FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
CONNECTED
It seems like a perfect pairing.  Like French fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake.  (It's a real thing, and you should try it!)

Presbyterians love to tout our connectedness.  We're not random congregations that put "Presbyterian" on the sign out front.  We are connected to each other, supported and accountable at the same time.  We are grouped into presbyteries and synods.  Our national office helps strengthen those connections by forming links of expertise and witness.  We connect around... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
JOIN US TOMORROW
The November 21st Presbytery Gathering is TOMORROW!  The Honorable Janine Geske will join us to 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 and/or the Presbytery Gathering to  register through this link  (also found on the Presbytery's homepage).  The registration link will be active through 4:30 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, November 20th.  You can also download the meeting papers for tomorrow's meeting here.

Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, 207 W Main Street, Wales, WI
CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY WEEK RECAP
Congregational Vitality Week saw signs of vitality (energy and excitement around worship, community engagement, discipleship, and more) as members throughout our presbytery (and one from Winnebago!) participated in the week's events.  And this week, we announce the winners of the Vitality Scavenger Hunt at the Presbytery Gathering.  If you haven't already signed up to attend, please register online.  Also, it's not too late to benefit from one of the vitality offerings.  Dr. Marcia McFee has extended a discount to all churches in our presbytery for the resource Worship Design Studio.  The year's subscription includes ideas and plans for engaging and interactive worship services, seasonal worship planning, and complete liturgies with ideas for music and more for both RCL and Narrative Lectionary.  All for $249 (churches who attended the seminar receive an additional $100 off).  To receive the discount code please contact Ann Gibbs.  You can also visit http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com/landingpage.cfm to learn more about Worship Design Studio.  You have until December 20th to receive the discount.
NOVEMBER  21 PRAYER MEETING CANCELLED
Tomorrow's 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.
NEWS FROM THE DENOMINATION
REGARDING RULING ELDERS: 
A MONTHLY SERIES FOR SPIRITUAL LEADERS
Jihyun Oh has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.
GA NOMINATING COMMITTEE SEEKING CANDIDATES
The General Assembly Nominating Committee will bring to the 224th General Assembly nominations for nearly 30 entities -- boards, committees, and commission.  The Committee's process of discernment and nomination is dependent upon a diverse and deep pool of people who are willing to share their gifts, talents, expertise, and time in service to the larger church.  Please consider whether God may be calling you to service on a General Assembly level entity.  Find more information thorough the nominations portalApplications will be accepted through December 6, 2019.
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.
INVITATIONS
THE SOWER
Please find the latest edition of The Sower, the newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, here.  A link to The Sower will also be available in the "Hot Links" section of Fresh Impressions.
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!
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
The Sower - Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies
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, 4:00-8:00 p.m. - Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, Wales
  • TUESDAY, February 4, 4:00-8:00 p.m. - Rock Prairie Presbyterian Church, Janesville
  • SATURDAY, May 16, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Carroll University, Waukesha
  • TUESDAY, September 29, 4:00-8:00 p.m. - Apostle Presbyterian Church, West Allis
  • THURSDAY, November 12, 4:00-8:00 p.m. - Covenant Presbyterian Church, Racine