FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
LEFTOVERS
When my husband and I married in the late 1980's, we didn't own much.  We used cardboard boxes and particle board to create furniture, and I remember using a can of soup to pound a nail into the wall because we didn't own a hammer.  So, we were thoughtful about the essentials that we put onto our wedding registry.  Towels, for example.  Towels are very useful.

The morning after our wedding, we sat together with family to open our gifts.  One beautifully wrapped package after another was excitedly opened.  We were stunned by the gift choices our guests made when they instead decided to deviate from the practical items on the registry.  I kid you not, we received . ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
RECONCILIATION GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE!
With "Reconciliation" as our 2019 Presbytery theme, we have imagined some meaningful ways for congregations to engage this theme between Presbytery Gatherings.  Here's a  beginning list  of ideas - you'll undoubtedly come up with many more!  Because of generous congregational financial support, the Presbytery is now able to offer grants up to $300 to reimburse the expense of these or similar activities on the theme of reconciliation.  When two or more congregations in the Presbytery join together on a reconciliation activity, you are encouraged to submit your proposal to the Presbytery (office@pbymilwaukee.org) for approval.  We can then reimburse expenses, up to $300.
PRESBYTERY STAFF ON THE ROAD
To make ourselves more accessible, your Presbytery staff (Chris, Ann & Rachel) have scheduled some remote office days.  Tomorrow, April 11, your staff will be at Blue Collar Coffee, 408 Pleasant St., Suite 100, Beloit, from 9:30 am to 3 pm.  Stop by for some conversation and a beverage or snack - our treat!  Or join us for tacos next door over lunch.  We hope to see you!
GO FISH PARTY, MAY 1ST AT 6:00 P.M.
Our Go Fish conversation will give us the chance to:

fish for ways that we can embody the church outside of normal venues;

fish around for how God is calling people to explore their faith in non-traditional formats;

cast our nets wide for ideas that gather people in alternative forms of Christian community;

recognize how organized religion can make people feel like fish out of water.

 

The New Way Task Force encourages church members and congregations in our presbytery to identify possible alternative Christian communities to reach people who are not part of existing congregations - and might never be.  Our work is not designed to be an outreach program that attracts people to your church, but an authentic way of reaching people where they are, with opportunities to explore their faith and draw close to Christ through worship, study, service, or healing outside of traditional church venues and programs.  Our work is broader than the 1001 New Worshipping Communities program of the denomination, but includes it.
 
I hope you'll take the bait and join us for dinner and conversation.  We're going to have a whale of a time!  (Yes, I know whales are mammals, but I couldn't resist continuing the theme.)

CAMPING SEASON WILL SOON BE HERE
If your youth and children will be attending church camps or conferences this year, be sure to seek a Camper Scholarship from the Presbytery of Milwaukee.  Scholarships may be awarded for half the cost of the camp, to a maximum of $150/person. Friends of a church family/member may also be considered for a camp scholarship up to $100.  The application and instructions can be found on the Presbytery website.
FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
The Presbytery of Milwaukee is now on Instagram!  Follow us to see what's happening around the Presbytery and the denomination.  You can find us by searching for @pbymke.

SEND US YOUR IMAGES  
We would love to include what's happening in your church on our Instagram feed!  Tag us in photos or send them to Kate.
MAY 21 PRESBYTERY GATHERING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
With the excitement our speakers for the 2019 Presbytery Gatherings are generating, the Presbytery Office has opened registration for the May 21, 2019 meeting.  We encourage everyone who is interested in attending Dr. Robin DiAngelo's lecture to register through the link found on the Presbytery's homepage. 

In preparation for the May 21 Gathering, we encourage individuals and groups to read Dr. DiAngelo's book, White Fragility:  Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism.  This book is available for purchase through the Presbytery Office for $9.00 -- 45% off the list price.

Please share this information with your congregations and communities!  We have bulletin board flyers and bulletin inserts available for downloading.  We look forward to hosting three excellent speakers. 
IMAGING LENT
IMAGING LENT
Lent calls us to examine how we spend our time and energy, particularly on things that don't deeply satisfy our soul, but rather deplete us or diminish others.  
Last week we asked you to reflect on your relationship with God and with the world and send us images or symbols of a place that enables you to engage in deep reflection.  Here are the images we received:
We are fast approaching Holy Week which begins with Palm Sunday and Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  The gospels tell us that people lined the streets (with their coats!) and with shouts of "Hosanna!"  The Hebrew and Aramaic root of Hosanna means "save" or "help".  These were not just shouts of praise but cries for help.  As we prepare to enter Holy Week where do we see people crying out "Hosanna!" today?  What are our own cries as those who continue to follow Jesus?
Send us images or symbols of the Hosannas you see or experience in your own life of the world.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
PENTECOST OFFERING
Looking for ways to explain and promote this year's Pentecost Offering?  Join the Special Offerings staff for a webinar on April 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST.
BECOME A MATTHEW 25 CHURCH
Matthew 25 is a bold new vision and invitation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that calls us to actively engage in the world around us - serving the hungry, the oppressed, the imprisoned and the poor.  When we practice justice, love and kindness, we become a living translation of Jesus Christ.  Find out how your congregation can join us on this journey.
PARKING TAX 
The General Assembly's attorneys are not licensed to provide tax advice to mid councils or congregations, and they recommend that you consult someone local if you need assistance with this; but they did arrange for an explanation of the very complicated issue of the new parking tax for tax-exempt organizations.  You might want to note in particular the section about reserved parking spots.
INVITATIONS
THE NATIONAL BLACK PRESBYTERIAN CAUCUS 
45TH BIENNIAL CONVENTION
"Seeking Racial Justice and Equality!  Where Do We Go from Here?"
Registration is now open for the 2019 Biennial Convention to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 27 - 29, 2019 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left a wonderful and challenging legacy for us to continue his work to do God's justice and seek righteousness in all we do and he never lost hope in his vision that one day all of God's children would live in God's beloved community. Are you willing to continue Dr. King's work? Are you willing to keep his legacy alive? Come join the NBPC as we work together to receive the baton his legacy passes on to us.

Find out more about the 2019 Biennial Convention.  You can register for the the 2019 Biennial Convention through the National Black Presbyterian Caucus homepage or on the PC(USA) registration site.
A JOURNEY OF JEWISH MUSIC AND ITS INFLUENCE ON POPULAR AMERICAN MUSIC
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Congregation Emanu-El and its involvement in the Waukesha County Area on Sunday, April 14, 2019.  From 3:00-5:00 p.m. you will be taken on a journey of Jewish Music and its influence on popular American music past and present.  Learn the influence on music like West Side Story, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.  The Carroll University Choir will be joining this celebration.  This is a great opportunity to listen to beautiful music, learn about another tradition, and support another faith community in the area.

Shattuck Hall at Carroll University, 218 North East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 
FESTIVAL OF HOMILETICS
"Preaching as Moral Imagination"
The 27th Festival of Homiletics returns to Minneapolis in May with the theme, "Preaching as Moral Imagination." The Festival plans to "inspire and encourage preachers to embrace once again their  identity as those called to give voice to God's vision of goodness and mercy, to recover and reimagine leadership in the church that seeks justice for all," according to the Festival's website. The Festival runs Monday through Friday, May 13-17, and encourages ministers to "come renew, refresh and recharge. ... Come and tap into God's moral imagination for the sake of the world God loves." the site notes. 
Complete details can be found on the    Festival of Homiletics webpage
SENIOR STATESMAN PROGRAM
The Milwaukee County Commission on Aging is sponsoring a FREE advocacy training for Milwaukee
County residents over age 60.  Senior Statesman will meet with the County Executive, the County Board chair, and two Wisconsin State Senators.  They will also attend a County Board meeting and Commission on Aging meeting, tour the Transit Center, and receive basic training on public policy advocacy.
This training will take place April 24th through April 26th, 2019.

Find out more about the Senior Statesman Program or register by emailing Dan Idozikowski or by calling (414) 289-6564.
ADVOCACY THAT WORKS: AN ONLINE COURSE
A 4 Session Online Series with advocacy expert Breon Wells
Faith-based communities and grassroots organizations can and should express their values in the public square.  We have a responsibility to speak truth to power in strategic ways.  Whether you're dealing with local community needs, statewide or national issues, an effective advocacy strategy depends on credibility and consistency.  Join us for four online sessions with advocacy expert Breon Wells at noontime on Thursdays, April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 16.  

LOVING JUSTICE: ASSERTING HUMAN DIGNITY AND FORGING BOLD ACTION
Friday, April 12 - Saturday, April 13, 2019
"Without justice, there can be no love," says activist bell hooks.  This bold call urges us to unite love and justice in our schools, businesses, communities, and around the kitchen table.  How do we create a community of belonging that upholds the human dignity of all?  How do we forge new tools to combat injustice and embrace  our differences to build what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. names "the beloved community?"  Join us for Wisconsin's first-ever White Privilege Symposium hosted by St. Norbert College.
Find the  flyer for this event here or visit the event webpage.

St. Norbert College, 100 Grant Street, De Pere, WI 54115
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
GHANA MISSION NETWORK
2018 Ghana Mission Network Meeting
2018 Ghana Mission Network Meeting
Watch our own Judy Jaggard and Kathleen Dummer dance in joy in this new video from the Ghana Mission Network, explaining both the benefits of partnerships with our Ghanaian colleagues in ministry and the camaraderie of the network of Presbyterians.

The next Ghana Mission Network meeting will be held June 27-30 in Erie, PA.  Come to meet our partners from Dangme Tongu Presbytery, catch up with mission co-workers Josh Heikkila and Ruth Brown, and dance with joy!  Registrations are being accepted now.
A LETTER FROM RUTH BROWN, SERVING IN GHANA

This letter from Ruth Brown brings us news from northern Ghana where Ruth is serving as a Community Health Facilitator, or Educator, and working to create a healthier environment and lifestyle.  

HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia  - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog -  Nshima and Zambian Food Culture
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Current Information
Grapevine - Presbyterian Women's Newsletter
Life in the Labyrinth - inspirational website by Michelle Henrichs.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
GOOD SHEPHERD TRINITY CHURCH IN MILWAUKEE SEEKS PIANIST 
Good Shepherd Trinity Church is searching for a pianist for Sunday mornings.  Interested candidates should email Jeannette Bell or call 414-771-7170.
IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN MILWAUKEE SEEKS INTERIM FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Interim (Bridge) for Christian Education and Congregational Life; ordained or non-ordained  Please click here for MIF
Position available:  June 15, 2019
A healthy, growing, and inclusive community of faith on Milwaukee's historic Lower East Side, Immanuel Presbyterian Church seeks a transitional leader to provide continuity of programming in the areas of Christian Education for Children and Youth and Congregational Life.  This is a temporary position, open to both clergy and non-clergy, while the congregation engages a process to consider and develop a new staffing model for continued health and vitality.  Follow this link for a full job description and link to the Ministry Information Form (MIF).  Learn more about Immanuel's mission and ministry at:  www.immanuelwi.org  Resumes or MIFs can be sent to:  hr@immanuelwi.org
SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN IN WAUKESHA SEEKS INTERIM DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION
SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN IN WAUKESHA SEEKS CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR 
INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF GREATER MILWAUKEE SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
THE LISBON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SUSSEX AND THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF RICHFIELD, WI ARE SEEKING A STATED SUPPLY PASTOR TO SERVE BOTH CONGREGATIONS
Click  here  for job description and compensation.  
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN IN JANESVILLE SEEKS PART TIME SOLO PASTOR
CROSSROADS SEEKS TWO POSITIONS
PRESBYTERIAN HOMES & SERVICES
 
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • TUESDAY, May 21 - Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - Good Shepherd Trinity Church
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

Share this information with your congregation!  NEW Bulletin inserts & bulletin board flyers available!