Welcome Home

Welcome Back Sunday is in two days and I want to speak to the heart of the matter. The reason that this Sunday is so important is because of you. You are deeply loved by God. You were created to live in community – we all need a little love, support, and encouragement; a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with, and someone to stand with us, always. That’s community. That’s what God wants his church to be, and it can only be accomplished with you there.

So join me this Sunday. I’ll be waiting to shake your hand or give you a hug at the door.

-Jeff

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5 Reasons Why You Should Come to Welcome Back Sunday

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This Sunday, join us at Real Life Church for Welcome Back Sunday! Churches across the nation are using this Sunday is a special time to gather their congregations back together after their hectic, vacation- and activity-filled summers. Here are 5 reasons to join us:

1. It’s a great chance to build – or return to – community. Been gone a lot this summer? No worries! Everyone has busy times, and Welcome Back Sunday is a great opportunity to settle back in with our church community. If you’re new to Real Life, this is the perfect time to start because it’ll be a full house!

2. It’ll help build a healthy routine. Romans 12:4-5 compares the Christian community to the human body: “The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?” Regular church attendance is important so you can hear God’s Word frequently and get to know Christ and develop true relationship with him. Welcome Back Sunday is a great way to start making church (a super awesome church at that) part of your fall routine.

3. It’s huge! We’re calling it Welcome Back Sunday, but we’re not the only ones participating: Back to Church Sunday is a nationwide event, so you’ll be joining the millions of others in the American body of believers all returning to church at the same time! Pretty cool, huh?

4. There will be prizes! There’ll be lots of chances to win neat prizes at both services this Sunday! You might even win the grand prize: tickets to the Neon Steeple Tour to see Crowder, All Sons & Daughters, and Capital Kings!

5. We’ve missed you! Yeah, you! Really! Even if you don’t talk to many people and don’t think anyone’s noticed you’ve been gone, trust me, someone has, and they’ve been thinking about you and wondering when you’ll be back! Don’t get mired in negative thinking that says that because you’ve been gone for so long, you can’t come back – you can never be gone so long that we won’t be happy to see you when you return. The big guy upstairs will be happy you’re back, too.

 

Life Groups: Fall 2014 Begin Soon!

Interested in trying a Life Group? Here are your options! Remember, you’re always welcome to try more than one group until you find one that’s a good fit! The fun starts September 28th!

Darin & Liz Gering

When: Sunday 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Email: knittingmommaof2@gmail.com

 

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Cory & Karadee Dunbar

When: Sunday 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Email: kmoo927@gmail.com

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Trevor Chowen & Meghan Towner

When: Monday 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Email: meghantowner@gmail.com

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Rich & Nancy Lindsley

When: Wednesday 6:45 to 7:45 pm

Email: richandnancy.lindsley@gmail.com

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Ben & Katie Bradley

When: Wednesday 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Email: ben@bradleyit.com

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Louis & Linda Press

When: Thursday 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Email: llpress907@gmail.com

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LIFE GROUPS: Common Interest

Rod Weston – Group for Men

When: Wednesday 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Email: rodweston@gmail.com

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This fall, we’re also introducing a special new class:

Matthew Clair – Foundations of Faith

When: Sunday 6:00 to 7:00 pm—Starts Oct. 5th

Location: Real Life Church – Sanctuary

Email: clairfamily2000@gmail.com

Foundations of Faith will encompass the majority of Q&A every believer should be well acquainted with, in their journey; as a follower of Christ. This is a teaching class, that will strengthen your minds and hearts, as we unpack some basic Biblical theology and practical application, as it relates to our day to day relationships, both here as well as before the throne of God; This will be a dynamic small group setting, where you can really sink your roots and grow. Young or old, skeptic or saint, flip flops or Gucci loafers, all are welcome to hang out in a relaxed setting, as we grow together in the Foundations of our Faith Sessions. The group will run for six weeks, starting Sunday, Oct. 5th.

From School Supplies to Shoes, Thank You

One of the things I love most about Real Life Church is your apparently endless spirit of generosity. You never shy away from sacrifice and you always rise to the call when there’s need to be met.

It was the spirit of generosity that made our summer kids and youth programs so successful. This July, you gave more than any previous year, which is even more tremendous considering July always has one fewer week of offering because of VBX Sunday. Overall, summer giving was twice as high as usual! This meant we were able to reach more kids than ever before with the message that God loves them and wants to be at work in their lives.

Now that school’s started, I thought maybe the spirit of giving would dwindle in the wake of increasingly busy schedules and the return to the fall routine. But that wasn’t the case. When the school year started and the time came to deliver the school supplies we’d been collecting for Gaiser Middle School, the trunk in our foyer was overflowing with backpacks, glue sticks, pencils, and toiletries for kids in need. I had tears in my eyes when I discovered that someone had purchased ten $30 gift cards to help kids buy shoes, food, and other necessities. There was no name on the envelope. I have no idea who gave so generously. But I’m grateful to them, I’m honored to share my church with them, and I know our Creator smiles on them.

We’ve also been in contact with Riverview Elementary, where they’ve asked us to meet a need for shoes for their students. Thanks to your gifts, and the generosity of the kids who gave during VBX in anticipation of meeting such needs, we’re able to provide shoes and additional gift cards to these children at short notice!

We’re going to continue collecting school supplies for both schools, and near Christmas, we’ll probably have a whole new set of needs to meet. For now, though, I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for shining the life-changing light of Christ into the lives of children you may never meet.

-Laura

11 Reasons Why You Should Go To Family Camp

Mmm, just look at those warm, gooey s’mores. You know you want ‘em.

Still can’t decide if you want to go to Family Camp 2014?  Here’s a list to help you make that decision!

  1. Make new friends and hang out with old ones!
  2. Roast marshmallows over the campfire and make s’mores!
  3. BBQ tons of meat!
  4. Campfire songs!
  5. Bacon!!!
  6. Spend time outside in God’s creation!
  7. See the stars in the night sky!
  8. Did we mention there will be a lot of meat?
  9. The first-ever Un-Talent Show!
  10. Growing relationships within our community!
  11. A weekend to relax!!

Family Camp is September 12-14 at Salmon Falls Retreat Center. The weekend will be incredible and you won’t want to miss it! Get info and REGISTER HERE.

PS:  On Sunday, Sept. 14th, we will have ONE service at Real Life Church at 9:30 a.m. and one service at Family Camp at 10:30 a.m.

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