HOliday Giving at St. Paul's

Through your generosity, St. Paul’s make the holidays brighter for over 100 local families! Together, members and friends of this congregation provide food for hearty Thanksgiving meals, gifts for children through our Giving Tree project, and shared sweet treats, crafts, and good cheer at the annual Cookies and Carols party. 

Details about each activity are below! Please join us in celebrating how much we can do together when the Spirit moves among us during the holiday season. For information about our monthly Hunger Ministry program the rest of the year, please view our Hunger Ministry page.


Our "regular" hunger ministry volunteers and donors join forces with our St. Paul's Youth to provide those in need in the 20895 ZIP code with a hearty Thanksgiving meal. This program is only possible through your generosity. 

There are three ways you can help:

1) Donate individual Thanksgiving food such as corn, green beans, sweet potatoes/yams, other vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, rice, cranberry sauce, gravy, fruit, dessert item, juice (no refrigerated items, please!). If you are providing baked goods or pantry-stable produce, please be sure it has a "use by" date of November 30 or later.

2) Make a monetary contribution which we will use for supplies and/or provide $25 Safeway and Giant gift cards, which will allow families to purchase things like turkeys, dairy, and frozen foods. Donations may be placed in the large envelope in the church office. 

3) “Adopt” a family, providing "all the fixings" for a savory Thanksgiving feast. There is an adopt-a-family sign-up sheet in the church office.  

Please bring all donations to St. Paul's no later than Sunday morning, November 24; we will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to our Kensington neighbors that evening. 

For more information, please contact or Jean Langbein or Youth Pastor Micah Smartt (  

GIving Tree

As in years past, we will again be providing gifts for our neighbors in need this Christmas. We will serve our regular Hunger Ministry families in the 20895 ZIP code area, plus local referrals from Montgomery County's DHHS.

The Giving Tree will be in the Narthex and decorated beginning November 24. We hope you will stop by to select a tag showing the age and gender of a child, and then provide an appropriate Christmas gift. There is also a log to make a note of your selection (so we can check things off in the end, which helps us in case tags fall off or the numbers don't quite add up). 

All gifts must be delivered to St. Paul’s no later than Sunday morning, December 8and should be placed on the tables in the Narthex near the tree. Please wrap the gift and securely attach the tag to the outside of the present.

We will also be giving a $25 gift card to our adult-only families. If you prefer not to shop for a child's gift but would like to contribute, $25 department-store gift cards (such as Target, JCPenney, or Kohl's) are welcome. 

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jean Langbein or Kim Longsworth, or the church office.

Cookies & Carols Party

St. Paul’s will be hosting our Eighth Annual Cookies and Carols party for Hunger Ministry families on Sunday, December 15, 2:00- 4:00 p.m. in Heavener Hall. 

Please join us in celebrating the season with our neighbors that day! There are many volunteer opportunities such as baking cookies or cupcakes and helping with children’s crafts. Please sign up here:

For more information, please contact Kim Longsworth or the church office. 

SChedule ADjustments!

Because the first Sunday of December is also part of Thanksgiving weekend this year, we will not hold our typical "first Sunday / first Monday" food collection & distribution. Instead, we will provide families with Thanksgiving-themed groceries the week before, and with grocery store gift cards at the Cookies & Carols party. We will return to our regular schedule in January 2020. Please read more about our normal monthly activities on our Hunger Ministry page.