On Sunday, December 11, 2022, Pender Lead Pastor Will White will preach on "The Lord's Highway" based on Isaiah 35:1-10.
Joy Sunday says it all. The third Sunday of Advent is marked by the pink- or rose-colored candle in the wreath in many traditions. It is the one where we are reminded of the news that shall be a great joy to all people—the news that Emmanuel is born, God with us. And we stand in the promise even today, even here, in this place, in your place – God is with you. There can be no greater joy than that.
"The Lord's Highway" is the third sermon in the series titled "An Advent Song of Ascents". Isaiah is our anchor text for this Advent worship series. But Psalms gives us the mood, theme, or even soul. “I was glad when they said to me ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” The opening line from Psalm 122 captures something of the Advent spirit this year. From “I was glad” to “go to the house of the Lord.” We are singing a song of ascent this Advent season.
We look forward to seeing you!
All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person. Masks are currently optional.
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12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033
Sunday School Classes
Sunday School for Everyone!
Time: Every Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Children's Sunday School
Time: Every Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Youth Sunday School Class
Time: Every Sunday, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Adult Sunday School Classes
Time: Every Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Pender has a Blessing Box! It’s at the end of the driveway near the lower parking lot.
When you’re near Pender, please pay it forward and share a few groceries with those in need. There is no lock on it- it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
JDC Christmas Party
Matthew 25:39 'When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
Pender is in mission to incarcerated Fairfax youth as they await their sentencing. We worship monthly, and once a year, we host a Christmas Party.
It is a particularly difficult environment in which to establish a party mood. But I am Maryann Weber, and I bring party. Is joining me something you could do and is on your heart?
Covid restrictions are lifted and we can bring as many as who want to come. Still masks, though.
WFCM Food Pantry Donations
All donations of food and toiletries are welcomed and needed. Leave items in the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries blue cart outside Pender's main door.
Item of the Week: Vegetable Oil (through 12/15/2022)
JDC (Juvenile Detention Center)
Join us in worship with the young men and women at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.
You may feel like your individual participation doesn’t matter, but it does! Over and over again, the staff tells us how we make a difference in the young men’s and women’s lives and the lives of the staff!
"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.
Gift Cards for Finley
Baby Finley was born ten weeks early and has been in the NICU for several weeks. The family could use gift cards to Uber Eats, Grubhub, Target, or Amazon. Gift cards can be placed in the envelope marked “Gift cards for Baby Finley’s Family”, which is on the front desk in the office. If you have any questions, please contact Iris Salcewicz.
The Safety Committee
Our current needs:
The 11:15 AM Common Ground Worship Service team is beginning the journey of doubling our service’s attendance by Fall 2023. Assisting us in accomplishing this goal is our consultant Rev. Jim Chandler.
We will be meeting with Rev. Chandler once per month virtually to discuss strategies that will allow us to achieve our goal. Our first team meeting will take place on the evening of October 5th. Please stay tuned for ways to contribute and get involved. If you have any questions or thoughts regarding this new outreach team, please reach out to Garrett Armentrout
Technical and Creative Team
We work together for sound, lights, recording, computer graphics, and motion video. We need to grow our AV team!
Have you ever wondered how Pender Church produces our online live streaming services? Who runs the soundboard, slideshow, and camera, and what are their responsibilities?
If you are curious or interested in volunteering to help with the online production of our church services, please attend an AV rehearsal on Thursday night at 6:00 pm Teens are welcome!
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