Kathryn Condon: Stewardship Campaign Testimonial
Given at church on Sunday, October 21, 2018
Good morning. By way of introduction, my name is Kathryn Condon, and my family and I began attending St. Andrews Church about four years ago following a move from North Carolina to the Boston area. I am joined here by my husband, Harry Condon and our 9-year old daughter, Caroline.
As you may be aware, this year’s theme for the Stewardship Campaign is focused on the investments we make in our spiritual lives – the small deposits we make by attending church, lending our talents and services, spending time with God’s Word or interacting with others that help build a strong foundation for our spiritual lives. In my life outside of St. Andrews, I work for an investment firm. We spend a lot of time educating our customers about how the incremental steps they take each day, each week or each month can help them achieve both their near-term and long-term goals. We propose to help them plan for key life milestones, and joyful moments as well as unexpected events and surprises. Our spiritual lives require the same kind of dedication and commitment to provide the support and fulfillment we need in our journey through this life.
Growing up, I was raised in a military family. We moved to a new military base each year until I was eight and then every couple of years after that. Not long after we finished unpacking the last box, we’d find our way to the nearest Episcopal Church. As a child, I thought this was just the standard operating procedure for a military family but as I became an adult, I realized that my parents were focused on helping us build strong spiritual foundations through the different congregations we joined along the way. We made friends, learned new traditions and grew in our faith as individuals and as a family. In fact, I still use some of the prayers that I learned in a Bible Study from West Point, New York in my prayer habits today and my husband Harry and I were married by one of my former childhood ministers in Atlanta, GA.
Harry and I are on a similar journey as a family and with our daughter, Caroline. When we joined St. Andrews a few years ago, we were struck by the friendly and down to earth nature of the congregation and the powerful messages we enjoyed from Adrian and at the time, Brian and that we now appreciate in Cat and Margaret. Additionally, we found that there are a multitude of activities that span generations and offer the opportunity to become involved in meaningful work to help those within our church and our community. Our daughter, Caroline, has the privilege of participating in the youth choir each week and especially enjoys attending communion with us after church school and some of the services oriented towards children during Holy Week and Christmas. Harry and I enjoy the music from our amazingly talented choir, the seasonal traditions of the church and the opportunity to come and refresh ourselves each week through the lessons, words of inspiration and connections with others in the congregation. We draw upon these moments in our daily and weekly lives and feel tremendous gratitude and appreciation for what this community offers our family.
As we consider our pledge for this year, we know that it is difficult to quantify the positive impact that this church community has on our individual and collective spiritual growth and we recognize the need to provide support so that our congregation can continue to expand and thrive. We will be thoughtful about our contribution and ask God to guide our commitment.
I encourage your thoughtful contemplation about what St. Andrews means to you and your family. I came across a passage in Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling recently that you might consider in thinking about your plans for next year:
“Let the dew of my presence refresh your mind and heart. So many, many things vie for your attention in this complex world of instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first gave the command to be still, and know that I am God. However, this timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of night, so My Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me.”