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 Recap

For Wish Upon a Start 2019, we assisted 29 families and 10 youth with new clothing and toys as well as gift cards to local food stores. We worked with Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, the Eva Johnson Foundation, the Judy Center of Howard County, the Howard County Public School System, Hope Works of Howard County, and the Baltimore Campus of the Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church, Inc.. We also provided 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.

Thank you to all who participated in this ministry! Information about the 2020 Wish Upon A Star ministry will be available late fall.

Learn more

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

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