FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
STANDING IN THE GAP
On the third day of the "Healing Hearts, Transforming Nations" workshop in the remote town of Pochalla, South Sudan, the confessions began.  Kristi Rice, a PC(USA) mission co-worker knelt on a mat facing the gathering of men and women of the Anywaa people.  "I spoke, confessing and acknowledging ways that my ancestors, my people, had hurt the Anywaa tribe. 'My ancestors are Europeans, and they decided boundaries without regard for the boundaries of tribes and kingdoms that already existed; your tribe was divided between Ethiopia and Sudan.' I continued with confessions on behalf of Americans and missionaries, including our country's purchase of slaves that perpetuated the prejudice against Africans and disrespect for their personhood and societies. I could feel . ..( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
RECONCILIATION GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE!
With "Reconciliation" as our 2019 Presbytery theme, we have imagined some meaningful ways for congregations to engage this theme between Presbytery Gatherings.  Here's a  beginning list  of ideas - you'll undoubtedly come up with many more!  Because of generous congregational financial support, the Presbytery is now able to offer grants up to $300 to reimburse the expense of these or similar activities on the theme of reconciliation.  When two or more congregations in the Presbytery join together on a reconciliation activity, you are encouraged to submit your request to the Presbytery for reimbursement of expenses, up to $300, to office@pbymilwaukee.org
WITH SYMPATHY
The Presbytery extends its condolences to Rev. Tom Woehrle, honorably retired member of the Presbytery, on the recent passing of his wife, Donna Woehrle.  We give thanks to God for her life and that she has received the promise of new life.
PRESBYTERY OFFICE CLOSURE
Due to staff vacations and schedules, the office will be closed tomorrow, March 28 th .  Friday we will re-open at normal business hours.   If you need to reach someone on Thursday, please contact Rachel Yates at 303-809-2626.
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.
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...
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 you to picture forgiveness and send us images and symbols that speak to you of forgiveness.  Here are the images we received:
A regular practice during Lent is abstinence - abstaining from any number of things or activities or temptations.  By abstaining, we create room in our lives to reprioritize God.  What in your life should you be giving up in order to reprioritize God?  Send us an image or symbol of where you should abstain.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP 
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a scholarship to honor the name and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the PC(U.S.A.).  The Women's Ministry Fund supports Presbyterian women of color, clergywomen, college women, and other women with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the PC(U.S.A.).  Applications will be accepted beginning April 1.  Learn more about this scholarship opportunity and find the application here.
LECTIONARY MISSION STORIES FOR LENT
Reflections from PC(USA) staff, mission workers and Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) that illustrate lectionary New Testament readings for Lent are available.  The writers were asked to reflect on these Scripture readings as they relate to their ministries and those of the global partners with whom they serve.  Find links to the weekly devotions here.
2018 PROPOSED BOOK OF ORDER AMENDMENTS
The Bills and Overtures Committee recommended that the amendments referred to the Presbytery of Milwaukee by the General Assembly be approved or disapproved as listed in their report, and at the Presbytery Gathering on November 27, 2018, their recommendations were confirmed. After presbyteries submitted their votes, here are the final results of the PC(USA) amendment voting.
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.
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
WPC CONCERT SERIES
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church invites you to hear the President's String Quartet from Carthage College  on Sunday, April 7th at 3:00 pm . This talented quartet will play classical chamber music including works of Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak. 2366 N. 80th Street, Wauwatosa. For more information, call the WPC office: 414-774-5005.
30TH ANNUAL GREAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST
All are invited to attend the 30 th Annual Great Pancake Breakfast at Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church , 1455 S. 97t h Street, West Allis, on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 7:30 - 11:00 AM.  It's All-U-Can-Eat Pancakes, with many toppings; juice, sausages, applesauce, plus coffee, tea, or  milk.  Price is SOOOOO reasonable, just $7.00 for adults, & $3.00 for kids under age 12.  Everybody loves pancakes, right?  Take a day off  from fixing breakfast at home, & enjoy the cozy atmosphere & tantalizing taste of hot pancakes!
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 7th 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
UNDERSTANDING RACISM:
TOOLS FOR ACTION
The YWCA's 6-week course called Unlearning Racism is now accepting registrations for its summer course (July 2 - August 6). 
THE GIFT OF OUR WOUNDS
As part of the Draw the Circle Wide Lecture Series, First United Methodist Church in Whitewater is excited to welcome Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis on Sunday, April 7. In these divisive times, two men, one Sikh and one skinhead, have come together on a mission to stop hate and share the power of forgiveness.  Together Pardeep and Arno will share the remarkable story of how their friendship grew out of a horrific hate crime, the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek. Pardeep and Arno are authors of the acclaimed and moving book, The Gift of Our Wounds.

The First United Methodist Church (145 South Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190)
From 1:00-2:30 p.m. adults and youth are invited to hear from these powerful speakers in the church sanctuary.  From 3:00-5:00 p.m. 8th through 12th grade students are invited to attend an active listening workshop.
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.

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
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."
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
PRESBYTERIAN HOMES & SERVICES
 
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • TUESDAY, May 21 - Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - Good Shepherd Trinity Church
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

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