A couple of weeks ago I shared a few thoughts about the weight of our giving being directly linked to the risk and amount of faith it takes to give. I grew up in a fiscally conservative household, we learned the value of a dollar, what it took to gain one, and the importance of saving most of it. Along the way we accidentally learned to cast judgement on those who didn’t have much, or those who always seemed to be in need.
We told ourselves that they were obviously “bad with money.”
True, some were, but many weren’t as Jill and I have discovered, sometimes we can’t control everything. At the heart of my personal anxiousness about money, and how tight I hang on to what God provides for me is what others will think of me if I reach the place again of being in financial need.
The words of Jesus from Matthew always echo through my mind whenever I begin down that path of worry. “Have you ever noticed that birds don’t plant gardens to generate food stores for hard times? They don’t reap or sow, but always are fed by their Creator who cares for them. If this is true, how much more will God care for you than these birds?”
The next caution that comes into my head goes something like this. “Well God doesn’t bless foolishness or laziness!” Jesus isn’t suggesting that we should be reckless and slothful with our time and resources. Birds work hard all day searching and looking for what God provides, the point is they take one day at a time and go to bed satisfied and without worry about tomorrow.
Give generously of yourself—your time, your skills, your possessions—and find the freedom the birds of the air enjoy each evening as the day closes knowing our Creator is looking down and working ahead in our tomorrow to provide what we need. Rest and go after it with the new dawn.
photo credit: Jerry Wang
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.
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. Combined with the cost of replacing the roof at $140K the total we would need to have in our cash balance by the end of October would be $215K. The cash balance is as of the Friday prior to the date of this posting. Figures in the graph are in thousands ($K).
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.