Your Weekly News & Updates
From Rachel Yates, Presbytery Executive
THE PROPHET'S DILEMMA
From time to time, pastors confide their ministry frustrations – not your pastor, of course.  Your pastor is very content.  Other pastors, though, speak of the disconnect between what they want to say and what they feel they can say and keep their jobs.  They might witness unfaithful or dangerous or marginalizing behavior in society (or dare I say, in our congregations themselves!) and want to speak out.  With the Bible’s instruction, they long to point to where we are slipping and lend a hand back onto firm, holy ground.  

Speaking out is risky stuff.  It can make people...(read more)
Presbytery Pulse
JOIN THE INTERFAITH CONFERENCE IN CONDEMNING VIOLENCE AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDER PEOPLE
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee released the following statement on social media:

"It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the lives of those lost to yet even more senseless gun violence in America. Hate continues to plague our society and this morning that same hate took the lives of 8 souls in Georgia. May they all be in Peace, may their families be in our thoughts and prayers, and may we all continue to commit to work for a society where harm and hurt are less likely."

CELEBRATING WEEK WITH ADDITIONAL HOLY SERVICES
Beloved friends and members of the Milwaukee Presbytery, this Sunday we begin holy week as Jesus enters Jerusalem. Your congregations are likely already celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter. Here you will find two opportunities to celebrate Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, both online services.

Maundy Thursday -- The congregations of Heritage, Greenfield Avenue, and Forest Park invite you to their Maundy Thursday service: https://youtu.be/EjCGChRT-j4. The liturgy is based on John 13 with portions adapted from the Again & Again series Maundy Thursday service by Rev. Sarah Are.

Good Friday -- The Commission on Congregational Vitality for the Milwaukee Presbytery is sponsoring a Good Friday service utilizing the Again & Again liturgy and participants from across the presbytery. The service features 10 stations of the cross telling the story of Jesus’ trial and death. A link to the service will be provided in next week’s Fresh Impressions.
PRESBYTERY GATHERING HIGHLIGHTS
Weren't able to make it to the last Presbytery Gathering, but interested in the good work happening in the Presbytery? Checkout the Presbytery Gathering Highlights, a two-page synopsis of the March 9, 2021 Presbytery Gathering.

Find information about upcoming Presbytery Gatherings here.
CELEBRATING THE INSTALLATION OF THE REV. KIM TRIMBOLI AT FOREST PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Dear friends of the Milwaukee Presbytery, as the new moderator of the Presbytery, I would like to share with you that on Sunday, April 11, at 2:00 PM, we will celebrate the installation of the Rev. Kim Trimboli at Forest Park in New Berlin. I hope you can join us for this service of worship of the presbytery, from the comfort of your home. 
  
The Zoom link will be shared closer to the date. Whether you are able to Zoom in or not, you are invited to lift up prayers for Kim and the Forest Park congregation at 2:00 PM on April 11, when a small Commission of the Presbytery and members of the congregation will be gathered for the installation. And, if you didn’t already do so for our first attempt (waylaid by COVID-19), you are also invited to send notes/cards of welcome or find other creative ways to reach out to Kim and friends at Forest Park in celebration.

Rev. Nicole Farley, moderator, Milwaukee Presbytery (she/her/hers)
REV. KAREN HAGEN DELIVERS OPENING PRAYER FOR WI LEGISLATURE
Rev. Karen Hagen (Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church) was given the honor of offering the opening prayer for the Wisconsin legislature Tuesday, March 24, 2021. Her reflective prayer follows:
 
There’s a difference between preaching and praying.  
 

So in preparation for praying, let’s reflect together for a moment….like we are doing at Tippe Church…reflect on what we’ve each learned about ourselves this year…learned about what it means...(READ MORE)
BECOME A COMMUNITY COVID-19 VACCINE SITE
If your faith community is interested in supporting vaccination efforts, the Department of Health Services wants to hear from you! It's time to connect faith leaders to their local health officers. DHS has built a survey to help make these connections, particularly to hear from faith communities which might be interested in hosting a community-based vaccination clinic.

 
Please note that this survey does not guarantee commitment nor partnership.
WITH CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES
Donald Leslie Bell, Honorably Retired minister member of Milwaukee Presbytery who relocated to Northern Wisconsin with his wife Dianna, also HR, entered the Church Triumphant on March 11. He served with Dianna at North Lima Presbyterian Church, and he also served on our Commission on Ministry. His daughter Kathryn Craven is a minister member of our presbytery. Our prayers go out to Dianna, Kathryn, and their family. 
Matthew 25: I was in prison and you came to visit me...
JOSHUA GLOVER JUSTICE FUND PANEL DISCUSSION
Were you unable to attend the recent panel discussion with team members from the Joshua Glover Justice Fund? You can learn more about the cash bail system, the disproportionate impacts of cash bail on people with lower incomes and People of Color, and how we, as people of faith, can take action to address the specific injustices in criminal justice around this issue by viewing the recording of the March 20th discussion.

The Racine, Wisconsin, based Joshua Glover Justice Fund was established in 2021 and exists to provide bail support, primarily for those incarcerated at the Racine County Jail. For the past two months, the JGJF has been in its initial fundraising phase and has been raising enough funds to effectively operate. This month, March of 2021, it will go live with accepting requests for bail support and will begin the work of releasing people from the Racine County Jail who otherwise simply can't afford to get out.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN WISCONSIN
We welcomed Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul at our March 9 Presbytery Gathering and learned more about Attorney General Kaul's feelings regarding criminal justice reform in Wisconsin. You can view this portion of the Presbytery Gathering here: https://vimeo.com/522486172
IFCGM TUESDAY LECTURE: MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER WITH HOPE AFTER INCARCERATION
March 30th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. join IFCGM for "Moving Forward Together with Hope after Incarceration." The role of hope for those who have been through, and may be going through, the legal system with Jeanne Geraci, Terri Strodthoff, and John Serrano.

Cost for the virtual program: $25.00 the Series of 5, or $10.00 per lecture 


Once you register, a receipt will emailed, and an event link will also be emailed before the program dates.

All registrants will receive a link to watch programs again on our Interfaith Conference Youtube channel. These programs will be captioned for the hearing impaired.
COVID-19 News
WHERE TWO OR MORE ARE VACCINATED: ADVICE FOR CHURCHES IN 2021
After 10 months of limited in-person gatherings or online programming, church congregants—like the rest of society—feel pandemic fatigue. There is much hope that the availability of COVID-19 vaccines will allow our society and churches to return to normal. But a return to normalcy will take time.

During this transition period in the US, how should church leaders decide on in-person gatherings for their churches? Because vaccination will proceed at different rates in different communities and vaccination of church congregants will vary even among churches within the same community, there is no single approach to regathering.
A SHOT OF HOPE
As we begin the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are reasons for hope, including vaccines approved for emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Yet even 95% efficacy for a vaccinated individual means that, statistically, 19 out of 20 people are effectively covered against becoming seriously ill from coronavirus, but 1 in 20 is not.

CDC RELEASES NEW GUIDELINES FOR THOSE WHO ARE VACCINATED
Last week, the CDC released new recommendations for adults who are fully vaccinated. This CDC graphic illustrates who can more safely gather at this time. Please note that these are small gatherings, of people from two households. This opens some safer choices for parish care visits in the home when the spiritual caregiver has been vaccinated. We celebrate this good news!

While this represents progress, use caution as COVID-19 still presents a risk in our communities. Continue to practice diligence to protect those who are vulnerable. When considering multiple households, unvaccinated people, and/or people who are high risk, it is essential to continue to practice masking, social distancing, and excellent hygiene.

These recommendations are focused on small gatherings, such as we might have for pastoral care and home visits. Medium and large gatherings - such as we would have for Bible studies, classes, small groups and worship, are public settings. Everyone, even those who are vaccinated, should continue to follow masking, distancing, ventilation, and hygiene recommendations in public settings.

As congregations begin to think about gathering together, the WCC encourages you to continue to care for the most vulnerable in our communities. Children under 16 and many adults are not yet eligible for the vaccine. How can we make sure our ministry does not exclude those who are not yet eligible?

If you have questions about vaccine ethics, consider joining WCC Wednesdays on the WCC Facebook page on March 31 at 2 pm, when the Rev. Kerri Allen, manager of Mission and Spiritual Care and a clinical ethicist for Advocate Aurora Healthcare will join the conversation.
COVID-19 VACCINE
We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible. As a nation, we can defeat this virus by taking individual and collective responsibility for our health, so that people can return to work, can reconnect with family, and can return to activities that had been off-limits. As the church, we can show our love for one another by seeking the welfare of all through a comprehensive vaccination program. These Ad Council COVID-19 vaccine education toolkits can help faith leaders promote the use of this vaccine: 
NEW COVID-19 NEWS FROM THE CDC
News from the Denomination
ONLINE GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
On Good Friday at 3:00 pm CST, musicians and pastors will offer a gift to the church: An online service, hosted by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and organized by the PCUSA office of Theology and Worship.
EASTER SERVICE AVAILABLE ONLINE MARCH 29
A special Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Easter service will be available for streaming or download by Monday, March 29, on www.pcusa.org.

For the second year in a row, the PC(USA) is offering an online Easter service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As churches continue to meet virtually, church leaders wanted to provide opportunities for Presbyterians to worship in their own homes.
WALKING THE PATH OF RECOVERY WITH THE PSALMS
Inspired by his own journey, Jeff Dafler offers his new daily devotional “Psobriety: A Journey of Recovery through the Psalms” to those struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. “These beautiful, stirring songs of faith bolstered my resolve, channeled my anguish, and comforted me,” Dafler writes in the introduction.

This daily devotional features the beloved, comforting words of all 150 psalms to encourage and support those in recovery. Readers will find that these ancient poems give voice to the full array of human emotion, seeking the mercy and guidance of a Higher Power. Along the way, Dafler shares about his own journey to sobriety, as well as wisdom from 12-step programs, to inspire others walking the brave path of recovery. (READ MORE)
Have Some Fun In '21!
TAKE THE WISCONSIN DONUT TRAIL FOR A DELIGHTFULLY DELICIOUS DAY TRIP
Donut assume all donut shops are the same! There are some real standouts here in the Badger State, and as a treat Only In Your State has mapped out a route that’ll lead to a few of the state’s most popular donut shops. The trail is focused on a small area, keeping the trek short and sweet. Take a look (and let the drooling commence).
TULIP TIME 2021 IS ON!
With so much uncertainty in the world, how wonderful to know there is no stopping five million tulips from bursting forth this spring in Holland, Michigan.

Immerse yourself in 120 varieties of the beloved flower, wandering through spectacular blooms in luch downtown parks and cruise through six miles of tulip lanes. Or surround yourself in an explosion of color as you wind you way through the Veldheer Tuip Farms' massive fields.

Tulip Time occurs May 1-9 and organizers will be monitoring directives from the State of Michigan, the local health department, and the CDC. Guests can spread out safely while discovering their favorite variety of tulip. To stay up to Dave to tulip-related events, visit holland.org and tuliptime.com.
Invitations
FAITH SPRINGS ONLINE AUCTION
Faith Springs Presbyterian Church will hold an online auction to benefit two local Matthew 25-related charities:
Family Promise of Waukesha County, which helps homeless families with children regain and retain their independence, and the Lake Area Free Clinic, which provides high-quality comprehensive health care to those in need.

This is a low-key auction with a goal of raising money for worthy causes and having fun doing it. Bidders' names are not displayed: Instead, every bidder receives a bidder number and a famous persona, which is displayed in place of the real name. Items range from watercolor paintings by children in the congregation to a cherry curio cabinet valued at $5000.

Bidding on auction items will be open from March 26 - March 28. If you would like to take part, you can browse items any time and register to get your bidder number and your persona any time at GoldenRuleMusic.com/Auction

Many items can be shipped anywhere in the US, but some are limited to the Pewaukee/Waukesha/Milwaukee area. Be sure to check each listing for details. We ask that winners please pay for the cost of shipping.
YOUNG, PROUD, AND SUNG-JEE: A CHILDREN'S BOOK ON FIGHTING ANTI-ASIAN RACISM DURING COVID-19
The purpose of Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee is to provide a resource to help generate meaningful discussions between adults and children about anti-Asian racism. An incident involving anti-Asian racism is directly introduced in the story of this book. The book is available now free to download
Hot Links
Grapevine - Presbyterian Women's Newsletter
Keeping In Touch - Newsletter from the Synod of Lakes and Prairies 
Life in the Labyrinth - Inspirational Website by Michelle Henrichs
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Current Information
The Sower - February 2021 Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies
UCCI Newsletter - December 2020 Newsletter from United Church Camps, Inc.
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Future Presbytery Gathering Dates



  • SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY, September 22, 2021
  • THURSDAY, November 18, 2021 

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