Grandma's Kitchen 2019

What is is and how can I help?

What is it and how can I help?

This event supports many Freshwaters missions and ministries, both in our community and abroad. Men and women alike contribute their talents by making and serving food and rolls, as-well-as, helping with our craft sale. Our famous lefse sale, cookie walk, and bake sale bring in people from the surrounding community. 

Our quilters sew and prepare crafts throughout the year for this event. The money from our raffled quilt will support Mille Lacs County homeless ministries. 

Many of our talented Freshwaters family donate 

items such as jellies, jams, pickles, canned goods, crocheting, sewing, knitting, quilting, wooden crafts, etc. We will start to collect them next month. Please let us know what you are able to donate, so we can plan accordingly. 

Many craft venders rent space from us and look forward to this successful event. 

Friends of Dr. Bob and Bill W. Recovery Ministry


Mission Trip to Hungary


June 2020

 We partner with Miskolci Aslozsolsza Kistokal Metodista Egyhaz, a  Methodist Church in Miskolc, Hungary where we share Christ with children in Hungary and with Roma (gypsies).  Pastor Kevin leads our mission group of youth and adults on this exciting intercultural adventure that includes ministry to children and the local community.  Through service projects and personal relationships we will foster ongoing love for Jesus Christ and his global mission.  

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Community Connections

Food Shelf


Freshwaters UMC has "Jingle Sunday" every 3rd Sunday of the month with coin donations going to the Princeton Food Shelf. Food donations are also collected at church campuses, and volunteers help out at the site.

Great River Family Promise


Winter in Minnesota is too cold to be sleeping in cars, so Freshwaters hosts local homeless at the Zimmerman campus for a week several times during the winter. Volunteers provide meals, a place to sleep in the church, and activities to do with the children. 

School Lunches


Freshwaters uses our offerings from the Lenten services to donate to the schools for unpaid student school lunches. 

Health Kits for UMCOR

The UMC Annual Conference provides hygiene kits for people after natural disasters and in shelters.

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) provides health kits for people who are forced to leave their homes due to human conflict or natural disasters. (May)


65%  to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief 

20% Park Avenue UMC Children's Defense Fund Schools Program

15% NUMAS Haus (homeless shelter)

Operation Christmas Child


Through Samaritan's Purse, International Relief, Operation Christmas Child helps children around the world begin their journey of faith. The journey begins with a a shoebox filled with various needed items and results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication.

A Day of Kindness


A Princeton community event where organizations partner to provide goods & services to anyone who needs them. Freshwaters collected shoes for children this past year.

Meals a la Car


Meals are made at the hospital and we deliver them to the homes of many seniors or shut-ins.

ELIM Oasis Adult Day Care


We partner with seniors at  Elim Oasis at our Princeton Campus. 

Teen Center

Meals are provided 1-3 nights a week at the Teen Center in Princeton. We have  donated money, hats,

We provide food and evening meals 1-3 times a week, as well as quilts, hats, socks, paint, and other items as needed.  Many of these teens are  in need of food and shelter, as well as a place to do homework, etc.

Boy Scout Pinewood Derby


Host Boy Scout Pinewood Derby and provide food for their families at our Zimmerman Campus.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner


Free Thanksgiving Dinner is provided for people in our community.

Bags of Blessings


We provide bagged food items to 42 students in Princeton and Zimmerman schools. Last year we gave away 1500 bags of food!

Seasonal Events

Grandma's Kitchen Bazaar & Crafts


Come and enjoy a warm cinnamon roll in the morning and fellowship. Shop for crafts, lefse, baked goods & cookie walk. Then stay for a soup and sandwich lunch, and if you need to buy a tree or wreath, they are available outside! 

Children's Ministry


Freshwaters Children's Ministry has children perform songs once a month in church, they have a program/play in December before Christmas, and many other activities throughout the year. We are always looking for volunteers for our events with children

Halloween Event


We host several Halloween activities at the Zimmerman campus. There are games for the kids and Trunks-of-Treats. Come and bring the kids for this fun activity!

Roast Beef Dinner


Roast Beef Dinner Fundraiser at Princeton Campus. Come and enjoy a fabulous roast beef dinner and top it off with a piece of pie!

Coming October 23rd! 

Summer Bible School


Every year, we partner with local churches to offer a quality VBS for the children of  our community.