Southeast WI Association UCC
June 1, 2018
Have a great day!


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!
You're Invited to Two Installations on June 3, 2018
The Church and Ministry Team of the Southeast Association of the Wisconsin Conference - United Church Of Christ and the congregation of the respective churches invite all members and friends of the Southeast Association Churches to these installations.
Installation of Rev. Michelle Freeman
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Parkside Community UCC (formerly St. Peters UCC)
166 W. Dekora Street
Saukville, Wisconsin 53080

Installation of Rev. Marty Carney
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM
First Congregational UCC
715 Wisconsin Street
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
Clergy are invited to robe with rainbow or red stoles for both of these installations.
There will be a dessert reception after the services.
An offering will be received for the Wisconsin Conference Seminarian Fund at both.
Pridefest Milwaukee 2018
June 8-10
Summerfest Grounds

It’s that time of year again! Time to share God’s love with Pride!

This year our UCC ONA booth will be in the Health & Wellness area alongside booths from other faith communities. Together, we are planning a photo booth and a blessing booth. We are excited about our collaboration and hope that you can join us by volunteering at the UCC booth. Shifts this year are 2.5-2.75 hours long and every volunteer will receive a Pridefest ticket.

Christine is also in need of help setting up the booth and overseeing volunteers that weekend. Contact her if you’d like to help with that or if you have any other questions.
Through Queer & Allied Faith Leaders of MKE, this year our SEA UCC ONA churches, along with local Unitarian Universalist churches and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation are working together to create a Blessing Booth at Pridefest Milwaukee held on the Summerfest Grounds June 8-10.

Pridefest participates can choose to be blessed by clergy at the blessing booth. They will be provided with a Blessing Menu to fill out and share with clergy - THIS COULD BE YOU!

Clergy will read their Blessing Menu choices and then take a few minutes to say a blessing for each person. BLESSED@PRIDEFEST stickers, magnets, a fun photo booth, and information on all LGBTQ+ welcoming faith groups will also be provided.

Even though Pridefest Milwaukee is the same weekend as our WI Conference Annual Meeting, hopefully some of you will consider participating, especially if you are not attending the entire meeting .

In thanks, Clergy volunteers will receive free admission to Pridefest!
Racism and Forgiveness Retreat
Starts at 3:00 pm on June 10 ends at 2:30 pm on June 11
Shalom House, N3283 Frances Ln, New London

Join 2018 SEA Annual Meeting morning preacher and keynote speaker Rhonda Hill as she guides participants in the unpacking of racism by exploring racial identity development and how forgiveness of self and others can help heal the wounds of racism inflicted and received.

Cost of the retreat is $175 per person. Attending with another person is suggested.

For more information, retreat schedule, or to register check the event page
Boundary Training for All Authorized Ministers
To maintain ministerial standing in the UCC, Boundary Training is required at least every 4 years for all active and retired clergy engaging in any form of ministry. This year the Southeast Association is responsible for the training:

Thursday & Friday, June 7-8, just before the Conference Annual Meeting (register @ )
Tuesday, October 30, all day at First Congregational UCC, Oconomowoc (check back to register)

Under the new Manual on Ministry, retired clergy not engaging in any form of ministry may apply for the new "Exempt Status." Church & Ministry requires a letter confirming you are not engaged in any ministry and have no plans to do so in the future. Once an Exempt Status is confirmed, no further boundary training is required.

Questions? Contact Rev. Beth Abbott ( or Rev. John Helt (

Let's send them off in style!
Debbie and Tom Payden will be retiring from their ministries at First Congregational UCC in South Milwaukee at the end of June. Their final service of worship will be at 9:30 AM on June 24.

Everyone is welcome to attend the retirement celebration that will be held at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S Howell Avenue from 2:00 to 5:00 that afternoon.

A program will begin at 2:30. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served. Cash bar.
It's time once again to take yourself out to the ballgame!
Dear UCC Baseball Fans (or just fans of Chef Gaeth's tail gate party and hangin out with UCC Colleagues and Friends),

David Gaeth (Award Winning Tail Gate Chef) and I would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 27 for our Annual Prayer Meeting at Miller Park when the Brewers meet the Kansas City Royals on the "field of dreams" at 1:10.  Tail gate in the past has begun at 11:30. (Details will follow)

The cost this year will again be $30.00 for a great seat with a wonderful view of the park.

I reserved 30 tickets and can order more if there's a greater interest.

If you would like to reserve a ticket, please e-mail me at your earliest convenience. The small block of tickets is going fast.

David's "Tail Gaeth " Menu is "Mexican-ish" this year.  Grilled burritos, guacamole, sour cream, salsa toppings.  Spanish Rice and Beans. David will develop a vegetarian burrito, for those who do not eat meat.  There will, of course, also be beer and soda and water.

Those of you who have experienced David's Tailgate Cuisine know that he always "hits it out of the park."

The food is worth the price of admission just by itself.

Being together as a Community of Colleagues is a gift as well.

A Brewers' Victory will be an answer to our prayers. lol

Hope You Can Join in the Fun (and the prayers. I think it's considered to be a business expense if we actually do pray ... for the Brewers Of COURSE!! ;  - )

Rev. TR Perkins
Bethel-Bethany UCC
Conference-wide Racial Justice Survey
Dear Colleagues in the Southeast Association:

The Wisconsin Conference is encouraging our congregations to explore and work on issues of racial justice in our nation, our communities, and our churches, and I have offered to be the point person in the Northeast Association for the Conference's Racial Justice Working Group.

I know that a number of congregations have already been doing work in this area. I am wondering if your congregation has done something along these lines recently, and if so, could you please let me know what you have done and, perhaps more importantly, if over time you would be willing to share some of the stories of your experience? No need for the details right now. Please also share any good resources of which you are aware.

A note about the scope of this: The Conference is defining racial justice in broad terms - African-American, Latino, Hmong, First Nations. Some of you may have focused more on one group than another, so please feel free to include the breadth of your efforts.

After the Conference Annual meeting, we'll try to send out a list of some of things that have been tried and links to some resources that could be used. There is no standard notion for how congregations might do this - you know best the realities in your setting. But by sharing ideas, it might be easier to move this forward.

Additionally, let Lisa Hart at the Conference Office ( ) or me know if you would like to: 1) be part of the Racial Justice working group or 2) simply be kept in the loop regarding the work this group is doing.

Blessings to you and your ministries,
James Schleif
St. John's UCC - Hartford/Slinger
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 .
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