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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.

 Romans 8:8 (NIV)
Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
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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!

 

A nine-week video based Community Women's Bible study will begin on Wednesday, September 11 (10:00 -11:30 am) in the Fellowship Hall.  We encourage all women who are available to join the group and be blessed.  Also, extend an invitation to your neighbors, friends, family members and or co-workers.  We will focus on "Sermon on the Mount" by Jen Wilkin.  You may order your copy of the book either at lifeway.com or amazon.com.

 

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT SERMON SERIES: “ONE FRUIT – 9 FLAVORS” based on Galatians 5:22-23 will begin on September 1, 2019 and conclude on October 27, 2019.  The fruit of the spirit is a physical manifestation of a Christian’s transformed life.  It is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. When we are led by God’s Spirit, our lives begin to produce the “nine-flavored fruit” that characterize all who truly abide in God’s word.  Please spread the word around and invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member to come and join us for worship, especially if they are looking for a church family!

 

UPCOMING SERVICES

 

October 6th

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

World Communion Service

Annual Pumpkin Race after Service

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                                                              October 6,, 2019     

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - GENEROSITY                               2 Corinthians 9:1-15

In the latter part of the 17th century, German preacher August H. Francke founded an orphanage to care for the homeless children of Halle. One day when Francke desperately needed funds to carry on his work, a destitute Christian widow came to his door begging for a ducat - the ducat was a gold or silver coin used as a trade coin in Europe from the later Middle Ages until as late as the 20th century. Many types of ducats had various metallic content and purchasing power.  Because of his financial situation, he politely but regretfully told her he couldn't help her. Disheartened, the woman began to weep. Moved by her tears, Francke asked her to wait while he went to his room to pray. After seeking God's guidance, he felt that the Holy Spirit wanted him to change his mind. So, trusting the Lord to meet his own needs, he gave her the money. Two mornings later, he received a letter of thanks from the widow. She explained that because of his generosity she had asked the Lord to shower the orphanage with gifts. That same day Francke received 12 ducats from a wealthy lady and 2 more from a friend in Sweden. He thought he had been abundantly rewarded for helping the widow, but he was soon informed that the orphanage was to receive 500 gold pieces from the estate of Prince Lodewyk Van Wurtenburg. When he heard this, Francke wept in gratitude. In sacrificially providing for that needy widow, he had been enriched, not impoverished.  This is what God did for us that God so lovingly and generously sent His one and only Son into this world so that you and I and the entire world would be blessed with the joy of salvation and the hope and promise of eternal life!  What an awesome and indescribable gift that God has given us so lavishly.  And this is what the apostle Paul reminds us that “each of us must give not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver!”  So, as we move through this week, may we read and read the ninth chapter of Second Corinthians and prayerfully ponder on the following questions: 

 

·      What is meant by giving “grudgingly or of necessity”? When have you given grudgingly or of necessity?

·      What is meant by giving “cheerfully”?  When have you given cheerfully?

·      What factors determine if a gift is given grudgingly or cheerfully?

·      How are our blessings like seed (verse 10)? Who supplies it, and what happens when we use it properly?

·      What relationship did Paul anticipate resulting between givers and receivers (verse 14)?

·      Jesus spoke often about money. How can wealth stand in the way of following God’s will?

·      Do we believe in tithing?  Do we give one tenth of our time, talents and treasures that God has blessed us with?  Let’s remember that everything that we have is a gift from God’s mighty hands!

 

October 13th

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                      OCTOBER 13, 2019

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – FAITHFUL           
PSALM 100 & HEBREWS 10:23

A Persian legend tells us that a certain king needed a faithful servant and had to choose between two candidates for the office.  He took both at fixed wages and told them to fill a basket with water from a nearby well, saying that he would come in the evening to inspect their work.  After dumping one or two buckets of water into the basket, one of the men said, “What is the good of doing this useless work?  As soon as we pour the water in, it runs out the sides.”  The other answered, “but we have our wages, haven’t we?  The use is the master’s business, not ours.”  “I’m not going to do such fool’s work,” replied the complainer.  Throwing down his bucket, he went away.  The other man continued until he had drained the well.  Looking down into it, he saw something shining at the bottom that proved to be a diamond ring.  “Now I see the use of pouring water into the basket!” he exclaimed.  “If the bucket had brought up the ring before the well was dry, it would have been found in the basket.  Our work was not useless.”  When God’s blessing does not fully coincide with our expectations, let us remember to wait until the well is dry.  There may be something precious at the bottom.  As we move through this week, let us ask ourselves where we stand with our faithfulness and prayerfully ponder the following questions:

What is your understanding or definition of “Faithfulness”?

Where and how have you have seen God’s faithfulness in the life of a Biblical character?

Ponder about the way you have personally felt/experienced God’s faithfulness. 

How faithful are you to your membership vows of prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness?  

If God is faithful to us, how faithful are we to God and one another and to the commitments that we have made in our lives?

 

October 20th

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

5:30 pm - Youth Group

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                                                        OCTOBER 20, 2019

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – GENTLENESS          JAMES 3:13-18 & 1 Peter 3:14-16

We’re accustomed to thinking of the strength as opposite to gentleness, softness and tenderness. Yet this is not always true. During World War 1 British fighter pilots made an amazing discovery that thick layers of silk stopped low velocity shrapnel (a shell containing bullets or pieces of metal timed to burst short of impact) better than steel. So they wound the silk around their heads and then wore leather horse riding helmets on top of the silk.  Scientists still aren’t sure just what it is that gives silk its strength, but it’s true, that in certain situations soft, gentle, tender silk can prove far stronger than cold, hard steel.  Jesus showed us the same holds true for human character. Some people try to make themselves impenetrable and inaccessible to the people around them. Jesus showed us that gentleness, a heart that’s soft toward others, and tenderness are in fact qualities of great strength!  So, as we move through this week, may we prayerfully ponder on the following questions that will help us exercise “gentleness” this week and in the days to come!

  • Why do you think gentleness and respect are paired together?
  • What reaction does speaking with gentleness bring from others?
  • What about gentleness makes it a quality from God?
  • Peter says that speaking with gentleness will cause others to respect us and not speak out against us. Do we think that happens?
  • In light of the above Scripture passages, would we be responding gently to people who we may not like or who may treat us badly. Do we do this? Does it seem hard to us?
  • Why do we think the most challenging Christ-like virtue for believers to grasp is gentleness?
  • Consider someone in your life who has the ability to be calm and collected in stress-filled moments. How did he or she manage to develop this virtue?
  • Are there certain circumstances in our lives that make gentle conduct nearly impossible? How could our relationship with God empower us to alter our reaction to this situation?
  • In what ways can Jesus’ life be a guiding example of gentleness for us when we face difficulties of our own?
  • Why do you think the most challenging Christ-like virtue for believers to grasp is gentleness?

 

October 27th

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

4:00 pm - Trunk or Treat

(In Partnership w/Bonbrook Subdivision)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

October 27, 2019

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (SELF-CONTROL)                  

2 Peter 1:5-11

In his book The Social Animal, David Brooks summarizes vast amounts of social science research by stating that "information programs alone are not very effective in changing behavior." He writes: Both reason and will are obviously important in making moral decisions and exercising self-control. But neither of these character models has proven very effective. Most diets fail because the conscious forces of reason and will are simply not powerful enough to consistently subdue unconscious urges.  The evidence suggests reason and will are like muscles, and not particularly powerful muscles. In some cases and in the right circumstances, they can resist temptation and control the impulses. But in many cases they are too weak to impose self-control by themselves. In many cases self-delusion takes control.  Someone has said: “Self-control is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.”  So, how does God want us to exercise self-control?  What does the Bible teach us about self-control?  Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”  In 2 Timothy 1:7 we read: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 1 Peter 4:7 says, “The end of all things is at hand.  Therefore, be self-controlled and sober minded.”  In 2 Peter 1:5-6 we read: “For this very reason, make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control.”  So, it is

very clear that to exercise self-control is to discipline ourselves, set boundaries, and rule over our actions. A lack of self-control, then, leads to the free reign of fleshly, worldly patterns that end up exercising control over us. So, as we move through this week, let us prayerfully ponder on the following questions:

  • What is one area of your life that is succeeding in the exercise of self-control? Praise God for that!
  • What is one area that is lacking self-control, in which you desire to grow?
  • Do you feel that frustration with traffic, computer, other people, etc. is often a primary cause of your losing self-control?  What can you do about this?
  • If you know that you should not consume a certain food or drink that you like a lot, do you take it anyway?
  • If someone makes you angry, do you strike back, either physically or verbally?
  • When you are standing in a line, do you get very impatient and even push against the person ahead of you?

 

November 3rd

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

Communion, All Saints Sunday      

5:30 pm - Youth Group

 

November 10th

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

5:30 pm - Youth Group

 

November 17th

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

5:30 pm - Youth Group

 

November 10th

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

5:30 pm - Youth Group

 

November 24th

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

Thanksgiving Potluck

Hanging of the Greens

 

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.

Community Women's Bible Study at Liberty - Wednesdays at 10:00 am. The Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkins 

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.