One of the hardest things to do is to reconnect with a church after you’ve been away for a long period of time. People often have good reason to stop attending and getting beyond that can be a challenge. When they do come back, how do they go about reconnecting with people? Will others want to know where they’ve been? Will people treat them differently?
After having left the church for several years, a college student wrestled with these questions as he stepped back through the doors of Richwoods this past fall. One of our college ministry leaders observed him sitting alone on a couch and took the time to reconnect with him as well as invite him to our college ministry on Sunday nights.
This student began attending the college group and expressed his appreciation for the acceptance, honesty, and community he found. Through the group’s environment of transparency, he has discovered an ever-increasing pull to be part of the larger church body on Sunday mornings.
Richwoods desires to be the kind of church where everyone who walks through the doors at any campus has an experience similar to this. We want to love and accept people right where they are regardless of background, opinion, or ability. We want to see the best in each other, to see our potential in God’s Kingdom here and now and help one another experience a life in Christ that works.
I encourage you to take a moment this weekend to reconnect with someone you haven’t seen for a while or introduce yourself to someone you haven’t met. These moments can make a great impact in someone else’s life.
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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.