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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.

 Deuteronomy 26:12 (NIV)
When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
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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 IS EPIPHANY SUNDAY?

The term epiphany means "to show" or "to make known" or even "to reveal." We commemorate the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, who by so doing "reveal" Jesus to the world as Lord and King.  As with most aspects of the Christian liturgical calendar, Epiphany has theological significance with the Wise Men or Magi who brought gifts to the child Jesus were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as "King" and so were the first to "show" or "reveal" Jesus to a wider world as the incarnate Christ. This act of worship by the Magi, which corresponded to Simeon’s blessing that this child Jesus would be "a light for revelation to the Gentiles" (Luke 2:32), was one of the first indications that Jesus came for all people, of all nations, of all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.  The day is now observed as a time of focusing on the mission of the church in reaching others by "showing" Jesus as the Savior of all people. It is also a time of focusing on Christian fellowship, especially in healing the divisions of prejudice and intolerance that we all too often create between God’s children.

 

February 24th & 25th

Photoshoot for church Pictorial Directory (4 PM - 9 PM)

 

UPCOMING SERVICES

January 5th

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                                   “Overcoming Our Fears”

January 5, 2020                                           Isaiah 41:10 & 43:19

Have you ever had to paint a second or third story of a house?  You get about halfway up that double or triple extension ladder and it begins to bend and bounce with your every movement.  Then you start wondering about the ladder and its footing and where you will end up when it crashes to the earth so far below you.  So, in fear and terror, you stop where you are and cling to the ladder, looking neither up nor down.  Eventually you realize that you must paint the house and that you can’t reach it from where you are.  So, mustering up all your courage conquer the next step and inch your way to the next, then the next.  Finally you reach the top of the ladder and cling to it for your life.  Now that you’ve arrived, you ask yourself how you can take one hand off the ladder to use the paintbrush and not plummet to the earth below.  But you do.  You begin.  After a bit of scraping, the wood soaks up the paint.  You whistle and admire the fine job you are doing.  Soon the fear is forgotten.  You’ve learned an important life lesson that no matter what high responsibility you take on, it’s scary, very scary – until you start working!  Even so, as we journey through the New Year 2020, we may come across certain situations or challenges in our lives and we may become fearful, frustrated and overwhelmed.  But, let us remember that God is with us to strengthen us, to help us and uphold us with His victorious right hand.  The Lord who has promised is faithful and will never us nor forsake us but that He will be with us ALWAYS, even to the end of the age!  With that great assurance and hope may we prayerfully ponder on the following verses and questions to overcome our fears as we move through the New Year 2020!

Isaiah 41:10, John 14:27, Psalms 27:1, Isaiah 35:4, Proverbs 3:7, Psalms 86:11, Matthew 10:28, Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 19:23, Joshua 1:9 & Matthew 28:20, Ephesians 4:1, Colossians 1:10 & 1 Thessalonians 2:12

  • What do you fear and how does it affect the way you live? Does it lead to anger, worry, anxiety, or attempts to control others? 
  • Is there something God has commanded from His Word that you are fearful to do? Why are you fearful? What truth about God gives you courage in the midst of fear?
  • How would a renewed fear (awe, reverence) of the Lord encourage you to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel?

 

January 12th

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                “The Significance of the Baptism of Jesus”

January 12, 2020                                         Mark 1:9-11

Some of you may have seen or remember the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou. This is a whimsical retelling of Homer’s Odyssey set in 1930s Mississippi. Three
hapless escaped convicts – Everett, Pete and Delmar are hiding out in the
woods, running from the law. There they encounter a procession of
white-robed people going down to the lake to be baptized. As they move
toward the water they sing, “Let’s go down to the river and pray.” As the
baptism ceremony begins, Delmar is overwhelmed by the beauty and the
mystery of this rite. He runs into the water and is baptized by the
minister. As he returns to his companions, he declares that he is now
saved and “neither God nor man’s got anything on me now.” He explains that
the minister has told him that all his sins have been washed away.  Even,
he says, when he stole the pig for which he’d been convicted. “But you
said you were innocent of that,” one of his fellow convicts exclaims.  I lied,” he says, “and that’s been washed away too!”  Later the three convicts steal a hot pie from a window sill.  The one who felt that his sins had been washed away returns and places a dollar bill on the window sill.  Delmar wasn’t made perfect by his baptism any more than any of the rest of us are made perfect by our baptism. But he was conscious that it was time for him to make a new beginning. That is why in understanding baptism we begin with the washing away of our sins. 

The baptism of Jesus is dying to our self-centered endeavors and being
resurrected into a life marked by grace and love. When we live in the
baptism of Jesus, we touch the hearts of others and help open them to the
Holy Spirit and new life in Christ. As we move through this week, may we prayerfully ponder on the following statement and questions:

  • We affirm in professing our faith that through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ’s holy church and are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and are given new birth through water and the Spirit.  If you believe in that baptismal liturgy, please reflect on the following:
  • How are you living and growing in the new life you have been given?  How thankful are you in what God has accomplished through the sacrament of baptism in your life? 
  • When you witness someone professing their faith and you reaffirm your vows during the worship service, how faithful are in you in the vows of prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness?  What can you do in 2020 to grow in your vows that you have made?
  • Would God say of you that you are His beloved son or daughter and that He is pleased with the way you live your life?

January 19th

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                      “God’s Call in Our Lives”

January 19, 2020                                      John 1:36-51

Marine Corps boot camp is extremely challenging – both physically and mentally and is considered to be tougher than the basic training programs of any of the other military services and usually it lasts for about 13 weeks.  During those 13 weeks, those in training are never called Marines. The very last week of Boot Camp is really exciting because the trainees are aware that they are going to graduate. Then the Drill Instructors hand them a patch to iron on their camouflaged uniform. The Patch would simply say - U.S. Marine! They are finally WORTHY of calling themselves Marines. One of the proudest moments is right after graduation, the Senior Drill Instructor, Staff Sergeant would look in their eyes and say, “Congratulations Marine”.  The Marine Corps is a very proud, exclusive military organization, not everybody can become a Marine.  Yes, Jesus Christ has a very proud organization as well, and there is room for everybody! It is called the Army of God - “God’s Corps”.  Are you living a life worthy of that calling?

When Americans answer the telephone, most of them simply say, "Hello." However, the response is a bit different in other countries.   Germans answer a ringing phone with their last name.  In Denmark, the Danes will answer with both their first and last names.  Russians say, "I’m listening."  The curious French say, "Hello, who’s on the line?"  Italians greet callers with "Ready" upon which the caller demands, Who's speaking?"  The Spanish give the command, "Speak!"  The Chinese proclaim, "Hey, hey, who are you?" 

Just as there are different ways of answering phone calls, there are also different ways to answering a call from God. God has called each of us. We are "called to be saints" (Romans 1:7), "called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (I Corinthians 1:9), called "according to His own purpose and grace" (2 Timothy 1:9).  But those who are called by God have different ways of answering that call. Moses answered God's call by saying, "Who am I?" (Exodus 3:11). Gideon answered, "I am the least in my father's house." (Judges 6:15). Zechariah answered, "How shall I know this?" (Luke 1:18). Isaiah answered, "Here am I. Send me." (Isaiah 6:8).  When people ask about vocation or "calling", we usually mean, “Is God calling me to a particular job, profession or type of work?” This is a significant question, because the work we do is important to God. If work is important, it makes sense to ask what work God wants us to do.  But in the Bible, the concept of calling goes deeper than any one aspect of life, such as work. God calls people to become united with Himself in every aspect of life. This can only occur as a response to Christ’s call to follow Him. The calling to follow Christ lies at the root of every other calling. It is important, however, not to confuse a calling to follow Christ with a calling to become a professional church worker. People in every walk of life are called to follow Christ with equal depth and commitment.  So, in the days to come, let us prayerfully ponder on the following questions and reflect on our call of God!

  • How will you answer God's call in your life? It's a call that demands much from you.  It is a call that offers the presence of God in your life as you fulfill your calling.
  • Will you answer His call?
  • Will you be the man or woman of God that He has called you to be? Are you willing to accept the responsibility that God has laid on you? 
  • God is calling!  How will you answer?

                                  

January 26th

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

 

February 2nd

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

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.