FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE
We covet your prayers.  Starting February 15, the Small Church Vitality project kicks off.  Nine of our congregations under 125 members accepted the invitation to be part of this project.  Our courageous nine are Forest Park, Good Shepherd Trinity, Living Hope, Christ, Greenfield Avenue, Vernon, Faith, Calvary, and Faith Springs. 

The Small Church Vitality project includes 6 sessions over 9 months, with each session lasting 1.5 days.  The congregations are going to take a deep dive into topics like. ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
REGISTRATION FOR 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.

Registering for the Presbytery Gathering helps the host church plan for the meal that will be offered.  You can register here.
SYNOD WILL INSTALL ANGELA OGLESBY AS MODERATOR THIS SPRING 
Angela Oglesby, currently the vice moderator of the Synod of Lakes and Prairi e s, will  be installed as the synod's moderator when the synod meets in May. Oglesby, a ruling elder commissioner from the Presbytery of Milwaukee and member of Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, will take over the moderator's post from the Rev. Dan Davis, who resigned in January as moderator after he accepted a call to First Presbyterian Church in Iola, Kansas, where he  will begin serving March 1. At our February 19 Presbytery Gathering, Angela will share about a powerful trip to Alabama with other synod executives to learn more about the country's history of racism.
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. 
THANK YOU ELIJAH!
Elijah Pfeifer recently participated as our delegate to Youth Perspectives on Faith and Gun Violence.  Through this program the Wisconsin Council of Churches collected short videos, prayers, songs, poetry, and stories for youth around the state, sharing their perspective on gun violence.  We look forward to learning more about these perspectives and sharing them with you in the future.

SESSION ANNUAL STATISTICAL REPORT

This is a reminder to all clerks of session that the Annual Statistical Report for the year 2018 needs to be submitted online before February 8 th . Your membership numbers from this report will be used to determine your 2020 Per Capita Apportionment, so please make sure your membership numbers are accurate. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Halverson, 414-292-2740. 
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.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER
Ruling Elders and Deacons are invited to an officer training session sponsored by the presbytery and offered through the Leadership Development Task Force.  This training will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 9am to 1pm at Faith Springs Presbyterian in Pewaukee.  Click here  for more information and to register.  Registration deadline is February 6. 
GET TO KNOW OUR PASTORS
WHO IS  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?  


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
YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER (YAV) INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENTS OPEN UNTIL MARCH 1ST!
APPLY  to a transformational year of service in  South Korea, Zambia, 
Colombia Scotland Peru  &  the Philippines  by March 1 st  - or encourage young adults (ages 19-30) you know to consider! More info online at 
National sites open until June 1 st .
OPPORTUNITY FOR ECUMENICAL SERVICE
The PC(USA)Office of Ecumenical Relations seeks delegates for Ecumenical Service.   They seek up to 5 persons to be in our Presbyterian delegation to the Churches Uniting in Christ plenary, from June 7 -9 in Montgomery, AL.  Applicants should be interested in racial justice, ecumenical relations and reconciliation of ministries. 
Learn more about the organization here .
Please notify Rachel Yates in the Presbytery Office ( ryates@pbymilwaukee.org) no later than February 10, if you are interested.
PRESBYTERIAN FOUNDATION OFFERING WEBINARS
The Presbyterian Foundation is offering a series of five webinars in 2019 on engaging church givers in stewardship and money-related conversations. Click for more information.
INVITATIONS
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
A WEEKEND WITH DR. JENNIFER HARVEY 
FEBRUARY 23-24, 2019
Presbytery friends are invited to join Immanuel Presbyterian Church for a Saturday afternoon program and workshop (1:00 - 4:00) engaging important learnings from her racial identity work from  Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation .  
Dr. Harvey will be the guest preacher for morning worship at Immanuel and then lead a conversation for parents about  "Talking with Children About Race"  based on her recently published:   Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America.   The weekend will conclude with a lunch for both adults and children.    This special weekend event is being offered to Church and community through a special gift.   Please share this invitation with others who might be interested.   Click here for the event website and free registration.  
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 ELLEN AND AL SMITH, SERVING IN BELARUS, GERMANY, AND RUSSIA
Mission Partners can use a little to get a lot done. 
 
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
SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN IN WAUKESHA SEEKS CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR 
INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF GREATER MILWAUKEE SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY SEEKS INTERIM EXECUTIVE
PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE SEEKS PASTOR TO PASTORS  
*UPDATED* 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 - TBD
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - TBD
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - TBD
NOTICE FROM CHRISTIAN BOYD, STATED CLERK
The Stated Clerk reports to the presbytery that a disciplinary complaint was filed. The moderator activated the PJC and an Investigating Committee (IC) was formed and acted according to the Rules of Discipline.  The IC found the presbytery and the PC(USA) did not have jurisdiction, and complaint was dismissed.