Join us for a special Sunday service on December 3 as we celebrate the First Sunday in Advent. Experience an uplifting sermon by Pastor Bruce Johnson titled 'Where the Good News Begins'. Immerse yourself in the profound wisdom of our readings, Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37, and discover the depths of their messages. Don't miss this opportunity to start the Advent season with inspiration and reflection!

Advent, derived from the Latin word "adventus" meaning "coming" or "visit," is a season imbued with anticipation and reflection, marking the commencement of the Christian liturgical year. Spanning four Sundays leading up to Christmas and culminating on Christmas Eve, Advent is a time of spiritual preparation, where Christians across the world ready their hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

This season is a journey through time—honoring the deep yearning of Jews for a Messiah and our own profound need for forgiveness, salvation, and a fresh start. Advent is a duality of celebration: it commemorates the historical birth of Jesus in a modest Bethlehem stable while simultaneously looking forward to the second coming of Christ, fulfilling the promises of the first.

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We look forward to seeing you!

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person.

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

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The Next Traditional Service will be December 3 at 9:00 am


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The Next Contemporary Worship will be December 3 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

Latest Sermon


"Witnesses Unaware" - Traditional

November 26, 2023
by Pastor Bruce Johnson

Sunday, November 26, 2023 Pender celebrated Christ the King Sunday Service, a day dedicated to sovereignty and scripture. Pastor Bruce Johnson led the congregation with a thought-provoking sermon titled "Witnesses Unaware."

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Traditional Service

December 3, 2023

At 9:00 am, Pender offers a traditional/blended worship service.  The service includes traditional music as well as...

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December 3, 2023

Currently meeting in person.   We are using the Wiersbe Bible Study.

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