2020 continues to be one of the most unique and challenging years any of us have ever seen. Yet we at First Presbyterian of Annapolis remain very blessed and thankful. Because of the continuing generosity of our congregation, our church has been able to continue its mission support in new and unique ways, maintain support to our staff and education programs, and stay on track with most of our budget priorities. Most importantly, 2020 brought us new leadership in Andy and Mihee, providing us excitement and hope for our future as a valued place of worship that we share with each other and our community. And, while we have all missed worshipping in person, on-line worship has sustained our faith and provided us new and unique ways of staying connected as a congregation. There are truly few church families with such tremendous love and care.
As we begin to develop our 2021 budget to continue our work, our annual generosity initiative continues to be a critical part of that planning process. The current approach for the 2021 budget is to largely keep funding levels from the 2020 budget. Our goal is to maintain stable income and expense levels through the first half of 2021 and conduct a mid-year review and address needed adjustments. As we have all recognized this year, we are now living in an ever-changing environment.
With this approach we are again asking you to prayerfully consider a generous gift to the church for 2021. We recognized that a generous gift this year has a different meaning for each of us. For some facing financial setbacks, just giving at the same rate as last year is very generous; and some may have to cut back on their gifts. If your financial situation has not been impacted by the economics from the pandemic, we ask you to consider increasing your gift this year to help fill the gap.
Again, our heartfelt thanks to each of you for your continued and new support of the ministry, education, worship, and mission of First Presbyterian of Annapolis. With these gifts our members and friends we can remain a sanctuary of worship where countless people have found a spiritual home to nurture and deepen their faith, and be an example of God’s love in our community and around the world.
Give us your estimate of your annual gift using whichever of the following is easiest for you: