Online Donations

Thank you for Giving to St. Paul's

Click the link or scroll down the page to find:

  • Secure Online Giving. Regular, one-time, or recurring giving to established church budget areas including our General Fund. Read more here.
  • Easter Special Offering: Designated in 2024 to benefit UMCOR and the Hunger Ministry.
  • Additional Contribution Options: Donate to miscellaneous causes, special projects, or seasonal activities outside the "regular menu" of offerings. You'll enter the designation in the form, just like you would write on the memo line of a check.
  • The Pledge Form: Share how you can support St. Paul's with faithful giving in the coming year.
  • Native American Ministries Special Sunday: A designated Special Sunday offering in the UMC to support Native American Indian indigenous communities, advocate for their special needs, and support their faith leaders.
  • Designated UMC Special Sundays: More info about special offerings made in connection with UMC churches across the globe to support UMC programs like Student Sunday scholarship, Native American ministries, social justice programs, or other initiatives.
  • UMCOR Support: Give through this St. Paul's portal and 100% of your UMCOR donation goes to the area of greatest need, providing emergency relief when war or natural disaster decimates a community in the US or around the world.
  • Offering Envelopes: You can receive offering envelopes in the mail, or to ask us to stop sending them.

For questions, please contact Erin Bone Steele, Director of Communications & Administration: stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.

St. Paul's UMC

giving options

Please click the button to go to our secure credit-card processing site for regular giving options.


Regular Giving Options


You will be able to make a one-time or recurring donation to one of these funds:

  • General Fund - The core of St. Paul's budget, covering a myriad of needs for the life and work of the church, providing for worship, study and education, faith formation, justice & compassion projects, and the day-to-day utility bills, salaries, and supplies. These things make it possible to engage in vital ministries throughout the life of our church and beyond.
  • Building Improvement Fund - The Improvement Fund keeps our building comfortable and safe, covering such things as emergency repairs for broken heating or air conditioning systems, fixing leaky pipes, replacing worn or damaged carpet, and unexpected but essential building-related expenses. 
  • Technology Advancement Fund - These dedicated funds will allow the church to make significant investments in technology, software, and equipment to continue offering online worship and educational activities, and to keep our network and church data secure. Long-term goals include creating comprehensive, reliable, and secure wifi coverage throughout our building.
  • Hunger Ministry- Support our ongoing efforts to feed families in the 20895 ZIP code with this signature community service project! Every month, we provide hungry neighbors with shelf-stable pantry staples, a takeout meal, and grocery store cards that enable recipients to select the fresh produce, meat, and dairy that we can't stock, and to choose personal hygiene items with dignity. Visit our Hunger Ministry page for more information


If you need to adjust your online giving level or frequency to match your 2024 giving goals or pledges, please log in and make changes. Church pledge records are not connected to any banking or credit card systems, so updates are not automatic. If you need assistance, please contact Erin Steele, Administrator, at 301-933-7933 ext 100 or stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.



One-Time and Special Donations

To make a one-time special donation, support a special fund, or donate to a ministry area not included above, please click this button for our easy one-time donation form. You will be able to tell us how to direct your contribution, just as you would make a note in the "memo" section of a check.


Miscellaneous One-Time Donations




These "regular fund" donations are processed securely through Vanco, a preferred banking partner of the UMC. One-time and special fund donations and purchases are processed securely by MinistryWorks/CloverGive. If you have questions, please contact the church office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org. 

UMC Special SuNday:

Native American Ministries

Native American Ministries Sunday is an opportunity to recognize the contributions and heritage of Native American people. One of the United Methodist denomination’s six special offerings, the Native American Ministries Sunday offering equips and empowers Native American pastors, congregations and seminary students to find fresh and culturally appropriate ways to minister to their indigenous communities with Christ’s love and authentically worship and serve Jesus.  


Half of our gifts stay with local ministries in this annual conference, and half support the work of Native American United Methodist ministries nationally. Together, God’s church is partnering to repair past harm, support programs, and celebrate Native American ministries. 


According to the 2023 UMC General Commission on Religion and Race:

7.1 million people identify as being of American Indian or Alaska Native descent

157 of the 30,543 UMC churches in the USA are Native American congregations

There are 574 Federally Recognized Tribes

7 Helpful Tips on ways to honor Native American communities and more info can be found through the UMC's Religion & Race resources at https://www.r2hub.org/library/native-american-ministries-sunday


Click the button to go to the donations page for Native American Ministries Special Sunday and make an offering online.


Donate Here: Special Sunday Native American Ministries


To donate by check, please mail it to the church office or leave it in the offering plate on Sunday. Checks should be made payable to "St. Paul's UMC" with "Native American Special Offering" in the memo line.



Here are some examples of the many ways the funds raised through this designated UMC Special Sunday Offering assisted native people in recent years:

  • The Yankton Sioux Tribe on the White Swan Reservation in South Dakota, where the nearest substantial grocery stores are 60-90 miles away, faced challenged during Covid-19 getting adequate supplies. The community was still recovering from 2019 flooding when they were further compromised by the pandemic. In 2021, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the UMC sent a grant to the tribe to purchase food and supplies using funds from Native American Ministries Sunday. Read more here.
  • The Blackfeet Parish in Browning, MT provided transportation support for the family of Ashley Loring Heavy Runner, who went missing from the reservation in 2017, to testify before the U.S. Congress for the hearing "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women," addressing the issue of high rates of violence against native women, the lack of reporting, and low levels of law enforcement engagement on the issue. Read more here.
  • The Chihowa (Oklahoma) United Methodist Church received assistance to complete the final stage of construction on a new church building. Read more here.
  • Delegation funding provided travel and lodging for a 13-member team that attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on behalf of The United Methodist Church.

Easter Special Offering 2024

God has blessed the ministries of this church and has allowed us a vision that looks far beyond our own Sanctuary to see people and places in need. Each year, we dedicate 100% of our Easter Special Offering to serve those outside the walls of St. Paul's.


Click the button to donate by credit card.

EASTER SPECIAL OFFERING


St. Paul's leaders serving in the Simplified Accountability Model determine which organizations benefit from the Easter Special Offering donations. For 2024, the Easter Special Offering will be divided evenly between the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Hunger Ministry at St. Paul's. UMCOR provides emergency relief and commits to long-term rebuilding whenever war or natural disaster damages a community in the US or worldwide. The Hunger Ministry provides any household facing food insecurity in the 20895 ZIP code with shelf-stable groceries and a grocery store card for purchasing perishables and dignified access to hygiene products.


Donations by cash or check may be sent to St. Paul's by mail (St. Paul's UMC, Attn: T. Furman, 10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington MD 20895) or drop-off any time using the office door mail slot. Checks should be made payable to "St. Paul’s UMC" with the words “Easter Offering” on the memo line. Special offering envelopes will be available in the worship bulletins for Easter Sunday.


Please note, all other offerings or donations, such as those toward regular giving or pledges, should be made using an envelope other than the Easter Offering envelope. Thank you!

Stewardship:

Pledging Support for 2024

Your faithful giving makes it possible for St. Paul's UMC to do everything we do, and your pledge makes it possible for the church to plan a financially sustainable year engaged in worship, ministry, and work in the community. Thank you for your commitment to the work and ministry of St. Paul's.


To make a pledge for 2024, click the button below to go to our secure online form. 

Pledge for 2024


If you prefer to use a paper form, these are available in the Narthex and church office.


For pledge questions or to make changes, please contact Erin Steele, Director of Communications & Administration, at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org.


We will celebrate pledges this year on Stewardship Sunday, November 19, but we gratefully receive pledges year-round!


If you are unable to pledge, we thank you for supporting St. Paul’s whenever and however you are able.

UMC "Special Sundays" Offerings

UMC "Special Sundays" are designated by the global United Methodist Church and enable congregations throughout our whole denomination to celebrate, commemorate, and contribute connectionally to support important causes. By combining our Special Sunday offerings with those of other UMC congregations, the UMC is able to do more work, together, to support growth and change for all God's people.


For most Special Sunday offerings, half the funds collected on a Special Sunday stay within a conference, administered by the conference's finance office to serve conference-level needs and initiatives, while the other half go the the UMC's general conference board of finance for supporting UMC projects worldwide.


The United Methodist Church calendar includes recommended dates for celebrating each Special Sunday, while allowing individual congregations to celebrate Special Sundays and welcome offerings on any Sunday that is convenient and appropriate.  


Special Sundays and the month they are usually celebrated:

Human Relations Day (January)

UMCOR Sunday (March)

Native American Ministries (April)

Peace with Justice (May)

World Communion (October)

United Methodist Student Day (November)


St. Paul's creates online giving options for each Special Sunday giving opportunity, and provides Special Sunday offering envelopes on designated dates during worship.

Frequent Focus: UMCOR RElief

When war, natural disaster, or other crises damage a community beyond what they are able to sustain on their own, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is there. 


UMCOR provides immediate emergency aid through their network of partners in the US and over 80 countries worldwide. Unlike many other emergency responders, however, UMCOR also makes a commitment to long-term stabilization and rebuilding efforts.


Whether it's flooding in Tennessee, wildfires in Australia, hurricanes in Puerto Rico, or war in Ukraine, UMCOR bring hope and resources to people in their hour of greatest need. 


Donations made here will be directed to UMCOR's "Where Most Needed" category (UMC Advance #999895). Because the UMC covers UMCOR's administrative costs, 100% of your relief donations go to relief efforts directly supporting communities in crisis.


UMCOR Donations


Additional Options: 

Miscelleaneous Contributions

There are many reasons you might want to make a contribution to St. Paul's beyond those offerings that appear above in the "regular menu" of giving or scheduled designated Special Sundays offerings. 


This is where you might make a contribution to Memorials, the Music Fund, Educational Award, flowers, or another cause. Click the button here to go to our secure form for Miscellaneous Contributions, and let us know the fund or cause to which we may direct your contribution.


Make Your Contribution Here



If you prefer, donations and offerings by check are always welcome and should be mailed to St. Paul's UMC, Attn: Treasurer, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington MD 20895, or dropped off at the office. Please make all checks payable to St. Paul's UMC and be sure to note the cause or fund in the Memo line.


All "special funds" donations or online sales are processed through the secure credit-card processor CloverGive/MinistryOne. For questions, please contact Erin Steele, Director of Communications & Administration.

Offering Envelopes Available

Members and friends of St. Paul's who give their general offering to St. Paul's using check or cash may choose to receive customized paper offering envelopes. These come from a printing service and arrive at donors' homes, ready to use and pre-printed with the donors' name, address, envelope number, and Sunday dates (although you can use them any time).


PLEASE NOTE:

Our printing partner that produces the paper envelopes experienced a supply-chain interruption and they were unable to mail out the envelopes for the start of 2023. Envelope recipients should see their customized envelopes in the mail starting in March. In the meantime, you may mail checks to St. Paul's using any envelope, with a note in the memo line indicating you are making an offering, or give online using the giving portal options above. Thank you!



If you would normally place checks or cash in the offering plate and now wish to mail it to St. Paul's, these customized paper envelopes might be useful to you. Email Erin Steele (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) and she will add you to the list.


Alternatively, if you receive envelopes but shifted to online giving and no longer need printed envelopes, please let us know. This can help keep clutter out of your mailbox and save the church a little money on printing and postage costs. Please email Erin (stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org) with your request.


One last note:  Thank you for your patience! Due to the printers' timetable and the challenges of working remotely during the COVID-19 period, there may be a two-month (or more) delay between your request and a change in your paper envelope status.