Annual Response Program – “G.O.A.T.”

Greatest Of All Themes

This is the time of year for the Church’s “Annual Response Program” (ARP) — the season when, as a congregation, we count the commitments from members and friends of the Church to fund First Presbyterian’s general mission and ministry in the coming year, 2022.

To help us reflect, each week someone who has served on the “Year Round Stewardship” team is sharing an ARP theme from the past which still speaks to them about a lifestyle of giving. You could say that our theme this year is a meta-theme, the Greatest of All Themes! We can call it “G.O.A.T.” because — who doesn’t love baby goats?

Becky chose to reflect on “Delight in God’s Roots and Streams,” the 2014 theme. Bruce reminded us of “Gratitude is the Attitude,” from 2007. Next, Craig plans to refresh “The Offering Plate and Beyond!” from 2019. What’s your favorite stewardship theme from the past?

It’s fun to remember! It’s also important to look ahead. Your commitment to the congregation’s Annual Operating Fund supports all the essentials of congregational life. Tools, salaries, basic mission, educational programs, music for worship. Who turns the lights on? You do! Who provides the heat? That’s you, too, of course.

The Mission and Ministry Fund, often called the Operating Fund, of the church allows the Church Session to make a budget to provide lights, salaries for church staff, subscriptions for zoom and livestream services, music and education, and engage in mission with our foundational partners locally and abroad. Your commitment makes it possible for the Church to make commitments.

Here is the link to the 2022 Commitment Form. This is an online form, easier to fill out and return this year. Just fill it in and click submit. You will receive an immediate email confirmation with a copy of what you’ve submitted. The form will go to Church Treasurer Nancy R.

If you prefer not to do an online form, you can print the form, fill it in with pen and ink, and mail or bring it to the church office or put it in the offering plate. You may also send an email to:

Please take a few minutes this week to consider prayerfully YOUR family’s commitment to the work of God through the First Presbyterian Church in 2022. Then let the Session know to count on you. And thank you for your commitment!

Sunday, October 17Greatest Of All Themes Kick-off

Sunday, November 14 – Thank and Tell Sunday

Commitment Form for 2022

Please use this online Commitment Form to turn in your Church pledge or estimate-of-giving for 2022.

If you prefer, you may print and mail, or bring the form, to the church office. Yet another option is to send an email to Thank you in advance for your commitment to the Mission and Ministry Fund of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County!

First Presbyterian Church of Howard Country
9325 Presbyterian Circle
Columbia, Maryland 21045