FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
MY APOLOGIES
Does anyone else remember the cute little cartoons by Kim Casali that always started with the line, "Love is..."  One of the more famous lines was, "Love is...never having to say you're sorry."  It always struck me as odd.  I'd been taught to apologize when I'd hurt someone.  To be fair, the cartoon didn't say, "Love is...never saying sorry," but rather never having to say we're sorry.  Still, it seemed unlikely that we would never make a misstep meriting an apology.  By nature, we are flawed; our relationships are imperfect; we make mistakes, and we hurt each other.

The practice of apologizing has fallen out of vogue.  Too often, the offender doubles down on a mistake, growing defensive or blaming the other.  Maybe it's because we've developed...(READ MORE)
PRESBYTERY PULSE
WE RACE AHEAD: A DAY OF REPENTANCE AND SOLIDARITY
Wisconsin State Fair Park, Saturday, August 23rd, 3:00 p.m.
The Day of Repentance and Solidarity is an initiative fueled by an alliance of city and suburban churches/organizations to grow a more unified church that is a tangible witness of God's love through justice and equality. This is done by the acknowledgement of the church's past and present roles in systematic injustice, repentance, forgiveness and intentional steps of growing diverse relationships across the city and suburbs.  This event will take place at the Milwaukee Mile Grandstand on Saturday, August 23rd, at 3:00 p.m.; however, online viewing will also be available.
Visit WeRaceAhead.com for complete details and to take the pledge to commit to study, prayer, and action to become an anti-racist individual in an anti-racist church.

We Race Ahead Invite
We Race Ahead Invitation



WHEN GOD CREATES
Psalm 8 is the featured Scripture for Week Two of the worship series When God Creates, a four-week series featuring texts from Genesis to Revelation that celebrate God's active presence and creative power in the world. The sermon for week two is from Rev. Matthew Lee, pastor of Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church in Hartland. "Psalm 8 which was written around 3000 years ago has us staring into the night sky and pondering our own life in the midst of the universe. Lord, who are we that you are mindful of us?

The complete service along with sermon text, liturgy, and sermon video link will be available on the Presbytery's webpage Thursday, August 13th.
COME JOIN US
Milwaukee Presbytery begins collaborative effort to develop 

Christian Education Resources
Monday, August 31st, 1:00 p.m.
Has your congregation been struggling over what to do with Christian Education (whether online or in person)?
Do you want to reach out to children and youth and support parents but aren't sure how?
Do you hunger for adult faith formative resources?
Do you have the desire for more but lack the budget or people resources for Discipleship opportunities that positively impact members beyond worship?

We hear you and believe there is a great opportunity to create meaningful, impactful, and faithful resources for our congregations that don't bust already taxed budgets or overwork the few, if we work together. Come join us, August 31 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom.  

Please contact Ann Gibbs to participate or for more information
FROM THE HOLOCAUST TO CIVIL RIGHTS
The Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee have invited three of Alice Simon's granddaughters (including our own Presbytery Office Manager and Associate Stated Clerk, Chris Halverson) to present the story of their pilgrimage to Germany and France to retrace their Grandmother's recently discovered, tragic and shocking murder during the Holocaust.  

Alice Simon's granddaughters will also discuss how this history affected their father, the Rev. Dr. Carl R. Simon, a Presbyterian minister in Milwaukee, resulting in his life long fight for Civil and Human Rights, including joining Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

This presentation will take place on Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
TYPOPHILES REJOICE: ARTIST REVEALS FONTS USED FOR 
FAMOUS LOGOS
Emanuele Abrate, an Italian graphic designer, runs an Instagram account all about logo types.  This gallery reveals fonts used for some popular brands chose to use to represent themselves by replacing the brand name in the logo with the font name.  Fonts can communicate a specific personality and tone -- that's why companies carefully think about what their logo will convey when it is seen.
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO REVEAL YOUR TRUE SELF
Stuck at home during the pandemic with not much to do, Kenneth Felts began to write a memoir, chronicling the past 90 years of his life.  As Felts wrote, he quickly came to realize that his story would never be complete without revealing a secret he had kept hidden his entire life: His true sexuality.  Felts couldn't continue his memoir without writing about Phillip, his one true love, so at age 90 he finally came out to his daughter, then the rest of his friends and family through a Facebook post.
TOP DIPLOMATIC CAT & "CHIEF MOUSER" RETIRES
Time spent in lockdown was just superb for Palmerston, the chief mouser at the U.K. Foreign Office.  It was so good, in fact, that the cat has decided to leave sorting out international affairs to the human diplomats and retire to the countryside after four long, hard years on the job.

Palmerston made it official in a letter sent in his name to Simon McDonald, the office's permanent under-secretary, which explained that he wanted more time "away from the limelight.''

"I have found life away from the front line relaxed, quieter, and easier," a letter signed with two paw prints said.

NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
PC(USA) WEEK OF ACTION
August 24-30 
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is planning to host a Week of Action August 24-30 to provide a variety of ways for Presbyterians and other individuals to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and those who tend to be marginalized by society because of their race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.  Events will include a Town Hall discussion, Liberation Bible Study, a Twitter Chat, Young Adult Roundtable, and film screening.

Read more about the Week of Action in Presbyterian Outlook.


The Week of Action is a collaborative effort by the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), the Office of General Assembly (OGA), and the Administrative services Group (ASG).
SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES PANDEMIC SUPPORT GRANTS
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic could materially diminish income streams and threaten staffing and ministries across presbyteries, churches and camps, the Synod has identified approximately $251,000 to date which can be used to support the staffing needs of affiliated organizations.
 
Grants will be offered on the basis of need and for a maximum of $10,000 or one month of a church's average operating costs for:
  • Churches whose vitality would be threatened by disruption to staffing and ministry programs;
  • Churches and ministries in need which serve historically marginalized communities; and
  • Camps, particularly as they seek to maintain programs staffed by college students.
 In all cases, the Presbytery would apply for grants on behalf of churches whose vitality or critical ministries are threatened by financial impacts of the pandemic. If you believe your congregation or ministry qualifies for and has a need for these grant funds, please notify Associate for Ministry Vitality Ann Gibbs at agibbs@pbymilwaukee.org.
 
Grants within each program will be awarded within two award periods:
 
Award Period                 Application Deadline              Award Decision           Award Distribution
Fall                                   August 31, 2020                      September 15, 2020   September 30, 2020
MATTHEW 25 CURRICULUM FOR THE PC(USA):
Accessible theological education and training for the people of God
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and Stony Point Center have been invited by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to work together to develop an online and in-person curriculum to support the Matthew 25 Vision. Courses will center on the three focuses of the vision:
  • nurturing vital congregations and communities of faith,
  • dismantling structural racism, and
  • working to end systemic poverty.
The first course is "Awakening to Structural Racism" and will be offered on Monday evenings from August 10 through 31, 2020. Learn more about these classes and the Matthew 25 Vision
INVITATIONS
PEACEFUL PRESENCE VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Contemplatives in action.  Praying together to work towards peace.
You are invited to join Peaceful Presence, a nonpartisan, inter-faith* experience focusing on the promotion of harmony and peace, during the national conventions of the Democratic and the Republican parties to pray for peace and for our leaders. Each day new programming to promote unity and understanding will be available at 9:00 a.m. from Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 27, 2020

To access the Peaceful Presence programming go to http://ignatianassociates.org/peaceful-presence/

Join for a few minutes each of those days, minutes of prayer, meditative music and a brief talk by representatives from faith traditions that include the Sikh, Zen Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Jewish and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints communities, to promote a mission of peace.  Pray for our leaders that they may have open hearts and minds to listen, understand and make decisions that will benefit all people.

*This virtual event was planned in Milwaukee by members of the Ignatian Associates Ramos Community, and is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope), the Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University, and the Casa Romero Renewal Center.
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: THE SUPREME COURT'S RECENT CASES ON THE ESTABLISHMENT AND FREE EXERCISE CLAUSES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT
Thursday, August 27th, 7:00 p.m.
This academic and interactive program will focus on two, recent decisions of our High Court, addressing the meaning and impact of the Constitution's protections against governmental establishment of religion and preservations of the right to its free exercise.  In addition to describing the factual and legal bases for those landmark rulings, James L. Santelle, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (and long-time supporter of the missions and activities of the Interfaith Conference), will comment on the practical significance of the Supreme Court's decisions for religious and non-faith-affiliated entities.  This 90-minute gathering will also include abundant opportunities for participants to ask questions, offer perspectives, and otherwise comment on these important and topical issues.

Join the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee for the first virtual conversation on August 27th at 7pm on the Interfaith Conference Facebook page.

Understanding the details of these decisions and constitutional mandates can be daunting.  ICGM is grateful to sponsor and support this Facebook zoomcast presentation from our Interfaith friend, James Santelle, to learn more about how it affects our faith members and organizations. 

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
INVITATION TO THE SYRIA LEBANON PARTNERSHIP NETWORK ANNUAL GATHERING
Peace and grace to you from the Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network of the PC(USA)
 
You're receiving this email because your church or presbytery has partnered with Elmarie and Scott Parker, our regional liaisons to Iraq, Lebanon and Syria; or your presbytery voted in concurrence with one of the General Assembly Overtures submitted in recent years, addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria. 

We'd like to invite you to attend our Annual Gathering on September 22, which -- like most things these days -- will be held virtually.   We're planning two sessions. Presenters include Rev. Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL; our Presbyterian Church partner); Rev Najla Kassab, pastor in NESSL and President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches; Elmarie Parker; and Georges Ziadeh, Executive Director of NESSL's NGO, Compassion Protestant Society. 
 
Here is a link to our webpage for more information about the Annual Gathering. Registration form is accessed at the bottom of this page. 

The Annual Gathering is free of charge, of course, with the extra benefit of no travel. We hope you will consider this an excellent way to learn about current events in the churches in Syria and Lebanon which we support.
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
The Sower -  May 2020 Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • TUESDAY, September 29, 4:00-8:00 p.m. - Apostle Presbyterian Church, West Allis
  • THURSDAY, November 12, 4:00-8:00 p.m. - Covenant Presbyterian Church, Racine
  • TUESDAY, March 9, 2021
  • SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY, September 22, 2021
  • THURSDAY, November 18, 2021