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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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RLC Student Camp Recap

Last month, Real Life Church sent nine students, ages 13 to 17 years old, to Crossings Ministry camp at Jonathan Creek in Hardin, KY.

Each day, campers filled their days with worship gatherings, small group times, lake sports, zip lining, laser tag and a host of other camp activities.

“I personally loved the time we had with our kids from RLC,” RLC Camp Coordinator Natalie Perkins said. “I loved getting to talk to them about what they’d learned, how much fun they’d had that day, and how they were growing spiritually. The kids consistently said they loved our pastor and the nightly worship service, as well as lake sports. The camp also hosted a 50’s themed night after worship and Checkpoint one night, and the kids had a blast with that as well. They got all dressed up and played carnival games and danced.”

Natalie said a major highlight of the week was one student committing to a new relationship with Christ and two others recommitting their lives to Christ.

“All the students became so close and formed some amazing friendships,” Natalie said. “My two high school girls didn’t know any of the middle schoolers’ names when we left, and they had basically adopted them all as their children by the time we left. They also all seem to be so excited about coming to youth group now and really seem to be excited about growing in their relationship with God.”

Check out the pictures below to see some of the fun times from the RLC youth group’s experience at Crossings Ministry Camp. For those interested in getting their students involved in the RLC student group, meetings begin again tonight, Wednesday, August 10th.

 

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