Monthly Financial Update

November 2017

November was an amazing month at Riverside!

We were challenged November 5th to be Jesus’ followers who care about the world hearing the Good News, and learned more about our partnership in Taiwan.

I’m not sure any of us who were there November 12th will soon forget this powerful day of worship and praise where we celebrated the conclusion of the Stretch Us chapter of our multisite journey, while at the same time, we celebrated the beginning of the This is Why chapter of our multisite journey that the Lord has miraculously opened up for us! As our new friends from Sauk Rapids came up front in all of our services, it was a tremendously moving experience for all of us to share together.

The This is Why series continued for the rest of the month and we are seeing the Lord working in many ways already in people’s lives. It will conclude December 10.

Preparations for the Christmas Production (Dec. 8-10) are already well underway, and tickets for the main room for Friday’s performance are already gone. Be praying for who you can invite and how you can serve.

We are also excited about the Christmas Stories message series (Dec. 17, 24, and 31), and also be praying for and inviting people to come to one of our 4 identical Christmas Eve services (11am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:30pm).

In November we saw perhaps the largest number of guests who came to our services outside of Christmas and Easter, not just from the Sauk Rapids group, but from all over the area! And we celebrate each time someone says “Yes” to Jesus as Lord. Praise the Lord for His amazing grace!

Giving for November was very strong. We thank the Lord that all our budgeted needs for our Big Lake campus continue on track, and our cash flow is healthy right now. Giving for our Fuel for Missions Fund was also strong.

Digital giving makes such a huge difference in so many people’s lives here. It helps people develop the consistent practice of the grace of giving and putting God first in their finances. You can give it a try this month.

Pray for everyone who considers Riverside Church their spiritual home to practice the grace of giving and generosity being just a “normal” response for our church so we can reach more people for Jesus.

Thanks to all of you who give to the Lord’s work through Riverside Church. It makes a difference in real people’s lives here and around the world every week.

Both the opportunities and obstacles we face are very real, as they are for any of God’s churches seeking to partner with Him in making a Kingdom impact. Keep praying that God will clearly lead us and show us His ways.

God is at work in and through Riverside, touching the lives of thousands of people in significant ways. Your gifts help make that happen, both now and for eternity.

God bless you all!
Pastor Tom

Weekly Averages for November 2017
  • Sunday Attendance: 1,688
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund (formerly the General Fund): $53,773.05 (new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $56,054.64)
  • Great Commission Fund: $5,998.30
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite:  $700,000

Weekly Averages for November 2017

Financial Figures for November 2017

Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,318,257
>> Year to Date Giving $1,047,924
>> YTD Difference $270,333

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $1,318,257
>> Year to Date Expenses $859,890
>> YTD Difference $458,367

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving To Date $1,047,924
>> Expenses To Date $859,890
>> Difference $188,034