield, VA 23430.
A Poem by Saundra Sandrock
"A Father's Day Tribute"
This is a day to honor
Those who hold a special place.
With names like Dad and Grandpa,
We love and respect their grace.
Some have gone to heaven now
But mem'ries of them are clear.
Lessons taught and good times shared,
In thought they'll always be near.
Even if their humanness
Did take a wrong direction,
It's only God the Father
That has no imperfection.
Those who never had children
Might take a fatherhood role.
No category needed
For this day to touch your soul.
Wishing you Father's Day joy and blessings!
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 cannot accept outside donations at this time because of regulations by the health agencies to whom WFCM is responsible. There is now a greater need for food but fewer donations.

The best way you can help at this time is to order 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. The Cornerstone Class meets on Zoom each Sunday at 10:00 am.

  • Watch for emails from your groups for information about online meetings.