If you’ve attended a Haygood Sunday morning worship, you’ve seen Kathy Matson in action. For more than seven years, Kathy has led the crucifers and acolytes. Her ever-present role includes an annual training, creating the weekly schedule and assisting each child in the processional on any given Sunday. And this is just one of the many ways Kathy has served Haygood throughout the years.
Kathy is a true Haygood lifer. Born at Emory, Kathy donned the doors of Haygood as an infant —the fourth generation of her family to be active in Haygood’s ministries. Her great-grandfather, N.C. McPerson, was a charter member and oversaw the construction of the original Haygood building that stood at 1368 N. Highland Ave. Throughout her childhood, Kathy attended Sunday school, getting more involved as she grew older. “I sang in the adult choir regularly from age 16 until the late ‘90s. I’m currently in the handbell choir and enjoy re-joining the choir at Easter and Christmas. Music is a very important part of my life, ” Kathy says.
Kathy’s commitment to God is evident in her longstanding contributions to Haygood. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a committee Kathy hasn’t served. From Staff Parish, Stewardship, Alter Guild and Administrative Council to the Missions, Visitation and Worship teams, Kathy lives her vow to “faithfully participate…by our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service.” Have a need? Kathy is the first to raise her hand. She’s a go-to helper in a multitude of ways. She has supported Haygood’s work with Habitat for Humanity, is a staple at Vacation Bible School, has led Girl Scouts, been a Confirmation mentor, nursery volunteer and even helps with front office tasks as needed.
“Haygood is truly a home away from home for me. I was married there, my son grew up there…it’s just my whole life,” Kathy says.
When asked about her passion for volunteering, Kathy responded, “Everybody has different gifts and talents. My feeling is if the Lord calls you, even if you don’t know you can do it or not, you should at least give it a try. We’re not all good at the same things. The Lord wants us to use our gifts and talents and be a team together. It’s such a joy to become a servant, in whatever way. It just gives you such great fulfillment.”
For more information on how you too can find fulfillment through volunteering at Haygood, feel free to reach out to Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.