Southeast Association

Hello SEWA UCC & Friends! My name is Ruth Schmidt and I am the new Communications Manager for our Southeast Association. I have been a part of the UCC since 2000 and currently a member of First Congregational UCC South Milwaukee. I especially enjoy being connected to the wider church through many channels, as a member of the Southeast Association A-Team, Synod delegate in 2015 & 2017, Local Arrangements Committee for Synod 2019 ( remember to
 sign up we need you) , & as a Lay Academy participant. I look forward to getting to know more about all of the churches connected through our Association and sharing their good works with all of you. In addition to the newsletter, I will also be maintaining our website and posting on our Facebook page . Please send any communications to . Newsletter submissions are due the first and third Wednesday of the month & SEA Currents is sent the second and fourth weeks of the month. Send pulpit supply updates to  Terri Allen .

Brightest Blessings!
Annual Meeting 2019
April 5th – 6th
Glacier Canyon Conference Center in the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

A Conversation about Sex Trafficking in OUR Communities
Tuesday, March 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Human trafficking IS modern day slavery and its happening right here 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.

Come 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.

Keynote Speaker: Theresa Flores  - Best-selling author of “The Slave Across the Street,” survivor of sex trafficking and nationally known advocate. Flores shares how she was enslaved at the age of 15 while living with unsuspecting parents in an upper middle-class suburb.

Local Perspective:
Brad Schimel Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge, 
former Wisconsin Attorney General
Paul Farrow: Waukesha County Executive

Followed by a Panel of Experts

Key Sponsors: Waukesha County Tourism Initiative, Catholics for Peace and Justice, KOHLS
To Register and For More Information

Please ask to like and share Facebook event at the link below
A lecture series sponsored by the
Southeast Wisconsin Racial Justice Consortium
In March on Sunday afternoons (except for one, which is in the evening).
General Synod
June 21-25 2019

New opportunities just posted for General Synod 32 volunteers! Wisconsin Conference members are registering to volunteer every day. Have you? Plan to join us in providing extravagant hospitality to the United Church of Christ this summer, June 21-25. There are many ways to help!

New opportunities have just been posted including these:
• Assist in worship services
• Provide directions and support at Sunday Outdoor Festival
• Play an important role in the work of resolution committees as Committee Word Processing Support. If you have good communication and word processing skills check out this opportunity when scheduling your volunteer time.  For more information
Volunteer Housing-Another Way to Help With General Synod

Whoa! Do you live in Milwaukee County? Or Waukesha County? Or Racine County? Ozaukee? Washington? Kenosha? I thought so! And don’t you have a spare bedroom or two? Could you consider housing a synod volunteer for a couple of days between June 19th and June 25th? Not all volunteers will
be here for all 7 days. And many will be coming from UCC churches farther away in the state, and working at synod for one, two or three days. You can choose the dates that work best for you.

If you are willing to host one or more volunteers for all or part of June 19 th – June 25 th , please let me know, and I will send you a list of the information needed from you. You will then be contacted by the volunteers directly, and the two of you can decide whether your location and accommodations will work
for both of you. This is a wonderful chance to meet other UCC folks, while supporting the work of the church!

We’re counting on you to help make Synod 32 the best ever! Send your contact information to Jeanne Mantsch at . Thanking you in advance for your generosity!
Mission Possible 

Support Ours Students (SOS) mission program was started by First Congregational UCC, Watertown. In 2011 the program was expanded to include other area churches. The program is now run by Shared Community Mission Group (SCMG), which consists of volunteers from First Congregational UCC and 9 other churches. 

Working together, SCMG has been able to help more children whose families are unable to purchase the items that their children need for school. Together, SCMG helps children get ready to learn.

Member congregations and others from the community donate school supplies and money to purchase school supplies. Before school starts, SCMG sets up a large “school store” in a member church. Prequalified children are invited, accompanied by parents and a church volunteer, to select a new backpack and needed supplies that are listed on their schools required supplies list. 

In 2018, a Changing Lives Mission Outreach Grant of $250 enabled First Congregational to purchase calculators, back packs, and other more expensive school supplies for students in need.

2019 Grants are available to support your congregation’s mission to impact and Change Lives in your community. Check out the link below for more information and to apply.
Help Wanted: Church Musician

Christ Church UCC  has an opening for a church musician to play for traditional worship at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday except the third Sunday each month. The third Sunday is a Praise service and can be taken off. Christ Church is a great worship community in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee ( ). Link to more information .
From the Wisconsin Council of Churches:
Lenten Advocacy Calendar
There are many practices that Christians follow during Lent – prayer, fasting, acts of charity, devotional reading, and other forms of spiritual discipline. Any of these can be a way of reorienting oneself in light of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  

We offer this calendar as one way to observe Lent, by preparing for and practicing advocacy as a part of your Christian identity.  
2019 Washington Island Forum
June 24 - 28, 2019
with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
cosponsored by the WI Council of Churches and The Christian Century

“A Revolution of Values: The Bible, the Poor, & a Moral Imagination for Faith in Our Common Life”

Southeast Wisconsin Association UCC
Moderator:  Rev. Mary Jane Huber
Vice Moderator: Mr. Mike Mallwitz
Newsletter Editor: Ruth Schmidt