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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

Saturday, December 2 – Fellowship House Holiday Decorating

Sunday, December 3 – First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 10 – Second Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 11 – Fellowship House Holiday Shop

Sunday, December 17 – Third Sunday of Advent

Friday, December 22Cookie Party

Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve Service

 

Devotionals

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

Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ Tim Keller

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: $15 for Voskamp and $10 for Keller). If cost is prohibitive, please, let us know!

 

‘For Others’ Christmas Campaign

During the Advent season and through Epiphany Sunday on January 7 at Liberti Collingswood, we’re encouraging people to give generously toward two of our local partner organizations, Fellowship House of South Camden and Bethany Christian Services. Our aim is to raise $1,500 for each service provider! Our gift to Fellowship House will be for sports and tech––namely a major upgrade to their indoor and outdoor basketball facilities and new headsets for kids to use with their iPads and computers. Our donation to Bethany will likewise be twofold. First, our funds will provide 40 gift cards for teenaged Unaccompanied Refugee Minors that are in foster care through Bethany. Secondly our gift will provide for a new, shared “Creativity Workspace” at Bethany’s new office headquarters. Would you consider giving to this campaign over and above your normal offering this Christmas? You can do so via cash or check during any of our Advent services or online right now!

 

Mercy and Justice Initiatives

Collingswood Food Pantry

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). On Sunday, 12/10, we’ll stick with our regular monthly toiletry donations for the Collingswood Food Pantry at St. Paul’s, but we’re also asking folks to bring toys under $20 each for children aged 0-12 that also can be distributed at the pantry.

Seeds of Hope Coat Drive

As temperatures continue to drop this season, Liberti Church Collingswood is once again partnering with Seeds of Hope Ministries in Camden to provide coats for those in need. This includes the men and women of Camden who are homeless, caught in patterns of addiction, or those who have fallen on hard times. Here’s how we can get involved: bring in gently used coats (zippers should work) to church on Sunday, 12/17. The coats should be warm, practical, and if they have hoods, even better! Please, bring in only adult men’s and women’s sizes. There will be bins available for you to deposit your donated coats in the foyer at St. Paul’s.