2022 Winter Season

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18

The hypothermia program is administered in partnership between Fairfax County, FACETS and the Faith Communities of the area.  Pender has participated in the program as a host church for many years.

We anticipate between 25 and 30 persons during our week which is March 27 through April 1st, and breakfast on the 2nd.

The guiding principles of the program are that:

  • Homeless individuals deserve a safe, temporary shelter during cold weather to prevent them suffering from injury or death due to hypothermia.
  • Guests in the program are adults who have the right to exercise free choice in making decisions (even if they are not choices you would make). We need to respect this part as we work with our guests.
  • Hypothermia shelters are non-discriminatory and we must be sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences as we work with our guests.
  • We will treat each of our guests with dignity and respect and will not delve into their personal lives.
  • People who are homeless have few resources and we may be their final option for basic necessities of life: food and shelter.
  • We are one of many such participating organizations and as a Christian community are expressions of God’s love and redemptive power to those less fortunate than ourselves.

FACETS is working in partnership with Pender during the Week of March 27th through April 1st. We have agreed to:

  • Work as a Team.
  • Support each other in finding the most efficient ways to achieve the purpose of the Hypothermia program.
  • Be open, frank, honest, and constructive in all dealings with each other (this means polite too).
  • Share work equitably and reasonably, consistent with agreed arrangements.

Monday through Friday Schedule of activities

Morning Routine

  • Breakfast ready by 6am through 7:15 am. Grab and Go breakfast will be available for those that are morning challenged.
  • Lunches will be pre-assembled in bags. Sandwich choice will be solicited at breakfast and bag will be assembled with name of guest on bag.
  • Guests leave Pender by 7:30 am.
  • Facets personnel do a sweep to make certain no-one has lingered.

Evening Routine

  • Guests arrive between 5pm and 6:30 pm.
  • Dinner begins service at 5:30 pm and continues through 6:30 pm
  • Evening Activities until 8pm, Pender Members leave by 8pm
Things we need include:  
  1. Dinners - either pre-made at home or make at church.
    Lasagna, spaghetti, pot roast, tacos, whatever you love to make and share with the guests.
  2. People to serve dinner masked and gloved
  3. Dessert - cake, ice cream whatever you love, they will love
  4. Breakfast materials (eggs, precooked sausage, hash brown, fruit, dry oatmeal, breakfast casserole with and without meat)
  5. Breakfast servers masked and gloved

The support needs for the Week are as follows: Please sign-up to help make this hypothermia week a great one!

How Can I Help?

  • Pray
    • Pray for Ministry & our Volunteers
    • Pray for our Guests
    • Pray for how you can use your talents to help
  • Donate 
    • Hygiene bags (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo)
    • Backpacks
    • Gloves
    • Cold weather hats
    • Socks & underwear
  • Volunteer 
    • Different shifts available
    • Training available at Pender

    "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

    Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

    When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?
    The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me"

    ~ Matthew 25:35-40

    The support needs for the Week are as follows: Please sign-up to help make this hypothermia week a great one!

    Pender Night on the Streets

    The FACETS temporary thermal shelter is coming to Pender UMC from March 27th to April 1st, 2022.

    On Friday, March 4th, adventurous teens and adults from the Pender Youth and Scouting groups spent the night out on the church grounds to briefly experience homelessness.

    Rev. Will White, Minister Howard Finley, Ken Ferris (Lay Leader), and our scoutmasters accompanied them, while surprise guests appearing periodically throughout the evening.

    This band of brothers and sisters did not be enduring long-term poverty—but in a very small way, our Christian Community has chosen to endure a portion of those struggles for one night to facilitate empathy and understanding.