HOliday Giving at St. Paul's

There are a number of special ways to help our neighbors in need have a more joyful holiday this season. St. Paul's will again be distributing Thanksgiving baskets, collecting toys through the Giving Tree, and hosting a Cookies & Carols Party for children. As always, your generosity makes these efforts possible. Details about each activity are below.

Thanksgiving Baskets

You can help those in need in the 20895 ZIP code have a hearty Thanksgiving meal. There are three ways to help:

(1) Donate individual nonperishable Thanksgiving food. Select corn, green beans, sweet potatoes or yams, other canned vegetables, stuffing, rice, boxes of potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy mixes, fruit, dessert, or juice. (No refrigerated items, please!)

(2) Make a monetary contribution toward the purchase of perishables and grocery store gift cards. Checks can be made out to St. Paul's UMC with "Hunger - Thanksgiving" on the memo line. There is a large envelope for donations 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 your donations no later than Sunday morning, November 19. We will be sorting, assembling, and distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to our Kensington-area neighbors that evening with the assistance of our St. Paul's Youth.

For more information, please contact Meg Baker at or Jean Langbein at

GIving Tree

We will be providing gifts for the children of our neighbors in need this Christmas. 

The Giving Tree will be up and decorated beginning November 19. We hope you will stop by to select a child for whom you are willing to provide a Christmas gift. 

We ask that all gifts be delivered to St. Paul’s by Sunday morning, December 10. Please gift-wrap the item you provide and securely attach the tag to the present, so each child receives a wonderful surprise that is appropriate for their age demographic.

We will also be giving a $25 gift card to each family, If you wish to make this your contribution, please drop off gift cards in the church office. Preferred retailers are Target, JCPenney, Safeway, and Giant. You may also make a financial contribution towards gift cards; make checks payable to St. Paul's UMC with "Giving Tree" on the memo line.

For more information, please contact Meg Baker at or Jean Langbein at

Cookies & Carols Party

St. Paul’s will be hosting its sixth annual Cookies & Carols Party for our Hunger Ministry families on December 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Heavener Hall. Please join us in celebrating the season with our neighbors that day! 

There are many opportunities to volunteer. We will need bakers to supply sugar cookies and cupcakes, folks to help decorate Heavener Hall, and volunteers to lead children’s crafts. 

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kim Longsworth at