By the time you read this, you should have received in the mail your 2019 year-end giving statement. We kindly ask that you compare your own record of giving to River Road Church with the statement provided from our financial office and promptly report to us any discrepancies.
As I saw the shipping container filled with these giving statements headed to the post office last week, it was astounding the number of people who give so generously and regularly to River Road Church. Each of those giving statements represents a person or family who joyfully wants take part in all that God is doing in and through our church.
Our church ended 2019 in a positive financial situation thanks to your generous gifts. We funded completely our mission and ministry commitments because of your sacrificial giving. You are a talented and vibrant and big-hearted church and I want to say Thank you!
It’s really remarkable all that we were able to accomplish together last year. We finished our staff hiring process. We hosted the new executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Dr. Paul Baxley. We began a strategic relationship with Greg and Sue Smith, missionaries in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We hosted renowned organist and conductor Huw Williams from Bath Abbey in the United Kingdom, we nurtured relationships with sister congregations with a pulpit swap with Rabbi Hal Schevitz and Congregation Or Atid and we held a joint Thanksgiving worship service with Quioccasin Baptist Church.
We sent mission teams (of all ages!) to Panama, Camp Alkulana, Lynchburg, Greenville South Carolina, Lumberton North Carolina, and many other places across Virginia and beyond. We nurtured our growing children’s and youth ministries and we’re gearing up for an exciting 2020 of missions and ministry together.
Friends, we can do so much good for God’s Kingdom when we put our hearts, our money, and our faith together. Every gift helps us achieve the mission God has given us to reach out to our community and beyond with love and light.
I thank you for your giving in 2019. I humbly ask you to continue your spirit of generosity in 2020 as we look forward expectantly to all God has in store for River Road Church!