FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
COMPARISONS
I have read many well-written, insightful articles recently comparing the coronavirus to the scourge of racism.  The comparisons are apt.  The virus and racism embed themselves in our communities, sometimes before any symptoms are recognized by general populus.  The global scope of both merit comparison.  The inverse is true:  no single community - urban, suburban, or rural - is immune.  Both the virus and racism destroy society and literally take lives.  These comparisons feel timely and revealing.  For me though, the comparison breaks down on one key point. 

When we first recognized the coronavirus and its spread, we implemented social distancing and cleaning protocols.  We shut down places where people would gather together, including our churches.  I remember being struck by ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
This meeting serves as the rescheduled May 16th Presbytery Gathering.
ZOOM MEETING TRAINING
In preparation for the June 15th digital Presbytery Gathering Presbytery staff will be offering two more training sessions tomorrow for how to use and participate in Zoom meetings.  
Training sessions will be offered
  • June 11th at 12:00 p.m.
  • June 11th at 5:00 p.m. 
If you need to learn how to use Zoom, brush up on your Zoom skills, or are just curious about what functions will be used during the Presbytery Gathering join us!  Email Chris Halverson with the time you would like to attend, and Chris will reply with the link for the training session.
 
Or if you would like to watch a recorded training, h ere is a recorded session created by the Synod of Mid America:
ZOOM Council Meetings for Commissioners - Synod of Mid America (15 minutes)
 
Or if you would like to see written instructions, here is a link:
A SERVICE OF WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020
"Is anything too difficult for God?" is the question asked in the passage for this Sunday's worship service. Through the lens of both God's promises to Sarah and Abraham and the challenges to the those promises, we are called to wrestle with our own understanding of God's promises to us and our trust (or lack thereof) in them.
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).  Check it out here.
SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES PANDEMIC SUPPORT GRANTS
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic could materially diminish income streams and threaten staffing and ministries across presbyteries, churches and camps, the Synod has identified approximately $251,000 to date which can be used to support the staffing needs of affiliated organizations.
 
Grants will be offered on the basis of need and for a maximum of $10,000 or one month of a church's average operating costs for:
  • Churches whose vitality would be threatened by disruption to staffing and ministry programs;
  • Churches and ministries in need which serve historically marginalized communities; and
  • Camps, particularly as they seek to maintain programs staffed by college students.
 
In all cases, the Presbytery would apply for grants on behalf of churches whose vitality or critical ministries are threatened by financial impacts of the pandemic. If you believe your congregation or ministry qualifies for and has a need for these grant funds, please notify Associate for Ministry Vitality Ann Gibbs at agibbs@pbymilwaukee.org .
 
Grants within each program will be awarded within two award periods:
 
Award Period                   Application Deadline              Award Decision          Award Distribution
Summer                           June 30, 2020                          July 15, 2020               July 30, 2020
Fall                                   August 31, 2020                      September 15, 2020   September 30, 2020