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

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

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

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

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

Valentine Cookies

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

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

Our Lenten/Easter appeal is to raise at least $10,000 that will be equally distributed in two ways: Foundry’s Connecting Ministries and Feeding/Cooking Missions.

One Great Hour of Sharing

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

Great Day of Service (Spring and Fall)

Spring Great Day of Service provides fellowship and service with all participants in one space or deployed at numerous sites located around the metropolitan Washington, DC area.

Native American Sunday

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

Youth Mission—200 Envelope Campaign

Youth fundraiser to support the mission trips for the summer such as Appalachian Service Project and Harvest of Hope.

Books to Prison Bake Sale

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

Peace With Justice Sunday

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

World Communion Sunday

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

Great Day of Service

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

Poinsettias & Advent Altar Visuals

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

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

Christmas Catalog

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

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