WISHING 
YOU A BLESSED AND LOVE-FILLED 
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!
From your Presbytery Staff,
Rachel, Ann, Christian, Jessie, and Chris

FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
WITH THANKS
On this Thanksgiving Eve, I give thanks to God for all the ministries in the Milwaukee Presbytery.  From our chaplains to our Christian educators, and from worship leaders and pastors to Session members and deacons, and so many more, together you all make our regional ministry more complete.  Thank you for serving God and the church so faithfully.  From all the staff of the Milwaukee Presbytery, we wish you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.  Now, I need to grouse for a bit.  Our whole approach of giving thanks . ..( READ MORE ) .
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.

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
GET TO KNOW OUR PASTORS
WH O WAS 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."
Last week's mystery pastor is Brett Swanson, Co-Pastor at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church. 
"I was fortunate enough to serve as the Pastor to the wonderful Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney for six Phil-tastic years! Many members of Punxsutawney Phil's Inner Circle (aka. the guys in black top hats) were good friends, neighbors, and members of the church. Groundhog Day will fall on a Saturday in 2019, the best and biggest day for crowds and merriment, and I encourage all of you to make the trek out to Gobbler's Knob for the prognostication. The knob, as it is called, opens at 3:00 a.m. with music, community demonstrations from groups like the ballet school, and non-stop Groundhog themed entertainment. An epic fireworks show kicks off around 6:00 a.m., and then comes the reason we're all freezing: Phil is awoken from his burrow with three raps from the special cane carried by the Inner Circle President. It is that cane that gives the holder the ability to speak Groundhogese; the native tongue of Weather Predicting Groundhogs. Around 7:00 a.m the prediction is made, and about 7:05 a.m. people make a bee-line back to the busses that will return them to downtown. One day each year Punxsutawney is among the most well-known and celebrated spots on earth!"
  
Heatherlee Muehlius guessed correctly and will receive a free meal at the next presbytery gathering! And to the others who guessed correctly, and incorrectly, thanks for playing! 
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WHO IS THIS?  
"This pastor is also a girl scout troop leader."
 
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
re: RE - 'THE GIFT OF SPIRIT'
Rev. Joan Gray has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly.    http://www.pcusa.org/news/2018/11/14/re-ruling-elders-spiritual-leaders/
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. 

Proposed amendment 18-G suggests the following addition (shown in italics) to D-2.0203b:
"b. An offense is any act or omission by a member or a person in an ordered ministry of the church that is contrary to the Scriptures or the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Sexual abuse as defined in Section D-10.0401c shall be considered contrary to the Scriptures or Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and therefore an offense for purposes of these rules." This overture was brought to close a perceived gap in whether sexual misconduct fell under the jurisdiction of the Rules of Discipline. The full text and commentary can be found here

Proposed amendment 18-H has two parts, both dealing with the time limit for when sexual misconduct claims may be brought. The first is 18-H.1 which eliminates the time limit for claims against persons who should have known of the reasonable risk of sexual abuse of another or failed to take reasonable steps to minimize the risk. Without the amendment, the language only applies to the sexual abuser. In 18-H.2., the amendment to D-10.0401c(1) clarifies that consent cannot be given by any person under the age of eighteen years or anyone without the mental capacity to consent. The full text and commentary can be found here

To read all proposed amendments, click
here .  
ADVENT MISSION STORIES
Find stories from PC(USA) mission co-workers that illustrate New Testament lectionary readings for the season of Advent.

FEATURED CONGREGATION
WHICH CHURCH IS THIS?
This congregation began as the Bohemian Brethren Presbyterian Church in   1891. Today they are active in many community outreach programs, including The Veteran's Village which is a Veterans Tiny House  Project. This church is one of the handful of churches that provided items for the first veterans to live in the tiny houses.  Answer is  here.  
INVITATIONS
ERNEST GLENN CHILDREN'S TOY STORE
Christ Presbyterian Church,  1930 W Walnut St.,  Milwaukee , WI 53205 will again be taking donations for their annual Toy Store for children.
Ernest Glenn Children's TOY STORE
Saturday December 15th, 2018
9:00 am until 2:00 pm
Serving Children up to age 12.
Click for more details
BOOK STUDY - CO-MODERATORS CHANGE SELECTION
Our two General Assembly co-moderators have issued this statement:
It has recently come to our attention that the author of the book we chose for the "One Church, One Book" initiative has resigned from his position amid allegations of creating a hostile and abusive work environment. We followed up on the story, and according to unverified information available to the public online, there are allegations that this apparent pattern of bad behavior has been present for over twelve years and has also been ignored or enabled by the board.

For this reason, we will no longer be recommending...(READ MORE)
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
TRAVEL STUDY SEMINARS TO EXPLORE CONFLICT AND RECONCILIATION IN RWANDA AND UKRAINE
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and World Mission are partnering to offer mission co-worker-led travel study seminars to Rwanda (March 11-23) and Ukraine/Russia (April 22-May 6).  To learn more and apply
(Photo by Philip Woods)
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
PRESBYTERY OF MILWAUKEE SEEKS THREE POSITIONS
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
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