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Around RLC this week: Spring Women’s Event

rlcThis past Friday, the women of Real Life Church came together to have fun, enjoy fellowship with each other and learn from speaker and author Marie Humphrey. Marie spoke on “the power of one” and how we are all called to make a difference for Christ, even if we don’t see the fruits of our labor until we get to Heaven. Be on the lookout for more opportunities to get together with your fellow ladies of RLC. And men, be sure to join in on some fun at the RLC Men’s Gathering on Sunday, May 7th at 5 pm at RLC.

Check out a few pictures from the women’s event below!

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RLC Celebrate!

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

Life is better when it’s done together!

Here are the reasons to celebrate this month:

Birthdays:

4th: Cameran Smith

6th: Alan Garmon

13th: Hudson Gilliam

17th: Sheri Chartier

Happy birthday!

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Wedding Anniversaries:

23rd: Jeremy and Kayla Green

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Around RLC this week: Preschoolers, Pizza, and Painting

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This past weekend, some of the littlest RLCers got a chance to be creative, learn about Jesus and have a lot of fun! The preschool class from KidsLife, along with their families, held a Pizza and Painting event. They had the chance to paint crosses and learn that Jesus is with us during the good times, but also during the bad times, too! Check out some pictures below to see all the fun!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Natalie Perkins

Bowling Green native, Natalie Perkins, natalie 4has been a part of Real Life Church for nearly three years now.  Despite having no intention of becoming connected or getting involved, she has become a youth leader on the StudentLife team and a participant of the Room in the Inn ministry.  “[In 2014,] I was attending another church…I thought I would be moving for graduate school.  I didn’t want to get involved, or put in the time Natalie 5and effort to get connected [to RLC] if I wasn’t going to be here for much longer.”  As fate would have it, a friend’s car ended up in the shop and Natalie graciously gave her a ride to RLC, thinking that would be the one and only time she would step foot in the door.  However, she found that she loved the small church next door to Southern Lanes, and became a vital part in the youth and homeless ministries.

In the time since her first visit, she has learned what it means to simultaneously be a mentor and a servant.  When she is volunteering with the youth, she fosters an environment of individuality, acceptance, and fun, but also of “real talk” and meaningful conversations about faith.  “It’s rewarding to see spiritual growth, and knowing that I get to be a part of it by simply serving [the youth].”  Additionally, as she serves with RITI, she gets to observe RLC live out what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  “I’m so humbled to be able to serve the community as part of a church that lives and serves just like Christ.”Natalie 1

Natalie 2Natalie 3While serving is a major part of her daily life, it isn’t all that she does.  Natalie stays very busy, even during her down time, because she is living a true WKU graduate life:  Papers, projects, and very little sleep.  Therefore, most days that are not spent at Real Life Church are filled with research studies on self-harm and suicide, which will ultimately help her finish a Master’s in Psychology, with a concentration in Clinical Science.  Despite the time-consuming degree, she still focuses a lot of attention on playing with and walking her dog Riley at the dog park, reading a book for pleasure, and even trying out a baking recipe.  So it is quite miraculous that she manages to find time for RLC’s mission of reaching out to the community.  But she is passionate about that mission, and grateful that she gets to see it come to fruition.  “I see so much hurt and discontent with Christianity, working and learning in such a secular environment,” and she wants to witness a diminishing of those misconceptions.  Through her learning and volunteering experiences, Natalie is seeking to help close the gap between society and faith.  Her determination to see the Gospel spread landed her in the Spotlight this month.  Let’s send her a thanks for her patience, gentleness, perseverance, and loyalty!

 

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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 month’s causes for celebration.

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Birthdays:

10: Ariel Renfrow

17: Jahna Fulkerson

21: Grace Robertson

22: Audrey Vickery

23: Curtis Renfrow

24: Martha Carter

Anniversaries:

28: Jeff and Emily Robertson

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Volunteer Spotlight: Brenda Wells

If you find yourself in the halls near the KidsLife area Brenda 3before the 9:30 service at Real Life Church, then you are at least acquainted with the smiling face of Brenda Wells.  She serves the RLC families every week by checking in the kiddos before they head to their Sunday School classrooms. In addition, she helps with set-up and providing lunch for those in the Room in the Inn program during the winter months.  Modestly, she will tell you that she does not do much, but in reality, RLCers are greatly impacted by her faithful serving.Brenda 2

Though she was born in Germany and was practically raised in Minnesota, she pretty much calls the South home.  When her family moved to Atlanta, she experienced what she described as “MAJOR culture shock;” after a stint at a Tampa college, she moved back to Atlanta, only to be convinced to attend WKU:  “I agreed under the condition that I would only have to stay for 1 semester… That was 20 years ago!!  So I guess it’s time to start calling BG home!”

Brenda 4Outside of her ministerial volunteering, she works as a biologist at Mammoth Cave.  “My two areas of concentration are water quality and curating plant and animal specimens for research at the park.  I feel ridiculously blessed to be able to work in  such a beautiful park.  I even love to spend time with the family at the park on my days off (going to the cave, or hiking in the woods).”  When the Wells are not exploring the natural wonders of Kentucky, Brenda spends time at home either reading a book, playing with her kids (which includes, but isn’t limited to, perfecting the ideal scenario for AG dolls and racing the fastest Hot Wheel cars), or helping with homework (obviously not near as important as dolls or race cars, but somebody, somewhere demanded that it must be done).Brenda 1

Despite a week full of caves, homework, dolls, and cars, Brenda is sure to save time for investing in RLC.  “Hands down…seeing kids walk in that door Sunday morning [is the most rewarding part about serving]. Why? That is the future of God’s kingdom. THIS is what keeps me up at night. THIS is where my heart lies. What I want more than ANYTHING is for my kid’s to have a solid foundation and relationship with God. I don’t do a fabulous job at it, but I’m holding on to the hope that the Holy Spirit is filling in all my gaps. Parents! Thank you so much for bringing your kids every time you can! Teachers! Thank you so much for passing on the Word! Love you all!”  I think we can all argue that she DOES do a fabulous job, and the Holy Spirit definitely does more than fill in the gaps for her!  That is why she is in the Spotlight for this month.  Be sure to give Brenda a bit of encouragement when you see her!

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Baptism at RLC!

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“Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” -Acts 2:38

 

Around Real Life Church, we love to see people take the step to get baptized. And if you’ve been thinking about baptism, there is a big opportunity coming up on February 5!

“This will be our first baptism in our building with our own baptistry,” Pastor Brandon Cannon says. “This is something we are really excited about.”

At RLC, we believe that baptism is the outward symbol of what Christ has done in our lives and although there is nothing special about the water or the baptistry, it is an important step for any believer of Christ.

“The big deal is that we are telling the world what Christ has done on the inside,” Pastor Brandon says. “We went down in our sins and then raised to life again. That’s why we celebrate baptism. We celebrate the miracle that has already occurred.”

In order to participate in the February 5 baptism, those interested need to turn in a Contact Card or let someone at the Welcome Center know you would like to participate by January 29th. You’ll receive an email containing all details you will need to know for the day. It’s that easy, so get signed up now!

Also, be sure to get ready for the next semester of life groups. Life Group sign ups will start January 29th! Be sure to jump in a group. It is the best way to connect, be accountable and get involved at RLC!

 

 

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RLC Celebrate!

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Here at RLC, we love doing life together. That’s why we want to celebrate these special dates.

Here are this month’s causes for celebration!

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Birthdays:

5: Courtney Caulk

7: Shiloh Jenkins

12: Jordan Jenkins

21: Bruce Poteet

22: Drew Fulkerson

22: Steve Wood

24: Shelby Whitt

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Around RLC this week: All things Christmas!

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There are less than two weeks left until Christmas, and you can definitely tell around Real Life Church! On December 4, RLCers came together for a kick-off to Christmas dinner. The night was full of great food, beautiful decorations, fun times and festive songs! Thanks to all who came out to the dinner! Check out some photos from the event below:

Next up, mark on your calendars that RLC’s “Christmas Eve Eve” service is happening Friday, December 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. This service serves is a special time to stop and truly worship this Christmas.

“This time of year it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas parties, buying gifts, and long check out lines,” Pastor Brandon says. “Yes, Christmas means getting involved in all those things. However, it is also so much more than that. Our Christmas Eve Eve service is intended to provide a moment outside all that hurry and scurry so we can be thankful for the real reason for Christmas.”

He hopes your family will make plans to attend the Christmas Eve Eve service before you may need to head out to other places for family events. It is the perfect continuation of what the church has studied through our “Fear Not” series this month.

“More people deal with hopelessness this time of year than any other. God’s Word tells us over and over again to lower or expectation of man and raise our expectation of God. The Fear Not Series is all about realizing that God will is FOR us. We do not have to live in fear of what others say, what our bank account looks like, what our government is doing, or anything else. Our Hope comes from Christ alone,”,” Pastor Brandon says. “The Christmas Eve Eve service is all about celebrating this fact. We’re going to be talking about how “God was, God is, and God will be with us.”

This year’s service will feature the singing of Kent Bryant and there will be a Christmas devotion, candle lighting and time of communion. Pastor Brandon hopes that you make plans now to attend this special event with your family.

“I love holiday traditions. My family creates a new one almost every year. We do new pajamas for Christmas Eve. We open one present right before Christmas. We have traditions for how we eat breakfast on Christmas morning. We have traditions for everything,” Pastor Brandon says. “However, my favorite Christmas tradition is worship with my church family on Christmas Eve Eve. It is a great time to place everything into perspective and remember that above the noise of the holiday season, it’s all about Jesus. Start a holiday tradition with your family by joining us December 23rd at RLC. You won’t regret it.”

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Holiday Helping

The holidays have a tendency to coax a very generous personality out of the community, as it has been reported by websites such as Business Wire that over 70% of surveyors give more than normal during the holiday season.  While there are many who plan to budget for what they want to give, there are others who would like to participate, but are not sure where to start.  If you find yourself in the latter group, then take a look at the following list.  As Real Life Church strives to be a beacon in our community, there are several ways for our members to get involved locally.  Not only are there Bowling Green organizations accepting special monetary donations, but there are also those with special events and projects that strive off volunteer work.

Affordable Christmas with Hope House:  This special project focuses on selling new toys Picturefor 1/10 of the original price to low income families.  The parents are then able to buy and provide gifts for their kids, while maintaining their dignity.  Hope House is accepting monetary donations for buying the toys, donations of brand new toys, and will give information to individuals who would like to host a toy drive at their church or workplace.  For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.hopehousebg.com/affordable-christmas.

Bell Ringing for Salvation Army:  Image result for bell ringing salvation armyLike every year, the Salvation Army asks for volunteers who are willing to be a bell ringer for an hour or two during the holidays.  For more information, call 270-843-3485.

Teen Angel with Community Education:  Families who need assistance during the holidays register for the Teen Angel program at Community Education.  Before Christmas arrives, clothes and other items are distributed to the families so that their teenagers can receive gifts.  If you would like to get involved, you can make a tax-deductible donation any time of the year by sending check or cash to 1227 Westen Ave.  You can also submit a gift card from Wal-Mart, Meijer, Target, K-Mart, Kohl’s, or the Greenwood Mall.

Be Santa to a Senior Program with Home Instead:  This local program targets seniors who may not typically receive gifts during Christmas, and it relies on volunteers to buy the gifts and/or help deliver them to the seniors’ homes.  Set up much like an Angel Tree, volunteers choose an “ornament” with a first name and a list of gifts attached.  Once these gifts are purchased, Home Instead coordinates with volunteers to wrap and deliver the presents.  To participate, follow this link:  https://www.beasantatoasenior.com.  On the website, you will be able to receive more information on how to find a senior tree, purchase gifts, and how to sign up to be a volunteer, if you wish to do so.

These are just a few ideas to help you and your family find involvement in the community during the holidays, but the list of opportunities is actually much longer.  If nothing else, there is also the option of starting an independent, volunteer endeavor.  Select a group you would like to impact, decide on the need that should be fulfilled, and then gather a few friends to help the vision take flight.  Whatever you decide to do, have fun and make this Christmas the best yet!

 

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