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. 

Sunday, November 27 – First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 4 – Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 11 – Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 18 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saturday, December 24 Church on Christmas Eve (11:15 am)

As our congregation "prepares him room" this December, we're encouraging our folks to work through weekly devotionals as a spiritual help. Since Advent is the beginning of the annual liturgical calendar for the church, this is a great time to set some new rhythms for spiritual practices in the home, both as individuals and families. 

Below, you see posted weekly Advent devotionals which include liturgies for adults, families & children, and activities for all Liberti Kids age groups. Even if you’ve never practiced devotionals in tu casa, start here!

In addition, during the weekdays of Advent, we will be supplementing that day's evening lesson with a short video reflection from leaders and staff at Liberti Collingswood. You can check them out on our YouTube page, beginning Monday, 11/28.

Foster The Family is a South Jersey-based ministry that exists to support and encourage foster and adoptive families, mobilize and equip the community and church for foster care and adoption, and advocate for vulnerable children.

Often foster families are not fully prepared for a child to come into their home, especially if it's a newborn coming straight from the hospital! Therefore, one of the primary services that Foster the Family provides are care packages designed to alleviate some of the stress that occurs within those first 48-72 hours. These include newborn clothing, onesies, socks, bibs/burp pads, baby wash, lotion, pacifiers, blankets, swaddles, diaper cream, baby brush, diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, and a diaper bag, as well as a freshly cooked meal for the whole family. 

In addition to these newborn care packages for families receiving an infant, there is a version for older children that contains new clothing, name brand shoes, an assortment of comfort items, appropriate skin and hair care products, recreational items, new luggage and backpacks, as well as a prepared meal.

In addition to any normal Christmas offerings you may give, would you consider contributing toward providing care packages for local foster families? Our goal is to raise at least $7,500 in order to purchase 75 complete packages (which are valued at $100/each). You can donate by sending designated cash or designated check to the church (“‘For Others’ Christmas Campaign”) or giving online right now!

As always, the campaign runs through the end of Christmas season on January 5th. Please, help us celebrate the incarnation of Jesus this year by supporting Foster the Family!

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Sundays at 11:15am

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