About Us

We’re glad you’ve taken the time to check out our website and learn more about our ministries and mission. Currently, we’re a community of about 700 people who are interested in doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with our God. If you have questions about who we are, what we do, or how you might fit in, don’t hesitate to be in touch. We welcome you and look forward to getting to know you.

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Bill Hathaway and Rev. Heather Shortlidge

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ANNAPOLIS:
FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN (2016-2020)

Approved September 22, 2015

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VISION
We are called to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

 

CORE VALUES

REFORMED/ALWAYS REFORMING

  • Committed to being disciples of Jesus Christ, while valuing relationships with other faith traditions
  • Worship that celebrates preaching, prayer, music, and the sacraments
  • Active engagement within the Presbyterian Church, USA

DOWNTOWN

  • Downtown by history and by choice
  • Annapolis is our classroom and home base—the neighborhood we are responsible for knowing and serving, even though our reach extends to other places in the world

OPEN HEARTS OPEN MINDS

  • A reverence for relationships, as challenging and complicated as that can be
  • Pays attention to spiritual well-being, nurturing a healthy interior life
  • Dedicated to continuous learning and expansion of thought

RADICAL HOSPITALITY

  • A non-judgmental safe haven for those with doubts, questions, or lurking uncertainty
  • Seeks healing and wholeness for all our neighbors
  • Welcomes full participation regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, income, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, or familial status

JUSTICE

  • Advocates for human rights
  • Invested in building partnerships and cultivating grass roots leadership
  • We will be a church that speaks to the larger challenges of our time

TINY FOOTPRINTS

  • We will be kind to the planet
  • We will minimize the resources we consume
  • Green/sustainable endeavors, leading the way towards combating climate change

MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

  • We spread God’s love seven days a week
  • We create sanctuaries outside of 171 Duke of Gloucester Street
  • We take our energy from Sunday and share it throughout the week

 

GOALS & OBJECTIVES
NOTE:  These goals and objectives assume that the regular work of the church will continue, and therefore address new and challenging opportunities in the life of our church.

1.  Engage members and friends to confront issues of poverty and race in Annapolis:

  • Support the growth of STAIR programs in the local community and teach others how to set up satellite programs
  • Partner with local African American congregations in dialogue and study (target: at least one meeting/event per year with 2-3 local congregations over the next 3 years)
  • Commit resources such as the Bass Lecture Fund to topics of race and poverty
  • Work with the Presbytery of Baltimore’s public policy efforts relative to state legislation addressing issues of poverty and race (target: legislation/initiatives identified and communicated to FPC members; working group from FPC identified in 2016 to provide focus on these issues)
  • Renew our commitment to the Maintenance Intern Program

2.  Tell our story in new ways:

  • Teach members and regulars to articulate and share their own personal parables, faith, and convictions
  • Develop four video vignettes for the website
  • Publicly announce our vision in artwork or other displays outside our building, e.g., banners
  • Seek new avenues to share FPC happenings

3.  Connect members and regulars of all ages in relationships that enrich friendship and faith:

  • Identify and develop small group opportunities for both adults and youth
  • Update Time and Talent Forms for all, with emphasis on those entering new life stages
  • Train and assign Andrew ministers/shepherds to new members
  • Explore and provide staff support (e.g., outgoing and organized parish associate) to coordinate the above
  • Expand and enrich our relationship with the Letohrad parish of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren
  • Recruit at least 2 members to serve as Young Adult Volunteers (PCUSA program) within the next 5 years

4.  Nurture the Spirit beyond Sunday

  • Develop ongoing Christian Education opportunities during the week (i.e.: weekday bible study, four fall Wed nights, speaker relating to spiritual growth, journeys to Montreat/Ghost Ranch)
  • Renew our commitment to the Seminary Intern program
  • Develop Arts and Music opportunities
  • Expand ways of providing or enriching the worship experience for those not able to attend Sunday morning services

5.  Sustain our ministry

  • Develop a sustainable financial plan, including dependencies such as size of membership (income) and a maintenance reserve fund
  • Identify and develop green church initiatives
  • Expand building uses to broaden our ministries as well as provide additional funding sources
  • Update our computer/cloud system to better share info. (e.g., automate Time/Talent forms)
  • Explore and provide staff support to include a focus on administrative work such as web development, and database development (e.g., computerized Time and Talents application)

Calendar

Calendar

August Food Drive

August Food Drive

8/20/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
Bring food donations to the narthex each Sunday in August.

8:00 am Courtyard Worship

8:00 am Courtyard Worship

8/20/2017 8:00:00 AM EDT
(Courtyard)

9:30 Sanctuary Worship

9:30 Sanctuary Worship

8/20/2017 9:30:00 AM EDT
(Sanctuary)

STAIR Workday

STAIR Workday

8/21/2017 10:00:00 AM EDT
(KC4a) set up at 9 am, takedown at 4:30 pm

Staff Committee

Staff Committee

8/21/2017 7:00:00 PM EDT
(KC1a)

STAIR Workday

STAIR Workday

8/22/2017 1:00:00 PM EDT
(KC4a) set up at noon, takedown at 4:30 pm

Session Dinner at Manse

Session Dinner at Manse

8/22/2017 6:00:00 PM EDT
(Manse)

Session

Session

8/22/2017 7:00:00 PM EDT
(KC4a)

FoodSHARE Delivery

FoodSHARE Delivery

8/23/2017 9:00:00 AM EDT
Deliver food from Whole Foods Market to West Street, Annapolis, church food pantries.

Staff Meeting

Staff Meeting

8/23/2017 12:00:00 PM EDT
(KC1a)