Rebuild. Revive. RESTORE

We’ve been prayerfully and strategically preparing to rebuild our sanctuary that was destroyed in the 2020 derecho. The new facility will be for all of us, and especially for your “one.” Each of us has a “one” in our lives that we’re praying for and engaging toward a new life in Christ. That’s why it’s so important to plan for growth at River of Life.


Check out these creative ways to give and this helpful budgeting tool.


Often times when we are asked to sacrifice and give to an important cause, we think, “If they only knew how little money I have,” or “I’m giving all I can—I can’t give anymore,” or “I can barely make it on what I earn. There’s no way I can give to the project.” We understand the concerns and empathize with you. That’s why we developed a list of creative ways to give that you may have overlooked. Each one requires sacrifice, but like King David said, “I will not offer up to the Lord anything that costs me nothing!” (1 Chronicles 21:24).

  1. Be a Coupon Clipper. Food is probably the largest expense we have each month. Using food coupons can save $30-$40 per week. Donating that $30 a week over three years totals $4,680.
  2. Give up a “routine.” For example, a gourmet coffee each day for three years can cost over $3,000.
  3. Commit your income tax refund check for the two year period.
  4. Commit an estimated raise in salary over the next two years.
  5. Adjust your Vacations. For one or more years of the two-year period, do something close and inexpensive like day-trips or picnics. Or take a two-day vacation instead of a week and save on the airfare and hotel costs. This can save $1,000 to $2,000 easily.
  6. Continue a bill payment. If you will be paying off some form of debt in the next year commit to continue to “pay the bill” by redirecting the money to the project after the bill is paid off. A $100 payment per month over two years is $2,400.
  7. Cut down to basic cable instead of premium cable with movie channels. Premium Cable could be as much as $150 a month. By cutting back to basic cable, you could save up to $3,600 over three years.
  8. Put off a discretionary major purchase and redirect the money to the project. For example, delaying the purchase of a newer-model vehicle for a year or two could enable you to contribute $5,000 to $6,000 to the project.
  9. Make a “dollar per week increase.” If you’re concerned about making a large commitment, this will help build faith. Start with $1 the first week, then two, then three. Pray for wisdom in where the next dollar will come from. Over two years, you would give over $5,400.
  10. Donate your collectibles. You may have treasures sitting in your home, such as coins, stamps, baseball cards, art or other collections of worth. Consider parting with these items by getting them appraised, selling them, and donating the revenue to the project.
  11. Donate Land and/or Real Estate. Selling land or real estate of which you are not getting use may generate tens of thousands of dollars or more.
  12. Donate other assets of worth. Do you have jewelry, or an extra boat, car or motorcycle? Prayerfully consider donating them to the church to defray the cost of the project.



New to budgeting? This is a great place to start and get your feet wet! Use this form from to get started


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