Parishioners Marshall and Liza Smith are chairing St. Paul’s 2019 annual giving campaign. They have chosen “Share Joy” as the campaign theme. They recently agreed to share their personal stories and perspectives on the campaign.
Tell us about yourselves.
Marshall was born and raised in Charlotte, where he was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church. Liza lived most of her life in Fort Bragg and attended military church, where she was exposed to the teachings of multiple protestant denominations. She was confirmed and baptized in the Lutheran Church and was received into the Episcopal Church when the family joined St. Paul’s.
They both cheer for the Tarheels, but Liza likes to point out that they were not n Chapel Hill at the same time. Marshall is currently employed by BB&T as head of the Syndicated Finance-Commercial Real Estate team. Liza stays busy running after their two sons Marshall, 11, and Baker, 8, and their very energetic dog Buddy. They both enjoy traveling, playing golf and tennis and spending time with family.
When and why did your family choose St. Paul’s?
We relocated to Winston-Salem from Atlanta in August 2015. When our family first came to town, we were exhausted from traveling and moving into a corporate apartment. We planned to take our first Sunday here off, but our older son Marshall did not subscribe to our plan and asked what time we would be going to church in the morning. We visited St. Paul’s the next day because that is where Marshall’s mother grew up and his parents were married. We received such a warm welcome and felt such a sense of community, we felt at home. We knew right away it would be our new church.
What activities have you and your boys been involved in at St. Paul’s?
Our boys both participate in choir and enjoy formation classes each week. Liza is active on the Welcome Committee, has served on the Children’s Ministry Steering Committee and has co-chaired the Bazaar. Marshall is an usher and usher team captain and Cub Scout Pack 910 Den Leader.
What do you love most about the church?
We love the sense of community. Our family feels joy when we come to church, and we love being part of the St. Paul’s family. We also love the numerous opportunities St. Paul’s offers for the entire family to grow in our faith.
What inspired you to chair the 2019 campaign?
Stewardship is a critical part of maintaining all that St. Paul’s provides to us as parishioners and to others outside of St. Paul’s through our various outreach ministries. We felt honored when Dixon asked us to chair the 2019 campaign and were compelled to help however we could.
Why did you choose “Share Joy” as the campaign theme?
Sharing is a core theme of the stewardship campaign. We offer our financial resources or our time and talents to St. Paul’s in an effort to share what we have with others. The result of sharing resources should be to spread joy to others, which St. Paul’s does in numerous ways. Parishioners will be able to learn more about the many ways St. Paul’s shares joy in the coming months through highlights in ParishLife, posts on the web site and at this year’s Parish Ministry Fair on September 9.
What do you want parishioners to consider as they fill out their pledge cards?
We hope each parishioner will prayerfully consider how they can share joy, whether through a financial pledge, a contribution of time and talent or a combination of both.