FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
 SEEKING THE DISPOSABLE
To my great surprise, it didn't melt.  As I emptied the dishwasher, I discovered a plastic fork in the silverware basket.  I had always assumed - or maybe had been told - that they would melt.  Plastic forks, spoons, and knives were among the items I always treated as disposable.  I understood they couldn't be washed, except by hand and no one has time for that.  It turns out they don't melt.  I repeated the experiment by putting a handful of plastic spoons in the next load:  same result.  So, what do I do now with all of these "disposable" items that are perfectly washable and durable?

On the flip side, I've been thinking about what I've clung to that is really quite disposable.  Maybe I'm feeling the itch for some spring cleaning.  Being at home during the day, I admit somewhat sheepishly ... ( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
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.
LIVING STONES: A WORSHIP SERVICE FOR SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020
This service is Week Three of the worship series Become Living Stones that links us to the early church in the time following Jesus' resurrection. We've felt the weight of fear and recognized what causes us to stumble in our faith. Today, we find ourselves behind closed walls, like sheep seeking security. How will we respond to the voice of our Shepherd? In the following four weeks of worship, you are invited to find a stone you can hold, to be included as part of your worship.
 
As you come to Christ, a living stone rejected by [humans] but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:
"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
   a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
1 Peter 2:4-6, ESV
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! 
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
SINGLE VS. DOUBLE SPACE, MICROSOFT WEIGHS IN
From Mental Floss
For decades, proponents of typing a single space after a period have waged a friendly war against their double-space adversaries on a virtual battlefield. Now, the battlefield itself is taking sides: Microsoft Word will start marking double spaces between sentences as an error.

The change is definitely a gradual one, and you probably won't see it on your own computer just yet.  According to The Verge, Microsoft has been testing the edit on the desktop version of Word, and they'll begin rolling it out to all users in the near future. Once they do, you will still be able to...( READ MORE).
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WANTS YOUR DJ SKILLZ
The Library of Congress is giving everyone the chance to sample and mix beats through its new hip hop music project, Citizen DJ.  Users will be able to create music using the library's vast audio collection that has tunes dating back more than one hundred years.  

If you are looking for a new hobby during this quarantine time, this might be the one that suits your needs perfectly.  Music can be searched by subject, pitch, or musical note and fed into a mixing program.  The thousands of hours of music recordings are free to sample, download, and share.