Stewardship and Pledging

Stewardship

The 2018 Pledge theme, Pillars of Our Faith, identifies five pillars at First Presbyterian Church.  Members and friends of the church -- recognizing the critical role of financial support to everything we do -- are making a financial pledge for next year. Now we ask you to join in making a financial commitment to First Presbyterian for 2018. Together our voices and actions can do more in our church, city and beyond. Please prayerfully consider a meaningful pledge. Your support makes it possible for us to care for the spiritual needs of our those in our midst, help people in Annapolis and around the world, support our wonderful ministers and staff, and maintain our campus where so many great things happen. Pledge using whichever of the following is easiest for you:

  • Pledge online.
  • Call the church office, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at (410) 267-8705.
  • Email the Business Manager.
  • Mail a pledge card to 171 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis MD  21401.
  • Return a pledge card in the offering plate during Sunday worship.

Priorities

Goals above ongoing ministry/mission projects and normal operational expenses include:

  • Support the Interfaith IAF Community Organizing Group, a multi-race and multi-faith effort to build power in Anne Arundel County, to bring systemic change to our community. $5,000
  • Support the Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad’s engagement in faith ministries to the Hispanic community in Anne Arundel County. $5,000
  • Support Connect Rwanda, a Mission Committee helping children and schools in Africa. $1,000
  • Provide dedicated professional quality music for the monthly Taizé services in which music plays an essential part of the worship experience. $1,000

Your Pledge Matters

Your stewardship pledge enables First Presbyterian Church to minister to the needs of the local and global community, to celebrate with worship and music, to engage members in education and service, to maintain our historic property, and to pay our clergy and staff.

Your pledge also empowers the church’s leadership to plan wisely for the short and longer term. When people submit a written pledge, church officers can discern the amount of predictable funds available to maintain a responsible budget and plan for future growth.

Time and Talents Survey

How do you share your gifts of Time & Talent? FPC has over 120 ways you can. Check out the Time & Talent list to see the possibilities and connect your interests with our ministry. Completed forms can be placed in the offering plate during Sunday services or returned to the church office. Someone will contact you shortly do discuss the best way for you to share your gifts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to make a pledge?
The church asks each year for "estimates of giving" to assist with budgeting for expenditures in the coming year. Making a pledge is an informal commitment to give in the coming year.

How do I make a pledge?
There are several ways you can make a pledge; use the online pledge form; complete the pledge card included in the Stewardship brochure, and returning it to the church office or the collection plate during worship; or contact the business manager at businessmanager@annapolis-presbyterian.com, or call 410-267-8705 ext 107.
 
When can I pledge?
A pledge can be made at any time of the year for the remainder of that year; or during the annual pledge drive, which typically occurs between October and December, for the next year's budget.
 

How do I pay my pledge?
You can request weekly offering envelopes, ask the church to set up automatic giving (MasterCard, Visa, or EFT), or set up and manage a recurring donation online. You will be prompted to choose an option when you make your pledge.

What’s the difference between online giving and making an online pledge? 
The online pledge is a simple way to tell the church how much you plan to give in the coming year.  Online giving is one option to fulfill your pledge.  You may use our secure site to set up a recurring payment.
 

I take my commitments seriously. I’m thinking about pledging, but I’m concerned about my employment status. If I have a change in my status, can I adjust my pledge?
Yes, your estimate of giving can be changed or cancelled at any time for any reason in a confidential way. Just contact our Business Manager at businessmanager@annapolis-presbyterian.com or 410-267-8705 ext. 107.

I’m a young adult and don’t have a lot to give right now. Will my pledge of a small amount make a difference?
Yes! If everyone who hasn’t been giving committed to give (regardless of the amount), the church could surpass our current level of giving. Your gift makes a great deal of difference.

What does it mean to be a good steward?
In modern terms, a steward is a "manager," given responsibility to administer faithfully all that God has entrusted to us—making a difference in the world as a follower of Jesus Christ.

I have given faithfully in the past, but I have never made a formal pledge. Why should I?
We appreciate all gifts made to the church, but formal pledges help us financially plan for program ministries and outreach.

When does my estimate of giving amount go into effect?
January 1 of the new year.

Will First Presbyterian Church send me statements?
Yes, if you give, you will receive a quarterly statement of your contributions for your tax records and to confirm the accuracy of our records.

 

If you have any questions about giving or pledging, please contact Dottie Ballard, our Business Manager, at 410-267-8705, ext. 107 or businessmanager@annapolis-presbyterian.com.