FROM ANN GIBBS, ASSOCIATE FOR MINISTRY VITALITY
CONGREGATIONS FACE THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19 TOGETHER AND HAVE FUN WHILE DOING IT
It's been a shock to our systems and church practices--discerning ways to function as the church in the midst of the COVID pandemic. It has also meant a rise in creativity, adaptability, and resiliency- all markers for what distinguishes vital congregations from those just going through the motions. But another important criterion (often overlooked) is fun. Do you find joy and excitement in your ministry? Unlike COVID-19, contagious enthusiasm for life in Christ is something the church has been longing to spread. Now two Milwaukee Presbytery pastors and their congregations are combating stress through the joy of working together.
It began at a session meeting. Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church (KMUPC) recalled that in the past their congregation and Delafield Presbyterian Church (DPC) had worked together in youth ministry. Was there an opportunity now to work together to face...(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 3, 2020
This service is Week Four of the worship series Become Living Stones.
As part of our worship series today, we experience a shift. The symbolic stones that have weighed us down, caused us to stumble, and offered false security are used this week to build God's house, a place with many rooms.
 
You are invited to find a stone you can hold, to be included as part of your worship.
 
Now you are coming to him as to a living stone. Even though this stone was rejected by humans, from God's perspective it is chosen, valuable. You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple. You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Thus it is written in scripture, Look! I am laying a cornerstone in Zion, chosen, valuable. The person who believes in him will never be shamed. 1 Peter 2:4-6, CEB
COMMON GROUND'S MILWAUKEE RISING ZOOM HAPPY HOUR
Monday, May 11, 5:00 p.m.
Last week, Milwaukee Rising LLC closed on its 91st and final property in Sherman Park. They now have the funds to pay off their remaining loan and are proposing to complete the work of the LLC.  

To recognize the many people who have made this hard, but fun work possible over the past 8 years, Milwaukee Rising is hosting a Zoom Happy Hour.  Bring your beverage of choice and log-in to catch up with friends and colleagues and view a slideshow commemorating milestones of the campaign.

Please RSVP to me at jstranzl@commongroundwi.org or 414-751-0755 if you plan to attend, and for the Zoom link!
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
IRISH DONATE TO NAVAJO NATION TO PAYBACK POTATO FAMINE
The country of Ireland has donated nearly $1.5 million to a GoFundMe campaign providing relief to Navajo and Hopi families affect by the new coronavirus.  The donations are directly related to the donation the Choctaw Nation made to Ireland during the Great Potato Famine (1845-1849).  

" 173 years later to today, the favor is returned through generous donations from the Irish people to the Navajo Nation during our time of crisis," the organizers of the GoFundMe write. "A message from Irish donor, Pat Hayes, sent from Ireland across the ocean: 'From Ireland, 170 years later, the favour is returned! To our Native American brothers and sisters in your moment of hardship.'"
ALABAMA POLICE SEARCH FOR "AGGRESSIVE CHICKEN"