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Real Stories

Stories change us, because we can find ourselves in them.

We are not the kind of church that excuses ourselves from the good and hard things in people’s lives. Instead, as Jesus followers, we choose to jump into the stories all around us and stay awhile. RealLife Stories are one way to share how Jesus is showing up in our community, our church, and in our relationships.

In the Land of the Living

Jeri’s Story

“One of the things we found out is that your life can’t just be about cancer. You’ve got to be praying for other people. You need to be living a life that’s not totally centered on your illness. And, yes, God comes first. But still, there needs to be something that’s keeping you connected to others.”

RealLife small groups have been a point of that connection for Jeri Dowell and Al Cole. When Jeri describes the kind of support and love she has received from being a part of a small group, her expression changes completely: “They were the closest people to me. They were the people that were caring for us, carrying us, encouraging us, and praying for us.”

Not Forgotten

Julia’s Story

“I didn’t even know this place was here.” The phrase hung in the air while two women from Real Life walked towards the front door of an assisted living facility on East Nixon carrying communion supplies in their hands.

A few months earlier, RealLife had received an email asking if someone could provide communion for a woman named Julia. She had recently been diagnosed with ALS/MND, commonly known as Lou Gerhig’s disease. She was 47 years old.

We're looking to share all kinds of stories.

Whether you’ve had a prayer answered, are in the middle of investigating who Jesus is, or you’re serving in a unique way in our community – We want to encourage you to consider sharing your story!


Megan Munroe