Southeast WI Association UCC
April 11, 2018
Holy week was so blessed with activities that even the email had to wait.

Hope you are all on your way to recovery after another blessed Lenten season.


All submissions are due the first and third Wednesday of the month. This email is sent the second and fourth weeks of the month. Send pulpit supply updates to  Terri Allen .
Directory Update Needed

Recently, our webmaster, Christine Wilke, has been contacted with updates and corrections to a church’s information on the SEA website. To ensure that every church’s information is correct please go to the following link , click the district for your church and check all of the information, including church name, pastor, contact info, email link, website, Facebook page, and photo. Send any updates to Christine at Thank you!
Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation - April 14
First Congregational Church in Waukesha
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The United States is a nation of immigrants, continually reshaped by new groups of people bringing diverse cultures, perspectives, and resources. Yet immigration has become one of the most emotionally charged and polarizing social and political issues.

Immigration is a core issue for faith communities. The Bible is full of stories of people on the move, and continually shows God’s concern for the migrant and the outcast. Churches have been in the forefront of those who have supported and spoken up for the more recently arrived members of their communities.

Come to this event to find out how your church can become more welcoming to the immigrant neighbors in your community. Be inspired by stories of what other congregations are doing. Bring back useful information and resources for education, advocacy, or service that is appropriate to the needs and readiness of your congregation. No matter how much, or how little, your church has been involved with immigrants and immigration issues, these plenary presentations and workshops will help you move forward with courage, justice, compassion, and solidarity.

This event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Conference - United Church of Christ and the Wisconsin Council of Churches, in cooperation with SOPHIA of Waukesha County, and is open to all churches.

Cost is $30 per person or $25 in groups of two or more from the same congregation; cost includes lunch.
SE Association Scholarships for UCCI Summer Camps
Are you or a family member planning on attending camp at Pilgrim Center or Moon Beach this summer? Would a scholarship from the SE Association help to make that possibility a reality? Outdoor ministries allow us to take time to focus on God. Our camps are a place that foster wonder and awe. They provide a supportive environment to learn and worship together.

The SE Association would like to assist children, teens, and adults who are attending UCC camps in Wisconsin this summer. Our scholarships can work together with contributions from your congregation to make camp more financially accessible to all.
Please fill out an online application for a scholarship by Wednesday, May 8, 2018. The application is found here:

If you have questions please email, Rev. Brittany Barber at
Open Wide Your Hearts!
Spring Meeting of the SE Association
This year’s Annual Meeting for the SE Association will be on April 21, 2018 . We will gather and enjoy the hospitality of Plymouth Congregational Church in Burlington.

Our day will open with a lively worship service and keynote address from Rhonda Hill.

We will engage in the business of the Association and share table fellowship over lunch.

Our afternoon will be led by Reggie Jackson of Milwaukee’s Black Holocaust Museum.

We will conclude our day with a closing worship and blessings to be taken to our congregations.

Childcare is available, but must be signed up in advance.
"Amazing Grace: How Sweet the Sound!" A retreat for the season of Eastertide
The dictionary defines grace as “the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God, the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.” How do we live by grace? How do we listen for grace? During this season of Eastertide, come explore the possibilities of this mysterious entity called Amazing Grace.

This retreat will be led by Rev. Holly W. Whitcomb, Director of Kettlewood Retreats, and will be held near West Bend. Cost of $50 includes lunch.
Friday, April 27

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
St. John's UCC in Merton wants to feed you
Delicious and affordable, these events will leave you with a full belly and great memories.

4th Annual Communi-tea
Saturday, April 28 from 12-3 pm

Tickets are $10 and available from the church office (262-538-1912)
Doors will open at noon for Fair Trade Shopping
High Tea will be served at 1.
Our speakers are Natalie Sorrentino and Courtney Kotloski. They are a dynamic duo of artist and author who capture children's unique stories. You can check out some of their work at
All proceeds from this event go to support the anti-human trafficking Initiative at St. John’s.


Chicken Dinner!
Sunday, May 27 from 4-7 pm
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
This is a perfect dinner (1/2 a chicken, 2 sides and a roll) for the whole family. Eat in or take out available!
For advance tickets call the church office (262-538-1912)

Memorial Day Brat Fry
Monday, May 28 from 10 am - 1 pm

Join us for a fun time with games and activities for children, delicious food and great fellowship.
2018 Changing Lives Mission Grants Available!
This year the SEA Mission Team is offering two separate Changing Lives Grant opportunities.

Changing Lives Mission Outreach Grants of up to $250 are available for programs and projects connected to your congregation’s local community such as a food pantry, community meal, after school program, or work you do with a local non-profit. For more information or to apply, please see the attached document or get the application online at . Past grant recipients may apply again this year.

Changing Lives Race and Privilege Grants of up to $100 are available for congregations engaging in conversations about race and privilege to print or copy curriculum, purchase books, rent movies, or host speakers. For more information or to apply, please see the attached document or go to for the online application.

The SEA Mission Team’s goal is to support congregations who seek to change lives, their own and others. If your congregation would like support for something not covered in one of these grants, please contact chairperson Christine Wilke at .
Final Service of Worship - May 20
Congregational United Church of Christ, Brown Deer, will hold its final service of worship on Pentecost Sunday afternoon, May 20, 1 p.m. All are invited to join the remaining members to celebrate the congregation’s 58 years of Christian witness.

The Brown Deer congregation was incorporated in 1960 with charter members from North Shore Congregational and Plymouth Congregational churches. The Milwaukee Association of Congregational Churches welcomed Brown Deer’s 45 members in January, 1961. The congregation later elected to join the United Church of Christ.

Their first full-time minister, Rev. William C. Bishop, preached his first sermon on Easter Sunday, 1961. Services were held at St Martin’s Episcopal Church until the new building at 64th Street and Dean Road was completed in July 1963.

Since 2002 the congregation has shared its building with Faith in Christ Hmong Alliance. Rev. Greg Young has served as pastor since 2009.

Let us, the members of the Southeast Association, surround this congregation with our prayers and presence on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m.
Red UCC Hymnals Available
Trinity UCC, Brookfield, has 90 copies of the red United Church of Christ Hymnal that they are not using. These have been used and are in excess of what they need. They feel that the hymnals should not simply sit on a storage shelf and wish to share them with any church that can use them. 

If you have any questions, please contact Carol at or Marlene at – they will gladly answer any questions you have.
Help Wanted: Director of Family Ministries & Congregational Life
Pilgrim UCC in Grafton is looking for a Director of Family Ministries and Congregational Life to work part-time, 30 hours per week including evenings/weekends. Primary
program time is Sundays, September – May.

From the job description: "The Director Family Ministries and Congregational Life shall work collaboratively with the Pastor and church staff to nurture and provide care for the church’s youth, children and families while providing oversight to small group initiatives, along with the assimilation of new members and friends into the life of the church."
Wanted: Part-time Minister to Start a Farm-to-Table Worship Initiative
Alternative ministry vision, to start as soon as possible. Candidates should have a passion for starting new things, media savvy, and a heart for locally sourced, sustainable life. Theological background, but ordination not necessary.
Interested? Contact Pastor Nansi Hawkins 262-965-2429
Help Wanted: Director of Music
Redeemer UC Christ in Sussex is looking for a Director of Music, Part-time.

This position is now open because our incumbent has moved-out-of-state for a professional full-time role.

Redeemer has a rich history of music from broad traditions and expressions. Redeemer is searching for a leader that will build upon that history and continue to develop programs that involve and grow community participants with inspirational experiences. 

If you have a particular interest, or know someone who might be interested, please forward this information!

Southeast Wisconsin Association UCC
Moderator: Mr. Gene Detert
Vice Moderator: Rev. Mary Jane Huber
Newsletter submissions:
Crystal Stinemates, editor