FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
THE PLEXIGLASS OPTION
It's been hard, I know, to be away from each other and from the familiarity of our church buildings.  We find comfort in our faith community with whom we've shared so much, both the joys and the hardships.  We've invested long hours in the building, either engaging in ministry for each other and the community or ministry for the maintenance of the building itself.  It's hard to see the building sit empty, while we sit at home.

So, there has been great energy around the prospect of opening back up.  The Presbytery has issued guidance to our pastors and sessions about the practicalities of reopening.  Because a phased approach to reopening will mean ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
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.
We continue to hold you and your ministries in prayer.
If you have any questions, please contact Ann Gibbs, Associate for Ministry Vitality.
LIVING STONES: A WORSHIP SERVICE FOR SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020
This service is Week Five of the worship series Become Living Stones.
We are coming close to the end of our worship series. Today, we move from the stones that build God's house to a recognition that God is not contained in any house. These physical walls have been marked and limited in time by God, but God's church knows no such limits.
 
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God's temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.
 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say, "I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced." 1 Peter 2:4-6, NLT
LORD, HERE WE ARE - COVID-19 HYMN
Michelle Henrichs and Heidi Surprenant have written a new hymn (with vocal line) for this difficult time.  They are offering it to you to use.  Thank you for this musical gift! 
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
SPECIES THAT ARE MAKING AMAZING COMEBACKS
When it comes to rescuing endangered species, progress is an ongoing effort and conservationists can't afford to become complacent.  Here's a list of 25 plants and animals that have made a tremendous comeback with the help of dedicated individuals.
NACHO AVERAGE CELEBRITY BATTLE
Guy Fieri is planning on taking Bill Murray to Flavortown this Friday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m. CT on the Food Network's Facebook page.  The two will participate in the Nacho Average Showdown to help raise money for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF), an organization that has been awarding grants to restaurant employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  To date, RERF has dispersed more than $22 million.
CANADIAN STUDENTS LAUNCH JOKE HOTLINE FOR ISOLATION
High school students in Calgary, Canada developed the Joy4All Project, a phone number individuals can call to hear pre-recorded, continuously updated messages tailored for the elderly and the isolated.

According to Katie Mahon, the project coordinator, "these are jokes, poems, and messages of positivity.  This content is generated by children and youth to connect with seniors and those that feel isolated to create a feeling of connection."  

Learn more about the project and how children and teenagers can submit content  here.