Time for a confession – not one that I’m excited to make, but here it is: when I was in college I followed a soap opera. For the life of me I can’t remember which one, but I do remember I could miss several days and not actually miss any of the story.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but the story line at Richwoods doesn’t quite follow the pattern of a soap opera. If you miss a weekend worship service, you really do miss out on a significant part of the story God is developing.
Being a vibrant church takes intentionality along with the commitment of people who are invested with their time, resources, and skills. We are blessed to have hundreds of volunteers who serve every weekend to provide an environment where others can find and follow Christ.
More than that, we are blessed to have hundreds of people caring for and encouraging each other every weekend.
There has been a growing trend among American church goers where people consider themselves active attenders of a church when they attend one out of every three weekends. That’s missing out on thirty-four weekend services!
I think, and I could be wrong, it’s kind of hard to move together when we are missing each other most of the time. It has an effect on the church and the potential of who God is creating us to be week in and week out.
The writer of Hebrews puts it this way, “…don’t avoid getting together as a community to worship as some others do. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and acts of genuine kindness and grace toward one another…” (my paraphrase). Point here is, there is a danger of missing out on something amazing when we are together.
It’s hard to be inspired by you—what God is doing in and through you—when one of us is gone every two of three weeks. Together we encourage, challenge, and spur each other on to do amazing things for the advancement of God’s economy. Together let’s continue to build this church as we press into helping people find and follow Christ.
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.
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.