YOUTH – Preschool

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

30-Hour Famine, Feb 26-27, 2016, #SEEhunger


On Friday, February 26th starting at 4:30pm through the evening of Saturday, February 27th at 6:00pm, 8th grade and high school youth will unite together to bring awareness to our global and local famine crisis. Youth throughout Whitewater will begin fasting on February 26th at noon through 6:00pm Saturday. Prime Time groupFor 30 hours youth will be participating in a lock-in, sleeping in cardboard boxes and participating in community events to help unite our community in battling against hunger. Students will be in a cardboard box house on Saturday, February 27th from 10:30am to 12:30pm in front of the Living Word Fellowship Church located at 212 W. Main Street in downtown Whitewater. Students will be taking monetary donations and non-perishable food donations for the Whitewater Pantry. 100% of all funds raised/donated will be given to the upcoming Do Something MobilePack coming to Whitewater on April 2, 2016.

What is it like to live in a cardboard box? It’s not any fun, it’s cold and long cold days probably feel like weeks. Join us on Feb 27th, 212 W. Main Street, Whitewater, WI, from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Attention 8th Grade and High School Students:

Prime Time James DedrickCome one, come all and bring a friend! A FAMINE LOCK-IN EVENT set for February 26th through February 27th.  Your food consumption will stop at noon on February 26th, then we will refresh our souls with a fellowship dinner at 6:00pm February 28th.   This year we will be uniting with several Whitewater Churches to help bring awareness about Famine, support our local food pantry and to help garner financial support for the upcoming “Do Something Mobile Pack.”  Youth will need to bring warm winter clothes and cold weather gear (coats, gloves, hats, etc; we’ll be outside several times throughout the event) sleeping bag, pillow, overnight attire, necessities and a roll of duck tape.  They can also bring financial donations to support the Do Something MobilePack and/or a food donation for the food pantry and most importantly a friend.   We have many fun events planned ~ come one, come all!

Church or Community Donations Appreciated (to use during a few service projects): fleece for prayer blankets, items for Blessing Bags (to give to Homeless) – small candles, small pop-top pork and bean cans, small rain coats, socks, small towels/t-shirts, water bottles and granola bars. Bring donations to the church office of either: First United Methodist Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Congregational UCC Church or First English Lutheran Church, up until February 26th.


Global & Local Famine Awareness

When: February 26th-27th

Where:  (starts and ends) First United Methodist Church, 145 S Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190

Starts: 4:30 p.m., Fasting begins after lunch on Friday (at school)

Ends: With a meal at FUMC (Methodist Church) that begins at 6:00 p.m.

What to bring: warm coats, gloves, hats (several outside events), sleeping bag, pillow, overnight supplies, 1 roll duct tape

OPTIONAL: bring a friend or two, financial donations for MobilePack/food donations, and nonperishable food items for the food pantry.

Donations will benefit Whitewater Food Pantry & Do Something MobilePack, April 2 at Whitewater High School

Questions?: (262) 473-2131

(Photo Credit: Heather Ruenz/Southern Lakes Newspapers)

KIDS Earth Day Clean-up – April 22

Organized by 13-year-old, Morgan Radaj


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.

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.



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.

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.


VBS 2014 – July 30th, July 31st, August 1st


Gear Up


Come Join Us For VBS 2014 on

July 30th, July 31st, August 1st 10am-12pm

Please contact Becky Milam for more information 262-470-0542 or


At WOW VBS, discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God. Experience the love of Jesus. Start an adventure. Use your imagination and creativity to build your faith. Meet people from the Bible who used what they had to produce something amazing with God. Use your heart, mind, and imagination to participate in the creative life of God, the one who works wonders!

We will be focusing on Session 3, 4, and 5.

The adventure toolbox at the Workshop of Wonders includes the following activity centers that will WOW your children:

  • interactive Bible storytellingRivet
  • crafts
  • science
  • recreation
  • music
  • snack

Our overall theme verse is Psalm 77:14a, “You are the God who works wonders.”

Through WOW VBS, it is our hope that children will realize that they are capable of great things when they use their hearts, minds, and imaginations to follow the example of God, the one who works wonders!