FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
IT'S GOING BACK INTO THE CLOSET
A couple years ago, I bought black t-shirts for the four adults in our family.  Each had a silly message appropriate to that family member.  I got to choose my own, of course.  Because I'm a science dilettante - I enjoy science but dabble at best - I chose something that played on Einstein's famous equation E=mc 2.  The message reads:  "You matter.  Unless you multiply yourself by the speed of light squared.  Then, you energy."  Two years later, it still cracks me up.  I love the use of science and the grammatical twist.

This weekend, I donned my funny black t-shirt.  Then, it struck me.  A black t-shirt that begins with "You matter." is going to be read ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
THE MINOR LEAGUES: A SERIES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS
Welcome to The Minor Leagues: A Series on the Minor Prophets, the final week!
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 Zechariah with a message by Mark Fraley. Mark is a third-year seminary student from Wauwatosa Pres., and recently became a candidate under care of the Milwaukee Presbytery. The complete online service as well as separate sermon text and video link will be available on the presbytery website tomorrow, Thursday, July 30th.
 
Meet this week's players:
Zechariah, the coach, offers a message of hope in the face of despair.
Jonah, the water boy, hopefully no explanation needed.
Malachi, the umpire- this whistle blower condemned the abuse of power and religious hypocrisy.
 
Movies of the week:
Zechariah - Trouble with the Curve. While the film centers around a baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) and not a coach, like Zechariah Eastwood's character studies the lay of the land, looking for potential and pitfalls when it comes to prospective players.
Jonah - The Sandlot. In this coming of age film, Scotty, an unlikely player, joins the neighborhood sandlot baseball kids. Whereas Jonah, the unlikely and unwilling prophet, had to face down Nineveh; Scotty faces the beast, a ferocious dog that snagged his Babe Ruth autographed ball.
Malachi - Signs of the Times. This documentary explores the innovative methods of umpires like Bill Klem who umpired from 1905 to 1942 and devised signs so that fans could know what was happening on the field.
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.
NEW PASTORS SERVING OUR PRESBYTERY
WELCOME TO GLEN REICHELDERFER
Glen Hall Reichelderfer joined the Presbytery in June, serving his first Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha on June 22. Prior to serving in Waukesha, Glen ran a boarding house for men in Madison for 16.5 years, served as the Associate Minister at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison for 15 years, and resided for 27 years in La Samaritaine - a Christian community centered on Taize. He has also served three Interim calls.  
 
Glen is married to Christine and is the father of three grown daughters. He is currently reading a lot about white supremacy and the policing of Black bodies and loves reading anything that Jason Reynolds, Louise Penny, or Wendell Berry has written. His favorite childhood book was the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss and his favorite fair food is a brat with kraut. As a three-year-old, Glen serenaded his mother with the song Old Joe Clark. Glenn finds John 4: 1-45 and Luke 12: 22-32 to be major heart passages.
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
HELP SPRECHER SET WORLD RECORD
Aug. 6 is National Root Beer Float Day, and to celebrate Sprecher Brewing Company and Cedar Crest Ice Cream are attempting to create a new Guinness World Record. The Wisconsin fixtures are hosting a drive-thru with free root beer floats, while following social-distancing best practices.

Sprecher says it will have the supplies to provide up to 50,000 free floats from noon to 8 p.m. at its 701 W. Glendale Ave. location
MIKE TYSON TO RETURN TO RING