FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
BEING CHURCH IN A NEW WAY
In the Presbytery's Holy Cow! assessment, you identified your greatest problem for the Presbytery to solve: more people. I'm still new, but no one's shown me the magic wand yet. Maybe it's in a drawer. Until I find it, this problem will be ours to solve together.
It's a problem larger than the Presbytery. This summer, the Pew Research Center for Religion and Public Life surveyed people on why they go to church. The answers make sense:.
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PRESBYTERY PULSE
NOVEMBER PRESBYTERY GATHERING - STEWARDSHIP OF OUR TIME - REGISTER NOW
Please mark your calendar for the November presbytery gathering on Tuesday, November 27th at Linn Presbyterian Church in Lake Geneva. Our theme is Stewardship of our Time. This is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We hope you can "make time" to attend! Click here for details and to register online.  
If you would like to reduce waste as we continue our pledge to care for our creation, you are invited to bring your own soup bowl.

If you have anything you're doing in your local church that you would like to "promote" in the Presbytery Newsfeed at our gathering, please send your Powerpoint slide to Chris Halverson by November 21. 
ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
In September and at our upcoming Nov. 27 Presbytery Gathering, we colored on sheets from Illustrated Children's Ministry, a company of Adam Walker Cleaveland, one of our new minister members.  Learn more and get freebies from their Facebook page and join the Community on the same page.  
SMALL CHURCH VITALITY PROJECT
The Milwaukee Presbytery 2019 Small Church Vitality Project is encouraging participants.  Letters and emails were sent to clerks of session and pastors for all our congregations at 125 members or less with an invitation to participate.  If you are a member of one of these congregations, please check with your pastor and/or session to ask if your congregation is participating.  And if not, please encourage that you do!  This project is tailored to the particular challenges our small congregations face in being the church today.  How can smaller churches not only be viable but also vital in their discipleship without losing the unique strengths and characteristics that draw us in to more intimate congregational settings?  
2019 PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH TRIENNIUM- JUNE 16-20
IS YOUR CHURCH INCORPORATED?
We have heard from a few of our churches who thought they were incorporated, but found when they searched in the state records that there was no record of their incorporation. Our Stated Clerk Christian Boyd has put together an informational paper on what you need to know and do in order for your church incorporation to be registered with the state.  Incorporating Your Church
GET TO KNOW OUR PASTORS
WH O WAS THIS?
While a student at North Carolina's St. Andrews Presbyterian College, this pastor participated in a college trip to Vietnam, only the second college sponsored group to be allowed entry after  the end of the Vietnam War.
T his week's mystery pastor is Beth Patton, associate pastor at North Shore Presbyterian in Shorewood. " In January of 1991 10 students (myself included) and 1 professor from St. Andrews Presbyterian College traveled to Vietnam for 3 weeks for our January term. We were the second college group to visit Vietnam since the war had ended. At that time it was still illegal for US citizens to travel to Vietnam so we had to fly to Thailand first (and were almost denied entry to Vietnam) and then on to Vietnam. Our trip started in Hanoi where we saw the late Sen. John McCain's plane that had been shot down. Also while in Hanoi we stayed in a house that had served as one of the residences of Ho Chi Minh. We travelled to Hue and Da Nang and eventually to Ho Chi Minh City. While there it was as though the war had just ended, there were numerous military vehicles along the sides of the roads and many other military artifacts left at several of the battle sights that we visited."

No one guessed correctly, but please keep playing and have fun guessing!
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WHO IS THIS?  
"I count myself as a personal friend of Punxsutawney Phil, 'seer of seers, the prognosticator of prognosticators, the one true weather predicting groundhog.' I have attended Groundhog's Day at Gobbler's Knob five times, given Phil scratches countless times, and even had Phil join in a worship service when Groundhog Day fell on a Sunday."
 
Send your guess to  Chris Halverson  and the first person to guess correctly will be recognized next week and receive a free dinner at the next presbytery meeting!
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
GA AMENDMENTS
As we prepare to vote on Book of Order amendments at an upcoming Presbytery meeting, Fresh Impressions will give you a preview of the proposed changes. 

Shall the fourth paragraph of G-3.0306 of the Form of Government be amended by adding the following statement shown as italic?  "Every minister of the Word and Sacrament shall ordinarily be a member of the presbytery where his or her work is situated or of the presbytery where she or he resides. The presbytery may grant a minister permission to engage in work validated ministry that is outside its geographic bounds or which is not under its jurisdiction, but no presbytery shall permit a minister to engage in work that is within the geographic bounds of another presbytery and which is properly within the responsibility of another presbytery without consent of that presbytery. Such permission shall be obtained from both presbyteries and shall be reviewed and renewed annually."  This makes clear that both presbyteries must give consent in this circumstance.  The full text and comments can be found here  

Proposed amendment 18-F addresses welcoming children to the table for communion.  Currently, the language recommends that the session should provide "an occasion" to welcome children "in public worship."  The amendment would state that children should be welcomed, but would not require "an occasion" be offered.  The change was intended to address the mindset that baptized children must wait until a certain age or must complete certain educational requirements before belonging at the table, contrary to our theology of Lord's Supper that "all who come to the table are to be offered the bread and cup regardless of their age or understanding."  (W-3.0409).  For a complete text of the change and the comments, please go here.

To read all proposed amendments, click
here .  
FEATURED CONGREGATION
WHICH CHURCH IS THIS?
This congregation was organized two years before Wisconsin became a state! They have many ecumenical ties with their community churches, and were the first church in their community to have a Sunday School which was attended by many children of different faiths.   Answer is  here.  
INVITATIONS
BOOK STUDY
Where the Cross Meets the Street
Presbyterians will soon have a new book study available to them. The co-moderators of the 223rd General Assembly have announced the title of their new year-long study, "Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens in the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center." The book is written by Noel Castellanos and explores his life and journey to become a Christian minister and leader. Born to parents of Mexican heritage, Castellanos shares the hardships of growing up, getting married, and raising a family in "tough neighborhoods." He also shares insight into ministering to people on the margins of society. The complete Presbytery News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Cross Meets the Street."
GONG WASH HEALING MEDITATION
Click here for details about event on November 18, 2018 at Tippecanoe Presbyterian.
MARTIN SCHREIBER AT GREENFIELD AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Former Governor Martin J. Schreiber will be the special guest speaker at the Nov. 18, 2018 Adult Sunday School at Greenfield Avenue Presbyterian Church, 
1455 S. 97 th Street, West Allis.  The time is 11:00 AM, & EVERYONE who is interested in  hearing about his book, My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver, is invited to attend.  All of us know someone who's been impacted by this dreadful disease, whether as patient or caregiver; it's important to learn as much as we possibly can about the subject.  "If there's one thing worse than Alzheimer's Disease, it's ignorance of the disease", Schreiber says.  Please be with us, & invite friends to come, too!  Copies of his book will be available, should you wish to purchase one.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
NEWS  FROM PC(USA) MISSION CO-WORKERS
A Letter from David Cortes and Josey Saez, serving in Cuba | November 2018
HOT LINKS
A Year in Zambia - YAV Emily Teerink's Blog  
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Current Information
Grapevine, Presbyterian Women's Newsletter
Life in the Labyrinth, inspirational website by Michelle Henrichs.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATE - SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES  
We are looking for a diverse pool of qualified applicants with strong technical and interpersonal skills to provide administrative and financial operating support under the leadership of the Director of Financial Services for business operations, bookkeeping and accounting procedures, and records management.   The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and recruits, hires, calls and equips persons without discrimination by race, color, creed, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, or marital  status.  Details and job description
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN IN WAUKESHA SEEKS STATED SUPPLY PASTOR
First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha, WI, is seeking a pastor starting Feb. 1, 2019.  This is a stated supply position for a limited term with the possibility of renewal. We envision a full-time (40 hours per week) position, although we will consider candidates interested in a part-time position. Effective salary $55,000 plus benefits. Download a job description Please e-mail your résumé or PIF to:  presby1@sbcglobal.net
THE LISBON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SUSSEX AND THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF RICHFIELD, WI ARE SEEKING A STATED SUPPLY PASTOR TO SERVE BOTH CONGREGATIONS
Click  here  for job description and compensation.  

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN IN RACINE SEEKS BRIDGE PASTOR

We are seeking a Bridge Pastor who will lead worship and preach on Sundays, moderate our session meetings, visit hospital/home as needed, conduct funerals and weddings, and provide staff oversight while we search for our permanent pastor.  
Click  here  for full job description and compensation

SECOND PRESBYTERIAN IN RACINE SEEKS WORSHIP PIANIST  

Second Presbyterian Church in Racine is looking for a church pianist to play for our Sunday worship service.  This is a part-time paid staff position.  If interested or for more details contact Rev. Alan McCalister at 414-640-4116 or email amccalister@wi.rr.com
KIRKLAND CROSSINGS SEEKS RN, RA AND MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN IN JANESVILLE SEEKS PART TIME SOLO PASTOR
CROSSROADS SEEKS TWO POSITIONS
GOOD SHEPHERD TRINITY SEEKS PART TIME BOOKKEEPER
PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE SEEKS TWO POSITIONS
CALVARY SEEKS SUNDAY SCHOOL EDUCATOR
Sunday School Educator: job description here .
Contact calvarychurchmke@gmail.com for more information.
FUTURE PRESBYTERY GATHERING DATES
  • TUESDAY, November 27 - Linn Presbyterian in Lake Geneva, 4pm
  • TUESDAY, February 19 - Living Hope Presbyterian in Menomonee Falls, 4pm
  • WEDNESDAY, May 22 - TBD
  • WEDNESDAY, September 25 - TBD
  • THURSDAY, November 21 - TBD