FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
 CARE FOR THE EARTH
I had to be up and out of my house this morning early.  We grabbed our gallons of milk and everything from the freezer (including those things I'd honestly forgotten were in there!).  Like a caravan, we left the house while the line of trucks waited outside our driveway, with their grinders, cherry-pickers, and saws.  It's been a long time in the planning, but today was finally the day for ... ( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
MAY PRESBYTERY GATHERING POSTPONED
Given the current conditions and climate we find ourselves in, and the recommendations regarding gatherings of groups, the Presbytery Planning Commission has decided to postpone the May Presbytery Gathering. The Gathering will be rescheduled on a day to be determined later. Please continue to take care of yourselves and stay healthy.
COVID-19 PRESBYTERY RELIEF GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Presbytery of Milwaukee Council and Commission on Congregational Vitality are working together to provide relief aid and support for our congregations in response to COVID-19.
Please see this  grant application form for details.  Grants are available to both individual ministers and congregations.
We continue to hold you and your ministries in prayer.
If you have any questions, please contact Ann Gibbs, Associate for Ministry Vitality.
ZOOM PRAYER SERVICE FOR MINISTERS AND CRES
Dear ministers and CREs of the presbytery, you are invited to join us at 10:00 a.m. for a Friday morning prayer service via Zoom.  The service is about 20 mins and there is time for those who want to stay on and fellowship with one another afterwards.

This service is based on Psalm 23 which is the featured Psalm in this week's lectionary readings.  It will also be our last Friday morning service.  If you cannot attend but have prayers you would like lifted up please send them to Ann Gibbs at agibbs@pbymilwaukee.org.  Additionally, if you would like us to continue to offer a weekly Pastor's prayer service but at a different day/time, please let me know.  Grace and peace to you, Ann
LIVING STONES: A WORSHIP SERVICE FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020
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his worship service is Week Two of a six week series in which the readings link us to the same emotions and questions that the early church had in the time after Jesus' resurrection. The foundational text for the series is I Peter 2: 4-6:
"See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."  Based on the theme of Become Living Stones and the journey that entails for each of us, this worship series also includes a symbolic ritual using a stone/stones, providing a tangible reminder that we are called to be the church in the world and to be living stones built into a spiritual house.
 
You are invited, now, to find a stone that you can hold, to be included as part of your worship.
 
As you come to Christ, the living Stone - rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to [God] - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:
 
"See, I lay a stone in Zion,
   a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
   will never be put to shame."
STEPPING STONES: SPIRITUAL PRACTICES FOR TODAY
In the recent Carroll University Alumni Newsletter, the Rev. Elizabeth McCord offered several spiritual practices that draw upon the movements of Christian worship.  Rev. McCord offers practices for the morning, for the day, and for the evening; any or all of which can help one re-center and find calm in a crisis or chaotic situation.  You can read more about the spiritual disciplines Rev. McCord suggests in @Carrollu, the Alumni Newsletter.
LORD, HERE WE ARE - COVID-19 HYMN
Michelle Henrichs and Heidi Surprenant have written a new hymn (with vocal line) for this difficult time.  They are offering it to you to use.  Thank you for this musical gift!