When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning!” Luke 10:17-18 (NLT).
It’s the day after Easter weekend, and what a weekend it was! I can’t help but think of the passage above as I review comment cards and emails, overhear office chatter, and recall conversations I had at both of our campuses.
I haven’t heard of anyone interacting with demons, nor did I have any visions of Satan, but we did experience an advancement in God’s Kingdom as we came together to Share the HOPE!
What I did see was the result of the people of Richwoods moving toward a common goal, and it was a spectacular sight! It took a lot of extra effort from all of our volunteers to create a welcoming environment for all who came through our doors including those who are unchurched and over-churched. From the parking lot to the worship center and everywhere in between, the love and warmth were contagious.
I was forwarded comments from an over-churched couple – in fact I think they categorized themselves as being “done with church” – yet they visited and discovered a church unlike any they had ever attended.
Before our Parkway 9am service, I chatted with a man and his teenage son. They were church shopping and had heard good things about Richwoods so they decided to give us a try.
I celebrated the faithfulness of one of our volunteers who invited a friend and her teenage children. Jill and I sat behind the group at a Saturday night worship service. Robin was beaming with delight in her savior, and you could tell she loved that her friend was at her church. Her friend also mentioned that she had a wonderful experience and would be back.
Another sent me a text and said, “It has been many years since I’ve felt like I’ve had a church to call ‘home’!”
It’s a privilege to work alongside all of you in the Kingdom of God. Together God is doing miracles in us and through us.
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.
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.
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