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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

Our Times Are Changing!

At Real Life, we always want to be open to how God moves. We always want to allow room for Him to work. He has certainly been growing Real Life over the past few years – we’ve even purchased new chairs to make room for the 250+ people who attend each Sunday – but our growth continues. With that in mind, we are changing our service times!

Beginning with Easter Sunday, April 16, Sunday services will be at 9:00 and 10:30am. Changing times allows us to create space for a third service, if and when it’s needed. Until then, this move will help us make room for everyone who wants to worship at Real Life!

Please be sure to mark your calendars, reset your alarms, etc. to make sure you don’t miss the change! Thank you for being patient during this time of growth. We’re so excited to see God continue to move and work at Real Life!

Love Mondays: Outpouring of Worship

A couple weeks ago, Christie, our worship leader, spoke about how critical worship is to our faith lives. Worship looks different for everyone, and it doesn’t always require singing: worship is defined as an act of reverence or adoration. Our goal as Christ-followers is to worship with our whole lives!

On Friday evening, though, we have an opportunity to worship with our voices, and we don’t want you to miss it! Join us at the church at 7pm this Friday, the 17th, for a night of worship. Come encounter the Holy Spirit and worship in community with your friends and family.

We will also be worshiping with our resources by giving an offering. This offering will go to the Real Life benevolence fund, a special reserve that enables us to quickly and efficiently meet urgent needs in our community. Whether someone has unexpected medical expenses or a student simply needs a new pair of shoes, the benevolence fund empowers us to give and show love in the name of Christ.

We hope to see you Friday night! Invite your friends and bring the whole family!

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