I recently became interested in the (in)courage website/blog that provides inspirational Christian posts and support for a female audience. (in)courage has a large worldwide online presence and is connected to the DaySpring line of inspirational greeting cards and products owned by Hallmark.
So many women have connected online via (in)courage that it was suggested that they be given an opportunity to meet at an annual conference. The inspired people at (in)courage decided that instead of hosting an annual conference in a single location, they would encourage women to gather locally at (in)Courage-sponsored (in) Real Life ((in)RL) events–think mini beach house parties–on April 28, 2012. At “the beach house,” these women will share thoughts and ideas, form friendships, share Jesus, and view together webcasts provided by (in)courage. The whole thing is managed online using MeetUp.com, where participants may RSVP and register to attend their local (in)RL gathering. Already there are (in)RL meetups scheduled on that date in over 225 cities.
(in)courage meetups are real life get togethers organized by the (in)courage blog community to connect women beyond the blog post. Details are here: http://inrl.us
I’ve bravely decided to host the first (In)RL gathering in the Elko, Spring Creek, Lamoille, NV, area at 1 p.m. Sat. April 28, 2012. When I know how many women plan to attend, I’ll decide on the exact location and notify the participants. Please contact me if you are interested in helping me host/organize this event.
Goals: Women gathered to watch live webcasts of (in)courage contributors and community, connect with one another, share Jesus, and discover new friendships right around the corner!
You may register for the event here http://inrl.eventbrite.com. There also will be a 90-minute preparatory webcast available to registrants on Friday evening, April 27, via the internet. The registration fee is $11.54, and includes an (in)RL t-shirt as well as a Simply Marvelous card pack. Sounds like a sweet deal to me!
Wherever you live, I hope you will familiarize yourself with (in)courage and attend an (in)RL event near you on April 28. There is so much dark and distressing news these days, we could all use some uplifting support and maybe make some new Christian women friends! I look forward to reading your thoughts on this project.