FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
A GRAND ADVENTURE 
In the past, I've written about my hunt for good estate sales.  This past weekend, I found an estate sale near my home and received an unexpected treasure.  My husband and I arrived at 10:30 am, and a line had formed outside.  As we waited for our turn to go in, we admired the lawn furniture and jealously eyed what each departing shopper carried out:  a signed, framed Aaron Rogers jersey, ceramic rabbits, a coffee table.  The front door opened again, and a young boy (perhaps 5 years old) came outside with his father and younger sister.  With the most sincere tone, he exclaimed ... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THIS SATURDAY'S WORKSHOP!
FROM THE HOLOCAUST TO CIVIL RIGHTS
In keeping with our theme of reconciliation, the Presbytery of Milwaukee invites you to First Presbyterian Church, Kenosha to hear three of Alice Simon's granddaughters (including our own Presbytery Office Manager and Associate State Clerk, Chris Halverson) present the story of their pilgrimage to Germany and France to retrace their grandmothers recently discovered, tragic and shocking murder during the Holocaust.

Alice Simon's granddaughters will also discuss how this history affected their father, the Rev. Dr. Carl R. Simon, a Presbyterian minister in Milwaukee, resulting in his life long fight for Civil and Human Rights, including joining Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

Share this information with your congregation and community -- download flyers and bulletin inserts

Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m.  Please RSVP if possible: 262-652-6838 or k1stpres@yahoo.com
First Presbyterian Church, 1803 83rd Street, Kenosha, WI 53143
PRESBYTERY STAFF ON THE ROAD
To make ourselves more accessible, your Presbytery staff (Chris, Ann & Rachel) have scheduled some remote office days.  Tuesday, June 25th, your staff will be at Wilson's Coffee & Tea, 3306 Washington Avenue, Racine, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Stop by for some conversation and a beverage or snack - our treat!  We hope to see you!
SUMMER READING LIST
Looking for a way to continue the conversation about anti-racism started with Dr. DiAngelo at the last Presbyterian Gathering?  Look no further!  The Presbytery Office has copies of Dr. Betina Love's book We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom for $14.00 -- that's 43% off the list price!  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 today!
PRESBYTERY HIGHLIGHTS
Weren't able to make it to the last Presbytery Gathering but interested in the good work happening in the Presbytery?  Check out the  - a one-page synopsis of the May 21, 2019 Presbytery Gathering.
STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE POSTPONED
The Stewardship Conference scheduled for today has been postponed.  We hope to reschedule our time with Minner Serovy and Rhonda Kruse in the fall.  The Presbytery Office will publicize the rescheduled date as soon as it is available.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
WORLD REFUGEE DAY IS JUNE 20TH
World refugee day is a time for remembrance, prayer, celebration, and commitment.

Currently, there are nearly 68.5 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes.  These vulnerable children of God have fled due to war, natural catastrophe, persecution or fear of persecution.  On this World Refugee Day, the church lifts up the needs of those who are displaced, even as it celebrates the former refugees who have become part of our communities and our churches.

Learn more about World Refugee Day and find a myriad of resources to support your work this day.
THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING STOLE
This article was recommended to us by the Rev. Beth Patton, Associate Pastor at North Shore Presbyterian Church, as an important piece for PNCs, APNCs, COMs, Heads of Staff, Session members, Personnel Committees, among others, to read about being female clergy.

CREDO attendees feel connected, empowered by a shared stole
"We're all looking for bread for the journey," said the Rev. Keatan King, associate pastor at St. Philips Presbyterian Church in Huston.  "CREDO gives you that."

King was among 16 women at the CREDO conference for recently ordained pastors in Canton, NC, September 11-17, 2018.

The conferences "are intended to be relational, and this conference certainly was," said the Rev. Dr. Jose Irizarry, Vice President of Education for the Board of Pensions, CREDO's sponsor.

Presbyterian CREDO conferences are know throughout the Church for...( READ MORE).
2018 PRESBYTERIAN HUNGER PROGRAM IMPACT REPORT 
The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) works to alleviate hunger and eliminate root causes.
The PHP addresses hunger by working for:
-More and better food
-Solidarity
-A more livable environment

WELL-BEING RETREAT
Each summer the Board of Pensions and the Presbyterian Foundation sponsors a Well-Being Retreat for active and retired members of the Benefits Plan and of the PC(USA).  It offers ministers and other church workers, as well as spouses and surviving spouses, time away from routines to think, breathe, and renew.  

This year's annual gathering is scheduled for August 19-21 at Montreat Conference Center in Western North Carolina.  Registration for the Well-Being Retreat opens today.
INVITATIONS
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR REV. DR. KEVIN G. TARVID
The congregation at Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church will honor their retiring pastor, the Rev. Dr. Kevin G. Tarvid, during the regular morning worship on Sunday, June 16.  Presbytery Executive Rachel Yates, special guest musicians, guests from near and far, and the GAPC family will celebrate Pastor Kevin's 20-years (to the day!) of ministry here.  The worship will be followed by a reception of appreciation for Pastor Kevin, Sally, and Kristina, who have served as Jesus' faithful, loving ambassadors for so many years!  
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant(s)..." [See Matthew 25:23]

Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1445 South 97th Street, West Allis
STRAWBERRY FEST
Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church's annual Strawberry Fest will take place at in the church on  Sunday, June 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. .  In addition to the usual shortcakes and sundaes, you can enjoy tasty treats from the bake sale, buy 50-50 raffle tickets, check out raffle baskets, and children can play free games.

Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1445 South 97th Street, West Allis
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Sun Valley Presbyterian Church's Strawberry Festival will take place at the church on  Saturday, June 22nd.  From 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. participants can enjoy games, music, raffles, craft items, food, and strawberry ice cream.  There will also be a pancake and crepe breakfast and picnic lunch.  Find out more about Sun Valley's Strawberry Festival here.

Sun Valley Presbyterian Church, 1650 Sun Valley Drive, Beloit
"UNRAVELED" HYMNS 
Are you using A Sanctified Art LLC's worship series "Unraveled"?  PC(USA) Teaching Elder Stephen Fearing has written 12 hymns inspired by scripture used in "Unraveled."  These hymns may be accessed and used for free, with appropriate credit given, through Rev. Fearing's website
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
GHANA PARTNERSHIP INFORMATION AND UPDATE
Our invitation to two new partners from the Dangme-Tongu Presbytery in Ghana has been accepted and we are excitedly looking forward to their visit.  Rev. Samuel Odjelua and Rev. Seth Adzokatse will be visiting the Milwaukee Presbytery June 20-25, 2019, on their way to attend the Ghana Mission Network meeting in Erie, PA.  We are planning opportunities for them to experience church life in our presbytery, see what our mission ministries are doing locally, nationally and internationally, as well as share stories from congregations within their Presbytery.

We have activities planned for their time within our Presbytery, and also have preaching opportunities at Calvary, Beaver Dam, and Grace.  If your church is having an activity you would like our guests to attend, or if you would like to plan a meal, let us know.  We would welcome any and all of you to join us.


Thank you for your willingness to help us make this partnership truly a Presbytery wide effort.  Should you need any more information, contact Juddy Jaggard, phone 608-752-5760, or   Katherine Dummer , phone 414-232-8419.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PRESBYTERIAN COALITION BUILD 
Since 2000, the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and the Presbyterian Coalition have helped make affordable housing a reality for 19 families in Milwaukee.  It's time to build again!

Get involved! There are on-site opportunities and ways to help without lifting a hammer and you will be working along side five congregations from our Presbytery.

Find a list of upcoming Presbyterian Coalition Build Dates here.  Here you can also find directions for signing up online.

 Interested in participating?  Contact  Sarah Spitzenberger .
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
 
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - Good Shepherd Trinity Church
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

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