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What is Advent? The word advent means “coming” or “arrival”In the Christian tradition, Advent is the first season of the Christian calendar and is marked by hopeful waiting for the coming of the Messiah. During early Christian history, the celebration of the first coming of Jesus was a season joined with preparation, especially for new believers as they were coming into the faith for baptism. On Christmas day, these new converts would receive the sacrament of baptism in accordance with the arrival of Jesus into the world to make all things new. Today, Advent represents the location of the Church within these “last days” as we await the second coming of Jesus into the world. The church, like Israel before her, is in exile, awaiting the coming of the Messiah, who will free us ultimately and finally. In Advent, we look back in celebration upon Christ’s coming while at the same time looking forward in eager expectation of the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. Therefore, during Advent, we practice active, hopeful, and prayerful waiting. Additionally, Christian waiting is not lazy. Because we know God to be faithful, we join him in his work of making all things new and celebrate the victory of our King Jesus.

 

Services and Events

Sunday, December 2 – First Sunday of Advent & Drop-Off for Food Pantry Donation Competition

Sunday, December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent & Church Brunch

Sunday, December 16 – Third Sunday of Advent & Packing Christmas Dinner in a Box

Sunday, December 23 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve Service (with Liberti Kids Choir)

 

Devotionals

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

The One True Story: Daily Reading for Advent from Genesis to Jesus by Tim Chester

Join us as we explore the story of Advent using these fantastic daily devotionals. Copies of both are available for purchase on Sunday mornings. (Recommended donations: $18 for Voskamp and $5 for Chester). If cost is prohibitive, please, let us know, and we’ll give you the books!

 

‘For Others’ Christmas Campaign

During the Advent season and through Epiphany Sunday on January 6 at Liberti Collingswood, we are encouraging people to give generously toward the Shalmapur School Project, which is building and operating a permanent Christian school for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. (You can learn more about the plight of these refugees here.) Our aim is to raise $4,000, which will be used to purchase two laptop computers for the school and also for development of its physical site. In addition to any normal Christmas offerings you may give, would you consider donating to this campaign? You can do so via cash or check during any of our Advent services or online right now!

 

Mercy and Justice Initiatives

Toiletries Collection for the Collingswood Food Pantry at St. Paul’s

You may not realize that the Collingswood Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Lutheran (832 Park Ave.) is THE food pantry for Collingswood and its surrounding boroughs (i.e., Woodlyn, Oaklyn, Audubon, Haddon Heights, and Haddon Township). For this month’s toiletries collection we’ve added to the mix the one thing that makes everything better: competition! All of our Home Meetings are going to amass supplies, and we’ll see which can collect the most. You can see a list of the supplies we typically collect here. Bonnie at the Pantry has asked us to focus as well on laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, toilet tissue, sugar, and vegetable oil. Please email Debra Hayes (hay540@aol.com) with questions. And if you are not connected to a small group, you can still bring donations on Sunday, 12/2!

Christmas Dinner in a Box

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to feed a family in need during the Christmas Holiday? On Sunday, 12/16, Liberti Church will be holding our second annual “Holiday in a Box” for the Food Pantry. This year we will prepare Christmas boxes for 80 deserving families. Each Christmas box will include 1 canned ham and lots of trimmings.  Click over here for the complete list of Christmas foodstuffs to bring to church that morning, and please sign up to bring certain items just so we can make sure that we’ll have enough ingredients. And! During coffee hour on 12/16, we’ll have tables out and will assemble (plus decorate) the boxes. Let’s serve our neighbors! Reach out to Debra (hay540@aol.com) with any questions.

Home Meeting Service Opportunities

Saturday, December 8 – The Collingswood Group will be hanging out with residents at United Methodist Communities in Collingswood from 10am until noon. If you are interested in joining with them, email Libby Whitman (bliss.elizabeth@gmail.com).

Sunday, December 23 – The Haddon Township Group is going to be baking and decorating Christmas cookies to distribute to homeless neighbors in the region over the holiday. Contact Anne Mallgrave (jmallgrave@msn.com) for more information.