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Sunday Bulletin
February 25, 2024

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9:00 am Traditional Worship

The Second Sunday of Lent
February 25, 2024

Prelude:   Heidi Jacobs
Greeting one another in Christ   Carol-Anne Kaye
Gathering Chorus: “Shalom to You” (UMH #666)    
Call to Worship

Shout “Hallelujah!” you God-worshipers;
give glory, you sons of Jacob;
adore Him, you daughters of Israel.
Here in the great gathering for worship
we have discovered this praise-life.
From the four corners of the earth
people are coming to their senses, are running back to God.
God has taken charge;
God does what He says.
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers!
We will give glory to the Lord our God!

  Psalm 22:23ff. The Message, adapted
* Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” The United Methodist Hymnal #400
* Opening Prayer  
The Church in Ministry (Announcements)  
A Moment for Ministry (Pender Woman of the Year)   Maya Berry
Good News from the Law: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16    
Good News for Children    
Good News from the Epistle: Romans 4:13-25    
* Hymn of Response: “Standing on the Promises”   UMH #374 vs. 1, 3-4
* Good News from the Gospel: Mark 8:31-38    
Sermon “Living Faith”   Pastor Bruce
Hymn of Response: “Where He Leads Me”   UMH #338 vs.1, 4
Prayers of the People  
* The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
  UMH #895
Tithes and Offerings  
Offertory: “Shout to the Lord” Hillsong   Sanctuary Choir
* Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit.  Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

  UMH #94
* Prayer of Dedication  
* Closing Hymn:: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”
For verse 3: We have decided to follow Jesus,
We’ll walk together as his disciples.
We have decided to follow Jesus,
No turning back, no turning back.
  TFWS #2129
* Sending Forth    
Postlude   Heidi Jacobs
11:15 am Common Ground Contemporary Worship

The Second Sunday of Lent
February 25, 2024

*Standing, as able

Greeting   Jane McKee
“Shalom to You” (UMH #666)    
* Songs of Praise

"My Jesus" by Anne Wilson

"Here I Am to Worship"

Pender UMC Praise Band
A Moment for Ministry (Pender Woman of the Year)   Maya Berry
Good News from the Law: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16    
Good News from the Epistle: Romans 4:13-25    
Good News for Children    
* Good News from the Gospel: Mark 8:31-38    
Sermon “Living Faith”   Pastor Bruce
Prayers of the People  
Offering: "Blessed be Your Name" by Tree63    
* Sending Blessing  
* Sending Song: "Blessed be Your Name" (chorus and vamp only)    

General Conference 2024

After a four-year delay, the 2020 General Conference will take place April 23-May 3, 2024 in Charlotte, NC. More information about this important Conference is at https://penderumc.org/conference/


New for 2024! You can get a supportive text message and Bible verse on your phone everyday by texting the word "hope" to 540-712-6275. Unsubscribe any time.

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 February, 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
  • Mondays, Fun With Music continues. The Ponts offer fun music activities for children 0 thru 5 and a parent, grandparent or caregiver.
  • Wednesdays, Open AA Meetings continue
  • Wednesdays during Lent, Time with God drop-in dovotions and Holy Communion from 5:00-6:15 pm
  • February 24, Movie and Spaghetti Dinner. Please let us know you're coming here.
  • March 10, Help stuff Easter Eggs for the Holy Saturday Easter Egg Hunt. 
  • March 24, Palm/Passion Sunday. One combined service at 10:00 am
  • March 28, Holy Thursday Communion and foot-washing at 7:30 pm
  • March 29, Good Friday, The Passion of Jesus in word, song and drama at 7:30 pm
  • March 30, Holy Saturday Easter Egg Hunt, please register here.
  • March 31, Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6:45 am
  • March 31, Easter Sunday one combined service at 10:00 am
  • April 23-May 3, General Conference 2024
  • May 18-19, Faith Promise Missions Celebration
  • June 24-28, VBS Signup is available now at https://penderumc.org/vbs/


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

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

GBW BACKPACK BLESSINGS Pender continues to partner with Greenbriar East Elementary School again this school year to provide weekend food bags to students.

GBE Backpack program is back with a need to support 50 students each week. We have ways that you can help support this important ministry.

Visit the table in the church lobby beginning Sunday, select a Shopping bag based on the attached shopping list (please note approximate cost to purchase items is included)

Sign out the Bag # that you have chosen on the sign-up sheet and please include your email address (This way we can keep track of the bags and send out friendly reminders and important information regarding our packing schedule)

Take the bag and list home and have fun shopping

Return the shopping bag, list and items to the designated container in the narthex

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: 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 January 31, 2024:
YTD actual revenue is YTD actual revenue is $ $55,948;
YTD actual expenses are $62,640.

Bridge of Hope Fund:
2023 YTD $37,159
2024 as of today $38,590
Total as of today $75,749

This past Sunday, we journeyed further into the solemn yet uplifting period of Lent, and our congregation was treated to a spiritually enriching experience. Pastor Bruce, known for his compelling orations that touch the heart and awaken the spirit, delved into the profound theme of "Living Faith." It was an opportunity to reflect on what it truly means to live a life imbued with faith, especially during this time of introspection and renewal.

In a harmonious blend of scripture and insight, the service featured enlightening readings from both the Old and New Testaments. From the ancient texts of Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, we revisited the covenant between God and Abraham, a testament to unwavering faith and divine promises. This narrative set a foundational tone for understanding the depths of a faith-filled life.

Complementing this, the Epistle reading from Romans 4:13-25 offered a profound look into the nature of faith, as exemplified by Abraham's righteousness. It served as a powerful reminder of how faith can transcend the law and how God's promises extend beyond the bounds of human understanding.

The Gospel reading from Mark 8:31-38 invited us to contemplate the teachings of Jesus Christ on the cost and rewards of discipleship. It challenged us to consider what it means to truly follow Christ, bearing our crosses and setting aside worldly gains for the sake of the Gospel.

Adding a special touch to the service, we celebrated the spirit of community and contribution as the esteemed Pender Woman of the Year award was presented by Maya Berry. This moment not only honored the remarkable contributions of a dedicated member of our congregation but also inspired each of us to reflect on how we can serve and uplift one another in faith.

This Sunday was a day of deep spiritual nourishment, reflection, and community celebration. We came together with open hearts, ready to be moved and inspired by the "Good News" and to honor the vibrant tapestry of faith and fellowship that defines our church family.

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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 March 3, 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 March 3, 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.  

Boy Scout Troop 1530

February 26, 2024

Troop meeting for Scouts and adult leaders of Troop 1530, every week except for major holidays.  For the entire...

Register for the Easter Egg Hunt

February 27, 2024

Eggstravaganza Alert for 150 Little Explorers! Get ready for a spectacular Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt, where adventure...

Opportunities to Serve

GBE Backpack Meal Program Thanks and Update

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 and will need to be returned by February 25th.

You might notice that we will no longer be asking for Mac-n-Cheese and Milk. Thanks to WFCM, who has provided a refrigerator to the school, as of last week, they are also providing Mac-n-Cheese and fresh produce and refrigerated items.

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: full size water bottles (They do not use the 4oz ones), hot cups, energy/protein drinks.

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

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM)

WFCM pantry needs:

  • Canned peaches and canned fruit cocktail, no sugar added
  • Oatmeal, grits
  • Canned tomatoes, stewed or crushed
  • Risotto
  • Brown rice
  • Toiletries: toothpaste, lotion, toilet paper

JDC (Juvenile Detention Center)

Wanted: Volunteers to attend Pender's monthly church service at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center. Our next date is February 25. 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 at pender.church/signup

Stuff the Bus

New Location for Stuff the Bus benefitting WFCM

Would you like to help stock our shelves? In January, we provided groceries for more than 700 families, over 120,000 lbs. of food. We need your help to re-stock our shelves with the most needed items listed below.

During the Fairfax County Stuff the Bus food drive, you can bring non-perishable food and toiletry donations for WFCM to Giant located at 5740 Union Mill Road,Clifton, VA 20124 on Saturday February 17th 9am - 3 pm. Thank you.



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