Glen Mar's Wish Upon a Star Ministry is an annual program that provides Christmas gifts and donations of gift certificates for clothing, shoes and food to families in need living in our area. The families remain anonymous to Glen Mar, but have gone through the selection process of the agencies we work with. Sign ups and collections of new donated items take place in November through the beginning of December in the Gathering Place on Sundays between services.

This mission was started over 25 years ago. We, here at Glen Mar, are truly blessed with many resources. Our continued commitment to reach out and help those in need is a blessing for each of us.

Wish Upon a Star 2017

We will assist approximately 30 families with clothing, food, and toys. We are working with Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, the Eva Johnson Foundation, the Judy Center of Howard County, the Howard County Public School System, and the UMC Board of Child Care. We will also provide gift cards for families identified by the Grassroots Homeless Shelter as well as for soldiers stationed at Ft. Meade who will not able to be with their families over the holidays.

We have “stars” (i.e. individual gift requests) available for selection before and after all Saturday and Sunday church services in November. Some individuals or groups of people like to adopt a child or family. We then provide them with a list of the gift items requested for that child/family. If you or your group would like to adopt a child or family please contact Mary McKay at or 410.964.1464 by October 30.

We will be collecting gifts before and after the Saturday and Sunday services starting on November 11. We are also very happy to accept monetary donations, as we provide grocery gift cards to our families. All gifts and donations are due by noon on Sunday, December 3.

Learn more

To learn more about this ministry, please email our ministry coordinator, Phil Enstice at 410.465.0265 or