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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.

VBX 2017 Is A Wrap!

Yesterday we wrapped up VBX with the finale mini-musical and family BBQ! It was so much fun to celebrate with the 220 kids who had spent their week with us. They gave over $700 in offering to support our mission to provide school supplies for local students!

Check out the highlights from the last couple days of the week:

Real Life VBX 2017: Day Four from Real Life Vancouver on Vimeo.

Real Life VBX 2017: Day Five from Real Life Vancouver on Vimeo.

Real Life VBX 2017: Sunday Finale from Real Life Vancouver on Vimeo.

Next up for kids just completed 3rd-5th grades are Brave Girl and Braveheart camps! These awesome camps teach kids the truth of their value in God before the world makes them forget. These camps are $90 per child (family discounts available) and run July 25-27. Learn more and register your child here!

VBX Summer 2017 is Under Construction!

We’re gearing up for an incredible week at Maker Fun Factory VBX! Vacation Bible eXtreme is for all kids at least 4 years old through 5th grade, and it’s FREE!

It all begins July 10-14th, 9a-12p daily, where kids will learn that we are created by God and built for a purpose! Each day will offer fun activities, silly songs, Bible stories, snacks, and more. You can sign up your child by clicking here!

We’re able to pull off VBX with the help of many volunteers, and you could be one of them!

  • Give some of your time during prep week (June 6-10) and help us cut, sort, construct, etc. All skill levels welcome!
  • Help out during setup week (July 3-9)
  • Serve as a volunteer during VBX (sign up here)

We can’t wait for this amazing week to begin – it’s one of our favorite parts of summer! Hope you and your family can be part of it!

God On the Move: An Expansion Update

We have been in a season of prayer and expectation for many years, and now God is answering. Our 2017 prayer has been for God to move in us, for us, and through us. Well, God is moving, and we are called to follow: after 11 years as a church, we have an opportunity to move into a larger church space!

Expansion has been on our minds for a few years now. It’s clear that Real Life is reaching people. You can see it in the attendance at our summer kid’s programs, the number of people who get baptized each year, and the crowded Sunday mornings. You can see the number of people who have come to know Christ when you witness how many are worshiping and celebrating at our worship nights – not just how many people are in the room, but in how their hearts are involved. You can see our growth in how we confidently pray for each other, how we invite others to experience the truths we’ve learned, and how we trust God’s hand at work in our lives.

But the simple truth is, we have outgrown our space. We made a little room by buying our current chairs in 2013 and, more recently, by changing service times so we have room to add a third service if necessary. Our prayer behind each of these decisions has simply been that we can help more people meet Christ and show them the hope and peace He offers. Our expansion has been a slow process, but God has walked with us the whole time.

If we stay where we are, we don’t grow. That’s as true for us as individuals as it is for our church. If Real Life doesn’t move and grow, we simply don’t reach as many people. We leave people out. We’re not willing to live with that – and we’re pretty sure that, despite the heartache you may feel at leaving our current building behind, you’re not willing to live with that, either.

We will all miss our original building. It was our home for over a decade, and we all have memories of love and life change associated with it. In our new building, though, we’ll have a much bigger and much more flexible space with a fellowship hall, dedicated youth space for RLSM, kitchen, offices, conference room, prayer space, and more. Best of all, we can remodel and customize this building to suit our people. Real Life won’t have to change much – in fact, we’ll have even more flexibility in how we put on the services, activities, and programming that have helped make Real Life so successful!

So we ask you to move forward with us, patiently and with prayer. We make no decisions without His guidance, and we trust Him in this, as in all things. The building, the chairs, even the people are only the components of a church. God is what makes it church. His message of love, peace, and purpose is why Real Life exists. Sharing that message is what matters, and that is what Real Life will continue to do, regardless of which roof is over our heads.

We are having an all-church meeting to go through the specifics of this opportunity on Wednesday the 17th at 7pm. Childcare for kids 5th grade and under will be provided. We encourage you to attend this meeting and to be in prayer, and to join us Sunday the 21st, when Real Life Owners and attendees will get to vote on whether or not to take this step. The voting process and timeline of the move will all be laid out at the meeting on the 17th, so don’t miss it! We are excited for what this step has in store for us, and we hope you are, too.

We love our church!

-Jeff and the RL Staff

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