FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
COMPLEXITY
This past week, Revs. Elmarie and Scott Parker visited several of our congregations (Rock Prairie, Sun Valley, United Beloit, Kettle Moraine, and Covenant) to share about their ministries in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. The Parkers are Presbyterian co-workers and ecumenical relations partners. I caught up with them at the lunch hosted by Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church. 

They described the massive displacement of Syrians and Iraqis due to ISIS caused violence and the generous response of two of our global partners - the National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon (our Presbyterian equivalent) and the Middle East Council of Churches. They spoke of tiny churches opening their doors to displaced families or organizing schools for the refugee children. What surprised me the most. ..( 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.  On 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.

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 picture abstinence and send us images and symbols that speak to you of abstaining from activities or temptations.  Here are the images we received:
Lent is an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with God and with the world.  We invite you to send us images or symbols of a place that enables you to engage in deep reflection. 
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.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP 
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a scholarship to honor the name and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the PC(U.S.A.).  The Women's Ministry Fund supports Presbyterian women of color, clergywomen, college women, and other women with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the PC(U.S.A.).  Applications will be accepted beginning April 1.  Learn more about this scholarship opportunity and find the application here.
LECTIONARY MISSION STORIES FOR LENT
Reflections from PC(USA) staff, mission workers and Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) that illustrate lectionary New Testament readings for Lent are available.  The writers were asked to reflect on these Scripture readings as they relate to their ministries and those of the global partners with whom they serve.  Find links to the weekly devotions here.
2018 PROPOSED BOOK OF ORDER AMENDMENTS
The Bills and Overtures Committee recommended that the amendments referred to the Presbytery of Milwaukee by the General Assembly be approved or disapproved as listed in their report, and at the Presbytery Gathering on November 27, 2018, their recommendations were confirmed. After presbyteries submitted their votes, here are the final results of the PC(USA) amendment voting.
INVITATIONS
WPC CONCERT SERIES
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church invites you to hear the President's String Quartet from Carthage College  on Sunday, April 7th at 3:00 pm . This talented quartet will play classical chamber music including works of Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak.  This event is free and open to everyone.  For more information, call the WPC office: 414-774-5005.
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, 2366 N. 80th Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
30TH ANNUAL GREAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST
All are invited to attend the 30 th Annual Great Pancake Breakfast at Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church , 1455 S. 97t h Street, West Allis, on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 7:30 - 11:00 AM.  It's All-U-Can-Eat Pancakes, with many toppings; juice, sausages, applesauce, plus coffee, tea, or  milk.  Price is SOOOOO reasonable, just $7.00 for adults, & $3.00 for kids under age 12.  Everybody loves pancakes, right?  Take a day off  from fixing breakfast at home, & enjoy the cozy atmosphere & tantalizing taste of hot pancakes!
UNDERSTANDING RACISM:
TOOLS FOR ACTION
The YWCA's 6-week course called Unlearning Racism is now accepting registrations for its summer course (July 2 - August 6).  The course will occur on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin.
Topics include the impact of racism, the roots of racism, manifestations or racism, understanding whiteness, your role in addressing racism, and taking action against whiteness.

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212.
THE GIFT OF OUR WOUNDS
As part of the Draw the Circle Wide Lecture Series, First United Methodist Church in Whitewater is excited to welcome Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis on Sunday, April 7. In these divisive times, two men, one Sikh and one skinhead, have come together on a mission to stop hate and share the power of forgiveness.  Together Pardeep and Arno will share the remarkable story of how their friendship grew out of a horrific hate crime, the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek. Pardeep and Arno are authors of the acclaimed and moving book, The Gift of Our Wounds.

The First United Methodist Church (145 South Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190)
From 1:00-2:30 p.m. adults and youth are invited to hear from these powerful speakers in the church sanctuary.  From 3:00-5:00 p.m. 8th through 12th grade students are invited to attend an active listening workshop.
SENIOR STATESMAN PROGRAM
The Milwaukee County Commission on Aging is sponsoring a FREE advocacy training for MilwaukeeCounty 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 on Wednesday, April 24th, through Friday 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.

This event is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege, including race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, and other intersections of identity.

St. Norbert College, 100 Grant Street, De Pere, WI 54115
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
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
VERNON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN BIG BEND SEEKS PART-TIME SECRETARY
This position would require 14-16 hours of work per week, preferably Tuesday and Thursday. Job requirements include good computer skills; ability to learn new software; knowledge of basic bookkeeping and record keeping; excellent written and spoken communication/phone skills. Confidentiality and tact are important. This person will work directly with the Pastor and church officers. Pay is commensurate with skill level. Child care is available in the Vernon Child Development Center. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to church@vernonpres.org with "Church Secretary" in subject line.
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!