FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
TRADITIONS, PART 2
Boom!  It's Advent, and I'm already behind.  Although I don't have my Advent wreath or Advent calendar out yet, the Presbytery's electronic Advent calendar, at the bottom of our home webpage, is up and running.  Check back every day for a little surprise and joy!  We've fixed it so you can't cheat by looking ahead.  I've already heard too many of you confessing that, according to the number of remaining doors on your chocolate Advent calendar, it's December 21.  We know how you are!

Like Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day are also prime times for home and church traditions, like wreaths and calendars.  My home congregation, like many, held an annual...(READ MORE)
PRESBYTERY PULSE
WITNESS TO PEACE: ADVENT ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK 2
Sunday, December 6, marks the beginning of the second week of Advent. This link will take you to week two of our Advent series Witness to Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Here you'll find activities for children, families, youth, and adults. If you missed last week's Witness to Hope, you can visit the Presbytery Advent webpage where you'll find links for all the resources for the series. These are designed to be used by individuals or church groups and include opportunities linked with the Matthew 25 initiative.

For questions, please contact Ann Gibbs at agibbs@pbymilwaukee.org.
LIVE ZOOM WITH LYDIA NESHANGWE
December 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Lydia, a minister from Zimbabwe, was among the 2019 PC(USA) Peace Ambassadors. She visited the Milwaukee Presbytery a year ago, September. On December 7th at 10:00 a.m., Lydia will join us via Zoom for discussion on her experiences as a peace ambassador, how COVID-19 has affected her community, and her current initiatives for peace in her community in Zimbabwe.

Register here to join the Zoom call with Lydia on December 7th.
"CUT! TAKE 2!" WE WANT YOUR BLOOPERS
Preachers and Worship Leaders, be honest.  This year has put you in front of the camera without any training or preparation.  We know you're not perfect and have heard about your occasional bloopers on camera.  Would you be willing to share a few of those clips for a bloopers reel?  We only need about 10 seconds in a clip.  Please email them to Kate Hopta, by year's end.
khopta@pbymilwaukee.org
CALVARY BECOMES MATTHEW 25 CHURCH
Calvary Presbyterian Church has signed on to become a Matthew 25 church, joining Heritage, Tippecanoe, Southminster, and the Presbytery.  Jesus calls us to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor. By joining together on this journey, we are uniting in common mission to become a more relevant presence in the world.  We hope you'll consider becoming a Matthew 25 congregation, too!
PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE ADVENT CALENDAR
Join us as we journey toward Christmas by opening a door everyday on the Presbytery's digital Advent calendar.  You might be surprised and delighted by what you find behind the door.  The Advent calendar will be available on the Presbytery's homepage, just below the "What's New" section, beginning December 1st.
IFC 50TH ANNIVERSARY VIRUTAL ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Thursday, December 3, 2020, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Come sit at the Presbytery's virtual tables for the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee's annual lunch on Thursday, December 3rd, to reflect on the past 50 years.  IFC is excited to welcome this year's keynote speaker Dr. Reggie Williams, author of Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance.  He will lead a discussion on his ideas related to Faith, Race, and Politics.  Registered guests will be able to participate in webinar discussion.  

Visit the IFC website to learn more.  Please contact Rachel Yates if you are interested in attending.
MATTHEW 25: I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU INVITED ME IN...
OVERCOMING EVICTION
Haynie Smith faced significant uncertainty early on in his adult life.  It's a symptom of unaffordable housing that's known all too well in Milwaukee: eviction.  Even though Haynie was paying his bills on time, his landlord wasn't.  Imagine having your life turned upside down in a moment's notice, and to no fault of your own. 

Watch how Haynie overcame these struggles to ensure his family would never face something like this again.
PASTORS UNITED DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Mission Minute: Pastors United Development Initiative


Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church has partnered with Pastors United to help rehab homes in low income areas.  Get ideas about how you can help through this video.
'BREAKDOWN WHITENESS' ONLINE RESOURCE EXPLAINS RACISM TO WHITE AUDIENCES
A group of academics in religious studies, history, and ethics recently joined together to develop Breakdown Whiteness, an online resource designed to explain structural racism to white audiences.

The site, breakdownwhiteness.org, launched Nov. 6. It serves as a clearinghouse of existing resources designed to dismantle white supremacy in America. Resources are categorized by age and subject. The site also includes a glossary of terms and actions that can be taken to stop the policies and practices, which enable systemic and structural racism.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
ENGAGING OUR WORLD SUNDAY SCHOOL RESOURCE
This study of the UN's sustainable development goals gives snapshots into each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), some of their targets, and the ways in which the PC(USA) and its global partners have been working -- and continue to work -- to achieve this sustainable development agenda. 

Learn more about and download Engaging our World Sunday School Resources for UN Sustainable Development Goals
JUSTICE UNBOUND ADVENT DEVOTIONAL
Starry Black Night: A Womanist Advent Devotional is available from Justice Unbound.  Beginning November 29th, Justice Unbound will feature devotions and daily word reflections as a part of the Advent experience.  A PDF version of the devotional as well as an Advent calendar are available for download.
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF 2020
Welcome to The Book Concierge, NPR's annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. Mix and match tags such as Book Club Ideas, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, The States We're In, or Ladies First to filter results and find the book that's perfect for you or someone you love.
 
Each fall, NPR staff and trusted critics are reached out to and asked to nominate their favorite books of the year. They respond with hundreds of titles that the editors and producers at NPR Books catalog in a huge spreadsheet of responses; the editors select their favorites, resolve duplications, note omissions and consider the overall mix and balance of books recommended.

And if you're looking for book suggestions for the young readers in your life, check out NPR's selection of 100 Favorite Books for Young Readers published in August.
MEET THE YULE LADS, ICELAND'S OWN MISCHIEVOUS SANTA CLAUSES
Icelandic children get to enjoy the favors of not one but 13 Father Christmases. Called the Yule Lads, these merry but mischievous fellows take turns visiting kids on the 13 nights leading up to Christmas. On each of those nights, children place one of their shoes on the windowsill. For good boys and girls, the Yule Lad will leave candy. If not, the Yule Lads are not subtle in expressing their disapproval: they fill the shoe with rotting potatoes.
 
INVITATIONS
ADVENT MEDITATIVE SONG CIRCLE
Friday, December 4th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4th, at 6:30 p.m. join the Tippe Faithing Community in listening, singing, and sinking into the season's Holy Hush.  Anticipate Advent's longings that birth new wisdom as you listen or sing along.

Please bring a candle and an open heart.  You are also invited to bring a favorite song to share.  Pastor Karen will guide participants with reflective sharing honoring the light each person brings to this shared time, moving to embrace the holy hush and sung meditations, and then a holy closing that sends the light from this shared time out into the night.

For more information email Living Waters Contemplative Life Center or call 414-702-7997.
FAITH SPRINGS CHRISTMAS CAROL DRIVE IN
Saturday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Join members and friends of Faith Springs Presbyterian Church for an evening of Christmas CARoling on December 12th!  Participants are invited to tune into FM 87.9 and sing along to organ accompaniment from the safety of their own car.  Links for lyrics will be available on Facebook, or a hard copy can be obtained at the event.  Submit requests for favorite carols on the Faith Springs Facebook page.

Faith Springs Presbyterian Church, N13W28771 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee
BENEATH THE SAME STARS BOOK STUDY
Daytime and evening studies beginning Monday, January 18, 2021
"August 18, 1862.
On the Sioux reservation in southwestern Minnesota, Indians desperate for food and freedom rise up against whites in the region. Sarah Wakefield, the wife of a physician, is taken captive with her two babies. Their fate falls into the hands of the warrior ─ćaske, with whom she has slim acquaintance. As war rages, little does she know how entwined their lives will become.
Beneath the Same Stars is the gripping story of two people, caught between worlds, who are willing to do almost anything to defend those they care about-including each other. But the drama is bigger than themselves. Tragic forces have been set in motion...."
Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies is sponsoring a book study for women and men across the synod beginning January 18, 2021.  Daytime and evening study options are available, meeting every two weeks for five sessions led by members of the PWS Native American Concerns Committee.

FREE REUSABLE MASKS FROM MILWAUKEE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) is looking for partnership with local businesses, religious, and community organizations to provide them with free reusable cloth masks for those in need.  Contact program assistant, Violet Kryshak at 414-208-7800 to pick up masks or get masks delivered to your organization.  Program details can be found here.

Currently, residents can also pick up masks from any Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee health clinics, and Community Testing sites. city.milwaukee.gov/masks

RESOURCES TO HELP ADDRESS STRESS AND ANXIETY
Are you thriving or just surviving?  The COVID pandemic has created a concurrent crisis around mental health.  Everyone needs to be taking care of one another, but that includes ourselves.  This site from the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Resource Group offers information and resources to help address the anxiety and stress that can, if left unaddressed, deteriorate into a crisis.  The site was designed for healthcare workers, but has information that is applicable to everyone.

HOT LINKS
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 -  August 2020 Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES

Download the 2020-2021 Presbytery Gathering flyer 

  • TUESDAY, March 9, 2021
  • SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY, September 22, 2021
  • THURSDAY, November 18, 2021