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Church Planting in Maryland's Capital City By Bob Larson Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is a city rich in United States history. It hosted the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784. It was also the site of the 1786 Annapolis Convention where a Constitutional Convention was planned and held the following year. Annapolis is also the home of the United States Naval Academy. The Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest structure in the nation that has been in continuous legislative use in the United States. Construction was started in 1772, and the Maryland legislature first met there in 1779. It has the largest wooden dome built without nails in the country. The Maryland State House was the home of the United States government from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. The Treaty of Paris was ratified there on January 14, 1784. Annapolis was the first peacetime capital of the United States. BIMI Reseeding America church planter Ed Beard and his family opened the doors of Freestate Baptist Church in Edgewater, Maryland, a suburb of Annapolis, on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The Beards' sending church is Patuxent Baptist Church in Great Mills, Maryland, where Rick Conner is the pastor. The new church in Annapolis is the fifth USA church plant for Patuxent Baptist Church. There was a wonderful spirit of cooperation among sister churches in the Northeast as many came to help the Beards with door-to-door literature distribution prior to the opening of the church. On several Saturdays in October, there were over 100 people who drove in and met at a local Panera Bread parking lot to pick up church and Gospel literature and distribution assignments. There were 72 people in attendance on the first Sunday with a good representation of people from Annapolis. Brother Beard related the following account of the opening of Freestate Baptist Church. 22 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2015