Who We Are
Where We Are
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.
Nehemiah 7:56 (NIV)
Neziah and Hatipha
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"The Mission of Liberty United Methodist Church is to be a Family of Faith actively serving God and Neighbor"
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:firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if anyone needs to be visited at home, Pastor Felicia will be glad to do so as well!
SERMONS FOR FEBRUARY 2020 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH
History gives us the ability to stop and remember significant past events that have shaped the world in which we live. This is why every year the month of February is designated as Black History Month. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson initiated Black History Month to raise awareness and acknowledge the accomplishments and influential experiences of black men and women. Black history is not merely the history of African Americans; it is our history as the American people, and our history impacts the church. So, in light of Black History month, I plan to use the following quotes for three Sundays and build my sermons based on those themes! So please join us and be blessed during the Black History month and through this season of Epiphany!!
February 2, 2020
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
Sermon Title: “Transformation through Choices & Sacrifices”
"There's a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something there is a choice you have to make. We can all be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that — family time, hanging out with your friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with that." - Kobe Bryant
February 9, 2020
Scripture: Genesis 37:1-11
Sermon Title: “Transformation through Dreams”
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman
February 16, 2020
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17
Sermon Title: “Transformation through Love”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. This Sunday follows Valentine’s Day and so I will be focusing on the theme of “LOVE”.
February 23, 2020 – TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY
Scripture: Mark 9:2-8
WHAT IS TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY?
This year on February 23, we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday. Transfiguration Sunday is the final and climatic Sunday in Epiphany season. Because the Epiphany season itself is the culmination of the Advent and Christmas seasons, Transfiguration Sunday is the culmination of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. On Transfiguration Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ Transfiguration (literally, His metamorphosis) on the Mountain, where Peter, John & James watched in amazement as the radiant Jesus spoke with the glorified Moses & Elijah (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36).
During Epiphany season, we commemorate the various “epiphanies” (manifestations) of Jesus’ Sonship and Kingship. In particularly, we remember the Magi’s visit, Jesus’ first miracle at Cana, Jesus’ Baptism, and Jesus’ Transfiguration; Christ’s Transfiguration on the mountain is the crowning “epiphany” of the season. Indeed, Jesus’ identity as Son of God is revealed unmistakably when the Father physically glorifies Jesus and then announces “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35). And so, as we commemorate the glory and brilliance of our transfigured Lord, we are compelled to identify Him as “Son of God”…Light of Light, Very God of Very God,” (Nicene Creed)
Transfiguration Sunday is a “pre-Lent” celebration, a pointer to the darkness of Good Friday and the glory of Easter Sunday. And so it is a reminder of the cruciform beginning of true glory. As we behold the glory of the transfigured Lord, who moved from glory to glory by way of suffering, let us resolve to put away our sin and to take up our cross, being transformed into His resurrection image from glory to glory! (2 Corinthians 3:18).
10:00 am - Worship Service and Children's Church
FOOD FOR THOUGHT “Faith Over Fear and Doubt
January 26, 2020 Matthew 14:22-33
The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves. On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test. He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a dark forest, and he was terrified. Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of a path. Then to his utter astonishment, he saw the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long. In our Gospel lesson this morning, we read that when Jesus appeared to the frightened disciples in the midst of a terrible storm, they cried out saying, it was a ghost but Jesus assured them of His mighty presence and asked them not to be afraid. Even so in our lives, we are very much like the disciples who were filled with fear and doubt and were hesitant to put their complete hope and trust in Jesus. And so we need to be cautious of some of the drawbacks of fear. Fear can strike when it is not helpful or wanted. Fear can be paralyzing instead of motivating. Fear leads to habitual worry and the sin of unbelief. Fear threatens to keep us from trusting and obeying God. Fear causes us to avoid difficult situations instead of facing them head on. Living in fear keeps us from experiencing our God-given potential. Living in fear destroys our joy and robs us of life’s delights. Living in fear causes us to focus on the negative. Living in fear creates a loss of intimacy between us and other people. We become afraid to say what we think or feel, afraid of the pain of conflict. Living in fear causes us to believe that God can’t or won’t take care of us. Fear limits hopes, dreams, and callings. So as we move through this week, let us prayerfully ponder on the following questions:
- Are there any benefits to fear? Reflect on a time when fear pushed you to do something great or kept you from being all you could be.
- What kind of things do you tend to trust in when life gets stormy, that makes you feel comfortable and secure rather than fearful?
- Read Matthew 14:28-29. How do you know when God is calling you to do something? How does God speak to you? Have you ever asked God to allow you to do something crazy or supernatural like Peter? Did you get out of the boat? What happened?
- In the Bible we find 366 commands from God not to be afraid. These are not empty, wishful thinking commands; they are backed by the power, character and love of God. What do the following verses reveal about choosing to trust God rather than the challenges we face? Psalm 23:4; Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 43:1b-5a; Hebrews 13:5-6.
10:00 am - Worship Service and Children's Church
10:00 am - Worship Service and Children's Church
"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 email@example.com 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.
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.