In the Community

LIVE Nativity – December 17th – Whitewater, WI

All are welcome to join us for an ecumenical family event….
A LIVING NATIVITY… in a barn…with animals…and the story of the birth of the Christ child

Bring your family and your friends, too!

Date: Sunday, December 17th
Location: Cooper’s Barn (near the Whitewater High School), 1055 W. Walworth Ave
Time: 4:30pm for hot drinks and chili, 5pm for the live nativity
Cost: Admission is free! However, if you desire, we will also accept donations of non-perishable food items to support our community food pantry.
What to expect: Join in the singing of Christmas carols, view the animals that witnessed the birth and listen to the story of our Savior born.

Meet us at the STAR and join in on this wonderful celebration
of the true meaning of Christmas!

JESUS IS GOD’S GIFT TO US! Let us Rejoice!

30-hour Famine, March 3-4

Join us for an ecumenical 30-hour Famine Lock-in, March 3-4, 2017

Click Links Below for More Information:

  • REGISTRATION – we’d like to know approximately how many youth are attending.

  • How to get your youth involved (see information below)

  • What to bring if participating

  • Our WISH LIST – including LARGE refrigerator boxes

  • Where to find us / Our Schedule of EVENTS – coming soon

On Friday, March 3rd starting at 4:00pm through the evening of Saturday, March 4th, ending at about 7:00pm, 8th grade and high school youth will unite together to bring awareness to our global and local famine crisis, by participating in a 30-hour famine.

Youth throughout Whitewater will begin fasting on Friday, March 3rd at noon through 6:00pm Saturday, with a meal to follow. For 30 hours youth will be participating in a lock-in, sleeping in cardboard boxes and participating in community service events to help unite our community in battling against hunger.

Students will be in cardboard box houses on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 – 11:00am in front of the Living Word Fellowship Church located at 212 W. Main Street, downtown Whitewater. They will be taking monetary donations and non-perishable food donations for the Whitewater Pantry. 100% of all funds raised and donated will be given to the local Food Pantry and to Bethel House in Whitewater.

What is it like to not have anything to eat or to live in a cardboard box?
This experience will give our local youth a taste of what so many deal with every single day.  All donations appreciated!

This year, the 30-hour Famine starts and ends at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin St., Whitewater, WI 53190. Questions? (262) 473-4101

All 8th grade and high school students are welcome to join us! An ecumenical opportunity for all youth in our community. Three youth groups are involved already, with room for more. YG leaders can contact the Congregational United Church of Christ.

The 2016 30-Hour Famine was hosted by the First United Methodist Church 2016 Youth Groups Included: Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Patrick Catholic Church, and WARM (Whitewater Area Regional Ministry) United Methodist Ministry. Food donations were given to the Local Food Pantry and monetary donations went to the 2016 Do Something MobilePack that took place at the High School on April 2, 2016.

Besides having lots and lots of fun…. here are some of the service projects we did in 2016:


Packing List For Participants:

  • water bottle
  • overnight items
  • sleeping bag and pillow
  • change of clothes
  • duct tape for your box home


Large Refrigerator or dishwasher boxes
Duct tape

Fleece to make blankets:
1.5 yard pieces of fleece fabric

For Twin Oaks:

General Cleaning Supplies

  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Paper Towel

General Personal Hygiene Supplies

  • Soap
  • Shampoo or no-rinse shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental Floss
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Lotion/Lip Balm
  • Razors

Donate Fresh Produce to the Food Pantry

Morgan veggie cartMorgan Radaj and her mom veggie dropoffMaggie built this mobile food bin as part of Morgan’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Residents are encouraged to bring extra produce from their gardens to the bin, which is unstaffed and located across from the SweetSpot during the weekly market., Tuesdays from 3:30-7:30. The Whitewater Food Pantry staff then take the donations to the pantry the same night.veggie flag

Backpack Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn August 16, 2016 the Whitewater Community Clothes Closet will host their 5th Annual Back Pack Distribution Day from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM.
Back Packs will contain school supplies and they will again offer a selection of New Socks and Undies (Courtesy of First United Methodist Church). They will also have the Clothes Closet Open during those same hours. Be sure to pass the word to friends..

DO SOMETHING MobilePack – 4/2/16

It’s time for us to DO SOMETHING, and TOGETHER we can make a BIGGER impact. A community united.

Food Packing Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Help us bring an amazing service project to our community of Whitewater! A unique, life-changing outreach project that is geared for those ages 5 – to – 95.

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 We are partnering with:

Feed My Starving Children
. . .to bring a MobilePack food packaging event to Whitewater in the Spring of 2016.

SAVE THE DATE: April 2, 2016 at the Whitewater High School


Our inspiration: Special thanks to – Children’s World Impact – for inspiring us with the song: Do Something by Matthew West

If not us, then who?

If not now, then when?

It’s not enough to do nothing.

It’s time for us to do something.


Our goal is to bring community members together, including: families, churches, youth groups, service clubs and civic groups, university students, and more – all in one place. Together we can make a difference and use the opportunity to learn more about some of the other amazing groups in our own community and surrounding areas.

DSC_0905This is an international service project, but we will also be focusing on the needs of our own local food pantry at the same time. In order to bring this event to our community, we need to commit to paying for and packing at least 100,000 meals. This will not be a problem! In fact, most communities raise more than the minimum amount required. All additional money raised is just icing on the cake = more meals to pack and more volunteers who can help. Believe it or not, we will have to turn down volunteers because there won’t be enough to do. Expect at least three shifts (1.5-2 hours long) of 200+ volunteers each.

There are two parts to this event:
1. fundraising
2. food packing
DSC_0849Before we can pack food, we need your help with the fundraising.

Did you know that it only costs .22 cents to package a nourishing meal for a hungry child? We have decided that we can easily break those 100,000 meals into 22 manageable sponsorship opportunities. For $1000, your group can be a sponsor you can help us bring this event to Whitewater. This is a great fundraising project for your youth group, or for the young people of your group, but people of all ages benefit from the MobilePacking event itself. Ideas: Round that .22 cents up to a quarter and hold a quarter drive, or hold a fundraising dinner and have a free will donation, etc. For more ideas, see our website. Please consider being one of our 22 major sponsors.

"I volunteer to pack food whenever I can. It is also a great thing that my son can help as well. Not many places allow children to volunteer. Thank you so much for being there!"  - Susan, FMSC Volunteer

“I volunteer to pack food whenever I can. It is also a great thing that my son can help as well. Not many places allow children to volunteer. Thank you so much for being there!” – Susan, FMSC Volunteer

It’s time for us to DO SOMETHING, and together we can make a BIGGER impact.

Please contact us SOON if your group would like to be one of the main sponsors.

Email Morgan: and provide your group name and a contact person (including best phone number and email so we can send updates). Partial payments toward your donation is appreciated.

Checks made out to:

Feed My Starving Children

Please include “1604-018AU”  in the memo section so that your donation is credited to our MobilePack here in Whitewater. Your group name should also be included somewhere with your donation.

Mail Checks: Do Something MobilePack, Congregational UCC Church, 133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater, WI 53190

Additional donations appreciated. All groups who donate toward this event will be recognized, no matter the amount of their donation. There are other ways to help, too. We will be posting additional ideas here soon. You will also find photos there to give you a better idea of what this event will look like. Thanks for your consideration!


Morgan Radaj (UCC church member, Girl Scout Senior, and M.A.D.Monday Mission Club)

Feed My Starving Children –

Here are some photos from a similar MobilePack event that we participated in on Oct 4th, 2014 in Delavan, WI.

We have already had a small taste of the great things that can be done together as a community... Pictured are members of youth groups, service clubs and Girl Scouts - working together at a similar event opportunity in Delavan a few weeks ago.

We have already had a small taste of the great things that can be done together as a community… thanks to the efforts of Bridget from “the 19 days” who organized this event in Delavan, WI. Pictured is the crew from Whitewater who went (members of a youth group, service club and Girl Scout troop) – working together on Oct 4th, 2014. We packed individual food portions for: Feed my Starving Children. Special thanks to “the 19 days” for inviting us to help. Not many places allow CHILDREN to volunteer. They had a blast! We hope to bring an event like this to Whitewater, too.


Chili Cook Off – Fri, Nov 20th 5:30-7:30pm


During this Thanksgiving Season:
Be THANKFUL for what you have & Help those who are HUNGRY!
Local and surrounding area friends.
Calling all Chili makers – We need your CHILI!!
Please consider helping with this ecumenical fundraiser – even if you can’t stay. Chili donations need to be dropped off between 5-5:30. Cash prize to the chili that takes in the most donations.
All proceeds go to the Do Something MobilePack coming to the Whitewater High School on 4/2/16.
For more information about what a “MobilePack” is – and the motivation behind why we are holding this fundraiser – please watch this short video:

All local residents are welcome to attend this Chili Cook Off!
Save the date: Friday, November 20th. Location: Congregational UCC Church, 133 S. Franklin St.
Pop in anytime between 5:30-7:30pm and for $5, try as many different chili samples as you’d like. VOTE for your favorite.
We are also working on acquiring some AMAZING raffle items – especially right before Christmas.
Raffle donations appreciated.
Look for event posters around town and coming soon here on this website, too…

Members in the Community – August 2014 eNEWS

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(August 18) Richard Telfer, UWW Chancellor, will give his State of the University address on Monday, Aug. 25.

The annual event marks the beginning of the academic year, and will be held in Young Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend.


memberscommunity – August 16, 2014

(August 16) School Supplies and Clothes at the Whitewater Community Clothes Closet on Saturday August 16th at Congregational UCC Church was an overwhelming success. Now however is time to replenish the school supplies and particularly backpacks to prepare for the Tues. Aug 19th Clothes Closet “helping Whitewater children succeed.”

Contact Kay Robers at 262-379-0187 for any help that can be provided or questions on the program.



memberscommunity – August 14, 2014

(August 14) The public is invited to attend an organ dedication concert on Friday September 19, 7:30pm at the Congregational United Church of Christ 133 S. Franklin St.


Internationally renowned concert organist Bruce Bengtson will be performing. Mr. Bengtson is recognized as an accomplished organist throughout the United States. He has also claimed an international audience through concerts in Mexico, Canada, Finland, Sweden, France, Austria, and Denmark. An award winning musician, he has played for the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society, and the National Conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians(ALCM). He has also led hymn festivals across the country. Bruce is an active clinician and member of the ALCM. Augsburg Fortress Publishing Company has two of his anthems in print. He has appeared in broadcasts of Wisconsin Public Radio. Bruce is Director of Music at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 1978. Besides the duties of organist, he is responsible for the choral and instrumental program of the parish. There will be a reception following the concert. Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.

memberscommunity – August 13, 2014

(August 13) The public is invited to join the members of the Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ at 133 S. Franklin St. for an old fashioned (Wisconsin style) Shrimp Boil. Save the September 13th date. The seating will begin at 5pm and will continue until 7pm.

In addition to jumbo shrimp, they will be serving organic, homegrown boiled red potatoes, Mississippi caviar, coleslaw, cornbread, all topped off with homemade peach cobbler. There will be a children’s meal available as well. The cost will be $15 for adults and $5 for the kids menu.

Advanced tickets are required. Please contact them at (262) 473-4101 or drop into the Congregational UCC church office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 1pm to purchase tickets. The proceeds of this event will go to Back Bay Mission. Back Bay is an on-going outreach project of the United Church of Christ serving the homeless population in Biloxi Mississippi. Come and join the fun and become a part of an important mission project.

Hosted by: Grace United Church, Fort Atkinson, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Fort Atkinson, and Congregational United Church of Christ, Whitewater. THIS IS THE CHURCH DINNER YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!

memberscommunity – August 13, 2014

(August 12) The 65th Anniversary of the Ordination of the Rev. Dr. Carroll J. Olm as a minister of the United Church of Christ will be acknowledged at a worship service on Sunday, August 24th, at 10am at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 South Franklin Street. Everyone is invited to attend this celebration of ministry.

Rev. Dr. Carroll J. Olm and Rev. Phil Milam


The Rev. Olm will preach the sermon titled “If I Had a Thousand Lives to Live” focusing on the Call of the Ministry. The Rev. Phil Milam, pastor, will conduct the liturgy. Pastor Olm was ordained on August 7th, 1949, at Community United Church of Christ, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He served in parishes: Trinity UCC, Mulberry, IN, Calvary Memorial UCC, Wauwatosa, WI, Providence UCC, Racine, WI and at St. Paul’s UCC, Sheboygan, WI. In 1960 he accepted the call to become the Founding Director of the Wisconsin Conference UCC Fairhaven Retirement Services in Whitewater, WI, where he served for 29 years. Since his retirement in 1990 he has supplied church pulpits and has participated in Whitewater community activities such as serving on six city boards and commissions and as a member-at-large of the City Council. Currently he serves on the Whitewater Community Foundation Board. He continues in his 36th year as a member of the First Citizens State Bank Board of Directors.

A period of fellowship and sociability featuring ice cream sundaes will be held immediately after the service.

4th July Booth

Our 4th July Booth will be openFourth of July 7

  • Thursday, July 3rd – 5pm – Midnight
  • Friday, July 4th – 10am – Midnight
  • Saturday, July 5th – 12pm – Midnight

We need volunteers for set-up, to work in booth, and take-down.  We are also looking for donations of food/drink items or monetary donations.  The sign-up sheets are hanging in the narthex.

  • Load Truck – Monday, June 30th – 6pm
  • Set-up – Tuesday, July 1st – 6pm
  • Take-down – Sunday, July 6th – 1pm


Our Menu

  • Chicken Wraps
  • Walking Tacos
  • Frozen Go Gurts
  • Frozen Candy Bars
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Freezer Pops
  • Carmel Apple Sundaes
  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Pop and Water
  • Glow Sticks

For more information about the Whitewater July 4th Celebration please go to


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