Monthly Financial Update

March 2018

We thank the Lord for His goodness, grace, and wonderful presence with us again in March.

The Nothing Ordinary series continued in March and we have seen the Lord use these messages in many ways in people’s lives. The series concludes Easter weekend.

Our Sauk Rapids campus had its grand opening March 18, and how exciting it was to welcome 318 people there that day and see on the very first day that campus began 15 people say “yes” to Jesus as Lord! So far, so good with all our technology working and the campus facility is about 95%+ completed. There are some other small tasks and tweaks to complete everything there, but our first ever multisite campus is up and running! Continue to pray for many guests to “come and see” about Jesus Christ in this strategic region God has placed us in.

Throughout March we saw people saying “yes” to Jesus as Lord, for which we praise the Lord! We also continue to welcome new guests each Sunday at both our campuses.

Giving has been healthy. 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 very good.

We have a real need to see the funds we are spending on the massive remodeling project at the Sauk Rapids campus to be replenished so we are in a position to pursue any new doors the Lord might open for us for future campuses. Your giving to the Fuel for Ministry Fund is so very critical for us now.

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.

Another special event in April is that Riverside (Big Lake) will be hosting the North Central District (C&MA) annual District and Prayer Conference April 23-25. This is a unique opportunity for us to serve and bless the pastors, spouses, lay delegates, and the approximately 100 churches of our District (which includes all of MN and the eastern halves of North and South Dakota). It is also a very special event as this year our current District Superintendent is retiring, and a new D.S. will be elected. As well, they have asked me to be the main speaker for the conference. I will be speaking 3 times (twice on April 24 and once on April 25). We will be needing the great volunteers at Riverside to help our staff team with guest services, hospitality, set up and resetting after the conference ends, and in other ways, so let us know if you can help! Also the public services (Monday evening, Tuesday morning and evening, and Wednesday morning) are open to the public and we’d love to have you join us in worship any of those times!

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 March2018
  • Sunday Attendance: 1,750
  • Fuel for Ministry Fund (formerly the General Fund): $56,439.80 (new approved united/multi-campus weekly budget is $56,054.64)
  • Great Commission Fund: $5,245.30


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Weekly Averages for March 2018
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Financial Figures for March 2018
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Actual Giving vs. Actual Expenses
>> Year to Date Approved Budget $2,336,910
>> Year to Date Giving $2,127,218
>> YTD Difference $209,692

>> Year to Date Approved Budget $2,336,910
>> Year to Date Expenses $2,332,519
>> YTD Difference $4,391

Actual Giving vs. Actual Spending
>> Giving To Date $2,127,218
>> Expenses To Date $2,332,519
>> Difference $-205,301