FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
STAYING IN OUR BUBBLE
We excitedly packed up everything we'd need for our day away from the office. We remembered to bring our chargers and even a power strip in case the three of us had to use the same outlet. Chris Halverson brought new Presbytery directories and posters to share; I threw in a box of books authored by our May Presbytery Gathering speaker, Robin DiAngelo. We'd called ahead to make sure we could camp out in the coffee shop all day without troubling anyone. With that, we loaded into Ann Gibbs' car and headed to Beloit for our first remote office day. Only later did I realize the one thing we'd forgotten . ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
GO FISH PARTY, MAY 1ST AT 6:00 P.M., THE TWISTED FISHERMAN
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.)

Location: The Twisted Fisherman, 1200 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING TOMORROW, APRIL 18TH
Join the staff at the Presbytery Office for the monthly prayer meeting held every 3rd  Thursday of the month from 1:00-1:30 p.m.  Can't make it to the Presbytery Office?  We  invite you to join us by "Praying in Place" at that same time.
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.
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 where we see people crying out "Hosanna!" today?  What are our own cries as those who continue to follow Jesus?  Here are the images we received:
As the season of Lent transitions into the season of Easter, we are reminded of the new life that is ours in Jesus Christ.   As the final invitation in this series, we ask you to send us images of new life.  Where do you see it bursting forth in the church and in the world?
Send us images or symbols of the new life you see or experience in your own life of the world.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE TASK FORCE
DO YOU PRACTICE?
An article by Catherine Neal
This month is National Tornado awareness and last week was Wisconsin Tornado Drill week. Did you practice? I could throw many statistics and figures as to why it is important, but like the commercial 
says, "we become nose blind to odor."  We have become a society that is overwhelmed by  information. Two weeks ago during a pastoral visit to a local hospital, I encountered the staff  preparing for a baby kidnaping drill. It hasn't been that long that I would have been involved with such a drill as a hospital chaplain. Last week while visiting another hospital, they announced the state tornado drill, and my first thought was ...( READ MORE )
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
FOSSIL FREE DELEGATION TO PUERTO RICO
Fossil Free PCUSA and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship have been  invited to Puerto Rico by the Rev. José  González-Colón as a follow-up to the Fossil Free PCUSA "Walk for a Fossil Free World," and your're invited to apply to join the delegation!  Applications are due May 1, 2019 Find out more about the delegation to Puerto Rico and Apply!
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
 
Risk-taking in Spiritual Leadership
Rev. Joan Gray has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.
REGISTRATION FOR BIG TENT OFFICIALLY OPEN
Join Presbyterians from across the US in Baltimore, MD for an energizing three days of worship, Bible studies, learning opportunities, and active engagement with one another and the community!  The Big Tent event is August 1-3, 2019.   Find out more and register for this transformative experience.
YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION DEADLINE
Spread the word to young adults (ages 19-30) that JUNE 1 is the FINAL date to apply to the 2019-20 Young Adult Volunteer year!  National sites are available.  Learn more online and APPLY!!
INVITATIONS
NORTH SHORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH EASTER EGG HUNT
North Shore Presbyterian Church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th, at 10:00 a.m., all are welcome!  The egg hunt will take place on the front lawn and will be followed by crafts and refreshments in the Main Hall.  There will even be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny!  
This event is open to the public.  Please bring your own basket.

North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Avenue, Shorewood, WI 53211
WHITE FRAGILITY WORKSHOP -- WHO? ME? 
Our faith tells us we can handle the truth. We can witness to justice as well as create it. It begins with self-awareness and gathering wisdom and support.

This discussion will center on developing strategies to deal with white fragility by recognizing it when it appears in our conversations and in our thinking. Then, construct ways to recover and overcome the behaviors.

This one-day workshop is offered two times: Thursday, May 30th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. AND Saturday, June 1st, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Tippecanoe Church.
An Open Heart Offering of $5 is appreciated. Find more information here.
Tippecanoe Church, 125 West Saveland Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
SEMINARY OF THE WILD
Embodying the Journey of the Wild Christ to Renew the World
The Christ mystery is patterned into all Creation including the journey of deep transformation.  Discover the sacred root of the Christian story, embody your own wild voice in conversation with sacred Earth, re-member your own unique purpose and wild calling as an agent of cultural transformation.  Experience the wisdom of authentic community shared with renowned teachers and guides in this five-day introduction to Seminary of the Wild -- a two year training program for leaders walking the edge of the Christ tradition and ecological renewal.  To register visit www.ghostranch.org/wildchrist; for more information: www.seminaryofthewild.com. 
SCREEN FILM "SAME GOD" FOLLOWED BY TALK-BACK
In December 2015, the political rhetoric against Muslims was escalating. Dr. Larycia Hawkins, an African-American political science professor at Wheaton College - a prestigious evangelical school outside of Chicago - wanted to show support for Muslim women. She posted a photo of herself in a hijab on Facebook. "I love my Muslim neighbor," she wrote, "because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity....we worship the Same God."

Within days, Wheaton's provost suspended Dr. Hawkins, eventually moving to terminate her tenure. Were the school's actions a move to protect its Christian theological purity, as it insisted? Or was it, as some suggested, the result of racism and Islamophobia?
Same God, directed by Wheaton alumna Linda Midgett, follows the journey of Dr. Hawkins while exploring the polarization taking place within the evangelical community over issues of race, Islam, religious freedom, and politics.

Presented by Milwaukee Film and the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition as the opening film in the 2019 Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival, this screening will take place on April 25th at 7:00 p.m.  It is being co-sponsored by several organizations, including the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.
For a trailer, synopsis and tickets, go to the Oriental Theatre website
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.
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."
Complete details can be found on the    Festival of Homiletics webpage
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
A new post from YAV Emily Teerink , member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, serving the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in Zambia.
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 now being accepted.
HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia  - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog - Relief and Development
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 -- bulletin inserts & bulletin board flyers available!