This past weekend we concluded our sermon series “Spread: inviting others to the table of God.” Pointing out Van Gogh’s last painting The Church at Auvers, we discovered what a church looks like to some. As I think about Richwoods, it would be hard to convince me that we are like this church Van Gogh portrayed.
The fall season is always a very vibrant time for us as a church, we are coming out of summer vacations and making it to a weekend worship service becomes much more routine for us. Likewise, we tend to see an increase in visitor flow with families and individuals who have recently relocated to the area.
Unlike Van Gogh’s painting the doors at Richwoods are accessible and the lights are on, but what do visitors experience when they enter into “our space?” That is certainly worth thinking about.
I think there are always a few questions visitors are asking as they enter our space, questions each of us has the ability to answer.
Do you see me? No one likes feeling like they are invisible, unless you’re a ninja. A simple, “Good morning!” or “Good evening!” is a great place to start.
Where do I go? I’ve noticed many visitors have a similar look on their faces when they walk through the doors at one of our campuses. It’s that “Where do I go?” look. We have plenty of signage around our campuses, but there is nothing better than someone asking to help, especially visitors who are coming in with children.
Is there a seat for me? Finding a seat in the worship center is tricky for even a regular attender of Richwoods, especially when the lights are low and everyone is standing. We all have our favorite places to sit and preferences about where to sit in a row. I’m an end guy myself. As we are worshiping, keep your eyes open for people who are looking for a seat, if you have room in your row, try inviting them in and scoot over.
Who is responsible to make visitors feel welcome at Richwoods? Tag, we’re it…no tag-backs!
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.