Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Snowfest: skiing, boarding, tubing

Saturday January 24th
From 2:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
Deadline to sign up is January 11th

Meet at Covenant of Grace Church.
Going to Whitetail Ski Resort.

An evening of skiing, snowboarding and
Snow Tubing.

Youth Ministry Sponsored but Open Church Wide!!
RSVP at Sign up sheet at Block House.
Make sure to fill out form!
Slip under Youth Pastor door.

Lift Ticket Only $29
Lift Ticket + Ski Rental + Lesson $53
Lift Ticket + SnowBoard Rental + Lesson $53
Learn to Ski/Board + Lesson and Beginner slopes only $44
Snow Tubing 2 hrs $22

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sleepovers cancelled. Airsoft Battle tomorrow.

My grandmother Hathaway passed away on Sunday morning and so Annie and I will be going up to Rhode Island for her funeral this upcoming weekend. Therefore the sleepovers scheduled for the 29th will be rescheduled at a later date.

Guys, (and gunslinging girls,) there is an Airsoft Battle scheduled for tomorrow from 1-5pm at Alex Bruce's house. His address is 2849 Benson road. Finksburg MD 21048. To get there from the church go west on Liberty road, North on 32, Right at 91, Right at Deer Park, Left at Benson, then it's the fourth driveway on the right.

Please remember to bring your safety goggles, ammo, and airsoft gun.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Old School Christmas Caroling

Okay, not that Old School...
But this is like the one time a year when you can sing to people without having them stone you. So, since we won't get stoned and since we have great reason to sing because of the good news of God's salvation in Jesus Christ, let's go caroling! Please come and join us in caroling to the residents at Oakland Manor and Chapel Hill nursing homes. Even if you're not a big singer you will bless others if you at least come and lip sync.

This is a youth event but everybody is invited. Christmas is a time to be with family and serve others so bring your family to come caroling with us. Hey, you do lots of stuff for yourself at Christmas... come join us in doing something for others (and I bet you'll get something good out of it too.)

Who: Everybody is invited to sing.
When: Decemeber 21st 7pm-9pm
Where: We'll be meeting at Oakland Manor at 7pm. From the church take a left on Liberty rd. At the light take a right on Oakland Mills rd. Go aproximately 1/10th of a mile and turn right at the sign for Oakland Manor. Then at 8pm we'll travel down the road to Chapel Hill. From Oakland Manor take a left on Oakland Mills rd., take a left on Liberty road. After the light at Wards Chapel, take your second left on Robosson. Chapel Hill nursing home will be about 100 yards down on your right.

Please call the church with any questions: 410-655-5466.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

white elephant

Servant Leadership this Sunday from 4:30-5:30pm. For high school graduates and up. We'll be talking about where servant leaders start and then we'll have dinner together from 5:30-6:30. This is at the Hathaway's.

X-Factor this sunday! 7-8:30pm We'll be talking about Why we believe what we believe and playing the classic youth group game "Sardines."

Wyld Life leadership: Dec. 7th 4:30-5:30 followed by dinner and a carpool to the Byrd's.

Youth Christmas Party: Dec. 7th 7-9 at the Byrds. Middle school and High school students welcome. Invite a friend. Please bring a snack or drink to share. Please bring a white elephant gift for our fast-paced gift trading game. Call Nick at 410-655-5466 for more information.

white elephant 
1. a possession unwanted by the owner but difficult to dispose of: Our Victorian bric-a-brac and furniture were white elephants.
2. a possession entailing great expense out of proportion to its usefulness or value to the owner: When he bought the mansion he didn't know it was going to be such a white elephant.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Has anyone ever told you to "Get LOST!" Well now you can...and have fun getting lost.

Come to Maizefest at River Valley Ranch with us.
Meet at the church Oct. 25th 1-5pm Bring $10. (8 for maze 2 for xtra stuff like the corn cannon)

Families are welcome. Drivers are needed. Please contact Nick at 410-655-5466 by Oct. 24th if you are planning to come.

Parents, this activity will be immediately following the church's workday so please come to work on the church in the morning and then join us for a well-deserved break in the afternoon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gospel Journey and Bible Reading

seven students. six days. one unforgettable journey.

This fall students will be watching and discussing a video series by "Dare 2 Share" ministries that follows seven students as they hear and interact with the gospel. The students are from all different backgrounds: a preacher's kid, a presbyterian, an episcopalian, an atheist, an agnostic, a wiccan and an evolutionist. We're trying to figure out some of the first things about why we believe what we believe and how we can talk to others about why we believe in Christianity. The series is fun and engaging while thought-provoking. Come join us this sunday night for food, fun, songs, and games and the "Gospel Journey." 6th through 12th grade 7-8:30pm at 11301 Liberty rd Owings Mills Md 21117 in the block house.

Another new initiative that we're taking in the youth ministry is to assign daily bible reading. I grew tremendously in middle school and high school as I began to read through the whole bible for myself. When youth leave this youth ministry I want them to be able to say that they've read through the whole bible. That's why I've begun assigning passages for middle schoolers, half a chapter a day, five days a week, starting in Matthew. And for high schoolers, a chapter a day, five days a week, starting in Genesis. Please look in your church bulletin for details on what to read. God's word is living and active sharper than any two-edged sword. God's word gives life and knowledge and wisdom so take it up daily.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

First Wyld Life!

Hey middle school guys and girls it's that time again! We're having our first Wyld Life of the season this friday Sept. 12th from 7-9pm. The theme is "Wet and Wyld Life. Towels not included."

High school students, we're having our first F.I.S.H. at the Hancock's this sunday from 7-9pm. We'll be hanging out, bring a snack and a friend or two. We'll be having a discussion on whether or not there can be just one true religion. Call 410-655-5466 for directions.

High school students and up. Escuchame! Time is running out on applications for our summer missions trip to Costa Rica. Applications must be received by Sept. 15th. Please fill out an application form soon. If you don't have one, pick one up from the youth bulleting board. Return finished applications to the office or to Nick. Call 410-544-5466 with questions.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fall Calendar

4th 7:30-9pm Wyld Life leaders interest meeting at Carback’s
7th 5-7pm Wyld life leaders meeting 7-8:30pm X-Factor
12th 7-9pm Wyld Life
14th 7- 9pm F.I.S.H. at the Hancock's
21st 5-7pm Volunteer Leaders meeting 7-8:30 pm X-Factor
27th 10am -2pm Benefit Car Wash (Families welcome)

5th 5-7pm Wyld life leaders meeting 7-8:30pm X-Factor
10th 7-9pm Wyld Life
12th 7-9pm F.I.S.H.
19th 5-7pm Volunteer Leaders meeting 7-8:30pm X-Factor
25th 8am-2pm Work Day at the Church (Families welcome)
31st 6-10pm Fall Festival

2nd 5-7pm Wyld life leaders meeting 7pm X-Factor
14th 7-9pm Wyld Life
16th 7-9pm F.I.S.H.
21st-23rd Presbytery-wide High school Retreat
30th 5-7pm Volunteer Leaders meeting 7pm X-Factor

7th 5pm Wyld life leaders meeting 7pm X-Factor Christmas Party
12th 7-9pm Wyld Life
14th 6pm Christmas Pageant
21st 7-9pm Christmas Caroling (Families welcome)
29-30th 7pm-11am Guys/ Girls sleepovers

Thursday, August 14, 2008


First Annual Liberty Art Show

Theme: Liberty (the church or the idea)
What do you think of when you hear the word liberty? What does liberty look like? What expresses our liberty in Christ? What expresses our liberty in America? What inspires you to think about liberty? What’s meaningful to you about Liberty church?

Medium: Digital Photograph
High resolution digital photographs, modification is allowed, color, black and white, sepia are all acceptable. If you don’t have a digital copy of your photograph please scan it or bring it in to the church to be scanned. Digital copies will be distributed and printed.

Purpose: Enjoyment of God’s gifts
We want to allow artists to use their God given gifts to inspire and encourage others. We need our imagination stretched in order to better understand truth. Finalists’ photos may be posted online to our church website and/ or framed and hung in the block building.

Entry: Email photos to by 12 noon 8.29.08
You may enter up to five digital photographs. You may enter art that has been included in other art shows or competitions. Please include your name, age, phone and address. All entered art will be shown on Labor Day and may be used by Liberty Church PCA.

Judging: A panel will pick finalists, finalists will be voted on at the Labor Day picnic.
Gift card prizes (50, 25, 10) will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Only one vote per person, voting will occur from 2:30-6pm 09.01.08. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded shortly after voting is closed.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Parents meeting

Hey we're trying to do youth ministry in a family friendly way. That's why we have quarterly parents' meetings. We'll be meeting at 9:30 am in the block building. We will be looking ahead at what the upcoming year holds for us and taking a critical look back at what's happened this year. Please come and hear what's going on with the youth ministry and voice prayer requests for your youth.

also coming up... six flags trip on saturday, see post below. Families welcome!
boys sleepover 20th-21st see post below.
end of summer pool party at the weitzel's on the 23rd from 1-4
x-factor on the 31st: bring your digital camera

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sandtown and Sleepovers

Sandtown Trip is almost full!
Here's the list so far: Jodi, Gordon, Leanna, Colin, Ben C., Jake, Marissa, Katie, Holly, Abby, Josh Cr., Russ, and Me. That leaves space for one more person that probably already talked to me and I forgot. Please contact me at work, home, or cell.

Please download the volunteer form from fill out, and bring with you on Saturday. Also please bring a bag lunch, water, gloves, and wear work clothes.


Guys Sleepover:
Aug. 20 8pm -Aug. 21 11:30am at the Block House. Bring your airsoft gun and ammo. Breakfast provided. Bring a snack or soda.

Girls sleepover: Aug. 12-13 7pm-10am at Leanna's House. See church directory for address or contact Annie or Leanna.
Please bring a snack for that evening or something to contribute to breakfast the next morning (Fruit/Bagels/Cream cheese)

RSVP to Nick or Annie

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Amusement Park and Stuff!

Hey guys, just letting you know that we're having Wyld Life campaigners at my house on Wednesday nights. This is a bible study for middle school youth from any church who want to take it to the next level by memorizing scripture and trying to understand the Christian life. Also we will start planning for next years wyld life schedule. We're going to close it out on August 13th with a pool party at the Donnelly's. See the calendar below for more details. We won't be having Wyld Life campaigners on August 6th because WE"LL BE GOING TO CAMP! There are still spaces available so call Nick if you're interested in coming with us for a wyld week.

Also spaces are filling up fast for our one-day Sandtown Mission trip on August 2nd. This trip is only for High school students. We will be participating in rehabbing houses downtown with Habitat for Humanity. I've worked with them before and it was an awesome (and tiring) experience. Please contact me at church if you're interested.

Everyone mark your calendars for our annual Amusement Park trip August 16th. We'll be meeting here at 8am to travel down to Six Flags America. We have coupons for half off of your ticket price. So you can buy at the gate or online for $25. More details to follow

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Costa Rica 2009

Are you interested in serving the Lord overseas? Liberty Church PCA youth group will be partnering with Joshua Expeditions in order to serve the people of Costa Rica next summer.
Who: Christians in High School, Parents and Volunteer Leaders please use the form following this post to apply by Sep. 1, 2008
What: Probably doing manual labor, VBS, maybe teach English,
When: Tentatively, around July 4th through 12th for 7 days.
Plus we’ll be getting together monthly to train, practice, and pray.
Where: Maybe San Jose, Puerto Viejo, the beach, the rainforest?
Why: To stretch, to serve, to grow, to see what God is doing.
How: By God’s grace and provision through prayer. We’ll need
to raise somewhere between $1500-$2000 per person. $200 due on September 28th, and 30% of trip cost due Nov. 15th.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Costa Rica 09 Application

1) What excites you or delights you about God?
2) How have you experienced God's mercy initially and recently?
3) Why do you want to go on this mission trip?
4) What could you contribute to this mission team? How would you like to serve?
5) How do your words and actions serve as a positive role model for young people?
6) What experiences prepared you for this project?
7) What do you do to keep your faith vital and growing?
8) Are you willing to follow rules and work as a team?

please send to Nick at by Sept. 1, 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Summer Schedule

Remember the calendar is always posted at the bottom of this page.

May 5-12th Nick on vacation
May 9th LCS musical
May 15th 6-8pm Wyld Life Leader BBQ at the Hathaway’s
May 16th 7-9pm Wyld Life
May 18th 7-9pm F.I.S.H. at Shane and Molly Moran’s
7605 Ridge rd Marriottsville MD 21104
May 25th 9:30am Parent’s meeting in the back of the New Sanctuary
May 25th luncheon for high school graduates immediately following the service. Bring a plate of sandwiches if you plan to attend. At 1pm we will move up to the sanctuary for a baccalaureate service.
May 25th 7-9pm X-Factor

June 1st 6-8pm Pool Party at the Vance’s (A-G bring a snack, H-Z bring a sweet) Hot dogs and drinks will be provided.
June 4th 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
June 7th Service Project at Baltimore Rescue Mission (Times TBA)
June 10th-13th Nick at General Assembly
June 14th 7-10pm Coffeehouse
June 15th 7-9pm X-Factor
June 18th 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
June 21st Earthtreks rockclimbing (Times TBA: contact Leanna Webb)
June 21-28th Nick on Vacation
June 29th 7-9pm X-Factor

July 2nd 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
July 5th Beach Trip (times TBA)
July 7-11th Vacation Bible School
July 9th 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
July 13th 7-9pm X-Factor
July 16th 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
July 20th 6-8pm Pool Party at the Frampton’s (A-G bring a sweet, H-Z bring a snack) Hot Dogs and Drinks will be provided.
July 23rd 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
July 27th 7-9pm X-Factor
July 29-August 2nd 8am-4pm Sandtown Missions Trip (meet at church)
July 30th Wyld Life Campaigners 8-9pm at the Hathaways

August 6-10th Wyld Life Rockbridge Camp
August 10th 7-9pm X-Factor
August 13th 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
August 16th 9am-6pm Six Flags America trip
August 20th 8-9pm Wyld Life Campaigners at the Hathaways
August 23rd 1-4pm Pool Party at the Weitzels (Bring something to share.)
August 31st 7-9pm X-Factor (Bring your digital camera and something to link it to a PC)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

april-may calendar

6th: Wyld Life Leadership 7-9pm
11th: Wyld Life 7-9pm
13th: F.I.S.H. at the Johnssons 7-9pm
(2622 Deer Park rd Finksburg MD 21048)
14th: Christian Skate Night at Sportsmans Hall $10
17th: “Pirates of Penzance” at Liberty High 6:30pm $8
20th: X-Factor 7-9pm
24th: “A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum”
at Westminster High 7:30pm $8
26th: Church Work Day 8am
(30 hour Famine begins 1pm)
27th: 30 hour Famine X-Factor 7-9pm

2-4th: Spring Charge $100 5pm-5pm
9th: LCS musical
11th: Wyld Life Leadership 7-9pm
16th: Wyld Life 7-9pm
18th: F.I.S.H. at the Moran’s 7-9pm
(7605 Ridge rd Marriottsville MD 21104)
25th: 9:30am Parents’ Meeting in New Sanctuary
25th: X-Factor 7-9pm

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Snow Tubing at Avalanche Express

Family Snow Tubing Trip this saturday March 1st. We'll be leaving from 11301 Liberty rd Owings Mills MD 21117 at 10am. Cost is $22 per person for snow tubing all day. Please visit the site above to download their release form, found at the bottom right hand corner of their site. Our group will be returing to church by 6pm which gives us roughly 6 hours on the slopes.

You are welcome to come late, leave late, or leave early if you like. Their address is:
Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center 2700 Mt. Rose Ave. York, Pennsylvania 17402

Monday, February 11, 2008

What's really dirty?

Religious people can be some of the most annoying people. One time my little sister went to church on a Sunday morning, a good, bible-believing church and someone who didn’t know her came up to her and asked her why she was dressed so casually for church. My sister was so mad, she never went back there again.

Another guy I know that grew up in the church got so many stares at his tattered jeans that he decided to go to another church.

Many non-Christians never darken the door of a church because they’re afraid of being judged. I hate to say it but they’re partly right. They would be judged.

That religious judgmentalism is what Jesus runs into when a bunch of Pharisees and scribes come to see him in Galilee. The Pharisees notice that some of Jesus’ disciples don’t wash their hands before they eat. And so, trying to be helpful, not wanting Jesus’ disciples to get sick they politely ask Jesus a question.

Jesus goes off on them. They ask a question. He calls them hypocrites and makes judgments about their hearts. So who is the judgmental religious guy here?

Well, let’s take a closer look at what’s going on. The Pharisees noticed that some of Jesus’ disciples didn’t wash their hands. Well, I wonder if they noticed that Jesus was feeding thousands of people out of thin air in the wilderness, maybe that’s why they didn’t wash their hands. Did they notice that a great miracle worker was standing in front of them who had healed hundreds of people and who was going around homeless in order to help everyone? No. They asked him why his disciples didn’t wash there hands.

It’s as if your mother had slaved all afternoon to cook a meal for you and had set out the nice silverware and dishes. She’d poured your favorite drink and served your favorite meal. And as you sit down to dinner the first thing that you say to her is… “Did you wash your hands?” Or “you didn’t put my fork in the right place.” She’d be well within her rights to send you to bed with no dinner but with a new bruise instead.

Jesus seems to be overreacting here but he isn’t. It is hypocritical and superficial to judge others based upon your own rules while you disregard God’s rules. Nobody does this better than religious people. Religious people love to ignore God’s rules by insisting on their own rules. Even if you aren’t religious you can judge others based upon your rules rather than judging people by God’s rules.

So why do the Pharisees focus on their little rules and ignore the fact that Jesus is miraculously healing people, miraculously feeding people, and calling people to repentance? Because it’s easier to abide by the rules we make up. Here’s how most of us do righteousness: We take a look at what we’re already doing and make rules so that anybody who’s doing less than us is “a bad person.” And anybody who’s doing much more than us is “a religious nut.” That’s what the Pharisees were doing, they were making up their own rules of righteousness. Take an honest look at how you judge others. Do you judge others by your standards or by God’s standards?

Jesus is still trying to make the same point that we are looking at the wrong things in order to determine if a person is good or not. “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him."

But you say, “Actually Jesus, what goes into a person can defile them. Look at poor Heath Ledger. Look at the teens that died because of alcohol poisoning. Look at anyone who has ever been killed by poison.” Jesus is using your regular diet and habits as a metaphor for your spiritual condition. Usually you don’t eat poison. Usually you eat food. Food isn’t dirty. It’s not what makes you good or bad. Usually you also go to the bathroom. What comes out is dirty. So what goes in is not dirty but rather what comes out. The same thing is true spiritually. We are not bad people because of what has happened to us, what we’ve ate or what we’ve drank or even what we’ve watched. We’re sinful people because of what comes out of our heart. And on our own, what comes out of our heart, even the best things that come out of our heart are as dirty as what comes out into the toilet.

So if we judge ourselves by our own standards we can look down on others. But if we judge ourselves by God’s standards we fall short. We stink. Our best works stink. On our own, what comes out of our heart stinks as much as what comes out of…

Many times we do good works in order to impress God. We judge others to make us feel more worthy of God. We do good works in order to get out of owing God total obedience. We do good works in order to get out of owing God for our salvation. Doing good works can get you straight to hell. When we do good works to earn our salvation, to get God to owe us salvation we start congratulating ourselves and looking down on others and we start becoming immune to God’s grace.

So what are we supposed to do if the problem is with our heart? We could change what we eat or drink or watch but we can’t change our heart.

What's really dirty? It's not what we eat or drink or watch that makes us dirty? It's what comes out of our...heart that makes us really dirty.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Wyld Life this Friday, F.I.S.H. on Sunday

Wyld Life: Clash of the Classes
from 7-9pm in the Liberty Christian School gym
Friday, February 8th.
11301 Liberty rd
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Calling all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders come support your class in fun competitions.
We'll be hanging out, playing games, having fun, and hearing about Jesus.

for more information call Nick Hathaway at 410-655-5466

from 7-9pm at the Webbs house
Sunday, February 10th.
1430 Becket Rd
Eldersburg, MD 21784

High school students, come hang out and relax with us as we discuss the Jesus we thought we already knew.