Category Archives: Service Opportunities

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!

VBX 2017: Custom-Built for Kids!

We’re gearing up for an incredible week at Maker Fun Factory VBX! Vacation Bible Xtreme 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. On Sunday the 16th, we’ll have one regular church service at 9 AM and celebrate with the VBX mini-musical at 10:30. Bring the whole family and enjoy a free barbecue with our church community! You can sign up your child for VBX by clicking here!

If you are a teen or adult and want to volunteer at VBX, there’s a place for you to serve! Just fill out this form and we’ll find a great role for you. There are two big opportunities to serve:

  • Setup week (July 3-9)
    • No need to sign up for this one – just come and help out!
    • On the 9th, join us for a church picnic at 12pm followed by final setup until 4. Bring a sack lunch and share a meal together, then put the finishing touches on setup!
  • VBX main event (July 10-14)
    • Lots of roles are available, whether you want to work with a certain age group, serve food, lead songs, provide security, etc.
    • Volunteers will be required to have a current background check.

Please come to the volunteer meeting after second service on July 2nd at noon. All volunteers will receive their t-shirts and very important information about VBX week. Email office@seekreallife.com if you are not able to attend.

We can’t wait to kick off this exciting week! Hope you will be part of it!

Registration is Open for VBX 2017

We’re gearing up for an incredible week at Maker Fun Factory VBX! Vacation Bible Xtreme is free for kids age 4 through 5th grade and runs July 10-14, 9am-noon. Each day will offer lots of fun with Bible verses, songs, crafts and experiments, snacks, and more! The goal is to teach children about Jesus and how God built them for a purpose. There’s even a mission component to teach children about the value of giving and serving. It all culminates at 10:30am on Sunday the 17th when families watch their kids perform in the VBX mini-musical and enjoy a BBQ together! The fun starts in just three weeks so sign your child up today!

If you are a teen or adult and want to volunteer at VBX, there’s a place for you to serve! Just fill out this form and we’ll find a great role for you.

It’s going to be a fantastic week, so don’t miss it! Sign up your child or step up to serve today!

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!

Weekend Plunge: The Value of Ownership

At women’s retreat last weekend, I got to see firsthand how much more involved our church congregation has become. Women who were nervous about praying for each other a year or two ago stood at the front of the room and worshiped and prayed continually. The atmosphere was one of joy and encouragement. Throughout the weekend, I saw women welcoming each other, making sure no one felt left out. Women who were attending for the first time stood up and served as leaders, not because they wanted control or validation, but because they were responding to God’s call to servant leadership. We put each other first all weekend, and as a result, lives were truly changed.

“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 (NLT)

This concept of servant-leadership as demonstrated by Christ is what forms the backbone of our Next Step of Ownership. As a Real Life Owner, I have a personal stake in the mission of my church. I’m familiar with its teachings, its leadership, and its heart for community. I’m willing to serve with my time and my resources to see that mission grow, because I’ve seen how it can change lives: my own has been one of them.

Whether we’re ready or not, Real Life is expanding. We are serving more kids and teens every year. Our community outreach programs continue to grow. More and more people join us to celebrate baptisms, rescued marriages, recovery, and the smaller but no less crucial victories of maintaining faith through the challenges of everyday life. If you’re willing to become an Owner, you get to have a say in how our church does business, but more importantly, you’ll be making a commitment to bring the best of your abilities and resources to Christ’s service.

If Ownership is your Next Step, stop by the Next Steps table on Sunday to pick up a packet. We’re asking the entire church to vote about the question of moving our church on Sunday the 21st, and while we value the feedback those votes will provide, only the votes cast by Owners are eligible to be counted under Nazarene District bylaws. So if you’ve been putting off taking this Next Step and you really want your vote to count, now’s a great time to become an Owner!

But Ownership isn’t just about whether or not your vote counts next Sunday – it’s an ongoing commitment to the mission of Real Life, which has nothing to do with a building. The people of Real Life are welcoming, open with their faith, heartfelt in their worship, and generous with their time and resources. The concept of following after Christ as a servant leader is already dear to our hearts. Ownership just makes it official.

Got more questions about Ownership? Ric will be happy to answer them!

Laura wears a lot of hats at Real Life: social media coordinator, outreach coordinator, retreat planner, and editor at large. Luckily she looks good in hats.
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