It all started in the basement of Rose and Mel Shoup, but Mel hadn’t discovered Christ yet. Rose made a risky move bringing the church to where people she loved were—and almost fifty years later, look at the impact that risk has had!
This is our calling—to take the message of hope in Christ to people who need it. And as we look to celebrate fifty years next year, we also look forward to what impact God will make in and through us in our community. The leadership of the church has been praying about and envisioning the next five years to be marked by Richwoods pushing our influence out to the edges where people who are far from God are lost and hopeless.
We desire to be a people who are full of life and love, investing in relationships with people who are struggling and spinning in circles spiritually yet intrigued by our own personal hope in Christ—internally wanting what we have—waiting for us to extend an invitation to join the fellowship we have within the walls of our campuses.
As a church body we have the opportunity to create an environment of genuine hospitality that oozes with grace and acceptance, loving people where they are. As we do this, we become a church of ongoing and exponential impact working together to bring the hope of Christ to the world one friend at a time.
This week we begin a sermon series designed for your friends who are spiritually lost. Here’s a digital invitation you can use to invite them. If your friends have turned you down, don’t worry, we all still have a part in creating the environment that will keep them curious about this hope we have found!
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.