Introducing AmazonSmile: An Easy Way To Give

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If you do any holiday shopping online, there’s now an easy way to give to Real Life Church at the same time: AmazonSmile!

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to support organizations. When you place an Amazon order through Real Life’s AmazonSmile, .5% of the purchase price will be donated to our church!

Click the image to the right or bookmark this link to use whenever you shop on Amazon. Amazon will remember when you choose to support Real Life Church, so future orders will continue to result in giving to Real Life. You don’t need to donate extra or pay more – Amazon will take care of it!

Here are just a few of the things we’ve accomplished this year thanks to your gifts:

Keep us in mind during the Black Friday shopping weekend! You’ll do good in our community and you won’t even have to leave the house!

Worship Night: Driven By Joy

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How do you define worship? Is it simply singing? Does it include prayer? Do you have to move a certain way or only do it at a certain time?

At Real Life Church, our mission is to bring Christ to those who don’t yet know Him. We do that in a variety of ways: by hosting outreach events like VBX and Neewollah; by serving at places like Share Ministries; by giving tithes and offerings; and by inviting our friends to come to church with us on Sundays.

But worship often feels like a private activity – something done communally, but for ourselves. That’s why we’re having a worship gathering this Sunday at 6:30 PM. The evening will be dedicated to worship through song, prayer, and giving, and it’s the perfect opportunity to invite someone to experience Christ.

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Worship Night: Let Us Gather Together

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Next Sunday, we’re dedicating an entire evening to worshipping our Creator. Maybe you listen to worship music nonstop during your commute, or maybe the four songs you sing on Sundays is the extent of your worship for the week. Maybe you raise your hands in passion or you stand quietly still before God. No matter how often you worship or what your style is, we’d like you to join us on the evening of November 9 to unite our hearts and voices in praise and thanks.

The whole family is invited! We always make an effort at worship nights like this to include children and youth and demonstrate to them to beauty and power of worship. (Childcare will be provided for kids age 4 and under.)

One aspect of worship we hope to emphasize is the idea of giving as worship. We will be collecting new socks for Open House Ministries, a local shelter that focuses on equipping families with the tools, networks, and skills to live healthy, independent lives. Sunday’s sermon addressed our personal ministries and the ways in which each of us can serve. Even if you struggle with feeling like you have nothing to offer in service of God, giving a simple pair of socks is one small way to show His love to our community. And what is worship besides reflecting God’s love back to Him?

So join us next Sunday, November 9, at 6:30 PM – and don’t forget your socks.

Worship Night: Time to Bring Thanks

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It’s time to gather together and bring our thanks to our Creator!

On Sunday, November 9th at 6:30pm, join us for a night of worship. We envision worship as responding to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with our passion, prayer, mind, and muscle. God calls us to respond to him, and our response is an act of obedience and thankfulness due to our Creator for all He gives and does.

Psalm 95:5-7 says:

In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns,

     in the other hand grasps the high mountains.

He made Ocean—he owns it!

     His hands sculpted Earth!

So come, let us worship: bow before him,

     on your knees before God, who made us!

We’re familiar with this concept of worship: bowing before the Lord and praising Him. But what does muscle have to do with worship? It means we also have to be active in our worship and bring thanks to God in a real-world way – which takes a little extra work.

For this worship gathering, we ask you to bring a donation of new socks. The socks will to go to Open House Ministries, a local shelter that focuses on equipping families with the tools, networks, and skills to live healthy, independent lives. Bringing socks will be an act of worship performed by giving instead of singing.

We’ll be sharing more about this gathering as it draws closer, including sharing a song we’ll be learning and delving deeper into this idea of active worship. In the meantime, mark your calendars! We only have worship nights a few times a year, and this is a special evening you won’t want to miss.

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