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Sunday Bulletin
may 26, 2024

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Trinity Sunday
May 26, 2024 9:00 am


All hymn and scripture information is on the screens during the service

For a print copy of this bulletin, please attend Sunday worship or contact the office.

Trinity Sunday
May 26, 2024 11:15 am


All song and scripture information is on the screens during the service

For a print copy of this bulletin, please attend Sunday worship or contact the office.

General Conference 2024

After a four-year delay, the 2020 General Conference took place through May 3, 2024 in Charlotte, NC. More information about this important Conference is at https://penderumc.org/conference/


PENDER PRAYER TEAM: Send prayer requests via our website, Connection Card in the bulletin, or contact the Church Office.  You can also text your prayer request to (833) 674-0619 or scan the QR code below:

To become a PRAYER WARRIOR, or if you wish to have a loved one who needs ongoing prayer listed in the bulletin, please contact the Church Office.

Pender Faith Promise Missions.

Pender supports 67 missionaries and cross-cultural workers worldwide.

For the month of May, please lift up our 10 Mission Teams serving in the USA: Laura Bowers (CRU, DMV), Warren & Joy George (Navigators, CA), Rev. Neal & Shirley Hicks (TMS Global, TN), Stephen & Meiyun Hoyle (COM, VA), Stephanie Mberego (Bridges Int'l, DMV), Andrew & Karlayne Powars (CRU, DC), Rev. Ruston & Donna Seaman (Peoples Chapel, WV), Joe & Laura Sullivan (COM, PA), Kathie Virunurm (CRU, DMV), Rick & Debbie Yorgey (Navigators, DC).

Please select "Faith Promise Missions" for online contributions or indicate in the memo line of your check. Pender supports 62 Missions Teams and Cross-cultural Workers worldwide. For more info, please contact Greg or Maya Berry at

Save the Date
  • May 26, Trinity Sunday
  • May 26, Post-Conference Discussion bewteen services
  • May 27, Memorial Day. The church office will be closed
  • June 20-22, Virginia Annual Conference
  • June 22, UWF Breakfast Meeting. All women are welcome.
  • June 23, ONE Service at 10 am
  • June 24-28, VBS Signup is available now at https://penderumc.org/vbs/
  • June 30, ONE Service at 10 am
  • July 19-26 Youth Philippi Trip
  • September 8, Back to School picnic
  • October 19, Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat
  • December 7, Breakfast with Santa


Sign up to help at www.pender.church/signup

Pender Hill School Registration is open. Learn more at https://penderumc.org/pender-hill-school/

DO YOU HAVE THE GIFT OF HOSPITALITY & LOVE MEETING PEOPLE? Pender needs you! Help is needed during our 9am and 11:15am worship services. If you would like to be a Greeter or an Usher, please contact Glenn Lammi.

REACHING NEW PEOPLE Help your church grow! What does it mean to start thinking of “visitors” as being “guests”? Well, a visitor is someone who knocks on your door at night and you won’t let them in. A guest is someone you welcome! Pender is looking for some good men and women to help project Pender’s presence into the community for the sake of Jesus Christ. We want you to help us plan events and welcome guests! Contact Peter Andrews.

Support our First Responders– Help us restock our First Responders Rest Stop. The following donations are welcome: chips, 16 oz bottled water, energy drinks, vitamin water, snacks, frozen sandwiches, ice cream, candy, and cookies. Donations can be dropped off in the Church Office. Our officers continually let us know how blessed they are to have a safe place here at Pender! In turn, we are safer because of their presence!

Calling all Shepherds!   If you like working with children (ages PreK - grade 6) and are willing to help distribute materials and assist children in the classroom, we'd love to have you join our Children's Sunday School team! Help our children feel God's love and the support/encouragement of our Pender family!  (Sundays, 10:15 - 11am. Sign up for 1 week or 40!)   Please contact Jane McKee.

Get Connected

Lectio Divina Prayer Group, Thursdays at 1:30-3:00pm. Lectio Divina, or “divine reading” is a traditional Christian practice that helps you dive deeply into a passage of scripture and see how God speaks to you. The group reads a Bible passage, reflects on the passage, responds to what God’s word is saying to us and meditate on the Bible passage. The group is meeting by Zoom. Please contact Carol-Anne Kaye for Zoom information.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL at 10:15am - We meet in person!  Any questions?  Please speak with Miss Jane McKee!

Impact Youth Group (for all rising 7th-12th graders)

YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL meets every Sunday at 10:15am in person in the Youth Room.

THE COMMON GROUND BAND practices on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm in the sanctuary.


Sunday Morning, 10:15 am, The Seekers Class meets in Room 216 Contact Stan Kurzeja.(Class begins at 10:15am.)

Connections Sunday School Class David Kinard facilitates a video/discussion.

Financial Info

As of April 30, 2024:
YTD actual revenue is $239,138;
YTD actual expenses is $221,214.

Bridge of Hope Fund:
2023 $37,159
2024 (as of 5/9/24) $125,941
Total as of 5/9/24 $163,100

Join us this Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2024, for a special service as Pastor Bruce Johnson delivers a powerful sermon titled "Living by the Spirit as Children of God." Drawing from Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, and John 3:1-17, Pastor Bruce will explore the profound relationship between the Holy Spirit and our identity as children of God.

This service also coincides with Memorial Day weekend, providing a poignant backdrop as we reflect on the themes of sacrifice, service, and spiritual renewal. It's a perfect opportunity to connect deeper with your faith and community during this time of remembrance and celebration.

Join us live at Pender UMC
12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

Do you need Closed Captioning/Subtitles?
You do not need to be a Facebook member to watch the Traditional service here.

The Next Traditional Service will be May 26, 2024 at 9:00 am

Do you need Closed Captioning/Subtitles?
You do not need to be a Facebook member to watch the Contemporary Worship here.

The Next Contemporary Worship will be May 26, 2024 at 11:15 am

Sunday School Classes
Sunday School for Everyone!

Time: Every Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: On Zoom and In Person

Children's Sunday School

Time: Every Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: In Person

Youth Sunday School Class

Time: Every Sunday, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: In Person

Adult Sunday School Classes

Time: Every Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: In Person

Next Events

Request a room by filling out this form.  You will get an email when your event is approved. Note that you cannot add an event to a room that is already reserved for another meeting.  

Pastor Bruce Bible Study

May 23, 2024

New Study to begin on a topic of importance to us all.  As Christians we know that God has acted in Jesus Christ to...

Lectio Divina

May 23, 2024

Lectio Divina, or “divine reading” is a traditional Christian practice that helps you dive deeply into a...

Aldersgate Day

May 24, 2024

Aldersgate Day is celebrated on May 24 (or the Sunday closest) to commemorate the day in 1738 when John Wesley...

Opportunities to Serve

JDC (Juvenile Detention Center)

Wanted: Volunteers to attend Pender's monthly church service at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center. Our next date will be May 26th..

We meet at the jail at 12:30p, and are out by 2:00p.

Our ministry at the jail is growing, and the young people thirst for the water of life because of their circumstances. It is easy fishin' as they already stepped out of their cell to come to church.

It is a showing up thing. That's all you need to do... show up. Contact Arlet if interested.

Sign up

Rest Stop

Items can be left in the blue bin or in the church office labeled "Rest Stop".

Items often needed are: 16 oz water bottles (They do not use the 4oz ones) and energy/protein drinks.

They also enjoy individual size bags of potato chips, jerky, cookies and nuts.

WFCM Current Needs

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM)

WFCM has been providing food and services to the community for 37 years! Pender was one of the twelve founding churches that set the path and began the journey. Becky Bryan is our current liaison with WFCM. Please contact her with any questions.

In April more than 700 families were provided groceries from the Food Pantries, a 48% increase over April of 2023! Serving more families means we have a greater opportunity to make an impact with our donations.

There are multiple ways you can support this community ministry. The ways we hear of most often are donations of goods or money. Another way to participate is through volunteering of time to work in the Food Pantry. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the WFCM office or Becky Bryan.

Financial donations to be used to stock the Food Pantry can be made to Pender to be forwarded to WFCM. In a recent newsletter, WFCM explained that, because of the savings that flow out of bulk purchases, a donation of $100 is used to purchase the equivalent of $600 of food.

For donations of food and toiletry items, you may leave your gifts in the grocery cart located by Pender’s front doors. OR, you can order from Amazon for direct delivery to WFCM at 4511 Daly Drive, Suite J, Chantilly, VA 20151.

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