Youth Activities

Rummage Sale Fundraiser – February 21st, 9am-1pm

rummageWhat’s missing this time of year? Rummage sales
The Congregational United Church of Christ is having a Rummage/Bake/Craft Sale
Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 9am-1pm
133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater, WI 53190
(the same church where the Clothes Closet is located, but our rummage sale will be in the basement Fellowship Hall)
This rummage sale is a fundraiser organized by a group of Middle School students from the group M.A.D. Monday Mission. One of many upcoming fundraisers for a future event coming to Whitewater in Spring 2016. The upcoming service project is called  “Do Something MobilePack 2016.″ An international dry food packaging event that will help feed malnourished children in this world… simultaneously, helping stock our local food pantry. An experience you won’t want to miss. Geared for volunteers ages 5-95.
M.A.D. (which stands for – Making A Difference) is inviting the community to both shop at this rummage sale and donate items. For every .22 cents raised, we can pack another meal for a starving child.
Girl scout troop #2332 will also be selling on Saturday. They are one of the major sponsors helping to bring the Do Something MobilePack to our community in 2016.
Donations: DROP OFF items at the UCC church (133 S Franklin), starting on Thursday and Friday.
Do you want to DO SOMETHING, too?
For more information on how your church group, civic group, scout group, etc. can get involved in helping, click here.
Join the growing list of major sponsors committed to bringing this opportunity to Whitewater:
Congregational UCC Church
First Citizens State Bank
Girl Scout Troop #2332
Girl Scout Troop #2240
Living Word Fellowship Church
M.A.D. Monday Mission

Children’s World Impact is Coming Nov 5th, 2014


Maggie and Morgan Radaj were invited to join Children’s World Impact for their Annual Benefit Dinner on Aug 18th, 2014. (Pictured with Tyson Ray – founder of CWI, along with his wife Jenny in 2006)

The middle school and high school youth of our church are looking to connect with a local mission group that helps both locally and internationally… and I think we’ve found one 🙂 Children’s World Impact

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We are opening up this presentation to the surrounding community including:

• Service Clubs/Groups
• Student Councils/Junior Optimist Groups
• Youth Groups
• Scouts
• Surrounding churches

Are you interested in learning about a new opportunity?

Children’s World Impact is coming to Whitewater UCC Church this Wednesday, November fifth at about 6:20pm. We are inviting everyone to come and learn more about what this group does and how you too can help make a difference!

This group, which is close to home, focuses on helping children and widows who are in poverty. They also make a difference in Walworth County by helping children and parents in crisis. There are very easy ways to make an impact in this world. Please come join us on November fifth to see how anyone, even yourself, can help the world by reaching out!

Where: UCC Congregational United Church of Christ
Location: 133 S Franklin Street
Time: 6:20pm

– From Natalie LaBreche, eighth grade student and member of the UCC youth group

Why 6:20? Once a month we share a meal together, starting at 5:30, and have the presentation following the meal. Join us on Nov 5th @ 5:30 for a potluck dinner and stay for the presentation, or come at about 6:15pm for the presentation only. Up to you. We’d love to have you. We are excited about this group and are looking forward to an opportunity for future service projects that involve the whole community.

Children’s World Impact will be coming to our Mid-week meal on Nov 5th to tell us and show us a little bit about what they do.

How did we learn about CWI?cwi2
CWI (Children’s World Impact). A few years ago Morgan Radaj, 8th grade student, learned about a group called: AVERYday Ministries and decided to fundraise for that organization during one of her annual Charity Run/Walks. She met Bridget McCarthy, Avery’s mom, and via all that Bridget does… we learned about Children’s World Impact. We’re very excited to get involved with this group and we hope you can make it on Nov 5th. Everyone is welcome.

Check out this amazing video that gives you a little bit more information about what this group in trying to accomplish in the world. How they are trying to help others and trying to break the cycle of poverty. Come, on Nov 5th, to see more about what they are doing in Walworth County, too.

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… 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 packed individual food portions for: Feed my Starving Children. We hope to bring an event like this to Whitewater, too.

Here is some more information that you can find on the Children’s World Impact website:

Our Mission:

At Children’s World Impact we commit to looking after orphans and widows in their distress, and to make a significant impact on the lives of the neglected.

Our Vision:

Children’s World Impact seeks to break the cycle of poverty through care and community development aimed specifically at orphans and widows. Care projects for women and children include providing food, clothing, shelter, education, and income opportunities. Community development projects include building schools, housing, water purification systems, and medical facilities.

Our Work:

cwiCurrently Children’s World Impact has two on-going projects in Haiti and Ghana, Africa. Please check out our projects pages for specific information about what we are accomplishing in each of these needy areas and how you can become involved.

Our Promise:

Children’s World Impact has a board of directors and partners who underwrite all of the organization’s expenses.  Our commitment to our donors is that 100% of what is given goes to make a lasting impact on the lives of those we are serving.

Globally, orphaned children and widows are some of the most marginalized, overlooked, and abandoned members of society. Living in locations where there are no government or community-based support systems, survival is an on-going struggle.

At Children’s World Impact, we are doing something about it.

How will you make an impact?

Thanks Children’s World Impact for inspiring us with the song: Do Something by Matthew West…

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around

So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty

Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”

He said, “I did, I created you”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

Verse 2:
I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”

Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something (yes, it is)
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill (shine shine, shine shine)
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still (x3)

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

Middle School HALLOWEEN Lock-in

Join us:

Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014 – Sunday, Nov 2nd, 2014

Where: Congregational UCC Church – 133 S. Franklin Street

When: 8pm Sat – 11am Sun

Who: Local Middle School Youth

Why: Just because… to have FUN in a safe place.

What to Bring: We ask that you bring a snack or treat to share & your overnight items. Costumes optional, but are encouraged.

RSVP Please so we know how much food to purchase for Breakfast  J

Thanks – or 262-903-1404

* Please note, normally we choose to hold our lock-in the Saturday before Halloween… but we have a wedding in the church that day. We are just extending the Halloween Season 🙂

Youth Event – Helium Trampoline Park

HeliumSaturday, October 18, 2014.
Meet at the church by 9:45am so we can be at Helium by 11am.   We will have an hour to jump followed by lunch in New Berlin.
We will be gone from 9:45am– about 2pmish (we will contact parents when we are leaving New Berlin).
To attend a waiver must be filled out and signed by parents.
If you are interested please let Ashleigh Bruns know by Sunday, October 12th.

Upcoming FUN Events and Mission Opportunities

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Preschool/Elementary – Food Pantry Collection after church

October 5, 2014
Crop Walk – registration at Fairhaven 12:30

October 11, 2014
Fun event at Katchel Center – Animal Show 3pm

October 12, 2014
Board Games at Fairhaven

October 26, 2014
Preschool/Elementary Trick-or-Treat at Fairhaven – 2:30-3:30 pm
Parents, bring a bag of candy and your kids to Fairhaven and the residents of 2nd and 3rd floor will meet us in the cafeteria. We will be providing the candy.

November 1-2, 2014
Middle School Halloween Lock-in
Community Lock-in for Middle school students.

November 5th, 2014
Youth Appreciation Mid-Week Meal – “Youth Matter”
We are celebrating the youth in our church and all that they do for the community, country and world. Youth, 0-18, will help with food prep, serving, etc. Please plan to bring a dish, too.

Plus – we are lucky enough to have some guest speakers on Nov 5th, following our meal 🙂

  • Children’s World Impact is coming to talk about what they do in the county of Walworth and in the world: Countries like Haiti and Africa.

November 10, 2014
KIDS Music Concert at Fairhaven, 6-7pm
Beginning Music students and up, are encouraged to share their musical talent with the residents of Fairhaven. Play a song or two out of your music book. It doesn’t matter what instrument you play, everyone is welcome. Piano provided.

Youth Mission – Food Pantry Collection

You are never too young to help others 🙂

Youth Event – Zoozort Animal Show

Zoozort Animal Show

Zoozort-Show-Image[1]Saturday, October 11, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Zoozort is a unique, hands-on interactive program that features live exotic animals from all around the world. Learn fun and interesting facts about the chameleon, kookabura, fennec fox, banded armadillo, wallaby, coati, and python (animals subject to change). Licensed animal exhibitor, Noelle Tarrant, will educate and entertain, allowing children to respectfully touch each animal. Children have so much fun they don’t even realize they are learning! Please contact Maggie Radji for more information.

Introducing OLAF – the Heifer

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Heifer Cow




Heifer International Update:

Thanks to Miss Emilie, we now have a name for our latest Heifer International purchase.

I’d like to introduce you to OLAF. Olaf the heifer.

The preschool and elementary kids of the church have raised $500 to buy Olaf. Way to go everyone!!HEIFER


Here is a short video giving a little bit more information about Heifer International.

Join us: Galatians 5:22-23

fruitbackground2How long has it been since you’ve had a checkup to assess your spiritual health?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Jesus spent his entire life as a perfect role model for a servant of God–humble, caring, kind, and compassionate; always putting others before himself through love, forgiveness, and servitude. Serving isn’t something that only draws us closer to others, it draws us nearer to God himself and the fruit of the Spirit that God desires us to produce and share.

JOIN US: September 7th, 2014, for an exciting kick-off to the church year.

MEMBERS AND KIDS: Please bring a can or two of fruit. We will be donating it to the food pantry.

Come to know the freedom of a life filled with peace, joy, gentleness, and other positive characteristics. By developing and maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God, you will be able to nurture and cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.

The Bible refers to literal fruit—such as olives, grapes and figs—many times. More frequently the biblical Hebrew and Greek words translated “fruit” have a symbolic sense. All crops are considered “fruit of the earth.” Children are called the “fruit of the womb.” A man’s words are “the fruit of his mouth.”

In ancient and modern times, people have used “fruit” to mean results, products, outcomes, accomplishments and achievements. An employee must be productive to be worthy of his wage. He must work hard, work fast and work smart to get jobs done and done right. In Scripture, “fruit” has similar meanings.

When God’s Spirit is at work in a person, amazing things happen. The person’s whole life blossoms and bears beautiful fruit. Through the Spirit you can experience joy and peace in every circumstance, no matter how difficult or painful.