FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
HONEST PATRIOTISM
I tried to explain to those seated next to me on the lawn: "It will be loud and bright, but it won't hurt."  I gestured with my hands lifted high and fingers spread wide.  My words were translated from English to Somali.  As the fireworks started, one teenager hid her face in her hijab.  Her mother and the youngest boys smiled at the sky in amazement.  It was my most memorable Fourth of July celebration, and I felt pride at sharing my birth country with these newest citizens.

I pray you all have a safe and memorable Fourth of July.  It's a tricky time for faith leaders.  How do we acknowledge ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
SERVICE OF WORSHIP FOR JULY 5, 2020
We are grateful this week for a worship offering from our sister Presbytery, Boston Presbytery.  The July 5 service featuring recent co-moderators Cindy Kohlman (preaching) and Vilmarie CintrĂ³n-Olivieri (virtual choir member) as well as a diverse worship leadership team reminds us of the great cloud of diverse witnesses in our denomination, nation and world. The message, centered on Psalm 145, asks: "What would it look like if we, as the church, took these words in this psalm as a challenge? Took these words in this psalm as a clear picture of who we are called to be as followers of Jesus Christ in the world today. What if we took this psalm and paired it with the parables from Matthew 25 to help us understand what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves, as people who love our Almighty God with all of our heart and soul and mind and strength." The service includes the hymn This Is My Song sung by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program Virtual Choir, including the voices of peacemakers all over the world which will hopefully impact how you hear and sing the hymn from now on.

The service is available as a full service via youtube video and Google drive as well as separate docs for bulletin options, sermon text, and hymns.
https://www.presbyteryofboston.org/Resources/COVID-19-Resources/Worship-Services
PRESBYTERY OFFICE CLOSURE
The Presbytery Office will be closed Monday, July 6, 2020, in observance of Independence Day.  Staff will resume working remotely on Tuesday, July 7th.
RACIAL JUSTICE CHALLENGE
Sponsored by PW Synod
What can we do in response to the racism that exists across the U.S. and in our communities?  There is a growing awareness among Presbyterians that racism is a crisis and must be addressed. The PC(USA) and PW in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies are strongly committed to the struggle for racial justice.  PW in our Synod believes that it begins with education and dialog.

You are invited to begin to dismantle structural racism through your participation in the "Racial Justice Challenge".  This "Racial Justice Challenge" will help raise awareness about the perniciousness of racism and encourage action in response to that awareness.  Through discussions surrounding the PC(USA)'s anti-racism policy, scripture and a variety of other resources, participants may develop an increased understanding of how racism is systemic rather than simply personal.

This study is open to women and men across the synod.  It will meet for six-sessions on Mondays, beginning June 29 and ending August 31.  There are two sessions offered each time, 1:30-2:30 PM (Central Time) or 6:30-7:30 PM (Central Time).  There is no cost involved, yet you must register to participate via Zoom.

To register, email your name, presbytery, email address, phone number and preference for afternoon or evening participation to Marilyn Stone at mmstone52@att.net
UPDATED PULPIT SUPPLY LIST
The Presbytery of Milwaukee has updated the Pulpit Supply list with new information you can use when you need help filling your pulpit (digital or physical).  Congregations should discuss ahead of time with the pulpit supply additional compensation for non-traditional technological services, such as recording or editing or online worship.  
View the Pulpit Supply list here.
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.   If you have any questions, please contact   Ann Gibbs , Associate for Ministry Vitality.

We continue to hold you and your ministries in prayer.
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