Southeast Association
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Love of Children
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The Mission Team of the Association has enjoyed hearing of all the ways our congregations are still “Being the Church” in these difficult times. We now off another opportunity for the congregations in the Southeast association to be united in mission, even as we maintain our unique identity as individual churches. In the winter, using the UCC’s Three Great Loves emphasis, we invited congregations to share under the heading “Love of Neighbor.” 

Now, through Easter we invite congregations to share around the “Love of Children” emphasis. We hope you will share your efforts with us through the association newsletter or Association Facebook page. 

This video less than 2 minutes, explains it well. 
 
Your submissions can be to the SE Association Facebook page we share with the NE Association  

and/or through the SE Association newsletter by mailing sewaucc@gmail.com.
 

Rev. William Utke (he, his, him)
Emanuel Church, Hales Corners
United Church of Christ
An Open and Affirming Congregation...
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Companions in Ministry Cohort Forming
Companions in Ministry (CiM) is an ecumenical support program for Christian pastors and ordained deacons in southeastern Wisconsin. Sponsored by Marquette University, the program offers four cohorts, and is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Forty-three pastors from various denominations are involved at this time.

CiM engages pastors in retreat days; plenary sessions; spiritual accompaniment; small group discussions about clergy well-being and resiliency; self-assessment; and the “Shared Inquiry” methodology. In addition to their self-care, participants explore topics such as leading congregations during a pandemic; racial justice; serving multiple congregations; serving multi-cultural congregations; leading small congregations; serving in specialized ministries; bi-vocational pastors; female pastors and seasoned pastors. Small ecumenical groups are the key to the Companions program (they meet virtually during COVID-19). 

Expenses are fully-funded and participants receive a stipend upon completing the two year program. Cohort Four begins on April 20, 2021. Pastors are asked to apply by March 20: https://www.marquette.edu/companions-ministry/
Mark Your Calendar

Conference Annual Meeting will take place via Zoom in early evening sessions on May 11, 12 and 13, plus Saturday morning May 15. A full service with music provided by The Many will be available for your Congregational use on Sunday, May 16, using the theme Powered by Generosity.
These upcoming webinars can help fuel your 2021 Generosity program. Check them out!

Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar - Webinar in 6 sessions
Feb 9 – Apr 27

Stewardship in any season can be stressful for pastors. It can feel awkward, unspiritual. The Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar for pastors and lay leaders offers an opportunity to explore faithful, practical, and tested ways for promoting generosity in our congregations. We will draw on current research, seek guidance from the wisdom of scripture, and discuss the best practices in church-based fundraising. 
 
This seminar will help pastors and leaders engage generosity as a spiritual practice, and will improve the “bottom line” of your congregation – mission and ministry. Six online sessions run on Tuesdays at 5:30-7:00 pm, from Feb. 9th through Apr. 27th, and will be taught by the Rev. Andrew Warner, Wisconsin Conference Director of Development and the Rev. Andy DeBraber, Generosity Officer of the national setting. Between class sessions, Andy and Andrew will provide materials to help you analyze the culture of your own congregation and learn how to create change. Invite at least one other person to achieve the most impact. By the end of the seminar, pastors and leaders will be equipped to lead effective fundraising and you will have a strategy to guide your success moving forward.
 
The CGC Seminar is $150 per participant. Register Here by January 31.

HERE'S MORE HELPFUL RESOURCES

Generosity How-To Video Series
Check out this 14-video series "Extravagant Generosity" - The series begins by looking at the spirituality of generosity through conversations with the national leaders of the UCC. Then, it looks at ways to express gratitude for people's generosity. Lastly, the series turns to the practical elements of a campaign, such as giving a testimonial and creating a narrative budget. You can watch the videos as a series or singly. The videos on the spirituality of generosity might be useful as devotionals before a board or committee meeting. Find the videos HERE.
 
Generosity Resources on the Web
Check out the resources available on the Wisconsin Conference Generosity Resources website at wcucc.org/generosity

Generosity Forward Newsletters
Another resource for your generosity practices:
Wisconsin Council of Churches
Retruning to Church
Holding Our Plans Loosely
As your congregation considers how to move forward in this ongoing Pandemic you may want to check out this presentation. Their website has current WI Covid numbers - infections, deaths, vaccinations etc.


Quick Links

Newsletter submissions
are due the first and third Wednesday of the month.
Send pulpit supply updates to Terri Allen.

Mission Team Grants
Southeast Wisconsin Association UCC
Moderator: Mr. Mike Mallwitz mikemallwitz@wi.rr.com
Vice Moderator: Rev. Brittany Barber fcw.pastor@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Rev. Mary Jane Huber sewaucc@gmail.com