FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
AT LARGE
My 1½-year old grandson has been advancing in his play. Months ago, his favorite game was to dump everything out of a box. I would fill up the box with toys, and he'd dump them out. He didn't know how to put anything into the box. Sometimes, with a toy in hand, he'd reach into the box as if to place the toy there, but then he'd immediately withdraw his hand, still grasping the toy .

But now!  Now he loves to put things in their proper places.  The basket of dog toys occupies him fully.  He'll toddle around the room ... ( READ MORE ) .
PRESBYTERY PULSE
CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY WEEK PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
You are invited to participate in the Congregational Vitality Scavenger HuntThe hunt runs through this Friday, November 8
This bulletin friendly handout includes instructions and what should be included in photos.  Each congregation can create a team or teams to participate.  Participating teams and congregations will be recognized at the November Presbytery Gathering, and there will be prizes.  As this is a photo/video scavenger hunt, the images will be put together in a Presbytery video for the meeting, a copy of which will be available to participating congregations for your websites or congregational use.  
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!"
REGISTER FOR THE NOVEMBER 21 PRESBYTERY  GATHERING
Building on the momentum from our September 25th Presbytery Gathering, the Presbytery Office has opened registration for the November 21st, 2019 meeting .  We encourage everyone who is interested in attending Restorative Justice Advocate, Honorable Janine Geske's lecture to  register through this link  (also found on the Presbytery's homepage).
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
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
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Lisbon Presbyterian Church invites everyone to their Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, 
November 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lisbon Presbyterian Church, W250N7095 Hillside Road, Sussex, WI
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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