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Sunday Bulletin
October 1, 2023

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9:00 am Traditional Worship

* Please stand as you are able


  • Prelude:
  • Greeting and welcoming one another in Christ
  • The Church in Ministry (Announcements)
  • * Call to Worship from Psalm 105:1-7 (The Message)
  • * Opening Hymn: “How Great Thou Art” (UMH #77)
  • *Opening Prayer

Proclamation and Response

  • A Moment for Mission
  • Time with Children
  • * Scripture: Matthew 21:23-32
  • Sermon: Guest Preacher Beth Dougherty will preach on 1 Corinthians 1:18 and Psalm 66:16
  • * Hymn of Faith: “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian” (UMH #402, vs.1-2, 4)
  • Prayers of the People with The Lord’s Prayer
  • Offering: Online giving
  • Choral Offertory: “A Prayer for Healing” Words/Music by Joseph M. Martin
  • * Doxology (UMH #95)
  • Offertory Prayer
  • Prayer of Dedication

Sending Forth

  • * Closing Hymn: “Trust and Obey” (UMH #467)
  • Benediction
  • Postlude:
11:15 am Common Ground Contemporary

* Please stand as you are able


  • Greeting

Songs of Praise

  • * "Freedom Is Coming” - Bryan and Katie Torwalt
  • * “God of Wonders” - Third Day
  • * “Holy Is The Lord” - Chris Tomlin


  • Announcements
  • A Moment for Mission
  • Time with Children
  • * Scripture: Matthew 21:23-32
  • Sermon: Guest Preacher Beth Dougherty will preach on 1 Corinthians 1:18 and Psalm 66:16

An Invitation to Discipleship

  • Offering Prayer
  • Offering: Online giving
  • Offering Song: “Oh Come To The Altar” - Elevation Worship
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Sending Song
    • * Sending Song: “God So Loved” - We The Kingdom

Our nursery is located downstairs in Room 105. We provide infants and toddlers (newborns through age 2) with a safe and caring Christian environment.

Hearing aids and large-print hymnals are available during the services. (See one of our ushers).


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 September, 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
  • Ongoing, Sign up to help with Pender's Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat
  • October 1, Pender's Impact for Youth hosts a youth ministry event: filling water bottles with powdered detergent that will enable the homeless and the poor to clean their clothes.
  • October 2, Fun With Music resumes. The Ponts offer fun music activities for children 0 thru 5 and a parent, grandparent or caregiver.
  • October 8, Board of Discipleship Presentation of the Denman Award for Clergy for Pastor Bruce Johnson. Please RSVP to the church office.
  • October 14, Decorate for the Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat
  • October 15, Impact Youth Ministry Event: Activity to support Maui victims
  • October 21, Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat
  • October 22, JDC (Juvenile Detention Center)
  • October 28, UWIF - Women's Retreat
  • October 29, Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat Rain Date
  • November 5, Impact Youth Ministry Event: Activity to make 100 sandwiches
  • November 19, Impact Youth Ministry Event: Birthday in a Box
  • November 19, Community Thanksgiving Service
  • December 2, All ladies are invited to the United Women in Faith general membership meeting. We will have a light breakfast and will vote on the 2024 Executive Board and 2024 budget. The meeting will begin at 10 AM.
    • December 3, Impact Youth Ministry Event: Christmas Party
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Sign up to help at www.pender.church/signup

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.

COMMON GROUND TEAM Common Ground worshippers, and band members, are invited to be a part of a team designed to help boost the Common Ground worship service. They are meeting with The Rev. Jim Chandler from 360 consulting. Garrett Armentrout is heading up this effort. If you would like to be a part of that, contact Garrett.

Support our First Responders– Help us restock our First Responders Rest Stop. The following donations are welcome: 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 1:30-2:30pm. 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 Sunday afternoons from 12:30-2pm 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 August 31, 2023:

YTD actual revenue is $275,663
YTD actual expenses are $450,718.

On Sunday, October 1, 2023 Guest Preacher Beth Dougherty preached on "It Was the Best of Times" based on 1 Corinthians 1:18 and Psalm 66:16.

Although today is World Communion Sunday, we will celebrate when Pastor Bruce returns next Sunday.

Sunday will be the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Read the Sunday Bulletin for more information.

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 October 8 at 9:00 am

The Next Contemporary Worship will be October 8 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

Opportunities to Serve

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