FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
RESTING UP
Wisconsin, you're exhausting me.  You started innocently enough with a couple Strawberry Fests in June.  Then, by the time of Summerfest, you'd kicked it into high gear.  My husband and I took in Bastille Day, an international refugee fest, the Lakefront Arts Festival, the Whitefish Bay Art Fest, and German Fest.  We also decided to branch out from the more traditional festivals to attend Armenia Fest and Filipino Fest this summer.  With true FOMO angst, we'd add one summer event to the calendar, knowing that we had to exclude three others.

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PRESBYTERY PULSE
OFFICER TRAINING FOR RULING ELDERS AND DEACONS
Saturday, September 14th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Grace (Beaver Dam)
Ruling elders and deacons are invited to a training session sponsored by the presbytery and offered 
through the Leadership Development Task Force.
Training will include:
* a session for all ruling elders and deacons on the PC(USA) basics
* lunch
* a hands-on break-out session designed for ruling elders
* a hands-on break-out session designed for deacons
* a copy of Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers: A Handbook
* a copy of the 2019-2021 Book of Order
Whether you are newly ordained into your office of ruling elder or deacon or just looking for a refresher, you are invited to join us.
If you have any questions about the day, please contact Rev. Nicole Farley at 847-239-2013.
 
Click here to register online or here to print and mail in your registration.

Grace Presbyterian Church, 215 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
WELCOME HOME FROM SYNOD SCHOOL!
For another year, Synod School is done.  Welcome home to the large group of Milwaukee Presbytery attendees!  Rev. Dave Ewing and Sun Valley members missed the photo, but were also there in force.  Synod School is one way your mission support and per capita dollars are used.  Thank you for your generosity!
INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER TO VISIT MILWAUKEE PRESBYTERY SEPTEMBER 22-26, 2019
Lydia Neshangwe is an ordained minister of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA), a transnational Presbyterian denomination with churches in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She currently serves as clerk of the Presbytery of Zimbabwe and minister of St Andrew's Church, a culturally diverse congregation. She is the founder of the 'Centre for Growth,' a center that conducts seminars, workshops and group therapy sessions for personal growth, spiritual growth and wholeness. Lydia serves as the Zimbabwe Coordinator of an international non-profit organization, Hope's Promise, providing orphan care in Zimbabwe, Nepal, Kenya and Vietnam. Her husband Paul is also a UPCSA minister and they have two teenage boys and multiple non-biological children. She writes, "Outside of my church and ecumenical responsibilities, I love arts and crafts, reading books from around the world and travelling."

If you are interested in scheduling visit with Rev. Neshangwe during her time in Milwaukee, please let Rachel know (ryates@pbymilwaukee.org or 414-292-2743).
LAST CHANCE!
If you are interested in taking advantage of the bulk order discount for the Presbyterian Planning Calendar you only have 2 days left to order.  
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
PW GIVES DAY
Today is a special day for Presbyterian Women -- it is the anniversary date of the reorganization of Presbyterian Women.  In honor of this special day, PW has designated today as "PW Gives" Day, a day to specifically reflect on all that PW provides and all that it supports, a day to pray for PW, and a day to prayerfully consider making a donation to an organization that does so much across the U.S. and around the world for women, children, and families...and that you support with your time and talents!

"PW Gives" Day is a day to celebrate and support all that Presbyterian Women make possible.  July 31 was selected  to commemorate the July 1988 formation of today's Presbyterian Women, from the 
merger of its two predecessor organizations.  Thirty-one years  (and innumerable ministries  supported) later, Presbyterian Women continues to address the world's needs and build loving community.  

LOAN PROGRAM HELPS PARENTS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS
The PCUSA Parent Loan program was designed to serve PC(USA) members seeking assistance with the expenses of dependents attending college in the United States.  To be eligible, a parent must be an active member of a PC(USA) church, a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident and the full-time parent or guardian of a dependent who is enrolled at least half-time and making satisfactory academic progress at an accredited US college or university; s/he must demonstrate educational cost in excess of awarded monies and give satisfactory evidence of financial reliability.  Loans are for $10,000/year up to a $75,000 lifetime cap; there is a 6 percent interest rate with repayment 60 days after final loan disbursement.  The application deadline is September 1.
OGA LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE TRAINING
The Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is launching a new online training resource that planners hope will take ministry and leadership preparation to the next level.  Equip.pcusa.org  is officially open now, offering resources for ruling elders, upcoming ministers, and mid-council leaders.  It is part of a long-range plan set in motion by the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA).

INVITATIONS
SONGS WE LOVE TO SING!!
A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE CARING PLACE
Please join First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha for Songs We Love to Sing!!, a Benefit Concert for the Caring Place, Waukesha County's oldest non-profit adult daycare -- and a mission of the church.  FPC, Waukesha will present a musical recital on Sunday August 4th at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Suggested minimum donation: $5.  All proceeds will go to help The Caring Place.
First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha, 810 N East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186
SWEET SWEET MUSIC FESTIVAL 
Sunday, August 11, 2019, all are invited to attend First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa's Sweet Sweet Music Festival and Craft Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Join Ottawa Church for fantastic music, food, and fun for all ages.  A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with family and friends!  
This event is free and open to everyone.
First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa, S37 W35415 Highway D, Dousman, WI 53118
GYMANFA GANU (WELSH HYMN SING)
Sunday, September 1st, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Welsh North American Association (WNAA) is hosting its annual Festival of Wales in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend.  A comprehensive schedule of events will culminate in Welsh music and singing at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening.  For more information and ticket options, please visit the WNAA webpage.  You can also find more information about the 88th National Gymanfa Ganu here.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1100 N Astor Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
RAG HEAD, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ONE WOMAN SHOW ABOUT OAK CREEK SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING DEBUTS IN MILWAUKEE
August 3rd and 4th, Broadway Theatre Center
After a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles, RAG HEAD makes its Milwaukee debut at the Broadway Theatre Center on August 3rd & 4th to benefit the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and to honor the seven-year remembrance of the victims and families affected by Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting. The show explores Sikhs and xenophobia in a post 9/11 America. Inspired by actual events, Sundeep Morrison's one woman show, RAG HEAD, addresses hate, hope and American identity.
THE SALVATION ARMY AN EVENING AT THE MARCUS CENTER
International Staff Band Concert, Thursday September 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
The International Staff Band, the Salvation Army's finest instrumental ensemble, is comprised of brass and percussion players from the London, England area.  The band performs a wide variety of music from marches to movie scores and arrangements of simple hymn tunes of the church to scintillating concert items written especially for the band.
While the band has performed for Queen Elizabeth, at Buckingham Palace numerous times, they are frequent performers to the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London and have toured the capital of the world, this is the bands first ever visit to Milwaukee!
This is a free event, however a ticket is required for admission.  To reserve your tickets call the Marcus Center Box Office at 414-273-7206.
COMPANIONS IN MINISTRY
Marquette University
Are you a Christian pastor in the greater Milwaukee area seeking to improve your spiritual and professional well-being?  Marquette's Companion in Ministry is an ecumenical support program designed for you!  Over four two-year cohorts, the program will engage pastors from diverse denominations in prayer, retreats, spiritual companionship and group discussions.  180 pastors who serve in congregations will build supportive peer relationships and accompany each other in ministry.  Companions in Ministry is taking applications for Cohort One in September of 2019 and Cohort Two in February of 2020.  Expenses are fully funded, thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and pastors receive a stipend upon completing the program.
Participants are asked to apply by August 1, 2019 at marquette.edu/companions-ministry/
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
MISSION CO-WORKER REV. NICOLE MELARA AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING AND PREACHING
Mil waukee Presbytery's own, Rev. Nicole Melara, has recently accepted a call through Presbyterian World Mission to serve as a Mission Co-Worker in Moscow, Russia.  She will be serving with the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy as both Pastor and Director of Social Ministry.  This ministry of presence and service seeks to walk with God's people, especially those who find themselves vulnerable, either as victims of trafficking, migrancy, or neglect in this international setting.  Before she leaves, Pastor Nicole is available for speaking engagements, education opportunities, and pulpit supply with all proceeds going to support the sending costs of her new mission call.  To arrange a visit, please email nicole.melara@pcusa.org .  Independent gifts of support can be shared at http://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/E200542/# .  Prayers of love, joy, hope, and support are always appreciated!
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE TASK FORCE
SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
The Milwaukee Presbytery Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force (DPRTF) has been preparing a series articles regarding important resources that congregations can use to better prepare and respond to a variety of emergency situations. Listed below are two references on natural disaster preparedness which will educate, inform and advise congregational leadership on preparing for unexpected natural disasters. Future planned monthly references include Medical Emergencies in August and Usher/Greeter Training in September.

Severe Weather Preparedness  (includes a 35 minute webinar video)
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

Share this information with your congregation -- bulletin inserts & bulletin board flyers available!