FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
LEANING ON EACH OTHER
From time to time, I suffer from vertigo.  When it gets out of hand, I need to hold onto walls to navigate, and any head movement makes my brain spin.  Several years ago, I had a particularly acute and ill-timed bout on the day of a presbytery meeting.  My pastor and I were scheduled to speak about our congregation on a property issue requiring the vote of the assembly.  I spent most of the day on the couch, laying as still as I could. 

My pastor drove me to the church, and we walked slowly, arm in arm, into the meeting.  When it came time for us to speak, we approached the podium as one, holding onto each other and moving in synch so that I didn't spin out of control.  So long as I was holding onto the sides of the podium, I was able to address the assembly without assistance.  After we both spoke ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
THE NITTY GRITTY, DOWN-N-DIRTY OF GA
Our commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate have returned from General Assembly and have stories to tell.  We are going to record a Q&A session with them soon to hear what they saw, experienced, and learned.  What would you like to know?  We'll add your questions to the list.  Please send questions to Chris Halverson at chalverson@pbymilwaukee.org by July 25
THE MINOR LEAGUES: A SERIES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS
Welcome to The Minor Leagues: A Series on the Minor Prophets, week 2! This link will take you to Presbytery's webpage for this series which includes resources for worship and Bible study.
 
This week's worship centers on the prophet Zephaniah with a message by Rev. Nikki Blanks, pastor of Delafield Presbyterian Church. The complete online service as well as separate sermon text and video link will be available on the presbytery website tomorrow, Thursday, July 16.
 
Meet this week's players:
The catcher (and feature player in worship), Zephaniah whose name means God protects.
The pitcher, Nahum, slinging fastballs at Nineveh, the capitol of Assyria.
The short-stop, Obadiah, at 21 verses, Obadiah is the shortest "book" of all the prophets.
 
Movies of the week:
For  Zephaniah A League of Their Own , starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis as the amazing catcher of a women's baseball team in the 1940s.
For Nahum - Million Dollar Arm, based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel from India who were discovered after winning a reality show competition and brought the U.S. for training.
For Obadiah - Eight Men Out, the story of the 1919 World's Series scandal in which eight players from the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to throw the World Series. Though the circumstances are different, Obadiah accuses the tribe of Edom of selling out Judah to the Babylonians.
RELIGIOUS LEADERS ASK LEGISLATURE TO ACT ON COVID-19
Concerned about the lack of an effective statewide response to COVID-19, Wisconsin religious leaders sent a letter today calling on the state legislature to work across political divisions to protect the people of Wisconsin.

The letter was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and signed by members of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, including 34 bishops, executive leaders and pastors from Lutheran, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal, Orthodox and other Christian traditions.  Read more here.
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.
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
TODAY, JULY 15TH, IS ST. SWITHIN'S DAY