In Scripture, Christ promises us an abundant life in Him – where peace, rest, and contentment are realized in this life. A place where we are comfortable in our skin and calm in our soul, secure in God’s pleasure in us. This life contains a wholeness deep in our soul which we are all created for and we are all drawn to – a vibrant and contagious life with a surplus of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, self-control, and gentleness.
The promise still stands.
As we observe the places where we interact with others outside of the church, it becomes obvious this promise has never been heard in some places, or it has been misunderstood. The promise has lost its zing.
Too many people live weighed down with an unexplainable darkness in their soul, searching for that something to satisfy an unquenchable thirst, always consuming without being filled and longing for an end of this grey and hopeless existence.
There are too many people who have heard the promise and believed, yet for one reason or another find themselves striving to earn the promise. Rather than experiencing contentment in life, they find themselves tired, weary, and frustrated. They are trying to measure up to expectations outside of the promise.
The Abundant Life has become dull and meaningless. Too many people medicate their frustration and dissatisfaction. Too many people have simply walked away from the church having found it lacked luster and vibrance.
Jesus meant it when he talked about the Kingdom of Heaven being ushered in here and now. Life in Christ doesn’t have to be grey and dull. In fact, as a church we believe it is our responsibility to put an end to the carelessness – to bring the promise of the abundant life in Christ to the hopeless, allowing God’s Spirit to restore each and every one of us. It’s our responsibility to live this life with vibrancy – raw vulnerability and acceptance of where we are, along with a community to push us on in our journey.
We have not arrived, but we are serious about getting to a place of wholeness with each other. We are determined to do it laughing and crying along the way.
We are not content with our neighborhoods, communities, or this world to continue to think that grey and lifeless is as good as it gets. We are not OK with spiritual mediocracy and medication.
We believe Christ has given us his Spirit and really can produce a surplus of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, self-control to the point where we are unable to contain it. This is the vibrant and abundant life we are moving toward and we are compelled to bring as many others with us as we can. There is no law to prevent us from doing it.
Our friends, family, neighbors, and communities need to see someone pursuing this life. They need to encounter vibrant believers. They need someone to help them. We won’t sit still, we won’t look away, we won’t walk by…we are on a mission to help people find and follow Christ.
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2016 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
Our goal for year end giving is to raise over $90K beyond our regular giving to cover the cost of our Knoxville roof. 10% of every dollar in excess of our average monthly giving will go to help “Raise the Roof” in Haiti. Additionally our Missions Team will match the 10% up to $10K. We have a great opportunity to raise our level of generosity this season and make a huge impact in Haiti. Would you prayerfully consider helping make this a reality?
2016 Cash Balance
As a policy we must have at least 2 weeks of average weekly income in our cash balance at all times, currently that figure is $75K.
Our budgets are set on a calendar year, submitted by staff and approved by the Elders of Richwoods. Our ability to meet the needs of the people, provide programs, offer ministry opportunities, and so on, are all contingent on the faithful and generous giving of the people who call Richwoods their church home. As a church we do not take annual pledges to set a budget but we work off of our historical giving and attendance patterns to project a conservative budget.
If you have questions about the information shared in this fyi, you can contact our Executive Pastor, Joel Dryden by email. You can also leave a comment below.