FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
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PRESBYTERY PULSE
**RESCHEDULED** FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF FOX LAKE
Due to inclement weather, the final service celebrating the work and ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Fox Lake has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 p.m.  We hope you will be able to join us for this service and celebration.  

PROPOSED MANUAL OF OPERATION AMENDMENT #1
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 first one:  creation of the "Presbytery Planning Commission," which is currently an informal work group under the Presbytery Council's control.  The work group currently makes recommendations for action by the Council.  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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Presbytery Planning Commission.The Commission is delegated the authority by the presbytery to set the dates for and plan the stated and called presbytery gatherings, which may include not only matters of business, but also educational programming, beneficiary of the offering, worship, and meals. In particular, the Commission is authorized the approve the celebration of Holy Communion of the Presbytery as well as set stated meeting dates. The Presbytery Planning Commission approves contracts related to Presbytery meetings and said contracts shall be signed by the designated administrative staff.
 
Members. The members of the commission shall be the Presbytery Moderator, Vice-Moderator, and immediate past Presbytery Moderator. Stated Clerk and designated administrative staff serve ex-officio with voice and vote.
 
In addition, three at-large members from the presbytery, ministers and elders, shall each serve in a class for a term of three-years. The at-large members shall be nominated to the Presbytery through the Nominating Committee and elected by the Presbytery Assembly. At-large members are eligible to serve up to six (6) consecutive years.
 
Meetings. The Commission meets as needed.
PRESBYTERY OFFICE CLOSED FRIDAY, MARCH 8
The Presbytery Office will be closed on Friday, March 8, 2019 in observance of International Women's Day.  International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.  The day also marks a call to action for celebrating gender parity.

www.internationalwomensday.com  #IWD2019  #BalanceforBetter
RECORD $5.5 MILLION GIFT WILL BRING SCHOLARSHIPS AND FACULTY TO CARROLL UNIVERSITY
A $5.5 million gift from the estate of a Carroll University alumnus will be used by the college to establish two new scholarships, support an  existing scholarship and create an endowed faculty position, the school announced Tuesday, Feb. 19. The donation, from 1963 Carroll graduate Bill Yersin, is the largest single gift in the school's history, according to a news release from the university. Yersin graduated with a degree in business administration; the new scholarships will bear his name. Carroll is one of seven Presbyterian-related institutions
of higher education in covenant with the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. The complete story by Steven Martinez, published Feb. 19 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, can be found at " Carroll Gets Record Gift ."
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, "How do you spend time with God?  What spiritual practices enrich your soul?"  Here are the images we received:
"Lord, teach us to pray," the disciples once asked Jesus.  From prophets shaking their fists at the heavens (Isaiah) to Psalmists cries of supplication and joy to a whole city (people and animals alike) engaged in penitence (Nineveh) to Jesus who prayed on mountains on the road in a garden at the table on the cross- prayer in a multitude of forms has been part of the fabric of God faithful people seeking to listen and be heard.  It's no wonder it's not only a central Lenten practice but also a basic Christian one. 
What forms does your prayer take?
This week, please send a photo of prayer for our Lenten collage in Fresh Impressions to  Kate Hopta
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
ORDER YOUR ECO-PALMS BY MARCH 22
Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, accented by the jubilant waving of palm branches, is re-enacted each Palm Sunday in Presbyterian and other Christian congregations worldwide as Holy Week observances begin. Unfortunately for the communities where these palms are harvested, palm fronds do not always represent the same jubilation they do for us.
In 2007 the PC(USA) teamed up with Lutheran World Relief, Catholic Relief Services, and the University of Minnesota to  offer congregations the option of purchasing responsibly harvested Eco-Palm branches for Palm Sunday. The palms come from communities in Mexico and Guatemala where workers are paid fairly and engage in sustainable harvesting in order to protect the local ecosystem.

Why order eco-palms?

  • Approximately 300 million palm fronds are consumed in the United States annually.
  • A congregation of 1,250 members orders approximately 700 fronds for Palm Sunday services.
  • Eco-palms are purchased directly from harvesters at five to six times the normal payment per frond.
  • Your purchase of eco-palms helps improve standards of living and protect forests.
Eco-Palms and your church: your role in supporting social and environmental justice
More than 300 million palm fronds are harvested each year for U.S. consumption alone - most of them for Palm Sunday, but also for floral displays for church-related events. Your congregation's commitment to purchase eco-palms plays an important role in protecting forests, local jobs, and sustainable livelihoods in the harvesting communities.
SYNOD SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGAN MARCH 1
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,  an electronic version of the catalog, and ads for use in newsletters and bulletins can be found at   www.lakesandprairies.org/synodschool.
INVITATIONS
BELOIT COMMUNITY LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES
Beloit Community Ministers Fellowship & Beloit Area Ministers Association again is offering community Lenten worship services.  You can find the list of host churches here.  Everyone is invited to attend each Wednesday night.  The offering taken at each service will benefit Caritas & Family Promise.  Come join us as together, we prepare ourselves for the coming resurrected Christ.
All services begin at 7:00 pm, except for the noon Good Friday service.
BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE MILWAUKEE
Talk about Milwaukee often centers on the issue of racism; however, in places around the country the discussion is increasingly, "what does a sustainable community look like in spite of racism?"  Good Shepherd Trinity Church invites you to join in the discussion "Moving beyond racism to building a sustainable Milwaukee."  The presentation will be led by Damon Dorsey, former Economic Director of Milwaukee and the former Director of the North Avenue Community Development Corporation, and will focus on what a truly sustainable Milwaukee looks like for all of its residents.

This event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays March 27, April 3, and April 10 in the Good Shepherd Trinity Church fellowship hall, 3302 N Sherman Blvd. 
A light meal of soup and salad will be provided.
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.
Click here for more information or download a flyer about this event to post.
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.
PEOPLE OF FAITH UNITED FOR JUSTICE
An Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Join a coalition of faithful people as we learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all the people of Wisconsin. We will work together for a state budget which reflects our commitment to compassion and justice. As people of faith we are called to join the public conversation about the common good - about the kind of state and nation we can be justifiably proud of, the legacy we want to leave our children and future generations.
 
Thursday, April 11 - 8:30 am to 3 pm | First United Methodist Church, Madison
$35 earlybird registration ($50 after March 18)  
ECUMENICAL CENTER FOR CLERGY SPIRITUAL RENEWAL 
Are you looking for ways to be renewed in your pastoral work and sense of call?  Do you have interest in contemplative spiritual practices?

Early and mid-career clergy are invited to apply to the new Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual renewal at Holy Wisdom Monastery, a Benedictine monastery near Madison, Wisconsin.The first cohort of 19 clergy will begin in June of 2019.  All costs for participation are covered by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.  
The application and more information can be found here
NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR ROBERT H. FRIEBERT SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD 
Each year, the Jewish Community Relations Council seeks nominees for its annual Robert H. Friebert Social Justice Award. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, courage and compassion as a social justice advocate, while working to eliminate discrimination and injustice in the greater Milwaukee area. Nominees' professional and personal contributions to social justice will be considered.  Recipients need not be Jewish. 
The honoree will be recognized at the Jewish Community Relations Council's Annual Meeting on June 20, 2019.  Deadline for nominations is March 12, 2019.

A prominent Milwaukee attorney and activist, Robert H. Friebert was driven to pursue social justice through the law and public service. He believed deeply that everyone deserves equal social, economic and political rights.

Visit The Milwaukee Jewish Federation or contact  Elana Kahn at 414-390-5736 to learn more.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK PRAYER REQUEST
From our friends at Carrol University:
We are taking 14 people to San Francisco for our Alternative Spring Break trip and we would love prayers for a safe and meaningful journey. We will be hosted by Old First Presbyterian in San Francisco and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon. We will be serving meals to our homeless brothers and sisters at Glide Memorial Church ad working with the San Francisco Food Bank. We are very grateful to the Presbytery of Milwaukee's Partnership Commission who is helping to fund this trip and give us this wonderful opportunity.
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
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
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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