This past weekend it was so much fun to watch as you carried in shoeboxes filled with love for children who live in poverty worldwide; along with those who sprite-fully lumbered in with groceries to share with people who will fall short this holiday season. I can’t recall one individual or family that came with just one or the other, you gave with hands full.
You gave and it blessed your spirit. There is a feeling—an emotion—that surfaces when we engage in the activity of generosity. I like to refer to that particular emotion as Jubilee. It’s a Hebrew word hinting at release and homecoming; two things God is all about.
Whether you call it “paying it forward” or an “act of kindness”, I lean toward thinking these actions of generosity are a critical part of joining God in his redemptive purpose for humanity. Generosity is the economic stimulus of the Kingdom of Heaven, and we get to be the distributors! As we mimic God’s generosity in giving, he shares Jubilee with us.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, enter into a spirit of Jubilee with your time, your skills, and your finances. You will have many opportunities come your way and we want you to pounce on them, even the opportunity you have to give to your church. Every gift you give to Richwoods is divided to strategically bless people outside the walls of our campuses and to enhance the ministries and resources that bless you. We are currently behind in our projections for giving and we are prayerfully confident you will respond to the needs of your church in great generosity as you always have.
Knoxville Weekend Attendance
Parkway Weekend Attendance
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On average Richwoods needs to receive $48.3K in gifts to meet its operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
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.