One of the main reasons life was so sweet in Bowling Green was our church family. Real Life Church became a sort of home for us, we spent so much time with it. Its the first church I could have called mine since being an adult. We loved and were loved on, served and were served there. Being a part of the church brought our little family closer together, in ways, and did wonders for my marriage. It brought us closer to God by feeding our hunger for Him as well as teaching us how to have a relationship with Him.
We started attending RLC, about a year after we moved to Bowling Green, for their second service ever. I guess you could say we were pretty much there from the beginning. Almost.
Bill and I had amazing opportunities to grow spiritually and in other areas, with RLC. For the first year, Bill got to church 2-3 hours early every Sunday to help set up the sound and stage equipment. We would then spend another hour after each service to tear it all back down. Together, Bill and I ran a good portion of the media. Bill manned all audio and I put together and presented the lyrics and message notes each Sunday. I also helped out with the social media accounts, some.
The hardest part about having to find a new church is the people. The very essence of the church.
The connections we made in this church body will never be forgotten. I got surprisingly close with several beautiful ladies. I often would take a step back and look at the life I had come to know, surprised to be spending so much time with Jesus-lovers. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in and out of church my whole life, but I never thought myself “Godly” or clean enough to have so many Jesus-loving people to love and be loved by. Especially being at the very center of a church the way we were.
Then again, that’s why Bill and I fell so in love with RLC. Those wonderful people didn’t care where we were in life or where we had come from. They didn’t care how ragged, dirty or worn we were. They just wanted to hold our hands and walk beside us.
This weekend we begin our search for a new church home, here, in South Carolina.