Simply put, we think people who are following Christ will be infected by his generous nature. In the book of John, Jesus talks about his generous nature being “without measure” as he gives of himself to others.
God is always pouring himself out for others to draw them nearer and he desires for us to do the same to bring people closer to him. To be clear, God knows we have limitations, we are human anyway, but maybe that’s the point. The greatest gift of blessing we can give others is to bring the humanity back into serving without creating another program or event.
Sure, we’re having fun giving you gear as you bless others, but we think the greater impact is the joy you’ll receive as you serve others in the name of love.
I personally struggle jumping in on an organized event as my schedule is pretty full already. However, I realized a while back that being like Jesus begins with paying attention to the needs of people in my natural path of life.
I have neighbors who have needs. A couple in their golden years with plenty of needs as one of them is in a wheelchair. A single gal who is uncomfortable with a chainsaw and power tools – things that I enjoy using – has plenty of opportunities for me. My in-laws are at a point in life where there is an endless list of ways for me to bless them around their house, so as I am able I spend several hours every week tackling the list.
God has strategically placed each of us in a place with opportunities to bless others, it may just mean taking a moment to observe them and then Activate Your Bless Mode. What do you see around you?
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.