Real Life Update — February 2016

Coming out of my sabbatical, one of the things I want to do is communicate more about how things are going, what we are celebrating, and where we are headed.

Celebrations

There is so much to celebrate. God is doing great things in our church and one letter could never express it all. We had 17 baptisms at our worship night. The stories of what is happening in the lives of those being baptized are so inspiring!

One married couple who was baptized together told me in tears how God has healed their marriage because of the free counseling they have received at Real Life and the relationships they have formed here. I watched their young daughter run around the church lobby and thinking to myself, we are partnering with God to change that little girl’s eternity. This is one of many stories of marriages being saved.

This week, one of our own unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord. I have been honored and so proud to watch as two CARE Groups have rallied around the family and cared for everything from funeral arrangements to food to pastoring the family and being an encouragement to them. It is an amazing story. And while there is much grieving in the process of letting go, God is being glorified by people who love Him.

I am blessed to be able to lead a CARE Group. We are having such a great experience as we wrestle with Hebrews and how to suffer well. I am watching as people within the group who experience levels of pain I am unfamiliar with are working on healthy and powerful ways to engage their pain and receive support from the relationships around them.

I could go on and on, but there just isn’t enough time for all the stories.

Vision

We are in our Hebrews series in the midst of the Year of the Text. As a teaching team, we are having such fun doing this series and we trust it has been and will continue to be a blessing for each of you. We will be doing this series through Easter and then heading into Romans, which will be a powerful series for each of us.

Speaking of Easter, please begin praying now for who you will bring to services. We will have six services to choose from. Our Pullman Campus will have services at 9:00 and 10:30 am on Sunday. Our Moscow Campus will have services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am on Sunday, as well as 6:00 pm on Saturday. Our Grangeville Campus will have a service at 11:00 am on Sunday. You are welcome to attend any of those services, but more importantly, this is a natural time when your friends are open to the idea of coming to church. Please bring a friend and be praying that God will work in the hearts of people during this weekend. The service is going to be awesome!

Also, please consider going to Israel with me June 10–23. It is an investment in your spiritual well-being worth every penny — I promise. This trip will make the words of the Bible leap off the page and you will understand Jesus and our mission in this world in ways you never dreamed. Information for this trip can be found on our calendar.

Financials

As we move forward, people have communicated to me that being aware of where everything stands is helpful, so we want to make you aware of how things are going. If you have any questions, you can schedule an appointment with Lori Brock to talk about any specific questions you may have.

Monthly Budget Need: $172,000

January’s Offering: $136,600

February’s Offering (to Date): $100,300

Please be in prayer as we move forward as a church. God has big dreams for Real Life. I can’t wait to see how we partner with Him next.