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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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Around RLC this week: Baby Dedication

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At Real Life Church, we love celebrating new additions to our church family. This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to celebrate the dedication of two sweet babies: William Silas Caulk and Carter Reid Gilliam. We believe a baby dedication symbolizes a parent’s desire to raise their children to know and trust the Lord as their personal Savior. It also serves as a time for our church family to pledge to partner with these families. Check out some photos from this dedication and please stop by the Welcome Center if you are interested in dedicating your own child!

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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.

Birthdays:

5th: Sarah Nuse

7th: Kent Bryant

7th: Jillian Jackson

13th: Jack Trombly

14th: Jeremiah Simpson

15th: Allison Toth

16th: Kacey Wells

17th: Jacob Jenkins

19th: Jessica O’Connor

26th: Tami Simpson

27th: Abby Underwood

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We hope that your family has a blessed and fun-filled Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for you.

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Around RLC this week: Get your Christmas shoeboxes ready!

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Happy Halloween! Most of you may be thinking about costumes and candy today, but it’s {almost} the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right RLCers, Christmas is only 54 days away! And this year, Real Life Church is doing an fun project to help children on the other side of the United States have a happy Christmas, and we need YOUR helimg_7842p!

RLC is in the process of collecting shoe boxes full of goodies for little ones that will go to a Native American reservation in New Mexico! And it is super easy to get involved! Pick up a list of needed items from the Welcome Center at church, grab a shoe box (you can wrap the box and lid separately with wrapping paper!), and fill it with all the approved items from the list.

The list includes items such as small toys, brushes, books, toiletries, craft supplies, socks and underwear! And most items can be picked up at low costs.

The best part is you can include a note and picture of your family in the box so that the child can learn a little about who sent them their box. Once you are finished filling, fasten the box with a rubber band, attach a note on the outside of the box if the box is intended for a certain age range and gender and bring it to the Welcome Center by November 13, 2016.

This project could be a fun way for a life group or family to work together to fill multiple boxes! Have fun shopping for different items and then get together, listen to Christmas music, eat fun treats and stuff your boxes full of goodies!

If you have any questions, be sure to contact Sara Laferte at sklaferte@gmail.com.

Have fun bringing in the holiday season with this great project! Thanks RLC!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jordan Jenkins

img_2315The Volunteer Spotlight has been moved to a monthly highlight, to give each volunteer a whole month to be recognized and appreciated, and this month we are shining the light on a very special lady:  Jordan Jenkins.

Every three years, the Jenkins find themselves on the move as Hezekiah follows a path the U.S. Army lays out for him.  This last move landed them in Bowling Green, and it wasn’t long before they found their home away from home.  Jordan described the img_2313difficult search of finding a church in the last town they resided, and they were determined to do better this time around:  “…when we were moving to Bowling Green, my husband did some research online and found [Real Life Church]. We attended RLC our first Sunday in Bowling Green, and it immediately felt like ‘home.'”

Between the two, Jordan and her husband have invested quite a bit of time, energy, and effort into Real Life Church.  Currently, Jordan can be found teaching Sunday School during the 9:30 service, but will soon transition to a classroom during the 11:00 service.  “I have a degree in education, and a passion for teaching, and it is so wonderful to be able to watch kids learn about God’s love for them.”

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When she’s not hanging out with the kiddos in KidsLife, she can be found hanging out with her own children at home. She jokes she doesn’t have free time as a stay-at-home-mom, and so I know I’m not alone when I say how grateful we are for the time she finds to invest in others at RLC.  So let’s take some of our time this month to show her how much she is appreciated!img_2312

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RLC Celebrate!

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Here at RLC, we love to celebrate. Life is better when it’s done together!

Here are this months causes for celebrations.

Birthdays:

23: Isabelle Roan

24: Kevin Roan

30: Bella Barrett

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Anniversaries:

23: Josh and Robyn Lowe

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Around RLC This Week: RLC Serve Day 2016 Photos

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Last Saturday, 27 RLCers spread out around Bowling Green to serve in several different ways in our city! From food service, to singing to landscaping, there were lots of different kinds of opportunities for Real Life Church to show love to our community. Check out some of the volunteer photos below!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shelby Whitt

Beyond the black, thumbnail_img_2165double doors at Real Life Church, you can find more than just the restrooms and a small kitchen.  There is a whole other church service going on, one that involves crafts and fun Bible story videos.  It’s a time dedicated to those who are young enough to be barely crawling or walking. and it is led by some very special volunteers.  One of those volunteers is Shelby Whitt, who is a teacher in KidsLife Jr.  She faithfully serves every Sunday during the 9:30 service:  “I love to see the childthumbnail_img_2163like faith from the kids, and teaching them about Jesus!”

Shelby moved to Bowling Green from Goodlettsville, TN in 2010 with plans to attend Western Kentucky University. Through a minister at a campus ministry, she heard about RLC and how the church met in a movie theater.  The situation interested her, so she decided to visit and learn more about this church.  The next weekend, she attended with her boyfriend James, and thoroughly enjoyed her experience.

During her first Sunday, she couldn’t help but notice how welcomed she felt.  The friendly and accepting faces continued to bring her back week after week, till she decided to participate in Growth Track. thumbnail_img_2164 It was during that session when she learned how children’s ministry could be the right area for her to serve, and quickly recognized the things that made serving such a joy:  “I like developing relationships with the children!”  That intentional and relational focus is what earned Shelby the Spotlight, so be sure to thank her for her heart and hard work!

If you know of someone else who deserves the Volunteer Spotlight, contact Cameran Smith viaFacebook or at cameran.smith@warren.kyschool.us.

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Around RLC this week: Get ready for Vision Sunday!

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This Sunday will be a special day for Real Life Church! It is Vision Sunday!

“This is something we do once a year with the focus of rallying the church behind the singular vision of our church,” Pastor Brandon said. “The mission statement of our church is what I believe the mission statement should be for all churches, to create fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Our VISION is how we see this happen.”

sunset-1Pastor Brandon and other leaders at Real Life Church believe it is important to spend time learning about and reminding RLCers about our church’s vision because it can easily slip out of everyone’s focus.

“Vision Leaks. Things happen, jobs change, family situations becoming more or less complex,” Pastor Brandon said. “There are so many things that go on in our daily lives, it can be easy to forget our lives are for a higher purpose than simply making it to bed time. As we move into this fall season, it is the perfect time to remember why we do what we do.”

It is important to note, that there are no changes to the usual Sunday schedule, and the services this weekend will be at their normal times, 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., but this weekend’s message will have a special focus and will be split into two parts: What’s going on now and where are we going in the future. The sermon will focus on what is next for RLC, how the leadership team is expanding, and upcoming opportunities there are in the church.

Church leadership hopes that RLCer can hopefully gain a new perspective on the church as a whole through this weekend’s services.

“This is great time for me to sort of “pull back the curtain” and let you see what all is going on behind the scenes,” said Pastor Brandon. “There are facets of the church the average church attendee does not get to hear updates on. This is where you will hear it. The hope is also that we cannot carry this torch alone. We need everyone doing what God has called them to do so we can fulfill the plan of God for Real Life Church in our region.”

Right now is an exciting time at Real Life church, be sure to make plans to attend this weekend to hear reat information about where we have come from and the plans that God has for us in the coming years.

“If people could see where we’ve come from in three short years and where we’re going… it’s a miracle,” Pastor Brandon said. “Almost every day when I walk into this building, I have to fight back tears. God has been so good to us and has sent so many wonderful people for us to do life and ministry with. I cannot wait to see what this next season holds of us as we continue to follow after Him.”

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RLC Celebrate!

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Here at RLC, we love to celebrate with one another. Life is better when it’s done together!

Here are this months causes for celebration.

Birthdays:

1: Diane Klein

5: Keith Underwood

15th: Kayla Green

20: Donovin McKay

20: Juliet Wells

20: Marvin Brooks

23: Kaitlyn Dickson

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Anniversaries:

14: Stephen and Leslie Barrett

14: Brandon and Autumn Cannon

20: Jamey and Jessica O’Connor

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