FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
INFLUENCE
I've been hearing the word "influencer" a lot lately.  An influencer is someone whose opinion is trusted and can influence the decisions - typically buying decisions - of other people.  Some time ago, Oprah became a celebrity influencer when her book club choices could induce a literary buying frenzy and send even an obscure or dated book to the top of the best seller list.  When my daughter was actively blogging, random companies would send her free products in the hope that she would endorse them on her blog. 

To be a top influencer, you need. ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
GO FISH PARTY POSTPONED  
Due to scheduling concerns, our Go Fish party  has been postponed with a date to be determined.  Once scheduled, we hope you will consider joining us for conversation that 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.
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.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR MAY 21 PRESBYTERY GATHERING 
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 this link (also 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!  Post bulletin board flyers in your church and community and share bulletin inserts with your congregation.  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 send us images of new life.  Where do you see it bursting forth in the church and in the world?
Here are the images we received:
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Imaging Lent series.  We hope you have enjoyed participating in this visual journey through the Lenten season.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE TASK FORCE
WISCONSIN INTERFAITH SAFETY & SECURITY SYMPOSIUM 
Faith-based organizations, houses of worship & community groups face a number of threats from across the all-hazards environment. To enhance individual organizations' preparedness, security, & resilience beyond what they can do alone, collaboration is a key to success & effective risk mitigation. You are invited to join this symposium on July 11, 2019 from 7:20 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. when we will discuss some of the challenges organizations are facing & some of the ways they can work together to enhance one another's individual & collective security operations.
Open to all faith-based organizations, houses of worship & community groups.
Find more information here.  To register, follow this link; the password is  symposium

Miller High Life Theatre, Plankinton Hall, 500 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203
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
APPLICATIONS FOR CHURCH FINANCIAL LEADERSHIP GRANT PROGRAM NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Applicants must be a pastor, commissioned ruling elder or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  The grants will help pastoral leaders institute best practices for church financial leadership, introduce them to new models of giving and stewardship, and offer new ways to talk about money and form generous disciples within their church.  The Church Financial Leadership grants are matching funds. Applicants must provide the source(s) for the other half of expenses. Eligible expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging, meals and other expenses for approved church financial leadership events, training and continuing education opportunities. The application deadline is June 15. Grant applications take approximately four weeks to process. More information and applications are available here.  If you have questions, send an email to serving@presbyterianfoundation.org .
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
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
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT MAY 4TH
Shorewest Realtors is hosting an electronics recycling event from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00
p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the Shorewest Support Center, 17450 W. North Avenue in Brookfield, WI. All electronics and small appliances will be accepted. There is no charge for flat panel LCD or plasma TVs, monitors, phones, computer towers, small printers, microwaves, batteries, or VCRs. CRT tube TVs and monitors will be accepted for a fee ranging from $20-$40, based on screen size.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING EVENT
An area-wide Youth Mental Health First Aid Training event will take place on Monday, April 29, to teach individuals how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance-use disorders in adolescents (ages 12 to 18). 

Open to the entire community, it is especially appropriate for youth group leaders, youth workers, teachers, school staff, parents, coaches, and camp counselors. Attendance for the full eight hours is required for those who want formal certification. Breakfast is from 8 a.m. until the 9 a.m. start of the program, which runs until 5 p.m.

Register by this Friday, April 26 .   Find the event flyer   here.
Jerusalem Empowered AME Church, 9540 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee, WI
CARING FOR COMMON GROUND
Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2
Caring for Common Ground is an educational program convened by Holy Wisdom Monastery, in collaboration with the Earth Partnership (UW-Madison) program, to bring people of different faith and spiritual perspectives together around land care practices. We strive to create a supportive learning environment where people can share ideas about spirituality and ecology, learn tools to put their values into action and join others in a community of spiritually-based ecological restoration. Caring for Common Ground participants are invited to participate in seasonal gatherings after the initial workshop, where members of past and current cohorts share knowledge, resources and fellowship.
Find more information here.
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
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.
HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia  - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog - Relief and Development
Grapevine - Presbyterian Women's Newsletter
Keeping In Touch  - Newsletter from the Synod of Lakes and Prairies 
Life in the Labyrinth - Inspirational Website by Michelle Henrichs
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Current Information
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!