The Giving Tree for Christmas

Help area families have a happy holiday! For 2023, St. Paul's will be providing $25 Target gift cards to families in need so they can purchase gifts for their children. This year we will be providing for families on our Hunger Ministry list plus those referred to us by partners at Montgomery County through the Department of Health & Human Services. Providing Target gift cards gives the recipient families maximum flexibility to select and purchase meaningful, age-appropriate presents, and makes the best use of our volunteers' time and church resources. Thank you for your financial contribution towards the cost of these Target cards.

There are three ways you can participate:

  1. Donate a $25 Target gift card. Deliver it to the church office by December 10.
  2. Donate funds for Target gift cards online (use the button below!) or by cash or check made out to St. Paul's with "Giving Tree" in the memo.
  3. Donate wrapping paper, rolls of tape, and bows by December 10. We will make these wrapping items available to gift card recipients, so they may wrap gifts as they choose.

Holiday Giving Donation

Christmas cards for recipient families will be available for signing during the Sipping Ministry fellowship time on December 10. 

Please note: We are NOT accepting gifts of toys this year; if you'd like to donate toys, there is a Toys for Tots collection at the Kensington Town Hall.

Please deliver all gift cards or gift-wrapping items to the church office by Sunday, December 10. 

To learn more about the Holiday Giving program at St. Paul's, please scroll down to read more.

HOliday Giving at St. Paul's

The winter holidays are a special time to celebrate how much we can do together when the Spirit moves among us during the holiday season.  

Each year, members and friends of this congregation have provided food resources for hearty Thanksgiving meals, and Christmas-time gifts for children. We've made the holidays brighter for approximately 150 families (and over 200 children) yearly, even during the early days of the covid-19 pandemic. St. Paul's has also served annually as the Montgomery County local partner for the Department of Health and Human Services "Holiday Giving Project."

For 2023, we have assembled a team of volunteer coordinators from the St. Paul's community! With guidance and support from our Ministry Table leaders and church staff, they will arrange and hold Holiday Giving activities for the season. Leadership roles include:

  • County Liaison and Data Coordinator attends county Holiday Giving Project meetings over Zoom and cross-checks the county lists with our local Hunger Ministry list.
  • Gift Coordinator determines the dates for gift collection/distribution and the types of donations we will use, including reviewing recipient ages to identify gift-drive needs.
  • Distribution and Event Coordinator organizes a team of willing hands to work with gift collection, sorting, and the planning of the distribution event.
  • STILL NEEDED: Wonder Workers. These are people willing to assist the coordinators in the execution of various duties! 

Whether you can tackle something big or do something small, it all adds up to make the holidays brighter for our neighbors. Look for more information from our Coordinators, coming soon!

To find out more or volunteer, contact St. Paul's Ministry Table member Grace Graham directly, or Erin Steele in the church office at 

Holiday Giving opportunities exist over-and-above the work we do year-round to support worthy causes and alleviate hunger. For information about our food program, please view our Hunger Ministry page.

Thanksgiving Thanks

St. Paul's Holiday Giving coordinators have provided $50 grocery cards for Thanksgiving meals to families in our Hunger Ministry and referrals received through Montgomery County's Holiday Giving Project. Thank you to all our generous donors and volunteers! We welcome financial donations to offset the cost of this worthwhile endeavor at any time. To make a donation online, click here to go to the Miscellaneous Contributions option and put "Thanksgiving" in the field for designated fund or cause, or donate by cash or check made out to St. Paul's with Thanksgiving in the memo. Every contribution helps make the holidays brighter for our less fortunate neighbors. Thank you for helping St. Paul's serve our community this way!