FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
A LETTER TO GOD
(based on Psalm 22, but because we discourage singing in public right now, it's a letter)
God?  God?  I'm sure you're busy right now, but I have to ask:  why have you left me all alone?  I keep trying to speak to you about my pain, but you don't feel close...certainly not close enough to do anything about it.

God?  I've been trying to reach you.  Day and night, I've been quite vocal about how crappy everything is right now.  But, you don't answer.  It's like I'm praying into nothingness.

I know you're the Holy One, who sits up high on your throne.  Since the olden days, people have praised you.  My parents and grandparents and great-grandparents all trusted you. I feel like you were there for them.  I always hear about how ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
THE MINOR LEAGUES: A SERIES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS
Welcome to the Minor Leagues: A Series on the Minor Prophets! This link will take you to Presbytery's webpage for this series which includes resources for worship and Bible study.  Each week (for the next four weeks) will feature three of the twelve prophets. Worship resources include a complete online service as well as the sermon video, sermon text, and liturgy. You may use these resources however is helpful to you and you have permission to copy and send sermon and liturgy texts (including sources) to members without online access.

This week's worship centers on the prophet Micah with a message by Milwaukee Presbytery's own Rev. Beth Patton.
 
Meet this week's players -- the outfielders.
In right field is Micah whose message focuses on Justice and righteousness.
In center field is Haggai whose personality remains a mystery so that his message takes center field.
In left field is Hosea who literally lived into his message, going so far as to name one of his children "not my people".
Resources on these prophets can be found on the Presbytery website.
 
And for some baseball summer movie fun:
For MicahMoneyball .  Micah cries out against the systemic brokenness and injustices of his day. In  Moneyball, general manager Billy Bean takes on the recruiting system that's been keeping him from having a winning team.
For Hosea, Eight Men Out. As Hosea calls out Israel's infidelity and brokenness in her relationship with God, Eight Men Out is based on the 1919 conspiracy in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox colluded with gamblers to through the World Series.
For Haggai, Field of Dreams. The prophet Haggai proclaims to the returned exiles, "it's time to rebuild the temple and repair our relationship with God." In Field of Dreams, a man (Kevin Costner), troubled by his relationship with his late father (an avid baseball fan), decides to build a baseball diamond is his back yard.
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.
RACIAL JUSTICE CHALLENGE
Sponsored by PW Synod
What can we do in response to the racism that exists across the U.S. and in our communities?  There is a growing awareness among Presbyterians that racism is a crisis and must be addressed. The PC(USA) and PW in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies are strongly committed to the struggle for racial justice.  PW in our Synod believes that it begins with education and dialog.

You are invited to begin to dismantle structural racism through your participation in the "Racial Justice Challenge".  This "Racial Justice Challenge" will help raise awareness about the perniciousness of racism and encourage action in response to that awareness.  Through discussions surrounding the PC(USA)'s anti-racism policy, scripture and a variety of other resources, participants may develop an increased understanding of how racism is systemic rather than simply personal.

This study is open to women and men across the synod.  It will meet for six-sessions on Mondays, beginning June 29 and ending August 31.  There are two sessions offered each time, 1:30-2:30 PM (Central Time) or 6:30-7:30 PM (Central Time).  There is no cost involved, yet you must register to participate via Zoom.

To register, email your name, presbytery, email address, phone number and preference for afternoon or evening participation to Marilyn Stone at mmstone52@att.net
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.
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