FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
CAN YOU HEAR IT?
She preached her last sermon on Sunday. The message was solid as always, but the music told the real story. As Rev. Beth Patton dissolved her call with North Shore Presbyterian Church, we sang "God Is Calling through the Whisper" (GTG 410) from the tree-shaded patio.

God is calling through the whisper of the Spirit's deepest sighs,
Through the thrill of sudden beauties that can catch us by surprise.
Flash of lightning, crash of thunder; hush of stillness, rush of wonder:
God is calling - can you hear? God is calling - can you hear?

God is calling through the voices of our neighbors' urgent prayers,
Through their longing for redemption and for rescue from despair.
Place of hurt or face of needing; strident cry or silent pleading:
God is calling - can you hear? God is calling - can you hear?

Beth has heard that calling, and she is daring to follow a call that... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
PRESBYTERY OFFICE CLOSED
The Presbytery office will be closed Thursday, July 4th, in observance of the July 4th holiday.  The office will reopen Monday, July 8th for normal business hours.  
Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER INVITED TO MILWAUKEE PRESBYTERY
The Presbytery is inviting an International Peacemaker to visit this fall.  Rev. Lydia Neshangwe from Zimbabwe would be available to preach, lead Bible studies, give presentations, meet with mission teams, enjoy ice cream socials, or whatever ways that you might engage with her.  Plan a special event, or have her join you in something you're already doing.  Rachel Yates will be coordinating schedules for congregations or other ministries that might want to have part of her time.  Rachel knows Rev. Neshangwe from their time together in Denver Presbytery, where Rev. Neshangwe attended seminary.  Although dates are not yet set for her visit, please let Rachel know ( ryates@pbymilwaukee.org or 414-292-2743) if you are tentatively interested in a visit.  Thanks to your generous mission support gifts, the Presbytery is able to cover the expenses of this visit.
BOOKS OF ORDER
We are now taking orders for the 2019-21 Books of Order.  If you would like to take advantage of our bulk order discount, you can purchase them for $8.50.  Order forms should be submitted no later than July 31st.  You can also download a searchable version of the Book of Order to your laptop or tablet for free!
PLANNING CALENDARS
The Presbytery office is now taking orders for the 2019-20 planning calendars.  The updated calendars begin with the month of September instead of June.  We order in bulk, making the calendars a considerably cheaper price.  Place your order before August 2nd to be included in this price break.
WE WANT TO DO MORE THAN SURVIVE
Continue the conversation about anti-racism started with Dr. DiAngelo at the last Presbyterian Gathering this summer by getting a jump start on reading Dr. Bettina Love's book We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.  Dr. Love is the presenter at our September Presbytery Gathering and her book offers insight into our educational system through personal reflection, cultural criticism, and relevant theory.  

Contact the Presbytery Office to get your copy for $14.00  today!
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
NEW HYMN SEEKS JUSTICE FOR THOSE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES
Presbyterian pastor and hymn lyric writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has penned the hymn "Christ, You Spoke to Us of Children" calling the Church to "seek justice for [the] people who are often fleeing for their lives as they try to enter the U.S."  Read more about what Gillette has to say about this hymn.

Gillette has granted permission for the free use of the hymn "Christ, You spoke to Us of Children," which you can find here.
NINE AMENDMENTS APPROVED TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PC(USA)
The one-year time allotment for voting on the amendments proposed in the 223rd General Assembly (2018) has ended and nine amendments have been approved to be added to the Book of Order
The following amendments were approved:
18-A Election of Ruling Elders and Deacons: On Amending G-2.0401
18-B.1 On Amending G-2.0509
18-B.2 On Amending D-10.0401d
18-D Membership of Presbytery: On Amending G-3.0306
18-E Pastor, Counselor, and Advisor to Its Pastors and Congregations: On Amending G-3.307
18-F Welcoming to the Table: On Amending W-4.0202
18-G Disciplinary Offenses: On Amending D-2.0203b
18-H.1 On Amending D-10.0401b
18-H.2 On Amending D-10.0401c

Amendment 18-C Officers: On Amending G-3.0104 was not approved.

FIGHT TO HALT CLERGY ALLOWANCE DROPPED

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dropped its long-running fight against the clergy housing allowance permitted by the U.S. government.

"We have full confidence in the legal merits of our challenge of the discriminatory pastoral housing allowance privileges," the Wisconsin-based atheist watchdog announced last week (June 14).

"We did not feel the same confidence, however, in how..." ( READ MORE)
INVITATIONS
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED AT INTERFAITH CONFERENCE 
The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee has announced that Pardeep Singh Kaleka is its new executive director.  Mr. Kaleka began working with ICGM on July 1st. 

Mr. Kaleka is a first-generation immigrant from India.  He received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology from Marquette University and a master's in Clinical/Community Psychology from Alverno College.  You can read more about Mr. Kaleka involvement and activities in this official press release from the ICGM.
BOUNDLESS COMPASSION IN A BROKEN WORLD
5 Day Spiritual Formation Academy, Oct 27-Nov 1
Do you long to be with others who share a desire to deepen one's relationship with God through teaching, prayer, daily Communion, and covenantal fellowship?  The Academy is a place where Christian faith is challenged all in the context of a shared experience led by a faculty presenters, who invite participants to reflect on your own spiritual journey, and how God is at work in your life.  The Academy is for clergy and laity.  It is designed for both "head" and "heart," communicating knowledge about Christian spiritual formation and a context for experiencing it.  

Held at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI.  Sponsored by the Wisconsin Annual Conference United Methodist Church. 
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
REVS. ODJELUA AND ADZOKATSE VISIT THE PRESBYTERY
Rev. Samuel Atteh Odjelua and Rev. Seth Adzokatse  from the Dangme-Tongu Presbytery in Ghana spent time in our Presbytery meeting new people, experiencing life in the Presbytery, and sharing stories from their own homes.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful and meaningful visit.  

Special thanks to Judy Jaggard and Katherine Dummer for coordinating all of the events and meetings that took place the past few days.
HOW THE MILWAUKEE PRESBYTERY CAN HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY DISASTERS
Contributed by Catherine Neal
Bucket lists are full of many things, and more me, one was to assist individuals after disasters as a Spiritual Care volunteer with the American Red Cross.  Now that I have retired, I finally have the time to devote to this volunteer opportunity, and check it off my bucket list.  I recently completed training to become a Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteer -- one that responds to local disasters like home fires and flooding -- and I continue to take every opportunity to learn about the many ways I can be of assistance as a volunteer.

As a DAT volunteer, I recently...( READ MORE)
PEACEMAKING PROGRAM LEADS TRIPS TO PUERTO RICO, 
CENTRAL AMERICAN, AND EAST ASIA
In 2019  and 2020 the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program will lead Travel Study Seminars to Puerto Rico, Central America and East Asia.  Find out more about each trip by clicking on the highlighted links.  Here are the important dates to know and a brief summary of the trip purpose:
Puerto Rico: November 11-18, 2019; applications due by August 1, 2019
In the aftermath of Maria -- the political, social, and racial dynamics revealed by the hurricane and how the Church is responding to them
El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras: February 17-28, 2020; applications due by October 1, 2019
Central American migrant trails: exploring the journeys to and from the United States and why we must act
Philippines and Hong Kong: May 1-15, 2020; applications due by January 1, 2020
Root causes and current challenges of forced migration and labor trafficking
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN PEACE TRIP TO KOREA
Presbyterian Women has a new travel/study opportunity!  In 2020, PW in the PC(USA) will take a peace trip to South Korea.  The deadline for application is September 19, 2019.  Find the application and more information here.
HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia  - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog - Relief and Development
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
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee seeks  DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY MINISTRY
Presbyterian Homes & Services seeks
 VARIOUS POSITIONS
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - Good Shepherd Trinity Church
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

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