The duties of the Finance Committee are to oversee the financial operations of St. James’ Episcopal Church and to provide financial guidance to the Rector and the Vestry.  St. James’ is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Maryland Religious Corporation legally recorded as The Vestry of St. James’ Church in Carroll County. The corporation consists of St. James’ Episcopal Church and its subsidiaries, St. James’ Nursery School and St. James’ Thrift Shop. The finance committee is chaired by the Treasurer of St. James’ Church and members interact closely with the Church Bookkeeper and the Receiving Treasurer. Financial statements for all entities, which are prepared by the Bookkeeper, are reviewed monthly and financial accounts for all entities are audited monthly.  Annual budgets are prepared by the committee for approval by the Vestry and finally by the St. James’ congregation at the Annual Meeting.  Committee members, with the assistance of several parishioners, perform an Annual Audit of Best Business Practices, as required by the Canons of the Episcopal Church.  St. James’ parishioners with financial background are always welcome to join the Finance Committee. Please contact Jane Barger (301-865-1399 or to inquire about becoming a committee member.

This committee works to promote good stewardship of the earth and all God’s people. In the fall of 2012, St. James’ created a rain garden to correct an erosion problem on the church property. By planting native plants to absorb and cleanse water as it collects in the bowl of the rain garden, the stormwater is prevented from flowing down the hill. The garden design and construction were a collaborative effort of county government agencies, local landscaping companies, parishioners, and Mount Airy community groups. The cost of the project was covered by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and donations from the community.

The committee sponsored a community lecture series, “Understanding Our Environmental Legacy” in 2012 and 2013. Environmental professionals and volunteers spoke on a variety of subjects centered on raising environmental awareness in our local Mount Airy community and the State of Maryland. A survey of the program revealed that 90% of the attendees would change their behavior to help decrease their impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We hope to offer this program again in the near future.

From decreasing our use of paper and plastic products, to recycling, to using parishioners’ flowers for our altar, to offering seminars for the local community and investigating alternative energy sources for our church building, St. James’ tries to follow the declaration in Form IV of the Prayers of the People found in the Book of Common Prayer: “Give us a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory”. Please contact Liz Peterson (301-829-8931) if you would like additional information.