FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
MAKING MILESTONES (link corrected)
An old photograph on the screen showed a confirmation class from the 1950's, gathered around the baptismal font.  Each class member was fondly remembered, and then Wendell "Pete" Paynter -- one of the confirmation classmates -- pointed to the font which still stands in the chancel of First Presbyterian Church of Clinton.  "Four generations of my family," he said, "have been baptized at this font."  Along with his parents, Pete's family represents five generations of church members.  This story was one of the many told Sunday at the 100th anniversary worship of First (Clinton).

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PRESBYTERY PULSE
REGISTER FOR THE SEPTEMBER 25 PRESBYTERY  GATHERING
Building on the momentum from our May 21st Presbytery Gathering, the Presbytery Office has opened registration for the September 25, 2019 meeting .  We encourage everyone who is interested in attending Dr. Bettina Love's lecture to register through this link (also found on the Presbytery's homepage).


In preparation for the September 25 Gathering, we encourage individuals and groups to read Dr. Love's book,   We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom This book is available for purchase through the Presbytery Office for $14.00.

Please share this information with your congregations and communities!  Post bulletin board flyers in your church and community and share bulletin inserts with your congregation.  We look forward to hosting our next two excellent speakers!
PRESBYTERY PRE-GATHERINGS
If you were unable to have Rev. Lydia Neshangwe come to your church during her visit to the Presbytery of Milwaukee, you can now hear her at the upcoming Presbytery Pre-Gathering at 3:00 p.m. 

Also at 3:00 pm, Commission on Ministry will be offering a 2020 Minimum Terms of Call Q & A session.
SPECIAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRESBYTERY TOUR  
America's Black Holocaust Museum 
Sunday, October 13
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
401 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53212
 
~ Light refreshments provided ~
 
For members of the Presbytery of Milwaukee: Get a sneak peak into America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) before it reopens to the public. Reggie Jackson, ABHM's Head Griot (Storyteller), will provide an-depth presentation and Q&A on the museum's history and mission, Dr. James Cameron, and the museum's goal of promoting racial repair, healing, and reconciliation. Mr. Jackson will then lead a tour of the museum. Click for more information and to REGISTER
NEW EMPLOYMENT LISTINGS
We've added new listings! Have you checked them out below? Faith Presbyterian, Forest Park Presbyterian, Good Shepherd Trinity, and UCM (United Christian Ministries) have posted new opportunities. 
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO GUN VIOLENCE
In the wake of recent shootings in Gilroy, CA, in the Texas communities of El Paso and Odessa, and in Dayton, OH, and with the advent of the Season of Peace, the Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministry programs of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) are providing congregations and mid-councils a robust package of resources to help congregations put thoughts and prayers about gun violence into obedient action.

The resources are being mailed this week.   You can read more about the forthcoming resources here .
A SEASON OF PEACE DAILY REFLECTIONS
In partnership with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, this five-week pilgrimage is designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals.  The reflections for the 36 days of "A Season of Peace" come from a diverse and varied set of voices within our church and illustrate the many times and ways that we are offered, engage in, and are even challenged by peace.  Subscribe to daily reflections that will be delivered directly to your inbox through October 6th or download the entire collection as a devotional resource.
PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING RESOURCES
It's time to prepare for the Peace & Global Witness Offering, received by most congregations on World Communion Sunday, October 6th.  Resources should be in churches now.  If you have not yet received your standing order, or if you would like to request additional materials, please call Customer Service at 800-533-4371.  Additional Peace & Global Witness resources, including videos and regional Minutes for Mission, can also be found on the redesigned website.
NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR BEST PRESBYTERIAN WRITER
The Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) is accepting nominations for its 2020 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.

The award is given biennially in even-numbered years to recognize the cumulative work and influence - regardless of genre or subject matter - of a PC(USA) writer.

Criteria for nominations and the mailing address for nominations can be found here.  Nominations must be emailed or postmarked by December 16th.
INVITATIONS
A CELEBRATION OF LINN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH'S 175TH YEAR
Please  RSVP for one or both events to 175 th Chair Patricia Oblak  or the church office at 262-248-1588. 
Linn Church is located at W3335 Willow Road, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 53147
GREENFIELD AVENUE "KIS" RUMMAGE SALE
Saturday, September 14th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church invites RUMMAGE FANS to attend their "KIS" (Keep It Simple) Rummage Sale on Saturday, September 14th, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
We're offering coats, games, glassware, small appliances, toys, jewelry, art, knick-knacks, small furniture items, books, and SO MUCH MORE!  Snacks & beverages will also be available.  A new concept in rummage sales -- EVERYTHING will be priced at either $1.00, $5.00, or $10.00.  (It will also be possible to do a little "price negotiation," for those so inclined...)  Invite your friends to come with you!  There'll be BARGINS GALORE, and on top of that, it's always SUCH fun to LOOK!  See you there!
Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1455 S. 97th Street, West Allis, WI
AN INVITATION FROM PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
Thursday, September 26th, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Please join Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, International Peacemaker from Zimbabwe, for a program and light lunch on September 26th from noon to 2:30 p.m.  Rev. Neshangwe will be sharing her experiences with healing and wholeness ministries, as well as her work with orphan children.  The program will take place at Apostle Presbyterian Church. 
Please register for this event by September 18th via email (LinnChurch@gmail.com) or telephone (262-248-1588).
Sponsored by the PW Presbytery Coordinating Team, PW also invites you to share this invitation.
Apostle Presbyterian Church, 1509 South 76th Street, West Allis, WI
CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEN'S ASSOCIATION ANNUAL BAR-B-Q DINNER FUNDRAISER
Saturday, September 28th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., or until gone
The Men's Association at Christ Presbyterian Church is holding its annual BBQ dinner fundraiser -- chicken or shoulder, bread, potato salad, baked beans, and a slice of cake.  Cost per plate is $13.
Christ Presbyterian Church, 1930 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI
SARA GROVES LIVE IN CONCERT
Saturday, October 12th, Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Over two decades and 12 albums, singer/songwriter Sara Groves has attempted to name and explore the many tensions of faith.  Sara recorded her first album, Past the Wishing, in 1998.  Since then, she has released 11 additional albums and appeared on several others.  Sara has been nominated for three Dove Awards including New artist of the Year in 2002 and Special Even Album of the Year in 2003 by the Gospel Music Association.  She was named one of the best Christian music artists of 2005 and the album, Add to Beauty, was named Album of the Year for 2005 by CCM Magazine.  She will be in concert at Crossroads Church with her band on October 12th.  Tickets are available here.
Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 6031 West Chapel Hill Road, Mequon, WI
2019 RACIAL ETHNIC STUDENT SCHOLARSHI P  APPLICATION
The Committee on Racial Ethnic Ministries of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies is pleased to provide the 2019 Racial Ethnic Student Scholarship application.
The Student Scholarship is an educational assistance program designed to encourage indigenous and students of color in their preparation for academic success in higher education.  Students must have a permanent residence within the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and be active members in a PC(USA) congregation.
Completed applications are due October 7, 2019 and must include an official transcript and financial aid statement.
SAVE THE DATE FOR FALL CAMP
Friday, October 25th - Sunday, October 27th at Pilgrim Center
New this year!  Fall camp will be an intergenerational retreat for people of all ages to explore and express their faith through the idea of Play.
Jason Santos, PC(USA) Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation, will be the keynote speaker this year and intends to explore the ways PLAY can help strengthen and expand our faith and our understanding of faith.
This event will be filled with fun camp-wide games, break out sessions exploring fine arts, construction, and faith development/game development.  We hope to see people of many ages explore the love of games and PLAY and experience its effects on our spiritual journey.  
Final details for registration will be shared as soon as they are available.
Fall Camp is an event hosted by the Presbytery of Winnebago, with special invitation to the Presbytery of Milwaukee.
RALLY FOR COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS
The Wisconsin Council of Churches invites you to two important events nest week:

Briefing and Panel on Gun Violence Prevention
Wednesday, September 18th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
North Hearing Room, WI State Capitol

Rally for Common Sense Gun Laws!
Wednesday, September 18th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Steps above State Street, WI State Capitol

Jesus call us to bring words of hope for the healing of a society deeply and repeatedly wounded by acts of gun violence.  Healing comes not only be responding to tragedy with acts of compassion and support, but also by prophetic public witness to ways we can prevent tragedies an promote true security and peace.
COMPANIONS IN MINISTRY WELCOMES APPLICATIONS FOR COHORT TWO
Are you a Christian pastor in southeast Wisconsin seeking to improve your spiritual and professional well-being?  Marquette's Companions in Ministry is an ecumenical support program designed for you!  This new program begins its second cohort in February and will engage pastors from diverse denominations in prayer, retreats, spiritual companionship and group discussions.  180 pastors will build supportive relationships and accompany each other in ministry over a two year time period.  Companions in Ministry is taking applications for Cohort Two which begins with a Opening Retreat on February 11, 2020.  Expenses are fully funded, thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  Pastors receive a $1,000 stipend upon completing the program.  Group leaders receive a $2,000 stipend upon completing the program.  Small "affinity" groups for Cohort Two include" Senior/Soon to Retire Pastors; Pastors Serving Small Congregations (250 or less); Mid-Career Pastors; Female Pastors; Pastors Who Are Parents /  Guardians.

Deadline to apply for Cohort Two is October 30th.  Please see the website for details and to apply online or download the brochure.
GRIEVING THROUGH THE SEASONS, GRIEF RETREAT DAY
Grieving Through the Seasons is a day-long spiritual retreat for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one, friend, or co-worker.
The day will integrate natural patterns of the grieving experience with the natural rhythms and changes of the seasons and will include grief related reflections, times of silence, safe spaces for sharing, prayer and meditation, invitations to journal, and other creative activities.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 -- 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost of $55 includes $10 non-refundable deposit, handouts, and noon meal.
Siena Retreat Center is located in Racine, WI
SACRED SITES DAY PILGRIMAGE -- BAHA'I HOUSE OF WORSHIP
Since ancient times pilgrimage has been a part of almost all world religious traditions.  Pilgrims travel for a purpose -- seeking wisdom, deeper understanding, clarity in making a decision, or devotion to the Divine or a holy person.
This day of pilgrimage will offer the opportunity to learn about the Baha'i faith and be inspired by its teachings, art, architecture, and music.  The Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL, was completed in 1953 and has become a landmark visited by people from around the world.
Belief in the oneness of humanity, acknowledgement of the common threads among all major religions, the connection within the human spirit, and the betterment of the world are core to the Baha'i faith.  
On  Sunday, September 22, 2019 a coach bus will leave from Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI, at 8:00 a.m. and return at approximately 4:45 p.m.
Cost of $75 includes a $10 non-refundable deposit, transportation, guided reflection en route, and lunch.  Please register early as the group size is limited to 35.
CHANGE (ALMOST) EVERYTHING
As the pace of change in our world rapidly increases, the church needs to take stock of where to adapt and where to remain rooted through transition.  The conference   Change (almost) Everything , held in Eden Prairie, MN, November 18-19, will do just that. The conference features keynote speakers Brian McLaren and Rozella Haydee White. Through inspiring lectures, practical workshops, and enriching conversation, church leaders will build skills for leadership in the church that is becoming.
Change (Almost) Everything is for

Clergy-Pastors, Priests, Deacons, Lay Ministers

Church Staff-Youth Directors, Church Administrators, Children's Ministry Professionals

Church Volunteers-Church council, Vestry, Presbytery, Leadership teams, Ministry Program leads

 

This conference is hosed by Church Anew, a ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church Eden Prairie, MN

HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia  - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog - Relief and Development
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
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Good Shepherd Trinity is a combined ELCA/PCUSA congregation.  Please see their Ministry Site Profile and direct all inquiries and interest in the position to Ann Gibbs, Associate for Ministry Vitality, Presbytery of Milwaukee.
Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee seeks  DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY MINISTRY
University Christian Ministries (UCM) seeks   COOK FOR 2019
Presbyterian Homes & Services seeks
 VARIOUS POSITIONS
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - Good Shepherd Trinity Church
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

Share this information with your congregation -- bulletin inserts & bulletin board flyers available!