Philadelphia Marathon 2018

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Philadelphia Marathon 2018

As a reminder, this Sunday, November 18, is the annual Philadelphia Marathon.  If you are attending our Center City campus this Sunday, we’d encourage you to allow yourself a few extra minutes to get to worship, and to walk, bike, or take the subway if you can.  If you need to drive to church, note the race route and our directions below.

Our Service will still be held at the regular time: 9:30 AM

Driving directions to parking garage: Get on Rt. 76, exit at the Market St. exit, and drive east on Market St.  Turn right on 17th St., and turn left halfway down the block into the parking garage at the Westin Hotel.

 The map below highlights the race route around the First Baptist Building. For the full map, check out the Philadelphia Marathon's website.  

Good luck to all of our members, friends, neighbors, and pastors running this weekend!

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Mission Taco

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Mission Taco

Come join us on Sunday, November 11th right after service as we support one of our neighbors and build community at Mission Tacqueria 1516 Sansom St., 2nd Floor. This is a great way to invite a friend to church and go out to lunch after. A free drink will be provided with every meal. 

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Sansom Street Fall Festival

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Sansom Street Fall Festival

After the service on October 14, we will be hosting our annual block party, the Sansom Street Fall Festival! The Fall Festival is one of our biggest events and a great opportunity to invite our surrounding community to see what Liberti is all about. Come ready for pumpkin painting, donut decorating, music, food, and fun. As we prepare, we will need a group of Liberti volunteers to help make the event run smoothly. To volunteer, please email Vito at vito@liberti.org

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Summer Conversations

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Summer Conversations

Join us this summer for a series of conversations on the topics of Love and Friendship — from an Augustinian perspective with Ian Clausen and The History of Poverty in Philadelphia with Amy Baker. We hope to see you there!


Love and Friendship - from and Augustinian Perspective with Ian Clausen:
Tuesday, August 14th from 7pm-9pm
Liberti Church building (17TH & SANSOM)

Wednesday, August 15th, from 7pm-9pm
Rosemont College - Room 112

The History of Poverty in Philadelphia with Amy Baker:
Tuesday, August 28th from 7pm-9pm
Liberti Church building (17TH + SANSOM)

Wednesday, August 29th from 7pm-9pm
Rosemont College - Science Room (S215)

 

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Welcome Ryan Hall

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This month, we welcome Ryan Hall to Liberti Church! Ryan is serving as an intern at our Center City campus over the next month, and comes to us via the partnership and generosity of our friends at Pillar Church and Western Theological Seminary, where he's currently a divinity student.


Ryan, welcome to Philly and welcome to Liberti! What's your first week in the city been like?

My first week in the city has been a bit like drinking from a fire hydrant, but I feel incredibly welcome here. I was not sure what to expect upon my arrival to Philly, but have been pleasantly surprised by the city's personality and the culture here. This week alone, I have had the opportunity to make popcorn for a movie night at Hawthorne, clean up spilled cucumbers at Emmanuel, celebrate Memorial Day on a rooftop and play pickup hoops at Marian Anderson Park.

Tell us a bit about your own spiritual journey...

I did not grow up in the church. Christ entered my life between my sophomore and junior years of college at the University of Michigan. I became involved with Young Life College while in Ann Arbor, and felt the call to ministry soon after. My plan was to plant a church directly after college, but wiser, cooler heads prevailed and I was advised to go to seminary. So, I began seminary, in conjunction with "planting" a new area for Young Life in metro Detroit, and loved what was entailed in starting a new ministry from scratch.  Currently, I’m at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, to pursue seminary education full-time. There, I was connected with some incredible people like Chuck DeGroat and Jon Brown, and began an internship at Pillar Church, which is a church in downtown Holland that strives to engage with and be for its community, in a similar manner as Liberti. I’m grateful that God has opened such doors, and I am inspired by the Gospel-centered passion that Liberti has for serving its community through the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

What are you looking forward to about your time with Liberti?

I am looking forward to being a sponge while I am here, striving to absorb the culture of Philly, the nature of Liberti, and the Holy Spirit at work. I hope to serve Liberti in any and every opportunity that I am afforded, and I am thrilled at the prospect of aiding in preaching and proclaiming the Gospel. I love engaging with the energy and people that so prominently exist in this city.

Tell us a bit about what you're studying right now, and how being at Liberti fits in with that...

Right now, at Western Theological Seminary, I have survived Greek and am learning to hone my preaching skills, while also learning about what it looks like to lead generously, both financially and spiritually. God has given me great desire to plant a church in a center city context, in a way similar to the Gospel-centered ministry of Liberti. Engaging with and caring for the city, as prompted by God, through the act of church-planting is my aspiration, and there is no greater place to learn how this is done than at Liberti.

You've got big things coming up after your time here, too. What's next for you?

When I depart from the City of Brotherly Love, I do so to scramble back to Michigan to get married to the beautiful love-of-my-life, Claire. July 7 is the big day, and we have been engaged for almost 18 months (way too long). No better way to distract from the pre-ceremony butterflies than to move to a new city for a month and hang out with the Liberti team!

We're grateful to have you with us! Liberti, welcome Ryan!


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Main Line Outdoor Service

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Main Line Outdoor Service

On Sunday, June 3, our Main Line campus will be doing a special outdoor service, followed by a picnic! The service and picnic will take place in the Ballbach’s backyard (415 Boxwood Rd., Bryn Mawr), at 11:00 AM. Street parking is available along Boxwood Rd. and the adjacent Berwood Ln. Lunch will be provided, but please bring a picnic blanket. Invite friends and neighbors, and plan to join us!

GETTING THERE
Rotwitt Theater, Rosemont College (1400 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont)

Turn left onto Curwen Rd.
Turn left onto N. Ithan Ave.
Turn left onto Conestoga Rd.
Take the 2nd right onto Boxwood Rd.

The Ballbach’s House (415 Boxwood Rd., Bryn Mawr)
The Ballbach’s house is located at the intersection of Boxwood Rd. and Berwood Ln. Street parking is available along Boxwood Rd. and Berwood Ln.
 

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Community Meals

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Community Meals

Stay connected to Liberti this summer with our monthly Community Meals. They will be hosted at the church (123 S 17th Street). 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.

Click on the dates below to sign-up for the meal!


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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