Stewardship and Estimated Giving

Stewardship

The 2019 Pledge theme is Generations of Generosity.   For generations, our church has been an active presence in the city of Annapolis. Over the past 170 years, our congregation has had many ministers, members, visitors, and mission partnerships, all supported by the financial gifts of those who care deeply about the church.

As you probably know, our church is currently in a time of transition. For the first time in 19 years, we are beginning the journey to find a new lead pastor. On top of this pastoral transition, many strong financial supporters in the past year have retired and moved away, received job transfers, or had their circumstances change. The loss of these strong supporters will challenge our ability to fund the church budget for the upcoming year.

We approach next year’s budget challenges, however, from a position of great strength.  Thanks to your generosity, the church recently conducted a highly successful capital campaign. In light of this strength, we have set a goal of $880,000 for the 2019 Stewardship Campaign, a 10% increase to our current annual giving.

We believe a 10% increase to our annual giving is achievable if each of us takes time to reflect upon our commitment to doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with our God. Please pray and consider increasing your gift for 2019 or by making a gift for the first time.

We ask all to provide an estimate of your giving for 2019.

Yes, that’s a change for 2019.  You will be asked for an ‘estimate’ of your giving rather than a ‘pledge.’  This change in terminology reflects current practice in many churches and better describes what First Presbyterian needs from you.  We don’t need a binding contract (and we never have).  What we need is as accurate an estimate as you can make of what you will give next year, whether it’s $20 or $20,000.  This allows us to make a reasonable budget for the year.  We’ll still send you statements to remind you where you are with your estimate, but we understand that sometimes circumstance change and some givers might not be able to give as much as they expected (and maybe some will be able to give more!).

Give us your estimate of your annual gift using whichever of the following is easiest for you:

Priorities

Increasing our annual giving by 10% will allow the church to:

  • Increase Mission funding, including meeting our commitment to the exciting new IAF community organizing affiliate, Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT), and to come closer to our goal of having 10% of our entire budget be spent on mission.
  • Continue to pay our outstanding clergy and staff a fair wage that reflects their value to our community
  • Keep pace with the maintenance of our historic campus, and build a maintenance reserve to prepare for unexpected repairs

Your Gift Matters

Your stewardship gift 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 gift also empowers the church’s leadership to plan wisely for the short and longer term. When people submit a written estimate of giving, 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 online Time & Talent form to see the possibilities and connect your interests with our ministry. Someone will contact you shortly do discuss the best way for you to share your gifts.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I provide an estimate of giving?

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 provide an estimate of giving?
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 give my gift?
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 estimate.

What’s the difference between online giving and making an online estimate of giving? 
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.