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Why Do We Call It “Ownership?”

Next Sunday, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about what it means to be an Owner at Real Life Church and be part of our vision for 2018 and beyond. At Vision & Ownership Sunday on the 28th, you’ll meet the Real Life leadership team and get a chance to become an Owner.

Even though it’s pretty common in churches to use the term “membership,” we refer to it as Ownership for a couple of reasons:

  1. Ownership emphasizes service. Being an Owner means committing to a level of church participation that goes beyond just attending on Sundays, but serving the church community and beyond selflessly: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
  2. Ownership implies taking on some responsibility for the life of the church. If you own something, whether it’s a car or a pet or a house, it’s your responsibility to look after it. In the community at Real Life, we don’t wait around for someone to fix a problem – we see what we can do to help. This entails serving at events, participating in Life Groups, helping at work events like Sprucefest, and other acts of service.

We hope you’ll consider giving Ownership a shot! It’s one of the things that makes Real Life Church the kind of church people want to invite their friends to. Come join us!

Worship Wednesday: Ushering In 2018

Take a good look at God’s wonders—
    they’ll take your breath away.
He converted sea to dry land;
    travelers crossed the river on foot.
    Now isn’t that cause for a song?

Psalm 66:5-6

This Sunday, we’ll pause and take a look at everything God accomplished in 2017. The end of the year is the perfect time to acknowledge how God moved, how we grew individually, and how our church is working to pursue His will. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate 2017 and usher in the new year!

Want To See Our Future Home?

Hi Real Life family! Have you been looking forward to seeing the new building? Here’s your chance! Real Life is invited to meet us at 8100 Mill Plain Boulevard at 10am on Saturday the 18th for a work day helping to clean out some rooms, remove some walls, and prepare the space for the remodel. Plus, staff and leaders will periodically walk you through the building to hear about all the awesome things we have planned for it! Whenever you’re able to stop by, find a staff member or leader and they’ll get you set up for a tour!

We’re incredibly excited to share our plans with all of you, but we also want to recognize that this is a difficult time for the current church using that building. While we are doing everything we can to enable them to continue functioning as an independent church, they are understandably feeling mourning for the loss of their church in its original form. When we visit, we want to be empathetic and respectful of their church legacy in the same way we’d want an incoming church to be respectful of ours. Let’s make this a day to celebrate growth and change while still being gracious!

Kids are welcome at this work day, but they will need to stay close to and work with their parents. Bring work gloves, and if you want to help remove some walls, bring safety goggles and your demolition tool of choice!

Join Us for Fall Festivities!

The end of October brings some of our favorite fall events – we hope you can join us!

After church on the 29th, we’ll be having our annual chili cook-off! Bring a pot of your favorite chili and you could win a prize! Join us at noon to feast on chili and cornbread, then stick around to help us set up for Neewollah, which is coming up on the 31st from 7-9pm! We have collected tons and tons of candy to give out the ~600 kids that visit our church campus during this event. There will be games, a maze, bounce houses, food and treats, cool prizes, and lots more, and it’s all FREE! If you know someone who is looking for a fun, safe place to show off costumes and get candy, invite them to Neewollah!

Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming giving opportunities as Thanksgiving gets closer – we will be supporting families at our partner schools to help them enjoy the holidays!

Worship Wednesday: “What A Beautiful Name”

We hope you can join us for our Worship Gathering next Friday the 13th! It will be held at the church at 7pm. We will also have a giving component to support local students in need, so please bring an offering of clothing. The school is in need of:

  • new boys’ sweat/athletic pants
  • gently used clothing for boys and girls
  • sizes 5-12

Thank you for being willing to give and participate at this night of worship! We can’t wait to see how God moves.

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