Counting on St. James: Celebrating the work of Billy Smith
As we recognize the ministries of those behind the scenes, we can not miss the opportunity to thank Billy Smith for his years of service at St. James Parish. Billy has been involved with the financial ministry of the church for over 45 years. He was Parish Treasurer for 17 years and twice served on the Vestry. With his long involvement in Parish finances, Billy was a valuable resource during his many years as a member of the finance committee.
Billy grew up as a Presbyterian and joined St. James in 1975 when his son was confirmed. His wife, Jean, and their 5 children were already members of the parish. Billy and Jean have both been active members with four girls, they were asked to coach the church's girls' basketball team which they did for 5 years. Practices were held in the basement, the only open space on campus. Jean has served on the Vestry twice and on a search committee. She especially enjoyed being an overnight volunteer at St. James' homeless shelter once a month for 10 years. Jean has been an office volunteer for over 25 years and continues to support the staff.
With Jean's support, Billy’s ministry continues. Each week, you can find Billy in the Bacon House helping to count the offerings for deposit. One of the things he’s learned through his time with St. James is the simple truth that the church doesn’t function without money. While many shy away from conversations about funds, Billy faces the need head-on. With inflation, the cost of each day at St. James grows just as it does in our parishioners’ homes. As we consider the budget of a church the size of St. James, it is important that we keep in mind the ever-increasing need of our day-to-day overhead. Without the consistent stewardship of our church family, planning simply cannot happen. The gifts of our parishioners support the ongoing work of our Clergy and our lay leaders, through their pledge to support the budget.
There a spirit of family thriving at St. James and seeing people of all ages participating in parish life is such an encouragement. In talking with Billy, our biggest takeaway is this, “We are called to give. With what we give, God creates so much more than what we can ask or imagine.”
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