FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
THE HARD WORK OF RECONCILIATION
"Pray for someone you don't like."  Really?  Must I?  We were urged to pray silently for the person's happiness, health, freedom from suffering, and peace. 

It was hard.  I found myself lapsing into snarkiness:  "I pray for your happiness, because clearly you are not a happy person.  No happy person could be so mean."  Then, I moved to the next prayer for health, "I pray for your health and wholeness, because you are a very sick person in need of professional help...."  Ah, yes, it was hard to offer a prayer of genuine compassion.

At last night's Presbytery Gathering. ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
FEBRUARY 19 PRESBYTERY GATHERING RECAP
Thank you Rev. Will Houts and Living Hope Presbyterian Church for hosting the February 19th Presbytery Gathering.  We had an excellent time learning about and discussing Reconciliation Theology with Revs. David Sawvery and Deborah Fortel and being in communion with one another. 


Unable to attend the February 19 Presbytery Gathering?  We hope to have an audio recording of the Education Hour available in the upcoming weeks.
MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING TOMORROW,  FEBRUARY 21
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.
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   

GET TO KNOW OUR PASTORS
WHO WAS  THIS?
This week's mystery pastor attended seminary with a parent.  


This week's mystery pastor is Jim Rand.  Jim attended Union Seminary in Richmond at the same time his mom was also an MDiv student.  It's also where he met his wife, Sarah, who was getting a degree in Christian Education across the street at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

Congratulations Karen Hagen!  Karen was the first person to correctly guess Jim Rand  and receives a free dinner at a presbytery meeting.
WHO IS  THIS?
This pastor once got a standing ovation at a presbytery gathering for a budget presentation.  
Can you guess who this is?


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!
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
 
Dealing with Problems in Healthy Ways
Rev. Joan Gray has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.
WEAR BLUE ON MARCH 10!
The first Sunday in Lent (March 10, 2019) is designated "Wear your blue t-shirt to church Sunday" as a testament of one of the ways 
One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference.

Many congregations have not had an opportunity to 'earn' blue t-shirts through volunteer work team efforts; but you are supporting the ministry of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance through your financial gifts, action and prayers.  You are standing in the GAP for disaster survivors.  Therefore, PDA is urging all congregations to participate in a "Blue-Out."

Be creative on March 10 - wear blue clothing, blue hats or blue flowers; pass out blue tissues or blue ink pens for use during the service; or place blue balloons by the entrance. 

Read more about the PDA "Blue Out".
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.
   YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION DEADLINE
  Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) international placements open until March 1 st APPLY  to a transformational year of service in 
South KoreaZambiaColombiaScotlandPeru  &  the Philippines  by March 1 st  - or encourage young adults (ages 19-30) you know to consider! More info online at  youngadultvolunteers.org . National sites open until June 1 st.
INVITATIONS
MARDI GRAS JAZZ AND GOSPEL CONCERT
Rock Prairie Presbyterian Church of Janesville presents their first Mardi Gras Gospel and Jazz concert. The  featured entertainers will be TheJJ's, Janesville's own premiere jazz band with members from Janesville and the surrounding communities. The JJ's is a professional jazz band made up with some of the finest musicians in Southern Wisconsin. Also on the program are Ben Johnston-Urey, The Mandels, Brandon Crandall, Christopher Aaron Smith and the Rock Prairie Choir.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on March 3rd at Rock Prairie Church, 8605 E County Road A, Janesville. A freewill offering will be collected with all the funds received donated to Craig, Parker, Milton and Whitewater High School jazz bands in support of this wonderful art form. 

For more information, call the church at 608-752-1172. We invite you to join us for coffee, cookies and fellowship after the program.
SEX TRAFFICKING IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Human Sex Trafficking is big business for organized crime and for local pimps. Its one of those crimes that is hidden in plain sight. Meaning, most of the victims go to school, church and live in stable homes. It`s hard to see they are even a victim. Research shows that the average age of recruitment into the commercial sex industry is 12-14 years old and that victims come from every race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.
On March 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. come to Saint Anthony's on the Lake in Pewaukee and learn how youth and adults are being coerced into slavery, why they can't see their way out and how we can keep our families safe.
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.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
GHANA MISSION NETWORK (GMN) MEETING, JUNE 26-30, 2019 IN ERIE, PA
The theme of this year's GMN is  Being living sacrifices ~  in unity ~ in a Global world   and centers around the scriptures Psalm 133, John 17:20-26, Romans 12.  

The program will center around building relationships; Bridging and embracing diversity; discernment in missions; women's empowerment; young adult and youth engagement and leadership; learning one another's culture, environment, and spirituality; healthcare and education

Youth and Young Adults will receive a discounted registration fee.  

The Ghana Mission Network (GMN) is a community of PC(USA) entities and individuals, committed to supporting, advising, and exhorting one another in Christ's work in Ghana and the USA, through partnerships with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (EPCG).
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, 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!