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Join Us At The River!

The Northwest might be all abuzz about Monday’s eclipse, but we have our sights set on next week: baptism Sunday! Starting at 10:30am on the 27th, we’ll be at William Clark Park in Washougal. We’ll have worship and a message (including a live edition of Mythbusters – please pray for those guys and the weird stuff they’re going to eat in the name of science), then we’ll all gather at the river for baptisms.

If you’re considering getting baptized, you might want to read a few of these resources:

If you’re all set and you know you want to get baptized, click here to let us know you’re doing it! But don’t worry if you’re still not sure yet – you don’t have to be signed up in advance to get baptized. We’re much more interested in you being open to God at work in your heart! If you decide on the riverbank that you’re ready, we’ll be happy to baptize you!

After the message and baptism, we’ll be having a church picnic together! Plus, we have the park reserved all day, so stick around for games and swimming.

Whether you’re planning to get baptized or celebrate with those who are taking that step, we hope to see you at the river next Sunday! Invite your friends to join us!

Baptism: Your Identity Landmark

When Jesus is baptized, God announces his identity as the son of God. After that, Jesus heads into the desert and is tempted for 40 days. How did he withstand it? He knew who he was.

While we may never have to endure a month and a half of temptation at the hands of Satan himself, baptism serves a similar function for us: it confirms our identity publicly as children of God.

Jesus’ baptism was just the first step in his ministry, but it was the basis by which he changed the world. Do you feel grounded in your identity of faith? Are you ready to have firm footing? Join us and get baptized on Sunday, August 27th! Invite your family and friends to celebrate with us, too!

Photo courtesy Urša Rogelj

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.

What Does It Mean to Get Baptized?

Baptism Sunday is coming up on August 27th. Baptism is a sacrament that symbolizes a person’s death and rebirth and commemorates their commitment of their new life to Christ. Jesus instructs us to be baptized, set the example by being baptized Himself, and wants us to follow His lead.

But what does it really mean to be reborn? We’re still human and flawed, we’re certainly going to sin again – so what’s the point of going through this ritual? What changes?

Imagine you want to start hiking. You begin by going on lots of easy hikes to learn about the terrain and your fitness. After doing that for a while, you decide you’re ready for something tougher. And wow is it tough! You aren’t sure you were ready for this! This hike is really challenging, but…you make it! Yay! You’ve just discovered new levels in your ability, your strength, your mental commitment, and your knowledge. You’re a hiker now.

But as anyone who’s attempted a fitness program knows, there’s never a point at which you can stop exercising. You have to keep up the work if you don’t want to lose the results. If you want to stay “a hiker,” you have to keep hiking. If you want your baptism to change your life the way accomplishing that difficult hike would, there’s practice and commitment required – the difference, though, is that you’re not doing it on your own strength.

A person gets baptized after they decide they believe in Christ and want Him to lead their life. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

Getting baptized isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card, ensuring you’ll never make mistakes again. It’s a confirmation of commitment to a new relationship, dedicated to seeking God’s will and following the course He has designed for your life. That course won’t steer clear of hardship or difficulty, but you will navigate it with God the Father at your side. So don’t get discouraged! As a hiker, it can be tempting to backslide into those easy hikes that don’t challenge you, but you can choose to press on with on your hiking adventure to discover more awesome new places. They may be challenging, but they’ll help you learn more about your abilities, and push you beyond what you thought you were capable of before.

Yeah, it takes work. Baptism isn’t a magic bullet for a problem-free, stress-free, question-free life, but it’s a step towards a more fulfilling life, in relationship with the God of the universe who loves you and has great plans for you.

If you’re ready for the adventure, click here to sign up to get baptized on the 27th!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

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!

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