Real Life Church will host a free Community EXPO at Savia, the church’s community partnership in Newhall, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday August 3rd, 2013.
The Savia building is located at 23780 Newhall Avenue in Newhall, inside the Stagecoach Plaza retail center, at the corner of Newhall Avenue and Carl Court.
The EXPO will feature:
· A brief ceremony, starting at 1:30 p.m., with opening remarks by Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar;
· Approximately 20 different artisan vendors from the community, who will be selling arts, crafts, jewelry and apparel;
· Live music; and
· Free backpacks handed out to local children as part of a special “Back(pack) to School” giveaway, while supplies last.
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The event will also serve as the grand opening of Artisan Java & Juice, a unique non-profit store located inside of Savia. Artisan will be handing out free samples of its fresh cold-pressed juices throughout the afternoon. The store donates 100% of its profits to designated non-profit organizations within the Newhall community.
“Savia” is a Spanish word that is often translated as “energy, vitality or lifeblood.” Real Life Church created Savia: A Community Partnership to be a place that infuses these same attributes into the local community. The 23,600-square-foot community center required approximately one year to construct, opening in May 2013, and was fully financed by the contributions made by individuals who attend Real Life Church.
Savia serves as the Newhall campus of Real Life Church, which includes weekly worship services in English on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 10:00, and in Spanish on Sundays at Noon (“Vida Real”). The Vida Real ministry team, led by newly appointed Pastor Mario Ortiz, will be on hand at the Community Expo to raise awareness of the Spanish-language services and Spanish-language children’s ministry for kids from infants through sixth grade students.
“We’re excited to meet our neighbors in the Newhall community and to show God’s love in a practical way by helping parents get their kids off to school with free backpacks filled with school supplies,” said Ortiz.
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Savia is also home to three dynamic non-profit organizations that serve the needs of local families coping with the pain of drug addiction, domestic violence and other traumatic circumstances:
·Single Mothers Outreach, a grassroots organization that helps families facing sudden housing instability, income loss, emotional trauma, and economic and social discrimination;
·The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, which provides safety and support to victims of domestic violence while working to break the cycle of abuse; and
·A Light of Hope, a support center for families in crisis that provides support for youth and young adults 14-26 years of age who are struggling with substance abuse and/or self-destructive actions or behaviors.
“Savia is a space we created to foster hope and healing in the Santa Clarita Valley by bringing together the faith community of Real Life Church with terrific non-profit organizations that are doing life-changing work to help families in our community,” said Rusty George, lead pastor of Real Life Church. “With this free community event, we’re showcasing the different components of Savia and trying to raise awareness of the practical ways that we’re able to serve the Newhall community.”
According to George, Savia will soon be home to Celebrate Recovery, a Biblical and balanced program that helps individuals struggling to overcome hurts, hang-ups and habits. Future plans for Savia include a wide range of programs designed to engage with the residents of the Newhall community.
For more information about the Community EXPO or Real Life Church, please go to www.reallifechurch.org.
About Real Life Church
Real Life Church is a non-denominational Christian church committed to helping people find and follow God. The church is one “body” that meets together through three connected campuses: Valencia, Newhall @ Savia and Online (online.reallifechurch.org). Founded in 2000 as a church plant from Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, Real Life Church strives to serve as the “hands and feet of Jesus” by providing all people with a message of hope and healing — no matter who they are, where they come from or what season of life in which they find themselves. For more information, please go to www.reallifechurch.org.
Source: Santa Clarita News