Special Offerings

Through the year, there are a variety of opportunities for you to give. There is no expectation that you will want—or be able—to contribute to all of these opportunities. The hope is that this listing will help you plan your giving with intention—and without surprises. As you pray about when and how to contribute, please include the Annual Operating Fund and/or Mission Possible as your first priorities. These are the funds that allow Foundry to remain strong, growing, and vital.


Annual Operating Fund:  All year long

Provides the resources needed to fulfill the day to day ministries of Foundry Church. The primary avenue for funding all that Foundry does in our community and around the world.

Mission Possible:  All year long

Foundry’s ongoing initiative to renovate our historic building into a more welcoming and
versatile church home for the dynamic and caring community God calls us to be.

Imago Dei Ministry: First Sunday of Every Month

I.D. Ministry provides the funds and expertise to help individuals obtain a non-drivers I.D. and birth certificate. Walk-in hospitality is provided through the clothing closet and sandwich ministries.

Human Relations Day: January 17

Strengthens UMC outreach to communities in the US and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.

Valentine Cookies: January 17–February 7

Cookies are collected and mailed to our college age young adults who are away from home attending school. Financial donations are also collected to cover the cost of mailing.

Easter Lilly & Altar Visuals: February 21–March 6

Purchase an Easter Lilly in honor or in memory of a loved one and/or make a special donation towards the wonderful Lenten Altar Visuals that enhance our worship.

Easter Appeal: March 1–27

This Year our Lenten/Easter offering will be directed to our LGBTQ advocacy efforts leading up to General Conference 2016 and for other support deemed necessary for Foundry to extend the message of radical welcome and hospitality to ALL people.

One Great Hour of Sharing: March 6

Enables the UMC Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.

Great Day of Service: March 20

Spring Great Day of Service provides fellowship and service with all participants in one space.

“Learn. Lift. Lead.” Bishop Retirment Love Offering: April 3

Funds collected from churches across the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be directed to Africa University to honor the Bishop Matthews’ legacy and to grow and shape the next generations of global leaders in Africa.

Native American Sunday: April 10

Nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for UM Native American seminarians.

Youth Mission—200 Envelope Campaign: April 24–May 15

Youth fund raiser to support the mission trips for the summer of 2016, such as Appalachian Service Project and Harvest of Hope.

Books to Prison Bake Sale: May

Enjoy homemade baked goods and support the Books to Prison Ministry which mails donated books to prisoners across the nation.

Peace With Justice Sunday: May 22

Enables The UMC to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs.

World Communion Sunday: October 2

Provides scholarships for US racial and ethnic minority students and international students.

Great Day of Service: October 22

For the Fall Great Day of Service, Foundry teams are deployed to serve all over Washington Metropolitan area.

Poinsettias & Advent Altar Visuals: October 1 - November 6

Purchase a Poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one and/or make a special donation towards the wonderful Advent Altar Visuals that enhance our worship.

United Methodist Student Day: November 27

Furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending UM related and other
accredited colleges and universities.

Christmas Catalog: November 27–December 25

Consider giving alternative gifts through the Christmas Catalog. You can purchase IDs for
unhoused neighbors, food for cooking programs, notebooks for students, or supplies for mission teams in honor of friends and family. The Christmas Catalog directly funds Social Justice Ministry Teams.

Advent Appeal: December 4–25

This year’s Advent/Christmas offering will be used to support our growing Children’s and Youth
Ministries. Help Foundry live into our covenant promises to surround our kids “with a community of love and forgiveness that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others…”

Disaster Relief/Special Response: As Needed

Special offerings taken in response to special needs such as an earthquake, hurricane, riots, or other human aid needs as they occur around the world.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church. Founded in 1940, UMCOR's mission is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster—with open minds and hearts to all people. Special offerings for this cause are not designated to a specific day.

Other Special Offerings collected throughout the year, include contributions for our:

  • Walk-In Mission        
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Mid Lent Worship 
  • Youth Mission Trip
  • Lenten Appeal 
  • Open Door Fund 
  • Concert for Life 
  • Thanksgiving Offering 
  • Advent Appeal
  • Mission Gift Catalog
  • Christmas Offering