FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
SOGGY GROUND
The weathercaster described it appropriately:  a soggy Sunday.  The rain came and stayed.  Front yards and basements flooded.  At my house, the ground is saturated, puddles spreading where the rain can no longer sink in.   My shoes make a squish, squish sound in the grass.

The ground on which I walk can't hold any more rain.  It can't take any more.

I know the feeling.  I'm saturated.  I'm full of ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
THE PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE WISHES ALL THE BEST FOR JIM RAND IN HIS RETIREMENT
by Ann Gibbs
Retiring in the midst of a global pandemic is not ideal. Most of the traditional celebrations, fanfare, and even the comfort of in-person goodbyes after years in ministry just aren't possible; but, as Jim reflected, he's not the first to retire or have a major life transition occur when something horrendous was happening in the world. "It's the reality of our lives," noted Jim. And our call as pastors. "We do what we can and trust in those who will follow to take the gospel in faithful ways."
 
Jim has certainly done what he could and challenged others to step up along the way. During our ordination vows, we make a commitment to serve with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love and to be a friend among our colleagues. Jim has lived into those vows. In his ministry, Jim highly valued...( READ MORE)
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 is the final week, Week Six, of the worship series Become Living Stones.

Over the last six weeks, we have moved from confronting our fear, the things that cause us to trip in our walk with Jesus, and our longing to stay safely away from the world, to a recognition that God is not contained inside walls, but instead God's house is much larger than just us. We are called to be the church in the world and to be living stones built into a spiritual house.
 
Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The [workers] took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you'll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent: Look! I'm setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor. Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it. 1 Peter 2:4-6, The Message
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! 
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