FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
IN-BETWEEN SPACES
There is a sweet spot between the known and the unknown where originality happens; the key is to be able to linger there without panicking.  - Ed Catmull (Pixar)

An increasing number of practical resources are ready to guide leaders through (1) living through a pandemic while (2) facing challenges to the relevance of the church in a post-Christian era in the midst of (3) unprecedented political division with a looming general election as we (4) confront upended and intolerable practices in our legislative, administrative, and judicial systems.  Our sense of normalcy is ending, and something else is emerging that we can't yet see.  For the moment, however, we're stuck in the middle, between the known and the unknown.  Ed Catmull, Pixar's co-founder, labeled it a sweet spot for originality.  Similarly, the word "svaha" is attributed to an indigenous language to mean the space between the thunder and lightning - perhaps a space in which we might imagine and dream and wonder.  Some describe this disorientation as a liminal space:  poised at the threshold.

No matter how we describe this space of disorientation, we're there.  We've got it all (see items 1-4 above for starters).  The key, Catmull says, is to
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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 3!
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 Amos with a message by Rev. Rob Ater, associate pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.
 
Meet this week's players, the basemen:
Amos is on First Base as the earliest of the minor prophets
Joel is on Second, his message follows closely on the heals of Amos
Habakkuk is on Third. He's best known for his saying "the righteous live by their faith" on which the Christian doctrine of Justification is based; it's the touchpoint that takes us home!
 
Movies of the week:
For Amos, our first basemen- Pride of the Yankees, based on the story of Lou Gehrig who played first base for the New York Yankees. He was also a German immigrant, and Amos was a prophet of the southern kingdom of Judah who prophesied to Israel in the north.
For Joel, a prophet who uses symbolism to move from lament to possibilities of new life- 42, based on Jackie Robinson and the racial integration of American baseball.
For Habakkuk, a prophet not afraid to question God- Sugar, based on Miguel Santos a Dominican pitcher who dreams of raising his family out of poverty by joining the big leagues. After he catches a break and is recruited by an American minor league team, Santos begins to question his choices.
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
STATE FAIR FOOD DRIVE-THRU
The Wisconsin State Fair may be canceled this year but digging into deep-fried treats and classic fair foods is right on schedule. In fact, it's actually early thanks to the new State Fair Necessities initiative and its new fair food drive-thru, opening for the first of four weekends of feasting on Thursday, July 23.
 
Starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday and running through Sunday, July 26, the fair food drive-thru will open up the fairgrounds for cars to drive through and pick up special fair favorites to go such as funnel cakes, pretzel-wrapped hot dogs and brats, pickle pizza, pork chop sandwiches and more from a weekly rotating batch of State Fair vendors.
 
Here are this week's vendors cooking up classic treats and favorite eats.
MEDIEVAL "JOLENE" REMIX
If Dolly Parton was spurned by a man in 1374, here's what "Jolene" would have sounded like
 
Singer Hildegard von Blingin', a YouTuber who covers pop songs in the style of a medieval bard, covered Dolly Parton's haunting love song with some lyrical twists. Sure Jolene was doing Dolly dirty, but to do all that in the midst of a plague, the crusades, and feudal oppression? That's just rude.