20 July 2020 Pastor Rick: Love and Financial Update
by Pastor Rick Henderson
Each month we like to give you an update on how our church is doing financially. While that is helpful, we can do better. Beginning in August, each week there will be an article or a video giving you insight into our church’s finances. We want you to be as informed as possible. We want to be as transparent as possible.
As of June our year-to-date offerings are down $113,000 (5.99%). After all that we’ve experienced, that doesn’t surprise us. And, it doesn’t scare us. It is something we take seriously. In response, we have done our best to eliminate every expense imaginable. Our month-to-date expenses are down $151,000 (35%). Our year-to-date expenses are $563,000 (22%) under budget.
Month-to-date our net income is $2,000. Our year-to-date net deficit is $113,000. That is $92,000 better than we budgeted. As is the case with other organizations or with a business, income lags behind expenses at the beginning of the year. Income does catch up and surpass expenses by the end of the year. That is historically the case at Autumn Ridge. It is my hope that will be the case this year as well.
As important as it is to give an update on finances, it is equally important to update you on how well our church is doing at loving the community. I can’t say it often enough or loudly enough. I’m so proud of and grateful to be a part of this church. Thank you to those who give and those who volunteer. Your investment fuels our impact. Here are some of the local ministries and organizations with whom we are excited to partner.
Salvation Army: Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
New Life Family Services: To honor the sanctity of human life by assisting clients in life-affirming decisions with the love and compassion of Christ.
Fort Wilderness Ministries: Influence lives for eternity through God’s word, adventure programs, the wilderness, and warm Christian fellowship.
Next Chapter Ministries: Our mission is to build lasting relationships with people who have been impacted by crime, restoring them to God, family and community with the gospel of God.
Friendship Place: Our mission is “to provide a safe, caring environment where people of all races, ethnic groups and religions can always find a friend.”
Serenity House Network: Our mission is to provide affordable, high-quality, family-style, fully furnished lodging and to offer Christian support services exclusively to Mayo Clinic patients and their families in Rochester, Minnesota.
Teen Hope Teen Hope reaches out to young people in Rochester, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus.
Network for Life: Working to transform the lives of people from incarceration to the community with the Good News of Jesus, long-term discipleship, and lasting relationships.
Olmsted Outreach: Reaching out to Rochester, greater Olmsted County, and communities around the world with the love of Jesus Christ to meet people’s physical, social, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs.
Together For Good: Creating pathways for the church to come alongside vulnerable families in Christ-centered ministry.
ACTS 4 Kids: Helping under-resourced and in-transition (homeless) students in the Rochester, Minnesota area have an opportunity to thrive in life by meeting their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs.
The Gables: Dedicated to women 18 years of age and above, supporting their journey through recovery from chemical dependency/addiction.
Jeremiah Program: A place where single mothers and their families proudly walk a path out of poverty, two generations at a time.
Lifeline Children’s Services: Equipping the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children.
MN Adult and Teen Challenge: Assisting teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life-controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The Landing: Building an organization that is a landing place for those in need, seeking resources to help individuals reach a point of security and stability in their lives.
Unity English: Unity English is a place to make friends and learn English. It is open to men and women of all nationalities in our community. Our three levels of classes are offered for free and are taught by enthusiastic teachers. Each week we open our Bibles and also cover a variety of topics.
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