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The Christmas season is a significant moment in the life of Jesus’ church. We remember and celebrate his first coming and long for his second coming.

Whether you’re currently involved in one of the churches of the Liberti Network or not, we welcome you to join us for our celebration of Christmas Eve & Day this year. Below we’ve listed each of the times and details for our services.

From each of the men, women and children of the Liberti Church Network, blessings to you this Christmas and always!

Worship Service Details for Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24) and Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25)


Liberti Fairmount | website
 

  • Christmas Eve, 7:30pm
  • Christmas Day, 9:00am

Liberti East | website

  • Christmas Eve, 4:00pm
  • Christmas Day, 10:00am

Liberti Center City & Mainline | website

  • Christmas Eve
    • Center City – First Baptist Church Building, 5:00pm
    • Main Line – Rotwitt Theater, 2:00pm
  • Christmas Day – No Services

Liberti Harrisburg | website

  • Christmas Eve – No Service
  • Christmas Day, 10:30am

Liberti Collingswood | website

 

  • Christmas Eve, 10:00am
  • Christmas Day – No Service

Liberti Bucks County | website

 

  • Christmas Eve, 5:30pm
  • Christmas Day – No Service

Liberti Newtown Square | website

 

  • Christmas Eve, 6:00pm
  • Christmas Day, 10:00am

Liberti Northwest | website

 

  • Christmas Eve, 7:30pm at Liberti Fairmount
  • Christmas Day, 11:00am alongside Reformed Episcopal Church of the Atonement
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There are a lot of great things happening in the life of the Liberti Network this month. Here are a few updates we’re excited to share…

Liberti Fairmount

  • Our deacons have been working closely with our neighborhood schools about how to best serve them. We are partnering with another neighborhood church, United Missionary Baptist Church (UMBC), to serve Robert Morris Elementary School to an ice cream social and a spaghetti dinner.

Liberti East

  • Liberti East, in coordination with other Liberti Churches throughout the city, is partnering with APM, our local foster care agency, to run a campaign called “100 Homes in 100 Days” — our goal is to get 100 households to commit to attending foster care training between October 1st, 2016 and Martin Luther King Day, 2017.
  • We are beginning to make plans for moving our Sunday worship service into the main banquet hall–the Skybox–and will have our first Sunday morning in this space in October.

Liberti Center City & Mainline

  • Our homeless ministry Emmanuel, which partners with First Baptist Church has moved to every week. We cook, serve, eat a meal, reflect on Scripture, and build relationships with the homeless. We serve about 75 people weekly at our center city campus. Please be praying is as our need for volunteers just doubled!
  • We have a intern Scott Carr, Jr. from Calvin seminary who will be with us for the next 4 years and will be seeing his first year assisting within the Mercy Ministries of the church. As part of his preparation for ministry, he serves as an apprentice at Liberti in order to learn and to assist in the continual expansion of the church’s ministries. Please pray for him as he continues his first year with us!

Liberti Harrisburg

  • We just signed a 5-year lease on our own church space! We’d be on track to move in sometime around November 1. Pray that this space would be both a home for those who consider Liberti their church and that it would also be a great step in us becoming a hub for mercy ministry and church planting in the Harrisburg region and Central PA.
  • We’d love prayer in continuing to cultivate a culture of service and care among our people. We have lots of babies being born and tangible needs coming up this fall. We want to increasingly  be a church where we come alongside each other and meet these needs for one another. We also want to increasingly be a church where others are welcomed into that kind of environment.

Liberti Collingswood

  • At Liberti Collingswood, we’re grateful that the Lord answered our prayers that we’d be able to keep momentum and even build throughout the summer months.  This past July saw the largest month of average attendance so far for us, and we’re excited to press into the fall.
  • Beginning in September we’ll look to the book of Acts for a sermon series that we hope will refocus our mission into the future.
  • During this school year as well, we’ll seek to emphasize pastoral care/discipleship, engagement, and mercy/justice mission.
  • Finally, we’re thrilled that Eric Mitchell has agreed to stay on at Liberti Collingswood as our executive pastor.

Liberti Northwest

  • Liberti Northwest (formerly known as Liberti Mt. Airy) is excited about a new season in the life of our church. In September we started worshipping at the Reformed Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Germantown. Our host church has been very welcoming and supportive and we were able to bless them with a couple work days to help update the space and clean.
  • We are scheduled to serve at Whosoever Gospel Mission again this Fall. The Mission serves men recently leaving prison or escaping poverty. We will provide two Sunday Suppers for the mission where we go in and serve the men supper and do a chapel service for them.

Liberti Newtown Square

  • Over the past few months at Liberti Church Newtown Square we’ve been seeing God at work in the lives of our church. Regina* was brought to one of our worship gatherings by a friend, Sally*, who wanted her to experience and hear the gospel of Jesus and connect her to the life of a local church. Over time, Regina’s heart began change, she began to sense a difference, and her life has never been the same. Soon, after having an opportunity to vent his frustration and doubts, Regina’s fiance, Seth*, joined the rhythm and pattern of life in our church, and his life is being changed and our hope is that he too, will begin to follow Jesus.
  • We’re grateful to God, that in only 2 years, Liberti Church in Newtown Square  has become a church teeming with life, seeking to live, speak, and serve as the very presence of Jesus for our neighborhood.

 

 

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Easter is THE day for the Christian faith. It is the cornerstone of our faith – we follow not merely a crucified Savior, but a risen King.

Whether you’re currently involved in one of the churches of the Liberti Network or not, we welcome you to join us for our celebration of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter this year. Below we’ve listed each of the times and details for our services.

From each of the men, women and children of the Liberti Church Network, blessings to you this Easter and always!

Worship Service Details for Maundy Thursday (Thursday, March 24), Good Friday (Friday, March 25) and Easter (Sunday, March 27)

Liberti Fairmount | website 
  • Easter – 9:00am

Liberti East | website

  • Good Friday 7pm
  • Easter Sunday 10am
Liberti Center City & Mainline | website
  • Good Friday
    • Center City – First Baptist Church Building, 7pm
    • Main Line – Rotwitt Theater, 7pm
  • Easter Sunday – March 27
    • Center City – First Baptist Building 9:30am
    • Main Line – Rotwitt Theater 11:00am

Liberti Harrisburg | website

Liberti Collingswood | website 
  • Maundy Thursday7:45pm
  • Easter Sunday – 10:00am
Liberti Bucks County | website
  • Good Friday – 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday – 10:30am
Liberti Newtown Square | website 
  • Easter – 10:00am
Liberti Mt. Airy | website 
  • Easter – 11:00am

 

 

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There are a lot of great things happening in the life of the Liberti Network this month. Here are a few updates we’re excited to share…

-Preparation and fundraising for Easter Outreach 2016 is in full swing. Visit easteroutreach.org to learn more and to get involved in this delivering meals locally and providing clean water globally in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

– Pray for Liberti Collingwood‘s continued work in Moorestown, NJ. They have seen some new couples/families plug into the work there, and they continue to work and pray toward a second worship site (for Collingswood) there later this year or next.

Liberti Harrisburg celebrated their 4th anniversary on February 7. Pray they would continue to be faithful to Jesus and fruitful in living, speaking and serving as the presence of Jesus in the neighborhoods of the Harrisburg region.

Liberti East is in the midst of a busy month. They recently held a successful clothing swap fundraiser to support the eduction of two international students in their congregation. In just two weeks they will host an art opening entitled ‘Apt A’ by Megan Freedell, followed but our annual Story Slam (theme: ‘Adulting’). All of these events are envisioned and brought to life by members with a heart for opening their doors to friends and community members. Opening our doors on days other than Sunday has been an important way to be present in the neighborhood.

2200 Arch Counseling Services is looking forward to their upcoming event on April 22: “The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves” with Dr. Curt Thompson. To register, email counseling@2200archcs.org or call 267-322-6797 for info.

Liberti Center City and Main Line celebrated the ordination of Vito Baldini as pastor of mercy on Thursday March 4. And coming up later this month, they’re sponsoring an evening with Dr. James K.A. Smith, where Professor Smith will speak on Becoming a Peculiar People for Public Witness: Christian Formation for the Common Good. Join in at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th in the Warner Library at Eastern University in St. Davids. This event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Liberti Church: Center City & Main Line, the Agora Institute, and the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. To reserve a seat, please visit agorainstitute.org/events.

-As they’ve been seeking to turn any church ministry effort into something that serves and welcomes neighbors and community members, Liberti Fairmount recently hosted a school choice seminar. A former teacher from their congregation hosted parents from both the church and the community to consider different options for their young children. Many from the community came to attend. Praise God!

 

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Last night the 9 churches/sites of the Liberti Network joined for our annual combined service at the gorgeous and newly renovated Liberti Center City…

Liberti Combined Service 2016

 

Being together for our combined service is always a reminder of how much work God is doing in and through the lives of the men and women who make up the churches of the Liberti Network. As we roll into February, here are a few key updates and ways you can be praying for and with our churches:

-Easter Outreach 2016 officially launched at the combined service. Visit easteroutreach.org to learn more and to get involved in this year’s outreach.

Liberti Bucks County officially launched its weekly worship services on January 31 in a newly renovated space in Warminster Square Shopping Center. Praise God for the great launch Sunday and pray that God would continue to grow the core team and their efforts to serve the people of Bucks County.

-Liberti’s first church replant, Liberti Newtown Square, continues to see new visitors from the nearby neighborhoods. Pray for pastor Tom Hudzina and for continued energy and unity in the church.

Liberti Harrisburg is re-launching a search for a new location in 2016. Pray that they’d find a space to accommodate their growing nursery and kids ministries and land in a more permanent location from which they’ll be able to serve their neighborhoods well.

Liberti Mt. Airy hosted their first in-covenant class a couple weeks ago – pray for the men and women who make up the committed core of this new plant, and that God would add to their number. Liberti Mt. Airy has also been blessed with the opportunity to serve locally with two great organizations: Blair Christian Academy and the Whosoever Gospel Mission.

2200 Arch Counseling Services is excited to announce an upcoming event this April 22: “The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves” with Dr. Curt Thompson. Registration.Email  counseling@2200archcs.org or call 267-322-6797 for info.

Liberti Center City and Main Line are in the process of launching the “For the City Collaborative” – a separate 501c3 to run some existing ministries (like the Easter Outreach) as well as encourage new mercy ministry and generosity startups in the city of Philadelphia and the Philly metro area. To learn more contact Ken Fox at ken@liberti.org

-The pastoral staff of Liberti Fairmount was blessed to gather for prayer with 20 other pastors from Fairmount and surrounding neighborhoods on January 20. Pray God would continue to tear down dividing walls of hostility – racial walls, socio-economic walls, etc. – that have existed in these neighborhoods for generations.

Liberti Collingwood celebrated its 3rd Christmas Eve service at the end of December and has been encouraged to baptize a number of infants in their community. Pray as they continue to develop and grow as a congregation.

Liberti East welcomed 14 people into covenant this past Sunday. They’re also hosting a fundraiser for an international student as she continues to pursue her bachelors in Philadelphia. The event is a women’s clothing swap, Swap, Don’t Shop!. Donate your light used clothes to Liberti East and we hope to see you on Saturday February 27th between 5-8pm to find your next favorite outfit!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on these days in the life of Liberti Churches. We’re grateful for the privilege, and we invite you to join us in our pursuit to live, speak and serve as the very presence of Jesus in our neighborhoods.

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Christmas Eve is a significant moment in the life of Jesus’ church. We pause to remember and anticipate his first coming and long for his second coming.

Whether you’re currently involved in one of the churches of the Liberti Network or not, we welcome you to join us for our celebration of Christmas Eve this year. Below we’ve listed each of the times and details for our Christmas Eve services.

From each of the men, women and children of the Liberti Church Network, blessings to you this Christmas and always!

 

Worship Service Details for Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24)

 

Liberti Fairmount & Liberti Mt. Airy | 6pm

  • 6401 Wayne Ave, Philadelphia 19119 – street parking on Wayne and Johnson
  • Full details here

Liberti East | 5:30pm

Liberti Center City and Main Line | 1:00pm (Main Line) 5:00pm (Center City)

  • Center City: 123 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia 19103
  • Main Line: 1400 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr 19010
  • Full details here

Liberti Harrisburg | 7:00 pm

Liberti Collingswood | 5:30pm

Liberti Bucks County | 5:30pm

Liberti Newtown Square | 7:00 pm

 

 

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I often am drawn to reflect on the things I have received from God or opportunities he has provided me. There are a significant amount of things we thank God for this Thanksgiving in the Liberti Network such as

  1. Liberti Center City’s Phase 1 building renovation is coming to a close and celebrating with a good ol’ fashioned, Philadelphia block party.
  2. Liberti Network’s first ever church re-plant in Newtown Square.
  3. Liberti Mt Airy and Liberti Bucks County launched weekly worship services.
  4. A number of Liberti churches partnered with our brothers and sisters in Christ in a racial reconciliation event in Philadelphia called Reconcile.
  5. The Liberti Network even helped distribute over 3,000 meals to local families the Saturday before Easter.

And we are not just thankful for those things, we are thankful for God himself. God has done some pretty cool stuff, but I find that I don’t often thank God for God (this time of year or ever). I first realized this years ago when I was attending a Thanksgiving service at a local church. After a dozen members stood up to thank God for certain things in their lives like family or their homes, a member stood up and just thanked God for God. I never thought of that before!

So often, I can be focused on the benefits and gifts I receive from God instead of being thankful for God. St. Augustine once stated,

He is too greedy for whom God is not enough.

God should be enough for me, but he often isn’t. I need more. And while it is prudent to thank God for the things he has given me, I should also be thankful for the source of those good gifts because, as James reminds us,

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights (James 1:17).

This year in the Liberti Network, we are thankful for all the good gifts God has given our network. We are thankful for the support we have received and partners we have in ministry. But we are also thankful for God. So this Thanksgiving, let’s hold these two things (God’s gifts and God’s person) in its proper balance, being thankful for what God the Father has done for us because of his Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit but also thankful for God, just God.

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As we prepare to plant a new Liberti Church, Liberti Mt. Airy, the two primary Philadelphia neighborhoods we are focusing on are Mt. Airy and Germantown. Everyone on the launch team lives in one of these two neighborhoods, including my family who lives in Germantown.

A few weeks ago I hopped in my beautiful 2000 Toyota Corolla…and when I say beautiful I mean not beautiful. I drove a couple of blocks over to Chelten Ave. and took a right. Chelten Ave. in Germantown is a commercial corridor that has a fair share of bolted up buildings and dilapidated stores. Germantown is a historically African American neighborhood, and on Chelten Ave. this is particularly pronounced. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen someone who isn’t black on Chelten Ave.

…the Gospel of Jesus frees me to see people with new eyes…Jesus frees me to throw off racism and apathy and to share the Good News with and love people from every ethnicity and culture.

After a few hundred feet driving on Chelten I saw the flashing lights of a cop car behind me. I was getting pulled over. The two police officers cautiously exited their police car and approached my Corolla. They were both white, as am I. I rolled down my window and the policeman informed me that

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