FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
PREACH CHRIST
It seemed that Rev. Van Loon enjoyed a good joke.  His daughters shared stories of how he had tipped outhouses as a youth.  Later in life and ministry, when someone had overstayed their visit to the manse, he was known to put a cereal box on the table, remarking "It must be breakfast time."  We heard about his Easter pranks, including having rabbits in the pulpit. 

Rev. Paul Van Loon passed away on March 10, at the age of 95 years.  He had remained a minister member, honorably retired, of the Presbytery, having served at First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa (Dousman) and First Presbyterian Church (Oostburg).  He was Moderator of the Presbytery in 1976.  When news of his passing reached the Presbytery, I began receiving
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PRESBYTERY PULSE
A CELEBRATION OF FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF FOX LAKE
MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING TOMORROW, MARCH 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.
PRESBYTERY GATHERING SPEAKERS
The Presbytery of Milwaukee is pleased to announce the speakers for its remaining three Presbytery Gatherings in 2019.  Each will guide us in our learning about this year's theme of Reconciliation.  We hope you will invite everyone in your congregation to attend.

Updated bulletin board flyers and bulletin inserts advertising the upcoming Presbytery Gathering 
speakers are now available!  Please share these with your congregation and community.  We look forward to hosting three excellent speakers. 
 
Dr. DiAngelo's book, White Fragility:  Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism is available for purchase through the Presbytery Office for $9.00 -- 45% off the list price.  We encourage groups to read this together to prepare for our May 21 Gathering.
PLANNING CALENDARS
You may have already noticed, but the current planning calendars officially go through the month of August, not June as they had previously. This means that the 2019-20 calendar won't be available until August, with September as the first month in the new calendar. Please watch for the order form in June if you would like to get a price break by ordering through the presbytery.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TWO CERTIFIED ECC CHURCHES
We are pleased to announce that Faith Springs Presbyterian Church in Pewaukee and Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church in Wauwatosa are included on the list of congregations certified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Presbyterian Hunger Program through February 2020. This honor speaks to the great commitment that these churches have to caring for God's earth.
 
For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program visit www.pcusa.org/earthcarecongregations.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TASK FORCE (DPRTF)
The Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force (DPRTF) formed with five members of the presbytery to provide the presbytery with planning and coordination in preparation for and response to natural or human-caused disasters within the bounds of Milwaukee Presbytery, and response to such disasters outside of the presbytery.
 
To meet this purpose, churches were divided into five regions, and a process of assessment started. Knowing existing preparations and resources in the presbytery and individual churches helps in planning for future needs, resources, and training. This will facilitate recovery of our churches and communities should a disaster occur. Find the individual contact names on the task force and the five church regions here.
PROPOSED MANUAL OF OPERATION AMENDMENT #2
At the February Presbytery meeting, we had a first reading of two amendments to the Manual of Operation.  Below, we show the intended language for the second one:  codification of the "Personnel Committee," which is an informal work group under the Presbytery Council's control.  As with the proposed Presbytery Planning Commission, moving this work group into the Presbytery's organizational structure better defines and streamlines its work and provides greater accountability in the selection of members through the Nominating Committee and Committee on Representation to ensure these leaders conform to the spirit of F-1.0403, F-3.0106, and G-3.0103.
 
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Personnel Committee . The committee is responsible for providing oversight of the Presbytery staff. Specifically, the Personnel Committee shall:
  • Maintain and implement the Presbytery Personnel Policies;
  • Provide for Annual Reviews of all Presbytery staff;
  • Make salary recommendations to the Council;
  • Be available to Presbytery staff members for consultation;
  • Working with the designated administrative staff, interview and recommend to Council hiring and dismissal of Presbytery staff, as well as creation and dissolution of positions; and
  • Working with the designated administrative staff, interview and recommend to the Nominating Committee the nomination of the Presbytery Treasurer, Presbytery Foundation Treasurer, Stated Clerk and Associate Stated Clerk.
 
The Committee is accountable to the Presbytery through the Presbytery Council.
 
Members. The Personnel Committee shall be composed of seven members.  Six members shall be divided into three equal classes. Members shall be nominated to the Presbytery through Council and elected by the Presbytery Assembly. Term of service shall be for three (3) years with an individual eligible to serve up to six (6) consecutive years.  One member shall be appointed to the Committee by the Presbytery Council and shall serve at the pleasure of the Council while they are members of the Council.  Designated administrative staff shall serve ex-officio with voice and vote.
 
Meetings. The Committee meets as needed.
IFGM STATEMENT AGAINST HATRED AND VIOLENCE
The Presbytery of Milwaukee supports the Stand Against Hatred and Violence statement issued Friday, March 15, 2019, by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.  The statement condemns the horrific shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand and reaffirms our common commitment to the inherent dignity of every human being.  
The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee strongly condemns the horrific attack on two mosques in New Zealand.
Although this atrocity has not taken place in our geographic area, we are aware of the effect such acts of terror can have on our local community. The rising tide of hatred across the globe affects us all...
VIGIL FOR NEW ZEALAND VICTIMS
The Islamic Society of Milwaukee will be holding a vigil for the victims of New Zealand on Thursday, March 21st, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This event is open to the public and will be held at the ISM Community Center.

Islamic Society of Milwaukee, 815 W. Layton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53221 -- Enter on Layton Ave. and continue to drive past the Pita Palace and O'Reilly.  The building is set back from the road.

MARCH TO THE VIGIL
Join others in our faith community as they march from the Islamic Society of Milwaukee on 13th Street and Layton Avenue to the vigil at the ISM Community Center.  The march will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the ISM Main Mosque, 4704 S. 13th Street, Milwaukee, 53221.
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, "What have been your significant journeys?"  Here are the images we received:
Forgiveness is often hard to picture.  There are people who have hurt us or those we love so deeply that it feels impossible to even imagine forgiving them.  Upon reflection of hurts we've caused, it can be hard to imagine being forgiven either by others or by God.  As Christians we proclaim the steadfast love and mercy of God; we pray "forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us".  But, the words come more easily than the acts of forgiving or knowing ourselves as forgiven.  The season of Lent speaks to this struggle within us and invites us to hope for that which feels impossible.
So this week we invite you to picture forgiveness and invite you to send in images and symbols that speak to you of forgiveness.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
 
The God-Powered Church
Rev. Joan Gray has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.
LAST WEEK TO ORDER ECO-PALMS
Across the United States, more than 1,000 PC(USA) congregations celebrate Palm Sunday with eco-palms.  Learn more about  eco-palms  and/or  order eco-palms Eco-palms must be ordered by March 22.
CELEBRATE SDOP SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019
Self-Development of People (SDOP) Sunday is April 7, 2019.  The Presbyterian Mission Agency has developed a resource that lifts up stories of community building, self-reliance, and hope -- stories of God in action.  Download hymns, liturgical suggestions, and other resources to help your congregation celebrate. 
Find the 2019 SDOP Sunday Resource here .
HOUSING ALLOWANCE RULED CONSTITUTIONAL
The housing allowance, created 65 years ago, is the most valuable tax benefit a minister can receive today. However, when a federal judge ruled it to be an unconstitutional preference for religion in 2017, its future for clergy in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin became uncertain. Many believed that uncertainty potentially extended nationwide, too, pending the outcome of an appeal.
But that uncertainty dissipated-at least for now-when the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circ uit (the court involved with the appeal) issued its opinion on Friday. Its conclusion: the clergy housing allowance is a constitutionally permissible tax benefit. This free article includes highlights from the opinion, as well as comments about what we should expect to see next in this continuing legal saga.
Church Law & Tax  is offering a free webinar  at 11am (Central) on Friday, March 22, featuring attorney and senior editor Richard Hammar.  The Seventh Circuit's decision will be reviewed and questions regarding what churches and clergy should anticipate next will be addressed.
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.   Register online here
SOUTHMINSTER'S YOUTH MUSICAL HOMECOMING
The Presbytery of Milwaukee members and Carroll University friends are all invited to the annual Southminster Presbyterian Church's Youth Musical Homecoming on Sunday, April 7 th at 9:30am.
 
This year the production is "Are We There Yet", composed by Allen Pote and words by Tom S. Long (2007).  In this 45 minute retelling of the Exodus story, they capture the humor and humanity of Moses, Miriam, Aaron, Joshua, and the Pharaoh, as well as communicating the eternal truths within the story. A perfect musical as we prepare to celebrate the Christian Pascal Mystery.

Southminster Presbyterian Church,  200 Richard Street,  Waukesha, WI 53189
HYMNALS - FREE TO A GOOD CHURCH
Covenant Presbyterian has 75 used 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 some of these hymnals contact Kathy Miller at kmiller@covpres.org.
MISSION CO-WORKERS FROM MIDDLE EAST TO SPEAK AT COVENANT
The Covenant Mission Committee invites you on  Thursday, March 28, at 6:30pm , to come and hear the following presentation by two PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers:  "Healing Medicine: Christ at Work through His Church in the Middle East."
Rev. Elmarie Parker serves as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Associate for Ecumenical Partnerships in the role of Regional Liaison to Church Partners in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon.  Rev. Scott Parker serves also as an Associate for Ecumenical Partnerships working with the Middle East Council of Churches based in  Beirut, Lebanon.   They will lead a discussion regarding current conditions in the region where they work and live, along with how these conditions (including ISIS) are impacting PCUSA Partners and their continuing work of worship and ministry.  Though there is much over which to be deeply concerned, there are also stories of hope to be heard and shared.  Bring your questions and come ready to hear the witness received first hand from local church leaders on the ground in these areas of conflict and chaos."
LOVING OUR INTERFAITH NEIGHBORS
A STUDY-ACTION RESOURCE FOR CONGREGATIONS
The Wisconsin Council of Churches is pleased to share with you this groundbreaking resource for Wisconsin congregations, "Loving our Interfaith Neighbors: A Study-Action Guide." We pray that it will be an instrument of healing and hope for you and your congregation.

The "Loving our Interfaith Neighbors" study-action resource for Wisconsin congregations is written with the goals of the WCC "Invitation to Action" policy statement in mind, but our  first step on the journey is to actually get to know those of other faith traditions , which is what this resource will help you do.

BLESSED RAMADAN SIGNS
The Wisconsin Council of Churches is  now accepting pre-orders for Blessed Ramadan signs, to be delivered prior to the beginning of Ramadan. We encourage you to place signs at homes, businesses and churches during this holy season for Muslims (May 6 - June 5 2019). You can read more about the campaign, download our 'Loving Our Interfaith Neighbors' study guide, and order signs through our website. 

It's not too early to begin preparing to greet your Muslim neighbors and increase interfaith awareness. Share your message of welcome and solidarity with a #BlessedRamadan lawn sign.
Order your sign by the end of March.
THE FORUM ON YOUTH MINISTRY, APRIL 23-26, 2019
The Forum on Youth Ministry is an event for Christian leaders who work with young people.
The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
At the Forum we gather thought leaders, pastors, and scholars together
on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary for 4 days to provide lectures, seminars, and worship that feeds our work in youth ministry, and creates space for ministry leaders to network, rest, and learn.
Join us from April 23 rd -26 th , 2019 to explore our theme - Movement: Mission, Body, and Justice.
More information about the Forum can be found here .  You can also download flyers and bulletin inserts
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, WILMINGTON, NC
St. Andrews - Covenant Presbyterian Church , Wilmington, NC, has been actively involved in both disaster relief and rebuild since Hurricane Florence hit last fall. They are currently working with Habitat for Humanity to help address the affordable housing crisis exposed by the storm. St. Andrews- Covenant has taken the lead in a four-house build at 15 th St. just two blocks from the church with the goal of completion and dedication by the one year anniversary of Florence on September 13 th . Many hands are needed to achieve this effort. Can your hands help? 
Sign up to volunteer  or c ontact Lora Padula for more info 910-547-7445 . In addition to Saturdays, the following weeks are available: April 1-6, April 29-May 4, July 8-13, August 5-9
Thank you for your help and your prayers!
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
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!