FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
FAMILIAR PATTERNS
In the past few months, I found a secret pleasure: Hallmark Christmas movies. For some reason before this year, it escaped me that a single tv channel had new, non-stop Christmas-themed movies. I watched many of them in real-time and recorded others. 

Christmas is over, but I've still been hoping to watch all the movies I recorded. With the recent snow days, I finally found time to snuggle under my blanket with the dogs and catch up. They've taught me some important lessons. ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
LAST CALL FOR HERE'S MY HEART PARTICIPANTS
Youth and adults are invited to participate in this summer's Triennium event  July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University in  West Lafayette, Indiana. 

If you are interested in participating, but are unable to submit registration forms by the January 31st  deadline, please contact Fiona Nicolaisen with approximate numbers of youth coming from their churches by January 31st.  Fiona can be reached via email (crimond23@sbcglobal.net or phone/text  414-881-5848.
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.
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.
REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 6
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. 
IRS MILEAGE RATES FOR 2019
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018,
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for 2018, and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (Winnebago Presbytery uses 15 cents per mile)

Click here for full IRS guidelines

GET TO KNOW OUR PASTORS
WH O WAS THIS?
This mystery pastor spent the turn of the millennium (midnight Jan. 1, 2000) roaming the streets of Little Havana in Miami.
Can you guess who this is?

This is Andy Holmes, pastor at Jerusalem Presbyterian Church in Wales.
On a marching band trip with his school, Andy and some buddies got lost trying to find the bus.  They spent the turn of the millennium in Little Havana. 

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WHO WAS THIS?  
As a child, this week's mystery pastor created the "Olympic" sport of Synchronized Hot Tub Swimming.
Can you guess who this is?
This is Karen Hagen, pastor at Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in the Bay View Area of Milwaukee.
"Having grown up in the Blue Mountains in upstate New York enjoying watching winters Olympics, and enjoying winter time in a hot tub, with sisters created an new winter Olympic sport!  Synchronized Hot Tub Swimming."
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
APCE ANNUAL EVENT  FEBRUARY 6-9,2019 IN GALVESTON, TEXAS
The Annual Event of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators in planned Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 6-9, in Galveston, Texas. The theme for this year's event is "Come Now to The Waters." Details about the event, along with registration informati on, can be found at " APCE Annual Event ."
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.
BE AN EFFECTIVE ELDER IN AN EFFECTIVE SESSION
Dave Wilkinson, Stated Clerk in the Presbytery of San Fernando, offers helpful and healthy advice for ruling elders who are serving on Sessions.  Topics include keeping your meeting on task, the importance of voting, appropriate sharing, wise use of personnel process, and many others.  You can read the full article here.
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS

Gathering the Manna
Rev. Joan Gray has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.
GLORY TO GOD HYMNAL 5TH ANNIVERSARY PROMO EXTENDED 
C ommemorate the 5th anniversary of Glory to God  with a special promotional discount of 10% and free shipping that has been extended  through  December 31, 2019 .   Hymnals can be ordered through the PC(USA) store.  More information about this special promotion can be found here
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.  
A LIVING WATERS CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE CENTER PRESENTS 
THE ORIGINAL PRAYER OF RABBI YESHUA
E ver wond er about the Aramaic world in which Jesus lived and taught? You know he never said the Lord's Prayer in English! Come to  Tippecanoe Church 's Living Waters Class and find out about the Original P rayer as Jesus spoke it in Aramaic!
Thursdays February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28

More information can be found here.
SMALL TOWN AND RURAL MINISTRY CONFERENCE
The Center for Theology and Land at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa is hosting its 38th annual Small Town and Rural Ministry Conference, Mar 3-5, 2019 at the Best Western Plus hotel in Dubuque, Iowa.  The theme of this year's ecumenical conference is "Building Resilience among Leaders and Communities".  Resilience, the ability to adapt to and recover from change, is an important trait for both ministers and congregations and is not a theme for just those in small town and rural settings. 
Learn more about this conference and register at www.wartburgseminary.edu/rural-conference/
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
BLOOD DRIVE
Forrest Park Presbyterian Church is hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, February 4, from 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The event will take place in the lower level Fellowship Hall. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome! Please make your appointment by clicking  here  or email   Denine Dulde

Forrest Park Presbyterian Church is located at 2300 South Sunnyslope Road in New Berlin.

More information can be found here.
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
INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF GREATER MILWAUKEE SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
HOMESTEAD PRESBYTERY SEEKS INTERIM EXECUTIVE
CHAPLAIN - EASTCASTLE PLACE
PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE SEEKS PASTOR TO PASTORS  
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN IN WAUKESHA SEEKS STATED SUPPLY PASTOR
First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha, WI, is seeking a pastor starting Feb. 1, 2019.  This is a stated supply position for a limited term with the possibility of renewal. We envision a full-time (40 hours per week) position, although we will consider candidates interested in a part-time position. Effective salary $55,000 plus benefits. Download a job description. Please e-mail your résumé or PIF to:  presby1@sbcglobal.net
*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.