FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
REMEMBER THE CHILDREN
"There is no amount of grit that can fight off the intersections of living in poverty, being pushed out of school, facing a world full of patriarchy and racism, and suffering toxic stress.  It is not that dark children do not have grit and zest, but they need educators and their communities to protect it, not measure it."  Dr. Bettina Love, award-winning author and university professor, challenges the way we measure student success in her newest book,  We Want to Do More than Survive:  Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Freedom.   In turn, she will challenge us as Presbyterians - a denomination that loves ... ( READ MORE ) .
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-GATHERING SPEAKER ANNOUNCED
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. Register now for the Pre-Gathering.
OFFICER TRAINING FOR RULING ELDERS AND DEACONS
Saturday, September 14th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Grace (Beaver Dam)
Ruling elders and deacons are invited to a training session sponsored by the presbytery and offered 
through the Leadership Development Task Force.
Training will include:
* a session for all ruling elders and deacons on the PC(USA) basics
* lunch
* a hands-on break-out session designed for ruling elders
* a hands-on break-out session designed for deacons
* a copy of Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers: A Handbook
* a copy of the 2019-2021 Book of Order
Whether you are newly ordained into your office of ruling elder or deacon or just looking for a refresher, you are invited to join us.
If you have any questions about the day, please contact Rev. Nicole Farley at 847-239-2013.
 
Click here to register online or here to print and mail in your registration.

Grace Presbyterian Church, 215 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
BOARD OF PENSIONS THRIVE SEMINAR
Rooted in a theology of benefits, the BoP's new retirement planning seminar addresses retirem ent preparation holistically.  THRIVE (Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation, and Economics) covers subject matters such as financial planning and retirement healthcare options as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement.  

THRIVE is open to members nearing retirement and their spouses or partners.  This seminar is being offered twice this fall and 12 times in 2020.
PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING WEBINAR
On September 3rd at 11:00 a.m. CST the PC(USA)'s Special Offerings team will be hosting a Peace and Global Witness Offering webinar.  You can join this webinar by following this link on September 3rd.  You can also find a listing of future webinars offered by the Office of Special Offerings here.
WE WILL SPEAK OUT!
We Will Speak Out! is a resource recommended for PW groups and congregations wishing to address violence against women, in particular intimate partner violence.  Among those resources:
"Sacred Spaces: A Resource for Faith Communities to Prevent and Respond to Sexual and Gender-based Violence"
"One in Three: Preventing Sexual Violence in Our Communities
"Broken Silence 2.0: Pastors' Attitudes and Actions Around Domestic and Sexual Violence in the #metoo Era"

Go to https://wewillspeakout.us/ to make a pledge and download resources.
STANDING OUR HOLY GROUND
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, in collaboration with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, offers Standing Our Holy Ground, a year-long webinar series that challenges the faith community to stand up against this far-reaching crisis of our day.  Touching on a large variety of topics and utilizing those at the forefront of the work and research, this comprehensive webinar series delves deeply into the epidemic of gun violence and explores the ways in which people of faith and the communities to which they belong can respond and act to bring about change.
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
 
Nathan Sobers has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.

INVITATIONS
CELEBRATE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CLINTON'S 100TH YEAR
First Presbyterian Church is located at 312 Church Street, Clinton, WI 53525
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
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN GRIEF NETWORK CONFERENCES
SEWGN is offering two grief conferences this fall: 
Grief Conference for the Bereaved, Thursday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Together with speaker Philip Chard, explore the science and art of emotional and spiritual healing.  Drawing from practices, both ancient and modern, this interactive program focuses on identifying and applying healing pathways, both within ourselves and in the external world, that ease our loss and nurture our renewal.
Conference for Those Who Companion the Bereaved, Friday, September 20, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This workshop will draw upon a variety of supportive approaches and active interventions know to heal psyche and soul, we will examine how to apply expressive therapies, nature interaction, contemplative practices, symbolic rituals and ceremonies, subconscious engagement, and related modalities of care.
POVERTY MATTERS! CONFERENCE
September 11-12 in Wisconsin Rapids
Over the course of the conference, participants are challenged to examine the national, regional, and local systems at play and consider how these shape policy and our collective response.  By drawing attention to the structural underpinnings of poverty, we believe a well-informed and intellectually honest discussion can take place.  This ultimately leads to moral choices and more effective anti-poverty policies and strategies.
This conference offers and exhibit hall, 4 plenary sessions, and over 30 workshops.  The theme is Securing Opportunity in Wisconsin and each of the workshops fall under the following tracks: Community Action & Everyday Forms of Assistance, Housing, Transportation, Job & Income Supports, Access to Health Care, and Research.  For more information visit http://povertymatters.events/
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE TASK FORCE
MEDICAL EMERGENCY TRAINING
The Milwaukee Presbytery Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force (DPRTF) has been preparing a series of articles regarding important resources that congregations can use to better prepare and respond to a variety of emergency situations.  Listed below are two references on how to handle medical emergencies.  These resources will educate, inform, and advise congregational leadership on preparing for unexpected emergencies.  

Medical Emergency Training
In September, DPRTF will provide resources that center around Usher/Greeter Training.
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
Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee seeks  DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY MINISTRY
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!