By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God's transformation of ourselves and our world. 
Greetings!
The Ten Commandments - all about relationship - the first four - about our relationship with God - the last six about our relationship with the rest of the world. We try to obey the last six just as much as we try to obey the first four - and are so proud when we can check off boxes of our own law keeping - we've got this thing nailed! And even if we slip, surely our minor infractions are so much less than the things other people do! How often do we focus on the sins of others as greater than our own? How often do we try to keep judgement out there so that no one will judge us? And Christ says "love your neighbor as you love yourself" - that is the second commandment! Do we love all? What does that even mean?  

See you Sunday!
Pastor Catharine
2019 Bible Challenge
2019 Bible Reading Challenge from the Bishop
Upcoming Scripture Readings:
Feb. 10 - Isaiah 47-49; Mark 12:1-27
Feb. 11 - Isaiah 50-52; Mark 12:28-44
Feb. 12 - Isaiah 53-55; Mark 13:1-20
Feb. 13 - Isaiah 56-58; Mark 13:21-37
Feb. 14 - Isaiah 59-61; Mark 14:1-26
Feb. 15 - Isaiah 62-64; Mark 14:27-53
Feb. 16 - Isaiah 65-66; Mark 14:54-72
Pender 2018 Men and Women of the Year
Women and Men of the Year Reception
February 10
Congratulations to our 2018 Men and Women of the Year! 

Our Women of the Year are Caroline Anderson and Becky Bryan, and our Men of the Year are Cory Calmbacher and Phil Hannum. 

Join us for an awards reception as we celebrate these amazing Pender people on Sunday, February 10, after our 11am service.
Join our Pender Team!
Job Opportunities at Pender
Resumes are now being collected for these part-time positions: 

  • Church Administrator
  • Church Treasurer 

More information can be found on our website and applications are now being accepted through Indeed.  


Pender Partners
Pender Civil Legal Aid Clinic
Are you a Lawyer or Paralegal? Do you have a heart for the indigent? Do you believe that our justice system should be accessible to all, including the poor?

A new Christian civil legal aid clinic is forming at Pender to address the needs of our indigent neighbors who cannot afford an attorney to represent them in legal matters involving the loss of a critical need, such as housing, personal safety, or income. Our clinic will provide both legal and spiritual counseling to clients.

Though legal training is certainly a bonus, you do not have to be a lawyer to participate in this new ministry! If you or anyone you know are interested in learning more about this new ministry opportunity, please contact Angie Cross Green ASAP.
 
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” 
-Psalm 82:3-4

¡Hablemos español!
Let’s speak Spanish! Have fun learning Spanish right here at Pender. Introductory classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7pm – 8:15pm, starting March 19. Email Margie Koller to join us. 

Jesus Loves You
JLU (Jesus Loves You)
4th-6th Grade Junior Youth Group
JLU will meet Sunday, February 10th, from 5–7pm in the Cornerstone Room (Room 215). 

Bring a friend! We have lots of projects for the hypothermia center to complete. Any questions, please contact Theresa O’Brien.

United Methodist Women
UMW Quarterly Brunch & Membership Meeting
February 23rd
All ladies are invited to join us for food and fellowship at the United Methodist Women’s first quarterly Brunch and General Membership meeting on Saturday, February 23rd from 9am-11am in the fellowship hall. If you are interested in learning more about what the UMW is and what we’re up to, and getting or staying connected with the women of this church, this is for you!
Spring Cleaning is Right Around the Corner!
The UMW will once again host a Spring Boutique so mark your calendar for the week of April 28 - May 4. Every piece of clothing, jewelry, kitchen item, linen, or toy out of your house not only cuts out your clutter, it is re-homed to a family that will use and cherish it.  Please set aside  only   spring and summer clothing  that is in new or like-new condition.  No rips, stains or obvious wear please.  This is what makes our Boutique so successful – the clothes are in great shape and you can’t beat the prices!  (We do  not  have the space for winter items – that’s what our fall boutique is for – box them up and we’ll take them later in the year.) 

Donations will be accepted on Sunday afternoon, April 28 through Tuesday, April 30. More details to follow.
New Ladies Bible Study
Monday morning ladies Bible Study meets at 11am every Monday (when school is in session) in the Cornerstone Room (Rm. 215). We will begin a new 10-week study on February 11 th entitled “From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story” by Courtney Doctor.

We welcome new members and children are invited to come along. If you would like more information, please contact Ann Hines or Jami Flemmons


Mary Martha Circle
If you are interested in an opportunity to get to really know more of the women of the church, how about joining us for our next meeting, which will take place on Monday, February 11, at 7pm in Rooms 202-204? 

Our circle truly enjoys the blessings of reaching out to others in need. 
In January, our circle participated in packing the January bags for the Backpack Blessings Ministry. If interested in knowing more about our circle, feel free to contact Virginia Patch.

Let's Eat Out Together!
Jersey Mikes in Fair Lakes Fundraiser
February 10th
On Sunday, February 10th, from 11am until 8pm we will have a fundraiser at the Jersey Mike’s in Fair Lakes – a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pender UMC for Rise Against Hunger.
Serving the Homeless at Pender
Pender Hypothermia 2019
Beginning Sunday, March 3rd, through Sunday, March 10th, we need your support! Pender Hypothermia, working with Fairfax FACETS, is a life-saving effort by local faith-based communities to serve those experiencing homelessness in Fairfax County and encourages guests to take steps towards self-sufficiency and stability as much as possible. You can sign up to help by contacting Jim Scheurer or clicking on the link to our website below. We would love to have your love and support.


Pender Hypothermia Training
Training for Pender Hypothermia for 2019 will be held on Sunday, February 17th, at 10:30am and 12:15pm and will last for 30 minutes.

If you have participated in Pender Hypothermia Training before, you do not need to repeat the training.

There will be additional training on March 3rd, if you cannot make this training. Contact Jim Scheurer for more information.
Donations Needed for Hypothermia Week
We need your support with the following donations:

  • 8 cases of water
  • 4 jugs/pods of laundry detergent
  • 120 white trash bags
  • 16 Lysol wipe containers
  • 8 large bottles of hand sanitizer
  • trial size shampoos & soap
  • towels and wash cloths for showering
  • DVD movies
  • magazines
  • puzzles
  • playing cards
  • coloring books, crayons and markers.

Look for the Pender Hypothermia donation drop off located in the Church Lobby.
Missions
Save the Date: March 22-24
Missions Celebration
We will be hosting several local and international missionaries that weekend and they would love to meet you. We can’t all be full-time missionaries but we can support those who do go and are our hands and feet carrying out the Great Commission. They covet our prayers and as we get to know them, it is easier to pray for their needs and blessings. More information to come...  
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Learn more!
Please stop by the church lobby  on Sunday, February 24, to learn how you can participate in our Prayer Shawl Ministry. On display will be a chemo bag, a prayer shawl, a baptismal baby blanket, and other examples from our ministry.
Finance Ministry
Needed: A Few Good Accountants
The Finance Committee is seeking a "few good accountants" to utilize their unique skills to serve within Pender in the finance ministry. A diverse variety of opportunities are available for auditing, budgeting and general accounting skills. Please contact Becky Bryan for more information about the interesting and rewarding possibilities!

2019 Special General Conference
What Just Happened?
On Wednesday, March 13, the Arlington and Alexandria Districts will host a “What Just Happened” conversation with General Conference Delegates Tom Berlin and Martha Stokes in order to provide an update on the process and decisions that were reached during the 2019 Special Called General Conference.
The Clergy Session will take place from 10am-noon. A session will be held that evening designed specifically for laity at 7-9pm. Clergy are welcome to attend the laity session with others from their church, but the official clergy portion of the event is from 10-noon.

Both sessions will take place at Herndon UMC: 701 Bennett St, Herndon VA 20170

Around Our Community
FBSA Troop 1530 Annual Mulch Fundraiser
Spring is around the corner! Pender’s own Boy Scouts, Troop 1530, is taking mulch orders now through February 21 for delivery March 8-15. Premium Brown Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch (3 cu ft bag) is just $5.25 delivered! 

Order Online before February 21. 

Virginia Ground Works is our new supplier and will also be delivering all mulch orders to your home as a service to the Scouting organization. Thanks for your support again this year!
 
WFCM
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries ("WFCM")
Current Request for Donations:

Pancake Mix, Syrup and Jelly
All donations may be left in the blue grocery cart located in the Church Lobby. 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.

February 8 – Youth Ski Trip
February 10 - Jersey Mikes in Fair Lakes Fundraiser
February 10 - Women and Men of the Year Luncheon
February 22 - Pender Youth participate in 30 Hour Famine
February 23 - UMW Brunch and General Membership Meeting
February 24 - JDC Worship
March 3-10 - Hypothermia Center
March 10 - Night of Worship with Brothers McClurg
March 17 - Pender Leadership Training
March 22-24 - Missions Celebration
March 24 - JDC Worship
March 30 - UMW Spring Prayer Breakfast
April 7 - Pender Leadership Training
April 13 - Family Easter Ev
April 14 - Palm Sunday
April 21 - Easter Sunday
April 28-30 - Donations accepted for Spring Boutique
May 3-4 - UMW Spring Boutique