Some costumes are easier to figure out than others. I’ll admit, I have had to ask on several occasions, “Who are you supposed to be?” Regardless of who they dress up as we hand them a treat and send them on their way. Often times we don’t even know who they really are.
I want to remind us that we have a great opportunity on Halloween night to demonstrate the generous love of the God we worship as we distribute treats. Kids talk about what they got and they remember which house they got it from. Sharing the hope you have in Christ in your neighborhood might just begin with giving out an unexpected amount of candy, or skipping the “fun size” and handing out full-size candy bars. Jill and I have done this in the past and when we get questioned about our motivation we have the opportunity to talk about imitating the generous and outrageous love of Christ.
As a church, we also have an opportunity to share the love of God at Parkway Campus on Halloween. We will be hosting Trunk-or-Treat. Through offering a safe environment and opening the doors of our church, we hope to share the light of Christ with hundreds of children from the surrounding neighborhoods.
These are simple ways to invest in relationships with a purpose, who knows what could happen?
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.
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.