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 with whom we work. Each item that is wished for is written on a paper "Star". Sign ups for stars and collections of new donated items take place in the Gathering Place on Sundays between services, from early November through early December.

This mission was started over 30 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 2019

Approximately 28 families will be assisted this year with clothing, food and toys. We will work with Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, the Eva Johnson Foundation, the Judy Center of Howard County, and the Baltimore Campus of the Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church, Inc.. We will also provide gift cards for families identified by the Grassroots Homeless Shelter as well as for soldiers stationed at Ft. Meade who were not be able to be with their families over the holidays.

Sponsor a Child or Family

If you or your small group is interested in sponsoring a child or a family by providing all requested clothing and gifts/toys, please e-mail Mary McKay at by Oct. 30.

Pick up "Stars" Beginning Nov. 9, 2019

A table will be set up in the Gathering Place after each service starting Nov. 9. There will be "Stars" for each member of a family for clothing items and individual gifts/toys. For food "star envelopes", checks should be made payable to Glen Mar UMC. Please place “Wish Upon A Star” in the memo section of the check. The families will be provided with certificates to a local food store so that they can make their own selections.

Return Checks and Donated Items by Dec. 8, 2019

Due to the time-sensitive nature of this outreach ministry, it is imperative that all “Stars” and checks are returned to the Gathering Place no later than noon on Sunday, Dec. 8.

All items must be NEW. PLEASE DO NOT WRAP GIFTS; the recipients will do this. Please return all gifts with the “stars” taped or stapled to the outside of the bag for identification.

Our prayers and thanks go to all who take a “Star” or write a check for food or shoes. For those who cannot participate, we ask that you pray for the “Wish Upon A Star” families and Glen Mar, as together with Christ, we continue to reach out and make a difference.

Learn more

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