FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
FRIENDS
We met up with old friends and new friends.  Yesterday, the Presbytery staff held its third remote office day; this one at Wilson's Coffee & Tea in Racine.  We invited people from the area to stop by for something sweet or strong, and they came!  A long-time pastor, our Foundation treasurer, a church administrative assistant, and church members gathered at a back table for conversations.  People came and went as their schedules permitted.  It was a nice time to do a little business, but mostly to catch up with old friends.  

But, we also made new friends.  Judy Jaggard and Kathy Dummer escorgted the two delegates from the Dangme-Tongo Presbytery in Ghana, who are viviting Milwaukee Presbytery before heading today to the Ghana Mission Newtowrk meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Rev. Samuel Atteh Odjelua and Rev. Seth Adzokatse joined the group at Wilson's, settling in easily.  

Friends are easy to make when ... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M., FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, KENOSHA

Please RSVP if possible: 262-652-6838 or k1stpres@yahoo.com
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
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)
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
 
Laurie Griffith has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.

NEW CURRICULUM AIDS IN NURTURING CHILDREN'S HELPFUL INSTINCTS
When children hear about people in need, they want to do something.  The new Jerry Can curriculum from the PC(USA) engages young worshippers in understanding the needs of others, especially in times of disaster, and showing what they can do to help.

Created by Christian educators, this curriculum centers on Jerry Can, a fun, energetic character that connects our response to disaster with one common denominator: the need for access to clean water.  The Jerry Can curriculum can be presented in a single lesson or across five sessions.

INVITATIONS
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MATERIALS OFFER
Vernon Presbyterian Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School the week of July 29th through August 2nd.  They are using the Cokesbury curriculum To Mars and Beyond.  The church has purchased the Starter Kit that includes the Digital Kit as well as the robot puppet.  They are also creating a puppet theater for the opening assembly skits and have bought or created other wall decorations.  The church is willing to share their materials with any other church that might be anticipating running their VBS in August.  If your church has any interest in using some of these materials, please contact Linda Thompson.
UNLEARNING RACISM: TOOLS FOR ACTION© FALL 2019
Eliminating racism is an ongoing process that involves a willingness to learn about, and begin, undoing, the adverse impact of racism on individuals, organizations, and communities.  The YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin will be offering a six-week  series entitled Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action that will utilize facilitated dialogue, activities, documentaries, and listening pairs to move us all forward in addressing racism where and when we can.  Topics include the roots of racism, institutional racism, your role in addressing racism, and taking action.

Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action is offered at both the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin in Milwaukee and the Sienna Center in Racine.  This series fills up fast; registration opens July 3rd.

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. 
UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE CLP/CRE FALL COURSE REGISTRATION
The overall goal of the Christian Leadership Program at UDTS is to strengthen the church through quality theological education for lay persons.  While the courses offered are particularly designed for lay pastor candidates, they will serve the needs of all lay persons who are contributing their gifts to the ministry of their local church.  Church officers, Christian education leaders and teachers, and persons who wish to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith will discover a rich opportunity through this program.  

CLP/CRE courses are offered online with no residential component.  Registration for Fall 2019 is now open.  Nine courses will be offered this fall.  Information, including course descriptions, can be found by following the Registration link.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
REVS. ODJELUA AND ADZOKATSE VISIT THE PRESBYTERY
Rev. Samuel Atteh Odjelua and Rev. Seth Adzokatse  from the Dangme-Tongo 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)
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
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - Good Shepherd Trinity Church
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

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