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Southeast Association Annual Meeting

April 25, 2020

Christ Church, Bayview

Keynote speaker:
Pardeep Singh Kaleka
Executive Director
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
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Newsletter submissions
are due the first and third Wednesday of the month.
Send pulpit supply updates to  Terri Allen .

Mission Team Grants
Does your congregation need a good study book for Lent?


Holly Whitcomb’s latest book, “The Practice of Finding: How Gratitude Leads the Way to Enough,” was just chosen by Spirituality and Practice to be one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2019 . Congratulations Holly!

On behalf of the members of the Wisconsin Conference UCC Christian Education/Faith Formation Commission,you are invited to an interfaith education event scheduled for November 14, 2020 at Lakeland University. We believe this will be a very informative day and encourage you to add this program to your calendar. More details to come!

Here is a link to a flyer to download. Interfaith Program

You are Invited!
Emanuel UCC, Hales Corners wants to invite you to their Annual Spring Ceilidh. It’s an Irish Party like none other March 14thAn Irish Dinner, Glencastle Irish Dancers, Bagpiper, the Garlic Mustard Pickers and lots of fun! 

Get your tickets now by calling 414-425-1515 and ask for Karin. $15 advance $17 at the door. (But we usually sell out). 
Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ 
Youth Programs
National Youth Event (NYE) is only 6 months away! From July 22-25, 2020, an expected 2500 youth from the United Church of Christ will gather at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. 
 
NYE is a gathering of youth and youth leaders from across the United Church of Christ. We are also joined by some of our international ecumenical partners. This gathering takes place every four years. It is open to youth who have finished 6th grade through youth who have finished 12th grade during the 2019-2020 school year.
 
The theme of this year's event is UNITE! Participants will worship, play and learn together, focusing on topics of interest for today's youth. A planning team made up of youth and youth leaders has been hard at work making plans for our time together at Purdue.
 
We hope you are planning to join other youth and youth leaders from the Wisconsin Conference for this inspiring event.
The cost of registration is $375, which includes housing, on campus meals and program. The cost for bus transportation and a Wisconsin NYE 2020 t-shirt is $130. 
 
To learn more about NYE, please  visit the website . Access  NYE registration  here. 
  
Information about  NYC Small Groups   
 
Buses for NYE: Buses leave the morning of July 22 from either Madison (DeForest) or Milwaukee and return in the evening on July 25. Meeting site details forthcoming.

The cost is $130 per person*, which includes bus transportation and a NYE t-shirt. A $30 non-refundable deposit is required for each person registered to hold your spot on the bus. The balance is due by June 14. There are no refunds after June 14. Registration deadline: June 14.  Register for buses here

*The cost of the bus is partially underwritten by the Wisconsin Conference UCC 
 
For more information, please  contact Lisa Hart , Associate Conference Minister for Faith Formation and Justice Ministries, Wisconsin Conference UCC 
Expanding Financial Support for your congregation
Dear SEA, 
In 2016 the Wisconsin Conference Board of Directors engaged in strategic discussions about the needs and the future of our local churches and conference. A critical need for our collective future became clear. Local churches, as well as the wider church, struggle to fund critical ministries in the face of declining church membership. The board saw the urgency for responding to this challenge.
 
Consequently, I joined the conference staff last May as half-time Director of Development, after 22 years serving Plymouth Church in Milwaukee, to lead the conference's new Generosity Resources Initiative.
 
Education and Consultation
As part of my work, I regularly provide in-person workshops, consultations, and webinars designed to strengthen the culture of generosity in our congregations. National research by the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University found teaching about generosity every week or every month to be the most effective way to increase congregational revenue. Recognizing this, I'm offering seasonal webinars on preaching about generosity. Learn more or sign up at  wcucc.org/generosity.
 
Support and Resources to Build Giving
  • Planned Giving Program: Only 5% of people make a planned gift, but research shows that 33% would if someone asked. The Conference wants to aid congregations in receiving planned gifts. We provide resources and hands-on assistance to congregations wanting to build a planned giving program.
  • Forward Campaign for Congregations: 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. In recognition of this historic anniversary, we have developed the Forward Campaign that congregations can implement to raise funds for new initiatives (or building projects) within the congregation, and additional funds for a Native American Ministry Fund and a Conference New Initiatives Fund. See the enclosed handout for more information about this opportunity.
Investing Congregational Assets
The Wisconsin Conference UCC created a foundation, the Wisconsin Foundation UCC, to support the planned giving program and aid congregations in growing their investments. Congregations can open a fund or funds with the Foundation. Investing together allows us all to benefit from an economy of scale and invest in ways that reflect our faith and values. 
 
Below are links to handouts with information about these opportunities for partnering with the Wisconsin Conference to strengthen your congregation's culture of generosity. Please contact me if your congregation would be interested in any of these programs.  Email Andrew at awarner@wcucc.org or call 414-785-6233.
 
The Wisconsin Conference UCC remains committed to the strength and vitality of our local congregations. By learning together about generosity, working together on planned giving, and investing our funds together, we can all grow stronger. 
 
Yours in Faith, 
 
Rev. Andrew Warner 


 
Changing Lives Mission Grants are AVAILABLE

The Mission Team of the Southeast Association Wisconsin Conference is offering grants of up to $250 for programs/projects related to the UCC Three Great Loves campaign (Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation). This could include mission outreach programs or projects connected to a congregation’s local community; congregations engaged in conversations about race and privilege, including the Doctrine of Discovery; and/or congregations engaged in creation care. This grant can be either for a current program/project or a startup program/project. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed at our bi-monthly committee meetings. Congregations may apply for more than one grant. Grantees are encouraged to submit an article to the SEA Currents describing each program for which they receive a grant. For more information or to download the application see the  Changing Lives Grant Application  or  click here  for the online application. Past grant recipients may apply again this year.

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