Properties, Building, and Grounds

In 2017 the Session decided to separate the care of the building(s), grounds and properties from the financial, time and talent functions of the Stewardship Committee. Thus the BP&G committee was born to care for the church building itself, the garage, the rental properties, the handicapped parking lot, the church grounds and the van.
Along with that decision, the need for an operations manual was identified. Needless to say that heavily involves the work of this new committee.

No one is happy with the dishwashing capacity of the dish sanitizing system currently in use. Consultations with the manufacturer have prompted the increase of the hot water temperature along with the installation of a timer to conserve energy in the off-use hours. (Provision was made to divert this hotter water from the handicapped bathroom tap.) This has not proven satisfactory. We are currently arranging for a telephone conference between the plumber familiar with the setup and the manufacture’s representative. We have the option of course of a $17,000+ new dishwasher system but would like to exhaust all other possibilities first.

Time, Talents, and Treasures


The annual Per Capita giving, tucked into the middle of the budget on page 34 of the FPCPA 2017 Annual Report, can be a mystery for our new members and sometimes for our longstanding members as well. The Per Capita is one way each Presbyterian (PCUSA) church helps support the wider church—Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. It can be viewed as working like an insurance policy or even a co-op; together the churches contribute to the operating overhead of the church at all levels so that, in turn, the wider church can help individual congregations through various services and opportunities. The Per Capita funds support basic ministry operations for the Presbytery (80%), for the Synod (5%), and for the General Assembly (15%).

Here are some instances in which FPCPA has benefitted from the wider church: The Presbytery is aiding us in our transition period, liaising with our task force to select an interim, working with our Mission Study Team, and providing training for the Pastor Nominating Committee. The Synod provided a low-interest loan for our financial campaign for the recent renovation. General Assembly, years ago, provided a loan for another building project, and GA representatives came to the church to help direct the campaign. There are other times when we have had help from the larger church, help of which many of us have been unaware.