VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020
A prayer for Veterans Day
from the PC(USA), 2009
Righteous God, you rule the nations.
Guard brave men and women
who risk themselves in battle for their country.
Give the compassion for enemies
who also fight for patriotic causes.
Keep our sons and daughters from hate that hardens,
or from scorekeeping with human lives.
Though they must be at war,
let them live in peace,
as eager for agreements as for victory.
Encourage them as they encourage on another,
and never let hard duty separate them 
from loyalty to your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.
FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
A CHOICE OF DIRECTION
Remember when...?  Over the last 8 months, I've become nostalgic about what used to be:  I could go anywhere I wanted without a mask; I could visit and play with family and friends.  Now that seems like a distant past, fading from memory.  Have you had those moments watching tv when it strikes you as odd or scary that the actors aren't masked up?  Then you remember, that's the way it used to be, way back when...in February.

In the church, we're skilled at reminiscing.  We remember when we snuggled into pews next to our neighbors, sharing hymnals and passing friendship pads.  We shared...(READ MORE)
PRESBYTERY PULSE
ZOOM PRESBYTERY GATHERING -- TOMORROW
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the last Presbytery Gathering of 2020 on Thursday, November 12!  We will continue to meet virtually through Zoom, as we have the past two meetings.  


COVID-19 UPDATE IN MILWAUKEE PRESBYTERY
COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Wisconsin, including in our congregations.  Six of the Presbytery's congregations have had exposures to the coronavirus in worship or ministries, sometimes with staff and sometimes among members.  Over 1/3 of Wisconsinites are testing positive for the coronavirus, and our positivity rate is one of the highest in the country.  We are at far higher community spread rates than when we first closed our church buildings.  Even with masks and social distancing, gathered indoor worship is strongly discouraged at this time.  Our love of God and love of neighbor call us to a season of personal sacrifice for the common good.  We pray for your protection and give thanks for your selflessness and compassion toward others. 
19TH ANNUAL GHANA MISSION NETWORK MEETING HIGHTLIGHTS
Over two Saturdays in October, the Ghana Mission Network met to worship, enjoy fellowship, identify partnership opportunities, and conduct business.  Despite the pandemic, our network pursues the hope of God's mission.  Rev. Ken Djotepe (Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana) spoke passionately that the church must be visible and  provide hope to the community during COVID-19. We are called to fill in the gaps where the hands of the government cannot.  So, we must reinvent and innovate church life.

View the highlights of the 19th Annual Ghana Mission Network Meeting.
PRESBYTERY OFFICE SPACE TO REMAIN CLOSED
With approval of the Presbytery's Personnel Committee, the Presbytery Office will remain closed at least through the end of this year.  Staff will continue to work remotely until public health circumstances change to warrant reopening.  As a reminder, voicemail messages left for staff or in the general mailbox at the Presbytery Office are automatically rerouted to staff, or you may use email or cell phones to reach them.  We continue to receive mail at the Presbytery Office.  We remain socially distant, but not spiritually distant!  Stay in touch!
MATTHEW 25: I WAS SICK AND YOU LOOKED AFTER ME...
NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL
View a virtual program honoring the service and sacrifice of Native veterans and their families and marking the completion of the National Native Americans Memorial.  This program includes tributes to Native veterans and a virtual tour of the memorial.

"We are a nation of patriots who believe in the United States, its democracy, and our responsibility to preserve it for future generations.  We acknowledge those who have served in the armed forces as the greatest patriots of all.  Though we celebrate those who dedicated themselves to defending our nations, many Americans are unaware of the exceptional service performed by American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native veterans."
RECORDING  OF HEALTHCARE DENIED: HOW THE CHURCH CAN CONFRONT RACISM NOW AVAILABLE
Did you miss Rev. Nicole Farley's interview with Mary Jessen, Director of Community Community Benefit for Ascension Wisconsin and scholar on the topic of race, health, and healthcare?   To learn more about disparities and actions we can take as efforts to lessen these differences, watch this recording of the October 27th event.
FAITHFUL ACTION FOR A HEALTHY WISCONSIN
November 16, 10:00 a.m.
Faith groups are organizing simultaneous rallies at several hospitals around the state to show support for health care workers serving our communities during the pandemic.  This Wisconsin Council of Churches event will  lift up public health officers and government officials who are promoting the Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.  The WCC is inviting clergy and people of faith around the state to join in a rally either in your vehicles or socially-distanced on the ground, taking appropriate safety measures.
 
The growing number of organizers and sponsors include Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, Wisconsin Council of Churches, Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin, and WISDOM.  Please stay tuned for more information. 
PC(USA) LEADERSHIP AND STAFF RECORD SERVICE BASED ON THE MATTHEW 25 VISION
In time for Reign of Christ Sunday (Sunday, November 22, 2020), a prerecorded complete worship service will be made available for congregations to use on that day or any day. The worship service will be based on the Matthew 25 vision and draws from the Worship in a Matthew 25 Church resource available on the Matthew 25 website. The Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will bring the sermon, and the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will bring the blessing and charge. Other participants will include the Co-Moderators of the 224th General Assembly (2020), the Rev. Gregory Bentley and Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart; and special music from Carter Anderson, William McConnell and Mondre Moffett.

The video will be shared at pcusa.org/matthew25-worship for viewing and downloading by Nov. 18, 2020. Congregations are welcome to use the video however and whenever they like. The planning team hopes that congregations find it helpful during a busy season of virtual and in-person worship services.
HEALTHCARE INSURANCE OPPORTUNITY
Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is reaching out to faith-based organizations to encourage communication to your members about Open Enrollment for those who need to purchase their own health insurance, either for themselves or their families.  Insurance that is offered on the ACA Marketplace (also known as the Exchange or Obamacare) is available for purchase with no health restrictions between November 1 and December 15, 2020. The ACA Marketplace is for individuals who are under age 65 and who do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.

 
Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is holding two informative Webinars, the first was November 4, and the second on December 2, for people who may need to purchase health insuranceClick here for registration information and flyers that may be included in your weekly bulletin, on your website or Facebook page, or otherwise shared with members who have health insurance needs at this challenging time. 

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is a Wisconsin not-for-profit and member-governed organization formed in 2012. 
IFC 50TH ANNIVERSARY VIRUTAL ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Thursday, December 3, 2020, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Join the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee on Thursday, December 3rd, to reflect on the past 50 years.  IFC is excited to welcome this year's keynote speaker Dr. Reggie Williams, author of Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance.  He will lead a discussion on his ideas related to Faith, Race, and Politics.  Registered guests will be able to participate in webinar discussion.  

Visit the IFC website to learn more and sign up.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
PC(USA) GA CO-MODERATOR ELONA STREET-STEWART JOINS ADULT EDUCATION CLASS
On Sunday, November 15 at 9:00 a.m., don't miss the opportunity to dialogue with Moderator Elona Street-Stewart on Central Presbyterian Church's Adult Education Class hosted by the Rev. Dr. Annika Lister Stroope, parish associate of adult education and mission.

Elona is the first Native American to serve as a General Assembly moderator. She is a ruling elder and serves as executive for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies (the Synod includes Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and the Dakotas). A member of the Delaware Nanticoke Tribe, Street-Stewart has been active in racial justice matters on behalf of the church for 40 years, focusing on mission development, denominational policies, and educational programs. Elona will join us via Zoom and take questions from participants. All are welcome!
  • To join by video, using your computer, tablet or smart phone, use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85709103669
  • To join by telephone conference call, dial 1-312-626-6799, at the prompt, enter Meeting ID: 857-0910-3669, followed by the # sign.
Central Presbyterian Church is located in Des Moines, Iowa.
ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
WI VETERANS MUSEUM TALKING SPIRITS VIRTUAL CEMETERY TOUR
For the 22nd year, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is pleased to be in the serene and somber landscape of Madison's Forest Hill Cemetery to share with you the rich history of Wisconsin and its veterans.  On this virtual tour you can visit places in the cemetery and see interesting photos and objects that could not been seen during an in-person tour.  
RARE YELLOW TURTLE LOOKS LIKE MELTED CHEESE
Turtles don't just come in shades of green, they come in yellow too.  A rare yellow version of the albino Indian flapshell turtle was recently spotted and rescued from a village bon in West Bengal, India.

Indian Forest Service officer Debashish Sharma posted photos of the rare yellow turtle (Lissemys punctatis) on Twitter.  
THE NEW MAYOR OF RABBIT HASH, KY HAS GONE TO THE DOGS
It was a tight race, but the people of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, have spoken -- the next mayor will be a 6-month-old French bulldog named Wilbur Beast.  Wilbur's win was announced Tuesday, November 3rd by Lady Stone, a border collie who serves as the town's ambassador.

Wilbur will take the leash from incumbent Brynneth Pawltro, a pit bull who won the 2016 race.  Pawltro has not released a statement about the defeat.

HOT LINKS
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
The Sower -  November 2020 Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes & Prairies
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES

Download the 2020-2021 Presbytery Gathering flyer 

  • THURSDAY, November 12, 4:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY, March 9, 2021
  • SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
  • WEDNESDAY, September 22, 2021
  • THURSDAY, November 18, 2021