Get Ready to Go Hungry!

Parents:  We need lots of help to do The Famine! 

Link to Sign-Up Genius to Volunteer to help with the event HERE.
Link to Sign-Up Genius to provide Food for the Feast HERE.

GETTING STARTED - Forms and Info

Each participant will need to:
  • Register on the church website.  (Registration closes Feb. 5th.)
  • Join us for the "30 Hour Famine Kick-Off" on Jan. 22nd at Noon in the Youth Room!
  • Have parent read the Letter to Parents & Guardians.
  • Complete a Code of Conduct FormTurn this in or bring with you on Feb. 17th.
  • Read Info for First-Time Participants if you have not participated before.
  • Pick up your Pledge Packet - available at the Kick-Off event or within 24 hours after registering, on the table in front of the church office.
  • Set a personal fundraising goal and get as many sponsors as possible so we'll be able to achieve our Group Goal!

Some things to know:

  • Checks payable to LUMC (for donations) - All contributions are tax-deductible.
  • Online giving is available through the church website (great for out-of-town sponsors) - Check out TIPS FOR ONLINE GIVING.
  • T-Shirt (optional) - You’ll be able to order during online registration. The t-shirt is available in standard adult sizes
  • (YS, YM, YL, S, M, L, XL, 2XL).  Please specify on your order form which size you prefer.
  • We’ve set a group goal of $15,000 for fundraising and we hope you’ll set a personal goal, too.
  • Registration opens on the church website January 15th (through February 5th).
  • Friends outside the church are welcome to join us as long as their parents can help during the weekend in some way. (It takes a lot of adults to provide transportation for Saturday activities and chaperone overnight Friday.)
  • Info on the history of the Famine at LUMC and some background on the recipients of our funds can be found HERE.



This is it - our countdown to the 30 HOUR FAMINE!  We hope you're calling everyone you know to support you in this year's Fast. 

Our group goal is $15,000!

One hundred percent of everything we raise will be divided evenly between the Empowering Haitians Food Program in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, and The Ark Child Protection Center in Kiev, Ukraine, to help with food, healthcare, education and winter heating costs.  In Haiti, we're currently feeding several hundred people every single day at a cost of 55 cents per meal.  In addition to the 30+ orphaned or abandoned children who call The Ark home, the ministry is currently sheltering seven refugee families who have escaped the fighting in the East.  The needs are great in both countries. Thank you, in advance, for all your efforts to see that God's precious ones are fed and through this they learn of God's love and provision.

We're getting ready for an AWESOME weekend! 

What you need to know:  Link HERE for FAQ's and What to Bring!

Fasting begins at 1pm on Friday but if your lunch period falls after 1pm, DO NOT SKIP LUNCH!  Be sure you eat lunch and then start your fast afterwards.  And if your lunch period falls early in the day (some are as early as 10:30am) try to eat something as close to 1pm as possible.  And remember, you will need to start drinking juice within a few hours of beginning your fast so you don't get dehydrated.  You're going to need to be on the top of your game for all the great activities we have planned! 

We'll meet at the church at 7pm on Friday night.  (Sr. High Leaders should arrive at 5:30pm, Adult volunteers by 6:30pm.)  Come prepared to spend the next 25 hours making new friends, having a ton of fun, learning about hunger and poverty and what God calls us to do about it, helping people in our community, and celebrating the goodness of our God. 

On Saturday evening, we'll break our fast with a service of Holy Communion on Saturday at 7pm, followed by a celebration FEAST in the fellowship hall.  Parents can pick you up from the church at 8pm.  Family and friends are welcome to join us for our closing at 6pm in the Sanctuary.

FundraisingNeed additional Pledge Record Sheets?  Link HERE.

If you have collected all of your pledges by Friday evening, please turn in your pledge packet when you check in. 
If you have not collected all your pledges, please come prepared to report your total amount raised so we can see how close we are to our goal.  All pledge packets must be turned in by Sunday, March 5th  so we can send our funds to Empowering Haitians and The Father's Care and get them working as soon as possible. 

Group Checks - Some sponsors prefer to write one check for all the individuals they sponsor and they turn that check in to Marlene Passarelli.  If your sponsor tells you that they've done this, please indicate that on your pledge sheet.

Online Donations - If any of your sponsors have made an online donation for you, please indicate that on your pledge sheet so you will receive credit for those donations.  Check out "Tips for Online Giving" HERE.

Cash Donations
- If a sponsor prefers to pay by cash and would like a receipt, copies can be found at the Youth Bulletin Board in the Welcome Center or you may print your own copies HERE.

Food Hunt & Community Service Activities: 
(Watch for Community Service Activity Sign-ups to come!)

  I've heard some of our drivers are already gearing up for our annual Scavenger Hunt for Food on Saturday morning.  If you want to get a head start, you'll find the list of items we're looking for HERE.  

COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES  We've got some great community service projects lined up for Saturday afternoon, too.  Read the list of activity descriptions HERE, then sign up HERE by choosing your top three activity preferences. We'll do our best to place you where you'd like to serve.  And remember, "It's not about me!"  It's about serving others as if we were serving Christ himself.  (Well, Matthew 25:31-46 says that's exactly what we're doing!)  

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS  Many of you keep track of Community Service Hours for your school or extracurricular activities.  Mrs. Passarelli is happy to sign off on the hours you spend in Community Service during the weekend (3 hours Friday evening, 5 hours on Saturday, and 15 minutes for each sponsor you get who completes his/her pledge, i.e.
25 donors = 6.25 hours of service).  Sr. High Leaders may also receive leadership hours for the meetings they attend to plan and prepare.  If you would like a signature, please bring your forms with you to the event and they will be signed and ready for you when you leave on Saturday.

30 Hour Famine Sunday: 

Report to the Congregation at 11am on Sunday - The weekend's not over on Saturday night!  On Sunday morning, we'll be presenting our "30 Hour Famine" Report to the Congregation during the 11am worship service.  Plan to wear your 30 Hour Famine  t-shirt and join us up front as we share our experience with our church family that has been so supportive of us and this event for the past 17 years.  Think about the part you will play in this - Scripture Reader?  Speaker?  Stretch yourself!  We're called to share the Good News and there is POWER in each and every testimony of what God is doing in our lives and in our world!  Power that draws hearts to our Savior. 

Thank you for taking part in the 30 Hour Famine and for your efforts to reach our group goal.  You truly are making a difference in the world! 

Questions?  Contact Marlene ( or Jana (  See you on the 17th!

Check out some scenes from 30 Hour Famine 2016 (with music by Matthew West - "Do Something"):