Stewardship Moment with Kirstin Cannon
My name is Kirstin Cannon. I am not the member of my family that prefers to talk in front of many people, so it is a mini miracle that I am up here all in itself. However, I’m really here to tell you all about the mini miracles I witness each day I come to Bethany. That is the miracle of community. Our village. All of you.
Since most of our family lives in Minnesota, Bethany has literally become our family. Our multi-generational family that loves us and our children unconditionally. From the middle school kids willing to chase Isaac around the office loop while I change Elin’s diaper, to all the grandparents who give Isaac hugs and Elin snuggles whenever I’m willing to pull her out of her carrier. I feel like it is a mini miracle that I am able to make it through each service with two kids, luckily there is always someone willing to make silly faces at Isaac when he is feeling ready for the service to be over.
We have seen Isaac blossom in ways that amaze us daily and I think it is in large part due to this community. He is able to love and socialize with people of all different ages and it has helped him develop in ways we could not have fostered by ourselves. When I brought Isaac to Lutherdale to visit Paul and the kids a few summers ago, he quickly attached himself to Michael Effinger, who was one of the confirmation students at camp. Recently I was talking to Isaac on a Sunday afternoon and mentioned something about longtime Bethany member Mr. Bengston, and he responded, “Sometimes we call him Gene”. If you ask Isaac who his best friend is, about half the time he will respond “Tammy”, as in Tammy Nobbe his Sunday School Teacher. With the shear mention of Tammy, Isaac’s eyes begin to sparkle. Fellow book lover and Bethany member, Corrine Zoellick is responsible for probably a quarter of the books in our home library and Isaac loves to run up and give her hugs every Sunday. I could keep going for the remainder of the service about all the ways our kids have and will be changed by the people in this community, but again, I’m not the Cannon who likes public speaking.
Our immediate family may live far away, but we are lucky to have family right here at Bethany.