I have the privilege of being a part of an amazing movement of churches in Philadelphia, seeking to be the presence of Christ to this city and its inhabitants. This family of churches currently numbers three, each one serving a different area of the city (I go to the Center City one).
The church in the East part of the city has been gracious enough to spearhead an initiative for Easter where they hope to give away 1,000 Easter meals to familes in need. The baskets include a ham, sides, and desert for a family of four. They need people to donate money for the meals (they’re trying to raise $20,000), volunteer to fill the baskets and/or deliver them, and families who would like to receive one of these meals. Remember:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” — James 1:27
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink…?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ –Matthew 25:34-40
For more information or to sign up for any part of this initiative, please visit: http://www.libertieasteroutreach.com/
From the website:
The liberti churches are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus by mobilizing all who are willing to give away 1,000 Easter dinners for families to have a special meal this year.
We are doing this because we believe the resurrection actually took place and is the most important event of history and our individual lives. Our church’s name comes from the latin word to describe those who were formerly slaves and had been set free after their debt had been paid.
We believe we all need to be freed from a selfish life, and believe there is more to life than creating our own goals, finding our own meaning, and meeting our own needs.
We believe that we could never do enough “good things” to pay the debt for our lack of love and find the freedom we crave.
We believe we are not the sum of all the choices we have made–good or bad.
But we believe that Jesus frees us to live a life for God and for others; that he died in our place, for all our failures, and rose again so that we could be made new people with a new mission in life to love others and a new future in God.
We want everyone to know the love of God in the world through Jesus; how following Him together can turn us from insisting on our own rights and free us to live a life for others.
You may have doubts and you may have had bad experiences with religious people, but we have our doubts as well. Yet we ask that you would take a moment to take a second look at Your doubts and to explore the claims of Jesus.
We also hate ‘religion’ that produces self-righteousness in the world. The good news is that Jesus actually came to turn the tables upside down on the ‘religious’ and to offer a new way for humanity to know God through his mercy.
Liberti is a new movement of christian churches in Philadelphia that welcomes the skeptic, the seeker, and the doubter to explore Jesus with us. We seek to be a church for the city. We are in Fairmont, Fishtown and Center City. To find a congregation near you and explore what Jesus is all about, go to liberti.org.