Dear Liberty family & friends
Join us tomorrow for Cafe Liberty @ 9: 45 AM and Worship @ 10:15 AM as we convene for worship in awe for God and receive the gifts He sends us in Christ-centered fellowship.
We’re also grateful today for all the new steps of faith ladies’ leaders are taking for women to meet up this morning for a Love-in-action breakfast. For any ladies receiving this email who couldn’t make it this time, rest assured, you haven’t missed your chance! Many more blessings are in store for ladies’ ministry in the days ahead. The next Liberty ladies’ event is on Saturday, November 18 (9:00 AM Breakfast/fellowship)
Prayer Focus Reflections
How could any brief comment about this past seven days even scratch the surface of our deep grief and ongoing burden for all of Israel.
The atrocities committed against the Israeli people are so severe that, even to describe their losses seems woefully inadequate. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is a constant calling for followers of the Lamb, but nothing could dramatize more urgently how we should pray than the horrific attacks that fell one week ago, just as Israelis were concluding the full week of the Feast of Sukkot.
The magnitude of loss of life, when compared to the size of the State of Israel, makes the crisis of last week the worst time of national suffering in over 50 years.
However, with all the heartache and grief that sweeps across the globe today, our call to pray for Israel, for all the innocents whose lives are shattered by war, and for those who leadership is tested to the maximum in these perilous times, is anchored in the conquest of the risen Lord. Through Christ our King, we are called to pray. Prayer stirs us into action, and action is crucial as well. We’re to walk alongside those who hurt, to weep with those who weep and to bear one another’s burdens in the love of Christ. But prayer itself is the opening of our hearts to our heavenly Father’s love in a way that no other expression can do.
There are many aspects of this new era of crisis that make it imperative to turn first to God’s Word for insights that inform and enlighten our perspective in praying for all those who are in harm’s way.
The clarion call to make God’s Word our first place of refuge in times of trouble is once again on display. “Watch and pray”, in the words of the Lord Jesus, is a calling for all to hear and to heed.
- Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity we share for blessing children in many parts of the world with a gift box at Christmas. We’re delighted to participate as a team with other congregations in Carroll County and so appreciate Hannah Eberly coordinating Liberty’s part in this year’s OCC outreach.
- One way to participate is to contribute for the Kids Mission Sunday (Oct 29th) with an offering toward purchasing supplies. On 10/29/23 the Kids will be packing shoeboxes and/or cartons for Operation Christmas Child. Your gift in any amount is a way to join this team effort. Simply give via check with a note for OCC or, if by cash, pick up an offering envelope on the Connections table. Also, online offerings can be made anytime, 24/7, via our Giving page.
- Gratitude Dinner – November 4th ~ 5:00 PM
- Plan to join us for this special Saturday evening fellowship dinner on November 4th . Sign-up sheet on the Connections table helps our Coordinators plan for seating and the meal. Invite friends! Welcome to all!
- Ladies Ministry Breakfast event – November 18th @ 9:00 AM
- Communion Sunday – November 19th ~
- Our next congregational communion is on Sunday, November 19th during morning worship (10:15 AM)
- Christmas Decorations get-together ~ Wednesday, November 29th 10:00 AM-1:30 PM
- A few friends needed to decorate the sanctuary and foyer (lunch provided)
- A few elves from the North Pole could handle it but humans are even better!
- Sign up on the Connections Table for fun, food and fellowship as we decorate together
We SO enjoy hearing from those who are with us online in Liberty’s live stream from wherever you live, work or travel.