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Around RLC This Week: New curriculum in children’s ministry

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Hey parents of Real Life kiddos! There is some great news to share about some big changes in how your little ones are learning about God each week at church. KidsLife is now using a new curriculum called OraWIO_2015_HomeChurch_Small-1nge!

This program helps to combine the heart of the family (red) and the light of God (yellow). Red + Yellow = Orange!

“The curriculum we were using before was a bit outdated and while the kids were still learning things, it was time for a change,” Sara Laferte said. “I had been stalking the Orange curriculum online for at least six months and after RLC’s most recent growth spurt, it was time to make the change.”

The new program provides a newer, more modern approach to teaching core biblical principles and utilizes technology to make Sunday morning lessons more engaging.

“Nowadays, children are attached to electronics, Sara said. “We have to meet them where they are in order to teach them. That means fun, upbeat music for worship that is comparable to what they hear on the radio. It means video lessons. Then we wrap up with more focused time in smaller groups where questions and conversation can flourish.”

orange logoAnother important aspect of the new program is more consistent teachers in classrooms at Real Life in order to help children build relationships with their leaders.

“We want children to learn that church is a safe place to be who you are,” Sara said.

Here’s a few reminders for parents: First, children are sent home with papers each week so that parents can reinforce during the week what the children learned on Sunday. Secondly, there is a reward system for Kindergarten through fifth graders. Each child gets a punch card when they come in their class. They can also earn punches for the following activities: attendance, offering, a donation to the current outreach ministry (right now it is Room in the Inn), bringing their bible, bringing back their completed sheet from the Sunday before, bringing an offering of $5, reciting the memory verse, and bringing a friend.

At the end of service, there is a prize cabinet and the kids get to pick something off the shelf that coincides with the number of punches they got that day. A simplified version of the rewards system is also coming for the preschool kids.

And no matter what, Sara wants parents to know one important thing:

“More than anything, I would want them to know that the KidsLife Team LOVES their kids,” Sara said. “This is not babysitting so parents can enjoy service. We have a passion to give the kids a foundation in Jesus!”

If you are interested in joining the KidsLife team, they are always looking for more people! And the requirements are pretty easy:  show up on Sunday and love on the kids. To get started, email aimeemiller@me.com or sklaferte@gmail.com.

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RLC Celebrate!

At Real Life Church, we love to celebrate one another.

Life is better when it’s done together!

Here are this week’s causes for celebration.

Birthdays:

Dec. 3rd Griff Garmon

We hope you have an amazing day!

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Around RLC This Week: “At the Movies” Sermon Series

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Have you ever sat in RLC on a Sunday morning and thought, “How amazing would those huge screens be for watching movies?” Well get ready, RLCers, movies are on their way! The new sermon series, “At the Movies” starts this coming Sunday and it is definitely a bit different from what you are used to on Sunday mornings.

“‘At the Movies’ is a series we do every year and it has become one that many people look forward to the most,” Pastor Brandon said. “We use modern day parables (movies) to tell the story of the Gospel in a relevant and refreshing way. We will show extended clips of movies and then talk about how they can relate to our lives.”atthemovies

The series will incorporate three different movies this year, but if you are wondering what movies will be used, you will have to come out to RLC to find out! One thing Pastor Brandon does want you to know ahead of time is what to anticipate from the series.

“Expect to have a surprisingly good time with this series,” Pastor Brandon said. “It is meant to be fun and engaging. Also, be warned. We don’t have the time to show the entire movies, only pieces. Therefore many people end up renting the movie that evening to catch the rest.”

And typically this series has a huge impact. Each year during the series, several people have given their lives to Christ which watching the movies.

“It’s amazing how God can use something like a movie in a fresh way,” Pastor Brandon said. “It provides a great way to connect with God and gain new perspective as to what He’s doing in your life.”

With the Christmas season and the unique perspective of movies at church, it is a great time to invite someone to come with you to RLC. Be sure to bring your friends and family for this special Real Life Church experience!

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RLC Celebrate!

At Real Life Church, we love to celebrate one another.

Life is better when it’s done together!

Here are this week’s causes for celebration.

Birthdays:

Nov. 26th: Tami Simpson

Nov. 27th: Abby Underwood

We hope you have the best birthday yet!


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May your turkey be tasty.

May your pies take the prize.

May your table be filled with friends and family.

May your heart be filled with thanks.

From the RLC family to you, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Weiman

Real Life Church would not be what it is without the sacrificial service of its volunteers every week. Those with servants’ hearts cement the church together; their commitment to unity is always evident in their passion to serve the body of Christ. This week, we are going to get to know one of these servants: Sara Weiman. She selflessly serves as our Children’s Director by scheduling teachers for each class every week, and organizes the supplies KidsLife will need to complete the weekly lessons.image3

Originally from Pennsylvania, Sara ended up in Bowling Green with her family after her husband, Sean, switched jobs. Despite her northern origin, “I consider myself a Southern girl, not a Yankee.” Her parents moved to Arkansas when she was twelve, so I agree with her. I would say that is young enough to be established as a Southerner!    image4

Once Sean and Sara were settled in BG, they began a six month process of locating a church they could call family.

“While there are so many great churches in BG, none of them felt like the right fit for us. I had read an article in the Daily News about a church that wasimage6 meeting in a movie theatre…we figured we would give it a shot. We loved it!” RLC became the church for the Weiman family, and Sara soon began her involvement in KidsLife. She had been teaching a class in children’s church since she was 16, so she easily transitioned her talents into RLC.

As time went on, she gathered more responsibilities.

“A little over a year image5ago, I saw a need that needed to be filled in RLC, and since I had the time and a passion for kids, I volunteered.” The need for a Children’s Director is one that she filled gracefully and intentionally by enjoying the little rewards and blessings the kids offer. “Whether it’s changing diapers in LittleLife, wiping snotty noses in KidsLife Jr., or sitting and really talking to the big kids in KidsLife, I love it all. They are all so precious.”

Sara obviously does not volunteer for the applause or recognition.

“Honestly, I don’t really think of myself as a leader. I’m just the chick that does the schedule, and makes sure the other teachers on the KidsLife Team have what they need on Sunday, so they can come in and enjoy the kiimage1ds as much as I do.”

Her himage2umble attitude and patience are what shines the spotlight on her this week.  Her hard work and dedication should be acknowledged for all she does for our families, KidsLife volunteers, and kids.

Thank you, Sara!

Know a volunteer or two who deserve some time in the spotlight? Please email us at update@rlcnews.com and tell us about them!

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Around RLC This Week

RLCers are in the middle of the Life Group semester this fall! With 12 different life groups offered this semester, there really is something for everyone! Couples Life Group leaders Jahna and Drew Fulkerson believe that life groups serve an important purpose at RLC.

“God wants us to do life together,” Jahna said. “It provides a support group in times of need. Lifelong relationships are built in small groups.”

There’s still time to get connected now! Many groups are still open and would love for you to come check them out! New groups will begin after the holidays!

Email info@experiencerlc.com for more information on current groups or if you are interested in leading a group next semester!

Couples Life Group

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Ladies Night Out Life Group

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Dave Ramsey Life Group

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Student Life Group

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“Guys Being Guys” Life Group

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 Quarter Life Group

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RLC Celebrate!

It’s no secret that at Real Life Church, we love to celebrate one another.

Here are this week’s causes for celebration.

BIRTHDAYS

Nov. 13th Jan Puga

Nov. 14th Jerem Simpson

Nov. 16th Victor Puga, Jr.

Nov. 16th Kacey Wells

Nov. 17th Jacob Jenkins

Nov. 19th Jessica O’Connor

Nov. 20th Adam Wilshire

We wish you the very best day!

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GRADUATIONS

On November 19th, Joseph Menck, son of Suzy & Douglas Menck,

will graduate from Navy “A” School as a Submarine Sonar Technician.

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, and thank you for your service to our country.

RLC is so proud of you!

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Do you, or someone you know, have a special celebration coming up? We’d love to hear about it! Email us: update@rlcnews.com

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Prayer Requests

Hello Real Lifers! Here are some prayer requests to keep in mind as you go through your daily prayers!

Keep the Wells family in your prayers as they cope with the loss of their grandfather last Tuesday. He lived with their grandmother in Sonora, KY and will be greatly missed.

Also keep the Chartier family in your prayers as they mourn the loss of Mark’s mother. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday for those who want to attend.

And lastly, make sure to ask God for His blessing on the upcoming Room In the Inn on Monday. For those who don’t know, the Room In the Inn is a local missions project that aims to shelter the homeless population of Bowling Green during the winter months. We want to make sure this event is successful and reaches out to as many people as possible!

Thank you for keeping these prayer requests in your thoughts, and we look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

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Volunteer Spotlight

The parking lot at Real Life Church was filled with an interesting sight Sunday afternoon:  rows and rows of motorcycles.  It is not a typical thing to witness at the church’s front doors, but they were there for a purpose and were warmly welcomed.

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They filled the area with a lot of noise, but more importantly, they filled the church with countless donations for Room in the Inn, a local missions project that will shelter the homeless during the colder months.  These amazing volunteers provided their time and service to supply RLC with the necessities to make Room in the Inn a success this winter.

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About 40 bikes and 65 people showed up with towels, sheets, pillows, and other items that will go a long way in helping those participating in the project.

 

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RLC is now well stocked and ready for Room in the Inn, but donations and volunteers will continue to be accepted.  Pastor Brandon and Leeza Glisson will gladly answer questions, and give more information to anyone interested.

CMA Vette City Disciples, Iron Rockets, Iron Order, Cave Country Hog Chapter, The Revelators, and several other groups are responsible for the turnout, and Real Life Church cannot thank them enough.  Their wonderful support and sacrifice of their time has shined the Volunteer(s) Spotlight on them for this week.

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Around RLC this week

If you’ve been to a weekend service at Real Life Church in the last two weeks, you’ve probably noticed a little something extra sweet. The Hope Café opened on November 1. Café volunteer Amy Roan is excited about mission of the new cafe.

“Pastor Brandon wanted a hub for the church family to gather before and after service, Amy said. “He also wanted a venue that could raise funds for missions. When our family decided RLC was our new church home, I realized I wanted to get involved with the café because the idea of a place to gather really spoke to me.”

The café offers a variety of home baked goods including cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, breakfast casseroles, 20151108_212925as well as fruit, nuts and some prepackaged items like donuts. The café also sells cappuccino and hot cocoa. All items at the café cost between $1 and $2.

The café is up and running but it needs one important thing: YOU!

“We are looking for weekly volunteers to man the café, as well as people to bake and donate items that can be sold,” Amy said.

An ideal volunteer for the café would be someone who is friendly, with some cash handling experience. Food service experience is good, but not required.

If you are interested in helping with the café, please contact Amy at amyroan@bellsouth.net or give her a call at (270) 779-3777.

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