Advent Sunday, December 01, 2019 - Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming".
Advent Kindness Kit

Get your Advent Kindness Kit in the Pender Lobby on Sunday, December 1!   If you can’t get there to pick it up download your own at  

And tune in each day to Pender UMC’s Facebook page for a special message.

Advent Bible Study  “Christmas – The Story You Thought You Knew”
Wednesdays December 11, and 18 at 9:45 am and 7 pm. Each session will be 60 minutes.
The Bible is our only textbook for this one. So BYOB!

Decorate Our Christmas Altar

Purchase a Poinsettia in memory of or in honor of a loved one for $10. Email Joyce Munt with the name of your loved one or sign up at the Sign Up Center in the Church Lobby.

Please order by December 15th.

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A Night in Bethlehem  Friday, December 13, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is a FREE family-friendly event!  Invite all your family and friends!

Come to Bethlehem and see...a night filled with light! Pender UMC is bringing the Christmas story to life so you and your family can walk through the Bethlehem marketplace and living nativity, and be immersed in the spirit of Christmas. 

Visit and participate with Bethlehem bakers, carpenters, potters, scribes, and artists as you learn about the events surrounding Jesus' birth, and see the live animals and actors in the nativity (including a live camel!) 

No RSVP required!   

We also need your help!  Please sign up using this link to see where you can be a part of the fun!

From last year's A Night in Bethlehem:

Christmas Pageant Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Pender United Methodist Church, 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

The annual Pender Hill School Christmas Pageant.

Parents Night Out December 20 from 5-8 pm

Drop off your children for a night of fun to kick off winter break while you enjoy a night out!  We welcome all children who are walking up to 6th grade. 

We will have fun games, a kid-friendly movie, story-telling and a dinner of chicken nuggets and fruit.  

Pricing: $25 for the first child, $10 for each additional child up to $50 max per family. Registration will be required online as spacing is limited.    (This is our first one, and if it’s a success we hope to offer these more frequently in 2020) 

If you have any questions, please contact Jami Flemmons.

Gift Wrapping Available: Bring your gifts to be wrapped and we’ll take care of that for you. They will be wrapped and ready to go when you pick up your kiddos! Donations accepted.

Register for Parent's Night Out

Christmas Eve Services ~ December 24th

  • 5:00 pm ~ Family Service with Children's Musical
  • 7:00 pm ~ Handbell Music & Instrumental Concert
  • 7:30 pm ~ Family Worship Service with Communion and Live Band
  • 9:30 pm ~ Handbell Music & Instrumental Concert
  • 10:00 pm ~ Candlelight Worship Service with Communion and Traditional Organ

Childcare will be available on Christmas Eve at our 5:00 and 7:30 pm services.

Have a Blessed Christmas

Finished for 2019 - See you in 2020

Christmas Cookies

The UMW sold cookie trays after each service in Room 206. You may sign up to reserve your tray now. 

As always, we appreciate your support of our programs and missions!

Santa's Ride Toy Drive 

Location: Pender United Methodist Church, 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

The Preschool is participating in the Fairfax County Police Department's "Santa's Ride" toy collection again this year. 

We will collect new toys, books and games to be donated to children at INOVA Children's Hospital and Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center during the Christmas season. 

On the morning of Tuesday, December 10, Santa and his police motorcade will visit Pender, and all preschool and church families are invited to attend!

Prime Timers Christmas Luncheon 

The Pender Prime Timers gathered for lunch at the International Country Club, located on Route 50 across from Greenbriar Shopping Center. 

Christmas Cantata

"Prepare the way for the coming of the Lord!
Prepare the way...Rejoice!"

You're invited to experience the Christmas story through music! The Pender Sanctuary Choir will present their Christmas Cantata, "Night of the Father's Love", which tells the story of the events surrounding Jesus' birth through narrative and song.

Described as "The awe and mystery of God with us," the Cantata presentation will take place during a combined worship service at 10 a.m.

Carols, Cookies and Coffee

Christmas bells are ringing! You're invited to a program of beautiful Christmas music performed by the Pender UMC Handbell Choirs. All of Pender's handbell choirs will be featured, including children and adults.

Cookies, coffee, and other refreshments will be provided in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the concert.

All are welcome for a night of ringing in Christmas cheer! No RSVP required.

Operation Christmas Child Daily from 11/18/2019 to 11/25/2019

Location: Pender United Methodist Church, 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

Shoebox collection from the community. Collection takes place in the Fellowship Hall, except on Sunday, when it is in the Narthex.

Share Christ's love throughout the world by participating in Operation Christmas Child!

Donate Items: Our American Heritage Girls are collecting items to pack shoeboxes. Items needed include school supplies, soaps/washcloths, toothbrushes/combs, T-shirts, socks, and accessories. Note: NO Candy or Toothpaste.

Pack a box: Pack a shoebox or two with your family, bible study or small group. Look for information at the OCC display in the Narthex.

Pray: Pray that God will direct each person packing shoeboxes to put in just the right items for the child who will receive the box. Pray also that the children will receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour - the best gift of all.

Provide shipping: Donations for shipping are needed as each box costs $9 to ship. Checks should be made out to Pender UMC, with OCC in the memo. Donations may also be made online at

Receive boxes: Help receive packed shoeboxes from the community. Training will be provided. Positions include greeting visitors and unloading and packing up filled shoeboxes.