Home for Christmas 2013

For the past five years, Olympia-area churches have combined forces to host an all-day Christmas event for those in need. “A Home For Christmas” offers a warm, friendly place for homeless and needy families and individuals to spend Christmas Day. In past years, we’ve offered comfortable seating, movies on the big screen, board games, activities for children, snacks, prizes, and a full-course Christmas dinner.

Volunteers: First, there will be a volunteer meeting Sunday, December 22nd at 1pm at Reality. If you can stay after the meeting to wrap presents with us, that would be awesome! Second, we’re using VolunteerSpot (an online signup and reminder tool) to organize our Home for Christmas volunteering.

Please sign up for Home for Christmas – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/bdBHoT
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation
and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us at admin@realityolympia.com and we can sign you up manually.

Donations: Here are some ways you can donate to the event:
There will be a Christmas meal available during the day, but in addition we will be providing snacks throughout the day. If you’d like to donate, consider the following: chips, pretzels, cookies, doughnuts, sweet rolls and breads, crackers, cheese, sodas, juices, and any other holiday style snacks or drinks you can think of.

If you’d like to donate gifts, raffle items, or basic needs, here’s a list you can use and share with others: HomeforChristmasGiftSheet

 

Fall cleaning day: Nov. 9

As we prepare to open our church doors for the holiday season, it is time to do a detailed cleaning from top to bottom. We are looking for 30-50 volunteers to come help us. You can volunteer for all day or just part of the day; either way your help is needed!

Lunch and cleaning supplies will be provided.

If you would like to volunteer, there will be a sign up sheet at the Gathered Board in the foyer, you can email us at cleaning@realityolympia.com, or you can sign up through the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/249968485152369/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar).

Fall Arts Walk – Oct. 4 & 5

2013fallWe can’t wait for Arts Walk!

Friday, Oct. 4, we have a great lineup for the Band Night.

7 p.m. Beth Whitney
8 p.m. Bradford Loomis
9 p.m. The Wicks

 

Friday, Oct. 4, & Saturday, Oct. 5, we will have our annual art gallery “Community of Creators.”

5-10 p.m. Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday, come and check out some local artists displaying their creations.

If you would like to display your art at Reality, contact us at admin@realityolympia.com as soon as possible. 

Premarital class starts Sept. 13!!!!

The next offering of marriage preparation classes begins Sept. 13. Check the schedule below for dates, times, and locations.

The class meets once a week for the following 7 weeks. It begins by laying a biblical foundation and continues by using the PrepareEnrich program to see how these principles apply in your relationship. You also will be paired with an experienced couple that will serve as your marriage coaches while you look at practical areas like finances, future goals, household roles and so on.

According to PrepareEnrich couples who meaningfully engage this process are 30 percent more likely to avoid divorce. 83 percent of people who completed the process reported that their relationship significantly improved and that they had more confidence in their partner choices. We are committed to offering you the same opportunity. Completion of this process is also required for all marriages officiated at Reality. The complete schedule is listed below.

There will be Winter and Spring classes offered so if you can’t make this one, don’t fret!

To sign up, email Brandon Beebe at brandon@realityolympia.com.

Schedule:
—5:30pm-9:30pm Friday, Sept. 13 @ Reality
Welcome Reception & Marriage Foundations Seminar Part 1
—9:00am-12:30pm Saturday, Sept. 14 @ Reality
Marriage Foundations Seminar Part 2

—6:00pm-9:30pm Friday, Sept. 20  @ Reality
Communication & Conflict Resolution Seminar

—TBD w/ marriage coach — Week Three: Strength/Growth Areas & Stress Profiles.
—TBD w/ marriage coach — Week Four: Partner Personality & Habits.
—TBD w/ marriage coach — Week Five: Intimacy & Sexuality.
—TBD w/ marriage coach — Week Six: Children & Parenting.
—TBD w/ marriage coach — Week Seven:  Finance and Leisure.
—TBD by whole class — Capstone Event: Serving on Mission Together.

2nd Annual “Reality as One”

Last August, we had our first “Reality as One” gathering at the Port Plaza in downtown Olympia. It was such a beautiful time to worship and celebrate together as one big family.

We’re looking forward to coming together again at 10 AM on Sunday, August 25th. We’ll have one gathering with music, a message, and baptisms. Afterwards, there will be a free BBQ & potluck and some activities for our little ones. Feel free to invite your friends and plan to join us as we celebrate the work of our King in our city.

Important information:

Parking: Remember to use street parking. Parking is restricted in the Market area during our event. Please don’t park in the parking lots associated with Anthony’s, Rants Group, or Farmer’s Market.

Seating: Make sure you brings some chairs or blankets to sit on if the terraced steps facing the Port Plaza Tower aren’t an option for you.

Potluck: Bring something to share with the family! Last Names beginning with Letter:

  • A-F Salads (green, pasta, potato, etc.)
  • G-L Side dishes (baked beans, casseroles, etc.)
  • M-R Desserts (cookies, dessert bars, etc.)
  • S-Z Drinks and Chips (bring 1 bag of chips AND individual cans/bottles/pkgs of juice, soda, etc.)

Check out these awesome pics from last year!!!!

 

Thursday Night Prayer Meeting

During our announcements last Sunday, we heard briefly from Scott Eaton, a long-time servant in our Reality family. He shared that the Lord had spoken to him recently through a dream/vision. After meeting with others to confirm the authenticity and meaning of his vision, Scott believes that God is calling Reality to respond to Him in prayer.

This Thursday evening at 7 PM, we’re going to come together at Reality’s building to spend some time in prayer together. If you are a prayer warrior, need prayer, or have spiritual gifts you could share during a time of prayer, please come and respond with us. We are excited to serve a God who speaks and is lovingly calling us in pursuit of His heart.

Reality’s Annual Family BBQ – Thursday June 27th 6pm

Every year around this time, we dust off the grills and invite everyone to a church-wide BBQ down at Heritage Park (at Capital Lake). This Thursday, June 27th, you, your family and your friends are invited to enjoy some great food and fun together in the sun. We are providing all the burgers, hot dogs (with the fixings) for free. All we ask of you is to bring a side dish, drinks, or dessert based on your last name. Check the list below and bring some yummy food to share.

Last Names beginning with Letter:
A-F Salads (green, pasta, potato, etc.)
G-L Side dishes (baked beans, casseroles, etc.)
M-R Desserts (cookies, dessert bars, etc.)
S-Z Drinks (individual cans/bottles/pkgs of juice, soda, etc.)

This is a great way for our family to come together, meet new people, and reconnect with old friends. The food will be ready to go at 6 PM, so bring a blanket, a chair, or even a frisbee.

Spring Cleaning Day

It’s time to push up our sleeves and give our building some attention.

On April 13th, starting at 10 a.m., we are going to thoroughly clean Reality, top to bottom, inside and out.  We are looking for 25-35 people who would be interested in helping get things cleaned up and shaken out.

If you’re available to help clean, contact us at admin@realityolympia.com.

We’ll provide lunch and cleaners/solutions.  If you have extra gloves, rags, and brooms, let us know and bring them with you!

“Service of Darkness” Good Friday March 29th

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Using candles, we will retell the events of Jesus’ birth, life, and earthly ministry leading up to his final moments on the cross. As people come to join Jesus and His ministry, more and more candles will be lit.  And then, as people turn and walk away, all the candles will be extinguished. Concluding with His final words on the cross, the service will end, the “Jesus” candle will be put out, and the service will end in darkness and silence.

Come join us at 7:00 PM to remember the life and death of our Savior. It’s a story that will forever change your celebration of Easter.

Childcare will be provided downstairs for ages birth-5 years old.