YOUTH – High School

Youth Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast – June 18

Pancakes-Dairy-freeOn Saturday June 18th from 7-11am the youth of Whitewater Congregational UCC church (133 S. Franklin St.) are hosting a community wide pancake breakfast.

This event supports the youth attending the National Youth Event 2016 and other service events in future years.

Tickets purchased prior are $5 for adults and children over 5 years old. Children 0-4 are free. At the door tickets will be $6. We will be serving pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip), fruit, and 2 pieces of sausage or bacon (additional may be purchased).

We look forward to seeing you all there!

KIDS Earth Day Clean-up – April 22

Organized by 13-year-old, Morgan Radaj

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Click here to learn more about EARTH DAY and ways that you, too, can help our planet. Reduce, recycle, reuse, repurpose, etc.

If you would like some KID-friendly ways to help take care of our planet, click here. You will find videos, stories and links to information about:

3R’s, How garbage hurts animals, Pollution Solutions, Repurpose Items For Your Kitchen, Garden watering tips, Planting trees for your tomorrow, Composting, Group activities & More.

Join us . . .
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 @ 5:30
We LOVE our Earth & our Community. Join us on Earth Day for a fun scavenger hunt/garbage clean-up. Learn a little about what Earth Day is. Have fun with friends and/or fellow scout members. Help clean-up the community where you live.

2014_Earth_Day5BRING FRIENDS & you could WIN!!!
The child who brings the most friends – WINS an Earth Day PRIZE!!! Simple Earth Day trivia will used as a tiebreaker.

Attention Whitewater KIDS
Please join us on Wednesday, April 22nd beginning at 5:30.
Come and learn a little about Earth Day + help take action and clean up our community.2014042295184627-2
My name is Morgan and I am a Cadette Girl Scout. I am planning an EARTH DAY Themed Community Clean-up Scavenger Hunt.
Please meet us at Starin Park at about 5:20 p.m (so we can start at 5:30).
Also, please bring 6-10+ Sentry/Wal-Mart plastic bags. It is important that we separate garbage and recycling and dispose of it properly. We will be breaking into smaller groups and walking around town for approximately 45 minutes, so parent participation is needed. Bring a wagon if you can. It helps a LOT! Our plan is to ask some local residents to place their garbage and recycling containers out for us to use. Sorting garbage and recycling as you pick it up is the best way to do it. If you have a wagon, place your full bags in there.

I am inviting kids from Whitewater, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, our church youth group, plus anyone and everyone who would like to join us, so tell your friends. :)
If you’re a Scout: Wear your scout uniform. We’ll try to take a big group picture at the start. Would be fun to submit the picture to the newspaper.

2014_Earth_Day2Earth Day: It’s a great time to learn about our planet and how to take care of it. One hour of time will make a huge difference in our community.
Let’s hope for a nice day!!! We will meet rain or shine. Bring an umbrella :)

Thanks for your consideration.
Morgan

Parents: After we have a little group meeting and group photo, please feel free to walk around town with your small group for as long as you’d like. If we have a great turnout, we may ask if there is anyone who would be willing to drive and start from another location. Example: drive and start from LINCS or Washington schools. Reason = there are only so many roads that branch off from Starin Park. We can cover the city of Whitewater better if we start from a few different locations. It would take too long to walk across town.

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The duration of the scavenger hunt will be determined by the age of the children and their interest. Every little bit helps, but there is no set time that each group needs to walk around. You can leave when finished. Unfortunately, there is no recycling container at Starin Park. Please plan to sort out your garbage and recycling and dispose of it properly. FYI: there is a recycling container at LINCS and probably at Washington School, too.
Thanks

Teen Movie Night, Sat. Mar 14th 6-10pm

UCCteenThe middle school group, M.A.D. Monday Mission, is organizing a TEEN Movie night and are inviting middle and high school students from the community to come to the Congregational UCC church.

  • Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
  • Time: 6-10pm
  • Location: Congregational UCC church, 133 S Franklin St, Whitewater, WI, 53190
  • Ages: Middle school and high school students are welcome to attend without their parents
  • Movie: Want to help us pick a movie or two to show? Vote on our facebook page.
  • Food: We will have some food and snacks available for purchase
  • Raffle: We will be raffling off a few items (donations appreciated)
  • Why Attend?: Food, FUN & BIG screen movies. PLUS, support an amazing service project at the same time.

Food Pantry Donations: Bring a can or two for the local food pantry, and receive a FREE game ticket.

Bring friends!

What movie(s) should we watch? Want to vote?
If you have any suggestions, visit our FACEBOOK page to VOTE.

The Cost? This is a free will donation fundraiser at the door and there will also be some snacks and food to purchase. All proceeds will go to support bringing “Do Something MobilePack 2016” to Whitewater in the Spring of 2016.

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

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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
Who: EVERYONE AND ANYONE!!!!

– 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.

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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”

Chorus:
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”

Chorus:
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

Bridge:
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)

Chorus:
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

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
2:30-3:30

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 🙂

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.

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