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Come As You Are at Liberty United Methodist Church means being in a relaxed atmosphere where you can come casual or decide to wear your Sunday's best; worshipping God with your family, friends, neighbors and guests; being lifted up by songs of praise; being inspired, encouraged and challenged, and enjoying good food and fellowship after a dynamic church service.

 

Come As You Are is an invitation to come without having to "dress up" your life and heart. If you're in a good place in life, we'll rejoice with you. If you come feeling battered by life, we'll hug you and pray with you, especially when you are experiencing life challenges and burdens.

 

After all, Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are tired and carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. I'll give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) This is the Jesus we serve and the one we will introduce to you!

 

About Us Liberty United Methodist Church is a multi cultural, multi generational church located in Brentwood, Tennessee. We are a growing small congregation with a compassion for ministering and serving others beyound our walls and community. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 Psalms 79:8 (NIV)
Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.
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"The Mission of Liberty United Methodist Church is to be a Family of Faith actively serving God and Neighbor"

ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you wish to meet with Pastor Felicia either on Sundays following the worship service or during the week, please call her, email her or send her a text message.  Pastor Felicia's number is 484-919-2114 and her email is:feliciakumar22@gmail.com.  Also, if anyone needs to be visited at home, Pastor Felicia will be glad to do so as well!

 

WHAT ADVENT IS ALL ABOUT

 

SLOW

DOWN

& WAIT!

“The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.”

John 1:14 (The Message translation of the Bible by Eugene Peterson)

Advent is the season in the church year that gives us time to wait for something to happen.  The four Sundays that fall before Christmas encompass the season of Advent.  Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “to come”; it is a special time when we Christians prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually to celebrate the birth of Christ once again.  During this time of preparation, of watching and waiting, we anticipate Christ coming into our lives in a special way at Christmas.  We wait hopefully and joyfully for Christmas.

 

We often wait for people we plan to meet, wait at the doctor’s office, wait for the cab, bus or the train to come, for the holidays to begin, for our birthdays to arrive.  This is the time to prepare for the awaited event of Christmas.  During Advent, we not only remember Jesus’ first coming into our world at His birth, but we also celebrate His daily comings into our hearts now and anticipate His future coming at the end of time.  These comings represent different aspects of the presence of God in our lives!  This year the first Sunday in Advent began on December 1st and it continues through the 8th, 15th and ends with the 22nd

During Advent, we indulge in decorating our homes and our churches, making everything bright and cheerful.  We decorate our homes and sanctuary with poinsettias.  Certainly, poinsettias add a special glow to the pageantry of the Advent season.  I believe this plant blooms at Christmas in Mexico, where it is known by its native name, “flower of the Holy Night.”  There is a legendary account that goes with the name of this particular plant.  A small boy had no gift to bring to the Christ’s manger bed in the village church.  As he dragged his feet toward the church, he decided that he could at least offer the Holy Infant the branches from a bush that grew beside the way.  Quickly he stripped off some branches and made his way to the church where he reverently placed the green leaves at the manger.  As he knelt there, the other children mocked at his offering.  Rising tearfully, he looked once more at the branches, only to find that where his tears had fallen bloomed a brilliant red star-shaped flower.

Even without the legend, today the poinsettia is the most popular of Christmas plants.  In many ways, we are like this little boy as we enter the Advent season.  During this season of celebration and preparation, we can get caught up in cleaning, baking, writing cards, shopping, attending parties, wrapping gifts, decorating and rushing until December 24th, and eventually missing the real meaning of Christmas.  Finally, we cease all our frantic activities; get together with our friends and families and come together singing “Silent Night…Holy Night.”  One of my favorite carols is “In the Bleak Midwinter.”  And the third stanza of the carol speaks a volume to all of us.   The words to this profound verse are as follows:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

If I were a Wiseman, I would do my part;

Yet what can I give Him: give my HEART.”

 

As we enter the season of Advent, let us discipline ourselves to slow down, take one day at a time and still be able to make room for Jesus in our hearts.  May each and every day of our Advent journey lead us to the celebration of Christmas, and may we have a wonderful, memorable, and indeed, a most blessed one!  Always remember: Jesus is the reason for the season!  Have a Christ-centered CHRISTmas, and a blessed New Year 2020!

 

Peace & Christmas Blessings,

 

Pastor Felicia

 

 

Dec 7 Breakfast In Bethlehem 9-11 AM 
Santa will be there!
Also in the evening:
Josephine's Christmas Concert at Christ Church (Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville) always a great way to get yourself feeling festive! (Buy tickets in advance.)

 

Dec 14 Cassidy and Arianna's music students are performing a musical recital at 2 PM!

 

UPCOMING SERVICES

December 1st

10:00 am - Worship Service and Children's Church

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

OUR WONDERFUL COUNSELOR                               Isaiah 9:6 & John 14:16-26

A story is told of a soldier who served in the Union army during the Civil War.  He was a young man who had lost his older brother and father in the war.  His mother sent him a letter pleading with him to come home and help her and his sister take care of the farm.  The young man was granted a furlough and went to Washington, D.C. to plead his case to the president.  When he arrived at the White House he asked to see the president.  He was told in no uncertain terms, "You cannot see the president!  Don't you know there's a war on?  The president is a very busy man.  Now go away!"  The young man left very disheartened.  He went to a nearby park and sat down on a bench and tried to figure out what to say to his mother.  It was then that a young boy walked up to him and said, "Soldier, you look unhappy.  What's wrong?"  The soldier looked at this young boy and he began to spill his heart out to him.  He told him about his father and brother dying in the war and how his mother needed him back on the farm.  The little boy took the soldier by the hand and led him around to the back of the White House.  They went through the back door, past the guards, past all the generals and the high ranking government officials until they got to the president's office itself.  The little boy didn't even knock but just opened it and walked in.  There was President Lincoln with his secretary of state, looking over battle plans on the desk.  President Lincoln looked up and said, "What can I do for you, Todd?"  And Todd said, "Daddy, this soldier needs to talk to you."  Right then and there the young man was able to plead his case.  As we begin this Advent season, may we prayerfully ponder on the following questions?

  • How is Jesus your “Wonderful Counselor”?
  • When and where have you experienced God’s wonderful counsel?
  • Have you ever given a wise counsel to someone in need?
  • What plans have you made for this season of Advent to grow deeper in your walk with the “Wonderful Counselor”? 

December 8th

10:00 am - Worship Service and Children's Church

 

December 15th

10:00 am - Worship Service and Children's Church

 

December 22nd

10:00 am - Worship Service and Children's Church

 

December 24th

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services are at 4 and 6 PM

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

 "SPIRITUAL FORMATION & SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES" 

LIBERTY LUNCH BUNCH
Our lunch dates have been changed to 1st Fridays of every month. Our next lunch will be Fri, Nov 1st. at Vanderbilt Legends Club, 11:30am. Everyone is invited. RSVP via text to:
Peg (615) 202-0461 or 
Sylvia (615) 427-8562

VENTURING - BSA OPPORTUNITIES at Liberty starts in 2019. Venturing is an inclusive program through Boy Scouts of America for males and females aged 14-21 (or 13 and completed the 8th grade). It's operated through Venturing Crews, units of youth and advisors that meet on set schedules and plan activities and events for youth like you! Be on the look-out for more information. 

Men's Fellowship Ministry - Service Projects opportunities and Fellowship gathering throughout the year. Contact Dale Bartholomew db.bart@comcast.net 615-290-6496 for details and to sign up for service projects. This ministry is opened to all men or young men who are interested in worshipping God through service.

Al-Anon Meetings are held Mondays at 6:30 pm at Liberty in the Fellowship Hall. These sessions are open to anyone who has been impacted by someone with a drinking problem.

Piano and Voice Lessons At Liberty - Now enrolling students ages 4-adult! What is offered: 

  • Private piano lessons (30 minutes or 1 hour)
  • Private voice lessons (30 minutes or 1 Hour)

Pre-school instruction is unique, as student actually learn to read music and play piano. Instruction catered to the interest of the child with the goal of becoming a well rounded musician. Music Theory and History incorporated in lessons Performance opportunities

About the Instructors:

Cassidy Gephart holds a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University in Commercial Music with an emphasis in piano performance. Along with her most recent instruction in jazz and other popular styles, she has a background and extensive training in classical music. She is dedicated to providing an enjoyable, formative experience and instilling a love for music in all of her students.

Arianna Hume holds a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University in Commercial Voice. Thanks to her private voices studies at Belmont, her regular experiences as a performing artist and session singer in Nashville, and her teaching background, Arianna now has a very well-rounded approach to teaching voice. In her studio, she strives to create a unique environment where each student is given the freedom to realize their potential and explore their own instrument, building th foundation needed to become a competent musician.

For Additional Information: Please contact Cassidy or Arianna by calling 859-750-8624 or by emailing cassidygephart@gmail.com Arianna Hume 703-577-5485 or email arianna.m.hume.gmail.com.

 

Our Youth Group is growing! Please consider signing up to provide a Sunday meal or come and fellowshipping with these amazing young people on Sunday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.