Steward Stories: Libby Hurdelbrink

Our Steward Stories are shared by parishioners who have connected with Saint Clement and actively live a life of stewardship. We focus on the three Anchors that relate to stewardship—Pray, Serve, and Give—and feature parishioners involved in one of these Anchors three times a year. Thank you to Libby Hurdelbrink for reflecting on her experiences living out the Anchor "Serve."
      I have been attending Saint Clement for almost 4 years now and still remember feeling at home the first time I stepped into the intimate physical space of the church. I met some friendly people on that first visit and was enticed by the service opportunities highlighted in the bulletin. 
      I have always felt called to serve others. Perhaps because of my mother’s example of serving others in any small way - washing others’ dishes, volunteering at our local food pantry, serving on church committees. Perhaps because of my father’s servant leadership, revealed through stories from work and observed at home with our family. Maybe it is due to the service hours I had to complete for school throughout the years. For me, serving others is a way to express my faith when I find it difficult to speak about it. Faith in action, if you will.
      I initially became involved in the Saint Clement community through service opportunities like Lincoln Park Community Services, Ronald McDonald House dinners, Friday morning coffee and donuts with sack lunches, and Theology on Tap. While volunteering, I heard of more opportunities others found valuable. I eased myself into attending Young Adult Community (YAC) events and established more of a stronghold there, to the point that I am now serving on the YAC Board!
      Two years ago, I felt called to join a Lenten small group and it was a gratifying experience. I’ve since attended multiple YAC retreats, which I highly recommend. Over a year ago, I surprised even myself by co-founding a prayer and discussion opportunity for all women of the parish (Magnificat) which brings me great joy and deepens my understanding of our faith every Monday evening.
      I serve at Saint Clement because doing so has strengthened my faith, and I stay because of the rich community and abundant opportunities to deepen connections with God and others.