UWW Rugby wins back to back National Championships

UWW Rugby wins back to back National Championships

(Team photo provided by Dominic Urso)

The UWW Rugby Team won the USA Rugby Collegiate Division II Championship last December and again last weekend at Furman University, Greenville, SC. In route to this year’s Championship, Whitewater defeated Pittsburgh State University (KS) 61-15 in the round of 16, the Grand Valley State University (MI) 24-12 in the round of 8. Both matches were held at Miami University, Oxford, OH. The team traveled two weeks later to Furman University to meet up with North Dakota State University in the semi-finals. The Warhawks defeated the Bison 51-25 on Saturday, then met up with Virginia Military Institute in the finals on Sunday. VMI proved to be a tenacious team. Despite the Warhawks putting the first points on the board, VMI led at half 27 -17. This was the first time the Warhawks trailed at half all season. The team battled back to tie the match 27 all with 8 minutes remaining to play. Still tied with less than two minutes remaining, UWW scored their final try and made the conversion to take a 34 – 27 lead which they held until the final whistle. The team is coached by Matt Pederson (Lake Mills), Pat O’Connor and Tim Probst (Whitewater)


(Photo by Matt Pederson)

This is Shay Haase (UWW grey uniforms) stealing the ball from VMI at their line out. VMI threw the ball in to their designated jumper and Shay beat him to the ball and gave UWW possession.


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!

Seasonal Events

December 3rd
Coffee and Hot Chocolate beginning at 9:30 AM
Carol Sing at 9:45 Am before worship
Hanging of the Greens after worship
Potluck-after decorating

December 10th
Coffee and Hot Chocolate beginning at 9:30 AM
Carol Sing at 9:45 Am- before worship
Bake Sale (Items can be dropped off on December 9th from 10AM-12)
Put Muck Buckets Together for OCWM
Toys for Kids Returned today

December 17th
Coffee and Hot Chocolate beginning at 9:30 Am
Carol Sing 9:45 Am before worship
Choir Concert during worship
Brittany Redden becomes a new member
Coffee hour hosted by Brittany after worship
Live Nativity at Cooper’s Barn at 5pm with cider and chili

December 24th
Coffee and Hot Chocolate beginning at 9:30 am
Carol Sing 9:45 am before worship
Worship at 10 AM-Cake for Baby Jesus
Candlelight Service at 7pm

December 31st
Worship 10am

Haiti Mission Trip 2017

A group of five local and surrounding area residents are teaming up together and will be traveling to Haiti in August, including two members of our church.
Where are they going? Here is a link to the Mission Group they will be working with.

Supplies they are bringing: Here is a list of supplies that they hope to bring with them when they travel to Haiti. You can also find more information below.

Who is going? Here is the mission team: Lisa, Morgan, Maggie, Bridget and Matt. 

Do you want to help?

This mission group would like to collect $300 so they can purchase some food at a local market and then host a community meal for a small village in the mountains near Port de Paix.

They would also like to raise about $400 so they can bring down some supplies like the items seen in this picture.

The supplies that they would like to bring to Haiti include:
Soccer balls and soccer ball pumps
Nail polish, files, cotton pads, nail polish remover – consider the relationship that might be built from tenderly caring for the hands of a woman weary who opens up to talk about her handicapped or a young girl who, after several manicures, finally trusts enough to tell you that, at 11 years old, she’s the only one left to take care of her younger brothers and sisters. Maybe, through these relationships built on lovingly serving others, much needed help can be received. Trust can be built. Hearts can be changed. And God can be glorified! Yes, glorified even through nail polish. 🙂
Sunday school supplies: crayons, markers, card stock, glue sticks
Diapers size 4
Baby shampoo
Large Ziploc bags
Trash bags (13 gallon STRONG)
Garlic salt 
Seasoning salt
Baby Formula –  (sensitive) because some Mamas don’t get the opportunity to eat which causes struggles with feeding baby. We have to get baby healthy AND feed mom.
Feminine pads –There is a unique component to being female in a third world country. Sometimes you can’t go to school if you don’t have the right tools. This goes beyond paper and pencils.
We also have an Amazon Wish List for those friends and family who want to help but can’t attend on Aug 6th:  http://bit.ly/HaitiSupply2017

If you’d like to make a monetary donation so the team can purchase supplies to bring with them, please makes checks out to the UCC Church with “Haiti mission trip” in the memo and mail to the UCC Church, 133 S. Franklin St, Whitewater, Wi 53190.


Lenten Schedule

3/1 = Ash Wednesday “Lenten Soup Supper” – 6pm
3/1 = Ash Wednesday “Worship Service” – 7pm

3/8 = First United Methodist Church (WARM)
Devotional Leader: Pastor Erika Martinez

3/15 = St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Devotional Leader: Pastor Steve Hanson

3/22 = Congregational UCC
Devotional Leader: Pastor Steve Hanson

3/29 = First United Methodist Church (WARM)
Devotional Leader: Father Mark Niehaus

4/5 = First English Lutheran Church
Devotional Leader: Pastor Sue Bresser

4/9 = PALM SUNDAY “Worship Service” – 10am
4/9 = PALM SUNDAY “Brunch” – following worship

1PM – First United Methodist Church
1:45pm – Congregational UCC
2:30pm – First English Lutheran Church


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

Dec 18th, Youth Christmas Program and Practice Schedule


On December 18th, during the normal church worship service, the youth will be putting on a Nativity Play. Join us for a special church service beginning at 10am, with a Baby Jesus Birthday Party to follow.

Practice Schedule: We will practice after church on Dec 11th, as well as, Saturday, December 17th from 11am-1pm. Lunch will be provided.

BAKE SALE: We will also have a bake sale on December 18th.