FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
SEEKING AND SEARCHING
I keep a small collection of wall crosses.  Each one hangs alone on a wall in my office until the season changes, and another takes its place.  The one hanging now will remain until March, when I swap it for a cross covered in shamrocks. 

The ceramic cross I selected in January features a favorite passage from Jeremiah 29:11:  "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord."  Because the New Year is often a time for setting goals and determining our path forward, it felt appropriate to have this visible reminder that God's plans are intended to give us . ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
REGISTER NOW FOR  THE FEBRUARY 19 PRESBYTERY GATHERING
Registration for the upcoming Presbytery Gathering is now open!  
Join us on February 19th at Living Hope Church in Menomonee Falls as we hear from David Sawyer and Deborah Fortel, consultants and authors, who will provide us with a theological basis for reconciliation. This is a great place to begin our year-long journey confronting what it really means to reconcile with our family and neighbors.

Come to the Pre-Presbytery Gathering to learn about Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Resiliency After Trauma and Violence with Laurie Kraus at 2:30 pm.  Opportunities to tour Dickson Hollow Senior Living will also be available at 2:45 pm and 3:15 pm.

Registering for the Presbytery Gathering helps the host church plan for the meal that will be offered.  You can register here.  Meeting papers for the Presbytery Gathering are available here.
PRESBYTERY GATHERING NEWS FEED
What's happening in your church that we can help get the word out about?  Submit information to the Presbytery's Communications Coordinator, Kate Hopta, by Monday, February 18th, for inclusion in the News Feed slides that will run at the Presbytery Gathering on February 19th. 
MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Join the staffat 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.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF FOX LAKE
The congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Fox Lake invites community and Presbytery friends to join them for a final service celebrating work and ministry of the church for the past 95 years.  The service will be held on
February 24th at 3:00 p.m.
PRESBYTERY FRIENDS  ATTEND CARROLL FOUNDERS' DAY
A group of presbytery members and friends joined other 
local  clergy in processing in the Founders'  Day Convocation at Carroll University on February 6.  Sister Helen Prejean, tireless advocate against the death penalty and author of  Dead Man Walking,  gave the Founders' Day Address.  Founded in January 1846, Carroll was the first college or university (and only Presbyterian one) founded in Wisconsin.  

Pictured here, under Carroll's Presbyterian cross, from left to right:
Christian Boyd, Southminster Pastor and Presbytery Stated Clerk; Jean Dow, Immanuel Associate Pastor; Elizabeth McCord, Carroll Chaplain; Katie Ebel, Faith Springs Pastor; Nicole Farley, Presbytery Member-at-large; Deborah Block, Immanuel Pastor and Carroll Trustee; Sister Karlyn Cauley, Immanuel Ecumenical Associate; Rob Ater, Immanuel Associate Pastor   

SYNOD SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 1
March 1 is opening day of  registration for Synod School.  If the normal pattern of recent years is  followed, nearly a third of all registrations will take place during the first 24 hours. This year Synod School, which typically draws more than 600 participants to the Buena Vista University campus in Storm Lake, Iowa, offers more than 80 classes for adults.  Deirdre "Dede" Johnston, professor of communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, will be the convocation speaker, and Shawna Bowman, associate director of field education and experiential education at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, will be the worship leader. Synod School 2019 runs Sunday through Friday, July 21-26. Additional details can be found at " Synod School ."  B y the end of February, each church will be receiving 2 copies of the Synod School catalog and a poster. An electronic version of the catalog as well as ads for use in newsletters and bulletins can be found at  www.lakesandprairies.org/synodschool.

GET TO KNOW OUR PASTORS
WHO WAS  THIS?
This week's mystery pastor carried on a family tradition of attending a small Midwestern liberal arts college.  This pastor was the ninth person in the family and third generation to attend this college.  Can you guess who this is?  


Robert Winters Ater was last week's mystery pastor.  He graduated from Franklin College in central Indiana in 1998 exactly sixty years after his late grandfather and namesake, Robert Winters.  Rob's grandmother and mother also graduated from the small college along with several other aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Rob proudly attended his 20th college reunion in the fall.  Go Grizzlies!


Congratulations Laurel Heebsh!  Laurel was the first person to correctly guess  Rob Ater and receives a free dinner at a presbytery meeting.
WHO IS  THIS?
This week's mystery pastor attended seminary with a parent. 


Send your guess to 
  Chris Halverson    and the first person to guess correctly will be recognized next week and receive a free dinner at the next presbytery meeting!
INVITATIONS
WINTER FARMERS MARKET & BRUNCH
Winter weather have you down? Come to the Winter Farmers Market at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church this Sunday, February 17th, 9:00 a.m. - noon.  Vendors will donate a percentage of their sales to the Harvest to Hope Fund, supporting farmers going through difficult circumstances. 
No ticket needed to shop the market.

Brunch tickets are $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children.  Brunch ticket sales benefit Food, Faith & Farming Network which supports the work of farmers across Wisconsin.  The hearty breakfast menu features ingredients supplied by local farms and businesses including many of the vendors at the market! Open to all.  Invite your weekend crew to catch up over pancakes, eggs, sausage, granola, and more.  Contact Bridget Lovell for more information.
AWAKEN THE ADVOCATE WITHIN
FEBRUARY 23, 2019 BROWN DEER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Have you ever wanted to be an advocate for issues you care about, but struggle or stumble to put your passion into words? ...or perhaps you're not sure about the most effective way to reach out to your elected and appointed officials.
Story Table: Seeking Justice | Breon Wells
Story Table: Seeking Justice | Breon Wells


This half-day workshop will equip you with a blend of teaching and practical exercises so you're ready to step into the halls of power (even if they're in your own hometown). Presenter Breon Wells is a seasoned advocate and expert in the field who wants to help you use your political and social capital for transformation. This day will help you think carefully about who you're advocating for and why, and begin to develop your advocacy strategy. Get ready to present yourself as the grounded faith leader you are. Learn how to shape your story for impact, and prepare yourself to speak to the people who can make policy changes happen.

For more information and to register click here.   Sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches.
FREE TO A GOOD HOME
Covenant Presbyterian has approximately 160 used Hymnals and 15 used large print Hymnals in very good condition.  They have a blue cover and are "The Presbyterian Hymnal:  Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs", 1990.  If your church would like these hymnals contact Kathy Miller at kmiller@covpres.org .
SOUL SHOP: MINISTERING TO SUICIDAL DESPERATION
Delafield Presbyterian Church invites you to join them for a one-day training -- Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation. The training will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
While this training is directed to pastors and faith community leaders, Soul Shop training benefits counselors, first responders and essentially anyone interested in learning how to effectively minister to suicidal desperation.
The workshop fee is  $5, and includes lunch.  Your advanced registration is recommended, as this event's capacity is 120. You are encouraged to register online here
INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF GREATER MILWAUKEE MARCH LUNCHEON/LECTURE SERIES
Each year, the Peace and International Issues Committee of the ICGM sponsors a lecture series on the Tuesdays in March.  This year, that series will offer speakers and panelists addressing the history and importance of immigrants, the coming wave of climate migration, current refugee resettlement efforts, and navigating the justice system.  Programs run from 12:00 until 1:30 at the First Unitarian Society, 1342 North Astor Street, Milwaukee.  
Individual lectures are $20.00; the full series of four is $65.00.  A simple vegetarian lunch is included.
More information and/or to register click here.
WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE MARCH 20-23, 2019
The WPC provides a challenging, collaborative, and comprehensive experience.  It strives to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformations.  WPC regularly draw over 2,200 people from many contexts and Presbyterians have the opportunity to save 15% off of the registration rate.
Learn more about the WPC here.
Register and save 15% here.  
To garner the discount, key   PRES2019  at the end of registration.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
LETTER FROM SHERRI AND DUSTIN ELLINGTON, SERVING IN ZAMBIA 
This letter from Sherri and Dustin Ellington brings us news of the YAV program in Zambia, where Immanuel's Emily Teerink is currently serving.  It reminds us that only God is forever, we are subject to time and should live our lives and ministry accordingly.
HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog - a New Year's reflection!
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Current Information
Grapevine, Presbyterian Women's Newsletter
Life in the Labyrinth, inspirational website by Michelle Henrichs.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FAITH PRESBYTERIAN IN FRANKLIN SEEKS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN IN WAUKESHA SEEKS CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR 
INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF GREATER MILWAUKEE SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE SEEKS PASTOR TO PASTORS  
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
CALVARY SEEKS SUNDAY SCHOOL EDUCATOR
Sunday School Educator: job description here .
Contact calvarychurchmke@gmail.com for more information.
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • TUESDAY, February 19 - Living Hope Presbyterian in Menomonee Falls, 4pm
  • TUESDAY, May 21 - Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - TBD
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

Share this information with your congregation!  Bulletin inserts and bulletin board flyers are available!