Stewardship Voices: Barry Muth

BarryMy (continuing) path to Stewardship

When I first joined the church, I was sort of on the ‘pay as you go’ plan. I only donated when I went to church. Amounts varied depending on what was going on in my life. I believed, but I was aimless in my faith. What was I using my faith for?

The beginning of that answer started when I was invited by UDLC member Terry Shields and her husband Mike to attend a Flyers game … and oh by the way would I be interested in feeding the homeless with Terry’s church ? … in the city? … in January? … outside?

That was January 2000. It clicked. I’ve been volunteering to feed the homeless ever since. Along the way, with the support of UDLC, I’ve been able to participate in delivering used furniture and new beds to the needy though One House at a Time.

When you are feeding the needy (not everyone is homeless) or supplying a new bed to a child who does not have one, it is impossible not to be moved. I think “There but for the grace of God go I”.

I increased my giving to particular charities but still directed my church donations almost exclusively to Homeless and Social needs.

I can’t put my finger on it, but the light finally came on. It was UDLC affording me the opportunities to put my faith in action. I realized the importance of supporting UDLC as a whole. So I decided to make a regular commitment of giving, with additional support to the General and Mortgage funds.

We are so fortunate to have so many ways to apply our faith through UDLC. I encourage everyone, if you haven’t already, get involved. It feels great to put your faith in action.

Pictured: Barry serving at Chosen 300 homeless feeding ministry. UDLC serves dinner the second Saturday of each month.