Community Meals

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Community Meals

Stay connected to Liberti this summer with our monthly Community Meals. A team will prepare the food - you just need to show up, dine, and maybe make some new friends! Children are included, as this is a time for the whole church family! During the time, we’ll also offer you an inside look at some aspect of church life. Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available.


COMMUNITY MEAL DATES:
June 24th
July 22nd
August 12th

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Bryn Mawr Day

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Bryn Mawr Day

Bryn Mawr Day
Saturday September 8th 9 AM-2 PM
Saturday September 8th is Bryn Mawr Day! There will be historic tours, a petting zoo, a circus, fire truck rides, a farmers market and a lot more. Liberti Church is going to have a booth setup to let the community know a little of who we are what we're about. We need volunteers to take a two hour shift who can help us staff the booth and connect with people. 

Contact Meade if you are interested in helping out! 

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2nd Annual Fall Men's Retreat

2nd Annual Fall Men's Retreat

Join us for our 2nd annual Fall Men's Retreat which will be held on Long Beach Island, NJ. This will be a great time filled with a mix of excellent teaching, making deeper connections with other men, listening to stories of God at work and of course coastal recreation. To get more info and to register, click on the button below.

Speaker: TBD

If you have any questions about the retreat, please contact us by clicking here.

Date: Friday evening, 9/14 - Sunday morning, 9/16

Cost: $180

What’s Included: 

  • Lodging - We will be packing into a few beach houses, with sleeping arrangements throughout each home.
  • Meals - Dinner on Saturday.
  • Time dedicated for teaching & organized discussion

Costs not included are:

  • Your travel to/from
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Any costs associated with your free time activities

Finance Update 2018

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Finance Update 2018

FINANCE UPDATE

Grace to you!

Much of the correspondence between church communities in the New Testament starts and ends with these kinds of sentiments- “grace to you!” “Grace be with you!” As we’re full-swing into a vibrant ministry year, our finance team and board wished to share this financial update with you in that spirit- as people who share in Jesus’ grace together, and are sharing Jesus’ grace with the city, the region, and the world…


Finance Update: July 2017-January 2018

Our fiscal year begins in July; below in this email (see button below), you can find a finance update of Liberti’s finances through January 2018 (just over half our budgetary year). A few high-level highlights:

  • 10 individuals & households began financially partnering w/ Liberti’s ministry this year so far, and 138 total folks in our community have invested in what God’s doing through our church- thank you for being a part of what God’s doing through Liberti!

  • As of the end of January, we’re 11% behind our projected giving goals for the year, which is equivalent to $80,000.

  • As church leadership, we’ve taken a number of steps to reduce ministry expenses for the remainder of the year, with plans for Liberti’s expenses to be under our budgeted expectations by at least $50,000.


Grace for others

Would you consider how you could partner with our community to reach more people with Jesus’ grace? Maybe you could begin a pattern of fiscal partnership; maybe you could grow your giving, or start a scheduled recurring donation to Liberti.  You can find more info on ways you can give here.

Whatever it looks like for you, we’re grateful for you being a part of offering Jesus’ grace to so many people around the corner, and around the world. Grace to you!
 

In Christ,

Jared Ayers, for Liberti’s elder board & finance team
 


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An Evening with Ruth

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An Evening with Ruth

EVENING LECTURE ON RUTH - CAROLYN CUSTIS JAMES

Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7pm
Location: Liberti Church: Center City
Contact: jared@liberti.org | 215-988-9540

In conjunction with Liberti’s Ruth series in winter 2018, Carolyn Custis James (author of ‘The Gospel of Ruth’, which will be a featured resource for this series) will be preaching at Liberti’s services, and then doing an evening lecture with a time of Q & A on the book of Ruth.

Click here to sign up for the event!

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Third Week of Advent Reflection

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Third Week of Advent Reflection

Sunday, December 17th

Advent Reflection - Jen Wise

Isaiah 9: 2-7
How do we rejoice when everything around us feels dark?

How do we rejoice when trucks are used as weapons and bulletproof backpacks are a thing? How do we rejoice in the midst of hate—when our country is at odds, and lines are drawn? 

How do we rejoice when we watch loved ones suffer, when relationships are strained, when we just can’t get ahead no matter how hard we try?

How can a weary world rejoice? 

It’s a strange juxtaposition this time of year, because we clink glasses, we sing of a Savior, we’re merry and bright—but we’re also completely run down. We’re longing for the New Year, a fresh start. We want a clean slate for us and our world. 

It seems that Advent arrives just in time each year. When the nights are dark and long, and our souls feel heavy with the weight of the world, we’re given a glimpse of hope in Isaiah’s words. In chapter 9, verse 2 he prophesies, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”

We may live in a land of deep darkness, but all is not lost. We may be tired, worn out, overwhelmed by a raging world, but it’s on us that this light has shined, this promise that the world will be made right. And it’s through us that this light beams out to the world. 

This is cause to rejoice! We are promised a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, a Prince of Peace. And it’s us who get to spread this news. We get to shine the hope of Christmas all year long. We get to reflect the light that God so graciously pours onto us. 

But let’s be honest, sometimes our light doesn’t feel so bright. Sometimes we wish we were shining but instead we feel dimmed. Dimmed by the exhaustion of daily life. Dimmed by the impossible expectations of our culture. Dimmed by the realization that tragedy, hurt, trials, and pain are pervasive and persistent. Yet we know that even amidst the pain and brokenness God’s presence pierces the darkness of this world. 

The darkness threatens and intimidates, but we don’t have to be afraid—because in him we have the promise of everlasting peace. In him we’ll see justice and righteousness reign. Rejoice!

We don’t have to be ashamed of our own failings, our own weakness—because in him we have the promise of being made new. In him we know that the light that rests on us today will flow fully and freely in days to come. Rejoice! 

Whether you’re flickering, or beaming strong, we need you. We need your light in this world. This is no time to hide away in defeat, despair, of self-deprecation. Shine that light, friend. Tell the world of God’s love, of his healing, of the peace he brings. 

Let’s go forward together, as little light-bearers, stretching out like twinkly Christmas lights. Let’s use our voices, our hearts, and our hands to proclaim the hope of a savior, to shine forth the light we’ve seen, and to extend healing to hearts, bodies, souls, and a weary world.

 

This Advent reflection is part of the Advent & Christmas Prayerbook which you can find here to download.

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Second Week of Advent Reflection

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Second Week of Advent Reflection

Second Week of Advent Reflection

Advent Reflection - Alyssa Malgrave

Isaiah 40.1-11

"A couple of months ago, I went camping alone, totally isolated somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania. Dirt roads, no signal, completely in the dark. I thought it would be a cool spiritual experience - it was not. Instead of the perfect night’s sleep I had hoped for, I laid awake for hours. The sound of every falling leaf reminded me that I was alone, causing my imagination to devise ridiculous scenarios of what I assumed was an inevitable demise at the hands of a bear, a murderer, or some other unlikely adversary. I was terrified, and as soon as morning came, I scrambled back to civilization.

Scripture talks about the wilderness a lot, and this is how I picture it: alienated from society, totally vulnerable, and constantly on edge. But you don’t necessarily need to travel very far for this kind of experience. For some of us, the wilderness is right here in our city, our homes, and our everyday lives. And regardless of where we find it, we all know that this is a world that’s deeply broken and in need of redemption.

Long before Christ was born, God spoke words of comfort to the Israelites through the ancient prophet Isaiah, assuring them that a messiah would one day come to rule and to serve them in a glorified world, where valleys rise high and mountains bow low. But they’d need to get ready - in the wilderness, they’d need to prepare the way for this coming Lord. 

 

This calling is so interesting, because it reminds us that the world’s restoration begins in a scary, wild place. Over and over again, God meets people where they are, plunging into our reality in visceral ways. Rather than mightily storming into the world, God’s presence is often quiet and ordinary, and settled in unexpected places. And this presence is not passive. God does not simply arrive and get to work, but invites people to prepare the way. 

 

These old words were meant for God’s people, but they continue to ring true for us today. While we wait for our savior to make our world new, we are called to enter into our own wilderness and prepare it for this coming glory. 

 

The good news of Advent is that it compels us to be present in our world. It invites us to look at all the real things and to acknowledge that they are God’s. It asks us to truly look at our neighbors and ourselves and love them anyway. It calls us into the wilderness, wherever that is or however scary that may be. 

 

And Advent calls us to act: to try to make the real things better, to create a good home for our neighbors, to sanctify ourselves, and to prepare the wilderness for our coming Lord."


This Advent reflection is part of the Advent & Christmas Prayerbook which you can find here to download.

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First Week of Advent Reflection

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First Week of Advent Reflection

Advent Reflection - Lauren Clausen

Isaiah 64.1-9

When I think about the Advent season this year, I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Not only does it mean that there are Christmas presents to buy and wrap, parties to attend, cookies to bake and decorations to put up, but it means that the weather is turning, the light disappearing and the cold creeping in.  As the days grow shorter my inclination is to turn inward, to hunker down in the coziness of home and use the chill as an excuse to stay in.  And in the midst of this season—this combination of frenzied holiday preparations and cold that makes you want to just hibernate for a bit—we are supposed to spend time contemplating our sin, the darkness of the world, our need for the light of Christ. Sometimes it feels like a lot just to focus on all the trappings that come with Christmas, but we are called to more.  We are called to Advent as a time of recognizing that we dwell in darkness until the arrival of the One who set things alight.

Thank goodness for Scripture, which gives word to the realities whose existence we sometimes find it easier to forget. This passage in Isaiah does just that, calling on God to “rend the heavens and come down” because “we have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.”  Come down, Lord, here where we are so sinful that even our good deeds are filthy.  Come down here where we are selfish.  Here where we ignore you, here where we’re mired in sin.  Come down here where there is “no one who calls upon your name,” where were find it easier to pretend you don’t exist.

But why?  Why should God descend into this place where “no one rouses themselves to take hold of Him?”  The prophet gives the reason: God is our Father, and He is not done with us yet.  As a father patiently molds and disciplines his children, so “We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand” (v.8). In 2 Corinthians, we find this image of the potter further illuminated: “For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us” (4:6-7).  Did you catch that?  Not only did the Light come through Christ, not only did God rend the division between earth and the heavens once and for all, but his Light—the knowledge of His glory—is now in us.  Imperfect clay jars though we are, He is still molding us, still willing to use us to display His glory. We are not stuck in this season of waiting, and we are not a people of permanent darkness.  We are a people that have seen the Light and now have its power inside us. So how can you this Advent be a vessel of light?  How can you be mindful of the reality of the darkness even as you remember the Light that has conquered it? How can you help your brothers and sisters in Christ remember that Christmas is not about the trappings, but about God addressing our need for His presence by rending the heavens, sending his Son-light to illuminate the dark world?

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Center City Kids Renovation

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Center City Kids Renovation

A Message from Jared

Dear Liberti Center City Families and Kids' Ministry Leaders, 

One of my favorite moments as I sit in the pews Sunday by Sunday and worship with you is the happy stampede that happens when we take a moment to greet each other and all of our children rush through the sanctuary doors to Liberti Kids for childrens’ worship and teaching. 

I smile at this, week by week, because it’s a signpost of what God’s doing at Liberti.  When we started in 2009, 2/5 of the children at Liberti shared my last name, and we held childcare for all of them in a dingy little closet. But, by God’s grace, today, there are regularly more babies and children in our worship services than there were total people when we launched!

I wanted to take a moment to make you aware of an opportunity to support this growing part of our church.  Due to the growth of families at Liberti’s Center City campus, we currently need to use more space Sunday by Sunday for Liberti Kids than we were able to renovate when we completed Phase 1 of the FBC building renovation a year and a half ago.  As a result, several of the classes we use for the Liberti community’s littlest members, and several of the bathroom spaces we use for children, are in various stages of disrepair and in need of a facelift.  

As a church, we care deeply that when you invite your friends to church, their children be welcomed warmly, be well cared for, and be kept safe and secure.  This fall, we’ve substantially multiplied our volunteer teams for childrens’ ministry, enhanced our security strategy to keep our kids safe at church, and overhauled our kids’ ministry format and programming so that it’s more engaging.  We want to take care of some necessary repairs this winter to allow us to become more welcoming to our friends and neighbors, and to care better for our littlest members.

The needed renovations we’re targeting to undertake this winter will include repairing several of the Sansom St. windows in classes on the Community Room level of our building, doing electric work so that kids’ classes on that level are comfortable and inviting, and refurbishing bathrooms used for children adjacent to the Community Room.  We’d also install new doors on that level of the building to enhance security, so that we can lock off that part of the building when kids’ classes are in session, just as we do for classes on the lower level of the building.  In total, we need to raise $60,000 for this vision to become a reality.

I’d like to invite you to join us for a brief meeting over coffee after worship on December 10th, where we’ll share more information about this project, and give you the chance to ask questions and offer your input.  And, I’d love to invite you to consider, in addition to financially partnering with Liberti’s mission and ministry this December, supporting this project financially so that can extend the welcome and care of Jesus to kids that Jesus loves so much!

Thanks for being a part of Liberti, and for loving our littlest members!

Grace and Peace, 

Jared Ayers

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Serving at Liberti

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Serving at Liberti

Small Fry Christmas Party - Saturday, December 23          
Join us for a Christmas Party as we hand out all of the presents we collected from the previous week on Saturday, December 23, from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Marion Anderson Rec Center (17th & Fitzwater, Philadelphia). There will also be a regular cooking class with a Christmas theme! For more information, please email Alissa Merlino: alissa@small-fry.org

Emmanuel Christmas Eve Lunch - Saturday, December 23                     
Please join our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness for a Christmas lunch at Liberti Church in Center City (17th & Sansom Sts.). Volunteers are needed on Saturday, December 23, between 11AM and 2PM to help prepare food, cook, set up, and serve. This is a volunteer intensive day for us! NOMAD pizza with be making custom pizzas for all our guests. For more details, and to sign up, please email: the Emmanuel ministry at: emmanuel@liberti.org

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