Monthly Financial Update

September 2017

September was a solid month at Riverside in so many ways!

We wrapped up the Every. Single. Minute. series and saw God work in specific ways in many people’s lives. Our Fall Kick-Off on September 10th was a great day and we launched our all-church spiritual journey, Transformed that same day. Over 1,000 people signed up to be in a small group! We also had kickoffs for children and student ministries in September.

Most every Sunday there are guests coming to our services and we celebrate each time someone says “Yes” to Jesus as Lord, as we saw a number of people do in September! Praise the Lord for His amazing grace!

Giving for September was good as we completed the first quarter of our new fiscal year. 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 again very strong!

In response to 3 major hurricanes that impacted Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, we as a church have responded by giving $20,000.00 to CAMA Services, the relief arm of our denomination (C&MA). One of the great things about giving to CAMA Services is that we are giving to help our brothers and sisters in C&MA churches in these affected areas. These are people and churches who are going to be there for the long haul…well after the media loses interest and other agencies respond to the next crisis. Our gifts allow these sister C&MA churches to assist their own people impacted by these storms, as well as help them reach out to their communities with resources to show others the love of Jesus in personal and practical ways.

Remember we have not budgeted for these gifts. We are using our contingency funds to accomplish this task. Your faithful, generous, and sacrificial giving to our Fuel for Ministry Fund allows our contingency funds to be restored. Thank you to those of you who have already done this, and you can still make these types of gifts to the Fuel for Ministry Fund to help out with this need.

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 Fall.

Please keep praying for the Lord to open a door for a new 2nd campus location for us. And pray for our church family 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 September 2017
  • Sunday Attendance: 1,35958
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund (formerly the General Fund): $46,649.09 (new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $56,054.64)
  • Great Commission Fund: $5,541.13
  • Approximate cash able to set aside for multisite:  $700,000

Weekly Averages for September 2017

Financial Figures for September 2017

Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $778,970
>> Year to Date Giving $604,591
>> YTD Difference $174,379

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $778,970
>> Year to Date Expenses $518,188
>> YTD Difference $260,782

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving To Date $604,591
>> Expenses To Date $518,188
>> Difference $86,403