FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
MÉLANGE
I was trying to edit a technical paper written by French speakers for an English-speaking audience.  The word chosen by the authors was "mixture" to reflect an odd combination of processes for an aerospace design.  "Mixture feels too much like a recipe," I remarked.  "Is there another word?"  The two authors communicated in French about how best to translate into English the nuanced word they wanted:  "mélange."  "No need," I explained to their surprise.  "Mélange is perfect.  It's the word we use in English, too." 

Like my French colleagues, Merriam-Webster takes the word "mélange" and translates it to "mixture" in English, but mélange is so much more.  It's a mixture of...(READ MORE)
PRESBYTERY PULSE
ZOOM PRESBYTERY GATHERING
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.  

PRAYING FOR OUR COUNTRY
Election Week, November 2-6, at 9:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
The time leading up to and after elections is fraught with emotions.  Please join us as we pray for our country everyday during election week.  The Presbytery will offer two communal Zoom prayer times Monday - Friday, November 2nd - 6th, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.   Please join us for a brief moment of guided prayer followed by an open forum for shared prayer and/or discussion.

Join us on Zoom to pray for our country:
 
Meeting ID: 851 4200 3650
Passcode: 808000
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!
CHURCHES URGED TO RETURN TO PHYSICALLY DISTANCED MINISTRY
October 6, 2020 Press Release from the Wisconsin Council of Churches
As a follow up to the Governor's Executive Order and a Faith Leaders call with the Lt. Governor, the Wisconsin Council of Churches has cooperated with Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice to develop a WI Faith Leader COVID Safety Pledge, committing to safe, remote worship at this time.  Congregational faith leaders are invited to sign onto the pledge by advising the Wisconsin Council of Churches.

The Wisconsin Council of Churches recommends that churches statewide return to remote operations as the COVID-19 crisis deepens in Wisconsin. While the state Executive Order to limit indoor gatherings to 25% of building capacity exempts religious services and places of worship, and churches are free to continue operations as they have been, the ecumenical organization recommends that that they not gather in person...(READ MORE)
MATTHEW 25: I WAS SICK AND YOU LOOKED AFTER ME...
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.
SOPHIA RELIGIOUS LEADERS CAUCUS ANNUAL EDUCATION EVENT
November 11, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Theme: Invitation to Grieve Losses, Evaluate Where We Are, Reformulate and Plan for Actions in 2021
As a year unlike any other comes to a close, 2020 deserves to be inspected with our newly corrected 20/20 eyesight.
  • What losses must we grieve? 
  • Where are we in terms of progress on eliminating
    • Systemic Racism,
    • Systemic Poverty,
    • a Culture of Incarceration,     
    • Homelessness,
    • Hunger,
    • Healthcare? 
  • What will our corrected 20/20 eyesight tell us must be our Plan for Actions to change Social UnJustice into Social Justice? 
You will receieve the Zoom link upon registration.
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. 
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 is today, 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. 
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.
GENEROSITY ABOUNDS: MEDICAL DEBT CHALLENGE UPDATE
Individuals and organizations can give too!  Many thanks to Faith Presbyterian Church's Judy Bell for her individual gift and Presbyterian Women of Milwaukee Presbytery for their gift to RIP Medical Debt!  Your generosity and enthusiasm is contagious!  We are trying to raise at least $10,000 (in cash or pledges) by November 9, to wipe out $1,000,000 in crushing medical debt.  By forgiving this debt, we can give those who are struggling a fresh start and help them back towards financial stability.  The Presbytery will accept donations from churches and individuals through November 9, through normal remittance channels, noting "medical debt payoff" on the form or check.  To learn more about medical debt in the time of COVID-19 and how to help extinguish it, check out this 2020 Medical Debt Summit, recorded by RIP Medical Debt on October 6.  Stories of other churches that have risen to this challenge can be found on our new Medical Care webpage
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.
A WORD OF THANKS FROM THE STATED CLERK
A word of thanks from the Stated Clerk
A word of thanks from the Stated Clerk

The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) says churches are standing strong despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new video, the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, speaks directly to churches, thanking leaders and congregations for continuing to be church over the last seven months, despite the obstacles.

ANYTHING BUT COVID-19 NEWS
TINY TEXAS OPOSSUM RECEIVES WARDROBE OF TINY SWEATERS
A wildlife rehabilitation facility in Lubbock, Texas, has been met with an outpouring of community support after taking in a rare opossum that has no fur and needs a "winter wardrobe" to survive.

A veterinarian diagnosed the female opossum with a rare condition: alopecia, which leads to hair loss. According to Barnes, the condition is hereditary and means that the animal has a compromised immune system.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER CREATES 1,200+ MINIMALIST MOVIE POSTERS
Dutch graphic designer Chungkong loves movies. So much so that after a long day of working on brand identities and advertising for clients, he comes home to work on his passion-movie posters. For several years he's been churning out minimalist movie posters for every film he watches, and now has amassed a collection of over 1,200 posters. And lucky for fellow film buffs, they are all available for purchase at Fine Art America.

What makes Chungkong's work so special is his ability to hone in on what makes each film iconic. From there, he creates clean, simple imagery that strikes to the heart of the film, making it instantly recognizable. In fact, most of the poster is dedicated to the central imagery, with just the director and movie title at the top and an iconic quote from the film at the bottom.
INVITATIONS
POST-ELECTION RESOURCES FOR FAITH LEADERS
The Wisconsin Council of Churches offers many resources for faith leaders who are feeling challenged to speak to congregants post-election.  Consider just these two upcoming events if this describes you:
FAREWELL CELEBRATION FOR WINNEBAGO'S SARAH MOORE-NOKES
November 10 at 5:15 p.m.
As many of you know, General Presbyter Sarah Moore-Nokes is stepping down from the position of General Presbyter of Winnebago Presbytery at the end of the year.
 
Sarah has worked for the Presbytery for 15 years, first as the Associate Executive and then as General Presbyter. She has brought her quick wit, collaborative approach, empathy, and organizational smarts to this work. Anyone who has worked with her knows that she listens with an ear to equal parts people, polity, and problem-solving. She's a creative thinker and, with fairly lightening speed, assesses situations. We will miss her! 
 
At the November 10 presbytery meeting, Winnebago Presbytery will be honoring Sarah.  To join Sarah's farewell, register for the Winnebago presbytery meeting on the website at winnebagopresbytery.org. After you register, you will receive instructions for joining the meeting by Zoom.  On the registration form, choose the option attending "Only Sarah's portion of the meeting". You are also welcome to attend the entire meeting. The farewell will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m.  Questions? Contact Jill at jill@winnebagopresbytery.org
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 -  August 2020 Newsletter for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and 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