Stewardship Voices: Ken Kunkel

 

Ken KunkelI had always thought that going to and being at church was something you only did on Sunday and while at church it was a private function you did alone with little interaction with others. It was a time to reflect and think about your religion and how what you learned on Sunday could be put into use as you lived your life.

I never envisioned myself shaking hands with others during the church service, or standing up and asking for prayers for a particular situation, or volunteering, or thinking about how to support the various ministries that our church performs.

Over time I have learned what most already know and that our church is a dynamic organization that is not only there on Sundays. UDLC touches many people and is a vibrant part of the community available seven days a week. I now realize that this outreach can only be accomplished through the interaction of people with one another, the sharing of our needs with others, and supporting the church with our time and gifts.

During this time of the year when the church asks for our support; Susan, our daughters, and me look at how UDLC has positively changed our lives and how we can give back a little more next year than we gave this year. We look at our time and our gifts and each year we increase what we can give back. Over the years, the increases have varied but we have always striven to make sure that each year our support grows.

 

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.