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RLC Celebrate!

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Here at RLC, we love to celebrate one another.

Life is better when it’s done together!

Here are this months causes for celebration.

Birthdays:

2nd Nick Wells

4th Pastor Brandon Cannon

8th Jamey O’Connor

10th Keelyn Sloan

10th Ariel Renfrow

12th Autumn Cannon

16th Yash Garmon

17th Jahna Fulkerson

19th Jenna Ross

21st Grace Robertson

25th David Breidenich

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We wish you the happiest year yet!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Hope Cafe

When visitors of Real Life Church step through the front doors, they are not just greeted by a friendly smile and a warm handshake, they are also drawn in by the smell of 20151108_212925-300x222-1home baked treats.  Across the Welcome Center, a homey scene defines the Hope Cafe bar that is filled with ham and biscuits, cinnamon rolls, donuts, and other breakfast items.  Proceeds from the Cafe are collected for missions funds.  This fairly new addition to RLC has become quite popular, and rightly praised for its work.

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dedicate their time and effort to bake the goods from their own kitchen, and then arrive early to set up and get ready for the Sunday morning rush.  image11-300x225They obtain money, count change, serve the food,20151108_212925-300x222 replenish coffee, and then clean up after RLC dismisses from the worship services.  Despite the hard work, they remain positive, bubbly, and full of smiles as they greet each person who stops by the Cafe.

In addition to baking, selling, and cleaning, the crew is also known for creating an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.  As RLC members and visitors sit at tables placed around the Cafe area, volunteers build relationships by engaging in meaningful conversations.  They show that their purpose extends beyond the Cafe; they are fulfilling an outreach opportunity each week.

The hours put into running the Hope Cafe have landed the Cafe crew a place in the Volunteer Spotlight this week.  When you purchase a cinnamon roll this coming Sunday, be sure to extend some appreciation to them.

If you know of anyone else who deserves some time in the Spotlight, please email us at  update@rlcnews.com!

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Around RLC this week: KidsLife Jr. Drive-In and Ladies Brunch

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Next weekend is going to be full of fun at Real Life ChuONErch!

This Friday, January 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., KidsLife Jr. will be hosting RLC’s first annual Drive-In!

“It will be full of fun for the family,” Aimee Miller said. “Parents will help children create and decorate a box car, ‘drive it’ into the drive-in theater, watch a 30-minute movie and enjoy snacks.”

The event is open to any children from ages 2 to kindergarten. Parents and children do not need to bring anything and all supplies will be provided, free of charge. If you have children in KidsLife Jr. you DO NOT want to miss out!

To RSVP for this fun event, fill out the sign-up form at RLC or email aimeemiller@me.com.

 

And who doesn’t love brunch? The ladies (sorry, guys!) of RLC will be gathering on Saturday, January 30th at 10 a.m. for some food, fun and great conversations!ladies_brunch_homepage

“This Saturday we will enjoy a time of fellowship,” said Leeza Glisson. “We will also have a time to share a meal with each other. Then we will be able to visit booths displaying the upcoming Life groups that are available this semester.”

Glisson believes that women getting together is extremely valuable to a female’s life.

“Women are generally social beings,” Leeza said. “They need relationships, they need friends and they need someone to share life with. God made us to be in relationships. It is important for women to have time with other women to develop friendships and healthy relationships. This event is designed to give women time to meet other women and spend time developing these friendships.”

Women of all ages are invited to attend and childcare will be provided. The only thing you need to bring is a brunch dish to share and a friend.

“Women need a friend,” Leeza said. “The best way to grow a church is by word of mouth. There are many women in our city who are looking for friends. They are looking for a church home. I am sure we all know someone like this.”

If you have questions or would like to sign-up to attend, email Leeza Glisson at lglisson@me.com.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jess O’Connor

Just a few, short years ago, a new church in Bowling Green, Kentucky opened the doors of a movie theatre and hosted a launch service.  Several visitors filled the rows of fold-down chairs, and one of those visitors was a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur from a small town in Northeast Ohio.  The young lover of traveler attended by an invitation of her then boyfriend (now her husband), and enjoyed the service so much that she moved to Bowling Green just five months later.  She realized she was meant to be a part of this ministry opportunity, so “I jumped in with both feet, and it has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made!”  She admits the move was a bit scary, but once she relocated to South Central Kentucky, she became overwhelmed by the blessing of the decision that she has not regretted once.

Worship JessFast forward to the present, and Real Life Church has grown from a movie theatre to its own building.  That young coffee enthusiast is still just as captivated by the weekly services as when she was first introduced.  Today, most members at Real Life Church probably best know Jess O’Connor as a part of the praise team, which is an area she has served in almost since day one.  For nearly four years, she has shared her musical, singing talent from the stage, and has helped lead the congregation into worship.

However, Jess she is also a dedicated director for the greeting team and coleads the Quarter Life LifeGroup with her husband Jamey.  “I’ve been QuarterLifeon the greeting team for about 3 years but we just recently became the directors, and this will be our second semester leading a life group.”  So if anyone is interested in becoming a greeter or a member of Quarter Life, Jess and Jamey are the ones to see!

When Jess is not at her second home of RLC, she can be found outside enjoying the sunshine, getting lost in the world of a book, or in her kitchen cooking.  The best part of her day?  (Besides spending time with her husband), “I work at Jody Richards Elementary with English learning students in grades k-6. It is an absolute blast, and I love it!”  I am sure her students are just as blessed to be a part of her life as Real Life Church.Husband and Jess Dancin'

Take a moment this week to reach out to Jess and thank her for her service and dedication.  Her tireless servitude is what placed her in the Volunteer Spotlight this week.

 

Who else deserves some time in the Spotlight?  Email us at update@rlcnews.com to let us know!

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Around RLC this week: Men’s Winter Cookout

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The men of RLC had a c20160117_161846hance to gather Sunday evening for fun and fellowship! The RLC Men’s Winter cookout had a great turnout of 27 men despite cold temperatures forcing activities indoors. RLC men feasted on barbeque and enjoyed great fellowship!

Men’s Ministry leader Patrick Klein wanted the event to be a way to share the church’s vision for men’s ministry, which includes a new life group for men that will begin February 4 at 7 p.m.

“Our goal is to build streng20160117_163827th in leadership with our men,” Patrick said. “Encourage us all to be the men that God calls us to be. We are called to be leaders in our families, our churches and our communities. Together we will find our way through His word. We can all be the Joshua, the Abraham, or the Nehemiah and make a differenc20160117_164454e. God calls us all to do so much more than lead ordinary lives, to do more than just survive. We were made to THRIVE.”

Another main theme of the night focused on how men can serve at RLC.

“One of the most important things we can do is to serve our church,” Patrick said. “There are so many opportunities for serving. I currently lead the Parking Lot Ministry. A great way to be on the front lines of RLC. Keeping our church families safe in the parking lot, making new connections with visitors and being the first impression people have of RLC. Greeting at the front doors, ushering, security, Room in the Inn, the opportunities are endless. We will never turn away someone who wants to serve and there are needs in every area.”

All men on Facebook are encouraged to join the “Real Life Church Men’s Group.”

“We will be posting upcoming events, inspirational materials and sharing,” Patrick said. “All men are en20160117_171253couraged to join our life group on Thursday evenings beginning on February 4th. More information regarding bible study materials will be made available in the very near future. The RLC app will continue to keep men’s ministry information on it and the RLC Facebook main page will also keep us informed. We intend to have gatherings each season. There are so many opportunities to stay connected.”

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

Jan. 22nd Drew Fulkerson

Jan. 24th Shelby Whitt

We hope you have the best year!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Recruit the Kids

This past Sunday, the sun rose as snowflakes fell silently from the frozen sky and lightly dusted the ground below.  Though the temperature dropped and a harsh wind drove most people inside, Real Life Church opened its doors and braved the cold to continue the regular worship services.  Pastor Brandon joked that one flurry in Alabama meant everything shut down, but in Bowling Green, chairs were filled attendees ready to hear the Word.

January tends to be bitter with biting cold, and as mentioned earlier, it forces people to remain inside where the heat and blankets are plentiful.  As the temperature drops,  so do the number of volunteers at charities, churches, and other groups.  If you are willing to help resolve this shortage, there are several ways to volunteer as the days grow colder.

This also serves as a teaching opportunity for kids.

Recruit the kids to become involved in service projects, and exemplify the importance of serving and volunteering.

  1. Get crafty:  If the kids are stranded at home from school due to inclement weather, pull out some art supplies and have them fashion some creations that can be delivered when the snow melts.  They can hand these projects out to teachers, senior citizens,  or even family members who need their spirits lifted.
  2. Befriend the furry:  During a cold Saturday, swing by the local Humane Society to play with the animals that are waiting for adoption.  Also, if you’re willing to get a little dirty, ask about feeding and cleaning cages.
  3. Cook a meal:  Know someone who could use a hot meal?  Gather the kids in the kitchen, and assign them a bowl to stir, a food to crumble, or a vegetable to chop (if they are old enough to use a knife, of course!).  Once the meal has been prepared, take a short road trip to deliver the homemade surprise.
  4. Get snowed out:  If you are surrounded and trapped by snow, create a game that involves clearing your driveway (and maybe even the neighbors’).  Build snow forts out of ONLY the snow that is on the sidewalks and driveways.  The biggest snow fort will be declared the winner.  Then, carry out a snowball fight, again using ONLY the snow that is imprisoning everyone and everything.  Before the afternoon is over, there would have been plenty of bonding with the family, the driveway and sidewalks will be clear, and the kids will be wore out and ready to snuggle with some hot chocolate.
  5. Recycle for charity:  Spend a frigid weekend cleaning the house and sorting through things that can be recycled for cash.  Then, donate that cash to a charity the family votes on.  If you need help getting started, www.recycle4charity.com offers a list of organizations who can benefit from recycled goods.
  6. Check out the library:  If your kids are old enough to read, sometimes the library offers programs that will allow them to tutor others.  They can spend a day reading to younger kids, or teaching an activity they are good at.  This service will help them strengthen a skill and learn the importance of reaching out.
  7. Call the hospital:  Sometimes, the hospital will have opportunities for kids to interact with patients and visit with the ones who don’t get to see much of their family.  If you made some crafts at home, as suggested in number one, the hospital is always an excellent recipient.
  8. Serve the homeless:  One of the most obvious and popular service projects takes place at the Salvation Army.  At that location, you can donate nonperishable items, serve in the kitchen, and build relationships with those who are homeless.

This list is obviously only a start.  There are countless ways to serve and get involved in the community and at church, even if it is too cold (or too snowy) to leave the house.  The best part?  This list carries examples on how to get the kids interested in volunteering.  No one is ever too young to begin learning the importance of serving.

Face the cold, and bring warmth into the life of another this winter!

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Around RLC this week: Plugged In

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Did you miss the very first Real Life Church Plugged In event yesterday? Don’t worry! This new event will be held each month, so another opportunity is coming soon. And in the meantime, we’ve got you covered with a bit more information about what Plugged In is all about.

Previously at RLC, individuals new to the church had the option of attending a four week course called “Growth Track.” The four classes covered the history of the church, the Christian faith, finding your gifts and strengths and then finding a way to use them at RLC. Now, Plugged In covers all the same topics but in one meeting.

“We want to help people take their next steps toward God by teaching about church membership, spiritual principles, the importance of LifeGroups, and the honor of serving one another,” Pastor Brandon said. “Plugged In will be for everyone wishing to know more about our church and how to take their next step toward getting more connected with God and others.”

plug.700.308-2Plugged In will typically take place on the first Sunday of each month, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner will be provided along with any supplies needed for the course.

“We have everything covered,” Pastor Brandon said. “RLC places a high priority in honoring others. This gives us a chance to honor everyone by providing the best environment possible, a great meal, and hopefully answer the need for connection they may have.”

Pastor Brandon truly believes that this new event is so important and beneficial to anyone looking to be a part of RLC.

“The hope of the world is the local church,” Pastor Brandon said. “The local church is everyone’s opportunity to connect with that mission. It’s where we find our spiritual family. It’s very important to the health of every believer to be connected. Plugged In is our system to help people get connected.”

Also, there will be a team of individuals to help serve each month at the Plugged In events.

“We would love to talk to anyone interested in honoring and hosting people at this event,” Pastor Brandon said.

If you are interested in attending the next Plugged In event, or have a desire to help with the Plugged In team, contact Pastor Brandon at pastor@experienceRLC.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.
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Births

Congratulations to Marvin, Jennifer, & Hannah Brooks, who welcomed a sweet baby girl, Mia Charlotte, into their family on January 1st, 2016.

Welcome to the Real Life family!

Birthdays

Jan. 7th Shiloh Jenkins

Jan. 9th Zeke Laferte

Jan. 10th Adam Nuse

Jan 10th Amy Lupardus

Jan. 12th Jordan Jenkins

Jan. 15th Suzy Menck

RLC wishes you a year of blessings!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Allen Clark

Worship at Real Life Church strives to be real, humble, and inviting.  It invites believers to gather and experience the presence of God, and invites the Holy Spirit to dwell among the gathering.  As C.S. Lewis wrote, IMG_1881“It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.”  Members at RLC seek this communication under the praise band, which is led by Allen Clark-our recipient of the Spotlight for this week.

Music has been just as essential to Allen’s life as oxygen, and he has shaped it to fit his style and personality.  “I’ve been playing drums since I could hold two sticks, and got my first full kit when I was seven.  I was playing in the sanctuary by the time I was eleven, and played drums for most of my life.  I also got the opportunity to play in some other bands along the way.  I’ve only been playing guitar since I was eighteen or nineteen, and haven’t been singing much longer than that.”  This ever-evolving and sharpening talent of Allen’s is now not only a vital part of him, but also of the worship experience at Real Life Church. Playing at Worship Kentucky at Hot Rods Stadium

Although his family is from different parts of the state, Allen has spent most of his life here in Bowling Green.  Just a few short years ago, when Pastor Brandon and his wife began piecing together a launch team for Real Life Church, Allen was contacted to be a part of the praise band.  At the time, he served as the drummer but became a guitarist within the first summer of the church launching.
Me baptising my little brotherAs the church thrived, he stepped up to fill the position as the worship band leader, which requires the completion of several tasks.  “I select new songs, coordinate which band members will be there from week to week, schedule substitutions when necessary, pick the song list every week, lead band rehearsal, and generally try to make things run as smoothly as possible.”  Despite the demand, Allen orchestrates it all with ease, efficiency, and enthusiasm:  “It’s my favorite!”

RLC is blessed to have such a dedicated worship leader to lead everyone into the presence of God each and every week.  Be sure to thank Allen for his commitment this week (and every week), and encourage him in the hard work he puts forth.  Those qualities are what have earned him this week’s Volunteer Spotlight!

Thanks for all you have done and continue to do, Allen!

Email update@rlcnews.com to let us know about other volunteers who deserve the spotlight.

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