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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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!
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!
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.
If you were not able to attend Liberti's Annual Meeting last Sunday, attached are documents for each campus that contains all of the material that we discussed as a congregation.
If you have any questions about the material discussed, please contact the Elders at email@example.com
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!
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!
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.
Date: Friday evening, 9/14 - Sunday morning, 9/16
- 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
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!
Jared Ayers, for Liberti’s elder board & finance team
EVENING LECTURE ON RUTH - CAROLYN CUSTIS JAMES
Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7pm
Location: Liberti Church: Center City
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
Second Week of Advent Reflection
Advent Reflection - Alyssa Malgrave
"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.