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Youth Ministries /Unga Bunga Tribe
Youth Ministries / Unga Bunga Tribe

2017-02-01 part of Unga Bunga Tribe (1)-opt

The Ungabunga Tribe Youth Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:25 to 8:00 p.m., with a summer break. All youth in grades six to twelve are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Follow leaders Loni and Bobbi as they take you deep into the Bible, out into our community, and inside the life of the Church.


Recent Youth Events

30-hour famine 2-optYOUTH GROUP 30-HOUR FAMINE
February 22-23

The Unga Bunga Tribe Youth Group members grew closer to Christ and each other as they fasted together for 30 hours and raised funds to fight hunger. Altogether, the youth raised $435 for World Vision, and an anonymous donor will be matching the amount! The group also cleaned an organized in the Pantry, and prepared for a youth-led worship service at 10 am on Sunday, February 23.

Following is our group fundraising link through World Vision for the 30 Hour Famine.

All funds that are raised will be donated to World Vision. Every $40 we raise will help feed and care for a child for a month. 

2019-11-17 Youth Service (9) from Nancy Wittman-optYOUTH-LED WORSHIP SERVICE
February 23, 10 am

The youth (with help from Loni and Bobbi) led the entire worship service on Sunday morning, February 23 at 10 a.m.


2019 Youth Triennium

2019-05-22 Youth making pins for Triennium cropped-optEight young people, including: Hannah Bauer, Sara Bostedt, Ellie Gauthier, Katie Gauthier, Evan Hansen, Hailey Hansen, Aaron Schoffelman, and Rose Schumacher; and chaperone Ben Menghini from First Presbyterian Church traveled to Purdue University to attend Triennium on July 16-20. They appreciate your support in their efforts.

2019-07-17-20 Youth Triennium (13)-optThe Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a five-day event for high school age youth from all over the country. The Triennium is focused on equipping young people to be transformational Christian leaders and seeks to join with the home churches of the attendees to help call young people into deeper discipleship in Jesus Christ. The Youth Triennium is a high energy, biblically infused and focused, youth-friendly conference.

See more photos on our Facebook page:


2019-07-17-20 Youth Triennium (16) Rose Schumacher-optMy Time at Triennium
by Rose Schumacher

Hi. I’m Rose Schumacher and I am the choir accompanist here at First Presbyterian. The (Unga Bunga Tribe) Youth Group invited me to go to Triennium with them this year.

Triennium is an event for PC USA high school students that happens once every three years. It was held on the campus of Purdue University in Indiana. We took a bus to get there and back.

Throughout the week, we had several main events each day. In the morning, we would meet with our delegation and discuss what we had talked about in small group the day before.  

We met with our small group after delegation. The small groups were groups of about 10-15 Triennium people from all over the United States who probably would not have met otherwise. We discussed Bible lessons, like the story of Zacchaeus, in new and fun ways. Sometimes we did reader’s theater, and other times we read “clues” in the Bible to “crack a case.”

Another main part of the day was worship. Worship was held in Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music, which seats 6,005 people, and most of the seats were full. Worship was two hours long and consisted of dancing, singing, readings, and listening to speakers. The speakers talked about the same story we discussed in small group.

After worship we had general free time. There was a choir that anyone could join during this time, so I decided to join it. We sang at Friday’s and Saturday’s worship. I think that was my favorite part of Triennium because I met so many amazing people in the choir.  

In general, everyone was very nice and always willing to help out. For example, one day, I got separated from the rest of the group from First Presbyterian for worship. I walked up to someone who looked nice, told her I couldn’t find my group, and asked if I could sit with her. She said yes, so I sat with her delegation, who were all very nice.

Another one of my favorite parts of Triennium was trading pins. Everyone at Triennium had pins from their Presbytery, so once we got there, we could trade our pins with someone from a different Presbytery. That way, by the end of the week, everyone had pins from all over the United States. (First Pres youth made “cheese-head” pins!)

All in all, Triennium was a great experience and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to have gone with First Presbyterian’s Youth Group. I would also like to say thank you to the congregation for supporting us through the fund raisers.

2019 Graduations

2019 Sophia Sperduto graduation photo-optSophia Sperduto

Sophia Sperduto will graduate from Pulaski High School in May of 2019, and will be attending UW-Stevens Point in the fall. She plans to major in Wildlife Ecology and minor in art. Sophia loves spending time outside camping, birdwatching, and at her grandparents' cabin.

Her love of art includes drawing, painting, and photography. Throughout her years of high school, Sophia has participated in many activities, including Girls Tennis, Yearbook Club, FFA, and Forensics. She has challenged herself with advanced classes and participation in National Honor Society. She volunteers her time as a summer school tennis coach and at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Her love of animals and art will continue to inspire her throughout the rest of her life and career. 

2019 David - DJ - Young graduation photo-optDJ Young

David Young (DJ) will be graduating from Green Bay West High School and has been accepted at The University of Wisconsin Green Bay where he will study Psychology. While in school, DJ was active in Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band where he played trumpet. He also enjoyed the sciences, and the friendships he has developed throughout his school years. He enjoys traveling and new adventures, and he loves gaming with his friends.

DJ looks forward to this next chapter in his life.  He believes his faith, hard work, and his abilities will bring him success in his future endeavors.


Congratulations to Both of You!


Past Youth Events

2019-02-23 Deacon's meal at St. John's Homeless Shelter (1)February 22-23 30-Hour Famine/Youth Lock-In

The Unga Bunga Youth Group members grew closer to Christ and each other as they fasted together for 30 hours and raised funds to fight hunger. They began their fast at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 22 and end with a simple supper break at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23. The group also helped prepare a meal for St. John’s Homeless Shelter as a service project during the famine. Money raised during the 30-Hour Famine went to the Pantry.


2019-01-26 Ski Trip (10)-opt2019 Ski Trip to Ski Brule

There was a completely full contingent of youth and adults from both First Pres and First United Presbyterian in De Pere along for the great time on th

e recent ski trip to Ski Brule. See more photos on our Facebook photo albums page.



2018-06-28 Mission team to St. LouisIntergenerational Mission Trip to St. Louis

A group of Green Bay area Presbyterians (from First Pres and Oconto) traveled to St. Louis, staying at the mission house of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, and doing service work coordinated by AMEN Saint Louis.



Chinook, Montana Mission Trip

2018-06-12 to 19 MT mission trip team (3)-optBobbi Holl, George Hubbard, and Loni McCormick were the chaperones, and Sara Bostedt, Evan Hansen, Elizabeth Paag, and Zach Wittman were the youth on this mission trip. They painted a VFW that is also used as a food pantry and helped to scrub and clean the kitchen area of the building, as well as unloading a truck of pantry supplies that showed up. More photos on our Facebook page.

2018 Graduations

2018-06-10 Graduation (19)-optCongratulations to five of our young members who recently graduated from their respective high schools. They will be starting their journeys through higher education. The graduates are: 
Kevin Escott, Western Reserve Academy Hudson, Ohio (not pictured); Elizabeth Paag Hubbard, Bay Port High School; Brandt Schoffelman, Green Bay Southwest High School; Wyatt Stenson, Preble High School; and Allen Ray (AJ) Walker Jr., Luxemburg-Casco High School. See additional information about the graduates below, and find more photos on our Facebook page.

2018 Confirmations

2018-05-06 Confirmation (14)-optOn May 6, Hannah Bauer, Sara Bostedt, Ellie Gauthier, Katie Gauthier, Evan Hansen, Hailey Hansen, Aaron Schoffelman, Morgan Siewert, Sophia Sperduto, Zach Wittman, David J. Young, and Nick Young confirmed their faith - Blessings on each of you!

Find more photos from the day on our Facebook page here.


2018 Ski Trip

2018-01-27 Ski Trip the groupBoth youth and adults from both First Pres and First United Presbyterian in De Pere had a great time on the recent ski trip. One comment heard was "It was great weather, and so nice to be able to spend time with members of our sister church and get to know them!" The group again

More photos on our Facebook page here.


_DRS7547 copy-opt_DRS7500 copy-opt2017 Winnebago Presbytery Fall Youth Camp

Courage to Connect. Storytelling, art creation, a camp challenge course, building a shed for Habitat for Humanity, and lots more kept the campers busy and having fun while learning. Photos from David R. Schuhart.


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Youth Pack at Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack

2017-10-04 FMSC Beth Ryder (4)-optIn October, the Unga Bunga Tribe spent several hours helping with the record 552,096 meals that were packed at the event this year.

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Summer Pool Party

In July, the Youth Group had a pool party - looks like they had a great time!




Youth Group practices, performs, and serves

Youth Service 2017-02-19 (6)-optPhotos like these (and on our Facebook page) show the Youth Group practicing for and then performing energetic and uplifting dances / skits at worship.

Then the youths prepared and served a wonderful pancake and porkie brunch to many appreciative folk.

FPC Youth Group May 2016 (35)-optThank you Unga Bunga Youth Group and their leaders, Bobbie Holl, Loni McCormick, and Lacy Schimmel! 


30-Hour Famine

Each Spring, our youth group participates in the 30 Hour Famine, raising awareness and money to support ministries that focus on hunger-related issues.

Check out the 30 Hour Famine website at

2017-04-22 playing basketball to take minds off hunger during 30-Hour Famine (2)

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