FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
SHOWING HONOR
On Saturday night, I flew into Milwaukee.  It was late, after 10 pm, and the concourse was deserted.  I trudged along with my suitcase, weary from a day of traveling and glad I'd soon be home and in bed. 

To reach my parked car, I traversed a corridor near the mediation room and those odd sailboats with the fiberglass faces - you know the place?  To my surprise, the corridor was packed with... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
ONE WEEK AWAY -- REGISTER NOW!
The November 21st Presbytery Gathering is just around the corner and we are looking forward to hosting the Honorable Janine Geske who will discuss her advocacy work with restorative justice.  Judge Geske serves as the final speaker in our Reconciliation Speaker Series.  We encourage everyone who is interested in attending this lecture to  register through this link  (also found on the Presbytery's homepage).  

Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, 207 W Main Street, Wales, WI
NOVEMBER  21 PRAYER MEETING CANCELLED
The November 21st Prayer Meeting at the Presbytery Office is cancelled in lieu of the Presbytery Gathering at Jerusalem Presbyterian Church in Wales.  You are still invited to pray in place during the traditional Prayer Meeting time.
DID YOU MISS THE WORSHIP VITALITY WORKSHOP LAST WEEK?  IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO BENEFIT
Are you looking for resources for creative worship planning?   Do you have your plans ready for Advent?  Get fresh ideas and worship resources even though you weren't able to make the Congregational Vitality workshop!
Greetings!  My name is Dr. Marcia McFee, and I am the creator and visionary of an online resource for pastors and teams called the Worship Design Studio.  I just visited the Presbytery of Milwaukee area on October 30th and led a workshop to introduce my teaching principles and model for sensory-rich worship design.  Even through you weren't able to attend the workshop in person, I'd still like to extend a $50 discount to you toward a Worship Design Studio subscription that will give you lots of ideas and inspiration for worship.  Contact Ann Gibbs for the $50 promo code!
Here's what one participant said about their experience:
"[We] found the workshop to be very helpful and decided to purchase a year-long subscription.  And I am very eager to start using the materials on your website, and have already started getting a few folks at church on board!"
CHANGES TO IRS FORM W-4
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is proposing changes to the Form W-4.  Changes to the long standard form were necessitated by the approval of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  A draft version of the new Form W-4 has been released by the IRS with plans to release a final version sometime next month.  Employers will need to use the new Form W-4 for all new employees and for any current employees who wish to change their withholdings.  For more information and to preview the draft W-4, click here.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
APPLY FOR UP TO $50K THROUGH CLERGY RENEWAL PROGRAM
Congregations seeking renewal for their pastors are invited to apply for the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.  Congregations are invited to apply for grants up to $50,000 to underwrite a renewal program for their pastors and their pastor's family.  Up to $15,000 of the funds are available to the congregation to help cover costs for ministerial supply while the pastor is away.
The Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program is open to Christian congregations whose pastors are serious about parish ministry and who can envision this program as a means of renewing the pastor's commitment to the congregation and to ordained ministry.  The program is designed for those congregations and pastors who have a strong relationship with one another, a high degree of mutual trust and support, and are eager to see their relationship strengthened, renewed and continued.
THE ROLE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN GUN VIOLENCE AND HOW THE MEDIA OFTEN GETS IT WRONG
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program will host a second gun violence webinar discussing Mental Health, the Media and Gun Violence on November 15th at 12:00 CST.  Beth McGinty, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will the the discussion.  Register for the Peacemaking Webinar: Standing Our Holy Ground - The Role of Mental Health in Gun Violence and How the Media Often Gets It Wrong
CYBERSECURITY
Acting General Counsel Mike Kirk and Associate Director of Information Technology Dave Dinkel from the Administrative Services Group have offered some suggestions on cyber security issues congregations should consider.  
RESOURCES FOR CONGREGATIONS ON CHILD PROTECTION POLICIES
All congregations need to have a child protection policy.  There are excellent resources on the PC(USA) website and from the Insurance Board to guide you in creating or updating your policies.
PRESBY EARTH CARE ADVENT DEVOTIONAL
Advent begins on December 1st, but the Presbyterians for Earth Care Advent Devotional is available today!  This year's devotional theme is how trees communicate with each other, and how we - like the trees - are meant to live in community.  Find the web and print versions here.  
SUBMIT PHOTOS FOR THE PRESBYTERIAN PLANNING CALENDAR
The Presbyterian Planning Calendar, a beloved publication of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking photo submissions from congregations, mid councils, camps, conference centers, and education centers for use in its 2020-2021 edition.  By way of photo submission, Presbyterians are invited to tell the world the ways their church, mid council, or  organization is carrying out the Matthew 25 invitation and the Hands and Feet initiative.
Find more information about submitting photos and the submission form here.  
INVITATIONS
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
Join members of the Beaver Dam community at Harvest Church on Tuesday, November 12th, as Emmy Myers, from Lacey's Hope Project, shares her story as a survivor of sex trafficking.  The evening will begin with refreshment at 5:30 p.m. and Emmy's presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a Q&A following.  Come hear Emmy's story, and learn what you can do to prevent and battle the giant of sex trafficking right here in Wisconsin.  Find more information about Hiding in Plain Sight here.
Harvest Church, W7444 State Road 33, Beaver Dam, WI
ERNEST GLENN CHILDREN'S TOY STORE
Christ Presbyterian Church is seeking donations for their annual Ernest Glenn Children's Toy Store, a mission of the church that has been making the lives of many children brighter during the Christmas holiday for over 50 years.  
New items needed for the store include: toys, games, coloring books, crayons, markers, stuffed animals, balls, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, school supplies, dolls, cars & trucks, puzzles, etc.  Financial donations are also appreciated and can be made payable to Christ Presbyterian Church with the designation "Children's Toy Store."  
Items can be dropped off at the church through Tuesday, December 10th.  Church office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Additional drop off arrangements can be made by calling the church office.
The 2019 Ernest Glenn Children's Toy Store will be open on Saturday, December 14th, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and serves children through the age of 12.
WINTER FARMERS MARKET & BRUNCH
The Food, Faith and Farming Network is gearing up for the 2019-2020 Winter Farmers Market and Brunch season.  Milwaukee area churches, including Southminster Presbyterian and Wauwatosa Presbyterian, will host the gatherings on Sundays throughout the winter months.  Brunch offerings will include dishes made with locally sourced ingredients that, along with other locally grown and produced items, will be available at the farmers market.  Vendors participating in the farmers market share profits with the Harvest of Hope Fund, supporting farmers in these difficult economic times.  All are welcome!
ELDER SAFE PROGRAM
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The Elder Safe Program is designed for assisted and independent care facilities, religious groups, senior housing facilities and other organizations whose focus is on education and safety of older adults.  The presentation by representatives from the Milwaukee Fire Department covers seasonal safety concerns, safe cooking, safe heating, safe living, injury prevention, handling medical emergencies, and preventative health practices for the enhanced quality of independent living.  Educators also distribute the "File of Life" -- a folder that contains a resident's medical information that will be necessary should an emergency arise.
Washington Park Branch Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, WI
HOLIDAY CONCERT
The Medical College of Wisconsin Orchestra presents, in collaboration with Chordae Harmonae and Black Sheep Saxes, their 2019 Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 5th, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will feature popular classics, old holiday favorites, and New World Symphony, 1st Movement by Antonin Dvorak.  The concert is free and open to everyone.  Collected donations will benefit Meta House.
Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI
*Park in guest parking 87th and Watertown Plank Road
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
Good Shepherd Trinity Church in Milwaukee seeks PART TIME DESIGNATED PASTOR
Good Shepherd Trinity is a combined ELCA/PCUSA congregation.  Please direct all inquiries and interest in the position to Ann Gibbs, Associate for Ministry Vitality, Presbytery of Milwaukee.
University Christian Ministries (UCM) seeks   COOK FOR 2019
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales

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