Category Archives: Service Opportunities

One Last Gift

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Thank you for another amazing year of growth, celebration, and fellowship at Real Life! From taking our first steps towards a new location to celebrating baptisms at the river, God’s hand was evident in all areas of Real Life:

  • We signed the paperwork on our new location and had our first work day to prepare for the remodel.
  • 21 local families received Thanksgiving meal boxes as part of our holiday outreach.
  • The fall Worship Gathering giving component enabled us to give 3 bags of clothing and shoes to students in need.
  • Over a dozen women met for fellowship at our fall coffee date.
  • RLSM Youth Retreat was the most attended ever.
  • Hundreds of children learned more about the love of Christ and the community of church at VBX and Neewollah.
  • And more! (See more on our Instagram feed.)

It’s not too late to support the vision and mission of Real Life with a year-end gift! Give on Sunday the 31st or donate online. Tax-deductible gifts must be made or postmarked by the 31st. Thank you giving of your time and resources in 2017 and helping us reach and support so many people, both in our community and worldwide. We’re so excited to see what God has in store for us in 2018!

Thanksgiving Support: Two Weeks To Give

It’s the time of year to reflect on the ways we’ve been blessed and how we can extend that blessing to our larger community. This Thanksgiving season, we have the opportunity to support families at Gaiser Middle School and Fircrest and Crestline Elementary Schools by filling Thanksgiving dinner boxes! These boxes contain everything a family needs to have a Thanksgiving meal, plus a gift card so they can purchase perishable items.

Please bring your donations and put them in the trunk in the foyer through Sunday the 12th! You don’t need to bring a complete meal box; give what you can and we’ll fill in the rest. Here is the list:
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Thank you for being such a generous church!

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!

Hurricane Relief Giving Opportunities

We probably don’t need to tell you how brutal this hurricane season has been, both in the USA and the Caribbean. The affected regions are in our prayers this month. If you want to donate to hurricane relief efforts, here are a few vetted options:

Houston

The city is just beginning to rebuild after being hit by Harvey, which affected over 48,700 homes and caused record flooding.

The Houston Food Bank is in need of donations to continue to provide their regular services on top of emergency relief. Other local food banks, like Galveston and Corpus Christi, are accepting donations as well.

San Antonio-based Texas Diaper Bank provides supplies for infants, seniors, and people with disabilities, and they are focused on getting supplies to displaced families with young children. Donate here.

The SPCA of Texas is finding shelter and care for pets and strays displaced by Harvey and need donations to pay for supplies and medical care.

Florida

Habitat of Humanity Jacksonville is assisting with rebuilding in the wake of Irma.

Save the Children is at work in Florida providing supplies to families with infants and young children.

Puerto Rico

The US territory was hit by Irma, then Maria at Category-4 strength. It’s estimated that electricity won’t be restored there for 4 to 6 months.

The Hispanic Federation has set up a special fund for recovery – just click here and designate your donation for the Hurricane Relief Effort.

Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico was founded by Puerto Rico’s First Lady to provide relief. You can donate directly to their bank account or via PayPal.

US Virgin Islands

Irma damaged more than 80% of homes; Maria caused even more devastation. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has set up the USVI Recovery Fund specifically to aid this area.

The University of the Virgin Islands campus was destroyed; donate to the university’s emergency fund to support faculty and students who were impacted.

The Miami Foundation has established the U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund to support aid in Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico. You can also donate to Miami Foundation funds for Florida relief.

General

Portlight focuses on providing aid to people with disabilities who have been impacted by disasters.

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and tools to families left homeless by disasters around the world. Currently they are at work in Bangladesh helping flood victims and in Mexico in the wake of a devastating earthquakes, as well as the regions in the Caribbean hit by hurricanes.

Matthew 25 Ministries has distribution centers in Florida and Texas dedicated to providing food, laundry services, toiletries, and first aid.

Global Giving is halfway to their goal of $2 million for Hurricane Irma relief.

Photo by Jose Murillo on Unsplash

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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