Worship Wednesday: “Ever Be”

We love bringing new worship music to share with you! You might have heard “Ever Be” at worship nights or at women’s retreat, but we haven’t used it in Sunday service before. Its message of being treasured, sheltered, and renewed answers the myth we’ll be busting on Sunday, which is that God only values us for what we can contribute.

Your love is devoted like a ring of solid gold
Like a vow that is tested; like a covenant of old
Your love is enduring through the winter rain
And beyond the horizon with mercy for today

We hope you can join us Sunday! See you at 9/10:30am.

Your Back-To-School Shopping Can Do A Lot Of Good

Hard to believe it’s already time for back-to-school shopping! We’re getting flyers and emails about discounts every day now. Maybe you’re dreading the return of school, or maybe you can’t wait – either way, if you’re planning on ordering any back-to-school clothing, gear, art supplies, college dorm decorations, etc. online, your shopping can benefit the mission of Real Life Church when you shop through 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 your Amazon.com purchase will be donated to the Real Life Church benevolence fund, without increasing the amount you pay! The benevolence fund is used to help support the people and schools in our community. Last year, the benevolence fund helped 17 local students get much-needed new shoes, completed 12 Thanksgiving meal boxes, and supported local weekly food backpacks for families in need.

It’s easy to join in: just go to smile.amazon.com and search for “Vancouver Real Life Community” (kind of a mouthful, but there are a lot of Real Life Churches out there!). Once you’ve selected us, you can simply go to smile.amazon.com for all future shopping and know you are benefiting Real Life Church’s outreach!

Unfortunately, the Amazon app doesn’t support Smile yet, so you’ll have to use your browser when ordering on your device. You may also want to add a bookmark to our AmazonSmile page to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. (If you prefer shopping on the Amazon app, fill your cart, then check out using AmazonSmile on your browser. Your items will be in your cart waiting for you, and your purchase will go towards Real Life Church!)

To add a shortcut to Amazon Smile on your phone or tablet:

  1. On iPhone, open Safari and type https://smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open. Touch the share button at the bottom (looks like a box with an arrow rising out of it). Touch “Add to Home Screen”.
  2. On Android, open browser and type https://smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open. Tap on the 3 dots at the top right hand of screen. Touch “Add to Home Screen.”

Thanks for using AmazonSmile for your shopping! Every purchase you make benefits your larger community!

River Baptisms Coming Soon!

Every August for the past couple years, Real Life has gone beyond our doors to hold baptisms in the Columbia River. Being part of a big crowd celebrating and worshiping while community members get baptized on a sunny summer day is different from, and yet just like, a normal Real Life service. For one thing, it’s an all-day event: we reserve the picnic area so families can enjoy a meal together, and there’s plenty of space for playing games, swimming, and enjoying fellowship with each other. When we gather for baptisms along the riverbank, the individual commitments to life change take on even more meaning as we remember how the first believers were baptized in rivers, too.

This year’s baptism Sunday will be even more special because we’ll be taking our morning service to the river, too! We will have one service at 10:30 at Captain William Clark Park, after which we’ll do baptisms. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards! We’ll have the park reserved all day, so stick around and swim, play games, and enjoy the sunshine with your Real Life community!

Mark your calendars for August 27th! If you know you want to get baptized, go here to sign up and let us know you’re ready.

Worship Wednesday: “Simple Gospel”

On Sunday, Peter spoke to us about some misconceptions around God’s love for us – specifically, that He withholds it out of anger for actions we take. Is God mad at us? Nope. He loves us, and craves relationship with us. He isn’t watching us for opportunities to punish us – He wants to bring us home to Him through grace.

Peter recommended giving this song a listen to help understand the simplicity of this relationship:

Lord, I’ve been told to be ashamed
Lord, I’ve been told I don’t measure up
Lord, I’ve been told I’m not good enough
But you’re here with me

We hope you’ll join us Sunday for the next message in our newest “Mythbusters” series!

Worship Wednesday: “Praise Like Fireworks”

We’re starting a new message series on Sunday: “MythBusters!”  We aim to take all the misconceptions you might have about God and faith and disprove them. This Sunday, we’ll start with a big question that we’ve probably all had at one time or another: is God mad at you?  There’s a common perception of God as an angry, judgmental, vengeful figure, but that’s not the case. We hope you’ll join us on Sunday to see how!

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