Join us on a transformative spiritual journey this third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2024, at Pender UMC. Carol-Anne Kay, a dedicated Lay Leader and our esteemed Guest Speaker, will guide us through a poignant exploration titled "Suffering through the lens of the Cross and the Resurrection." This timely message, grounded in the profound truths of Romans 5:1-5 and the narrative journey of Luke 22-24, promises to deepen our understanding of suffering in light of Christ's ultimate sacrifice and triumphant resurrection.

Engage with us as we delve into the complexities of human hardship, framed by the hope and victory that Easter embodies. Carol-Anne's insights will shed new light on how our trials can lead to perseverance, character, and a hope that does not disappoint, because of the love God has poured out into our hearts.

This service is an invitation to all seeking solace, strength, and a renewed sense of purpose through the transformative power of the Easter story. Whether you're facing challenges or walking alongside others in their struggles, this message is for you.

Don't forget to subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications so you won't miss out on this enriching experience. We're looking forward to welcoming you to this service of reflection, encouragement, and community fellowship. Join us as we continue to witness the unfolding grace that each new Sunday in Easter brings.

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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 April 14, 2024 at 9:00 am

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The Next Contemporary Worship will be April 14, 2024 at 11:15 am

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What is Pender UMC doing to prepare for the General Conference? See below:

View the General Conference: Discerning a Faithful Path Forward PDF

More about General Conference here.

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.  

Traditional Service

April 14, 2024

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

Opportunities to Serve

GBE Backpack Meal Program Thanks and Update

The next bags are available now to be returned by April 21st.

We wanted to thank you all so much for your very active participation in filling the blue bags for GBE. Each time we put them out they are all taken and brought back full! We can't tell you how much we and the counselors and students at GBE appreciate this! The bags will once again be available this weekend.

We have just been requested to provide 74 bags for each of our remaining three weeks versus the 50 we have been providing weekly.  Because of this...there are even more blue bags in need of filling, but a friendly note that this is the LAST time for us to do this for the school year, because of the help of WFCM.

In addition to filling the blue bags if you have any plastic grocery bags that you would like to recycle, they have said that would be of great help in distributing the additional WFCM provided items. Thank you again for your continued support. If you have any questions, please contact Jami Flemmons or Ann Hines

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.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM)

Food & Beverages

  • Cereal (low sugar preferred)
  • Hot Cereal (Oatmeal, Grits)
  • Maseca Corn Flour
  • Sugar (1 or 2 lb. bags)
  • Red Beans (low salt preferred)
  • Black Beans (low salt preferred)
  • Canned Tomatoes (stewed, crushed, diced, paste)
  • Canned Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Flavored Pasta (Pasta Helpers)
  • Flavored Rice (Rice A Roni)
  • Risotto
  • Pancake Mix
  • Peanut Butter
  • Family Sized Snacks (pretzels, crackers, etc.)
  • Canned Mixed Vegetables (low salt preferred)
  • Coffee (ground, no k-cups)
  • Individual juice boxes (100% juice preferred)


NOTE: Toiletry items cannot be purchased by our clients with SNAP 

  • Body Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toilet Paper
  • Large size pull-ups (size 4T/5T for toddlers)
  • Size 6 Diapers
  • Baby Wipes

NOTE:  Only size 6 diapers and large pull-ups are needed at this time thanks to our partnership with Greater DC Diaper Bank.

JDC (Juvenile Detention Center)

Wanted: Volunteers to attend Pender's monthly church service at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center. Our next date will be April 28th..

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.

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